Terrorism should be defeated with love...and superior firepower...- Terry Ingle
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

12 November, 2010

Huh????


This Week's 'Alpha Jackass' Award
"If people are, in fact, concerned about spending, debt, deficits and the future of our country, then they're going to need to be armed with the information about the kinds of choices that are going to be involved, and we can't just engage in political rhetoric." --Barack Obama, engaging almost exclusively in political rhetoric
Courtesy of the Patriot Post.

10 November, 2010

So what do you expect for 200 Billion bucks? A trip to Disney World???


This is an article from India Today, evidently they are as impressed with his little vacation as we are. I wonder how he is planning to endear himself to the hearts of the Indian people when he so arrogantly swoops in for a little visit and totally disrupts their lives and livelihoods. I'll bet they are REALLY impressed.
At least they should be thankful they're not paying for it.

BTW, hasn't he ever heard of Skype?-TI

New Delhi, November 10, 2010
Updated 15:12 IST


DAY 1


EVENT: Visits the 26/11 memorial at Taj Hotel
OUTCOME: Fails to mention Pak role in Mumbai attacks

EVENT: Meets entrepreneurs and CEOs and gives a speech at the US-India Business Council
OUTCOME: Secures deals worth $10 billion and prospect of nearly 54,000 jobs in the US. Fails to address the outsourcing issue

EVENT: Visits the Gandhi museum in Mani Bhawan
SIGNIFICANCE: Personal homage to Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, whom Obama calls his idols

DAY 2


EVENT: Visits a local school to celebrate Diwali
OUTCOME: PR exercise that gives First Lady Michelle Obama a chance to shake a leg with the kids

EVENT: Interacts with select students from six Mumbai colleges at the St Xavier's College
OUTCOME: Trips on question by a student on Pakistan and is left defending his government's foreign policy

EVENT: Visits an exhibition on agriculture and later connects with Ajmer villagers through videoconferencing
OUTCOME: Precursor to his emphasis on agricultural cooperation at the speech in Parliament

EVENT: Visits Humayun's Tomb
SIGNIFICANCE: Breaks away from the tradition of heads of state heading to the Taj Mahal

EVENT: Dinner at PM Manmohan Singh's house
OUTCOME: Emphasises Obama's personal rapport with the PM

DAY 3


EVENT: Reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan
SIGNIFICANCE: Ceremonial visit

EVENT: Visits Rajghat to pay his tribute to the Mahatma
SIGNIFICANCE: Visiting foreign dignitary makes it a point to pay homage at Rajghat but it's a personal thing for Obama given his admiration for Gandhi

EVENT: Joint press conference with the PM
OUTCOME: Repeats what he said in the last two days except for a veiled offer to 'mediate' in Kashmir. Also talks about outsourcing

EVENT: Addresses the joint session of Parliament
OUTCOME: Offers a "nuanced" support for India's demand for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council and comes down heavily on Pakistan over terrorism

09 November, 2010

Here we go...


Just as I thought, the out-going congress is going to try and pull some budget-busting shenanigans during the lame-duck session (see 15 October blog below). It looks as though there are some Republicans in on this too. Like I've said before, I don't trust ANY of them. Sorry this is a bit long, but it's worth the read. Take a look at this:

From ResistNet.com:

It didn’t take long for many in Congress to ignore the will of the American people on earmarking special projects for states and districts. The Tea Party movement has a long way to convince members of both parties that the corrupting and wasteful practice of earmarking has to end. Later this month, Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are expected to have to fight against an
Omnibus Appropriations bill on the Senate floor in the Lame Duck session that is expected to be loaded up with earmarks.

According to National Journal (subscription required), some Senate Democrats and Republicans are teaming up with House Democrats to earmark.

Senate Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much, but they appear to have found common ground in favor of the practice of congressionally directed spending, also known as earmarking.The Senate will come back into session the week of November 15th and Congress is expected to complete the appropriations work for Fiscal Year 2011. Rumors have been swirling on Capitol Hill that some Senate Republicans have been teaming up with House Democrats to craft an Omnibus Appropriations bill, one that would fund all discretionary agencies for the year. That Omnibus spending bill may be loaded with earmarks.

National Journal reports that House Republican Leaders are solidly against earmarking. The House Republican conference has adopted a rule against earmarking and they are expected to pass the same rule for the next Congress:

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who is seeking to become House majority leader in the Republican-run House next year,
this week called for an extension of the current House Republican earmark moratorium. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, next year’s likely House speaker, is expected to heed Cantor’s call and seek to extend the ban to the current fiscal year, which began October 1. Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is outraged that Republican Senators are secretly crafting an Omnibus budget busting spending bill, in order to cut out House Republicans who would oppose the measure’s size and inclusion of earmarks.

According to a story posted on Government Executive:

In what could be a preview of clashes between Republican purists and pragmatists, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday blasted plans by Senate Republicans to collaborate with Democrats and push through a $1 trillion catch-all spending bill.
“Any effort by you or the present Democrat leadership to move a
budget-busting omnibus spending measure will be met with my unequivocal
opposition,” wrote Rep. Jerry Lewis of California, the committee’s
ranking Republican, in a letter to Appropriations Chairman David Obey,
D-Wis. “Further, I will strongly encourage every Republican Member of
the Committee, my leadership, and the entire Republican Conference to
oppose such legislation.”
National Journal is not the only outlet reporting this deal. The Hill reports that House Republicans are worried that lobbyists have teamed up with pro-earmark forces in Congress to load the Omnibus with earmarks.

The two biggest points of contention are likely to be the overall spending level and whether earmarks are included. The House GOPleader, Rep. John Boehner (Ohio), joined more than four dozen Republicans in signing a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) earlier this month calling for no earmarks to be included in the omnibus
legislation. “Taxpayers deserve to have appropriations legislation considered in an open and transparent process,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was drafted by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a prominent earmark foe. “At a minimum, taxpayers should be protected from thousands of unvetted earmarks, produced by a process driven by a spoils system, being stuffed into any end-of-year appropriations measure and shielded from review.” Democrats may balk at that request, particularly if they
lose control of the House. The omnibus would be the last opportunity to fund pet projects while the party has full control of the budget process. “Democrats are hell-bent on getting their earmarks,” said one appropriations lobbyist.

07 November, 2010

America...

Millions of people, including my relatives, made the trip from Europe chasing a dream. They went through immigration and worked hard to become assimilated to their new home, learn the language, and provide for their families. They didn't ask for anything free. No handouts, no demands, just the opportunity to pursue the American dream of freedom and independence.
This is a powerful song. I would encourage you to go to the website at the end of the lyrics and read the inspiration behind why this song was written. -TI


"AMERICA" LYRICS
What would bring a young man, to rise up from his birthplace
pack his life into a suitcase and set sail for distant shores
And what would cause a Grandma, after 80 years of living
to leave her little village not knowing what may lay in store
What could fill the hopeless millions with a newly-kindled faith
in a brighter future far across the waves
I can almost hear them say…

Chorus
America, I hear you calling me
Sweet land of liberty, I’m on my way
America, beckoning with open arms
I long to feel the warmth of freedom’s flame
God has given hope a name, America

They spent the voyage crowded at the bottom of a steamer
fightin’ famine, fear and fever for six long weeks or more
Children cried from hunger, oh and mothers wept for babies
praying they would make it to see the other shore
But the weariness and worry must’ve melted from their eyes
to behold that lady rising in the sky
Oh can’t you hear them cry…
(Chorus)

Bridge
So I will not take for granted this life I’m blessed to lead
or the ones who sacrificed so much to hand it down to me
Cause not so long ago, this land I call home was just a dream
of huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Chorus
America, may God keep you in his hand
keep you strong and help you stand, this I pray
America, hold high your splendid torch
let the whole world feel the warmth of freedom’s flame
God has given hope a name, America


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