Keepin’ It Real

August 1, 2008

Ken Salazar (D-CO) Objects to Drilling Even if Gas Reaches $10 per Gallon

Filed under: Colorado,Ken Salazar,Politics — mary @ 2:48 pm

This is my U.S. Senator, who will toe the party line, even at the expense of his constituents’ needs. He objects to a consent agreement which would allow emergency drilling on the outer continental shelf even when the price of gas reaches $10.00 per gallon. Salazar calls drilling a “phantom solution”.

How long do Coloradoans have to suffer high gas prices before we drill for the natural resources which are under our territory? Are you so beholden to the environmentalists, Senator Salazar, that you could care less about the working families you supposedly represent?

July 31, 2008

Obama doesn’t look like “all those other presidents on the dollar bills” because he is not a Washington insider?

Filed under: Barack Obama,Politics — mary @ 1:04 pm

So Barack Obama thinks that the McCain camp is trying to scare folks. He states that others are saying he is risky because “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”.

Race card? Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs says no:

What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said. (See Jonathan Martin, Politco.com)

Interesting. So this got me to thinking about history. How many of those other faces on dollar bills (I’m assuming he means all demoninations) became president as Washington insiders?

One dollar bill: George Washington. Despite the fact that there was no Washington at the time he was president, he was the general who won the Revolutionary War. He was also a humble citizen/patriot.

Two dollar bill: Thomas Jefferson. Author of the Declaration of Independence and important advocate for liberty. A Founding Father. Because of him, our Constitution contained a Bill of Rights as he was one of its most influential advocates. Another man who was not a Washington insider. Another citizen/patriot

Five dollar bill: Abraham Lincoln. Led this country through its bleakest hours. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. He was assassinated for his courage. And, he wasn’t a Washington insider, having served in the US House of Representatives for two years (1847-49) over a decade before being elected to the presidency.

Ten dollar bill: Alexander Hamilton. Never president. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, a member of the Continental Congress and the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, which adopted the Constitution of 1787. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury. Perhaps an insider, but like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, he is a Founding Father.

Twenty dollar bill: Andrew Jackson. General revered for defeating the British in New Orleans during the War of 1812. He had been involved in politics in the late 18th century and served for less than one year in the US House of Representatives (1797-98 ) as Tennessee’s first elected congressman. He also served in the Senate for less than two years (1823-24). He became President in 1828, running against the Washington establishment as a champion of the common man. Definitely not a Washington insider.

Fifty dollar bill: Ulysses S. Grant. Victorious general of the Civil War. Never held public office prior to being elected President. Not a Washington insider. Not even a politician.

One hundred dollar bill: Benjamin Franklin: Never President. Founding Father, author, inventor, entrepreneur, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence with Thomas Jefferson. Many consider him to be the quintessential prototype of the self-made American man. Another citizen/patriot.

So, what do all these men have in common? Were they Washington insiders as Senator Obama’s camp wishes to paint them? I would say no. They were men who gave their all for their countries. They were men who helped shape this country’s ideas and its destiny. They were some of our best, and were thus honored. The Obama campaign should not cheapen their accomplishments by labelling them Washington insiders like they were simply sleezy political pols. It is an insult to our heritage and the men who have made our country great.

Senator Obama, you could only wish to resemble the men whose faces adorn our currency.

Update: The Obama camp admits that it really was about his race. Big surprise.

Mr. Goodwrench for Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy

Filed under: Barack Obama,Energy Crisis,Politics — mary @ 10:52 am

For many years Democrats have stated that Republicans are out of touch with average Americans. Barack Obama’s statement yesterday that we should all inflate our tires to proper pressure and get regular tune-ups and that would solve the energy crisis is truly out of touch. As he continues to travel the globe in gas guzzling airplanes and motorcades of several gas-guzzling vehicles, he tells us to inflate our tires and tune up our cars.

Senator Obama, Americans are struggling. There are Americans paying $70 to fill up their tanks so they can drive to work, many times earning around $15 per hour. They are working almost an entire day to fill up their cars (that doesn’t include taxes withheld before they have their pay). Food is going through the roof due to skyrocketing energy costs, and you tell us nothing will help relieve average Americans difficulties but BASIC AUTO MAINTENANCE??

Elitist comments like this show what type of president you would be: a man totally out of touch with the average American.

We need to produce more energy NOW. We have abundant natural resources to power our citizens under our own land. Let us have what belongs to us!!

October 19, 2007

Hillary Clinton renames same old “crisis”

Filed under: Hillary!,Politics — mary @ 12:36 pm

Do you fondly remember the gloom and doom days when most of us were “one paycheck away from homelessness” because of the policies of the evil Republicans? Hillary has taken that same old tired retread and revamped it calling the economy a “trapdoor” thanks to the evil George Bush:

In a new ad to run in Iowa, Hillary Clinton states:

“The Bush economy is like a trapdoor. Too many families are one pink slip, one missed mortgage payment one medical diagnosis away from falling through and losing everything,”

The ad continues:

“If you’re ready for change, she’s ready to lead,”

It doesn’t seem that Mrs. Clinton can lead a movement for change when she can’t even find a fresh and new crisis to exploit.

And P.S. Mrs. Clinton, a chicken in every pot has already been done too. Have your aides google Herbert Hoover.

October 2, 2007

Obama: My 9-year old doesn’t like Hilton Hotels (Are children running the world?)

Filed under: Culture,Obama!,Politics — mary @ 1:06 pm

For those who think that one can only find interesting news in serious newspapers and websites, I must say that sometimes news can be found in the most unexpected places. My example comes from the most popular of celebrity gossip mags, People.

People reported that yesterday, presidential candidate Barak Obama, appeared on the Tyra Banks Show (Tyra’s show, for the uninitiated, is filled with “gal talk” – relationships, fashion, breast exams, and battling eating disorders, to name a few of the topics – and I admit to having seen a show or two). During this interview, according to People, Obama admitted to Tyra Banks, that his 9-year-old daughter grills him to make sure that the hotels they stay in are not Hiltons:

Sen. Barack Obama took an unusual break from the campaign trail – to gaze into a crystal ball with Tyra Banks.

And what does he see in his future, Banks asked the 46-year-old presidential candidate? “I see the White House,” he replied, matter-of-factly, on her show Monday.

Obama also made clear that his wife and daughters are extremely particular on where it spends their nights.

“This isn’t a Hilton hotel, is it?” he said his 9-year-old daughter, Malia, will ask as the family tours the country – because the little one keeps up with the news and does not approve of Paris Hilton, he says.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20091040,00.html

This just struck me as interesting. I have a daughter close to young Malia’s age, so I know a lot of kids in that age bracket. Frankly, none of the kids in 3rd and 4th grade who I know follow the news. My daughter doesn’t know Paris Hilton from Paris, France. I think she is too young to know about such things. Anyway, she is too busy pretending to be a pioneer woman or a fairy or capturing snakes and caterpillers in the yard.

What really struck me was the power we have been giving to children in our society and in our political arena. Young Malia Obama gets to have a say in what hotels the family stays in because she “does not approve of Paris Hilton”. When do children have a say in such matters? What has happened to adults that we allow children to dictate what should be adult decisions.

In the public square, we are also letting children boss adults around. Take, for example, 12-year-old Graeme Frost of Baltimore, Maryland, delivered the Democrats’ response to President Bush’s radio address on Saturday, in which he urged President Bush not to veto the renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Here is a portion of the transcript from young Graeme’s address to the nation:

Hi, my name is Graeme Frost. I’m 12 years old and I live in Baltimore, Maryland. Most kids my age probably havent heard of CHIP, the Childrens Health Insurance Program. But I know all about it, because if it weren’t for CHIP, I might not be here today

CHIP is a law the government made to help families like mine afford healthcare for their kids. Three years ago, my family was in a really bad car accident. My younger sister Gemma and I were both hurt. I was in a coma for a week and couldn’t eat or stand up or even talk at first. My sister was even worse.

I was in the hospital for five-and-a-half months and I needed a big surgery. For a long time after that, I had to go to physical therapy after school to get stronger. But even though I was hurt badly, I was really lucky. My sister and I both were.

My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but the hospital bills were huge. We got the help we needed because we had health insurance for us through the CHIP program. But there are millions of kids out there who don’t have CHIP, and they wouldn’t get the care that my sister and I did if they got hurt. Their parents might have to sell their cars or their houses, or they might not be able to pay for hospital bills at all.

Now I’m back to school. One of my vocal chords is paralyzed so I don’t talk the same way I used to. And I can’t walk or run as fast as I did. The doctors say I can’t play football any more, but I might still be able to be a coach. I’m just happy to be back with my friends.

I don’t know why President Bush wants to stop kids who really need help from getting CHIP. All I know is I have some really good doctors. They took great care of me when I was sick, and I’m glad I could see them because of the Childrens Health Program.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298593,00.html

Ah, using a child to impart your emotional message. Seems to have become the Democrats’ modus operendi in the past few years. They use a child to convey their simplistic lies. Young Graeme was covered and would continue to be covered under CHIP. President Bush has never proposed to do away with the program, but young Graeme may be too young to understand that the Democrats for whom he speaks want to increase the program to include children of families making close to $80,000 per year, which has many budgetary implications. But, how would a youngster, who dreams of being a coach, know how to differentiate the two sides in a political squabble and the sophisticated pros and cons of each side? And, worse yet, why is a child being put in the position to castigate the President of the United States, an adult?

And then there was Ilana Wexler, Founder of Kids for Kerry, who at 12 was given the speaker’s podium at the 2004 Democratic National Convention to tell Vice President Cheney he needed a “timeout”. When I was a child, speaking in such a manner to or about an adult would have caused to the child to be labeled fresh. Now such children are celebrities. In fact, Ilana is now being recruited by the Hillary Clinton camp to chide the Republicans in the 2008 election cycle.

I probably sound tremendously old-fashioned (and I relish that label, frankly), but we as adults need to take back authority from children. Children should not be running our families nor should they be calling out our political leaders. They still are children and need to respect adults. Also, for those who use them in the political process (and I mean USE), they are demeaning the political process as well as demeaning the children they use. Let them play ball, catch bugs, dream dreams and PLAY. Don’t drag them into adult matters that they aren’t mentally and emotionally ready to deal with. It really does a disservice to them.

July 25, 2007

Harry Reid: “They’re jealous of what happened last November”

Filed under: Harry Reid,Politics — mary @ 1:01 pm

Oh my.

When I was little and had trouble with other little kids on the playground, my best friend would assure me not to worry that the other little kids were “just jealous”.

When faced with criticism by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate democrats have wasted time in the undue partisanship, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid replied:

“They resent what happened last November, they’re jealous of what happened last November, and they’re mad as hell at what happened last November,” Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said Tuesday. “What they don’t want to acknowledge is what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/25/washington/25cong.html

What does one say about this juvenile response? Glad to know that the kids are running the country.

June 5, 2007

John McCain: Don’t deport illegal immigrants. It could lead to rioting and dangerous ghettos.

Filed under: Immigration,John McCain,Politics — mary @ 10:03 am

In the most nonsensical fear-mongering yet, John McCain when asked why the U.S. doesn’t work harder at deporting illegal aliens, like France does, gave this reply:

Let’s all be afraid to enforce the law. There might be riots in the street. Does this apply accross the board, Senator? If we enforce the law against, say, the MS-13 gang and they start rioting are we to just turn the other way and let them be?

This is the problem with our entire leadership. They don’t want anything to be hard or messy. Keep the peace at all costs even if it means that we give up at every turn.

And if our Islamist enemies get into this country, are we to just put up with whatever they do to keep them from rioting? Have you no backbone, Senator?

June 1, 2007

John Edwards on YouTube: “America must do things to show we are not selfish.”

Filed under: John Edwards,Politics — mary @ 9:53 pm

Here’s five plus minutes of mush-headed nonsense posing as a serious interview of presidential candidate John Edwards. If he weren’t a contender for president his ignorance would be laughable. The fact that he could somehow take the highest office in our land makes it unbelievable:

John Edwards has vowed to travel the world the first six months in office is elected President to talk with the people of the world. According to Edwards, America “will have to do some things that are not selfish” to repair our relationships around the world. At this point he cites leading on AIDs in Africa, doing something to solve the problem in Darfur (short of sending troops, which you would pull out at the first hardship, what do you propose?) and educating over 100 million of the world’s children (No Child Left Behind for the world).

So the U.S. must do some things that are not selfish?? Who is advising you, Senator?? The United States and its citizens are very generous to the world. In a 2005 article from the Heritage Foundation, author Helle Dale sets forth the following facts about U.S. giving on both the governmental and private levels:

Fact: The United States donates more than any other country in Official Development Assistance, to the tune of $16 billion. That is up from $10 billion in 2000. For fiscal 2006, Mr. Bush has requested an additional $3 billion. American increases in official development assistance over the period of Mr. Bush’s presidency have far outpaced those of the European Union.

Fact: The United States is the largest single donor to international organizations, paying $362 million (or 22 percent) of the U.N. budget. We contribute more than $1 billion to the World Food Program. We contributed $194 (or 19 percent) to the U.N. Development Program and $288 million to the U.N. Children’s Fund.

Fact: The U.S. government counts less than half of its foreign assistance as development aid. Excluded is aid to Israel, to the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries, peacekeeping and military aid, educational and cultural exchanges, the National Endowment of Democracy, educational and cultural exchanges, funding to the Export-Import Bank, the Inter-American-Foundation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. All of this amounted to $12.7 billion in 2002.

Fact: The United States has a great tradition of private giving, unequalled in most of the other countries with whom we are regularly compared. In 2004, private assistance flowing from the United States totaled $48 billion. This includes charity from private foundations, corporations, colleges and universities, religious organizations and NGOs, as well as individuals. It also includes personal remittances, about $28 billion. The U.S. government, of course, has no role in directing remittances, but facilitates these transactions through immigration and commerce legislation.

Fact: Americans donated nearly $700 million in tsunami relief to the stricken people of the Indian Ocean.

In total flows of international aid, the United States far and away leads the world.

http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed070705b.cfm

So Senator Edwards will be our “citizen of the world” President, flying hither and yon, apologizing for our selfishness, giving more and more money to make people like us. And at some point, will it result in our “Sally Field moment” where we stand on the world stage with a gee-whiz smile on our face declaring in surprise “You like me, you really like me?” Somehow I don’t think so.

ETA I had so much more to say. The 5+ minutes is laden with objectionable material. An interesting part was the “Lightening Round” where the interviewer set forth an issue and Edwards had to label it a “Right” or a “Privilege”. My bet that Constitutional law was not his strong suit in law school. Here’s Edward’s answers to the “Lightening Round”:

College Education: Right
Health Care: Right
Earning a Living Wage: Right
Owning a Handgun: Privilege
Citizenship after working 1 year in the US: Privilege
Citizenship after working 5 years in the US: Right

Come one, come all. Sneak across the border, work for 5 years and you have the RIGHT to become a citizen. Gee, Senator, didn’t see that one in the Bill of Rights, but I did see that pesky right to keep and bear arms. Back to class for you.

President Bush: Immigration Debate a Battle for the Nation’s Soul

Filed under: Immigration,Politics — mary @ 12:43 am

In an interview with Ron Hutcheson of the McClatchy Newspapers, President Bush couched the current national debate over the Senate’s compromise immigration bill, which he backs, as a “struggle for America’s soul and its reputation as a welcoming nation.” He further charged opponents of the bill as “trying to rile up people’s emotions.”

In supporting this bill, President Bush claims that he is in favor of the bill because, growing up in Texas, he has seen “the decency and humanity of the Hispanic people,” and he has seen “”firsthand the beautiful stories of people being able to take advantage of opportunity and make solid contributions to our society.”

He also pulls the “race card”, stating: “a lot of this immigration debate is driven as a result of Latinos being in our country.”

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/425/story/54046.html

President Bush has no sense of shame. First, people who are opposed to the bill are not simply trying to “rile up people’s emotions.” People are very concerned about the nature of this bill. Rewarding illegal immigration with a “path to citizenship” only brings on more illegal immigration. We were promised in the mid-1980’s that the Simpson-Mazzoli immigration act would legalize those illegal immigrants who were here, while stemming the tide of future illegal immigration. Unfortunately, the proponents were dead wrong. With Kennedy-McCain, we provide amnesty to an even larger group of illegal immigrants with no concrete assurances that illegal immigration will be stemmed.

According to Rasmussen, only 16% of those surveyed believe that Kennedy-McCain will reduce illegal immigration. 74% believe it will not (and of that group 41% believe it will actually increase illegal immigration.
Further, 75% believe that bill should be changed to increase border security to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/just_16_believe_senate_bill_will_reduce_illegal_immigration

After what Americans have seen in the past these are not concerns based upon emotion, but based upon experiences. President Bush’s reasons for backing the bill, the decency and humanity of his former neighbors and the beauty of their ability to succeed here, are totally emotion-driven. And his “struggle for the soul of America” and it’s reputation as a warm and fuzzy welcoming place are just pleas to the emotions of Americans. And they are insulting to me, and many like me.

Finally, the most infuriating thing of all is the President’s claim that those of us opposed to the bill are doing so because these illegal immigrants are Latino. Shame on you, President Bush. This isn’t about race. This is about upwards of 20 million people, breaking our laws, not just in entering this country, but then in stealing identities of law-abiding citizens. Now we reward them, while those who have waited patiently, abiding by the law still wait. Cheating the system does not make one a candidate for being a good citizen. It’s not about race. It’s about integrity of our system of laws and security for our people.

If anyone wants to convince me that this bill is good for my beloved country, show me some concrete proof. I’m not going to back it based upon warm and fuzzy anecdotes, nor will I be bullied into backing it by someone implying I’m a racist. Frankly, President Bush, your rhetoric is beginning to sound like a Democrat’s. I thought you were better than that.

May 29, 2007

Queen Hillary’s Theme Song

Filed under: Hillary!,Politics — mary @ 5:23 pm

Since it is all the rage on the internet these days to pick Hillary’s! Theme Song, I have, after much thought, chosen my selection, which is perfect for this woman and her First Husband candidate:

Another revelation today in the saga of the Clinton’s endless money hustle via NewsMax.com:

The New York Times is offering new details regarding Bill and Hillary Clinton’s links to a businessman facing allegations that his public company not only aids scam artists who target the elderly, but has showered money on the Clintons with little to show for it.

(snip)

This weekend the New York Times reported in a page one story that the company and its chairman, Vinod Gupta, have been hit with a lawsuit from shareholders who maintain that Gupta wasted the firm’s money trying “to ingratiate himself” with high-profile persons.

The paper stated these persons included Bill and Hillary Clinton

Among the expenses cited in the lawsuit – filed in Delaware late last year – is a family vacation the Clintons took in January 2002 in Acapulco, Mexico, with infoUSA paying $146,866 to fly the Clintons, Gupta and others to Mexico and back on a private jet.

Over the next four years, Nebraska-based infoUSA spent nearly $900,000 to fly Bill Clinton around the world for his presidential foundation work and to fly Hillary to campaign events, according to the lawsuit reported by the Times.

(snip)

After Bill Clinton left the White House, he agreed to enter into consulting arrangements with billionaire investor Ronald Burkle and with Gupta.

The lawsuit asserts that Clinton signed the consulting agreement with Gupta’s company in April 2002 “to provide confidential advice and counsel to the chairman and C.E.O. of the company for the purpose of strategic growth and business development.”

InfoUSA paid Clinton $2.1 from July 2003 to April 2005, and in October reached a new 3-year agreement to pay him $1.2 million.

The new deal also gave him an option to buy 100,000 shares of infoUSA stock, with no expiration date.

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2007/5/29/123355.shtml?s=lh

Such an interesting article to read today as Mrs. Clinton announced her new socialist agenda at a campaign stop in New Hampshire:

(AP) Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined a broad economic vision Tuesday, saying it’s time to replace an “on your own” society with one based on shared responsibility and prosperity.

The Democratic senator said what the Bush administration touts as an “ownership society” really is an “on your own” society that has widened the gap between rich and poor.

“I prefer a ‘we’re all in it together’ society,” she said. “I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/29/ap/politics/main2864062.shtml

One does love being lectured by the queen of special privilege. She and her husband make money hand over fist, millions of dollars, by virtue of the fact that they are or have been public officials: special privileges for a special class. She then has the nerve to talk about the gap between rich and poor. It’s not the gap between herself and the poor she bemoans and wants to abolish. No, she just wants to tax the rest of us hard working losers. We don’t deserve the fruits of our labors, honestly earned. Tax it. We have a “shared responsibility” to support the government as it takes over preschools and health care.

I, frankly, am FED UP with the hypocrisy of the ruling elites. Once you, queen of special privilege, drive yourself places, filling your own tank with $60 of your hard-earned cash, 25% of the price constituting TAXES, pay for your own airfare, which is also TAXED, and your own vacations (which my family cannot take because we have to pay our TAXES), pay for your own groceries, which continue to cost more because of silly politician-mandated biofuels increasing corn prices (which effects the price of everything), find your husband jobs based upon his abilities, not upon your status, then I’ll listen to your talk about bridging gaps. Enough already, you hypocrite.

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