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Saturday, July 04, 2009

On This 4th of July ...

... we pause to celebrate.

But what exactly I'm not sure:

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Blood In The Water

According to a Bristol Herald Courier reporter, Rick Boucher is going to face some opposition next time he runs for reelection. If only she had told us who the opposition might be!

From "Protests Planned For 4th Of July Holiday":
Local organizers of the “tea party” movement to protest federal government size and spending are planning two events in Bristol this holiday weekend – events that are among hundreds scheduled nationwide.

Both events are directing part of the message to longtime U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, whom organizers hope to see replaced in Congress next year, along with others in Congress who support President Barack Obama.

Boucher, though invited, said he does not plan to attend the rally. Though organizers said the event is nonpartisan, Boucher said it’s clearly being held by his opposing party.

At least three people are considering a run against Boucher in next year’s Congressional election, and [tea party organizer and well-known local personality Strother] Smith said one of them might announce his candidacy Monday.
So who are these three?

The only names mentioned are U.S. Rep. Phil Roe and state Delegate Terry Kilgore.

But Phil Roe is a Tennesseean. So he's out.

That leaves one name.

Terry Kilgore.

And he has my endorsement.

It's time to kick Rick Boucher's ass out of Washington.

Run, Terry, Run!

Hat tip to Carl Kilo.

Say It, Sista

A contributor to the Roanoke Times asks a question:

"Fifty-six men had the audacity to dissolve their allegiance from the British throne, pledging their 'lives, fortunes and their sacred honor' for what they believed in: that 'Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed' and when government went astray that consent could be removed. As we celebrate the Fourth of July, I wonder what our forefathers would think of our actions today."

A commenter responds:

"they'd be insulted and embarrassed by the obama admin"

Truer words were never texted.

What, They Can't Swing a Hammer?

I've never understood the mindset:

Volunteers head to Mexico to build houses

I know. I know. They're doing the Lord's work.

But why can't the Belmont Christian Church members just donate materials and let the poor Mexicans build their own freaking houses?

The answer: Because the materials would sit and the houses would go unbuilt.

There's a lesson to be learned here ...

'Your Honor, I'm In a Lot Of Pain.'

$153,000 Worth Of Painkillers Found During Traffic Stop

How Did We React To This Provocation?

A challenge fired directly at the commander-in-chief of the mightiest fighting force ever known to man:

Defying the United States on Independence Day, North Korea fired five missiles on Saturday into the sea off its east coast.

How did Obama respond?

Well, I, uh, need to, uh, uh, say that we, uh, are not pleased with, uh, the Nor ... , uh, We'll be asking the U.N., uh, to, uh ...

Get back to us, will you, Barack?

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A different kind of president after a different kind of provocation:
And tonight the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban.

Deliver to United States authorities all of the leaders of Al Quaeda who hide in your land.

Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support structure to appropriate authorities.

Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion.

The Taliban must act and act immediately.

They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate.
This wasn't bluster. George Bush meant every word of it. And, when his demands were ignored, he proceeded to follow up on his promise to bring destruction down upon those who meant to do - and did - harm to the USA.

What a difference an election makes.

Poor Michael

Hounded into psychopathy in life, he's treated like the fatted calf in death:

Fans Rally, and Officials Brace to Honor Jackson

Michael Jackson Funeral Tickets

Will Michael Jackson’s Funeral Be Live-Streamed?

Will Michael Jackson's Funeral Be Jehovah's Witness—or Muslim?

Just bury the poor boy, for Christ's sake, and let his torment end. Please.

And What Did We Promise In Return?

This came at a price. Though Obama will deny it.

Russia to Open Airspace to U.S. for Afghan War

Any guesses on how long our missile defense shield in eastern Europe will last?

This Should Make The Feminists Happy

High achieving female calls it quits.

Just as their condoning of Bill Clinton's sexual assaults on women was enlightening, so the feminists' glee over Sarah Palin - a career woman - a woman whose achievements they should be extolling - being hounded out of politics, is ever so revealing.

Feminism was never about womanhood or empowerment or any of that crap.

No wonder it's dying. Good riddance.

The Way Of Our Future

This reminds me of stories past about our government-run veterans hospitals. And of all our hospitals when Obama's nationalized health care plan kicks in. Welcome to GovernmentCare:
Hospital patient so shocked at dirty ward she climbed out of bed to clean it herself
By Andrew Levy. London Daily Mail

After 12 years cleaning care homes and private houses, Tereza Tosbell has a keen eye for a dirty room.

But the last place she expected to need her skills was in hospital - where she was a patient.

The sick 48-year-old was so disgusted at the conditions after three days on a 'filthy' ward that she grabbed the antibacterial fluid dispenser at the end of her bed and some hand towels from the bathroom.

She set about cleaning her four-bed ward, even going down on hands and knees to sanitise the floor as she dragged her drip trolley behind her.

The divorced mother-of-one said during her four-day stay there was just one brief visit from a cleaner who left dusty curtains, dirty bedframes and a messy floor.

'It was shameful to see how sloppy the cleaners were while I was there. I was not prepared to put up with such conditions,' said Miss Tosbell, who was admitted to Colchester General Hospital in Essex with an abscess in her neck.

'The nurses and other staff saw what I was doing but just left me to get on with it.' [link]
The thing to remember is that government employees - those nurses - aren't paid to serve their patients. They're paid to serve their government. And all the government asks is that they report to work and be nurses. In a facility that serves no real purpose either, other than to complete the government mandate.

So you get abject squalor. And total indifference.

This is what the Democrats in Washington have in store for you.

There's Reason For Concern

I think we're rapidly moving beyond the subject of global warming and into a whole different discussion. Record cold temperatures? Again?

Folks "down under" are in the middle of winter right now. And what a winter it's been thus far.

From the New Zealand Herald yesterday ("Storm warnings withdrawn"):
Weatherwatch analyst Philip Duncan said conditions would be poor for skiers, but heavy snowfall at all ski fields would create promising conditions when the weather became drier next week.

He said some snowfall was expected in Otago, Canterbury, Kaikoura, and the higher regions of Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay.

But cheer up, the thaw is coming. Two unseasonably cold months will soon give way to temperatures more in line with a normal winter and spring, say forecasters.

May was the coldest recorded in many parts of New Zealand and June was not far behind, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said yesterday. [my emphasis]
The coldest May on record?

And we're fixated on a warming planet?

Hello?