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Pondering

Posted by Godefroi on March 21, 2010

Let’s say I have $20 in each of four pants pockets – Left Hip, light bill; Right Hip, water bill; Left Front, gas bill; Right Front, groceries.

Now, I’ve got my eye on a double-CD set of William Shatner’s Greatest Love Songs for the BARGAIN price of $20, but I can’t get it because all my money is already allocated.

Along comes my BFF and yours, Barry Gubmunt.  “Here…” he says.  “Here’s $20 for you, just one thingyou’re not allowed to spend it on Shatner!”

So I think about this a minute…and here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to take that cash from BG, and put $5 in each of my pants pockets, and at the same time, I’m going to take $5 from each of those pockets and put it in my Shirt pocket (“mad money” fund). 

Smiling, I walk down to the RecordPalooza and pick up my new treasure.

So…did Barry help me buy that CD, or not??? 

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On Democracy

Posted by Godefroi on March 18, 2010

From Merriam-Webster:

Function: noun

Inflected Form(s): plural de·moc·ra·cies
Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy
And from Wikipedia:
Democracy is a political government carried out either directly by the people (direct democracy) or by means of elected representatives of the people (Representative democracy). The term is derived from the Greek: δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”,[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (krátos) “power“…
“RULE OF [or “by”] THE PEOPLE”…”PEOPLE POWER”
Question of the day: Why is it that so many who are affiliated with, or have affinity for, the Democratic Party support Government’s “Rule OVER the People?”

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We The People

Posted by Godefroi on August 6, 2009

I’ve discovered a new writer/blogger at Hot Air who goes by Doctor Zero.  He’s intelligent and articulate (no offense!), logical and incisive.  I highly recommend any who come here who do not frequent Hot Air to start doing so, and in particular look for Doctor Zero in the “Green Room

This is from a posting made today (links are to both Green Room and Main Page postings) which hits the nail squarely on the head about who the people really are who are against the crazy policies of the Obama administration and the “Progressive” shenanigans of this Demo-controlled congress (news flash – NOT what the DNC and MSM would have folks believe).

There seems to be a bit of confusion among Democrats about the nature of the opposition to their plans. Maybe I can help clear things up, by telling them a few things about us.

We’re not paid minions of any corporate interest or lobby. Most bloggers working to stop the Obama health-care disaster are like me, writing when they can find the time, because we care about the future of our country. The same is true of the people showing up at town hall meetings, and organizing rallies. Some of us are well-dressed in tailored suits. Others wear jeans and T-shirts. Most of us are dressed in what we wore to work.

Our support for a massive government program does not increase when you tell us we’re not allowed to ask questions about it.

We’re not racists. We’re also not racialists. We don’t think a wise Latina is inherently more qualified to do anything than a wise Asian woman, a wise white woman, or a wise white man. We’re tired of being fed excuses for high government offices staffed by anything but the best people for the job. There are too many high government offices, so we’d like some of Obama’s absurdly incompetent appointees to take their titles with them when they leave. We remember what it was like when we got rid of the Clinton mob, so we’ll be conducting inventories on the contents of those vacated offices, before we turn out the lights and pour cement in the locks.

We don’t like having to fight desperate battles to save our freedom and future from socialist politicians every ten or twenty years. We don’t like having our time wasted with trillion-dollar statist fantasies, when our government is already trillions of dollars in the red. We’re tired of checking the papers each day, to see which group of us has been targeted as enemies of the State. We’re growing impatient waiting for the Democrats to come up with ideas that don’t require their supporters to hate someone. We’ve had our fill of “progressives” who act as if we’re living in 1909, and none of their diseased policies have ever been tried before.

It seems that Obama wants to be Woodrow Wilson times FDR times Lyndon Johnson, and there are WAY too many members of Congress who appear to be looking for just that.  Calling out the patriotic opposition as lunatic enemies is an old trick, used by each of the former Presidents I just mentioned, and each of them also instituted programs that haunt us to this day.

Ignore that at your peril.  Vote out the incumbents.

But first read Doc Zero’s whole post, and all of the others he’s written.  Be informed!

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Point to Ponder

Posted by Godefroi on July 22, 2009

This is a short excerpt from David Barton’s little book America:  To Pray or Not To Pray (pp 15-19 in the version I had).  Emphases are mine.

…eight of the nine Justices on the 1962-63 Supreme Court [that is, the Warren Court that Teh One said didn’t go far enough – GdB] had been appointed to the Court following an extended history of political rather than judicial experience. Chief Justice Earl Warren had been the Governor of California for ten years prior to his appointment; Justice Hugo Black had been a U. S. Senator for ten years; Justice Felix Frankfurter had been an assistant to the Secretary of Labor and a founding member of the ACLU; Justice Arthur Goldberg had been the Secretary of Labor; Justice William Douglas was chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to his appointment. All of the Justices except one had similar political backgrounds. Justice Potter Stewart, a federal judge for four years prior to his appointment, was the only member of the Court with extended federal Constitutional experience prior to his appointment. Interestingly, he was also the only Justice who objected to the removal of prayer and Bible reading.  June 25, 1962, in Engel v. Vitale,  the Supreme Court [Warren court] forbade the inclusion of religious activities in major activities of daily student life by striking down school prayer and Bible reading. Never before in the history of our nation had any branch of our government taken such a stand.

Eight out of the nine “justices” on the Warren Court were UNQUALIFIED for the job.  They were not Constitutional scholars – not even JUDGES – but rather politicians.

Today’s courts frequently state that they are compelled by previous decisions to rule in a certain manner, the so-called “Wall of Separation” doctrine being one of them.  Interestingly,

…in Engel v. Vitale, only last year, these principles [the separation of prayer from the classroom] were so universally recognized that the Court, without citation of single case … reaffirmed them. (School Dist. of Abington Township v. Schempp; 374 U.S. 203, 220-221, 1963)

Did you catch that?  The Engel case which banned school prayer did not cite even ONE precedent to back up the ruling.  Stare decisis has become a handy excuse to keep Constitutionally-questionable policies and practices in place.

Let me suggest to any visitors here to read Mr. Barton’s book cited above, or even better one called “Original Intent”.  You will see that the reason the Warren court did not cite any precedents is that the precedents were all against them.

Just something to think about.

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Nixon Would Be Proud

Posted by Godefroi on July 10, 2009

Anyone remember what former President Nixon supposedly said about what he should have done differently?

This is shamelessly taken from Hot Air – mainly because it reminded me so much of Mr. Nixon.

Carol Browner, former Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs “to put nothing in writing, ever” regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

Yup…put nothing in writing, and burn the tapes.

Hopenchange!!!!

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Who will defend DOMA?

Posted by Godefroi on July 8, 2009

Barack Obama is on record as wanting to repeal the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, though I’m not certain that it’s still on his website, and I just can’t bring myself to go and look.

In any case, we know where his intentions are…and his crone Pelosi is right there with him.  I have to wonder how enamored of him and his policies the judiciary of the 1st Circuit is, because DOMA is about to have it’s day in court.

Massachusetts sues feds over definition of marriage

Massachusetts is suing the federal government over a law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

State Attorney General Martha Coakley filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Boston. It says the federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define marriage as it sees fit.

On the one hand, AG Coakley has a point…the Tenth Amendment says explicitly that powers not granted to the Fed is held by the individual states or their citizens, and the “Full Faith and Credit” clause can easily be  interpreted to mean that a marriage in one state is a marriage in all states.  But doesn’t that cut both ways?

“Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state”

That is, a state that extends marriage by law and judicial ruling to only one man and one woman should have THAT respected by all other states, right?

Anyway, it will be interesting as this case unfolds.

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Declaration of Independence From the “Sort of God”

Posted by Godefroi on June 10, 2009

Now that I have a few minutes here and there, I was finally able to catch up – ok, not really catch up, but at least check out – some of my favorite sites.  I found this excellent piece at Infidel Bloggers Alliance, and had to share.

Dear Former Senator Obama

America has been at this brink before. How long your fellow citizens endure the abandonment of American Tradition, Values and Law remains to be seen. What their reaction will be is also unknown.

The men who drafted and signed this document, and the equally brave women who stood behind and beside them, were guilty of Sedition and Treason of the highest order. Yet today we call them Patriots. Founding Fathers.

So is it Sedition or Treason today to ask, to DEMAND, that you either abide by this document, and it’s Sister The Constitution, or resign your current position?

If our own leaders will not abide by these, why should any of us? Why should any of us be bound to those same leaders?

“A Patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” — Ed Abbey

(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America

OK…that’s my cutoff point.  Go read the rest – you won’t be sorry.

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Maobama Wants YOU

Posted by Godefroi on March 18, 2009

Taken from a commentary at American Thinker.
 
A sitting President of the United States is “organizing a political organization loyal to him, bound by a pledge, outside the government and existing party apparatus. The historical precedents are ominous.”

[…]

But there is a new organization on the political scene — “Organizing for America,” announced by President Barack Obama in late January but officially unfurled last weekend.

Obama describes OFA as a “grass-roots movement” but OFA is a “project” of the Democratic Natrional Committee.

As Politico reported, OFA will take the 10 million person database built up by the Obama campaign “to mobilize support for the president’s legislative agenda.”

A visit to the OFA website reveals that supporters are not simply asked to sign up, they are asked to take a pledge. A pledge to support — not the flag, not the constitution, not the country, not even the Democratic party, but Obama and his “bold plan.” OFA does not use the Democratic Party logo but the “O”-shaped logo of the Obama campaign in which the red white and blue of the flag are abstracted to soft pastel colors.
[…]

You will not find any mention of OFA`s governing structure, their budget, their bylaws, or their officers at the OFA website. Donations to the website go to the DNC, but OFA is managed out of the White House. If you click on the comments button, you are taken to a link to the White House email.
[…]
 
So we have a Movement — this is their term, not mine — organized by, and loyal to, a sitting President. Pledge canvassers, armed with your name, will ask you to pledge loyalty to the President too. A president whose term has already become a permanent campaign, is signing up ground forces in a mass organization pledged to personal loyalty to their Leader.
Does anyone know of any historical precedents for this in the United States?
Did Mitch Stewart, youthful director of OFA, who asks Obama’s acolytes to organize “neighborhood by neighborhood”  study anything at school about Mao‘s “Red Guards?
How about Fidel Castro‘s “widespread system of neighborhood informers“?

Or Hugo Chavez‘s use of “neighborhood committees“?

 
Did Stewart learn anything about democracy at all?
Do any of Obama’s pledged servants understand why a sitting president has no business creating and deploying his own supporters to help organize their neighbors? 
Keep in mind that these acolytes have renounced any thought of questioning the actual policies of the maximum leader. Whatever he says, they are for it. They have given their word.
 
And they are coming to have a talk with you.
 
Remember, people, that he stated that he wants a “civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as our MILITARY.  Isn’t this a great way to get that ball rolling, under the guise of a harmless association of mere political supporters?
As Thomas Lifson wrote, “This is not the way a democracy is supposed to operate.

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A 40-Year Wish List

Posted by Godefroi on January 29, 2009

Snippets of WSJ report on that stimulus package shit sandwich…just so we can all marvel at the way the Dem-ruled world wish to spend our hard-earned cash.

The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic “stimulus,” but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm’s point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.

We’ve looked it over, and even we can’t quite believe it. There’s $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There’s even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.

In selling the plan, President Obama has said this bill will make “dramatic investments to revive our flagging economy.” Well, you be the judge. Some $30 billion, or less than 5% of the spending in the bill, is for fixing bridges or other highway projects. There’s another $40 billion for broadband and electric grid development, airports and clean water projects that are arguably worthwhile priorities.

Add the roughly $20 billion for business tax cuts, and by our estimate only $90 billion out of $825 billion, or about 12 cents of every $1, is for something that can plausibly be considered a growth stimulus.

[…]

Another “stimulus” secret is that some $252 billion is for income-transfer payments — that is, not investments that arguably help everyone, but cash or benefits to individuals for doing nothing at all. There’s $81 billion for Medicaid, $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits, $20 billion for food stamps, and $83 billion for the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax.

Summary of further discoveries:

  • Refundable tax credits – $82 Billion
  • Medicaid – $81 Billion
  • Food Stamps – $20 Billion
  • Public Housing – $7 Billion
  • COBRA – $30 Billion
  • Unemployment – $36 Billion
  • SSI Payments – $4 Billion
  • Welfare CASH payments – $2.5 Billion
  • NUTRITION Programs – $1 Billion
  • Renewable Energy Funding – $8 Billion
  • Mass Transit – $6 Billion
  • New Cars for the Feds – $0.6 Billion
  • Modernize Fed Buildings – $7 Billion

There’s more.  Go read the rest, and feel free to get angry.  And then, remember this when the next voting cycle comes around.

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Do Parents Have Rights?

Posted by Godefroi on December 18, 2008

A Letter from Michael Farris,
President of ParentalRights.org.

Dear Friend of Parental Rights,

I was in the United States Senate this past week meeting with lawyers for a Senate office.  They told me directly what I have been hearing indirectly on a regular basis ever since the election.

Those who want to change family policy in America to comply with international law are preparing a full-scale effort to seek ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child during this next Congress.  Barbara Boxer recently told a planning group that they intend to use children’s health care as leverage to seek ratification of this UN children’s rights treaty.

Please link to our website to see a succinct summary of the problems with this UN treaty.

The strength of their forces has been greatly increased with the addition of Hillary Clinton as the nominee for Secretary of State.  She will have direct control over the submission of this treaty to the Senate and will acquire the authority under international law to sign any other treaty on any subject.

Hillary Clinton was the person who made the announcement for the Convention on the Rights of the Child when her husband’s administration signed the treaty.  Seeking its ratification is a lifelong dream for her.

Our situation is grim if we were to look only at the position of the elected officials.

However, recent post-election polling demonstrates that almost 70% of Americans do not believe that the use of international law in American courts on such matters is appropriate.  Less than 20% favor the use of international law. (The rest are undecided).   Virtually every sub-group in America opposes this kind of use of international law.

America is on our side. However, we have to be able to get the word out to help people hear the truth about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our proposed Parental Rights Amendment will permanently stop this treaty.  So we have a one-two punch planned for the internationalists.

First, we must build a huge grassroots movement of patriotic Americans who believe that good families should be able to raise their children without worrying about compliance with international law.

Second, these same grassroots forces need to convince our elected officials that we are not content with defeating this treaty for today alone.  We insist on a permanent solution.  We need the Parental Rights Amendment.

I need you to do two things to help this become a reality.  First, please send a copy of this letter to everyone you know who believes in parental rights and American patriotism.

Second, we need to raise a war chest to get prepared to launch a massive grassroots campaign.  The other side has millions of dollars left in their campaign coffers, and they have the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and all the media waiting to carry their message.

We can win the debate because we have the truth on our side.  And we have public opinion.  But we won’t win if we can’t reach people.

Will you please make as big a gift as you can to support Parentalrights.org?

Here is what they are saying about us.  At the hearing which featured Barbara Boxer, one of the speakers said that the people who will oppose this treaty are the “narcissistic sovereignty crowd.”  In other words, those who love America first are so guilty of excessive self-love that he describes us as having the mental illness of narcissism.

This is their real heart.  Not only do they want international law to control our families.  They think that we are mentally ill for loving America.

It is time for those of us who believe in loving our families and loving America to rise up!  We will not surrender this country or our children to such people.

Get involved today!  The battle is about to begin.

For God, family, and America,

Michael Farris

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Obama and my Gun

Posted by Godefroi on December 9, 2008

Mr. Obama has already told us, over and over, that he is NOT anti-gun ownership by private citizens (he is against concealed carry however – you can have one as long as whomever is going to attack you knows you’re carrying…and he supports banning handguns), he is NOT anti-2nd Amendment (though he does support restrictions infringements on ownership), and that he is NOT going to come after our guns…or more accurately, that he’d LIKE to, but lacks the votes.

So, in order to quell the ensuing enthusiasm for guns that his “win” has engendered, now he’s asking us not to stock up on those guns that he (sort of) favors.

As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.

“I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,” Obama said at a news conference. “Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven’t indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word.”

All the better to round them up later, you see.

The NRA responds thusly:

“Prior to his campaign for president, his record as a state legislator and as a U.S. Senator shows he voted for the most stringent forms of gun control, the most Draconian legislation, gun bans, ammunition bans and even an increase in federal excise taxes up to 500 percent for every gun and firearm sold,”

Is anyone really fooled by Obama’s doubletalk?

As an aside, an interesting observation in the comments at the Sun Times site.

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That’s it

Posted by Godefroi on November 5, 2008

To President-Elect Obama, I say:  Congratulations on your win…you earned bought it well.

To America, this:

“This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.  Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.  He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.  He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants.  Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use.  He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slavesWhen that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

I just remembered…I called this one, back in February.

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