The Sellout of Ben Franklin, et al
The story is told that when Ben Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention an anxious lady asked him what kind of government they had given us. His famous reply was: “A republic, Madam, … if you can keep it.” And, for the most part, right up through the Second World War, we Americans tried to keep it. But no more. It’s just too hard, too difficult, too dull, banal, and boring to involve oneself with politics.
Consider this: “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.” This phrase was first uttered by Irishman John Philpot Curran in a speech he made in 1790 (Not Thomas Jefferson as we are so often led to believe.) Over the centuries we have boiled it down to: “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” Continue reading
Spinning The Term Away
When my daughter was small, I used to make up totally idiotic, nonsensical, explanations to explain why I had done something incredibly stupid and inexpressibly DUMB. The stories were intended to be quickly seen through and they always were. She would giggle and let me know that she knew that I knew that she did not buy my story for one single minute.
It was harmless fun served up by a doting father who knew that his offspring already recognized her father had feet of clay.
Today making up idiotic, nonsensical, stories to explain something incredibly stupid and inexpressibly dumb done by our President — His Royal Majesty B.H. Obama — is referred to as “spinning.” Continue reading
It is looking more and more as if the Democratic candidate for President in 2016 will, indeed, be Hillary Clinton. Surprise, surprise!
The only thing I can see that MIGHT stop Hillary from running would be issues with her health.
Never mind Benghazi, the mainstream Media is already running interference for her on that and can be expected to smother any other scandal that may arise. Hillary will be, as was Obama, THEIR candidate and they will pull out all the stops to get her elected to the office of President. Continue reading
America is, indeed, a house divided. So, let’s survey how we got here and what to expect next. Shall we?
A few years ago I wrote: There was a time in America, not so long ago, when we had white people, black people, brown people, yellow people, etc. We had men and women. We had healthy people and we had sick people and we had handicapped people.
We had smart people and we had dumb people. We had retarded people and we had normal people.
We had queers and homosexuals and but we had no gay and lesbian people.
We had the truth and we had the lie. Continue reading
So Near And Yet So Far
The Republican Party is set to reap a virtual bumper crop of votes from the “Obamasick” electorate in November increasing their numbers in the US House of Representatives and securing control of the US Senate … unless … they push through an Amnesty for Illegal Aliens bill known as Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Look. You can slice it and dice it, twist it and turn it, and it STILL means amnesty.
I have no degree from the ivy covered ivory towers of academia, but I have enough smarts to know that for the GOP to go after the Hispanic vote is a lost cause. It is wasted time, effort and money … and conservative voters who will stay home again in November IF the GOP insists on passing an Amnesty for Illegal Aliens bill. Continue reading
Whether or not it was intended, Barack Hussein Obama is our affirmative action President.
We Americans have been living with the nightmare of affirmative action since President John F. Kennedy used the words in Executive Order 10925 on March 6, 1961, to promote actions that were intended to achieve non-discrimination.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who followed JFK, issued Executive Order 11246 in 1965, which required government employers to take “affirmative action” to “hire without regard to race, religion and national origin”.
Affirmative action is intended to promote the opportunities of defined minority groups within a society to give them equal access to that of the privileged majority population.
Many believe affirmative action has been a plague upon the nation ever since JFK and LBJ saddled us — or “yoked” us — with it. Continue reading
We have all heard it said that the basic building block of society is the family. It’s true, and has been true since the Garden of Eden. Until now, that is.
America’s hedonist lifestyle has prevailed and we have made a remarkable decision. We have decided that our wishes and desires, our lusting after, and coveting after well, everything, is far more important than a family. As a result the American family, except for rare instances, doesn’t exist anymore. Oh, we have groups of people we refer to as “family,” often times living beneath the same roof, but it’s not a family… not in the true sense of the word.
There has been a movement underway in America — since at least the early 1900′s — to tear this country down to its bare elements and rebuild it in the mold of a socialist/communist state. To do that successfully, the American family must be destroyed.
The easiest way — and the bloodless way — to do that is to redefine what a family actually is.
And we have. Continue reading
If you have, out of the goodness of your heart, been concerned for the continued welfare of the insurance industry in America under Obamacare, don’t waste the tears nor the time worrying.
Believe me, they have been well cared for under the ACA.
I recently discovered just how well the insurance industry has been provided for by Obamacare by way of an article at businessweek.com. The article was written by John Tozzi and it is entitled: “A Guide to Obamacare’s Backstop for Anxious Insurance Companies” It is an eye opener! We hardily recommend that every American read and thoroughly digest the contents of Mr. Tozzi’s article. You will find it HERE
The rumors have been flying for weeks that a huge bail out is coming for the insurance companies (from the national treasury’s tax payer money) toward the end of this year. Plus, the rumor that next year will definitely bring rate increases for all of us. Continue reading
Obama Giveth – and – Obama Taketh Away
All this time I have been laboring under the false impression that the Congress was constitutionally assigned the duty of making and changing (amending) law(s) for the country.
Silly me! I am SO embarrassed! Just shows how dumb a poor ole swamp rat like yours truly can actually be, I suppose.
Anyway, Mr. Obama has set me straight on that. He has shown me that HE has the power to make law, and change law, and enforce law or — choose NOT to enforce law — as HE chooses. Continue reading
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Well J.D. – we HAVE become a Nation of ‘Dim Bulbs!’
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Back in 2012, the government took our 100 watt light bulbs and left us with these awful, pathetic, sickly, fluorescent bulbs. (The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act) These ugly, squiggly, things are called “Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs.” In my opinion, the “light bulb” portion of the name is a fraud.
Now that they have taken our 100 watt and 75 watt bulbs, they will relieve us of our 60 watt and 40 watt bulbs effective in 2014. (Stores will be allowed to sell their inventory of the 60 and 40 watt bulbs but after that — there will be no more.)
Why does this upset me? WHY, indeed?!
I’ll point you in the direction of some evidence that the fluorescent bulbs may not be as helpful and energy efficient as claimed and might even damage American’s health and contribute to pollution of the earth. You decide, for yourself, if you really want to put them in your home, where you and your children will be exposed to them, or if you want to raise hell with the Congress until they repeal this ridiculous law and give us back our tried and true incandescent light bulbs. Continue reading
Well, we have made another year without a complete meltdown. Nevertheless, we are growing closer. As every day passes we draw nearer that apocalyptic terminus.
We have reached the final few days of the year and it is customary, sort of, for folks to look back over all the bad and unusual things that occurred in the twelve months just ending. But, honestly, I don’t want to drag them up again. They were difficult enough to handle the first time through, so why punish ourselves, right?
If anything, 2013 established, beyond doubt, that Mr. Obama is intent upon presiding over a nation in decline — and he insists on increasing the rate of acceleration of said declination.
But that doesn’t touch the lies, the deceit, the scandals, the abuse of power by the Executive Office, nor the assumption of dictatorial powers by the Chief Executive and on, and on, and on. And I haven’t even mentioned OBAMACARE … yet! Continue reading
I spoke to a friend recently, the owner of a small business in my neck of the swamp. He told me business was, for all intents and purposes, dead. He volunteered that he could trace the drop off in sales to approximately the time America became “aware” of Obamacare, around mid October of 2013.
As we discussed the mess America is in, he volunteered the following: “J. D.,” he said, “People are scared to death!” We spoke of how people were holding on to so-called disposable income, money they would have readily spent on things that would have made life more pleasant for themselves and their families. Earmarked money for projects for the home and business, too, is being held back.
Since October, average Americans have finally zeroed-in on what Obamacare means for them, their families, and their way of life as well, as the effect it is already having on the country they love.
They are more than a little troubled. Continue reading
Recently, I was staring at a beautiful night sky above my Carolina home and wondering, just as I did as a wee lad, what the dickens is out there?
The tantalizing flickering of the stars and the never blinking glow of the planets still thrills me today just as it did so many decades ago. That velvet blackness punctuated by portals of sparkling light ignites a yearning deep within that part of me where lies my soul.
I long for a New World. No, I haven’t slipped a cog, at least — I don’t think I have. Follow along here, for a while, and then determine if I make any sense to you. Continue reading
There is NO free lunch. That is a truism with which my entire generation grew up.
I was born at the tail end of the Great Depression and spent my formative years in a family — and society — that had been rudely dealt with by the inexplicable vagaries of the local, national, and global economy. Families that made it through the Depression still intact had learned many valuable lessons. Among them:
- You can never fully trust the government.
- Take nothing for granted.
- The price of something does not necessarily reflect the value — nor the cost. Continue reading
The Frankenstein monster is loosed on the land and the authorities are helpless to do anything about it. It’s the point in the movie where the peasants grab their pitchforks and scythes, hay rakes, and whatever they can lay their hands on, light their torches and pour into the streets determined to take matters into their own hands and rectify that which is out of whack.
And BOY! is it out of whack! Continue reading
I’m tired of writing about Obama and Obamacare. I’m tired of writing about the idiots in Washington who have driven our country into the ground and “reformed” us into a third world banana republic akin to so many of the socialist dung heaps staining the southern hemisphere of the globe.
Just days ago, I was reclining betwixt the white sheets of a hospital bed with tubes attached to my veins dumping — Lord only knows — what into my fairly used-up body.
Suffice to say that, as of this writing, I remain on the sunny side of the grass and am able, to some extent, to continue my campaign of aggravating the living daylights out of my political opponents on the left. Continue reading
Welcome back dear Brother… (Ed.)
There are lots of things that are sure and certain like: death, taxes, and democrats will cheat during elections. Now we can add another to the ever growing list. The Dems want Chris Christie, of New Jersey, to be the the GOP candidate for President in 2016.
The Mainstream Media, which is the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, has already begun its less than subtle campaign to secure that position for Christie.
The President’s plan to utterly destroy the GOP is on the cusp of total success and having Christie as the 2016 GOP candidate for President would be the cherry on top. Continue reading
Obama has billed himself as the champion of America’s Middle Class. It’s bull. His policies are destroying the Middle Class.
The recent unemployment figure is 7.2%. Well, that’s the figure the government reported for public consumption. Of course, the REAL unemployment figure is closer to 12% than 7.2%.
One of the most important contributing factors to the decrease in the unemployment figure is the fact that so many Americans have simply stopped looking for work. See, THEY are not included in the unemployment figure let by the US government. If they were counted we’d be looking at an unemployment figure much closer to that 12% I mentioned above. Continue reading
Those who follow the nation’s politics understand that the creation of a viable and effective third political party in the US is the LAST thing Washington wants. The dems and repubs will fight a third party with all the power, energy, zeal, vehemence, vigor, cunning, and skulduggery they can manage — and then some.
Look. Our political system was designed for multiple political parties … not just two parties such as we have today.
Having only two parties is extremely risky. Over the years we have seen the two parties switch positions and recently we have watched as the Republican Party, supposedly the home of those of the conservative persuasion, adopt the liberal and progressive positions of the Democratic Party on a scale that has rendered the GOP as something of a pale reflection of the party that has been the traditional home of Socialists, Marxists, and Progressives– the Democratic Party. Continue reading
Boy, the way Glen Miller played. Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us, we had it made. Those were the days.
Didn’t need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.
And you know who you were then, girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days.
Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.
Hair was short and skirts were long. Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don’t know just what went wrong. Those Were The Days. -
“Those Were The Days” by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
An old friend and I were conversing recently and reminiscing about the world we grew up in as opposed to the world we actually live in today. It is something “old-timers” like us have been doing since the dawn of time. Continue reading