Archive for November, 2010

Smithsonian Institution’s Christmas Celebration

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts

WARNING: This story contains graphic photographs of items on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, funded by the United States Taxpayers.

Monday, November 29, 2010
By Penny Starr

For your Daily Dose of Disgust, be sure to visit this site:

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/smithsonian-christmas-season-exhibit-fea

Soviet Re-education Camps at Univ of Minnesota

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

A program proposed at the University of Minnesota would result in required examinations of teacher candidates on “white privilege” as well as “remedial re-education” for those who hold the “wrong” views, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

……the result will be political and ideological screening of applicants, remedial re-education for those with the ‘wrong’ views and values, [and] withholding of degrees from those upon whom the university’s political re-education efforts proved ineffective.”……

If you thought it all ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, you are wrong.  The “Thought Police” of the USSR are  fat, alive, healthy, well fed, and in plain view at the University of Minnesota.

Please follow this link to read the full expose.     http://www.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=117313

Comment #1  How could you expect anything else from a state that birthed & nutured the ideology of Hubert H Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale.  The leading party forever in the state is DFL (Democrat-Farm-Labor).  The name just drips of Socialist Entitlement Mentality.          Former State Resident

American Minute Nov. 15: John Witherspoon

Monday, November 15th, 2010

John Witherspoon American Founder

He lost two sons in the Revolution, was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration and served on 120 Congressional Committees. His name was John Witherspoon, and he died NOVEMBER 15, 1794. Born in Scotland, he was a descendant of John Knox. John Witherspoon was President of Princeton, leader of a New Jersey committee to abolish slavery, and taught 9 of the writers of the U.S. Constitution, including James Madison. His other Princeton students include a U.S. Vice-President, Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Members, Governors, Senators and Congressmen. John Adams described John Witherspoon as “A true son of liberty…but first, he was a son of the Cross.” On May 17, 1776, the day Congress declared a Day of Fasting, Rev. John Witherspoon told his Princeton students: “He is the best friend to American liberty, who is most…active in promoting true and undefiled religion…to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country. It is in the man of piety and inward principle that we may…find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier.” John Witherspoon concluded: “God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable.”     www.americanminute.com 

Comment #1  American Minute: John Knox and Glorifying God 

Sentenced as a galley slave on a French ship, he looked up as they sailed passed St. Andrews, Scotland, and said:“I see the steeple of that place where God first in public opened my mouth to glory; and I am fully persuaded…I shall not depart this life till my tongue shall glorify his godly name in the same place.”

John Knox was eventually released, met John Calvin, and returned to Scotland, where he confronted Mary, Queen of Scots, and mother of England’s King James I.   In 1560, John Knox led Scotland to establish the Presbyterian Church.  Dying NOVEMBER 24, 1572, John Knox stated: “A man with God is always in the majority.”  A descendant of John Knox was Presbyterian minister John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence and, as President of Princeton, taught James Madison.

On May 26, 1789, the Presbyterian Churches in the United States wrote to President Washington:We…esteem it a peculiar happiness to behold in our Chief Magistrate, a steady, avowed friend of the Christian religion…who, in his private conduct, adorns the doctrines of the gospel of Christ.President Washington replied in May of 1789:While I reiterate the professions of my dependence upon Heaven…I will observe that…no man who is profligate in his morals…can possibly be a true Christian

Bill Federer 

USA Home of the Brave, Land of the Mostly Free

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

#1 Hong Kong   #2 Singapore    #3 Australia   #4 Ireland   #5 Switzerland   #6 Canada  what do they have in common?

Each ranks higher in Economic Freedom Index than #7 USA.    The First Tier countries #1-6 are designated “Free”.  At #7 USA  is in the Second Tier and designated “Mostly Free”.   Being in the Second Tier of Freedom is a sad commentary on what used to be “USA – The Freest Country on Earth”.      www.heritage.org

Canadians Escape to Montana (Needs no further comment)

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

We offer as today’s commentary a cautionary tale from the land of the original Public Option Socialized Medicine, Canada. Here are the opening paragraphs of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times Associated Press:

VANCOUVER, CANADA

When the pain in Christina Woodkey’s legs became so severe that she could no longer hike or cross-country ski, she went to her local health clinic. The Calgary, Canada, resident was told she’d need to see a hip specialist. Because the problem was not life-threatening, however, she’d have to wait about a year.

 So wait she did.

In January, the hip doctor told her that a narrowing of the spine was compressing her nerves and causing the pain. She needed a back specialist. The appointment was set for Sept. 30. ‘When I was given that date, I asked when could I expect to have surgery,’ said Woodkey, 72. ‘They said it would be a year and a half after I had seen this doctor.

This time she would not wait the 27 months.

‘So this month, she drove across the border into Montana and got the $50,000 surgery done in two days. ‘I don’t have insurance. We’re not allowed to have private health insurance in Canada,’ Woodkey said. ‘It’s not going to be easy to come up with the money. But I’m happy to say the pain is almost all gone.’ 

Socialized Medicine / Obamacare

Monday, November 8th, 2010

“Socialized Medicine is the cornerstone for the success of Socialism”                                                                                    …..Vladimir Lenin

GOP take heed

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Tea-Party warning to Republicans

While the GOP celebrates, remember this.

First, the American people have not fallen in love with the GOP. The GOP is the alternative to the Democrats, but we remember what happened the last time the GOP was in charge. GOP spent money like drunken Democrats. You would be wise to learn a lesson from that mistake.

Second, the American people do not want less of the same. There is an old political joke: “What is the difference between a Republican and a Democrat?” “With a Democrat you get more of the same;  with a Republican you get less of the same.” We do not want less of the same.

Third, you may think of Washington as a good old boys (and girls) club. We do not. If you want to socialize with your liberal friends after work, that is your choice. We do not want you doing that on the clock. We do not want you reaching across the aisle for the sake of “bipartisanship.”

Fourth, we don’t want you to “manage” government.    The Obama-sized government is a disaster. We do not want cosmetic changes that will leave big government in place so that the next liberal administration can again send spending into the stratosphere. We want a fundamental reinvention of government. We want the waste, fraud and abuse cut out. We don’t care if a program helps a small number of people. If it is abused by a massive number of people, it has to go.

Fifth, you need to remember the words of Ronald Reagan. The problem is not that government spends too little. The problem is, Americans are taxed too much. We need to end the income tax, once and for all. All the income tax does is provide for the endless, easy expansion of government. We do not want government expanded. We want it shrunk.

We realize for the next two years, your hands will be tied. Obama will veto anything that makes sense that gets out of Congress. Any meaningful reform, such as the repeal of Obamacare, will probably be stopped by Senate Democrats. Your job for the next two years is pretty simple. Don’t screw up. Don’t help Obama. Don’t play the patsy you so often do. Wait until 2012. The GOP will have control of all three branches of government. Whether you get to keep it will depend on how trustworthy you are this time.

FinallyThe tea-party movement is here to stay. The election of 2012 is the last chance for the Republican Party. If you turn out, again, just to be Democrat lite, in 2014, there will be a Tea Party party, and it will send the GOP into the ash heap of history.

Judson Phillips 11-4-10

Did freedom win on 11-2-10 ?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

This was to be the year of the tea-party triumph. As a libertarian, I so want to believe that the tea party marks the beginning of a comeback for small government.  

But I’m probably deluding myself. I know that big government usually wins. Remember the last time the Republicans took power? They promised fiscal responsibility, and for six of George W. Bush’s eight years, his party controlled Congress. What did we have to show for it?  

Federal spending increased by 54 percent. That’s more than any president in the last 50 years. Much more than the 12 percent increase under Bill Clinton, and it even beat the 36 percent increase under big spender Lyndon Johnson. The number of subsidy programs grew 30 percent, and the regulatory budget grew 70 percent. The private sector shrank, while the government sector grew by 1.6 million jobs.  

Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress created a prescription-drug entitlement, the biggest entitlement expansion since Medicare. At one point, he nearly tripled the Department of Education budget.  

Republicans want another chance, but any sensible person would be skeptical. We saw what happened when Republicans got a taste of power, and it wasn’t pretty. Why should we believe it wouldn’t happen again? Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., likely the next chair of the House Education Committee, has already said that he’s not going to abolish the Department of Education.  

Republicans anticipated skepticism and tried to address it with the Pledge for America, an echo of the 1994 Contract With America. But the Pledge is modest. It promises no cuts in Medicare, Social Security or the military. That’s where most of the money is. Those programs account for 60 percent of the budget.  

Their reluctance to call for entitlement cuts is politically understandable: Older people vote and don’t like the prospect of Medicare cuts. But taking Medicare off the budget-cutting agenda forsakes one’s credibility as a fiscal hawk. Medicare faces $36 trillion in unfunded promises. Social Security adds $4.3 trillion more. As Shikha Dalmia writes in Forbes, “By 2052, Uncle Sam’s three entitlement programs – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – will consume all federal tax revenues, leaving nothing for government’s core, constitutional functions.”  

OK, congressmen and would-be congressmen are just politicians. But the tea party is supposed to be different. It stands for fiscal responsibility, spending cuts and deficit reduction. A New York Times poll found that 92 percent of tea partiers said they would rather have a “smaller government providing fewer services” than a “bigger government providing more services.”  

That’s encouraging. But when it comes to specifics, the results aren’t as good. The poll found that 62 percent thought “the benefits from government programs such as Social Security and Medicare are worth the costs.” A Bloomberg poll found that most tea partiers “want more drug benefits for Medicare patients.” And when was the last time you heard tea partiers complaining about the exploding military budget?  

Strangely, in other questions, tea partiers did seem willing to accept cuts in domestic entitlement programs if it meant smaller government. The contradictory answers don’t bode well for the time when lobbyists for well-organized special interests mount their passionate attacks against cuts.  

You just cannot be committed to cutting government if you would leave two of the costliest programs intact.  

It’s exciting to know that by the time you read this, the Republicans will have probably retaken the House. Divided government historically spends less than governments under one-party control. But if the people who most loudly demand smaller government can’t deliver a clear message on the biggest sources of government spending, the fiscal future of the country is in trouble. 

John Stossel 11-3-10