Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's In A Name

Did you hear that the interim Provost, Louise Lannihan at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York issued a memo advising staff to no longer address others with titles such as Mr., Mrs. or Ms. As the title might be disrespectful to some people?

Let us extrapolate this for a few moments. If titles are offensive what about getting rid of interim. People only filling in at a job for only a short period of time might be offended if some other individual thought they were not good enough to be in that position full time. How about Provost. Now that is a title I find offensive personally. It reminds me of the Provost Marshall when I was in the Army. No one likes the cops anymore and I certainly hate the chief cop. As far as I am concerned Provost is gone as a title. What about getting rid of the title Professor. Don’t you just know there are some teachers that are jealous that they are only teachers and cannot be called Professor? So I think Professor has to go. How about Doctor. Does it bother anyone beside me that only some Doctors are allowed to perform heart surgery? Don’t you just know the PHDs want to get into your heart? Too bad. The Doctor title has to go has to go because it just might offend someone.

We stopped saying Actress some time ago, because it made female Actors feel like second class citizens. Stewardess went out when Flight Attendants arrived. You can still be a Steward, but do not get caught at it. What do you think about Deacon? Does this not make it seem that some church members are more important than others? Have you ever heard someone called Deacon as a nickname? This has to stop.

What about storms. About twenty years ago we decide it was misogynistic for all the hurricanes and typhoons to be named for the ladies. I cannot remember now if men were offended because they were left out or women were offended because they all had violent names. Do you remember? I think we need to include some animal names for storms. I have a few names we have not used for storms. How about Hurricane Fido and Tropical Storm Puff. How about the colors and body parts that that get left out. I am partial to Hurricane Red Neck and Typhoon Maroon Kidney.

Now we are leaving out stuff you can emit from living bodies. Tropical Storm Whale Snot comes to mind. Typhoon Tiger Spit may work also. Need I continue my extrapolation, or have you had enough?

I hope you are getting the idea about how offended I am that leftist idiots do not know we are different or are afraid to acknowledge we are. I am in favor of eliminating an Interim Provost named Louise Lannihan and replace him, her or it with a human being that is not as stupid as dog do.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Who Decides?

Who speaks for Jesus? Do you know what Jesus would do? Personally, I do not have a clue. I remember when I was a kid, I thought I understood Jesus’ temperament as a man of peace, then I heard about his violence driving the moneychangers from the temple. All of a sudden, I was no longer sure what Jesus would do.

Al Sharpton and Michael Moore seem to think they know what Jesus would do. “What fools these mortals be.” I hear politicians asking, “What would Jesus do?” This has become a way to persuade people to their point of view. Is this not akin to taking the lords name in vain? I am no biblical scholar, but I do not want these people telling me they know what Jesus would do. I think asking the question is past presumptuous and into arrogance.

Hell, Al Sharpton is supposed to be our foremost civil rights leader and he does not even know what Martin Luther King would do. In my estimation, Sharpton routinely gets it wrong.

Who decides if people are religious or not? John Kerry, Barack Obama and even the Pope have stated that Islamic extremists are not religious. Do these political figures get to decide if you have religion or not. I do not think even the Pope is foolish enough to assume this is in his job description. It is kind of like telling a Baptist church they are not religious because they do not belong to the Southern Baptist Convention. Who Decides?

My feeling is that practitioners of a religion are the only ones that gets to decide if they have religious affiliations or not. In the case of Islamic extremists that yell, “Allahu Akbar,” as they commit atrocities make it pretty clear they think they are religious Muslims. Imams around the world support them. Does John Kerry and Barack Obama think these Imams are not religious either? Do you think Barack Obama thinks the Ayatollah in Iran is not religious because he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the earth? Our State Department is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. Does our State Department not know these people are religious fanatics?

Have all the Progressives around the world gone insane? It has been clear to me for a long time that what they think is dangerous and based in lies, but do they think we will continue to fall for the lies? Abe Lincoln told us, "You can fool all of the people some of the time and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

Personally, I am tired of the lies and I am not being fooled. I just hope more of you are in my camp than are in theirs. Our country and the world is going crazy around us. No one can fix either, except us.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Just Suppose

Just suppose President Obama really believed the things that he said when he first came into the Presidency. I will dismiss the oceans will rise claim as hyperbole. But some of the other ideas he had were really idealistic. You know, kind of like childish thinking – on the verge of naive.

For instance his beliefs that:

If I apologize for our country’s past behavior and treat you better than you treat me, you will like me and my country more. That policy in in shambles with Russia, Iran, Pakistan and many other former friends.

If I bring my academic friends along to implement my Keynesian economic policies all the U.S. economic problems will be over. That thinking has given us the longest recovery from a recession since FDR’s New Deal.

If I enact social justice policies by taking more from the wealthy it will make a better life for middle class people. So far social justice polices have increased growth of wealth for the rich, put fifty million more people out of work and decreased the wages for everyone else.

If I diminish the United States because we enriched ourselves at the expense of the rest of the world, the rest of the world will have a chance to catch up. Well, no one seems to be catching up.

If I change our military rules of engagement to where our soldiers will not shoot back, our enemies will have more respect for us. This policy has gotten a lot of our soldiers killed while having the enemy laugh at us for our stupidity.

There are many more instances where I think the President’s beliefs do not match the results he expected from them. If he is a true believer in his academic training, he has to be as disappointed with the results, as most Americans are. I think his ego is too large for him to admit he made mistakes. He will apologize for the country, but he will never apologize for himself. I just want to ask, “When does a boy become a man?”

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Conservative Problem

Conservatives have an education problem and a money problem. My assumption is that if you are a conservative you want governmental policies that encourages companies to grow their business and encourages entrepreneurs to start new businesses, so that more good jobs are available. If the number of jobs increases faster than the labor force increases, the country can approach full employment, which will drive up wages for everyone and allow people to improve their lot in life. That means opportunities for advancement, better health care, better food and better education for average families.

The situation we find ourselves in today is that our governmental policies and the big donor corporations are working against us. Both political parties want to maintain the status quo. Some of the Progressive policies are out of ignorance, such as restrictive bank lending laws (i.e.: Dodd-Frank) and overzealous environmental laws as prescribed by the EPA. The bigger hindrance at the current time is that it takes a lot of money to run a campaign to get elected to national offices, so all incumbents do the bidding of big money donors – corporate America and the Chamber of Commerce.

These groups do not have our best interest at heart. Corporations and the Chamber of Commerce share an interest in wanting more consumers and wanting to pay the lowest possible wages to get their necessary work done. Our current immigration policies play right into their hands. They want more immigrants that they can hire for lower wages than they have to pay American workers. Silicon Valley high tech companies lay off engineers at the same time they petition Congress to increase the number of H1B visas for more foreign technical workers. They realize putting American people out of work has no down side for the corporations, because liberal politicians are scrambling to pay out of work families enough money to keep them indentured to the Democrat Party.

There are two serious problems with these policies. The main one is that the systems becomes unsustainable and the other is the rich keep getting richer and the middle class moves into the poor house.  

Are you familiar with Chris McDaniel? You should be, because his situation is a great example of the Republican Party fighting to keep incumbents in office. Chris McDaniel is a Tea Party conservative. In 2014 Chris McDaniel ran against Thad Cochran for U.S Senate in Mississippi. McDaniel won the primary vote, but since three people were in the race they had to go to a runoff. Cochran knew he could not win over Republicans to his side, so he solicited the help of Haley Barbour and they were able to get 50,000 democrats to vote for Thad Cochran in the Republican primary, which gave Cochran the win. Democrats did not mind voting for Cochran, because as a Washington insider, he votes to maintain the status quo. These people are shameless.

Chris McDaniel is still a state senator in Mississippi and has recently started a PAC called the United Conservatives Fund. If you make any political donations, do not give your money to anyone who wants to maintain the status quo. Give your money to Tea Party candidates or conservative PACs. We are the only solution to the problem. Democrats will always vote for democrats and never realize how they contribute to the problem, but conservatives have an opportunity to elect some different people who will petition for smaller government and term limits that will take the professional politicians out of Washington and move back toward a government for the people. Vote for a conservative. Vote against the status quo.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bad Excuse

Have you read anything about the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act? It is being proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives who have information that fetuses feel pain after 20 week gestation, so they wrote a law to prevent abortions after 20 weeks.

Renee Ellmers, a Republican from South Carolina has assembled a group of ladies to argue for a postponement in the introduction of this bill. Their reasoning is around losing millennial votes. Now I ask you, is this a person we want as a Republican? She seems to care more about getting reelected than she cares about torturing babies. In my estimation this not only makes her a bad excuse for a Republican, it also makes her a bad excuse for a human being.

I am so tired of politicians who care more about being reelected than they care about the people that elected them. Fetuses cannot vote so they get a lower priority from Ms. Ellmers. No thank you.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Voting Present

It has always been obvious to me that I do not think like our current president. More so than any politician in my experience, he tries to stay on the fence to not offend anyone, except his political enemies. Some of the decisions he makes make no sense to me, so I thought I would write about him continuing to “vote present”, just like he did when he was in the state legislature in Illinois. I did a little research and found out a few things that I had not heard before. When BHO was in the state legislature he only voted present three percent of the time. This was news to me, because I was under the impression that he routinely dodged all tough decisions. It appears this was not the case. It is a common understanding in the Illinois legislature that voting present is a “no” vote, signifying that there is part of the bill you like and part of it you do not like. Now that I have increased my education on Illinois politics, I still need to determine why our president appears to me to make random decisions.

I got a whiff of the answer today from an unexpected source. Mount Holyoke, an all-woman school in Massachusetts, announced they would discontinue their production of “The Vagina Monologues” which they have presented for over twenty years. They stopped the production because transgender women do not have vaginas and they did not want to be unfair to any woman.

This gave me a clue. I think I am beginning to understand Obama’s desire to force square pegs into round holes. He has said many times that he is trying to level the playing field so everyone has an equal shot. This sounds noble when you say it, but in practice it is stupidity run amok. Women are women and men are men, there is nothing you can do to make them the same. Going to single gender restrooms is fine with me, but it will not make me a woman and it will never give me the same rights women have. I am firmly convinced I am not a woman, neither functionally nor mentally. Going to the same bathroom as women all my life would not have allowed me the privilege of giving birth.

Blacks, Asians, transgender people, Indians, homosexuals and Hispanic people are different from me, some by birth and some by choice. This does not make any of us better than anyone else, it is just an acknowledgement that each individual on the earth is born with some differences from any other person on this earth. Each individual should be treated with dignity and respect. My brother who died several years ago was also different from me in looks, temperament and abilities. We started out with approximately the same parents and evolved very differently in our lives. This did not make either of us wrong, it just means we used our free will to make different choices. This is the way the populous of the world has evolved.

I would like for each child on earth to be born into a family that will love them and can support them. I would like the parents to stay together and help the school systems educate their children to achieve their full potential. I would like for jobs that match individual skills to be available for everyone that wants a job. I want everyone to have the same rights and opportunities to survive and improve their lot in life. However, I do not feel that people that make smarter choices in life should be held back to make their outcome the same as people who have made poorer choices. I never want to be the lowest common denominator.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Term Limits

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Mick Mulvaney, a Republican from South Carolina has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to initiate a Constitutional Amendment to set term limits for Congress. He originally wanted to limit senators to two six year terms and representatives to three two year terms. As a compromise to get more co-sponsors he changed the limits to 24 years maximum in the congress with a limit of two terms in the senate and six terms in the house. Other representatives willing to co-sponsor are all Republicans: Steve Salise from Louisiana, Reid Ribble from Wisconsin and Steve Palazzo from Mississippi.

Some of you may remember Jim DeMint of South Carolina introduced a similar bill in the Senate in 2012. It was defeated 75-24. Who do you suppose the opposition was? You are right, it was all the senators from both parties that would be ousted because of the change. I know Mike Lee of Utah came into the senate a few years ago advocating for term limits, so I know there is some senatorial support, primarily from younger Republicans. Support will only increase when congress people are coerced by their constituents.

With congressional approval rating stuck at 13%, now is the time to advocate this change.

Most people are not aware that twenty four states used to set term limits for congress people from their states. This practice was stopped by the Supreme Court in 1995 in the lawsuit, U. S. Term Limits, Inc. vs. Thornton.

What effect do you suppose term limits would have on the country? Immediately it would get rid of some dead wood that currently make up the political class in Washington that is successful in voting for what is best for themselves and not what is best for the people that elected them. It would mean less elections for each politician, which means they would have more time to do what they were sent to Washington to do, instead of doing whatever they need to do to get donations for re-election. There would be fewer loopholes in the IRS code that congress people use to get voting blocs on their side. It would guarantee less congress people sleeping through legislative session because they are too old and feeble to participate. The congress would be closer to the people and closer to what our founders intended when they wrote “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Speak you mind. Tell your representatives what you think. E-mails address and phone numbers for our elected officials are easily found on the internet.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Free College

In case any of you do not know, I do not think anything is free. What President Barack Obama means when he says free is that someone else is going to pay through the nose for the stuff he gives to you for free. Free junior college is only going to cost $60,000,000,000. That is sixty billion dollars of someone else’s money.

There are many reasons why free college is a problem. I mean many, many reasons. There are so many problems with this initiative, that I am only going to scratch the surface with my objections. Firstly, with the government paying the bill, the price is guaranteed to increase. This means a college education becomes harder to achieve. After a few years with government interference the only people that can go to college will be the wealthy and students that get government subsidies.

Second, the Federal government and the Department of Education have already ruined elementary education in this country. There is no chance for an unbiased education by socialist leaning teachers with loyalty to the teachers unions. Common Core that is being pushed by the Federal government exacerbates the poor education problem. We have allowed our schools to evolve to the point that the only reason for going is to pass a test, then the teachers begin coaching students to cheat on the tests, so the teachers do not look bad. Most freshmen entering college read at a seventh grade level. That is a fact.

I keep hearing talk about the dedication of the teachers in this country, but the teachers in Arizona, New York, California and Wisconsin that have been in the news in recent years make me skeptical about teacher dedication. I do hear about some private school teachers that are great and I believe some of them are. There are also some dedicated teachers in public schools where unions are not as rabid. But this is getting off the subject. Back to free college.

Another reason I am against free college is that the Federal government dictates curricula. We have enough bureaucrats telling us what to do already. I want educators from local communities setting educational standards.

Everything the Federal government gets involved with is corrupted. We have congress people writing laws that give them a plush life and plush retirement while they steal our money to pay for projects in their districts to help them get re-elected. Also, bureaucrats with not enough work to do are idling their time watching porn. The Inspectors General that are supposed to watch for fraud have become part of the corruption.

I am asking again. Please make the Federal government stop helping us.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Republican Bravery

There ain’t none. It was obvious the Republican voters wanted John Boehner replaced as Speaker of the House. Republicans in the House of Representatives had an opportunity to show their dissatisfaction with Boehner’s leadership by voting for someone else as speaker. Their switchboard was shut down with messages telling them the desires of the public, so they all knew what we wanted from them. Most of them do not have the guts to stand up to a Republican, so how can we expect them to stand up against Obama. The answer is we do not expect them to stand up for anything the American people want.

I know most of you think you like your representative, but if your representative voted for Boehner against the people’s wishes, you should dump your Congressman. Since we will not do that, we have to include ourselves in the political coward class. A few Tea Party people vote routinely for smaller government and the rest sell us out, just as routinely.

This is pretty much a guarantee – most of the bills passed this year will be done with the help of Democrats – they are closer to what Boehner wants than what the Republican voters want. I consider Boehner Obama light.

We need more good people running for office that have conservative principles. If we continue re-electing people based on name recognition, we deserve the poor results we get from Congress. This is our country. When are we going to demand that our representatives represent us?

Think about it. This is our responsibility.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Progressives Seem Smarter

It seems to me the progressive Democrats have acted smarter than the Republicans for many years. I do not know how else to explain the fact that the major newspapers and network TV stations act as shills for the Democrat party. Why do all the journalism schools turn out Democrat leaning liberals? It cannot be an accident. The liberal professors at most colleges in this country pump their students full of liberal ideas. Is this an accident? I do not think so. By controlling the major voices of the media, the liberals control the narrative. Controlling the narrative allows them to define their opposition. Most people in the country do not pay enough attention to what is going on. All the person on the street interviews you see indicate the liberals do not know the truth and do not even know why they believe what they do -- they just regurgitate what they are told.

Think about where colleges get their money. Of course tuition is a major income source, but colleges all get money from donors. Democrats have been smart enough for years to push money into educational institutions to buy the loyalty of the college boards. I will wager that Democrat donations to colleges outweigh Republican gifts on an order of magnitude nearing eight to one. The Democrat owned college boards then hire teachers that think like themselves. Now we have our federal government guaranteeing student loans that have turned into gifts for students willing to take free stuff. Thus the students are set up to become easy pickings for liberal persuasion. Colleges and college professors make big bucks by applying for government grants for research. There is no pretense of the research being vital anymore. Any liberal cause can get a government research grant.

The academics that come into the government are always failures, but since liberals control the narrative they hide these failures well by repeating lies of their success.

Another thing the liberals seem to be smarter at is speaking with one voice. Have you noticed that liberals use the same words to defend their position? You go from channel to channel and every Democrat supporter uses the same talking points to support their position. Obviously they all use the same source of input into their devious little minds.

What are Republicans doing while this is going on? Many of them are investing their money in their education and their family’s education. They invest in businesses to give themselves and their families a better life. They are out learning how to be successful in the world and putting their ideas to work. Most of them think for themselves. Republicans go on TV for interviews and they tell you what they think. They would never consider speaking with a common voice, because they do not have one.

I am a conservative and I vote Republican most of the time. It is the only choice I have.  A vote for a Democrat is a vote for decadence. I do not like most Republican politicians, because they care more about keeping their job than they care about doing their job. We elect people to represent us, but after being in Washington, D.C. for a few years they mostly fall into the habit of their peers – keeping their job, instead of voting for policies that support the people that elected them.

Conservatives believe that individuals should learn to take care of themselves. This means getting an education and getting a job and becoming a responsible citizen. They support their families. Conservatives thinks every life has value. They help support people in need and try to better their community. They recognize that gifts are a means to helping others become self-sufficient, not an intent to buy loyalty or favors.

Politically speaking, the liberals have acted much smarter. Unfortunately, their policies always fail. Progressives may act smarter, but anyone interested in the truth recognizes they are just acting.