Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Trespass on the Case: The Beginning

So for awhile now I have contemplated beginning another blog. I know: I can't keep up with the one I have so of course I should start another one.

Realizing that one blog is probably enough for me (notice that the other two I have haven't been updated in forever), I decided that I would not start a new blog. Instead, any posts that I would have put on the new blog will be here under the heading of 'Trespass on the Case."

Now, let me explain the name.

'Trespass on the Case' is a legal term used to describe an event where someone you know steals something from you, and you trespass on their property to retrieve your stolen chattels. That action is called trespass on the case. but I like to think of the term a little differently, perhaps as trespassing on the case of a story, news item, or product review. Or law case, as the case may be.

It's a bit of an unusual term, which is why I thought it would make a great title for a blog.

The new icon in the sidebar over there can be considered something of a shrunken banner for TotC. I'm going to try and hyperlink it so that all TotC posts can be accessed by clicking on it - but we'll see how well that works.

Let the trespassing begin.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mery Christmas!!

Casting Crowns - I heard the Bells on Christmas Day

God is not dead, nor does He sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
Peace on Earth, goodwill to Men.

I feel the need this Christmas to point out that there came a cross out of that manger. The wrong shall fail, the right will prevail, and today we celebrate Jesus' birth and the reason we have the hope to say that right will prevail.

Barlow Girl - Hallelujah (Light has Come)

Luke 2
2:8 Now  there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. 2:9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: 2:11 Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. 2:12 This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 2:13 Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

2:14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased."

And I think that this following song sums everything up better than I ever could.

Chris Tomlin - Born that We May Have Life

Merry Christmas everyone, and may you know the true meaning of Christmas this year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Glory in the Highest

This fall under 'Christmas music I forgot I had." But hey, it's Christmas time. It's all good.


Chris Tomlin - Angels We Have Heard on High

Chris Tomlin - Joy to the World

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' ~Dave Barry

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Eve, and Other Stories

Happy Saturday! Not that I am trying to cause you to panic or anything, but by my reckoning there are only nine days until Christmas. Just a thought.

But I'm sure you came for the music, not to think. Today we're doing Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enjoy!


Faith Noel

Wizards in Winter

Next time we have a post like this, with Christmas music, it will be the 23rd of December.

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. ~Eric Sevareid

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Sweet

I have offically run out of singles for these Friday posts, so, yeah. Today Mannheim Steamroller, tomorrow, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Christmas Sweet: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Carol of the Bells

I just love that one. Especially the middle. Ding, dong, ding, dong...

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

I like that one, too. I like a lot of the stuff Mannheim Steamroller does.

See you tomorrow.

“There's more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men!” - Unknown

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Greatest Twelve Days of the Year

Here's a couple of Miscellaneous songs, and by Miscellaneous I mostly mean "Christmas Music not done by Mannheim Steamroller or Trans-Siberian Orchestra." Regardless, both of these songs are very fun.

Aly & Aj - Greatest Time of Year

The following is perhaps the most uncouth version of "12 Days of Christmas" ever made, but I love it. It's so much fun.

Relient K - 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, December 9, 2011

Peppermint Winter

Owl City's songs tend be quite nonsensical, but very fun. I hope you all will enjoy this one just as much as I did.

Owl City - Peppermint Winter

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

Until tomorrow!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Deck the Halls for Christmas Eve

Let the Christmas music begin!

For this first post, we have the two quintessential Christmas bands, Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO).

Mannheim Steamroller - Deck the Halls

I love this next one, don't get me wrong, but it always confuses me. This may be the very song that got me into TSO in the first place. Or it may not be. I always thought the song that got my attention first was TSO's 'Carol of the Bells,' but maybe not. The problem is that the song you find when you search for "Carol of the Bells" by TSO sounds exactly like Christmas Eve.

Oh well. No matter what you call it, it still rocks. (Ignore the fact that the video calls this song 'Carol of the Bells.' That's not the name I'm using.)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve in Sarajevo 12/24

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~Charles Dickens

Friday, December 2, 2011

So, Yeah (Misc. Collection of Everything)

-->> Yes, guess who just remembered that she had a blog and that she hasn't updated for over a month. and she missed Thanksgiving, too.

Well, I'm a lot late, but this video is a Thanksgiving tradition, and darn if I'll miss it this year just because I was lazy. I love this song any time of the year.

Petra - Thankful Heart

Yay Petra!

I put up the winter/Christmas banner today. It's supposed to be for Christmas, but it's more of a winter-type thing. I don't know if I'll change the colors of the blog again this year. Can't remember if I did it last year or not.

-->> In miscellaneous unrelated news, Obama went out the other day and said that it doesn't matter if America succeeds or not, his children will be okay no matter what happens.

Generally I do try and express myself without swearing but sometimes that can be pretty hard. Via Gateway Pundit, via everyone he got it from:

“Our kids are going to be fine,” Obama told supporters at a campaign event last night. “And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don’t worry about you . . . they’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. But that’s not our vision of America. I don’t want an America where my kids are living behind walls and gates, and can’t feel a part of a country that is giving everybody a shot.”
Hey Odummer: BITE ME!!! this country is going down in flames and all you can do is try and use your kids for political gain and reassure them that's it's okay 'cause Daddy's set for life now and he can take of you, even if the rest of the country is on the highway to hell. (Courtesy of Mr Hope-a-Dope.)

He says that's not his vision of America. I agree. His vision of this country is much, much worse.

-->> And last, but certainly not least, it is Christmas time, and I'm thinking: Christmas music!  i'm planning on a  series of posts containing Christmas music. We'll see how it goes. I was a little concerned at first as to whether or not I would have enough music, then I realized that between Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra alone I have enough. Anyway, here's the first one, which is more of a winter kind of song, but that's okay. It's techno, too, so some people may not like it.

Klaypex - Chinter's Will

That's all for this Round.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Embed a YouTube Video in Blogger Post, In About That Many Steps

In Photos.

So I see one of my Friends needs help embedding a video onto her blog. Thusly, while I was working on my Halloween post the other night I took [too many] screenshots of the embedding process. Now I can write up this [hopefully] handy tutorial. For the record, I use Internet Explorer 8 when embedding videos. I don't know why it would matter if you use FireFox, but I use IE. All the pictures you see in this tutorial -yeah, that IE. (Sad, isn't it?)

First you have to find the video.You all don't get any pictures for this. Go YouTube and find a video. I'll wait here.

All done? Alright, good. Now, you should have picked the video and have it open so you can watch it on your screen. Now refer to the following (click to enlarge):

Now, you see down there I have circled in red a little button reading 'share.' Once you have selected your video, click this button.

Once you have clicked this button, you should have this little window pop open beneath it. I have circled the embed button. This is what you want to click next.

This expands another little window. The text highlighted in blue is the embed code that you will copy and paste into Blogger. But before you do that, check and make sure that the video is the size you want (I use 420x315 because that fits well into the post section of my blog). Also, you may want to prevent YouTube from offering related videos. This box is usually selected when you open the embed window, just click on it to uncheck it. If 420x315 is too large for your blog - or blog sidebar, as I had three video embedded in the sidebar of this very blog at one point, but that's a story for another time - then you can use the custom boxes to find a size that fits your blog. If you type a number into one of the boxes, YouTube automatically matches it to make sure the video still looks alright.

But anyway, you have your code. Right click, and hit copy. Then get back over to your blog.

You are going to need to have your new post/ edit post window set to 'Edit HTML.' As you can see, it is one of the tabs at the top of the page. I usually try and have it set like that before I'm ready to embed teh video.

Make sure you have all of the spacing sorted out, then right click and paste the embed code.

You should be able to see the newly embedded paste code.

If this is the only vidoe you want to post, then hit enter once or twice to move the typing bar away from the code, and then you can either keep typing in the Edit HTML page or you can set the thing back to 'Compose.' If you have more videos to post, than keep the page in 'Edit HTML and repeat the previous steps as needed.

Use the preview button before you publish the post (or close the YouTube videopage) to make sure that the size you choose for the video fits the blog. This isn't always possible with some videos, but it's always good to check.

And this is where I should post a video to prove that my steps work, but these are the same steps I used for my Halloween video post-a-palooza, so if the Halloween Post doesn't convince you that I know how to embed a YouTube video into my blog, I don't know what posting one here is gonna do.

Anyway, I help this was helpful. Good luck embedding!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

I apologize to you all for not having some more Monstrous Profiles this year. School and work have kept me pretty busy, but I'm glad to see some of you were still enjoying some of the older profiles.

This year I have a eclectic mix of Halloween music for you. Let's get started! First, a classic Mannheim Steamroller song, only because the embeding was disabled for Funeral March of the Marionette. Still, Rock and Roll Graveyard is pretty good too.

Mannheim Steamroller - Rock and Roll Graveyard

Next, a verified classic: Ghostbusters!

Ray Parker Jr - Ghostbusters

Of course, it isn't Halloween without the Monster Mash

Bobby Pickett - Monster Mash

I'm only posting this one because Vincent Price is in it.

Michael Jackson - Thriller

And last but not least, this one. Because ther is no possible way the Trans-Siberian Orchestra could have made this song rock any harder.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Mountain

Have a great night and stay safe, everyone. Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Reading Comprehension is Down, I See

It never ceases to amaze me that books such as "Brave New World," "1984," and "Atlas Shrugs" are required reading in some high schools, and that no one gets out of high school with any comprehension of what they've read. (Which begs the interesting question, what are they teaching kids about those books? That the looters in Atlas Shrugs were right to do what they did? No one can be that stupid, can they?)

Michelle Malkin had an interesting post over at Townhall this morning. It seem that the Occupy Whatever goons are in favor of a Robin Hood tax on corporations and bankers because, by golly, Robin Hood stole from the rich one percent and gave to the poor ninety-nine percent!! He's a hero to poor folks everywhere!!

“I’m after a man whom I want to destroy. He died many centuries ago, but until the last trace of him is wiped out of men’s minds, we will not have a decent world to live in.”
“What man?”
“Robin Hood.”

“He was the man who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. Well, I’m the man who robs from the poor and gives to the rich – or, to be exact, the man who robs the thieving poor and gives back to the productive rich.”
“This is the horror which Robin Hood immortalized as an ideal of righteousness. It is said that he fought against the looting rulers and returned the loot to those who had been robbed, but that is not the meaning of the legend which has survived. He is remembered, not as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became the symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does….Until men learn that of all human symbols, Robin Hood is the most immoral and the most contemptible, there will be no justice on earth and no way for mankind to survive.”

That is a quote from Ragnar Danneskjold, one of the characters of Atlas Shrugged, the book that only 1% of people who read it understand. I do think Ayn Rand put it the best. Did you notice the middle of the last paragraph? "He is remembered, not as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity."
Why no, I don't have any Democrat politicians pop into my mind while thinking about that sentence, why did you ask?
But back to our reading-impaired friends at Occupy Whatever. From Michelle Malkin's Column:
October 29 is the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, you see, and that's the date on which Adbusters wants its followers to "rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1 percent ROBIN HOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades." The money, say longtime champions of the tax, would go to "fund crucial action against climate change."
Oh yeah, we totally need a tax to deal with the non-existent climate change.
Say what? Panicked governments forked over trillions to rescue politically connected, basket-case banks, and the solution is ... punishing individual investors, creating less efficient capital markets, and spreading the wealth around to global-warming zealots and welfare-state overlords?
Rest assured, the text of the Robin Hood tax manifesto will be chanted in ignorant zombie unison -- using the "human microphone" method of call and drone -- in dingy occupier camps from NYC to San Francisco and every blue dot in between. Showcasing their economic illiteracy, the Occupiers remain clueless about the real-world consequences of their redistributionist claptrap. And they're ridiculously oblivious to the irony of adopting anti-tax crusader "Robin Hood" as their hero.
The demon millionaires and billionaires whom the Occupiers seek to punish would not be the only ones to bear the costs. Over time, the burden of the Robin Hood tax would shift. Rogoff observed: "Higher transactions taxes increase the cost of capital, ultimately lowering investment. With a lower capital stock, output would trend downward, reducing government revenues and substantially offsetting the direct gain from the tax. In the long run, wages would fall, and ordinary workers would end up bearing a significant share of the cost."
The original Robin Hood tales of the Middle Ages celebrated a renegade who rose up against property rights violations and taxation abuses. His archenemies were not private traders or bankers, but the local government tax collector, the Sheriff of Nottingham and the power-grabbing ruler, Prince John. Robin Hood, in other words, was far more tea party than flea party.
And if the Occupy Whatever goons had actually understood what they read in Atlas Shrugged, they might have known that. Ayn Rand explained it pretty plainly.

And Ms. Malkin points out that since it's the modern politically correct, steal-from-the-greedy-rich-and-give-to-the-bum-poor Robin Hood that these people want,

In any case, if the Occupiers insist on celebrating outright theft from the haves in the name of the have-nots, perhaps they should stop complaining about the pickpockets and looters infesting their camps. Live by "social justice" nursery rhymes. Die by "social justice" crimes.
I couldn't agree more. And the Occupy Whatever Goons all ought to be required to retake 9th Grade Lit.

Maybe this time, when reading Atlas Shrugged and 1984, they'll actually learn something.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Does Any Life Have Value Anymore?

I've previously mentioned on my blog that I have diabetes. It's a drag, but I make the best of it.

But diabetes is a disability, so you can imagine my horror when I read on Pajamas Media tonight about a couple who were awarded $4.5 because their child was born disabled, and they were not told that he was disabled while he was in the womb. They got a huge settlement because they missed the opportunity to abort their son.

From PJM:

On September 9, a West Palm Beach jury awarded parents Rodolfo Santana and Ana Mejia $4.5 million because they did not get accurate information from Dr. Marie Morel and OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches. Their son Bryan Santana, now age 3, was born disabled. He has no arms and only one leg. The argument made by his parents was that if the clinic had told them their son was so disabled, they would have aborted him. And since they didn’t get a chance to terminate Bryan in the womb, and obviously they can’t legally do it now, they wanted millions of dollars.
The woman, who certainly will not win any mother-of-the year awards, told the jury during the two-week trial:
Definitely, I would have had an abortion.

I hope when little Bryan grows up he never Googles himself or his parents. I can’t imagine the horror when he reads that his parents wish they would have killed him. I wonder how quickly he will grasp that his parents think his life, since he has disabilities, isn’t worth living. I wonder if that jury considered how the disabled community would feel if they knew that a jury awarded these parents millions because they missed the opportunity to abort their disabled son.

There are some things in life that are so, so, out of left field that there are no words for. Can you imagine what will happen if poor Bryan ever asks his parents if they would have aborted him if they knew he would be disabled? Once, in a deep fit of despair, I asked my mother if she would have aborted me if she would have known that I was going to have diabetes. (It's a long story; my journey with diabetes has had some bumps in the road.) She said no, and I believe her. I know where she stands of the issue of life. I cannot imagine what will happen to poor Bryan if he ever asks his mother if she would have aborted him. And even if she does lie and say she would have kept him, one quick Internet search will debunk that.
Few people realize how much sentiment exists out there that the disabled are less than human. If you want proof one only has too look at abortion. In the UK, for example, there are limits on when you can abort a baby unless that baby has severe disabilities. The UK law does not define those disabilities but allows abortion up until the moment of birth if the child is disabled. Why? Obviously the message is that a child with disabilities has less value or reason to live. The West Palm Beach jury would agree with that atrocious idea.
The numbers should shock you. In America, 90% of non-life threatening disabled babies are aborted. If you have a disability in the womb, you have a 1 in 10 chance of being born. You have a 9 in 10 chance of your parents deciding your life isn’t worth living. In 2003, a Gallup poll revealed that almost 6 in 10 Americans think it is okay to abort if a child has a mental or physical disability. Imagine if instead of a disability, 6 in 10 said it was okay to abort because a child is black or female.
Thankfully, these numbers are so shocking that even some on the pro-choice Left see this as a problem. The Left is conflicted in being pro-rights for all types of minorities, but being pro-choice on abortion...
We need more on the Left to realize their own double standard. Ted Kennedy, who was a huge pro-choice advocate, understood the poor treatment of the disabled. In 2005, Kennedy co-sponsored the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act. That bill expanded federal financing to teach parents of children with Down Syndrome how to help raise them. Kennedy understood that parents needed to learn that disabled children had equal value, and if parents learned those skills, then they wouldn’t feel the need to abort. The goal of the bill was to stop the atrocious rate of abortions based on a child being diagnosed with Down Syndrome. That bill was co-sponsored by big pro-lifer Sam Brownback, it was signed into law by President Bush, and it was actually backed by the pro-abortion NARAL.
Proving that even Democrats get it right sometimes. I cannot believe this. Thank you world, for proving how little value you ascribe to lives that don't fit your standards. You know, I enjoy life. No, I really do, and that includes my life with diabetes. Sometimes I don't think I'd be who I am today if I hadn't had diabetes. Don't get me wrong, I want a cure for this disease, and life has not always been easy with it, but who's life is ever easy? You disgust by your morally bankrupt insinuation that my life is worth less than yours!

Perhaps it's my diabetes talking here, but all life has value. It doesn't matter if a person have diabetes or Down Syndrome or missing limbs or any combination of the three. All life has value whether disabled or not.

Maybe only people with diabilities will ever realize that.

Related: Canada allows infanticide

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years Later

Well, here we are, ten years after the worst terrorist attacks of 9/11. Time sure flies. There are only two things I want to bring up today, and these two questions are asked in song.

The first is Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" everyone remebers today because today is a  ten-year mark, but did you remember seven years after 9/11? Eight? What about the years that aren't anniversaries? Do you remember it in those years? The song is dated now since bin Laden is now dead, but the question still remains, have you forgotten?

The next question is one that almost no one alive when it happens will ever forget the answer too: where were you when you heard about what happened?

Alan Jackson - Where were you (when the world stopped turning)

May the victims of 9/11, thier families, those who died trying to save them, ans those who survived, never be forgotten. May we never forget the soldiers who protect us, even now. And may we never stop trying to protect our freedom.

Never forget.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dear Council of American-Islamic Relations: WHY DON'T YOU STICK A FORK IN IT?!?!?!

It's almost 9/11 again, the time of year where my patience for Muslims evaporates like water on a hot Middle Eastern day - not that I had much patience to start with.

So while I was waiting for the AP to run their regularly scheduled sob story about how this 9/11 will be a day like no other for the Muslims (like the story they ran last year, and the year before that,) I caught this story from Gateway Pundit.

It seems a St Louis coloring book publisher has put out a coloring book about 9/11. This coloring book was designed to help children understand 9/11. From the publisher's website:

To the American people and all others who may read this child's coloring book, We Shall Never Forget is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11. This book also describes basic freedoms in America. We suggest parental guidance. As the 9/11 events are shown countless times on national media, this book will help children understand the meaning of these events. The book was created with honesty, integrity, reverence, respect and does not shy away from the truth.In this book you will see what happens to a terrorist who orders others to bomb our peace loving wonderful nation.

The September 11, 2001 attacks on America are now commonly referred to as 9/11. It was a series of coordinated attacks by a radical Islamic Muslim extremist terrorist group who call themselves Al Qaeda. They were self-proclaimed Jihadists; many American people refer to them as homicide bombers. their leader was a Saudi national named Osama Bin Laden. He and his men used hijacked U.S. airplanes as weapons. A total of 3,000+ innocent people from over 70 countries were killed. There were no survivors from any of the airplanes.
So the publishers tried to be respectful and honest and help children truly understand what happened on 9/11. They have succeeded. Would you like to know how I know?
Because CAIR, the Council of American Islamic Relations, is having a hissy fit. From St Louis CBS:

Taking heat from Muslim groups upset with a coloring book about the 9/11 Attacks, a publisher says he’s been in contact with local police and the FBI.
Wayne Bell, the Publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, Inc., says there’s been a negative backlash against the book “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom.”
“These are people from Al-Jazeera that have called in here numerous times, people from Iranian TV, people from Palestinian Hamas TV,” Bell said, “A lot of people from the Islamic community have called in here and said increasingly negative things prior to the book being made and then after we made the book too, about the book itself.”
The book features images of Osama Bin Laden and Islamic terrorists. It also shows American citizens upset by the attacks, including a woman with a cross around her neck. But it shows no Muslim Americans mourning the attacks.

The Council on American Islamic Relations has criticized the book as one-sided, only portraying Muslims as either “extremists” or “terrorists. ”

Alright CAIR. Now explain why all those Muslims were dancing in the streets once they got word of what happened to us (not you, mind you. If you think I'll believe your taqqiya about being patriotic Americans, you've got another guess coming.)

Moving on:

Bell was asked to explain the absence of patriotic Muslim Americans in the book who were also opposed to the attacks.
“Well, I don’t know, I mean this is what our research showed us,” Bell said, “Every time we mention one of the hijackers we call them what they are. And that’s what parents wanted. Radical, Islamic, Muslim Extremists. And every time we mention one of the hijackers like the three guys that drove the plane into the Pentagon, there’s nothing else you can call them. I mean, what do think, they’re having a bad hair day?”

The good news is that despite the Muslim backlash, these books have been selling well. I hope they continue to sell well. CAIR, first you have to find a couple of patriotic 'Muslim Americans' (taqqiya again) and hope they aren't honor-killed before they can express their pro-American feelings. Assuming they have any. In the meantime, CAIR, do us a favor, alright? STICK A FORK IN IT!!! 9/11 is not about you and the liars and thieves you represent! It's about the damage that your cult caused to my country, and if you don't like it, don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!

And with that, I shall resume waiting for the regularly scheduled sob story.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ron Paul: Lunatic

The troofers strike again. Via Gateway Pundit:
Two weeks away from the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, presidential candidate and Texas Rep. Ron Paul says that U.S. intervention in the Middle East is a main motivation behind terrorist hostilities toward America, and that Islam is not a threat to the nation.

At a campaign stop on Saturday in Winterset, one man asked Paul how terrorist groups would react if the U.S. removed its military presence in Middle Eastern nations, a move the candidate advocates.
“Which enemy are you worried that will attack our national security?” Paul asked.
“If you’re looking for specifics, I’m talking about Islam. Radical Islam,” the man answered.
“I don’t see Islam as our enemy,” Paul said. “I see that motivation is occupation and those who hate us and would like to kill us, they are motivated by our invasion of their land, the support of their dictators that they hate.”
Regarding 9/11, Paul said that attacks against the U.S. from Middle Eastern groups at home and abroad can be traced to the foreign presence of U.S. troops, as well as America’s relationships with dictator regimes.

Idiot. What middle Eastern country had we invaded during 1993, when the World Trade Center was bombed? What Middle Eastern country had we invaded before 9/11?

Why won't Ron Paul and his hoard of crackpot supporters ever go away? I think I've actually found the one Republican who scares me more at the thought of his being president than Obama getting a second term. You can't get up early enough in the morning to do that, you just have to not sleep. Ever.

Actually, I take that back. They're both equally scary, because neither will admit that Islam is a problem. Paul's stupitidty astounds me, but at least he's not a Muslim, which at this point is about the only thing running in his favor if he runs against Obama.

As to Paul's lunatic claims that somehow 9/11 is the fault of America, Let Freedom Ring had a point to make about that:

Anyone that thinks that the strain of radical Islam isn’t motivated by their thirst for ushering in a worldwide caliphate hasn’t done their homework. Fortunately, Patrick Poole did his. Read this and tell me if Ron Paul’s theory is solid thinking or insanity:

What Western intelligence authorities know about The Project begins with the raid of a luxurious villa in Campione, Switzerland on November 7, 2001. The target of the raid was Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, who has had active association with the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years and who admitted to being one of the organization’s international leaders. The Muslim Brotherhood, regarded as the oldest and one of the most important Islamist movements in the world, was founded by Hasan al-Banna in 1928 and dedicated to the credo, “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
The raid was conducted by Swiss law enforcement at the request of the White House in the initial crackdown on terrorist finances in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. US and Swiss investigators had been looking at Al- Aqwa’s involvement in money laundering and funding a wide range of Islamic terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, HAMAS (the Palestinian affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood), the Algerian GIA, and the Tunisian Ennahdah.
Included in the documents seized during the raid of Nada’s Swiss villa was a 14-page plan written in Arabic and dated December 1, 1982, which outlines a 12-point strategy to “establish an Islamic government on earth”, identified as The Project. According to testimony given to Swiss authorities by Nada, the unsigned document was prepared by “Islamic researchers” associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ron Paul’s theory is that al-Qa’ida plotted 9/11 as a response to the U.S. military bases in Saudi Arabia. Those with a willingness to accept verifiable truth, though, are forced to admit that 9/11 had everything to do with a “12-point strategy to ‘establish an Islamic government on earth’, identified as The Project.”
It’s time for Ron Paul to admit he’s been badly wrong about the jihadists for a very long time. If he won’t accept these planning documents as proof that the Muslim Brotherhood is determined to create a worldwide caliphate, then Ron Paul isn’t qualified to be commander-in-chief. PERIOD.
Amen. What we need in our next President is someone who understands the threat that Islam is to our freedoms and our way of life. Not soneone who is convinced that Islam is an okay cult.

The sooner this lunatic drops out of the race, the better.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Selling Lemonade is Not a Crime!...At least, it Wasn't Back when Bush was President...

So I was out cruising the blogosphere this morning, in the Conservative Blog Ads that Gateway Pundit has in his sidebars, I found a link about the Lemonade stand shut down brouhaha. The "War on Lemonade Stands," it was called. That link led to another blog that was advertising a Lemonade Freedom Event. And that got me thinking.

Around here, it's common that one day a year kids set up stands and sell lemonade. Some of you may have heard of Lemonade Day. Around here, every spring, it's a big thing. Kids set up stands, and make lemonade, enter lemonade contests. Some kids even go beyond the lemonade and sell hot dogs and cookies.

So I was thinking and wondering, 'how long before some loony government official tries to put a stop to Lemonade Day?' and then it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Maybe some one has already said this, so I apologize if I'm plagiarizing. With Lemonade Day, kids are learning to be entrepreneurs. As I've pointed out, some kids around where I live sell more than just lemonade. I've heard it said that this teaches kids about profit margins and other SMALL BUSINESS things like that: How many hot dogs do you have to sell for what price before you've made a profit? And don't forget competition - if the customer thinks that the price for your lemonade is too high, then they can always go try another stand. (Interestingly, more often then not, I see lemonade sell for $0.50 a glass around here. I haven't figured out yet if this is due to inflation or if these kids are trying for exuberant profit margins.)

But anyway, sure, the lemonade stand shutdown is about money. The local governments want their money. (Greedy little buggers, aren't they?) But beyond that, what are lemonade stands teaching kids to do? They're teaching kids to about business; profit margin, expanding into other products, things like that.

What if that's what the government is trying to quash? Our president does not appreciate the private sector and his policy always give small businesses the short end of the stick. I don't have too difficult of a time imagining that he would love to see this Lemonade Day and all these Lemonade Stands go away.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it is just about money, and not about squashing small businesses. Maybe these are too many assumptions, and it's just greed that motivated the war on lemonade.

But what if I'm right?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Feel-Good Friday: Move

So I have finally returned, after working - both at a job and at summer college classes - myself half to death. I made it back! And it's even a Friday to boot!

So, in the two months I was missing, I found three additional song to use for Feel-Good Friday. Today's song is a newer one by MercyMe. this song is titled "Move" and reminds me that God is in control no matter what happens.


MercyMe - Move


I'm not about to give up
Because I heard you say
There's gonna be brighter days
There's gonna be brighter days
I wont stop, Ill keep my head up
No, I'm not here to stay
There's gonna be brighter days
There's gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but wont break
As long as I can see your face

When life wont play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I cant seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I wont let it drag me down
Oh, I'll keep dancing anyway

I'm gonna move (move)
I'm gonna move (move)
I'm gonna move

Ive got to hold 'er steady
Keep my head in the cage
Everything is about to change
Everything is about to change

This hurt is getting heavy
But I'm not about to cave
Everything's about to change
There's gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but wont break
As long as I can see your face


No matter what may come
Gotta move to a different drum
No matter what life brings
Gotta move gotta move to a different beat [x2]

I just might bend but wont break
As long as I can see your face

[Chorus x2]

Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, America!!

I have not been down here for nearly a month, but I've been busy at my job and at my writing. But never mind that! Today is July 4th, and you what that means! Today we celebrate! I prefer to celebrate with music, so here I give you one of my favorite patriotic songs. Please enjoy, and never forget the soldiers who have died to give us freedom.

Have a great July 4th!

Aaron Tippin - Where the Stars & Stripes & the Eagle Fly

Monday, June 6, 2011

Liberals Want to Control the Internet by Hook or by Crook

Hook didn't work, so now they're trying crook. Here's the latest assault on the Internet, via Infowars:

Techdirt reports that Senate bill 978 – a bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes – may be used to prosecute people for embedding YouTube videos.

According to Mark Masnick, if a website embeds a YouTube video that is determined to have infringed on copyright and more than 10 people view it on that website, the owner or others associated with the website could face up to five years in prison.

As readers of know, many videos are removed from YouTube after copyright owners complain about infringement. This happens with thousands of news clips every year. Most people are familiar with the now common black box replacing a video that says the video has been removed for copyright reasons.

If enacted, this law will go one step further and turn people who embed a copyrighted video into criminals. It will also set the stage to criminalize linking to copyrighted information — like corporate media news sources — and shut down the alternative media.

It will also make people think twice about putting up all kinds of videos, from news reports to clips from documentaries and other educational material.

It does not take a vivid imagination to realize the political implications of this legislation.
No it doesn't. Just imagine how hard it will be for bloggers to report news if we can't embed video clips. Not to mention people like me who embed favored songs onto our blogs so others can enjoy them.

What gives, Mr. President? tired of the conservatives passing clips of your speeches around the internet to show you for what you are?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Feel-Good Friday: Friend Like That

We are getting into some of the faster-paced videos, but I don't see anything wrong with that. Today's video is Hawk Nelson's "Friend Like That."

I don't know the lyrics would be needed, but if you do, here they are:
I like it simple and I'm not a superman
I never said that I was more than that
I'm not a wannabe, I'm who I wanna be
And I intend to be how You created me

I, I need somebody on the inside
I, I want somebody who can set me free
I'm not the only one who feels like this
I've got a few others around me

Hey let me hear ya say
Make some noise if you feel this way
Hey if you got a friend like that
Hey let's scream and shout
If you know what I'm talkin' `bout
Anybody got a friend like that

I once was little and I always had a plan
You thought my friendliness was just an act
I'll be your friend indeed, and you can count on me
And I can guarantee, your friend I'll always be

I, I need somebody on the inside
I, I want somebody who can set me free
I'm not the only one who feels like this
I've got a few others around me
Hey let me hear ya say
Make some noise if you feel this way
Hey if you got a friend like that
Hey let's scream and shout
If you know what I'm talkin' `bout
Anybody got a friend like that

Does anyone out there feel alone
Can anyone hear me
Down and out, your heart is cold
It's never easy
But if you believe that there is hope
Than sing it with me

Hey let me hear ya say
Make some noise if you feel this way
Hey if you got a friend like that
Hey let's scream and shout
If you know what I'm talkin' `bout
Anybody got a friend like that
Hey let me hear ya say
Does anybody feel this way
Hey if you got a friend like that
Hey let's scream and shout
If you know what I'm talkin' `bout
Anybody got a friend like that

I, I need somebody on the inside
I, I want somebody who can set me free
I'm not the only one who feels like this
I've got a few others around me

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day: Freedom Never Cries

Today we remember all those who have fought and died for for America. To all those who have served, thank you. You are not forgotten.

There are two other things I'd like to share today. The first is this story, as related by Lt. General John Kelly. Please follow the link back for the full text. Hat tip Tea Party Patriots:

Our country today is in a life-and-death struggle against an evil enemy, but America as a whole is certainly not at war. Not as a country. Not as a people. Today, only a tiny fraction of American families – less than 1 percent – shoulder the burden of fear and sacrifice, and they shoulder it for the entire nation. Their sons and daughters who serve are men and women of character who continue to believe in this country enough to put life and limb on the line without qualification, and without thought of personal gain, so the sons and daughters of the other 99 percent don’t have to. No big deal, though. Marines have always been first to fight, paying in full the bill that comes with being free for everyone else.

The comforting news for every American is that our men and women in uniform are as good today as any in our history. As good as their heroic, underappreciated and largely abandoned fathers and uncles were in Vietnam, and their grandfathers were in Korea and World War II, they have the same steel in their backs and have made their own mark, etching forever places like Ramadi, Fallujah and Baghdad in Iraq, and Helmand and Sangin, Afghanistan, that are now part of U.S. military legend and stand just as proudly alongside Iwo Jima, Normandy, Inchon, Hue City, Khe Sanh and A Shau Valley, Vietnam.

While some might think we have produced yet another generation of materialistic and self-absorbed young people, those who serve today have broken the mold and stepped out as real men, and real women, who are already making their own way in life while protecting ours. They have learned, at the same time they have served and fought for us, that the real strength of a platoon, a battalion or a country is not based on worshipping at the altar of diversity or separateness...

As anyone who has ever experienced combat knows, when it starts, when the explosions and tracers are everywhere, and the calls for the corpsman or medic are screamed from the throats of men who know they are dying – when seconds seem like hours and it all becomes slow motion and fast forward at the same time, and the only rational act is to stop, get down, save yourself – they don’t. When no one would call them a coward for cowering behind a wall or in a hole, slave to the most basic of all human instincts – survival – none of them do. It doesn’t matter if it’s an IED, a suicide bomber, mortar attack, sniper, fighting in the upstairs room of a house, or all of it at once – they talk, swagger and, most importantly, fight today in the same way America’s Marines have since Tun Tavern. They also know whose shoulders they stand on, and they will never shame any veteran of any service, living or dead.

We can also take comfort in the fact that these young Americans are not born killers but are good and decent young men and women who, for going on 10 years, have performed remarkable acts of bravery and selflessness to a cause they have decided is bigger and more important than themselves. Only a few months ago, they were delivering your paper, stocking shelves in the local grocery store, serving Mass on Sunday, or playing hockey on local ice.


Just yesterday, two were lost, and a knock on the door late last night brought their families to their knees in a grief that will never go away. Thousands more have suffered terrible wounds since it all started, but like anyone who loses life or limb while serving others – including our firefighters and law-enforcement personnel, who on 9/11 were the first casualties of this war – they are not victims; they knew what they were about, and were doing what they wanted to do.

Indeed, they were in exactly the place they wanted to be: among the best men and women America produces. The chattering class and all those who doubt America’s intentions and resolve, endeavor to make them and their families out to be victims, but they are wrong. We who have served, and are serving, refuse their sympathy.

I have a story I wish to relate about the kind of people they are, about the steel in their backs, and the kind of dedication they bring to our country.

When I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, on April 22, 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8, were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion was in the closing days of its deployment, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour.

Two Marines, Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, our allies in the fight against terrorists in Ramadi – known at the time as the most dangerous city on earth, and owned by al-Qaeda. ...

The mission orders they received from their sergeant squad leader, I’m sure, went something like this: “OK, take charge of this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass. You clear?” I’m also sure Yale and Haerter rolled their eyes and said, in unison, something like, “Yes, sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point, without saying the words, “No kidding, sweetheart. We know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry-control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.

A few minutes later, a large blue truck turned down the alleyway – perhaps 60 to 70 yards in length – and sped its way through the serpentine concrete Jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest 200 yards away, knocking down most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was caused by 2,000 pounds of explosive. Because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers in arms...

I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police, all of whom told the same story. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.”

The Iraqi police related that some of them also fired, and then, to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured, some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated, and with tears welling up, said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.”

What he didn’t know until then, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion, he said, “Sir, in the name of God, no sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.”

Follow the link for the whole story.

Five For Fighting - Freedom Never Cries


I took a flag to a pawn shop
For a broken guitar
I took a flag to a pawn shop
How much is that guitar
I took a flag to a pawn shop
I Got me that guitar
What's a flag in a pawn shop to me?

I Saw a man on the TV
In a mask with a gun
A man on the TV
He had a ten-year old son
I Saw a man on the TV
His son had a gun
He says that he's coming for me

I never loved the soldier until there was a war
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor
I only talk to God when somebody's about to die
I Never cherished Freedom

Freedom never cries.

I Wrote a song for a dead man
To settle my soul
A song for a dead man
Now I'll never grow old
I Wrote a song for a dead man
Now I'm out in the cold
What's a song to a dead man to me?

I never loved the soldier until there was a war
Or thought about tomorrow
'til my baby hit the floor
I Only talk to God when somebody's about to die
I Never cherished Freedom

Freedom never cries...

You can cry for her
Die for her
Lay down your life for her
Kiss and wave Goodbye to her
Anything at all

You can cry for her
Die for her
Make up your mind to her
Anything at all

There's a baby on the doorstep
Wailing away
There's a baby on the doorstep
Longing for the day
There's a baby on the doorstep
Who'd give his life to take
A flag to a pawn shop
A flag to a pawn shop

May he forget why he is crying some day

Never forget why we have Memorial Day.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Feel-Good Friday: There Is No One Like You

I missed last week, but this morning I realized, 'Hey, it IS Friday.' So here we go. This week I have a very upbeat song by the David Crowder Band.

There is No One Like You

You are more beautiful
Than anyone ever
Everyday You're the same
You never change, no never

And how could I ever deny
The love of my Savior
You are to me everything
All I need forever

How could You be so good?

There is no one like You
There has never ever been anyone like You

Everywhere You are there
Earth or air surrounding
I'm not alone, the heavens sing along
My God, You're so astounding
How could You be so good to me
Eternally I believe that

There is no one like You
There has never ever been anyone like You
There is no one like You
There has never ever been anyone like You

You, You, You, You, You, You

How could You be so good to me?
How could You be so good to me?
We're not alone, so sing along
We're not alone, so sing along, sing along, sing along

Here we go!

There is no one like You
There has never ever been anyone like You
There is no one like You
There has never ever been anyone like You
There is no one like our God, yeah
Have a great weekend!

Obama hates Israel (Updated)

Yes, I know I missed feel-good Friday, and I apologize. Hopefully I'll swing back into the routine with that later this week. Actually if I was smart I would go ahead, prepare the post, and then schedule it to go up Friday morning, but I'm in the hot and heavy in the middle of a story I'm writing, and honestly I don't even want to be here right now. I'd rather be working on that story. But it's been a crazy week last week, But I do want to talk about this, just a little.

This last week Obama went out and atacked Israel. Obama said so many stupid things about Israel, I can't figure out which one to post first, or how many links to post. I mean, Obummer was so whacked out even the New York Times had to admit the truth: Obama supports Palestine.

In case you missed it, Obama the Muslim went out and and said that Israel has to return to the 1967 border, or as it was promptly dubbed, the Aushwitz border. Here's the link to President Obama bin Muslim's speech, if you want to read it. Apparently, President Obama bin Muslim's plan is to chop the state of Israel right in half so he can connect Gaza - a miserable strip of land that Israel needs to take back with extreme force - with the West Bank. I have several choice words for the president  - none of which I can actually say in public. Those words aside, is Obama bin Muslim insane? Oh, never mind. I forgot that Obama is a Muslim. And the Muslims have been after the Jews ever since the Jews told Muhammad, who was passing himself off as the one true prophet, to go pound sand. I don't have time to deal with all of this hear, but I recommend you read Robert Spencer's book The Truth About Muhammad sometime.

Anyway back to the point. Obama bin Muslim, ever the master of poor taste, apparently made his anti-Israel speech the day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was supposed to visit. So, as you may imagine, Netanyahu schooled Odummer.

So that's the brief version. The long one would probably take days to figure out, much less tell. The shockwaves from Obama bin Muslim's ridiculous statements are still reverberating.

Update: Don't feel sorry for the Palestinians. They don't deserve your sympathy.

The first video is here, as YouTube pulled it. Here's the video that was made after the first one got pulled.

Here's the second video

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Newt Gingrich Attempts to Extract Foot from Mouth

So Repuclican-nominee wannabe Gingrich went out the other day and attacked the fiscally sane Paul Ryan for wanting to reform Medicare. I guess no one told Newt that there are some Ponzi schemes in the US goverment that we need to get rid of, and that Medicare is one of them.

The Republicans were not amused. Paul Ryan went out and said that with allies like Newt, who needs the Democrats? Ryan has a point. Why is Newt doing the Democrats' jobs for them?

A voter out in Iowa called Newt out on his atrocious behavior. No word yet on if that voter is planning to run for president, but I'm waiting hopefully.

Just before noon on March 17, Gingrich went out and said that he would not allow the Democrats to lie about him. Umm, Newt? They don't have to lie. Thanks to you, they can tell the truth. You gave them a great ad for thier compaign. Now our side will have to run for cover every time you come onto the scene.

So finally, after it became glaringly apparent that the voters are not amused, Newt went out and backpedaled. Via Fox Nation:

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on "Meet the Press," where the presidential candidate referred to Ryan's Medicare proposal as "radical change."

"Newt apologized," said Rick Tyler, his press secretary and longtime aide. "The call went very well."

Gingrich, his nascent campaign in jeopardy, has shifted into fervent damage control following a furious conservative reaction to his comments - and is even expressing a rare bit of contrition.

From Iowa, Gingrich held two conference calls with tea party leaders scattered throughout the nation - one on short notice Monday night, and another Tuesday morning.
Alright, you came, you broke things, you tried to repair them, now do us a favor: get your sorry arse outta the race. This Tea Partiers is not happy with you. I want someone with the will to dismantle the government, and you don't qualify. So do us a favor: go away. We don't need anymore RINOs and you backpedal worse then a Democrat.

Just go away, Newt.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Feel-Good Friday: Procrastination Edition

I apologize. This was supposed to be done yesterday, but I was busily working on a story for FFN, and thus I forgot. So please accept my apologies, and enjoy this song by Jason Gray.

Jason Gray - I Am New


Now I won't deny
The worst you could say about me
But I'm not defined
By mistakes that I've made
Because God says of me

I am not who I was
I am being remade
I am new
I am chosen and holy
And I'm dearly loved
I am new

Who I thought I was
And who I thought I had to be
I had to give them both up
Cause neither were willing
To ever believe

I am not who I was
I am being remade
I am new
I am chosen and holy
And I'm dearly loved
I am new

Too long I have lived
In the shadows of shame
Believing that there
Was no way I could change
But the one who is making everything new
Doesn't see me the way that I do
He doesn't see me the way that I do

I am not who I was
I am being remade
I am new
I am chosen and holy
And I'm dearly loved
I am new

I am not who I was
I am being remade I am new
Dead to the old man I'm coming alive
I am new

Forgiven beloved
Hidden in Christ
Made in the image of the Giver of Life
Righteous and holy
Reborn and remade
Accepted and worthy this is our new name

This is who we are now...

Now I won't deny
The worst you could say about me
But I'm not defined
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Tale of Two Governors

First, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels:
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) will greet President Obama on the airport tarmac when he arrives in Indianapolis for an event Friday at a transmission plant.

It's Daniels's latest gesture of civility toward the president, something rare among those in his party considered to be potential White House challengers. The two-term governor of Indiana has told his fellow Republicans to "stop whining" about the Obama administration. Asked recently whether he thought questions about Obama's natural-born American citizenship were relevant, Daniels didn't hesitate. "I don't," he said.

"The American people that elected President Obama had a chance to weigh it at the time," the governor added. "I have my differences with the president, but they have nothing to do with things like that."
And then Texas governor Rick Perry:
Rick Perry has declined the White House’s request that he greet President Obama when Air Force One lands in Texas on Tuesday, the Republican governor’s office says.
“We did try to arrange something with the White House,” Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Perry, told POLITICO. “They asked us if we wanted to meet him out on the tarmac in El Paso, but we weren’t able to work anything out, based on the fact that it’s probably going to be a 10-minute greeting.”
Perry, who met Obama at the airport when the president traveled to Austin in August, accused the administration two weeks ago of denying aid to his state to help recover from wildfires.
Other Republican governors, like Rick Scott and Mitch Daniels, recently greeted Obama when he visited their states.
Yes, I know. Believe me, I know.

Bonus points for my readers if they can guess which of these two governors I prefer.

I actually had a spat with a family member over this. Daniels may have done the polite thing, but I'd like to kick him in the butt for it. He seems to not understand that those of us who weighed Obama's BC issue got shot down in flames by the media for doing so. Where was Daniels when that was going on? Off twiddling his thumbs? Why didn't he say something? Too afraid of getting shot down? I'm not exactly a big fans of wusses, you know.

I remember that Perry met with Obama back during the TX governor race. That was an interesting turnaround, because Perry went to confront Obama while the Democrat contender ran for the hills. I'm all for Republicans meeting Obummer if they're going to confront him about things, but I don't want to see anymore meet-and-greet sessions! Hey Daniels, did you at least ask Obama why he won't allow oil drilling here in America so that we Hoosiers will eventually be able to pay less then $4 a gallon for gas? No? Didn't think so!

I don't know what to make of Daniels. He's willing to sign Conservative bills, and then goes and greets Obama! Whose side are you on Daniels, ours or his? Do tell! I'd love to know!


Related - AWD had an article on Obama's El Paso speech, the one that the Prez wanted to use Perry as a prop for: Hussien Hopenchange Lies About Immigration in El Paso

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!

I didn't write this, but I did think I would pass it on for all of you to enjoy. Have a great day!

My Mother Taught Me
1. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
2. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
3. My mother taught me LOGIC.
"Because I said so, that's why."
4. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
5. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
6. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
7. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
8. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck?"
9. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
10. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
11. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"
12. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
13. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"
14. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like  you do."
15. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
16. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
17. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
18. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"
19. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me."
20. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."
21. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."
22. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"
23. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."
24. My mother taught me SHAPE-SHIFTING.
"You'll turn into a sausage if you eat any more."
25. And my favourite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Feel-Good Friday: Starry Night

I've had quite a rough week this week. I hope next week is better. remember, I'm still looking for material for this, so if you've got something you think would make a good FGF post, drop me a link. for now, here's this week's video: Chris August's 'Starry Night'


From the birds that sing in the tallest trees
To the human life of you and me
From the desert sands to the place we stand
He is God of all, He is everything

I’m giving my life to the Only One who makes the moon reflect the sun
Every starry night that was His design
I’m giving my life to the Only Son who was and is and yet to come
Let the praises ring ’cause He is everything
‘Cause He is everything

From the autumn leaves that will ride the breeze
To the faith it takes to pray and sing
From the painted sky to my plank filled eye
He is God of all, He is everything

Hallelujah Hallelujah I believe (x2)

I’m giving my life to the Only One who makes the moon reflect the sun
I’m giving my life to the Only Son who was and is and yet to come

I’m giving my life to the Only One who makes the moon reflect the sun
Every starry night that was His design
I’m giving my life to the Only Son who was and is and yet to come
Let the Angels sing that He is Heavenly
So let the praises ring ’cause He is everything

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Osama bin Laden is Dead.

I don't really feel like talking about this. It happened on Monday but I didn't have time for blogging that day. However, I do have readers and they deserve a post.

Don't get me wrong, if the man is dead, then it's about time justice was served. However, I'm waiting for the media to get over it so I can go to the blogs without having to look at a picture of bin Laden's ugly mug. I'm getting tired of looking at his gross face. Ugh. How can you all keep posting those pictures?

Nevertheless, Monday was a good day. The man responsible for 3,000 deaths has finally gotten his due. As a general rule, news of someone's death does not make me happy, but this was long overdue. And now I have to rain on parades, because it's not like the War on Terror will come to an end just because bin Laden is dead. We still have work to finish in the Middle East.

And I have lots of bad news for the liberals. You remember how the little dears were in a tizzy over Gitmo and waterboarding? Well, we got the name of Obama's courier from a terrorist we waterboarded. Yes, really.

However, wussy little Obama still took forever to make up his mind - 16 hours, in fact. Wow. And I thought I was bad at decision-making. Nice to know that if some calamity would strike, Obama would make up his mind about what to do - in 16 hours! I mean, I'm all for weighing the odds before taking action, but when you're president there are some decisions that have to be made promptly. Ace of Spades added:

How does the media report this? Well, relying upon those in Obama's inner circle (that is to say, his political flunkies and spinners), we're told this:
"But the next morning after 16 hours, Obama summoned four top aides to the White House Diplomatic Room. Before they could speak, the president put his fist on the table and declared 'It's a go'."
Why does it matter that he did this "before they could speak"? They had spoken already yesterday when they strongly, strongly urged the president to give the order, and he had decided to sleep on it.

They were only waiting on him, after all.

So, after 16 hours of vacillation, during which the operation might have been rendered a failure by intervening invents, he fist-bumps a piece of furniture and finally makes up his mind.

This is something to brag about? This is, in Howard Fineman's words, "almost Biblical"?

Seems like a very cautious, feckless, indecisive individual delaying and delaying on critical decisions and then attempting to sound heroic when he finally does what he's being paid to do.
Sounds about right.

Now Obama won't release the photos of bin Laden post mortem, out of fear that releasing the photos will rile up the Muslims. Okay Obama, here's the deal. We have already riled them. They started this war, remember? They were angry that we existed, and so we got attacked by third-century savages. Release the fricking photos. All of us deserve that.

Besides, it's not like the terrorists ever give a crap about releasing the photos of the soldiers they kill. So come on, Obama, what's the holdup?

So a terrorist mastermind died. And somehow, that manages to bring up more question than answers.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Feel-Good Friday Kickoff: Reach

I don't know about you, but I haven't seen cheerful news in awhile. And that got me thinking: I need to do something cheerful right before the weekend, just as a way to help everyone relax and enjoy the weekend. Thus, this past Monday, Feel-Good Friday was concieved.

The idea is to have some uplifting song or interesting video or happy news story down here, so we can all dump off the stress of the week and have a good weekend. I would to make this a regular feature, but we'll have to see what I can find. Right now I have enough material to run this feature on my blog for about eight weeks. If anyone has a song to suggest or a cheerful story they think would make a good Feel-Good Friday report, drop a link to it in the comments, and maybe it can be  a report.

But for now, let's get to the first video. Peter Furler is the former singer of Newboys, who left to pursure his own goals. This is one of his first singles, called "Reach."

I am going to post the lyrics here, just on the off chance that someone has some trouble with the lyrics in the video. (I don't know why they would, but just in case.)

You hold the weight of the world
Still I don't slip through your hands
Your love is bigger
Than just an ocean built by man
I fall again and again,
But you whisper, "You're still mine."
You feel the pain of the world,
But you never push mine aside.

And You reach for me
With a love that quiets all my fears
And You reach for me
Like a Father wipes away the tears
So many people in this world,
But I hear You calling out my name.
You reach for me.
Now I'm never gonna be the same.

You know all of my fears
There's nothing Your eyes can't see.
When I tried to give up,
Lord, you never gave up on me.
I give You all of my hopes and dreams,
I lay them down.
Of all the places I've looked,
You're the one truth I have found. 

And You reach for me
With a love that quiets all my fears
And You reach for me
Like a Father wipes away the tears
So many people in this world,
But I hear You calling out my name.
You reach for me.
Now I'm never gonna be the same.
You hold the weight of the world,
Still I don't slip through Your hands.
You put the stars in the sky.
You know every grain of sand.

But You reach for me
With a love that quiets all my fears.
And You reach for me,
Like a Father wipes away the tears.
So many people in this world,
But I hear You calling out my name.
You reach for me.
Now I'm never gonna be the same.
You reach for me.
For me.
Have a great weekend everyone! Remember, if you have a video or a recent newstory you want to nominate for next week's Feel-Good Friday post, send it on in!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Koran Burning Drama Goes On and On!

No, it really does.

I have some...interesting news today. All of this news was discovered over Easter weekend but not posted because, hey it was Easter and I had better things to blog about. But Easter is over so let's get to this.

In the bruhaha over Terry Jones burning a Koran, you may not remember that a New Jersey transit worker burned a Koran last year, and then got fired for it. Yes, he was fired for committing an act of free speech. Well, guess who helped him get his job back? The ACLU. Yes, that ACLU.

From's Green Room:

Whoever said politics makes strange bedfellows sure said a mouthful. Witness the case of a New Jersey Transit worker who was fired last year for setting fire to pages of a Koran outside the proposed mosque site near Ground Zero.

Not only will the man, Derek Fenton, be getting his job back. He will be reimbursed for every day of pay he lost since his firing and will also receive $25,000 for pain and suffering.

But here is where the story gets interesting. The terms the settlement, which are detailed above, were negotiated out-of-court on Fenton’s behalf by attorneys for—wait for it—the American Civil Liberties Union. Equally jaw-dropping is the name of the individual who originally condemned Fenton’s actions and supported his dismissal—Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
I am actually not surprised to hear about Christie being a dhimmi. I've known about his dhimmi tendencies for a while now.

In a statement, Fenton said:
Our government cannot pick and choose whose free speech rights are protected, based on whether or not they approve of the content of our statements or actions. This is the very essence of the First Amendment.
The Attorney General’s Office and a spokesman for the governor declined comment, which is understandable. The ACLU coming down on the side of a protester against the downtown mosque project probably left them speechless.
They weren't the only ones left speechless when they heard about it.

What makes this story ten time weirder is the fact that CAIR, the terrorist-supporting Council on American-Islamic Relations, came out and endorsed Fenton being re-hired. You can read about that over on HotAir.

Did the whole world just turn on its head?

In other news, Terry Jones - yes, Mr Koran Burner himself - was put in jail in Dearborn MI. Not because he'd done anything, but because the judge thought he might do something.

My "Sharia Advancing" and "Constitution is being violated" senses are tingling.

Jones was going to protest outside a mosque, and the Sharia-compliant judge decided that that certainly wouldn't do, so he preemptively put Jones in jail and forbade him to go near the mosque for three years. Despite this, Jones, who apparently understands that whole 'freedom of speech' thing better than the judge, is going to protest anyway.

All I have to say about that is, well, be careful, and good for him. Judges don't make the law and they are certainly NOT above the Constitution. The judge can take his sharia and stick it where the sun don't shine.

Via Gateway Pundit, via The Hill:
Controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones said he will follow through on his plan to protest outside an Islamic center in Michigan next week despite a judge's order to stay away from the mosque for three years, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

Jones had planned to protest against jihad and Shariah law outside the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn on Friday, the largest mosque in the metro-Detroit region that is home to one of the largest populations of Arab-Americans.
However, Judge Mark Somers ordered Jones and pastor Wayne Sapp to jail after a jury determined they would likely breach the peace. Somers set a $1 cash bond for Jones and Sapp and ordered them not go to the mosque or adjacent property for three years.

"The arrests, the whole proceedings, were a definite violation of our Constitutional rights," Jones said. "As a matter of fact, we were arrested and had not even committed a crime. It is a complete violation of our First Amendment right of freedom of speech. It was clearly influenced by the mosque."
The mosque, huh? I believe it. Let's see the Index on Islam. Hmm... I think what we might have here is a case of Muslim supremacy. Muslims think they are better than us, and demand to be treated better than you and I. Apparently this includes not having to be inconvenienced by someone else's freedom of thought.

You know, I don't like to come out on the side of people like Jones, but if he keeps standing up for my right to commit acts of free speech against Muslims then I'll have to.

One last thing before I close. for his next act, Jones is contemplating putting Muhammed on trial:

Florida pastor Terry Jones should quit while he’s ahead. Or maybe that should read “while he has a head.”

Jones, who made headlines in March for burning a copy of the Koran and more recently for his putative role in inciting protests of his actions in Afghanistan, is now contemplating Act 2 of his real-life morality play. One possibility under consideration is placing the Islamic high prophet Muhammad on trial, presumably for "crimes against humanity," Jones’s rationale for burning the Koran.

“It is definitely a consideration,” Jones told the English newspaper The Telegraph on Saturday.
I gotta admit, the guy has guts. He might be crazy, but he's got guts.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Resurrection Day!

Wide open, wide open
They nailed His arms wide open
After three days in the cold grave
The power of sin was broken!
Now with outstretched arms He welcomes in
Everyone who trusts in Him
His nail-scarred hands hold heaven's gates wide open!

HAPPY RESURRECTIONS DAY! Today we Christians celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead,
Per my Easter traditions, here is Petra's "He Came, He Saw, He Conquered."


He came alone into the battle
He knew nobody else could face His foe
He left His throne, He left His glory
He knew nobody else could ever go
He called the bluff, He took the challenge
He came into this world to seek and save
No one could know, no one could fathom
The way to win was only through the grave
They laid Him in His tomb
They thought they'd sealed His doom
But He rose
He rose!

He came, He saw, He conquered death and hell
He came, He saw, He is alive and well
He was, He is, and only He forgives
He died, He rose, He lives
He came, He saw, He conquered!

The doors were locked, they heard Him knocking
They were afraid they would be taken, too
Familiar voice said, "Come and follow"
Come and see the things the Lord can do
They went to where He lay
The stone was rolled away
He rose
He rose!


He came into this world
He saw humanity
He heard the SOS
He met the enemy
The enemy was conquered
The enemy was conquered!
From the NET Bible, Matthew 28, verses 1-10:

28:1 Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 28:2 Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord  descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 28:5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 28:6 He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!” 28:8 So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 28:9 But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”

Happy Resurrection Day, everyone! As you celebrate today with family and friends, don't forget what we're truly celebrating: Jesus' Resurrection.

And because I love this song, I'll embed this one last video down here for you all to enjoy. It is Newsong's "Wide Open" - the same song I linked to up there.

Please enjoy, and have a great Resurrection Day.