Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Looking for a Good Time?

There are a couple of major tax protests being planned at the State Capitol.

The "Tea Parties" are organized nationally and are being promoted by American Solutions (Newt Gingrich's group) and national conservative Talk Radio.

The event will take place at the Capitol on Tax Day, Wednesday, April 15th from 5-8pm- for more info or updates, click here.

The other event is the annual Jason Lewis Tax Cut Coalition Rally which will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 11am-4pm-- All of the elected officials will be at this one, here are some pictures from last year.

It's after federal tax day, but at a critical time before the MN State Legislature finalizes it's budget. The fight is on in St. Paul as the DFL leaders propose $1.5 Billion-$2.5 Billion in NEW taxes.

If you haven't been to a protest- they're a hoot! It feels great to be with your people and shout out some of that frustration. Make some homemade signs and let your voices be heard!

Term Limits

I was watching some CSPAN this morning- they were supposed to be playing the TARP oversight hearings in the Senate Finance Committee- they finally cut away after 30 minutes of saluting Democrat Chair Max Baucus's 30 year tenure on the Committee. Each Senator gave personal stories of their own, then honored another long-serving Senator and then talked about Baucus. Republicans and Democrats in a mutual love-fest.

10am- during a workday- it was like "About Schmidt" with the retirement party at the bad restaurant- (except this guy isn't retiring- and in the movie the party was at night!)

No wonder these people GET NOTHING DONE. It's really sickening to me to sit in office that long. Get a life.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Boy Wonder

Tim Geithner was on "Meet the Press" today- his body language is fascinating. He comes off as a real weasel- constantly has his eyebrows raised and blinks rarely. His demeanor and language instills zero confidence in his leadership abilities.

In one exchange, Geithner lets his liberal side shine through:

MR. GREGORY: Time magazine this week has its cover, and it's very interesting. I want to put it up on the screen for our viewers to see. "The End of Excess: Why the crisis is good for America." And there's a big red "reset" button. And everybody talks about reset. Obviously this is not a good crisis for America right now. But take a longer view. In the long run, is this crisis necessary for this economy?


SEC'Y GEITHNER: I think the adjustment to a period of excess is necessary. You never, you never want to have a crisis to remind people of the importance of living within your means, not borrowing too much or why regulation of the...(unintelligible)...is important. You never want to have a crisis that's damaging to make that point. But we're going to emerge stronger than this. When we get through this people are going to care less about what they make, more about what they do, what they achieve with what they make, and that will help make this country stronger.

People are going to "care less about what they make" in America? -With a huge national debt, inflation concerns, a beast of a federal government set up to take over more of our lives- no, they'll just be happy to get the scraps from the table. Scary.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Universal Healthcare- NOT what we have today

This article from Thursday's New York Post talks about the timeline of Natasha Richardson's death and what would have been different if she had been in the U.S. at the time of her accident.

Todd was dumbfounded by the fact that none of the hospitals performed a simple CT scan- immediate protocol in any U.S. emergency room for a head injury. A CT Scan would have identified exactly what was wrong with the actress and she could have been treated- fairly easily with the right specialist. But in Canada, CT scanners are a rarity and so are specialists, thanks to government-run health care.

One of the areas that Medicare has targted for heavy cuts is imaging. They've already cut back reimbursements extensively with more on the way. It's an easy place to cut, because if somebody isn't offered a scan they may not even know they need one. Most people don't even know that a radiologist is an M.D. let alone what they do. They have a relationship with the primary care physician. Radiologists are a "doctor's doctor".

Imaging has become a huge field because of 1. Advances in the technology and the ability to diagnose and treat in less invasive ways and 2. Lawsuits, doctors want scans done for everything to ensure the highest level of treatment is provided

Of course the Dems are run by trial attorneys and will never conceded that torte reform is needed to help drive down costs.

A bunch of politicians are busy right now in Washington retooling the best health care system in the world- but is anybody paying attention to the real cost?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Angry Union Protestors

Saw this KARE 11 Report with AFSCME representative (chief Union bully) Elliott Seide- who I blogged about here- screaming and yelling like a crazy man about Governor Pawlenty's offer of 24 days of unpaid furlough for government workers. (They don't want their pay frozen either and they also won't accept any layoffs). How do you sit down with a guy like this and try to negotiate anything? Do you think they pick people like this on purpose or is this guy's demeanor by accident?

An AFSCME worker in the video whose wife also works for the government says- "We deserve an annual raise"

I love all the government workers down at the Capitol protesting- I wonder if they take unpaid time-off to do this?

Saint Paul can't even TALK Clean Nuclear Energy

A vote was taken last night in St. Paul to lift the ban on new nuclear energy plants in Minnesota- and it failed 9-12 it was killed in Committee. My understanding from Committee Chair Bill Hilty's office is that the DFL'ers all voted to kill it (with the exception of Rep. Joe Atkins- from 39B Inver Grove Heights/S. St. Paul-- Union votes anyone?) and all of the Republicans voted to let the legislation through committee.

According to the Star Trib article:

Supporters of lifting the ban have been careful to note that no new nuclear facilities are being proposed in Minnesota right now, and they say it isn't likely a law change would immediately result in new nuclear proposals. No utilities testified at the hearings.

"I'm not trying to build a nuclear plant," said Rep. Tim Mahoney, a Democrat from St. Paul and sponsor of the House bill. "We're just trying to allow people to talk about it because right now you can't."

There are no new energy plants being PROPOSED in Minnesota- I pointed out how misleading these types of statement are (when ardent nuclear energy opponent Mtka/Eden Prairie DFL Representative Maria Ruud made s similar statement to me at the fall debates):

Excel Energy had an entire booth at this year's Minnesota State Fair dedicated to nuclear power- as they currently operate the state's two plants which produce 24% of the electricity in Minnesota and are looking to expand them. Excel Energy's CEO stated in January "I certainly hope nuclear is part of our answer going forward," and the company said it would likely partner with other companies if it were to add a new nuclear reactor. Great River Energy said last year in an MPR piece that "in 20 years, Great River will likely look for a partner to build a new nuclear plant." No demand huh?

Perhaps they haven't been proposed, because they are illegal to build in Minnesota?

The Co-Founder of Greenpeace is now a strong supporter of nuclear energy- he uses global warming as a justification for his conversion. This is such a great example of how folks from the right and the left could come together on a solution for our country. It provides good jobs to a sector of our economy that needs them, it provides clean energy, it can provide the power we need to keep American moving forward. It can do all of this...without one thin dime invested from the government...and we can't even talk about it.

Minnesota stands to lose big-time and cripple itself if it only supports renewable energy (wind and biomass produces about 5% of our energy). Minnesota currently relies on coal for 62% of our electricity- the national average is 49%- and we're about to be forced into a cap and trade system that penalizes our state for any usage deemed "too much" by the federal government-and we won't even consider nuclear as a solution- Minnesota currently gets 24% of our electricity from our two nuclear plants. The Democrats in this state and nationally are already going to shackle us in their zeal to rid the world of fossil fuel energy (an absurdity on its own), and now they won't even consider reasonable alternatives.

Help us.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Enough on his Plate" AGAIN

Here's the audio of Obama talking to reporters when he made his "2 degree" comment about the floods in North Dakota. (half-way down the page)

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/235048/

He goes right into organization of a cap and trade system immediately-- then wanders into acid rain, solar, wind, hydroelectric -- he refers to "dirty energy"....(Again, NO mention of nuclear).

3+ minutes of lecturing...um, uhs, laughter with the reporters chuckling along with him- a couple who help him along at one point.

He throws out that "we can save 30% on our energy bills just by doing things like changing light bulbs and installing new windows, I know you guys can save money in Fargo, it's cold up there".

WHY didn't one of these star-struck reporters ask a question immediately after the 2 degree comment: "Mr. President, what do you mean, what would a 2 degree temperature increase do to the flood situation today- were it to occur?" He would be bumbling and stumbling because he doesn't know what he's talking about.

I guess you need to go to journalism school to learn how to press play on your voice recorder.

In an interview with the same Fargo Forum reporter- Obama said this:

North Dakotans worried about the state’s robust coal mining and power generation industries shouldn’t fear that it will be crippled by a federal “cap and trade” program to regulate greenhouse gases, President Barack Obama said Monday.

“I don’t think this is something to be afraid about,” he said during a meeting with Forum Communications and other newspaper representatives.

“In terms of cap and trade, it would be great if climate change wasn’t actually going on and we could just pretty much burn any fossil fuel we wanted for as long as we wanted and not have to worry about the consequences of it,” Obama said. “It’d certainly make my life easier. I’ve got enough on my plate.”

There it is again-with the financial markets failing he said "I've got enough on my plate".

THIS man is the President of the United States for some 60 days now and he's "got enough on his plate". Why don't you skip the late night talk shows, Mr. President. The nerve.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Red River Valley

When I heard about the flood situation in North Dakota, I remembered when Todd and I lived there during the floods of 1996-1997. We lived in Grand Forks until Spring of '06 and then moved to Fargo. I had several accounts in Grand Forks and made the drive many times.

That winter had been one of the most extreme in North Dakota history. Even as a native-Minnesotan it was almost unbearable. Here's a snipped from a copy of the March 23, 1997 "Fargo Forum Winter to Remember" souvenir edition that I have....


It snowed 106.6 inches that year! There were seven blizzards. There was record cold too- it hit 40 degrees below zero in Grand Forks that year...it was absolutely miserable...


Abnormally cold temperatures plagued the Upper Midwest during this particular winter. Between November 7, 1996 and March 18, 1997 (a span of 131 days) the air temperature only reached 40 degrees 3 times in Grand Forks.[6] Because there were only a few days above freezing, there was very little gradual melting of the snow that fell throughout the winter. Starting on March 19, 1997 the temperature then rose above freezing for 27 consecutive days, and only eight days after that would the temperature remain below freezing.[7] However, due to the sudden warmth in April, it melted the deep snowpack too quickly for the river to handle.


Here's a picture of me in front of our apartment with a monster snow drift:





It's due to flood again now- this time it looks like it's going to hit Fargo. I worked in downtown Moorhead- I hope the city is spared because Grand Forks was totally devastated after that flood. It's as flat as a pancake and once that river gets over the dikes and sandbags there will be nothing to stop it from flooding all of south Fargo.

Here's a picture flying back in from a sales trip after the flood hit- those fields had to be at least 5 miles from the Red River...




From the WDAY Weatherblog in Fargo March 18, 2009:


The National Climatic Data Center released their statewide official statements for the winter of 2008-2009 this past week. The data reinforced what we already knew; it was a cold and wet winter. Temperature wise, North Dakota as a whole ranked as the 23rd coldest winter out of the 114 years that such data has been available. Minnesota ranked even colder having their 18th coldest winter on record. North Dakota, Iowa and all the states bordering the Great Lakes finished the winter below average.

I knew the global warming folks would be out there- tying a potentially tragic event to the need for Cap and Trade- but I really didn't think it would come out of the President's mouth.

"If you look at the flooding that's going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, 'If you see an increase of 2 degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there?' " the president told the reporters. "That indicates the degree to which we have to take this seriously."

Um- if you saw an increase of two degrees maybe it wouldn't have been so cold this winter and maybe there wouldn't have been as much snow and maybe there wouldn't be a flood. What a comfort to the people of North Dakota that their President is so worried about global warming.

Record cold = the planet is warming. Explain it to me again?
This blog entry on Truenorth.com is worth reading on the subject.

My mom was over babysitting and asked me to explain "trade and cap" today-- I explained "cap and trade"-- and how Obama was sneaking the entire $2 Trillion plan into the budget proposal so there would be no time for debate. "People aren't going to like that".

That's right, they're not. The crazy-lefty agenda marches on....



Tuesday, March 24, 2009

No Way

I just signed the Notre Dame petition to prevent President Obama from being honored as a commencement speaker there. He's the President, fine. But he's the most left-wing Pro-Abortion President we've ever had! Why would a Catholic University sign on for that?

Fellow conservative Catholics- sign here.

My Sentiments Exactly

Scott Johnson at Powerline posts about "Why I Am Depressed"

It describes how I'm feeling too:

I feel utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combines infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity in roughly equal measures. It seems to me that every day he is responsible for assaults on the freedom and well being of the American people. I can't keep up and I can't stand to pay attention.

I keep saying it to my sister--- "I can't keep up!" People will ask- "Sheila, did you see this or that or read this or know that this person said this"-- Nope, the pace of this "change" is mind-boggling.

Sean Hannity was speaking the other day about the fact that Conservatives are not-by nature- activists. We take care of our families, we focus on work, we keep our heads down and try to live or lives without too much regard for how others are living theirs....but he called for a new breed of Conservative Activists to arise. Who knew when I started this blog in August 2008- my self-imposed moniker would be so chic?

As somebody active in the Republican party- I can't tell you how many eye-rolls I get from certain elected officials. I was even told recently by one when offering an opinion- "Yeah, but you're a big party activist"-- so, what I think is less important? Au contraire, mon fraire I thought.

They just don't get it. They don't get that the grassroots of our party is the most important voice to listen to because it's the voice of the people- usually the ones working the hardest to get them elected. They think that because x number of people voted for them that gives them power to implement their own personal vision of how things should be- wrong. It gives them the honor and privilege of living up to that "R" behind their name and voting for the one thing that our platform outlines clearly: LESS GOVERNMENT. Here it is folks, from our 2008 Platform:

Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. Let it empower people, while limiting its reach into their lives. Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. Unleash the power of enterprise, innovation, civic energy, and the American spirit – and never pretend that government is a substitute for family or community.

The people that show up at the polls are not following the issues daily, most are not following the issues at all. They vote for who they think is going to win- in many cases. To win- you need a mass organization of people behind you saying positive things about you. You also need people who can sell you to other people. When you look down at the ones who supported you as some sort of nuisance or simpleton, it doesn't exactly earn respect or loyalty.

That being said- you can't get caught up in a tizzy- you have to be practical and find candidates who are not only "endorsable", but electable. THIS is the challenge because so many of the people who I think would be excellent have no interest in running. Would you? They're busy working and they don't think they can stomach the task. It will take a few more years until the thirty-somethings I know step up and have the time to get more involved and run for elected office. In the meanwhile we seem to be stuck with the people who want to hold office to hold office or further a career ambition, verses people who truly want to change things and shrink the size of government.

The Republican talking-points lately have been "we can't just be the party of 'no', we have to provide our solutions"....They are walking right into how the Democrats have defined us "the party of no". (Oh, how I WISH we were the "party of no"- No new spending, no new taxes, no more government entitlements). Repeating THEIR talking points instead of citing the simple truth: The government CAN'T provide the solutions- individuals can.

Reagan used to make fun of two things 1. himself and 2. the government. At every turn he ridiculed government- and it worked. Now, we have Republicans trying to work within the structure of big government to try to bend it their way. That's like trying to bend an oak tree. They want people to "like them"-- but they don't understand the left is never going to like them and they will attack us mercilessly to win.

If you lead, people will follow. Principle and passion are contagious. I see passion with few leaders out there right now...and Obama may be inspiring and appealing (to the left)-- but he lacks passion. We must seize upon this opportunity.

I put in my resume to run for a higher position in the party- seven months pregnant with twins and I'm running...that's how frustrated I am right now. Some women knit I guess.

I don't stand a chance in hell- this time. But, I'm not going anywhere and I'll run again and again and again. Because I know what every good Republican knows- getting depressed isn't productive- getting to work is.

P.S. I hate the word RINO (Republican in Name Only) and I never use it. There are misguided Republicans out there, but they genuinely think they're doing the right thing. They won their endorsements fair and square and if you don't like it then you should caucus, become a delegate and change things. I hate it when people complain about the Republican party not being conservative enough but then don't have the time to show up to change things and I don't want to hear it. I'll be sending this blog post out to the next person who emails me!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Liberal Vilification of "The Rich": Using the Bible for Marxist purposes

The other day I was thinking about "the rich"- "the wealthy"-- the terms being thrown out daily as to solutions to big government budget deficits. Just tax "the rich" and everything will be Okay. If they're only paying 40% of their income, it should be 50%- after all they can afford it. They are the ones who have the most, who have gained the most, therefore they are the ones who must then give the most back. The power of the government to seize their wealth for the good of the people backs up their plan.

The bible says "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

This is a very common "pop culture" bible quote and it's always in the back of your mind if you're a person of faith and happen to have some money. Your own conscience will dictate how you live your life on earth and what it will mean for your afterlife, but we know that God has a very big soft spot for the poorest among us and that we have to work hard to be worthy of that same love.

In Jesus's time, people were born into a class system where there was little hope for escape. It's like this in many countries yet today. In America, we have every opportunity to be successful to overcome the economic situation to which we might have been born into. If we want it, we can will it to be. What a country- what an extraordinary ideal.

I look at people with more money- like everyone else does- and occasionally think "how do they do it? I want that". I try to stop myself though and be conscious of and grateful for all I do have. This is always a moral struggle, a struggle with our own conscience and a good place for God in our lives. I don't expect anyone else to think like I do- perhaps you feel no guilt or shame as you earn more and more. Good for you- that's between you and your own conscience
I do consider myself very rich with an amazing family and a wonderful life. As I've said before- to be born to a family with parents who love you- is a great gift. Something that you have no control over. The ultimate in riches is good health-no amount of money can buy it and it's something that we take for granted every day.

God grants us free will and expects us to exercise it wisely. He gives us all gifts that He wants us to share. The essence of America is freedom-"we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights" that no government can ever take away. Yet it is freedom that is being trampled when certain parts of the public are purposely vilified and subjected to calls for retribution. No founding Father would ever stand for a system in which so few people are asked to sacrifice their own freedom (and taxes are freedom- make no mistake). Yet here we are.

When liberals talk about a deep spiritual truth-rooted in the bible-to fuel class warfare and to punish "the rich"- it should really cause people to stop and think. These are the same people who fight so hard against any mention of God in public places- yet His word is being purposely used to justify the means to their political ends. It's purposeful- it's political strategy and don't think for a minute they don't know what they're doing. They are taking the language of religious people to further a socialist agenda. If religious people don't understand the aims of Marxist ideology "from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs" and how diametrically opposed it is to American values- then our country is in peril.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Community Organizing Hits the Big Time

Back on January 5th, before Barry was Inaugurated, I spelled out how things were going to work:

This is how his entire term is going to run- every time he has legislation he wants passed- there will be immediate coordination of Big Labor, the environmental groups and other Obama-worshipping sub-groups to back up what their messiah wants. They will run ads, hold rallies, do mailings/calling to shout down any opposition. They know how to coordinate.

I was right-on-- Check out this March 4th joint press release from the SEIU, AFSCME, ACORN, and "Americans United for Change" (a moveon.org George Soros-funded group)

I missed the prediction that they'd be going door-to-door. They are- right now, here in Minnesota- to sell their hero's massive federal budget socialist agenda. "Obama for America" is now "Organizing for America" (Union mentality anyone?) Their campaign volunteers are now extensions of the Office of the President and the federal government.

Read this Star Tribune article- it's astounding.

Obama's budget campaign is relying on a network of groups -- including more than 40 labor, environmental and social justice organizations in Minnesota -- that can be counted on to rev up a $5 million to $7 million ground campaign of phone banks, e-mail blasts and door-knocking on behalf of the White House's new budget.

"This is the biggest, baddest coalition campaign I've ever worked on," said Jeremy Funk of the Democrat-aligned Americans United for Change.One of the local groups is Environment Minnesota, which is poised to enlist nearly 8,000 e-mail activists in a budget fight that normally draws the close attention only of inside-the-Beltway policy wonks and lobbyists.

"The message is Obama is trying to bring about some of the things he campaigned on," said Samantha Chadwick, an organizer with Environment Minnesota, which supports Obama's $646 billion cap-and-trade plan to curb carbon emissions. "He needs help from the same types of grass-roots people who supported his campaign."

According to the article- these groups are running AM radio ads against my U.S. Congressman (and former State Representative) Erik Paulsen . The election was 4 months ago!

Door-to-door campaigning is tough work. You have to be "up for it"- you have to have a thick skin and you have to hoof it. You need massive amounts of volunteers to do it and most people are very uncomfortable knocking on a door and talking to people. It's not my favorite thing in the world, but I know how important and effective it is, so I've done it.

The liberal groups pay a lot of college kids (enthusiastic liberals to begin with) to do this for data collection purposes. Clean Water, Sierra Club, NARAL- I've had them all at my door. They take that info and feed it into their databases. Add those databases to the Union databases and you can clearly see how massive votes are turned out for Obama and liberal candidates.

The terrible Mayor of Minneapolis, RT Ryback is pitching in with this new effort here:

However the debate plays out in Congress, the Obama grass-roots effort depends on communicating the nexus between money and policy. "You can't do anything in government without the money," Rybak said. "That's why this matters so much."

Spoken like a true fan of ginormous government.

The Star Trib- with it's usual bias adds:

Obama's shock troops believe they have the public on their side. The election was evidence of that. It's just that the campaign is not over.

A quick glance of the comment section of the Strib piece gives me hope- people are disgusted with the budget and "the love" Obama received during the election appears to be fading quickly- and THIS was a very blue state in November. Hmmm.

Friday, March 20, 2009

What are they So Afraid Of?

MN Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher provided some numbers today on the DFL's propsed state budget.

Pronouncing Pawlenty's recently revised budget "balanced for the next election, not the next generation," Kelliher rolled out a set of top-line targets that propose to solve Minnesota's $4.6 billion general fund deficit in three roughly equal pieces: $1.7 billion in cost shifts, $1.6 billion in spending cuts, and $1.5 billion in tax increases.

It spells out where the cuts and "cost-shifting" will go- it does not spell out anything about where increased tax revenue will come from...CHICKENS!!

Kelliher and Sertich were not specific about the kinds of tax increases their caucus would pursue in raising an additional $1.5 billion in revenue, but Kelliher did say that "the most important thing is to make the changes progressive"--which appears to augur for a solution based mainly on income taxes, which are really the only progressive tool of consequence in the state's tax arsenal.

Oh they love that word "Progressive"!

The most eye-catching tax number in the House proposal involves the '12-'13 biennium, when the "new resources" figure jumps from $1.5 billion to $2.9 billion. Asked whether this meant that the House DFL was committed to passing the tax/fee increases necessary to raise that future sum during this year's session, Kelliher said, "We're committed to showing Minnesotans what it takes to balance this budget"

Folks, there is no way that they're going to generate $2.9 Billion in tax revenue by only taxing "the rich"-- but these chickens won't explain where that money's going to come from. They had better spell it out before April 15th tax day when Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions, will be holding tea parties all over the country. Here's the info for the one in Minnesota- sounds like a good time to me.

Thirty-Five-Year-Old Dinosaur

I received another baby shower invitation in the mail a few days ago.

I'm past the age of wedding invitations and most baby shower invitations. I'm always happy to receive a baby announcement and to send a gift when the baby is born.

But, I get really annoyed when I receive shower invites from across the country- when the mother-to-be knows you can't be there- in order to get a gift. I also get annoyed when it's from someone you haven't seen in ten years and here's the new one- baby shower invites from people who aren't married! Todd and I have a couple of these folks in our extended family. Now- there's always a ring involved followed by either a short-lived marriage or a broken engagement. I've seen this pattern again and again. Bristol Palin anyone?


Where has etiquette gone? Don't you think that if you're having a baby- and you're not married- that you should forego the shower?

I also think that if you get married- and are knocked up- you should get married quietly. At a courthouse, at a private home. There should be no 1. Dance 2. Dinner.

I've found that many people disagree and I ask the question again and again-- what is with the out-of-wedlock kids? I heard the other day that now 40% of children are born to single moms. There are more kinds of birth control available today then lipstick shades. If you don't want to get pregnant- you don't. This is crossing all socio-economic lines and education levels it seems to me.

I think it's a combination of things:

1. the idiots in Hollywood who have made it look "cool" to tote a baby around sans daddy

2. the Boomers refuse to encourage adoption of their grandchildren...every Boomer I know who is faced with this situation says they're disappointed, but there's no way that they're going to let that grandchild go- so they fully support (financially and emotionally) their single-mother daughter. They'll be in the labor room, they'll help with daycare and they'll help with the bills....whatever it takes. Of course, I believe a family should be supportive in this situation and it is the individual family's choice on how to handle this situation. My rule is- if I don't have to pay for your daycare, then do what you want.

3. marriage is no longer seen as an institution- but an excuse to have a wedding

4. it's now completely, socially acceptable

I'm seen as very cold-hearted with this issue and it's caused a couple of big arguments in my family. I never blame the children involved- but I certainly feel sorry for them because they're immediately at a disadvantage with only one parent.

When somebody gets knocked up- without being married- you're just supposed to hop on board. You're not allowed to say a thing- it's none of your business of course- but when it comes time for baby showers and weddings, rest-assured you're going to be on the invite list.

I picked up the Target registry for the un-wed mom-to-be yesterday...I started laughing out loud. Among the basics of onesies, baby monitors, high chairs-- one item stood out-- a $180 portable DVD player. Now THAT's moxie.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

What a Joke


The first sitting President to appear on a Late Night talk show- Obama makes a joke about his bowling skills being suitable for The Special Olympics.

So- let me get this straight- it's Okay for the President of the United States to joke about developmentally disabled Down's Syndrome children?

He'll issue his second apology (in only 4 months- remember the Nancy Reagan/seance joke?) for un-Presidential like conduct. I'm sure Eunice Kennedy will stand by his side when he does it.

Just last month the White House released this statement regarding an appointment of a "Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy" touting it as the "First Time a President has had a Special Assistant Focused Exclusively on Disability Policy"

“The commitment that the President and I have to Special Olympics and people with disabilities is deep and abiding. And we are backing up those words with real action at the White House,” said Vice President Biden. “This is our first step to ensure that we have a strong advocate for people with disabilities at the highest levels of our Administration.”

....Tim Shriver, board chairman of the Special Olympics and son of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, told Biden that he believed the games "represent the largest movement for tolerance in the world.

"Mockery, bullying and the institutionalization of people with disabilities still exist in America and around the globe, Shriver said, making it important for the Obama administration to set an example of support.

"When this campaign hit the world stage, we felt that finally someone was speaking our language," Shriver said.

Yeah- he's speaking your language all right. If this were a Republican President....you finish the sentence. Let's see what the PC liberal media does with this. Silly me- they'll do NOTHING!

Wow....Obama is as bad as Biden with slip-up's, but at least Joe isn't so mean-spirited.

Karl Rove described Obama this way:

"Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove said, per Christianne Klein. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."

Yup- that's him and he just can't help himself.

Intellectually Lazy


Obama takes a tid-bit from a 2003 Sierra Club Ad Campaign - that the Model T has better gas mileage than a modern SUV- and presents it as fact in L.A. today.

I knew it was a matter of hours before this ABSURDITY was proven wrong.

That line about the Model T, a version of which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used during her presidential bid, can be traced to a 2003 Sierra Club ad campaign that said the Model T could go 25 miles on a gallon of gasoline. Earlier references put the Model T’s mileage at 20 to 25 m.p.g.
That’s certainly better than the 18.7 m.p.g. real-world average of SUVs sold in 2008, according to federal statistics.

But according to Ford the first Model Ts built in 1908 could go 13 to 21 miles on a gallon, depending on the particular variation. The automaker and Model T clubs say typical Tin Lizzies averaged 15 m.p.g.

What remains unclear is how it makes sense to compare a fabric-roofed, four-seat car to a seven-passenger truck stuffed with high-tech accoutrements.

Those first Model Ts weighed about 1,200 pounds, lacked windows, rode on wood wheels and could ease up to a top speed of 45 miles per hour. A modern SUV tips the scales at 4,600 pounds, hits a top speed of 140 m.p.h. and has to meet a bevy of laws for crashworthiness.

When adjusted for their massive differences in weight using the government’s formulas, today’s typical SUV is about five times more efficient than the Model T.

If it were up to elitist liberals like Obama- and environmental extremist groups like The Sierra Club- we'd all be riding horses or light rail. (Except horse-crap emits methane into the atomosphere which causes global warming- hmmm). Maybe they'd have us start our cars by cranking them up again...or plugging them in.

Baseless demonizing of SUV's and trucks- which are the great successes of American automaking- that's our Barry!

Egotistical, Ingratiating and Intellectually-Challenged....all rolled into one

I can't get over this guy-- I can't get over it....

He's signed a BOOK DEAL days before he took the oath of office.

Shameless! Shameless! Using the Office of the President to negotiate your price...Hillary Clinton was called out by Watchdog groups and brought before the Senate Ethics Committee when she signed an $8 Million deal when her husband was still in office....do you hear crickets chirping anyone?? This 2006 article on Obama's past book dealings is quite revealing too about how he operates-- he dumped the literary agent who discovered him as a Harvard Law Student for the same D.C. lawyer that brokered the Clinton and Bush book deals. The man has a $5 Million net worth and has never had a job outside of politics-- oh, I'm sorry, I forgot he was a "community organizer" and there's huge money in that.

As the author of the above linked article (who was involved in early Obama book deals) states:

Everyone agrees that our political system and values are being corroded by money. One subset of the cash culture is that public figures use books funded by large media companies to support a lifestyle that is possible only because their service to the country makes them salable.
...Americans admire people who make the most of what they have and Obama is certainly doing that. I just wish that this virtuous symbol of America’s aspirational class did not move quite so smoothly into a system of riches as a reward for service, especially before it has actually been rendered.

Isn't this the man who promised us "change"? He is the most self-serving phony we've seen in the White House. He will be a worse President than Jimmy Carter- who at least had some honor and didn't use the Office to elevate his personal fame and fortune.

Then there's "cool" Obama talking about the NCAA brackets and his picks and guest starring on Leno tonight. I thought he had "a lot on his plate"? He continues to need and crave the public's approval and tries to be "hip" as he ingratiates himself to the American people.

Lastly- I heard this one on Rush-- he lamented today at a campaign stop townhall meeting, P.R. tour that "The Model T had better gas mileage than today's SUV's"

I about fell over laughing- and Bush was the dummy, right? Bush was the dummy? I don't even need to address what an absurd statement this is to make...the man lacks basic reasoning skills.

And the comedians say there are no jokes for Obama- he's just not funny. Right.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bonus Outrage

So everybody is up in arms about AIG paying $165 Million in annual performance bonuses to their employees because AIG took tax payer money. I don't like my tax money being wasted-- but what is the percentage of actual tax money used to pay out these bonuses? The feigned outrage is driving me nuts.

I wonder how many millions of dollars are paid out in bonuses to AFSCME (government) employees all over the country last year? They have 1.6 Million members- if each received just a $600 bonus- as government employees in Atlanta did- it would equal $960 Million in bonuses. This is pure 100% tax dollars and it's six times the amount that AIG paid out. And let's not even start on the fact that there are millions of other government employees- non-Unionized- that also get "performance" bonuses. Here in Eden Prairie- our City Manager received a $4,700 bonus last year (on top of his annual raise to his $135,000 salary). Try to do the math on all of that tax money all over the country.

Oh, but they're not "rich", I see. They're lowly government employees- (Mr. Neal has a $6,000 a year car allowance- not too shabby)....

So, it's just that people are upset because "nobody needs that much money". But, what does it really matter to you? Do you somehow get more money in your pocket if somebody on Wall Street gets less? Does your life improve by making another person's worse? How is our economy moving forward with all of this griping? What a waste of energy.

Fannie Mae-the Federal Housing Finance Agency-is paying out million bonuses too- to try to retain their top employees. But, it's only Wall Street that deserves all the blame. The hypocrisy and "holier than thou" screaming of these politicians is disgusting. Worse? It's a ruse by the Obama administration to have an excuse to take over more of private industry...don't believe me? Catch his California town hall meeting today and listen about how he wants to "rebuild our economy that's consistent with our values". He purposely deceives America and lies about wanting to "rewards hard work and responsibility". His proposed budget is diametrically opposed to those values...and he knows it.


What Government-Run Healthcare Looks Like

The MN DFL has announced plans this week to save money in the government-sponsored health care plans.

From the Pioneer Press article:

Among the DFL proposals:
  • Establishing and encouraging the use of birthing centers, a lower-cost alternative to hospital deliveries that focuses on natural childbirth.

Yikes! Government built birthing centers with no-epidurals and most likely FEW doctors, just midwives! (Hey, some of the big libs I know already like to give birth this way- maybe they can go there too!)

  • Prohibiting cesarean sections for expectant mothers on state health care without approval, unless medically necessary.

The STATE makes the decision whether you can have a C-Section, not a doctor- WOW

  • Offering tiered benefits based on an assessment of the patient's health.

The scariest of all! The STATE will determine the benefits you get based on factors like your age and your health. SOCIALIZED MEDICINE- no if's and's or but's

But, none of this applies you- you say? What do you think is going to happen when millions more Americans move to these plans under Obama- do you think your employer is going to choose to pay for your health care when the government will do it? It's like reverse-free-market principles at play.

Also- keep in mind- some of these folks on state-run plans are still paying high premiums. They think for that money- they're going to get choice when they're sick? Nope.

I feel sorry for low-mid income Boomers- this will be the new look of Medicare very soon.

The DFL here- and the Dems in Washington- talk relentlessly about "cost containment" in medicine. Medicine is an industry- a growth industry and a still partially-private industry and they're about to kill it all in the name of "free" health care.

Didn't your mother teach you- "if something is too good to be true, it probably is"?

Be afraid for your health, folks.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Ah, tis a wonderful day to be wearing the green!

I'm a big genealogy buff and have studied my family's ancestry on and off for years- (I'll study yours too if you ask nicely!)

My dad never knew his own grandfather's name as his father was sent to live with his maternal aunts as a baby when his mom died in childbirth in 1900. After three years of research, correspondence with a wonderful cousin and letters back and forth to the Waterford Heritage Center in Ireland (not to mention some money) we found that Daniel Corbett emigrated from Clogheen, County Tipperary in the mid-1880's. His NYC bride- Mary Gorman- was from the same village in Ireland. My dad's maternal grandparents- the Mawhinney's and Garvins- were from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

My mom has loved to tease my dad for years that he's not actually 100% Irish- he is. This is "his day"--He sings in sort of a bad Irish brogue and wears green pants that he's had since 1982. I'm so grateful that my mom and dad will be here to celebrate along with Grandma Fran (half-Irish). Poor Todd just plays along- he has a tiny dose of Irish blood somewhere along the way- but not enough to sing bar songs or dance a jig.

I'm off to the grocery store to buy food for tonight-I'll make the requisite corned beef and cabbage boiled dinner and throw in some gourmet potato leek soup and Irish Cream cake. (the Irish eat none of this of course- they're really big on lamb).

We drink Jameson's whiskey (well not this year for me) and play "So you think that you're Irish" trivia. We'll tell some sad stories and cry about some recent family misfortune and then gossip a bit about some poor family member. "Old Irishing" is what it's called

My favorite Irish Bar Song is "Dear Old Donegal", but my guess is you don't know that one...perhaps you're more familiar with the tearjerker "Danny Boy"- this is the best version of that song:





P.S. Our President and VP have Irish roots too...

Echo Chamber

Just as Obama has gone after charitable organizations and churches by reducing the amount that can be deducted on your taxes (only if you're in the top two income tax brackets of course) we have our own Socialist here in Minnesota- Bloomington Representative Ann Lenczewski proposing the same type of legislation. The DFL House Tax Committee Chair takes it step further and also wants further reduce deductions allowed for child care, dependent care and the big one- mortgage interest- for those at higher income levels. (Obama's going to be proposing the same things very soon- they all have the same playbook).

This is an excellent blog from the Wall Street Journal on what Obama is trying to accomplish- a European model where people see the state as the provider of charity- not the individual. I also completely agree with the blogger when he says he'd be happy to get rid of all deductions in return for a simpler, flatter tax. But since that ain't happening anytime soon, we'd like the full value of the limited deductions we qualify for- thank you very much- because we don't qualify for most of the "credits".

From the Star Trib today:

The top House Democrat on tax issues said Monday she wants to eliminate a host of tax breaks while cutting income taxes for those of modest means and giving businesses two long-sought tax changes.

The proposal would lower the tax rates for the two lowest income categories, while creating new simplified tax credits for mortgage interest, charitable contributions and family expenses.

Here's the legislation proposed today. I've read through it and have done some calculations, but will wait until there's some analysis out there to confirm my conclusions. Our tax code is purposely convoluted and complicated so that people can't easily figure out the impacts.

For married couples filing jointly, the top bracket (7.85%) will kick-in at $102,030 vs $131,970-- look for the MN DFL to follow up soon with a new tier and higher rate on top of this change. It was 9.6% that passed through the MN Senate in 2007- will they bill bold enough to propose the same?




Sunday, March 15, 2009

Yippee! Higher Taxes at the State Level Too!

The Minnesota DFL has put forward a budget plan to raise income taxes. Shocker! I mean, why would you even consider cutting spending to make up for the $5 billion shortfall. Bad economy? Tons of Minnesota companies laying off people- RAISE TAXES! Yeah, that's the ticket! What a bunch of morons. Morons. How hard is this? Cut the state budget by the amount of money you are short.

The Star Trib leads us to believe the tax hit will "only" be on "the wealthy".

But Democrat strategist, Blois Olson, said on KSTP's "At Issue" this morning that they'd be looking at incomes over "$125,000 or $150,000". This is adding up a bit because I've heard that of the $2 Billion in tax hikes that the Dems are proposing, only about $800 Million can be generated by just raising taxes on income over $250,000.


There are three choices as an individual or business when you're in the red- cut your spending, take on debt to make-up the shortfall, or increase the amount of money you have coming in the door (work harder). The government raises revenue simply by taxing more- taking more money from individuals and business. Government never has to work harder- they just tax you more hence why the size and scope of government must always be placed firmly in check.


Democrats are banking on the idea that successful, native Minnesotans love this state so much, that they're willing to pay a high premium to live here. That we love being part of a welfare state that is accepting more people into the system then we can support. I love Minnesota, wouldn't have moved back here if I didn't, but I'd be a fool not to look at other places to live for the next 30 years should the DFL raise income taxes here any higher. You have to do the math.


Good luck attracting new business with an even higher state income tax rate then we already have-- that's really going to have them knocking on our door. Northwest Airlines is gone. Target and Best Buy are in the retail sector that's going to continue to suffer in any prolonged downturn and they're laying off people.

Combine the taxes with the fact that Minnesota is NOT a right-to-work state (it's a big Union state). The liberals who just LOOOOVE to tout how educated we Minnesotans are...sell that to a company looking to open a new plant or corporate outpost. Good luck.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Out to the Woodshed

I caught Republican Senator Judd Gregg (NH) questioning tax cheat Timothy Geithner today at a Budget Committee Hearing...Geithner sounds like a cheerleader politician- not the U.S. Treasury Secretary. I also think he told a boldface lie when he says:

"but there's very few economists who would not agree that in addressing the growth in healthcare costs, improving educational outcomes, improving our infratructure and moving us to a cleaner energy economy are not absolutely necessary conditions for improving long term growth in this economy"

REALLY? REALLY? Man- I took a lot of Econ back in school. But of course I'm not a genius like Geithner (except for the fact that I know when a W-2 lists the number "zero" under the Social Security and Medicare boxes that there just might be a problem with my taxes)-- but someone find me this majority of economists who think any of Obama's spending is "absolutely necessary" to move the economy forward. It's NONSENSE!! I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the long-time Senators know he's talking complete B.S. too.

I couldn't find a video of Gregg's grilling- which was good....but here's some of the hearing.

This video of Gregg's opening statement at Tuesday's Budget Committee Meeting spells out the debt implications of Obama's budget quite clearly and dispels some of the fantasies that Democrats are putting out there like "we don't spend enough on health care"- in fact Gregg points out

“You’re exploding the size of health care spending on top of a health-care spending which already exceeds any industrialized country in the world by about 5%, so there’s no discipline there -- in fact there’s a massive expansion of the government,” Gregg said.




Gregg's calls for entitlement reform are SO refreshing to hear from a Republican-- many of whom fear any talk about Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security which WE KNOW will bankrupt our country as the Boomers retire. (And Obama just expanded the programs with barely a peep from the opposition). Unfortunately the message is falling on deaf ears both inside the beltway and with most of the American people who keep their heads stuck in the sand wishing this would all just go away and they could have their 401K's back.

Good thing Judd didn't take the job with the administration- huh?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Muppets on the Streets



Telly Monster expresses the fear and uncertainty of today's economy.....










I don't know why this made me giggle-maybe it's the thought of "The Count" in line for his unemployment check or Cookie Monster going on "Monster.com" to look for a new acting gig...
Article from USA Today: Recession forcing layoffs at Sesame Workshop.

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit producer of Sesame Street and other kids' programs, is cutting about one-fifth of its workforce because of the economic downturn.

...Sesame Workshop gets revenue from product licensing and the sale of its programs to PBS and syndication. The company is also funded by government agencies, foundations and corporations.
They might have to close Mr. Hooper's store. Cookie Monster with no cookies? OK, maybe I'm actually sad. What is Obama going to DO about this??

P.S. Here is my all-time favorite Sesame Street clip-- which coincidentally is an excellent demonstration of liberal policies in action.





Top Doc

At was at my OB/GYN's office today and one of the nurses mentioned he was featured on abcnews.com

Here's the article called "Recession Angels".

His practice is providing free medical treatments to existing patients who have lost their health insurance due to a job loss.

Dr. Tony Shibley is one of the best Docs in the Twin Cities. When I moved up here from Atlanta in the summer of '04, he was the only doctor out of about five that I contacted who offered to meet me for a free face-to-face consult. (And I didn't even have to drop in that I'm a doctor's wife). I was pregnant with the girls and wanted to understand a physician's approach to delivering twins before I signed onto their practice. All of the other docs either wanted to charge me for the consult or wanted to have me come in for an appointment first.

That's how competition works and now he's going to be delivering a second set of twins for us. (I guess this is the right time to inform my readers about that aspect of my life...I'm expecting identical twin boys in May...don't ask me the odds of having two sets of twins because I really don't know).

What a great program he's offering through his private practice-- all without one ounce of government intervention.

Obama New York Times Interview

You may have heard audio clips of this interview with President Obama by the New York Times. He actually called back the reporter to clarify several points-- the President calling back a reporter to make sure they "have it right"-- what a spinmeister. This expert is from the original interview transcript- if I can find his "call back" audio, I'll post that too.

The transcript removes his "ums" and "uhs"-- (Todd counted nine of them in one paragraph of the audio that Fox News played the other night)....

This is part of one of his answers on the budget:

The second area is on energy, which we’ve been talking about for decades. Now, in each of those cases, what we’ve said is, on our watch, we’re going to solve problems that have weakened this economy for a generation. And it’s going to be hard and it’s going to require some costs. But if you look on the revenue side what we’re proposing, what we’re looking at is essentially to go back to the tax rates that existed during the 1990s when, as I recall, rich people were doing very well. In fact everybody was doing very well. We have proposed a cap and trade system, which could create some additional costs, but the vast majority of that we want to give back in the form of tax breaks to the 95 percent of working families.

Climate Change and Tax policy tied together in one mess of a statement.

"Rich people" again. Isn't it interesting the the Dem spin for the last year has been "rich people gained the most from the strong economy"-- but now their spin is (and I've seen this from local to federal messages being put out) "poor people have lost the most"....Doesn't it stand to reason that if "rich people" gained the most, they would have lost the most? I mean, you can say that people at the lower end of the totem poll have suffered too, but I don't think you can logically say they've lost the most-- if we're talking about money, that is.

And if the Bush tax cut was so awful- why won't this administration repeal the entire thing? We were told for 8 years, that it only benefited "the rich", right? Because they were lying, the Bush tax cut benefited everyone with a federal income tax liability and even removed millions of people from having a tax liability at the bottom of the income scale.

There are lots of analysis of this on the web and I could go through it again here- but if you want to read a good blog post that concludes the fact that the Bush tax cut benefited the middle class the most- look at this post from March 2008 from Carpe Diem. Click on all of the charts so you can read them. Send it to all your liberal family and friends the next time they spout off about "the rich".

Also study the "10 Myths about the Bush Tax cut" by the Heritage Foundation....it shows that the deficits were created by spending increases, not tax cuts.

It also shifted MORE of the tax liability to the upper brackets and it was the reduction of taxes in the lower brackets that reduced revenue. So, if Obama wanted to stimulate the economy, he'd cut spending and give people more of their money back so that they could either 1. pay back debt, i.e. get money into the banking system or 2. spend it which would mean they're paying more taxes into the system.

He doesn't. He wants to redistribute wealth to maintain more government control over the successful people in this country. He wants to be punitive and his language and attitude on the matter couldn't be more clear.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Speaking of Schools....

I received the EP Schools Report in the mail last week....


Here were a few of the activities they highlighted around the district:

















Anti-bullying programs and Kindness Retreats-- it's a good thing Obama's lengthening the school-day, I mean, this is important stuff.


And a choir program "My planet, your planet"....Do you remember the songs you sang in Elementary School music classes? We learned American classics like "My Darling Clementine" and "Oh Susannah" and learned a little history along the way. We had fun singing "Witches Brew"-- does anybody remember that one? There were songs about bunnies at Easter time (I still remember all the words to one) and songs about Santa at Christmas. Now they sing about turning off the lights. I'd love to see the lyrics to these tunes, maybe they go like this:


(To the tune of "Clementine")

Oh, my mommy, oh, my mommy,

My mommy drives an SUV

She's a dirty, rotten fascist


Cuz she's killing all the trees

Didn't your parents handle all of these subjects? My dad used to bellow "turn off the lights!" and my mom "turn off that water". We rode our bikes because we liked to ride them, not to "save the planet".


These are the same kids who will be soon be writing the desperate letters to the editor about the planet being in peril that I see in the local papers. Is there anything more obnoxious than a kid telling you what you should and shouldn't be doing?


Shouldn't parents be able to handle the subjects of being kind and not picking on people? Why is there a standardized curriculum for this? My parenting style is to teach my kids to- "be kind to people who are kind to you" and "if somebody is bullying somebody else, you have my permission to call them stupid". My 8-year-old nephew has it down- if someone picks on him, he just says "yeah, whatever"-- he hasn't had "bullying programming"-- shouldn't that be enough?


I remember asking my mom once (a softie social worker) why she didn't intervene more when there was teasing when we were little- she said matter-of-factly, "because it's life, you're going to get picked on constantly in life, you had better get used to it".


Not anymore. Kids now expect a bed of roses (non-greenhouse-gas-producing-roses I mean).


The schools are out-of-control with political correctness.

There is No Debate- He's a Socialist

I was working on another post about Obama's wide-ranging interview with the New York Times from a couple of days ago and then I see part of his speech on Education this morning to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

I can't even keep up with this guy...lefties all over the country are jumping for joy at the speed at which this guy is Socializing all aspects of America.

Part of his plan? Lengthening the school day and the school year- aka expanding FREE DAYCARE.

The president acknowledged that a rethinking of the traditional American school day may not be welcome — "not in my family, and probably not in yours" — but is critical.

So- it's not welcome, but we're doing it anyway?

Aren't these the same people who bemoaned "No Child Left Behind" because it was the federal government telling local schools what to do? (Actually it was the federal government saying, "if you want our money, show us how you're spending it"). The federal government should NOT be 1. telling schools what to do or 2. funding schools. This is clearly the purview of the states. Local schools complain consistently about mandates, don't like mandates? Don't take the money.

Here are some other highlights: (from the Star Trib today)

He also said he would offer 55,000 first-time parents regular visits from trained nurses and said that states that develop cutting-edge plans to raise the quality of early learning programs would get an Early Learning Challenge Grant


Ah, because a nurse is going to go into a home and make you read a book to your kid? Unbelievable invasion of privacy!! I watched a show on Tibet on PBS a few months back- this is what China does. They have assigned workers go into Tibetan villages and do home-checks on certain families. What happens if you get signed up and the State-paid nurse sees something she doesn't she doesn't like in the "home learning environment"-- fast food bags or cigarettes? Think about this- this is NUTS and he wants your money to do it.


_Repeating his call for everyone to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training, with the goal of highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020.

As if a college-education is the ultimate measure of success...who's going to pay for this? The government. Paying people to sit in school and they should be working. Hey- Barry- there aren't any jobs? But socialists will create jobs-- teachers, nurses, doctors state workers-- see my previous posts about this.


Obama also spoke at length about what he described his policy toward teachers, what he called an `unprecedented commitment to ensure that anyone entrusted with educating our children is doing the job as well as it can be done." In up to 150 more school districts, Obama said, teachers will get mentoring, more money for improved student achievement and new responsibilities.

More mentoring- because an Education Degree isn't enough? This is just using older teachers to mentor/indoctrinate younger teachers into the system.

Also, Obama said, "We need to make sure our students have the teacher they need to be successful. That means states and school districts taking steps to move bad teachers out of the classroom. Let me be clear: if a teacher is given a chance but still does not improve, there is no excuse for that person to continue teaching."

Are there bad teachers- sure! Haven't we all had a bad teacher? I've had a few, but was still successful in school. Bad teachers are not ultimately responsible for a student's failure- (as Obama asserted earlier in the speech that I saw on TV)- in some cases it's a bad student responsible for their own failure, in other cases it's bad parents responsible for their child's failure. How exactly- does the government- determine who are good and who are bad teachers? Using school administration? HA! School administration will protect the teachers that are "in the herd" and admonish anybody who bucks the status quo.

Merit pay for teachers is a stupid idea- here in Minnesota it's called Q-comp (introduced by Governor Pawlenty) and you have teachers reviewing other teachers as a measure of their success. That's how the money is doled out. So you could say I agree with the Dems? No- they just think money should be thrown at everyone. I believe we must have competition in the schools to make for the best system for all- and that some teachers deserve to make $100,000, while others should be happy making $25,000. I also think that state teaching certification requirements should be loosened to that people who want to teach- can- without going back to school for two years to do it.

This is all just crazy- I'd laugh, but it's not funny. It's scary. Longer days to further indoctrinate our kids....government-paid daycare. One group of families choosing to take care of their own kids- living off one paycheck- subsidizing another group of families who choose to put their kids in full-time "school" at the age of 6 months old.

I wonder how all of these ideas line up with the writings of one Bill Ayers? Do I even need to ask?

Monday, March 9, 2009

NOOOOOOO!

I'm watching "24" last night and they show a clip of the fictional President telling us that "Climate Change" will lead to calamity unless we do something about it and points us to a website to learn how we can reduce our "carbon footprint".

24 Going Green PSA - Cherry Jones




Then I saw this on the 24 website:

"24" BECOMES FIRST-EVER CARBON NEUTRAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION
Show Reduces Its Season Seven Carbon Footprint By 43% Through Greener Production Practices

PSA Campaign Featuring Series' Stars Kicks Off Monday, March 2, on FOX

March 2, 2009, Hollywood, CA -- Nearly a year after announcing its aim to reduce its carbon footprint and inspire its viewers to do the same, "24," the Emmy award-winning series from Imagine and Twentieth Century Fox Television, has far exceeded its carbon-reduction goals and will be the first television production ever to achieve carbon neutrality. Through aggressive and innovative changes in its production practices, the show reduced the carbon emissions associated with its production by a staggering 43%, and to demonstrate a further commitment to leading the television industry on the issue, "24" has purchased high-quality carbon offsets to address its remaining unavoidable emissions
.

NOW I've heard it all- who do this Hollywood morons think watches "24"-- it ain't no Suburu driving liberals. They purchased carbon offsets? Suckers.

Obama "Overwhelmed" Already

An excellent article from Saturday's London Daily Telegraph that covers the bumbled White House visit of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

A reader let me know about the gift of 25 DVD's that Obama gave to Mr. Brown...thoughtless and SO tacky. Who doesn't know that you're supposed to give meaningful gifts to world leaders? Can you imagine giving DVD's to someone of such influence and power?

Here's one of the gifts that Gordon Brown gave Barack:

a pen holder made from the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade - a sister ship of the vessel from which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama's Oval Office desk

179 British soldiers have died fighting with us in Iraq and they have been fighting in Afghanistan with us too- a place where Obama is upping troop levels.

DVD's- what's next? A shot glass collection for the Russian President? Way to go Barry.

Long Time, No Blog

I think this is the longest time I've gone without blogging since I started in August. For those of you with blogs, you know you need some inspiration to keep up the pace. However, I was in Atlanta where I saw ONE- yes only ONE- Obama bumper sticker in a week's time. Where I was in a nail place and "The View" came on and a woman spouts- "I can't stand this show!" Ah, it was like a spa vacation away from all the nutty liberals around here! Of course upon my return I saw six- count them six- Obama bumper stickers at the Fairview Southdale Hospital parking lot today-- including this beauty:


That's Franken, Maria Rudd, Obama, Code Pink and a "Stop this Endless War" bumper sticker, ...I wonder how they feel about troops going to Afghanistan? Conflicted I bet. Minnesota is the LAND of bumper stickers.
While in Atlanta we celebrated Todd's 38th birthday at a Hibachi joint- (Todd picked up the tab for his party as a "farewell to the Bush tax cut" gift to the family).
Here are the Corbett sisters...Anne, me, Mary (we all have the same non-existent hairdo I've noticed).
Of course there were 9 kids running around, so perhaps not completely spa-like. More like the Duggar house. But, my older nieces were such great helpers with the girls- that I actually got to relax a little bit. We got a picture of all of the Corbett sisters' children for my dad's birthday (in matching outfits-- very Southern!) isn't it cute?

Now it's back to reality.
I'll try to get some posts up soon for my ten or so loyal readers...a lot to say- just need to get my brain clicking again.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Return To Sender

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

-Winston Churchill

I missed this story from a couple of weeks ago-

Did you know that Obama sent a bust of Winston Churchill out of The White House? It was a gift to the U.S. after 9/11 and President Bush had it in the Oval Office.

From London's Daily Telegraph Feb 14th:

A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government's art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush's tenure.
But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: "Thanks, but no thanks."


Diplomats were at first reluctant to discuss the whereabouts of the Churchill bronze, after its ejection from the seat of American power. But the British Embassy in Washington has now confirmed that it sits in the palatial residence of ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald, just down the road from Vice President Joe Biden's official residence. It is not clear whether the ambassador plans to keep it in Washington or send it back to London.

American politicians have made quoting Churchill, whose mother was American, something of an art form, but not Mr Obama, who prefers to cite the words and works of his hero Abraham Lincoln. Indeed a bust of Mr Lincoln now sits in the Oval Office where Epstein's Churchill once ruled the roost.

Churchill has less happy connotations for Mr Obama than those American politicians who celebrate his wartime leadership. It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather.

I'm 5/8th Irish- my ancestors were not treated well by the English either. They died in workhouses, they suffered because of centuries of British policy toward Ireland. However, if I were President of the United States, I can't fathom insulting our most steadfast ally by such a folly.

It's not "about you" and your family and your ancestors Mr. President- it's about our country, our history, our future security.

This commentary in the Washington Times "Exorcising Churchill" is spot on-- and scary as hell.

This man is a radical.

Monday, March 2, 2009

"Shared Sacrifice"

The Strib reports today on the looming budget battle in St. Paul.

Here are some of the DFL's proposals to address a $5-7 billion state budget deficit:

a fourth-tier individual income-tax rate aimed at the wealthiest Minnesotans; a 10 percent surcharge on all individual income taxes; a temporary sales-tax increase and applying the sales tax to clothing or services.

Elsewhere in the paper- it is lamented that welfare spending in the state is not enough to ensure cost-of-living adjustments.

"Nothing in the economy stands still,'' said Nelson. "We expect these families to go out and find a job, yet the cost of transportation goes up, the cost of housing goes up, the cost of a phone line goes up.''

Desire Vang was among the parents filling out public assistance applications. The mother of a 6-month-old son, she said she never had applied before but was grateful to get financial help while finishing her schooling. But even living with her grandmother, it would be tough to make ends meet, she said.


Vang said she couldn't imagine trying to live on her own with $437 a month in cash and $285 in food stamps, which is what a family of two receives.

"When they told me how much [welfare] people get, it was like, 'How can you live on that?''' said Vang of St. Paul.


Right- you're not supposed to be "living on that". This is just free money from the government- not a loan, it's made free and clear so it may not be enough to live off of, it may not be enough to solve your problems, but it's still a good amount of free assistance from the taxpayers in the state. Vang is sharp- she knows exactly how much she needs to live, she has it all calculated in her head. She is fortunate enough to be able to live with her grandmother. This young woman is finishing her schooling-- that's nice. Perhaps when you have a child, schooling may need to be put on the back burner until you can afford to go back. We have a great system now where you can easily go back to school at any time, unlike how it used to be 30 years ago where if you were a single mom- you were stuck. We have a free public education system- so once her child goes to school, she could go back too. Right now, perhaps work. (And perhaps get the child's father- who's not even mentioned in the article- to foot some bills. What's his excuse for not supporting a child he fathered?)

$722 a month total, $8,664/year- from what I can tell this is an MFIP grant and food stamps- look at this link for the myriad of other programs she can apply for in Ramsey County.

Marty Seifert points this out in the article:

"What do we give out for housing [subsidies]?'' Seifert asked. "What do we give out for medical assistance? What do we give out for child-care assistance? You need to look at the whole package."

Try to untangle the mess online- you can't. I've tried to call Hennepin county for a simple chart of total welfare benefits for say a family of 2,3,4,5, etc... it's not available online, you need a password into the state computer system to calculate the figures. So much for transparency.

Back to the previous article about the state budget:

(Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson) Kelliher said that
Minnesotans may be ahead of legislators on the need for shared sacrifice. The question is how much.

Shared--- for those who pay taxes in this state. Those who don't are lamenting that it's not enough. With the DFL in charge of the budget- Minnesota might as well put new signs up at the borders "If you're successful, you'll pay. If you're not, you're welcome!"