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Monday, December 28, 2009

Iran in flames yet again..........



Andrew Sullivan is on top of this story, there's hope for a democratic Iran.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The mess in Afghanistan

An untrained unmotivated Afghan Army doesn't inspire confidence, and a draw down/exit option seems elusive.

House of Saddam entertaining but historically disappointing


I started watching the House of Saddam, it's highly disappointing on the American-Iraqi relations side of things. In an attempt to highlight the atrocities Saddam committed, the show really misses the bolstering of Saddam's regime by the United States, the west and the gulf states.

1. It doesn't mention our CIA's involvement to put Saddam in power in 1979 (Saddam was seen as an ally as he was fearful of the Iranian Revolution spreading).



2. It just barely touches on the aid we gave Saddam during the Iran-Iraq War (i.e. bullets, bombs, CHEMICAL weapons.



3. Mentions nothing of the United States Navy patrolling the Persian Gulf and makes no mention of an Iraqi (French made) F-1 Mirage launched 2 (French made) Exocet missiles which hit the USS Stark and killed 37 American sailors.


4. Doesn't mention that when the oil supply in the Gulf was threatened the US Navy sank the entire Iranian fleet.


Uhhgg!! Hollywood!

Stocks rally after senate passes healthcare vote, you can't rape people even if you are Halliburton


Healthcare stocks rally after the senate vote, the healthcare industry seems terrified at the prospect of reform huh?

Joe has a good piece on rape legislation passed by Al Franken, apparently corporations CAN'T prevent victims from suing in court, wait why did we have to pass a law? Isn't rape illegal to begin with?

Friday, December 18, 2009

My interview with Bill Simon





What cosmetics do.....


What cosmetics do.....

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Does Canada REALLY need fresh water?

H2oil animated sequences from Dale Hayward on Vimeo.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Save the 'Free Market?'



Is it worth saving?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Landmark healthcare passes the house, Chandler votes against it.....

Healthcare reform passed 220-215 yesterday. It's an incredible victory for the Democratic Party and for President Obama and humiliating for the 6th Kentucky congressional district, Ben Chandler voted against the reform bill.

We knew the healthcare fight was going to be a long hard battle, but for my congressman to vote against a bill that aims to extend healthcare benefits to millions of uninsured Americans, this is just disgraceful. Now it goes to the Senate.

I'm stunned, and disappointed with the Democratic Party at this point, especially with my congressman. I was sure after November 4th 2008 that we were going to see sweeping change in this country, and we were going to fight corporate interests in the name of populism.

I'm worried at this point that the Democratic Party after Reagan has become the flip side of the same corporate interest coin. The Democrats have got to get back to their roots and follow the populist agenda of the FDR Democrats. Regulate industry for the benefit of the workers and make the economy work for the people. The fact that the banks are making billions in profits and buying up flu vaccines before hospitals and schools while unemployment hovers around 10% is disgraceful.



A new piece from the Times shows how far out there these people really are. Apparently they're doing God's work?

But, on the bright side of things, maybe the passage of the healthcare bill is a sign that we're in fact getting back to our populist roots, in honor of the passage of the healthcare bill; here's Tommy Douglas in 'Mouseland'.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kentucky coal/UK attacked by terrorists.

Some commie hippy fascists on the University of Kentucky's campus threw up terrorist propaganda trying to ruin our glorious benevolent patriarch coal companies with their anti-freedom hatred. Why do they hate success and cheap 'clean' power that benefits our great state?

I reached out to the terror organization for comment. I was hooded and driven to an unknown location for an interview.


The leader of the terror cell had this to say:

"When someone calls me a hypocrite because I use electricity provided by coal fired power plants. I simply tell you sir/madam are wrong. I have my own generator run on Citgo gasoline which is provided by our glorious comrade Hugo Chavez."

Anyhow, here's some media coverage of the terrorist attacks, beware the pictures are disturbing.....

The Result of American Foreign Policies........

Yellow Cake from Nick Cross on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's not even Halloween, and yet we're talking about Christmas already.......

Bob Layton roots out the nutjobs. Did you know that Beshear hates Christmas and Christians? Well clearly he does.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

6 years later...What has Iraq taught us? A commentary from a conservative turned liberal

On 9/11/2001 I was a senior in High School. I was 18 years old and was a registered Republican. Being raised in one of the most conservative counties in the state of Kentucky I in hindsight believe I was a Republican simply by the osmosis of my classmates and the common conservative culture that existed around me. I was a flight officer in the Civil Air Patrol in Boone County Composite Squadron 050, the official United States Air Force Civilian Reserve, a sort of ROTC program that provided Air Force assets to State and Federal agencies.



After college I had every intention of joining the military (I started the Marine Corp Officer program at NKU, then when I transfered to UK and enrolled in Air Force ROTC), but I didn't stay on that path. It was first hour English and the cell phone that I wasn't supposed to have in school rang. It was my mother, and she told me of a plane that had ran into the World Trade Center tower, I'd heard of it, but didn't really know what it was. I told our English teacher Ms. Daniels about what I'd heard. She didn't ask how I obtained this information out and flipped to TV on. The TV radiated the damage, the North Tower had smoke pouring out of it.

2nd period came, by this time the second plane had hit the South Tower. We watched as it happened. But were confused, we weren't sure if the second plane hitting the South Tower was a replay of the first plane hitting the North Tower. But I remember the news anchor saying something along the lines of, "Oh no, that was clearly intentional, the other tower has now been hit." We sat in Mr. Yelton's class, if you find this ironic at all it was American Government. Mr. Yelton was a Veteran, one of the older teachers. He enrolled in the Army in the early 60's and was deployed to Thailand before Vietnam got really heated. Mr. Yelton was a Conservative Republican and was someone I looked up to as a mentor. He had certainly reinforced my conservative values, and helped to shape the militaristic vengeance I would feel after 9/11.

We sat in American Government and watched the towers falling over and over again, the networks made sure they capitalized on the tragedy. I looked over at my High School best friend who stood beside me staring in disbelief and in an almost adolescent approval he turned to me and said "this is our generation's Pearl Harbor." We were at war, and now my generation had it's purpose. I can't recall if I was sent home before or after lunch but the call came over the intercom informing my High School chemistry teacher that I was to be sent home. My mother was scared, the nation was under attack and our High School was no more than a few miles from a major international airport.

On my way home I began to think of what I'd do if I ran across Middle Eastern terrorists who would be dressed in their ethnic garb crossing some obscure Northern Kentucky road, in hindsight this is completely laughable. But at the time, for the first time in my life I saw F-16 fighter jets screaming overhead at low altitude. Very quickly the networks indicated some Saudi Arabian man named Osama Bin Laden was behind the attacks. I remember hearing a very jazzy, sappy version of "America the Beautiful" playing over my radio and tearing up. My nation had been attacked damn it. We were the beacon of freedom in the world. Who were these monsters? And why would they attack us? When I arrived home, my mother and stepfather were both at the house already. My dad looked at me in the eyes and said, "What have I told you Stephen? People aren't afraid of the United States, someone who who will throw a rock at a tank, son, that's an entire different way of viewing life". That statement, in the long run would stick with me and would mean more to me than that day did.

A few months passed, President Bush stood in the remains of the World Trade Center Towers and told us we would get our revenge, it wasn't too long after that when we sent the CIA (for the second time) into Afghanistan along with American Special Forces embedded and aiding the Northern Alliance, a regime just as bad, if not worse than the Taliban.

I entered college in the fall of 2002, I was doing something every white upper middle class white kid did in Northern Kentucky. All of my friend were going to college, it was never a question of "if" but where. I choose NKU because it was close, had instate tuition, and comparatively cheap compared to other universities. I knew I had to get a bachelors degree to be an officer, something I had espoused to be my entire life. I had the influence of mentors who were retired military officers, the largest influence most likely came from a close friend of my father's, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who reinforced my desire to be
a pilot. There was nothing more exciting than the sexy allure of fast supersonic airplane that I could pilot. I wanted to fly an attack aircraft, a distinguishable difference in a fighter or bomber, an attack aircraft did both, it shot missiles at other planes as well as dropped bombs. What could be cooler? Having the best of both worlds right?

I rocked out my first semester at NKU, making the dean's list, I did something then that seems sort of silly in hindsight, I took 8am classes, if given the choice now, I wouldn't take a class that starts before 10. While at NKU I quickly latched on to my first political science professor, a masters student seeking a PhD named Keim. She was a veteran as well, and a big supporter of President George W. Bush. I had a 100 level class with her and it was in her class that I learned a lesson then which would have a great implications in my future thinking. The book she assigned for us to read was 'The Prince' by Niccolò Machiavelli. A book which helped to inspire Western Imperialism, and justify Western cruelty upon the people in which they dominated.

The fall of 2002 passed, with my first year of college under my belt and on the dean's list I was on riding a high. I was a patriotic American, I was going to join the military and fight the enemies of America and reign vengeance upon the people who'd attacked our Republic. And along came the spring of 2003. The case against Saddam Hussein was firmly set. Here were my notes from: 2/5/2003 justifying a case for war.
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Iraqi policies.

*ENVIRONMENTAL
-Set oil wells on fire
-Released oil into the sea

*SOVERIGNTY
-Invaded Kuwait in 1990

*TERRORISM
-Launched scud missiles into Saudi Arabia, and Israel
-Prepared suicide squads to act in Israel
-U.S. evidence that Iraq is funding terrorism

*MURDER
-Gassed Iranian people
-Gassed Kurds
-Killed opposition when coming to power
-Used civilians in Gulf War as human shields

*POINTS
-If not sooner then later we’ll deal with him.
-Appeasement didn’t work in 1939.
-Has Chem. weapons, trying to develop nuclear
-Weapons inspectors given run around
-French are unsupportive due to oil to their country
(a gross violation due to the embargo they signed)
(fear of terrorist action within their country to due security)
-Political opposition die under Saddam, everyone has right to freedom
-War is one of liberation
-War is one of security for U.S.
-War would stabilize region

*DOMESTIC/FOREIGN SUPPORT
(D)
-Democrats attempting to reenact the draft even though a draft is entirely unneeded to draw support away from the president.
(F)
-Russia was not supportive due to the multi-billion dollar debt in military supplies the Russians supplied under Soviet rule
-Europe opposed due to biased one sided-unbalanced media.
-France opposed due to oil

*CONCLUSION
-War is inevitable
-Iraq like Afghanistan will be grateful
-Casualties will be light (Gulf War casualties were 240, 776 wounded against the fourth largest army in the world in 1990)
-If not acted upon pacifists and appeasers are no better than the people that sat under Adolph Hitler and did nothing
-Good and evil does exist in the world and curse those who wouldn’t act to help another human being be free.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

And with this in mind, we fast forward to March 2003. This news coverage was something entirely new to the American people, this news coverage was literally live. I remember watching Fox News as the troops rolled across the border, live. This was infotainment at it's finest, and boy did I lap it up.

The invasion happened and I watched it live on TV, being that I was white, upper middle-class and in the grand scheme of things privileged I didn't enlist into the military. I planned on going officer and nothing less. We rolled over the Iraqi defenses within one month. Now ask yourself why. Why did the American military fight and occupy a country which at one point was the world's 4th largest army. The answer? We'd been bombing Iraq from 1990-2003, Iraq couldn't keep a tank that we didn't try to bomb. The sad reality of the situation of Iraq was that it was a once American puppet, and when that puppet became uncontrollable after the invasion of Kuwait, Iraq and Saddam Hussein (a sudo-American CIA agent) became a threat, Saddam was a tyrant, a killer, a murderer. Little did I know a the time that Saddam was put into power by the United States Government in the late 1970's. He was seen as a asset due to the fact that he was an enemy of the Iranian Revolution. Keep in mind, the United States only condemns tyrants when they aren't our government's tyrants. We have a long track record on this issue.



Of course this dissenting information wouldn't make it's way to my ears until years later, maybe it was there from the beginning, but I just couldn't hear it. Words like "blowback" wouldn't emerge into my consciousness until a few years later. I remember small things about the lead up to the war now, strange things, like how Scott Ritter, a UN weapons inspector was silenced when he opposed the invasion. Somehow sealed court documented were leaked to the media, Ritter had been accused of soliciting a 16 year old girl however the case was dismissed. A convenient little stunt no doubt pulled by a friend of the Bush administration to drown out voices of opposition and discredit anyone not following lockstep with the war-hawks. I remember hearing of anti-war demonstrations on NKU's campus, I sought them out and hurled words at them like "traitor" and "terrorist".

After Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' speech things started to unravel, both my trust in the administration and the severity of the insurgency.



The summer of 2003 was a bloody one in Iraq, it seemed like every day there were headlines in the papers about US Military personnel being killed. I was working for a friend's father at the time and I remember during my lunch breaks I would look for anything I could find about the American presence in Iraq. It was during the first semester at NKU that I began to watch Fox News. Bill O'Reilly was consuming the cable news market, and I watched his program every single night.

In the fall of 2003 I decided to move. Northern Kentucky seemed stale for some reason. My friend was transferring to UK and I thought this was an opportunity for a change in my life. Not to leave the military out of the equation, I quickly enrolled in UK's Air Force ROTC program. Lexington Kentucky was vastly different in just about every way. The campus was an actual campus, students lived within the city limits and the professors were unapologetically liberal.

The first political science course I took was with a man named Berres and the first day of class we learned that he was a self-pronounced socialist. I, being the smart patriotic American that I was challenged him in class, basically calling into question his patriotism and letting the class know I was in fact a ROTC student. I was rightfully put in my place when turned out that Berres wasn't only a veteran, but was a Vietnam veteran, who was in military intelligence. We're friends now, I look back on that exchange and shake my head in disgust to how ignorant I was.

It was the summer of 2004 that I began to punch holes in my registration in the Republican Party. It was clear that the war was a vehicle for Cheney's Halliburton to makes millions in no-bid contracts, the occupation of Iraq had turned into a bloodbath, the oil companies were reaping record profits at the expense of the American people while Bush and the Republican congress shrugged their shoulders and chalked it up to free market principles. I've always thought of myself as a populist, and the Republican Party was offering tax breaks to the wealthiest and to the oil companies. Not to middle class Americans.

Going into the fall of 2004, I knew I wasn't going to vote for Bush, it didn't matter who was on the Democratic side but I knew progressive principles were right. Universal Healthcare, a living wage, a tax structure that benefited the majority of Americans and not those who had the most (they justified the tax cuts by saying it created jobs). Bush had in fact created nothing less than an inefficient bloated cash cow called the second Gulf War. The entire government was up for sale to the most well connected corporation. In the fall of 2004 I voted for John Kerry, the first Democrat I had ever voted for. I actually voted straight ticket Democrat, and voted against the gay marriage ban that Daniel Mongiardo co-sponsored. If you'd come to in the summer of 2003, I would have told you Bush should be reelected. My populist ideals couldn't justify a big business pro-oligarchy party.

In 2006 I joined the UK College Democrats and began to actively work in Democratic politics. After 2004 I was burnt, I couldn't believe Bush was reelected and knew I had to get involved in the process. I began to study the labor movements of the 19th and 20th centuries and saw the brutality that corporations exerted on their workers. I'd studied to the Utopian ideals of the right and saw that those on the right were as naive as communists.

In 2009 it's important to remember that I'm not exactly happy with the Democratic Party either. When President Obama took office we were 1.2 trillion in debt, we're now 1.4 trillion in debt, only a 12% jump in the overall debt. We're the only industrialized western nation without a universal healthcare system and yet the blue dogs in the Democratic Party are complaining about our national debt, fine, put the tax rates back to where they were before 1980 and lets pay down the debt, our society ran just fine before 1980. I'm irritated with the Democratic Party, because it's given far too much to Wallstreet and not enough for main street. I'm an FDR Democrat, and believe every American deserves a job, food and shelter.



The Democrats have given way too many concessions to big business, and bought into their promise that if they're left to their accord, they'll employ people and create wealth. And yet Americans today make less than they did before Reagan, are drowning in debt (student loans are a sham) and yet are the most productive people on earth. Remember when your parents told you to work hard and go to school and you'd do okay? This society isn't living up to these principles and the policies of the 20th century after WWII have benefited those with the most.

We see what we want to believe. I wanted to believe that our generation would fight America's new enemy, an enemy banking on our nation's destruction simply because they hated our freedom. This made things overtly easy, it satisfied my moral reservations about war. We were invading Iraq to liberate it's people against a brutal tyrant who had to be stopped...... except none of that is true. We invaded Iraq because corporate elites had to have the oil, so that the wealthiest few could control more of the world's natural resources and become even richer. Their power grab has cost an estimated 100,000 Iraqi lives and over 4,000 American servicemen.

Iraq was a power grab devised by the wealthiest most powerful men in the world, and the invasion was draped with the merits of freedom and democracy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Meghan McCain shows all, psychic family tries to outdo her, sends 6 year old up in magic balloon to talk to aliens.




The last two days have been so exciting! Meghan McCain posted a sexy sex picture on her twitter account in regards to some hippy druggy she's in love with pissing off the entire conservative establishment.

Not to be outdone, some wife swapping family sent their kid up in a magical balloon so he could be closer to the voices in his head.

Turns out he didn't actually go up in the balloon, he was just hiding in the attic, I think.

Well, that's what they said happened.

And then the kid said something else on CNN, something along the lines of "We did this for the show."

Saturday, October 10, 2009

PBS's: Obama's War

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Think the GOP has a hope in 2010? Numbers say otherwise......

October 8, 2009 - American Voters Oppose Obama Health Care Plan, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; GOP Gets Lowest Grades Since Obama Elected

American voters oppose 47 - 40 percent President Barack Obama's health care reform plan, and don't want an overhaul that only gets Democratic votes, but they support key parts of the plan, including 61 - 34 percent for giving people the option of a government health insurance plan that competes with private plans, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

By a 57 - 37 percent margin, voters say Congress should not approve a health care overhaul with only Democratic votes. Democrats are OK with a one-party bill 63 - 29 percent, but opposition is 88 - 9 percent from Republicans and 62 - 32 percent from independent voters.

President Obama's job approval is 50 - 41 percent, virtually unchanged from his 50 - 42 percent rating August 6, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey of 2,630 American voters finds. The President's 41 - 51 percent negative rating on health care is barely changed from his 39 - 52 percent rating August 5. His 47 - 46 percent score on handling the economy is slightly better than a 45 - 49 percent negative in August.

But Republicans get their lowest grades since Obama was elected on several measures:
Voters disapprove 64 - 25 percent of the way Republicans in Congress are doing their job, with 42 percent of Republican voters disapproving;
Only 29 percent think Republicans on Capitol Hill are acting in good faith;
Voters trust Obama more than Republicans 47 - 31 percent to handle health care;
Voters 53 - 25 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party.
"President Barack Obama's approval rating has held at 50 percent over the past two months of high-intensity debate on health care and other issues," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "And while the spotlight is on the President, Republicans are taking a public opinion pounding."

"The public says it doesn't want Congress to pass a plan that only gets Democratic votes, but with apparently solid opposition from the congressional Republicans to Obama's plan it will be interesting to see how this issue plays in 2010 should the Democrats push through a bill with just their own votes," said Brown. "The long-term politics of a Democratic-only bill are clear as mud because they would almost certainly depend on how the public likes the finished product when it comes time to vote in 2010 and 2012."

The public view on the specifics of the proposed health care overhaul has not changed much, although a bare 50 - 45 percent majority now supports requiring people to have health insurance, compared to 51 - 44 percent against in a July 1 Quinnipiac University poll.

American voters also support 73 - 23 percent requiring businesses to help pay for employee health insurance, compared to 73 - 24 percent in July.

On the negative side, voters don't believe 71 - 19 percent that Obama can keep his promise that health insurance reform will not add to the federal deficit, down from 72 - 21 percent disbelief August 5. Even Democrats believe 50 - 32 percent that health insurance reform will add to the deficit.

"Voters overwhelmingly see the Republican opposition as not making a good faith effort to cooperate with Obama and the Democrats in Congress on health care and by a smaller 46 - 41 percent margin feel the Democrats are not playing fair with the Republicans," said Brown. "They trust Obama more than congressional Republicans on health care. Yet there is no groundswell of support of his health care plan itself."

From September 29 - October 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,630 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?

Here's the link to the poll.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Jack Conway and Diane Lawless at the UK College Democrats meeting

Jack



Diane

Friday, October 2, 2009

Main difference between liberals and conservatives......

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wing-nuts call for a coup.......

Yeah, just when things couldn't get more excited here in Kentucky, you have these nutcases 'softly' reminding their readers that if there was a military coup, it would take care of everything!


You know...... I seem to remember something like this being suggested once before.... now when was that?

Wasn't it during FDR's administration?

Yeah anyhow, here's a link to the article (Newsmax took it down)

By: John L. Perry Article Font Size

There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:

Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the president of the United States.”

Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized.

They can see that Americans are increasingly alarmed that this nation, under President Barack Obama, may not even be recognizable as America by the 2012 election, in which he will surely seek continuation in office.

They can see that the economy — ravaged by deficits, taxes, unemployment, and impending inflation — is financially reliant on foreign lender governments.

They can see this president waging undeclared war on the intelligence community, without whose rigorous and independent functions the armed services are rendered blind in an ever-more hostile world overseas and at home.

They can see the dismantling of defenses against missiles targeted at this nation by avowed enemies, even as America’s troop strength is allowed to sag.

They can see the horror of major warfare erupting simultaneously in two, and possibly three, far-flung theaters before America can react in time.

They can see the nation’s safety and their own military establishments and honor placed in jeopardy as never before.
So, if you are one of those observant military professionals, what do you do?

Wait until this president bungles into losing the war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s arsenal of nuclear bombs falls into the hands of militant Islam?

Wait until Israel is forced to launch air strikes on Iran’s nuclear-bomb plants, and the Middle East explodes, destabilizing or subjugating the Free World?

What happens if the generals Obama sent to win the Afghan war are told by this president (who now says, “I’m not interested in victory”) that they will be denied troops they must have to win? Do they follow orders they cannot carry out, consistent with their oath of duty? Do they resign en masse?

Or do they soldier on, hoping the 2010 congressional elections will reverse the situation? Do they dare gamble the national survival on such political whims?

Anyone who imagines that those thoughts are not weighing heavily on the intellect and conscience of America’s military leadership is lost in a fool’s fog.

Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”

In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass.

John L. Perry, a prize-winning newspaper editor and writer who served on White House staffs of two presidents, is a regular columnist for Newsmax.com. Read John Perry's columns here.

© 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Want to see something funn... I mean..... well just check this out.


Go to Google, type in "mongiardo kentucky" hit enter and select the 'news' icon at the top.





Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obama's War in Afghanistan



Thanks Joe!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

If you think healthcare companies give a damn about the people they insure, you might want to watch this.......

Yeah...... and people are seriously afraid of 'death panels'? Are you serious?!



Wait...... you mean they deny people coverage who're pregnant and have acne? No........

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at UK discussing renewable energy.

Robert Kennedy Jr. at UK pt. 1



Robert Kennedy Jr. at UK pt. 2



Robert Kennedy Jr. at UK pt. 3



Robert Kennedy Jr. at UK pt. 4

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

So, I used to be a Bush Republican...........

Yeah, up until 2004. I just stumbled over some points I made in a poly sci class when I was attending NKU.

Here they are.......

---------------------------------------------------------------
2/5/2003

Iraqi policies.

*ENVIRONMENTAL
-Set oil wells on fire
-Released oil into the sea

*SOVERIGNTY
-Invaded Kuwait in 1990

*TERRORISM
-Launched scud missiles into Saudi Arabia, and Israel
-Prepared suicide squads to act in Israel
-U.S. evidence that Iraq is funding terrorism

*MURDER
-Gassed Iranian people
-Gassed Kurds
-Killed opposition when coming to power
-Used civilians in Gulf War as human shields

*POINTS
-If not sooner then later we’ll deal with him.
-Appeasement didn’t work in 1939.
-Has Chem. weapons, trying to develop nuclear
-Weapons inspectors given run around
-French are unsupportive due to oil to their country
(a gross violation due to the embargo they signed)
(fear of terrorist action within their country to due security)
-Political opposition die under Saddam, everyone has right to freedom
-War is one of liberation
-War is one of security for U.S.
-War would stabilize region

*DOMESTIC/FOREIGN SUPPORT
(D)
-Democrats attempting to reenact the draft even though a draft is entirely unneeded to draw support away from the president.
(F)
-Russia was not supportive due to the multi-billion dollar debt in military supplies the Russians supplied under Soviet rule
-Europe opposed due to biased one sided-unbalanced media.
-France opposed due to oil

*CONCLUSION
-War is inevitable
-Iraq like Afghanistan will be grateful
-Casualties will be light (Gulf War casualties were 240, 776 wounded against the fourth largest army in the world in 1990)
-If not acted upon pacifists and appeasers are no better than the people that sat under Adolph Hitler and did nothing
-Good and evil does exist in the world and curse those who wouldn’t act to help another human being be free.

---------------------------------------------------------------

::::SLAPS FOREHEAD::::

Billionaires for 'Wealthcare'

God hates poor people, that's why they don't deserve healthcare.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ok, so, did you know that Obama is going to kill your grandparents and create his own army? Well it's on youtube, you know it must be true.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Let's kill the SOCIALIST fire and police departments!

"Better DEAD than fire truck RED."

Had to share both this website and facebook group............

angrytownhall.com has a hilarious satire on publi.... er I mean socialist agencies like 'RED' painted firetrucks run by SOCIALIST firedepartments.

Our aim is that by 2011, all fire services will be provided and funded through private fire companies, including but not limited to: Blackwater (XE), Halliburton, Monsanto, Lockheed, and China.










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Here's an awesome facebook group too entitled:

1 Million Strong Against our SOCIALIST Fire Departments

My favorite line: "Better DEAD than fire truck RED."

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Day in the Life of Joe Republican


Joe gets up at 6am and fills his coffee pot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance -- now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry. In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and whether there were any health hazards.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is cleaner because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants progressive liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a workers compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It's noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay his bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FDIC because some godless liberal heathens wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression, and from felons such as George Bush's brother Neil, who caused the collapse of the Savings and Loans after a $250,000,000 theft through unsecured loans to cronies.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some academic elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some big-government whacko liberal pinko socialist stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host -- an illegal drug user, adulterer and fascist -- keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention, however, that his beloved Republicans have bitterly fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.

Joe agrees: 'We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.'

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A litany of healthcare insanity

The best/insane stories I've encountered so far.


The opposing forces lined up like screaming armies on either side of the street, about 1,000 people a side. Diane Campbell of Kingston, N.H., held a sign with Mr. Obama's face superimposed on a Nazi storm trooper, a sign, she said, that was made by her chronically ill mother.

Her mother's hereditary autoimmune disease is treated with expensive transfusions of gamma globulin, paid for by Medicare. Her sister, Louise, was born with no arms and one leg, and is also covered by Medicare
, the government-run, health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

"Adolf Hitler was for exterminating the weak, not just the Jews and stuff, and socialism -- that's what's going to happen."
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In an editorial on July 31, Investor's Business Daily warned of end-of-life counseling in health care reform by saying people like Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance" in the such a system.

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.
In fact, Professor Hawking lives in England, where he has been treated by their National Health Service. And by his own account, it saved his life.

"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."
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Grassley Endorses "Death Panel" Rumor: "You Have Every Right To Fear"



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Gingrich Supported So-Called "Death Panels" A Few Months Ago


More than 20 percent of all Medicare spending occurs in the last two months of life. Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin has developed a successful end-of-life, best practice that combines: 1) community-wide advance care planning, where 90 percent of patients have advance directives; 2) hospice and palliative care; and 3) coordination of services through an electronic medical record. The Gundersen approach empowers patients and families to control and direct their care. The Dartmouth Health Atlas has documented that Gundersen delivers care at a 30 percent lower rate than the national average ($18,359 versus $25,860). If Gundersen’s approach was used to care for the approximately 4.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who die every year, Medicare could save more than $33 billion a year.

That was Newt Gingrich just a few months ago praising the “Advance Directives” practiced by a hospital in Wisconsin. Advance Directives are another word for the end-of-life consultations that the teabggers have been flipping out over of late. Gingrich loved them a few months ago.
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Don't forget the now falling star of the Republican party (her approval rating is dropping quickly '39% favorable') Sarah Palin with her comment:
Palin: Obama's "Death Panel" Could Kill My Down Syndrome Baby

The irony on this one? Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) has come out swinging against Palin's comments.

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels," Murkowski, a Republican, said. "Quite honestly, I'm so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."
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And then you have Glen Beck crying on the air for no apparent reason over the Nazis, talking about how his daughter was born with cerebral palsy, this of course has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the allegations about Obama's death camps, you buy that?

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Watch Clair McCaskill illuminate the 'irony' of the people who're opposed to reform, THESE PEOPLE ARE ON MEDICAID!!! A GOV'T PROGRAM!!!



Same McCaskill townhall, some wingnut rips up a photo of Rosa Parks


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Why Americans hate single-payer insurance
Because they don’t know they have it.


At a recent town-hall meeting in suburban Simpsonville, a man stood up and told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-S.C.) to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.”

“I had to politely explain that, ‘Actually, sir, your health care is being provided by the government,’ ” Inglis recalled. “But he wasn’t having any of it.”


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People ask yourselves, "what in the hell is going on with these protesters?!"
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I'd like to illustrate the danger in electing overtly pro-business Republican and Democrats. At this point, the conservative Democrats are causing us as much trouble with healthcare reform as the Republicans are.

Canada obtained 'Universal Healthcare' coverage in Canada in 1962. Here's a bit of background:

[Kiefer Sutherland's grandfather was] Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, PC, CC, SOM (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. As leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) from 1942 and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961....

[Tommy] Douglas's number one concern was the creation of Medicare. In the summer of 1962, Saskatchewan became the centre of a hard-fought struggle between the provincial government, the North American medical establishment, and the province's physicians, who brought things to a halt with the 1962 Saskatchewan Doctors' Strike. The doctors believed their best interests were not being met and feared a significant loss of income as well as government interference in medical care decisions even though Douglas agreed that his government would pay the going rate for service that doctors charged. The medical establishment claimed that Douglas would import foreign doctors to make his plan work and used racist images to try to scare the public.[citation needed] Their defenders have also argued that private or government medical insurance plans covered 60 to 63 percent of the Saskatchewan population before Medicare legislation was introduced.
An often forgotten political fact is that though Douglas is widely hailed as the father of Medicare, he had retired from his position as Saskatchewan's premier, turned over this job in 1961 to Woodrow Lloyd and took the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.

The Saskatchewan program was finally launched by his successor, Woodrow Lloyd, in 1962. The success of the province's public health care program was not lost on the federal government. Another Saskatchewan politician, newly elected Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, decreed in 1958 that any province seeking to introduce a hospital plan would receive 50 cents on the dollar from the federal government. In 1962, Diefenbaker appointed Justice Emmett Hall—also of Saskatchewan, a noted jurist and Supreme Court Justice—to Chair a Royal Commission on the national health system - the Royal Commission on Health Services. In 1964, Justice Hall recommended the nationwide adoption of Saskatchewan's model of public health insurance. In 1966, the Liberal minority government of Lester B. Pearson created such a program, with the federal government paying 50% of the costs and the provinces the other half.

Douglas had a great speech entitled 'Mouseland', which illustrated the anti-productive results of electing overtly pro-business, free market policians.



And here's a great snopes article debunking the myths about the Canadian healthcare system.

The audience view of McCaskill's townhall upset 08/11/09, some wingnut rips up a photo of Rosa Parks

Why would anyone want to rip up a picture of a civil rights icon? Ask yourself honestly what these people stand for and against.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Proof the government CAN'T do anything right.

(Grabbed this from a buddies facebook note)

This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US Department of Energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I watched this while eating my breakfast of US Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the Food and Drug Administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the Internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on freerepublic.com and Fox News forums to express my rage at the possibility of a public health care plan, because the government can't do anything right.

Why would anyone be opposed to healthcare reform? Follow the money.......

Rachel Maddow goes over the big money in our broken healthcare system.



Watch Clair McCaskill illuminate the 'irony' of the people who're opposed to reform.



Arlen Specter give an awesome rebuttal to this woman who seems to think Obama is advocating euthanasia.



UPDATES

More McCaskill footage, I love how she dispels a Gov't takeover of our healthcare system.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Stand strong Democrats, WE can get healthcare reform done!

First of all, if you have a single brain cell you know that the American healthcare system HAS to be reformed. If you're conservative or liberal you should be appalled at the inefficiency of the current American healthcare system. But guess what, the healthcare providers aren't.

Yes that's right, the mixture of government funding and private enterprise has created a monster that is doing it's best to strangle reform and stifle debate. The GOP, the party of 'small Govt' has opened a buffet of tax money for the insurance companies to feed on (see Medicare part D). In creating a a system which is funded by tax payers and run by private corporations our elected officials have created and encouraged a healthcare cartel which has no competition and has complete control of the industry.

Hear that fiscal conservatives and free market worshippers? You should be outraged at this.

But of course private run healthcare companies are going to be worse than public options, think about it. The employees of these companies are rewarded for obtaining as much money as possible while approving as little treatment as possible. It's in the numbers, the more money these companies make the more money they take to their shareholders on Wallstreet. That's why when one of your relatives goes for a life threatening illness the healthcare industry fights them nail and tooth trying to figure out any possible way to deny them a procedure.

This isn't rocket science, actually the way that this system works it's more like a study in anthropology on a caste system! The more well off you are, the more likely you'll have a decent insurance plan that will actually pay for a proceedure that will save your life.

Doesn't this seem insane? Do you think this is fair?

Are you seeing a pattern by the way? All of your life you've no doubt heard over and over again how 'inefficient' government is, how terrible it is and how we need to have as little of it as we can.

Yet the Bush administration has illuminated what a terrible job private industry has done, from the shabby subcontracting construction work in Iraq which led to our service members being electrocuted while showering, to Blackwater's flagrant abuses upon the Iraqi people, to the no bid contracts that Dick Cheney's Halliburton obtained while our troops begged for better body armor and armored vehicles.

Think about that!

The next time you hear someone complain about the incompetence of the governement and the beauty of the unregulated free-market why don't you remind them of Enron, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG. Enron imploded on itself with the deregulation of the energy sector and the United States government had to partially nationalize and save the investment and insurance banking sector of the United States.

But wait.... I thought the freemarket could run itself? I thought that the natural freemarket laws would prevent this from happening!

The truth? The VA and Medicare are amongst the world's most efficient and effective programs in the entire world. And they're government programs! Yet you won't hear this from from Faux News and as of lately CNN. The traditional news media is falling flat on it's face in covering healthcare from an honest point of view.

We can have effective and efficient government if we have competent people to run the programs, we need to quit electing people who campaign on the idea that government doesn't work.

What are we talking about instead? Obama's birth certificate, something the McCain campaign dismissed as a rumor to nowhere long ago.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Are you under 30 and can't find work? Thank Wallstreet......

Wondering how your parents found a decent wage back when they were finished with school? Wondering why you can't? Yeah, for those of us who went to college and who were promised a decent wage there is a big disappointment in this country.

The truth is, the babyboomers can't retire! And they're hanging onto good paying jobs. Thank our trust in the free market for this one, had our Government insured their retirements the babyboomers would be able to retire and good paying jobs would be much more prevalent.

AARP has a great piece on this:


"For decades, demographers, academics, economists and journalists have been telling us how someday the boomers would revolutionize retirement in America. We were beguiled with portraits of healthy, energetic retirees leaving their jobs and devoting themselves to personal improvement and community service.

Well, that someday has finally arrived. And guess what? Millions of boomers who want to retire find that they can't retire. Several national opinion polls and studies reveal that many would-be retirees are so overwhelmed by money worries and concerns about health insurance that they have decided to delay retirement!"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pentagon to create complete new sci-fi genre, unveils zombie robots that eat people!


Apparently Hollywood out of ideas and needing inspiration has forced the Pentagon to create a race of flesh eating robots. This is so crazy on so many levels that I can't even begin to comment on what a terrible idea this is!

This isn't a joke!

Here's the company's website, and pdf file on the robot.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

And you wouldn't know it from the 24 hr Michael Jackson news cycle, but IRAN IS STILL BURNING!

The Huffingtonpost has done a great job covering the news on the ground.



New poll, Scientists like Democrats, Need more funding

Pew has new data out about science, scientists, and the American public.






It's very surprising though, most scientists claim to be liberal, but support nuclear power, and support scientific testing on animals.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

MJ and Sarah Palin are ruining news coverage on Iran.......



People.... the Iranians are on the verge of an organic, grassroots revolution and all the network news is talking about is Michael Jackson and Sarah Palin.

Mind you Jackson made a huge impact on American music, and I think Sarah Palin is more dangerous than Kim Jong-il (my libertarian roommate worked for Obama in Ohio just because Palin was on the ticket), but there is quite a bit happening in Iran right now.

KY GOP had better get ready for divisive, bloody senate race.

Yes that's right, there's going to be a showdown between Sen. Jim Bunning and our Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Political Wire and the Lexington Herald Leader have some coverage.

That's right Kentucky, they're both running amid speculation for months that Bunning would be pressured to drop out. The GOP is doing it's best to starve Bunning of funds, but that won't stop Bunning the same guy who talked about little green men attacking him in 2004.

This is going to be a laugh riot, Bunning is sooo crazy that the primary in '10 is going to provide entertainment that will rival Sarah Palin's VP run.

For those not from Kentucky, Bunning has been ranked as 1 of the 5 worst Senators in the United States in 2006, and is interested in nothing but baseball.

July 9th In Solidarity with Iran protest




Mark your calendars. Here's the facebook page.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Racists still don't understand the 'internets'


"Audra Shay, vice chairman of the Young Republicans and the leading candidate to be elected its chairman on Saturday, is now the latest in a growing list of GOP officials learning this lesson the hard way, based on pictures of a now-deleted Facebook page obtained by The Daily Beast."

"On Wednesday, Shay—a 38-year-old Army veteran, mother, and event planner from Louisiana who has been endorsed by her governor, Bobby Jindal—was holding court on her Facebook page, initiating a political conversation by posting that “WalMart just signed a death warrant” by “endorsing Obama’s healthcare plan.” At 1:52, a friend named listed as Eric S. Piker, but whose personal page says his actual name is Eric Pike, wrote “It’s the government making us commies… can’t even smoke in my damn car… whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a month… tell us how to wipe our asses…”

Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”

Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.”

These people need to get away from the Ted Stevens internet classes and go with that one guy who promises your money back if you're not sooo impressed with his lessons.

Or here's an idea: REALIZE YOU'RE LIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR *&#&@!!! We have a black president, get over it, you're bringing the collective IQ of the United States down.

Iran is 'still' burning.

The L.A. Times is reporting that the Revolutionary Guard has taken over in Iran.

Liveblogging from Huffingtonpost is reporting that after consulting with Captain Planet "Tehran's pollution committee has decided to close all government agencies, schools, and factories for the next two days due to heavy pollution."

Are you buying that one?

Andrew Sullivan's blog was liveblogging events in Iran too, but it seems as if the Daily Dish has lost interest.

Obama rocks again, signs preliminary treaty with Russia to reduce nuclear arsenal.

The joint understanding also commits the updated treaty to lower longer-range missiles for delivering nuclear bombs to between 500 and 1,100. The limit for warheads would be in a range of 1,500 to 1,675 each.......the two countries possess more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. Under current treaties, each country is allowed a maximum of 2,200 warheads and 1,600 launch vehicles.

Robert McNamara dead at 93

Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara died on Monday aged 93. He will be remembered most as the leading architect of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Esquire ran an article originally published in the January 2002 issue, it wraps up what McNamara learned from life pretty well.

Youtube has the entire 'Fog of War' documentary up, McNamara speaks about his life, WWI, WWII, The Ford Motor Company, The Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and more.