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Mr. Trump, You’re Hired!

Hmmm, after waiting years to produce a birth certificate to prove he was a natural born U.S. citizen (a requirement for holding the highest office in the country!), only “the Donald” could stir up enough fear, controversy, or trouble to force Obama to come up with something that appears to show that he was indeed born here.  As always, this inquiring mind has many questions:

Why the wait? 

Is it that money does indeed really talk? 

Are we to believe that someone in Mr. Obama’s position had that much trouble getting his hands on such a crucial document to dispel these disruptive rumors?

If  it does actually take that long for the POTUS to wade through red tape, what hope do we ordinary peeps have to access things we need, say like government health care, etc?

Does it take longer to produce a real birth certificate if you are really a U.S. born citizen, or to forge a convincing replica if you were not actually born here?

Is it better to have people focusing on the question of your origin of birth or honing in on the real issues of government corruption and pandering to rogue foreign leaders?


Now it appears we may need the extreme influence of Mr. Trump to get to the bottom of a new batch of questions. Although most of us Americans feel some degree of satisfaction that good has triumphed over evil and Osama bin Laden has gone to meet his 72 virgins–oh, wait–that’s for the good guys–we wonder why Obama has set himself up for more controversial questions.  Here are a few:

After almost 10 years of relentless searching, how does it happen that our most anti-military, foreign-ass-kissing president gets to claim victory for this military coup?

Why, after such an unbelievable feat being accomplished on his watch, would he so hastily dump the evidence into the depths of the Arabian Sea?

Is following Islamic burial tradition really going to deter these terrorists, who have nothing else on their agenda besides hatred and killing?

Why must we respect the dead body of the biggest mass murderer since Hitler while our young soldiers’ bodies are dragged through the streets and many of the victims of this monster could not even be recovered for proper burial in accordance with our traditions?

As Obama’s ratings plummet, was bin Laden served up as a sacrificial lamb by even more evil elements who wish to keep Obama popular and in power in order to preserve the one-world government dream?

In the scheme of things, bin Laden’s death is mostly a symbolic victory.  It will not bring the thousands of victims back.  It will not prevent countless others who have no jobs, dreams, or freedom to pursue more productive lives from joining terrorist groups.  Unfortunately, it will probably not keep my son and the children of other Americans from having to deploy to an insane lawless region of the world.  But I love to see good triumph over evil, and a villain delivered into hell where he belongs.  And I’d love Mr. Trump to continue asking the questions the rest of us want to know.

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On 9/11: Compassion Begins at Home

It is often said that a person can not truly love others unless they first learn to love their self.  They may go through the motions of love, and in fact will usually put themselves last in an effort to convince others of their love.  But this is not love.  And the object of this “affection” will not usually appreciate nor respect the desperate efforts to please, somehow sensing the emotion is not truly love.  This self-loathing placating kind of love and compassion has become an epidemic in America; and the issues surrounding the most senseless egregious act of terror against everyday American citizens proves it.

It is true that most Muslims are everyday citizens like the rest of us, worshiping quietly and living their lives productively.  It is also true that others of their faith have demonically hijacked the entire Muslim religion and interpreted it as a reason to demean and stone their women, judge and persecute others who were raised in different faiths or do things differently, and encourage their young ones to strap on bombs or board planes and kill as many innocent “infidels” as they can.

If it’s really true that Islam is a religion of compassion and peace, then why the desire to rub salt into the wounds of the families of the nearly 3000 American citizens who were murdered on September 11, 2001?  There are many other places to build a mosque or Muslim community center in New York so why the desire to build one on the ashes of the innocent Americans killed on that late summer day in the name of Allah?  No true Muslim of faith would find it in their heart to hurt and disrespect the memories of these victims.  No truly compassionate American citizen would think it is so important to not upset the architects of this building at the expense of the pain it will cause the friends and families of the people forever buried there.  I am not against anyone building a mosque in this country.  I am only questioning the motive as to why it must be built RIGHT THERE?!  Why do they refuse to back down?

Of course, anyone that questions the motives of imam Feisal Abdul Rauf or his adherents are immediately branded with the “intolerant” or perhaps even “racist” label that are the most common epithets of choice of the America-hating crowd.  Our country is one of the most tolerant diverse countries on the planet and most of us love it that way.  Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, and Muslim mosques stand together within walking distance in most cities.  Although there are some intolerant individuals in this country, the rule of law is that everyone is free to worship (or not worship) as they please without worrying that some government-sanctioned thought-police will force you to dress and pray like everyone else or suffer dire consequences.  Unlike many countries where people are imprisoned or even executed for practicing another religion or carrying the holy book of another faith, we work side by side and easily mingle with our fellow citizens of different religions and races.  Yet one sign of respect, one small concession asked of these “Muslim community center” proponents and the bleeding hearts are tossing insults.

Of course, Main Stream Media is mum on the possibility that this building could be a so-called victory mosque like the ones mentioned in this and other blog posts.  I personally have no way of knowing if this is why some people are so adamant about this “Muslim center” being built so close to Ground Zero.  But if I were truly a person of faith, I would not be fighting for something that is so disturbing to so many fellow American citizens that mourned the senseless loss of life of our Christian, Jewish, atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Hindu et al. countrymen nine years ago today.

Women Who Know Their Place

I don’t know who originally wrote this piece, but it was forwarded to me today by my friend Cindy.  It may not be my writing, but I wholeheartedly agree:

Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict.  She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.

She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind
their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to, and are happy to, maintain the old custom.

Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, ‘Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?’

The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said,

‘Land Mines.’

Moral of the story is (no matter what language you speak or where you go ):

BEHIND EVERY MAN, THERE’S A SMART WOMAN

The Lowest Form of Entitlement

If you know me at all, you know I can’t stand people with entitlement issues.  Whether it’s the millionaire athlete who thinks he’s too important to pay the $5 cover charge to get into the local bar, or the career welfare bum finding every creative loophole to live off the system, these people make me sick.  Something in them has gone seriously wrong.  They think their own pitiful existence is so much more important than the rest of the billions of lives on the planet.  Their time, money, and air they breathe is all that matters to them, and they assume that it should be all that matters to the rest of us.  Knowing people like this has helped shape my attitudes and political beliefs.

I know there are all kinds of low lifes in the world and I try to avoid them.  But I recently heard the sad tale about people I actually know, and the dreadful entitlement issue they have.  I’m sure they’d be happy to live off anyone they could find, but their current target is their poor 80-something year old mother.  Before their father was even buried in the ground, one of the brothers had the gall to ask his mother how much money she had in the bank.  Who is even thinking about this kind of stuff when their father has just died?  And to actually ask the grieving wife?  It wasn’t like he was thinking (or would ever even dream about) chipping in for the funeral costs.

Some people put money before relationships, even when the money involved is next to nothing.  The story gets worse.  Soon, two of the brothers started hounding their mother about how much money she had, what she was spending it on, and even going through her drawers in the name of “helping her manage” her funds.  They changed her health insurance to a cheaper one without her realizing it.  The wife of one of them insisted she take over her financial affairs and give the mother an “allowance” to live on.  How sweet.  A grown woman getting an allowance from her kids — of her own money.

It’s not like this woman is incompetent or crazy with the little money she has.  She’s a little frail and sometimes forgets details, but no more than an average octogenarian.  She still cooks for herself, goes shopping and to movies, and drives.  And she has another son and daughter-in-law nearby to help her with the bill paying and incidentals.  Which caused another problem.

The mother lent some money to the son and daughter-in-law that were there to help her through her husband’s illness.  The vulture brothers found out.  While she’s been there for them their entire lives–and they could do no wrong in her eyes (which sad to say may be a part of their problem), they have decided to abandon her.  I just found out they wouldn’t even call her at Christmas.  I’m sure they’ll break her heart again this Mother’s Day.

I truly don’t understand the mindset of people that think their needs are so much more important than everyone else’s.  What makes someone think that they are entitled to a chunk of their parents’ hard-earned cash?  My way of thinking is just the opposite.  I don’t expect anyone to hand me anything.  I don’t expect a handout even from my rich relatives.  They earned it.  Why should they give it to me?   It’s a much less disappointing way of life.  Of course, if someone wants to give me something, leave me something, or hand me something, I’m not going to reject it–I mean, if it’s something I want.  But I would never expect someone to skimp on themselves so they could leave me a few extra dollars.   It’s nobody’s job to take care of me–except me.

What’s Fair For Some

Imagine trying to protect your home and family from outsiders who are intent on having what you have, and what is legally yours.  You can’t rely on the police to protect you; their hands are tied with mountains of red tape.  Entry into your home is illegal, but their are no teeth behind the law.  In fact, while trying to protect your home, you must not hurt the intruders or YOU will be prosecuted.  If you have a dog, you must muzzle it so it can not cause harm to these trespassers.  In fact, you better make sure you have a safe strong ladder nearby for them to climb into your windows if they are inclined to do so!

Does this sound ludicrous?  Not to many, including the faux reporters on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” This past Sunday night, this “news” show made no excuses for the people illegally crossing the border into California via California’s All-American Canal.  I share correspondent Scott Pelley’s sorrow at the lives lost and for the desperation of these people that would make them attempt to navigate across a 225 foot wide irrigation canal in the dark.  But certainly the blame can not be placed on the regional authority managing the canal.  In fact, they were chastised quite harshly by Pelley for not having climb-out ladders and safety devices every few feet in this canal that is not meant for swimmers.   The sole purpose of this waterway is for irrigating the fields that provide about two-thirds of the winter fruits and vegetables to our nation.   Pelley himself refers to it as a “lifeline for the nation.”

The state of Arizona is being vilified by many because they finally decided they could no longer wait for the federal government to enforce the existing laws against people entering our country illegally.  We are a welcoming nation, but there is a process and procedure to follow.  The politicans in Washington are too concerned about their political careers and the votes they might lose if they seem “unfair” to a large group of people that elicit sympathy from kind-hearted Americans.  While being “fair” toward one group of people, many of our own citizens are being treated unfairly.  What about fairness toward:

The countless immigrants who also looked to America for a better life and worked hard to legally establish citizenship.

The unemployed Americans who need jobs but can’t afford to live on what the illegals are paid under the table.  Paying taxes takes a big bite out of a paycheck.

The working families paying more and more in taxes to extend health care and education for a rapidly expanding population that does not share in the costs of these services.

As always, when facts confuse them, liberals will pull out the race card.  Even though every single day Americans are asked to show some form of ID (at traffic stops, on acceptance of employment, etc.), the fear-mongers are certain that this law will result in massive racial profiling.  Never mind that Americans are a hugely diverse group of people, which would make it extremely hard to tell an American citizen from an illegal alien just by looks alone.

Image courtesy of ClipartMountain.com.

Again: The Genius of Star Trek

If you don’t believe in the concept of time travel, you might want to start watching old reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I’ve already posted on other episodes that clearly showed someone from the nineties was eerily scripting science fiction that could be based on life in America as we now live.  Big Daddy was amazed at the prescient irony he was watching and called me in to listen to this conversation between Hugh, a former member of the Borg collective who shun all individualism, and some of the officers of the star ship Enterprise (including the Klingon security officer Worf):

HughYou probably can’t imagine what it is like to be so lost and frightened that you will listen to any voice that promises change.

Worf: Even if that voice insists on controlling you?

Hugh further expounds upon how the mastermind of the Borg creation “had no idea how to keep his promises.  He began talking about the need for us to make sacrifices.”

Eerie.  Creepy.  Sounds like now.

Unfortunately, I’m tired as death due to my work schedule and God knows what else.  I haven’t even had time to go over the new “health care” manifesto, so I can’t pick it apart yet like I know I should.  I did hear somewhere that any family making over something like $88,000 per year would be paying a 10% tax to help pay for this.  If this is true, you might as well say goodbye to the middle class of America.  I can only hope this isn’t true.

Inquiring Minds and the Olympics

It’s been a fun couple of weeks watching the Olympics.  While I haven’t been obsessed with it, and it hasn’t even caused us to miss any of our usual favorite shows that were on the other networks, it was nice to be able to check in when there was nothing else on TV.  While watching some of the feats are awe-inspiring, like watching the stunts of Shaun White on his snowboard, I am always most interested in the personal stories of the athletes.  I always want to know more about what I’m watching, rather than just enjoying the show before me.

Some of the issues that caused me to get off my lounge chair and Google:

What exactly are the rules of curling?: We ended up watching quite a bit of the curling competitions.  They never actually tell you the rules, although we watched it long enough to get the gist of it.  It’s a game most of us Americans probably never see anywhere other than the Winter Olympics.  But it’s kind of fun to watch.

NBC and Canada: Hubby and I both started thinking that NBC/GE has some hidden agenda with Canada.  We understand that the Olympics were held in Canada this year.  We love Canada and the Canadians.  They are just like Americans, only heartier, because they’re further north and have to deal with more cold and snow.  But NBC went way above and beyond highlighting this neighbor to the north.  They interjected several very long exposes reminding us of how helpful the Canadians were during our 9/11 crisis, and other non-Olympic stories.  Most of us know this.  We love them for it.  But they kissed ass just a little too much.  Is NBC/GE courting Canada into accepting their one-world global-warming viewpoint?  Because GE has a hell of a lot riding on green energy lifestyles.

Apolo Ohno’s mother: When I googled this, I found out that it was one of the most popular googled subjects.  Apolo, the speed skater, and his father were frequently featured.  While it was mentioned how his father raised him alone, and the difficulties he had doing this at times, there was never any mention of a mother, either dead or alive.  There was only Ohno’s dad in the stands, cheering on his son.  I wanted to know more, because if my sons were at the Olympics, I would want to be right there.  I assumed that perhaps she was dead, but was surprised that was never mentioned.    It turns out she left her husband and one-year-old baby and never looked back.  I can’t even imagine doing this.  Apolo had stated at one time that he’s only seen his mother in photos, and has no interest in getting to know her.  I can thoroughly understand this.  It really irritates me when I hear of some deadbeat parent wanting to reconcile with a child after they’ve made it big, looking for a handout.  If you can’t be there for the tough times, by damn, don’t expect to horn in on the good times.


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