Monday, July 16, 2012

Dumb Statements


It's been such a busy month at my regular job that I haven't had a chance to really do anything. I just don't understand where the time goes.

But I have had time to read the opinions of others. Some are very thought-provoking and knowledgable. Some address important national issues, and some are only of local interest. Since this is political season, and an election year, the liberal rationalizing and fear-mongering is in an especially high gear. Arkansas' only state-wide newspaper is especially rich in comedic gold.

I noticed that whenever I came across a little blurb of idiocy, I would start talking to the newspaper in answer. Not to toot my own horn, but I figured my answers were a lot smarter and more cogent than what I was replying to. That's quite a feat, I think, considering that the best way to write is to think all the way through what you want to say, and say it in the most short and concise way possible. Thus, my spontaneous and off-the-cuff remarks were smarter and more deeply thought out than was somebody's letter who was supposed to be completely thought out before being printed.

 Which leads me to a new feature that I've entitled...

Smart Answers To Dumb Questions (or Statements)

Don't get the wrong idea that liberal idiocy is only contained to Arkansas. I'm sure that a brief perusal of your own local newspaper could come up with even more liberal idiocy (which, by the way, is redundant) than what I've gathered here. I'm sure using the New York Times or Los Angeles Times or Atlanta Journal-Constitution or another newspaper would net us some even daffier material. I'm using these because they are local to me, and I'm able to reproduce these letters for you to read before I comment on them.

I'm drawing mostly from the letters to the editor page because of two reasons. The first is that, in accordance with the newspaper's policy, each letter printed must be under 250 words. Since each letter must adhere to that policy, each letter is therefore pretty short.

The second reason is that because of this shortness, the writer must make his point as totally as possible in as few words possible. Thus, a letter-writer must choose each word carefully and make sure that it fits coherently into their argument.

Now, since the introduction is longer than any letters I put in here, I'll get to the fun.

This first one is from Gary McLehaney of Benton, Arkansas. He writes:
Evolution of thought

In the Voices section recently, a writer stated that evolution isn’t real and that mutations never positively alter genomes.

However, look at how the altered wolf’s genome has created every dog from the flat-faced bulldog to the teacup Chihuahua. Going from a cave dog to a house dog is positive evolution, in my opinion.

Pictures from the past prove that people are positively evolving. I think Mona Lisa was so homely and dowdy compared to modern women.

Of course, the evolution of the human mind helped speed up and improve the evolution of things that used to take thousands of years if left to evolve on their own. And phooey to the thin-headed opponents of evolution who want us to devolve back to the monkeys that got left behind by trying to cling to the old ways.

Even ideology evolves-20 years from now, when someone protests against gay marriage, then people will say that the Old Testament isn’t followed anymore. Nowadays that is said about women cutting their hair and having sex before marriage, which were dire sins a hundred years ago.

The ways of life are going to move on and evolve like everything else does-except for primitive-minded people.

How tragic that we can’t invent a time machine to send these people back to the Bible days where they can be as primitively ignorant as they wish.

So Gary's asserts that evolution is true because a canine has evolved into... another canine.

Brilliant.

And don't you think it's rather speciest to compare the "thin-headed opponents" (way to raise the civility bar, Gary) to monkeys?

The next one we have is from Julia Randle of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Julia is always good for a laugh, and she doesn't disappoint this time around.

Mean, hateful words

Ron Miller of Jonesboro seems to want a good ol’ Southern pat on his back for saying President Barack Obama ate dog meat around the campfire in Indonesia. I can tell that Ron likely has not traveled outside Arkansas or served in the military. My husband served two tours in South Korea and my brother served two tours in Vietnam. Both saw people in those countries eating dog meat.

Before coming to Arkansas, I did not know people ate raccoons. I would swear raccoons are cousins of the dog. There are a lot of animals I do not eat, such as raccoon, possum, deer, alligator, rabbit, goat, squirrel or the rest of the animals walking in the woods. Sea creatures like lobster, crab, shrimp and please, no catfish or fried foods. There are many things I refuse to touch, like coffee, alcohol of any kind, and I hate cigarettes.

When you say nasty things about people, God hears you. You will get yours before you leave this sinful place.

Both President Obama and I were raised by our mothers and grandmothers. It is the best teaching a person could want. President Obama would never say anything bad about Ron. He was not raised in a mean, hateful household.

Being raised in a Christian home is like having a million dollars.

The Bible says there is a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Oh, where to start with this?

Well, first, Mrs. Randle thinks that the whole flap doodle over Obama eating dog meat was about Obama eating dog meat. Although sickening, the problem isn't that Obama ate dog meat, but what the liberal sycophants in the media pursued as their story.

If you will remember, the Obama campaign served up the story that Mitt Romney had placed his dog in a dog carrier on top of the family vehicle and driven some distance with it like that. The media happily repeated the story, and started "analyzing" it, asking the heavy questions like, "What does this say about Mitt Romney's judgment?", and "What kind of person would do this to a poor, innocent animal?"

Wow, man, heavy.

So, one very smart person who had read Obama's mysterious autobiography recalled Obama's anecdote about his father making him eat different animals, and changed the narrative from what the Obama camp and the media had going to a reversal of the situation. The whole thing just backfired on the Democrats, all with a seemingly casual flicker of movement. And since it did that, nobody in the liberal media establishment has been pondering the deeper issues of this story. The questions of, "What does this say about Barack Obama's judgment?", and "What kind of person would do this to a poor, innocent animal?" have not been pursued.

Astonishing, I know.

Then Mrs. Randle states that calling people mean names will come back on you, and God will judge you harshly for doing so. Mrs. Randle also states that Obama was raised by his mother and grandmother. Two statements in which there is no disagreement. I can't agree with her conclusion that this is "the best teaching a person could want" -seems a bit androphobic, if you ask me- but everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

What made me spray my newspaper with my cool, refreshing beverage was the assertion that Obama would never say anything bad about the original letter writer. The fact that Obama has done so on numerous occasions before is indisputable and easily refuted.

Mrs. Randle also states that Obama was raised in a Christian home. Maybe, but his father and step-father also made him attend a madrassa and attend mosque in addition to going to church. So Obama wasn't raised in a 100% Christian home. So it looks like Obama's upbringing is only worth half a million dollars instead.

Well, this column has rambled on far longer than I intended for it to go, so I'm going to cut it off here. I do have plenty of other letters that I'm going to use. There's one in particular that I will feature in my next column that is just plain rich in comedic gold.

See you next time.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Looking for Quality Office Checks?

How a business looks makes a lasting first impression. This may or not be fair, but it certainly is the case in many things around the world. Making sure that your business is well taken care of, especially when working to win over clients can be a big deal. This is why it is important to put your good foot forward and get the reputation that you deserve. This can be done through many ways. You can advertise with what you offer and the quality your products have. You can attend or host trade expos that fit with what you need. All of these can be helpful, but sometimes it is nice to get some work done from the ground up-- building a reputation from your place of business itself can be a great boon for future sales or operations.

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In today's fast paced world, it is important to stay on top of all of the different aspects of your schedule. There are many different aspects of a successful business or organization. You need to make sure to pick the correct location, people, and other factors to keep yourself afloat for the long term. If you do all of these, you will be in better shape than your competitors.

Included in these is to make sure that your business is as presentable as possible. You can do this in multiple ways. You can set yourself with a postmodern look in your office or maybe even a retro look, depending on the business or opportunity. You can have the right type of letterhead that conveys the message that you are trying to send to prospective customers. You can make sure to only invest in the highest quality goods and appliances for the office.

Included in this is personal finance. I do not have to state how important the bottom line is to a personal life or a business. This is why you should come prepared with only the finest items, like personal checks. These checks can be just the right balance for your business, showing just what you offer for the customer in a professional way. But even if you do not need checks, you can buy many different useful items, like wedding invitations, business forms, and customized envelopes. You'll be happy you did!

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Finding out More about Student Finance

Looking at the future is a valuable part of the rest of your life. There are many different ways to do such planning, and it is never too early to start. Even from a young age, you can make decisions that will make the future events much easier for you. For example, if you put money into a retirement account now, you can have a lot more money for when you finally decide to settle down. Even better, with proper budgeting, you can minimize the amount of money that you would have to take out in loans. Not having to pay back all of this interest over the years can be a great boon for your bottom line. You will be surprised to see all of the interest that may be left over at the end of a loan. Often times it can be even larger than the principle balance. You do not want to pay back all of that money, would you? With these things in mind, you can make sure to do more sound fiscal planning for your future. When you are young, your counterparts may not be as well versed in budgeting and making sure to plan out ahead of your peers. With this proper planning, you can be the one to have all of your loans paid off by your mid 20s or perhaps even have a house! Not having to pay all of that rent can be a great boon, when you think about it. So with all of these things in mind, perhaps even today is a great time to start planning to get ahead.

For example, this can come in very handy for when you decide to enter into higher education. Getting that degree can make you qualified for all sorts of jobs within many different fields. On top of that, if you already have a degree, going back can give you a whole new series of options that can help you chart out where you are headed. With an extra degree, you can open yourself up for a promotion to get that extra raise or office that you are looking for. So with all of these things revolving around college, you can make sure that you ask yourself: does student finance apply to me? With proper financing, then you can balance out how much you might pay for your education. And remember, every dollar that you can save you money in the long run that you may have to take out in loans-- some of which may be higher interest. With all of these things in mind, you can make sure that you are better informed for whatever decision that you wind up making. When you are dealing with your education, these decisions can be very important for your future. On top of your other decisions, like where you are going and what your major is going to be, you have to make sure that the checkbook is balanced and you have just what you need for the years ahead. You decision can be a one shot deal, depending on the circumstances. Make sure you get it right.

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Determining Your Inheritance Tax

Planning for the future is one of the most important things that a person can do. Your family can be dependent on your decisions. During life, finding the right savings account, mortgage, and job are all important factors in keeping a family afloat fiscally and happy. With all of these things in mind, you can make sure that your family is prepared for whatever may come their way. With all of these things in mind, you should make sure to plan out and do your research before you act. With so many options out there, doing research can be incredibly important and can make the difference between a plan working or not. There are many options for you to take a look at. You should sit down with your loved ones and see what options fit your situation and what may work best for the individual members.

For example, making sure that your family is fiscally secure can take many different steps. You can have a high yield interest rate on your savings account. Considering that the average interest rates are so low in recent years, you can find a different account that will give you more money in your pocket for other uses. On top of this, you can be more frugal around the house. There are many different tips out there to slash your food bill and make sure that you can eat healthily without breaking the bank. Adding or substituting beans and rice into meals can save you a fair amount of money every week. You can also make sure to have some cash aside in reserve just in case of an unexpected bill or expense or even an emergency. Insurance can help keep your accounts safe from other events that may happen in your life. On top of this, you can make sure that your family has a good mortgage from a reputable lender that offers you a low interest rate.

Even better, you can make sure that you know your family's tax liability. There are online tax calculators to show your annual income tax bill. You can also budget in your family's weekly VAT bill to help balance out what you are spending or taking in. On top of this, you can protect the long term earnings Find out more about inheritance tax and why you should get advice. By knowing what your family may pay in an inheritance tax, you can plan accordingly to come out ahead. The inheritance tax can take a lot out of your family's net wealth that successive generations have built up. To prevent that from happening and putting a crimp in these accounts, you can use online resources like the one above to calculate just where you are. Even better, with the help of an accountant or a tax preparer, you can be in better shape for end of life issues. When you have these under control, you can have more peace of mind which can help with the transition.

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Finding Mortgage Brokers Online

Making sure that your family is protected financially is one of the most important decisions that you can make in your life. Keeping on top of all of these things can assure fiscal stability for you, even at times when you may lose your job and have an unexpected bill to pay. This can be a very stressful situation for anyone, but making sure that you are prepared can be one of the best things that you can do ahead of time. There are many different ways to get your fiscal house in order. You should make sure to do your research to know just what options are out there and you can use over the years. When you do your research, you can find many useful strategies and tips to keep your checkbook in the black. Your planning can make the difference between a hard time financially and insolvency. In fact, a little planning is often just what is needed to prevent bankruptcy.

So what are some of the options out there for the working family out there? Well, of course, you can pick up another job-- but considering your schedule or skills, this may not be possible or practical. On top of this, you can return to school to get more training or a new skill set that can get you further within your profession or into another one. Beyond this, you can also get into an online banking source to always have your information in front of you to be on top of it. You can also register for an online budgeting site, such as Mint. Mint can help you set goals for yourself and offer you some other options for managing your money. You can also make sure to have insurance in case of sudden injury or death. This can be very valuable at a very difficult time. You can also make sure to have a high interest savings account to earn more money from having your money in the bank than if you were keeping it at home or in another account. Even just a little more money from minimal effort is a great way to bulk up on your savings. With these additional tools at your disposal, you can be better prepared just in case something happens. Still, there are other options out there for the working family.

One can be to make sure to shop around before lending any money. Of course, lending any money-- large or small and for a short period or a long one can be a stressful and expensive process. Considering all of this, you need to be prepared for what you are looking for. This is valuable if you are looking for mortgage brokers. Finding the right one can make sure that your family has the best interest rates for just what you need. You can also make sure that you have the right type of loan selected for what you need. You'll be glad you did!


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Green Party Decides Against Nominating Roseanne Barr


In a surprising, and dramatic vote today at the 2012 Green Party nomination, their assembled delegates did not choose former actress and all around lunatic Roseanne Barr to be their candidate in this November's vital presidential election, proving Ms. Barr is still too crazy for even the radical crazies.

Jill Stein, a Massachusetts doctor and perennial candidate (running for governor against Romney in 2002 and again in 2010) received the nod with 205 votes out of 401 overall delegates, while Barr received just 84..... I  would shed a tear for Barr's horrific showing, but I've had a long day and the last thing the woman who killed the national anthem at Jack Murphy deserves is sympathy.

Although, I must admit there is a level of sadness welling up inside my for the all the comedy gold that could have been if Barr was a national presidential candidate..... Hell, I'd even invite her to a debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama just to see their heads spin as she says one line of stupidity after another... It. Could. Have. Been. EPIC!

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Finding Thai Boxing Training

Getting involved in a new sport can be great. There are so many sports and leagues around the world, and for many people it is just the right experience for anyone. You can get the exhilaration of scoring a goal or reaching a record. You can even enjoy sports from the comfort of your own home, watching whatever team or league you like and rooting for your favorite players. With so many options out there for the sports hungry fan, you should look into whatever is your favorite sport and go with it.

The same can be said for boxing. Boxing is one of the most revered sports there are-- even called a sport for gentlemen. You may be looking for ways to get involved in the sport, including Thai boxing. If you are interested in Thai boxing, you should take a look at the different training camps and centers out there. One example is muay thai training thailand. You and some friends can even train at a place like muay thai phuket, which could give you new experiences. Best of all, these camps are not expensive and can teach valuable lessons for boxing and Thai culture. So take a look and see what might be best for you as you plan out your future.

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Looking for Iphone Ringtones?

Getting the most our of your cell phones is often one of the top priorities for a lot of people in recent times. With the cell phone becoming so indispensable in everyday life, it provides a lot for the average person. It is a portable music player, email assistant, internet browser, and office calendar rolled all in to one. With so many services and with people becoming reliant on them, customers always want to make sure that they can get the most out of their mobile phones as possible.

One way that people do this is through apps. Whether it the PayPal apps, email apps, photo apps, or others, people wring every last cent of value out of their mobiles. These become very handy when needed for other services. Some will even save you money when you need it. Some like Mint will help you budget out your money to get spending under control and make your life happier. Others may offer games or other entertainment for the life on the go. So you can find the right one for you and put it right on your cell phone. With all of these in mind, you may want to do your research to find the best app for you and what can be useful or entertaining for the future.

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TSA We Have a Problem - Woman Boards Plane to Testify About Not Having an ID


Yes, you read the correctly.  Victoria Rodriquez was one of two sisters that DOJ was able to identify as being disenfranchised if the Texas law requiring an ID were to stand.  She lives in Texas and the trial was in federal court in Washington, D.C..  Ms. Rodriquez is an 18-year-old college student who says that obtaining an ID is too big of a barrier for her in order to vote.  You see, she doesn't own a car and she can't get to the office to get her ID.  Her parents are too busy to drive her.

So let me get this straight, she was able to get to the airport, board a plane, fly to Baltimore Maryland then take a connecting Amtrak train to get to court but can't make it across town to get her ID.  Also, how did she get on the plane or the train?  Both require picture ID's in order to board.

Under oath she testified that she does have a social security card, a birth certificate, and a voter registration card.  One more form of ID than what is necessary in order to obtain the picture ID.
Here are some other tidbits that came out during the trial:
239 dead people voted on May 12, 2012 of those 213 of them did it in person.  Did anyone pass out from the smell?
50,000 dead people are still on the voter rolls in Texas.
394 people were removed from rolls due to not being citizens.
Tavis County has not removed dead people from their rolls in five years.  A violation of federal law.
Eighteen counties have more people registered to vote then residents.
The DOJ did have some experts testify as the to the harm these laws will do.  It didn't go all that well.
23 people out of 36,500 surveyed said they were unable to case a vote due to ID laws.
The DOJ's expert said the following:
“Voter identification is the controversy that isn't. Almost no one is excluded by this requirement.”
Over 70% of whites, blacks, and Hispanics support the requirement. Black and Hispanic voters did not express measurably less support for voter ID requirements than whites.”
“These findings undercut much of the heated rhetoric that has inflated the debate over voter ID requirements in the United States.”
“That almost no one is prevented from voting because of voter ID requirements casts doubt on arguments from the left that this amounts to a new poll tax or literacy test.”
“The poll tax, literacy test, and other tools of the Jim Crow laws are powerful metaphors derived from a very ugly period in American history, but ID requirements in practice today bear only the palest resemblance to such discriminatory practices.”
“These facts strongly suggest that there may be little or no voting rights issue involved in the dispute over voter ID rules, and no question of fraud either. This is hardly the stuff of the Civil Rights Movement, or the mid-1950s when only 25% of southern blacks were registered, and fewer still were allowed to vote.”
Oh, but it gets better with the next witness:

He believes that Sandra Day O'Connor wanted to pass laws that encouraged white supremacy in Shaw V. Reno as it upheld voter ID laws.  The problem is that opinion was actually written by Justice Stevens.  Ouch.
He goes on:
- Republican African-American and Hispanic legislators are not “legitimate
representatives” of minority communities.

  • “But he’s white”—after learning that an Anglo Democrat who represents a majority- Hispanic House District voted for the voter ID law.
  • All legislators who voted for SB 14—including 5 Hispanics and 2 African-Americans were motivated by racially discriminatory purposes.”
  • There could be states that could enact voter ID laws without a discriminatory purpose, but “Texas is not one of those places.”
  • The Texas Attorney General should ignore documented evidence of voter fraud and instead “spend all his time” prosecuting environmental violations.
  • “Even if a majority of Hispanics support voter ID, it has a discriminatory purpose.”
  • To the extent African-Americans and Hispanics support voter ID laws, it is only because they were manipulated and misled by Republicans.
  • “I would generally characterize myself as a liberal.” Shocker!!!
  • Voter fraud is “really quite easy to find and prosecute,” a position that is at odds with experienced state and federal law enforcement officials.
You never know what a court is going to do (unless of course it is the 9th circuit) so they could strike down the law.  But either way, one side is bound to be unhappy and this will move its way up the chain and eventually land at the Supreme Court.  A place that has upheld the right to prove eligibility to vote is not discrimination.  The truth is it wouldn't matter what color your skin is.  All must provide an ID.  The burden is the same regardless of sex or race.



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Friday, July 13, 2012

Assad Forces Slaughter 200 Civilians in Tremseh


HT: Voice of America

In another sign that Bashar al-Assad's despotic regime is nowhere near peacefully concluding the ongoing conflict within Syria, government forces and supporting militias slaughtered over two hundred civilians just yesterday in the farming village of Tremseh, primarily through the use of heavy artillery and tanks.

Kofi Annan, the U.N. envoy tasked with dealing with this situation, who has had no success negotiating a truce between Assad and the rebels, condemned the Syrian government in unusually unambiguous terms, while protesters took to the streets with several agitation invoking the massacred village as a rally cry.

This begs the question: with the Assad regime responsible for the deaths of near twenty thousand civilians; the downing of a Turkish fighter jet - and the attack on another one; attacking refugees in nearby Lebanon and now several cases of crimes against humanity, how much longer will the western world sit idly by and just watch?

Are western governments so adverse to conflict that they will not lift one finger to put down this brutal and inhumane despot? How many dead Syrians will it take for someone to say enough is enough and arm their forces for intervention? 20,000? 30,000? 50,000? How many?!?!

I have no authority over the actions of my government or other western nations, but if I did.. We would be preparing for battle... not another meaningless U.N. security council summit where a harshly worded, and entirely useless resolution, would be drafted to supposedly deal with the situation.

I'm disgusted by our inaction. What say you?
I  didn't tell enough stories...

                    ---Hussein, Barry, obama


Every morning, after checking the news on the internet sites, it is
my fondest hope that the two tackiest people on the planet will kindly
shut their cake holes and do us the great service of slinking quietly
off into the vacuous sunset of their golden years.

Now the biggest liar in the universe thinks he didn't tell enough
stories to the American people?

How dang dumb does he think we are?

This violent politician, this vicious imposter has lied about everything
from soup to nuts; it is almost a virtual impossibility for him to
concoct any more lies to share with us.

Let's see, we heard the one about how he spent 16 -- 16 - 16 years
telling the American public he was born in Kenya;

we heard the one about the composite girlfriends;

we heard the one about the "coil of rage" he has against white people;

we heard the story about how much he learned from the communists;

we heard the sickening one about the first date of the two most selfish,
arrogant empty-headed tackiest people in the world;

we heard about how this thug from Chicago killed Osama all by himself;

we heard about how he shoveled snow for the entire city of Chicago;

we heard the one about the cocaine; the doobies;  the alcohol;

we heard the one about being the greatest president in our history;

we heard how he visited all 57 states;

we heard the one about the 49 different addresses;

the 12 different social security numbers;

how he may have gone to college;

how he might have been a law professor;  (he wasn't)

how he might have signed up for the draft; (he didn't)


The only story left for him to tell is how he
has degraded the office of the President;  how
he has lied everytime he opens his mouth;
how he has made a mockery of our political
system;  how he has ruined the system of
American justice and law;  how he has almost
singlehandedly destroyed the faith in our
political system; 

in short, the man is a walking lie.  Tell us that
story and then leave us alone.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Video: Wolf Blitzer Blasts Obama



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Finding Great Ringtones for Iphone

If you have an iPhone, you probably want to make sure that you have the best things for it. You may buy a special protective case to make sure that it does not scuff or break. You might have special chargers for your wall jack and your car to make sure that you can take it anywhere. You may have special apps that help with accessibility or to play certain games that make your phone extra fun to have3 around. You may have your own personal library of music to carry to whatever event that you will be going to next. Maybe your phone has a nice GPS feature to get you where you need to be or maybe you have an app to edit photo or video. All of these things can come in handy in different ways, and you should make sure that you get what it best for you.

The point is, with so many customization options out there and with it being so easy, you should make sure to look for the best. For example, you can find the best options for your iPhone all at one place: the Apple store. Apple has gone out of its way to provide a great place for iPhone owners to get the best options and apps for their phones at prices they can understand. Using these, you can soup up your hone and make it the best in the household. In today's world of business and academics, you want to make sure that yours is the best and that you have exactly what you need for that promotion or grade that you have been looking for. With so many other people, especially young people, with smartphones, there is a lot of competition out there. That is why you need to make sure that you are on top of your game and have exactly what you need when you need it.

One example of this would be to find the best ringtones for your phone. Having the right ones are a great way to show off your phone or to be memorable among a group of people. So with all of the great options out there, you can use Apple services to find ringtones for iphone. You can search through thousands that the iTunes library has to customize just what you were looking for all along. You can also record your own if you can't find it in the iTunes library. Maybe you can use your favorite quote or inside joke as your new ringtone. Does it get any better than that?

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A World Filled With Strangers Keeps Getting Stranger

Some people believe in the Six Degrees of Separation Theory: the idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by six links.  Some people believe all of us are in this thing together, and that diversity is our strength and I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. 

Even if we are all connected in ways we cannot know I believe the world is filled with strangers.  Take a ride and as you pass through country, town, and city you are constantly presented with the faces of people you will never know, and all of whom have lives and families that will never know you or your life or your family.  Every day we see people we have never seen before and will never see again.  They rise out of the mist beyond the pale of our personal knowledge and immediately are submerged again never to rise again.  Our only connection will forever be that one fleeting moment when we moved through a single frame of the separate sagas which are our lives.

Unlike Cain I do believe we are our brother’s keeper, and unlike Scrooge I believe we should help our brothers in need instead of seeing them boiled with their own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through their hearts.  However, unlike the rhetoric of Marx, Lenin, and President Obama I do not believe that life should operate on the basis of from each according to their ability to each according to their need, or as we say in America today, spreading the wealth around.  In other words, I am not a socialist.  I believe in personal liberty, individual freedom, and economic opportunity.  Sadly I find myself out of phase with the Progressive Clique which has successfully maneuvered its way to power using the education system, the media, and uninformed, uninvolved, and emotional voters.

Out of phase or not, I believe in the equality of opportunity which gives everyone a shot at success as opposed to the equality of outcome which our Leader and his fellow travelers wish to foist upon us, and which gives everyone the assurance of mediocrity.   No matter the consequence, no matter the sacrifice we must stand up for what we believe or we will stand by while our nation is transformed into what we won’t be able to believe is still called the United States of America.

Day by day the bean counting pencil pushers who make up the nameless faceless bureaucracy grind out rule after rule and regulation after regulation.  President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, is already churning out thousands upon thousands of pages of federal requirements all meant to fill in the blanks in a 2600 page bill that we had to pass to find out what was in it. 

Hope and change has become bait and switch.  Mr. Obama isn’t even trying to win votes from those who disagree with him.  He isn’t trying to change minds. He is trying to buy votes.  He is betting that generations of entitlements have finally birthed the lumpen proletariat that his theories of government proclaim must exist for History to reach its summit.  He is betting his second term on the belief that there are now enough people dependent upon the government that they will vote for a handout instead of voting for a hand up.  He is betting that America has been dumbed down enough and bribed enough to trade our heritage of freedom for the yoke of a guaranteed something instead of the opportunity for everything.

Class warfare, penalizing success, dividing America into interest groups and voter blocks this is the strategy Mr. Obama thinks will win as he works to build a coalition of leftist intellectuals and those convinced they are disenfranchised.  Looking at the polls it appears he has the solid core of 40+% who will vote for a Democrat even if he is the devil himself.  The question is will the unengaged and uninformed voters who should at least hope he will change when combined with the illegals and the dead who at least get to vote in Chicago be enough for him to win? 

Can you imagine what a second Obama term will look like won on the basis of a promise to double down on social democracy, a complete disregard for the balance of power, and a desire to totally transform America?  What will be left of the America we have known?  How would we ever get back to where we came from?  No entitlement once enacted has ever been repealed.  The size of government never shrinks.  The power it usurps from the people and the States is never surrendered. 

A world filled with strangers keeps getting stranger all the time.  No matter how many degrees of separation we should never be as divided as our Dear Leader tries to portray us.  We are Americans, and we can do better than this.  Reject the siren song of free entitlements which are never free, and embrace the liberty our forefathers won for us.  Let us renew the great experiment in human freedom and strive to see our nation rise again to be the last best hope of man that it is meant to be.  The shining city on a hill that can light the way to a future worthy of free men and women held together by unity not united in our separation.

Even if it takes more than six degrees of separation to connect to others what does it matter how connected we are to people around the world if we are in terminal disagreement with our fellow Americans?  As a nation we are divided between those who want to strive to achieve and those who thrive because they receive.  The Progressives have bred generations of passive takers who believe they are entitled to the fruit of others’ labor.  They pay no taxes so they don’t care how high taxes go.  They have no conception of paying for what you have, so they don’t care about the national debt.  They see America as a vending machine, so they don’t believe in our unique place in History.  They desire a shabby world of bread and circuses based on equality of outcome, so they don’t long to be all they can be.. 

Those of us who want America to be what America has been and what it should be, the home of the brave and the land of the free, can’t let divisions divide us anymore!  We must unite to save liberty or we will stand alone at the end of the day.  We may be strangers to one another.  We may not know each other but if we are fellow believers in the personal liberty, individual freedom, and economic opportunity we must unite over what connects us to save what has always made us E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens



Broccoli  Raisin  Salad


1       cup Hellman's mayo
1/2    cup granulated sugar
1       tablespoon vinegar
2       bunches fresh broccoli, cut into florets
1/2    pound bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
1       small onion,  fine diced
8       ounces red raisins



To prepare the dressing, blend mayo, sugar and vinegar.

Combine broccoli florets, crumbled bacon, diced onion
and raisins in mixing bowl and gently fold in dressing.

Serve salad slightly chilled.  It tastes best when served
the same day.

Yield:  10 - 12 servings.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Look who is talking about free and fair
                                 Elections?


What the frankenstein???

So now the imposter from Jakarta/Kenya/Singapore hailing from
east of the moon and west of Chicago wants to see free and fair
elections in the country run by another thug, Hugo Chavez?  Viva
Venezuela!!

As Chris Farley would say -- lotty frickin' da!

Any politician who even mentions free and fair elections should
be disqualified immediately from ever holding a position of
public trust.

Any politician from Cook County Illinois who uses the words
"free and fair" in the same month as the word "election," should
be taken immediately to prison, no passing go, no collecting
two hundred dollars.

And a person with no definitive past, no definitive birth country,
claiming to be a citizen of Kenya for most of his life, then saying
no, I was really born in Hawaii, who obtains a position in the
White House by rigging elections, stealing votes, using goons
to enforce unlawful voting, and who lies as easy as breathing,
who has no idea what a free people in a free country are all
about --- when he says "free and fair elections,"  ----- you can
hear Rod Blagojevich laughing all the way from prison in
Colorado.

Who cares what Barry Davis Soetoro Zerobama thinks about
that South American thug Hugo Chavez?  A threat to national
security?  So what?  The biggest threat to our national security
in the last two hundred years is the imposter in the White House.

A free and fair election?  How 'bout we have one in America in
2012, say, in November?

A free election:  that's where every legally qualified citizen votes
one time for the candidate of their choice.

A fair election:  that's where the candidates are legally, lawfully
qualified to be on the ballot;  and  their campaign is based on an
honest representation of their past political records;  an honest
representation of their present political position;  their honest
future plans if elected;  and a faithful promise to protect and
defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

That is free and that is fair.

Okay, stop laughing, see what I mean?  Free and fair have had
nothing to do with elections in America for a very long time --
and every politician holding office knows it.

But Zerobama talking about a free and fair election is like Al
Capone preaching the moral benefits of obeying the law.

Just sayin'.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Zerobama's Campaign Speech,
Translated into English, the Language
of The United States:

My fellow Indonesians, I mean americans, I have been, me, myself
under attack for a long time now.  I have been attacked more times
than Custer at the battle of Bull Run, I mean the battle of the Bulge,
err, I mean Hamburger Hill.  Me not good with American History.

Life in the White House has been difficult for me and my wife and
my mother in law.  I had to bring her along, you know, it's a nice
touch ----- I mean my mother in law.

I also had to bring along the groupies from Chicago, my fav city.
But they are such hangers on -- I had to give them jobs, so I made
them zzzars.  Bunch of parasites, now I know how Al Capone felt.

With FOX news, Limbaugh, Beck, Savage, Hannity, Levine,
Krauthammer, billy spin zone O'Reilly and others too numerous
to mention attacking me, myself and I, I am finding it very hard
to concentrate on why I became president -- the food, the vacations
and my goof golf game, ESPN and basketball.

My me time has gone to pot.  I mean, for me, pot has consumed my
me time.  Can't even go to the Hamptons this year and snub the
Kennedys.  My vacation schedule is shot to Hades, I have to work
on ruining the Constitution, breaking the law, hiding my records and
now hiding Holders records  -- what the ...?  Then I am expected to
campaign like a rock star and raise a billion dollars from people like
you that I have lied to, cheated, tricked, robbed blind -- I don't know
how much longer me and I can do this.

Just let me run my campaign, gets lots of money, grin for the cameras,
and act like a big shot.  I really enjoy meeting these rubes who are
dumb enough to vote for me and my Marxist ideas.  The greasy food
is good too, all I get at the White House is gourmet this and gourmet
that, I are sick of Kobe steak, altho I did have momma in law send
a half ton to our Chicago address.

Let me, I, myself, be perfectly clear why I want four more years of
playing the big shot.  I cannot fathom going back to Chicago as a
complete nobody. 

Rahm Emanuel is in charge there.  I am so much bigger than he is.
That slimy, crime filled, horrible town is not big enough for both
of us.  Michelle can't stand him or his wife anyway.  I need to be
re-elected.

I have never accomplished anything in my life, and probably never
will.  I need this job for four more years just for my self esteem.  Me,
my self esteem.  I am important to me, if to no one else.  I ain't got
nothin' but this job.

I like the perks.  Camp David, I should get the name changed to
Camp Barry, maybe that idiot Axelrod can get that done.  I can fly
anywhere, crowds flock to see me, it is like being a rock star -- I
can lie all day, like the Persian rugs in the Lincoln bed room and
no one in the media questions me.  Why?  Because I am Barry
Soetoro, I mean Harry Bounel, I mean Barak Hussein, I mean
barock Zerobama and I have a dozen Social Security numbers to
prove it.

Who wants only one name, one country, one SS number?

So to sum up, I, me, myself am too important to lose this election
to someone who makes a hundred times the money I do, who has
worked all his life, who has a real identity, who only has one
Social Security number, has only one name and no scandals in
his past.  I can't lose to a guy like that.

So, vote for me, vote for I, for me, send me your money, your
wedding gifts, birthday gifts, your anniversary gifts and any loose
change you ever hope to have in my vision of america. 

You cheapskates can send three dollars, you idiot millionaires who
I will destroy in the next four years can send hundreds of thousands.

Give to me till it hurts, vote early and often, help me ruin everything
this country has ever stood for.  I can destroy everything if I can just
get four more years.  I am zerobama, and I approve of everything I
have ever done.

Obama Campaign Attacks Contributors after being Out-Fundraised: "This is no joke!"

In either a moment of anger or of trying to goad their supporters into ponying up more dough, the Obama Campaign released a new message: "This is no joke." The sentence came in the latest email to Obama supporters in which Ann Marie Habershaw, Chief Operating Officer for Obama for America, trembled at the prospect of the Romney campaign fundraising more money than President Obama.

"We still got beat. Handily," Ms. Habershaw explained to Obama followers. "Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million... You know what that means. We've got some work to do," she continued.

She next plugged the three dollar donation that every single email in the last few months has asked for. Ms. Habershaw, clearly aware of how often her campaign asks for money, demanded that Obama supporters not disregard her frantic message.

"This is no joke," she exclaims. "If we can't keep the money race close, it becomes that much harder to win in November." Later, in a final attempt to solicit money, she guilts followers by saying bluntly, "...what happens next is up to you. Donate today."

Here is the entirety of the email:
From: Ann Marie Habershaw, BarackObama.com
Subject: We could lose if this continues
To: "XXXXX XXXXXXX" (xxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com)
Date: Monday, July 9, 2012, 2:34 PM

XXXXXXX --

Well, I've got some good news and some bad news.

Good news first: June was our best fundraising month yet. We exceeded expectations -- more than 706,000 people stepped up and pitched in for a grand total of $71 million raised for this campaign and the Democratic Party.

Bad news? We still got beat. Handily. Romney and the RNC pulled in a whopping $106 million.

So, to recap: We had our best fundraising month yet, and we still fell about $35 million short. We can win while being outspent -- but we need to keep it close.

You know what that means. We've got some work to do.

Pitch in $3 or more right now to start closing the gap.

This is no joke. If we can't keep the money race close, it becomes that much harder to win in November.

But this election isn't about how much money our campaigns can raise -- none of us would be fighting this hard just to win a money war. We're here because we believe in something bigger -- because none of us wants to see this country go back to the policies that drove our economy into a ditch, which is exactly what the other side wants to do.

Whatever it is that brings you to this fight, what happens next is up to you. Donate today:

https://donate.barackobama.com/June-Numbers

- Ann Marie

Ann Marie Habershaw
Chief Operating Officer
Obama for America

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Romney Destroys Obama in June Fundraising


In the months leading up the actual start of this year's presidential campaign, President Obama's re-election team would often boast that they were going to out raise any opposing Republican with well over $1 billion by the final weeks of the election... Ugh, about that....

June 2012 Presidential fundraising numbers:


Romney - $106 million
Obama - $71 million

This is the second consecutive month Mr. Romney has out-fund raised the incumbent, and at this pace he will likely be closer to the mythical $1 billion mark by November 6th, especially as donations come in by the train load in the final weeks, which is when Obama raised his record breaking $150.7 last time around.

Now, I'm sure Obama's poor haul will be used to clobber Romney on the perils of unlimited fundraising, and a call for the Supreme Court's Citizens United to be overturned, but let us remember he and his allies were the ones actively giddy over the prospect of $1 billion in their reserves - without one care for the influence of that much money in American politics.

What say you?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ernest Borgnine Dead at 95

Sad news. From CNN:
Film and television actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lovelorn butcher in 1955's "Marty," has died at age 95, his manager said Sunday.

The thick-set, gap-toothed Borgnine built a reputation for playing heavies in early films like "From Here to Eternity" and "Bad Day at Black Rock." But he turned that reputation on its head as the shy, homely title character in "Marty," taking home the Oscar for best actor -- one of four awards the film claimed.

His manager, Lynda Bensky, said Borgnine died of kidney failure Sunday afternoon. His wife, Tova, and children were at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she said.

"It's a very sad day," Bensky said. "The industry has lost someone great, the caliber of which we will never see again. A true icon. But more importantly, the world has lost a sage and loving man who taught us all how to 'grow young.' His infectious smile and chuckle made the world a happier place."
1917-2012
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Is the Internet Shutting Down?

Afraid of the DNS malware? Check out the LA Times' article on it.
If you want to go the most official route possible, head to the FBI's site, http://bit.ly/FBI-checker. With the FBI, you know you're dealing with the most trusted source on this matter — it's the agency that caught the people who began this madness — but its method of checking is also a bit time-consuming.

If you want something simpler, you can also check your computer at http://www.dns-ok.us. The FBI links to this site, so you know it's trustworthy too. If your computer is clean, you'll get a big green image. If it's not, you'll get a red screen. The only issue with that site is that sometimes it doesn't work. I've tried it three times on two computers, but it worked only once.

If you need to try another site, McAfee has set up a site too:http://bit.ly/Mcafee-checker. It seems to work, and it's simple. If you're all clear, McAfee will even congratulate you.



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Sunday Bible Story:

Why  Jesus  Spoke  in  Parables

Luke 15:3    And  he  spoke  this  parable  unto  them  saying:


If you have ever wondered why Jesus spoke to the people in
parables, and did not just come out clearly and articulate his
precise thoughts and words, the only answer to that is this:

He spoke in parables to the people because some of them were
not permitted to receive the message.

And if you look closely at your own experience, this is what you
find:  when you read the Bible, if you understand it, it is because
you believe it and want to understand it.  If you do not believe it,
it is because you do not want to believe it.

I am not saying that any man or woman on earth ever understands
everything in the Bible.  That would be preposterous.  God wrote
it.  Hello, we are human.

What I am saying is that for most of the simple truths revealed to
man, our understanding of it is because we believe.

The only real basis for the speaking in parables is revealed in
Matthew chaper 13, beginning at verse 10:

and his disciples came and said unto him, why do you speak unto
them in parables?  He answered and said unto them, Because, it
is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but unto them, it is not given.    For whomsoever has, to him shall
be given, and he shall have more abundance;  but whosoever has
not -- from him shall be taken away even that which he has.

So what Jesus is saying here is that if you believe the truth, if you
receive the light you have been given, you will receive more.  But,
if you do not believe the truth, if you do not receive the light, then
the little bit you do have -- that little bit will be taken from you.

He goes on to say,  therefore I speak unto them in parables:  because
they seeing,  see not;  and hearing, they hear not, neither do they
understand.    And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah who
said:    By hearing you shall hear and not understand,   and seeing
you shall see and shall not perceive;    for this people's heart has
grown fat, their ears are dull of hearing,   and their eyes they have
closed;      lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and
hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart,  and
should be converted and I should heal them.

But, blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they
hear.   For truly I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous
men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not
seen them;  and to hear those things which you hear, and have not
heard them. 

So, in the final analysis, the question is not:  do I understand the
Bible;  the real question is:  do I want to understand and believe?

Not having a heart desire to understand the truth of a parable, or
the truth of the Bible is simply an indication that it has not been
given to you to know the parable, or the truth.

If that is the case, your only intelligent next step is to seek God,
and ask him to reveal the truth to you.  It is his truth, after all.

If you truly want to understand the truth of God, you have to
believe first.  Man cannot understand and then believe.  Belief
comes first, then understanding.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Obama in 2004: 310,000 New Jobs, 5.6% Unemployment "Not Enough"

What a hypocrite:

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Al-Qaeda Terrorist Caught at Olympics

From the Telegraph:
A suspected terrorist who MI5 believe is a would-be suicide bomber was found repeatedly near the Olympic Games venue.

The alleged al-Qaeda militant was caught crossing through the Olympic Park five times, breaking a ban imposed by the Home Secretary, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

The 24 year-old has previously tried to get to Afghanistan, allegedly for terrorist training, and is suspected of fighting for the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, which has been responsible for thousands of deaths, including those of Western aid workers. He is accused of trying to recruit other Britons to its cause.

A Home Office lawyer warned after his discovery in the Olympic area that the man - known as CF - wanted to “re-engage in terrorism-related activities, either in the UK or Somalia” and is “determined to continue to adhere to his Islamist extremist agenda”.
His detention is the most serious security alert yet to hit the Olympic Park.

It is disclosed today after a week which saw 14 terror-related arrests across Britain, including a white Muslim convert detained over an alleged plan to carry out a major terrorist attack.
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Russia: America's Favorite Video Game Enemy


Okay, I just don't understand it.

For four fucking decades we were embattled in a "cold war" with the Soviet Union, which saw us fighting them through dozens of proxy wars (Korea, Afghanistan, and Grenada to name a few), yet during that time we never fired one shot directly at each other - preventing World War 3 and potentially the first war fought with non-conventional weaponry.

So please tell me why every fucking war game created today has the United States, Great Britain or some western nation fighting against, you guessed it, Russia... Sometimes a nationalist faction attempting to regain their lost Soviet glory, other times the Kremlin for nonsensical reasons, and every time a nuclear weapon is involved.

While playing Ghost Recon: Future Soldier I forgot whether I was playing a Tom Clancy video game, or Modern Warfare 3 during one cut-scene... because they were EXACTLY ALIKE, except for the fact in GRFS the nuclear attack was in London, while MW3 was Paris... Oh, wow, what a big difference. And a sidenote, both featured idiotic tourists video-taping the freaking attack!!! UGH!

What the fuck is with our Russia obsession as a culture?

Our administrations still make nuclear deals with them as if there's still a cold war ongoing; our presidential candidates must still outline policies for dealing with them as if we're one international crisis away from war; our television shows have to, possibly by legal contract, have one episode with an undercover KGB agent, and finally, our video games must have 15,000 fucking Russian bastards for us to obliterate, or we are not happy.

The only video game franchise not obsessed with the impotent Russians is Medal of Honor... So I have very high hopes for their new game scheduled for release this fall. But if it has one fucking Russian enemy in it, I will lose my mind and likely sue the sonsofabitches for copyright infringement of every other game released.

What say you?

How to Check for DNS Malware

Afraid of the DNS malware? Check out the LA Times' article on it.

If you want to go the most official route possible, head to the FBI's site, http://bit.ly/FBI-checker. With the FBI, you know you're dealing with the most trusted source on this matter — it's the agency that caught the people who began this madness — but its method of checking is also a bit time-consuming.

If you want something simpler, you can also check your computer at http://www.dns-ok.us. The FBI links to this site, so you know it's trustworthy too. If your computer is clean, you'll get a big green image. If it's not, you'll get a red screen. The only issue with that site is that sometimes it doesn't work. I've tried it three times on two computers, but it worked only once.

If you need to try another site, McAfee has set up a site too: http://bit.ly/Mcafee-checker. It seems to work, and it's simple. If you're all clear, McAfee will even congratulate you.

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Video: Christie Doesn't Take it from Heckler

Nice:


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Is My Computer Infected with the DNS Virus?

Afraid of the DNS malware? Check out the LA Times' article on it.
If you want to go the most official route possible, head to the FBI's site, http://bit.ly/FBI-checker. With the FBI, you know you're dealing with the most trusted source on this matter — it's the agency that caught the people who began this madness — but its method of checking is also a bit time-consuming.

If you want something simpler, you can also check your computer at http://www.dns-ok.us. The FBI links to this site, so you know it's trustworthy too. If your computer is clean, you'll get a big green image. If it's not, you'll get a red screen. The only issue with that site is that sometimes it doesn't work. I've tried it three times on two computers, but it worked only once.

If you need to try another site, McAfee has set up a site too:http://bit.ly/Mcafee-checker. It seems to work, and it's simple. If you're all clear, McAfee will even congratulate you.


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How Chicago Plays Ball

In Chicago they play “Chicago Ball.”  This is a form of soft ball that is as location specific to the Chicago area as Hoover Ball is to West Branch, Iowa.  In this game a sixteen inch softball that is as hard as a baseball is used with no gloves.  If at least one or two fingers aren’t broke in each game it must have been in girl’s division.  It is a rough sport, and everyone who plays it knows it.  Catching a line drive is like catching a cannonball in the stomach and catching a high pop-up is like having an incoming meteorite land in your hands.

In Chicago they also play another kind of ball that is rough, and everyone knows the rules.  They call it politics.  In other places they call it organized crime.

Back in the Dream Time, elders were honored because of their accumulated knowledge.  If Pops knew a better way to saddle horses, that knowledge helped Junior since he saddled horses.  Today if Pops knows how to tune-up cars what good is that when cars don’t need to be tuned-up anymore?  Now the old are relegated to extolling their own relevance while exclaiming, “I’ve never seen that before.”  Doddering ancients who use their cell phones merely to talk wonder why their grandchildren never answer their emails as Gen Z tweet each other: “Don’t trust anyone over fifteen.”  The world is moving so fast not only is today tomorrow’s yesterday the generations are living in different todays today.  Gen X and Y parents with their once hip lap-tops under their arms stare in wonder as their pre-teen Gen Zs text with one hand while Wii skydiving in the backseat.  For these new additions to middle-age who’re just old enough to remember Star Trek imagine Captain Kirk visiting Captain Picard pointing at Commander Data and saying, “What’s that?”

After years of being treated as if the Wisdom of the Ages were as relevant as Confucius in a fortune cookie, now that we have Chicago on the Potomac the wisdom gained in the City that Works is suddenly spot-on.  Of course George the Second’s doctrine of pre-emptive war made one old saying make sense beyond the Southside, “Never start fights, but if you have to hit someone back first once in a while that’s all right.”   Then again ACORN has shown the everlasting relevance of Chicago’s best known adage, “Vote early and vote often” as well as eternal life or ACORN by another name is still the same corrupt mob of community organizers organizing their way to personal power and prosperity.

With President Obama and the Chi-Town hustlers large-and-in-charge, Windy City Proverbs may help many believe what kind of change we’ve stepped in.  Such as “Everybody cheats so if you don’t cheat you’re a cheater,” or “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable.”  Maybe the taxman could use, “They must not have wanted it they didn’t have their hand on it.”  Looking at our Congress, “If you’re going to get mad at thieves you’ll never have any friends” comes to mind.  Thinking of the new Green Home Efficiency Inspectors they want us to deal with when buying or selling a home is reminiscent of the Chicago Fire Marshal conscientiously telling a young business owner, “We’ll save the city some gas money if we just do the inspection right here in my office,” while patting his desk indicating where to place the money.  

The Obama Administration started off with some Southside swag calling the biggest earmark in history a stimulus bill aimed at shovel ready jobs.  Then again as the President later joked, "Shovel-ready was not as ... uh .. shovel-ready as we expected." After this predictable Southside of Chicago opening act the poster child for a different kind of politics continued the virtuoso performance calling ward-heelers czars and followed a time-honored Second City tradition in the Minnesota recount by finding a bag of votes giving us a good laugh by installing Al Franken in the once revered United States Senate. 

Who says you can’t go home again?  They may turn the old neighborhood into Yuppie Heaven by knocking down the middleclass housing and putting up three-story imitation Victorians but right here right now the machine that gave no-show jobs to half the wise-guys on the corner as well as Michelle at the hospital is in the process of not just fixing tickets but fixing everything else.  The political descendants of Big Bill Thompson, Richard the First and Richard the Second parlayed community organizing into a national organization that should make the Five Families green with envy.

Having fixed the economy and with health care, hate-crimes, immigration, and cap-and-trade all queued up to flow through the system before the voters get a chance to register their disapproval, Don Barak also had the opportunity to begin fixing the highest court in the land.  In the Chicago justice system ( an oxymoron) lawyers give out printed pricelists stating how much acquittals cost verses dismissals and the old saying concerning courthouses goes, “It may say justice on the outside but that doesn’t mean there’s any on the inside.” Since the Democratic Machine and their Me-To Republican allies rubber-stamped Mr. Obama’s first pick for the A-Team, how do the prospects for judicial restraint and the Constitution look?   Fine if you fit the profile for the protected or promoted classes, but not too good if you naively look for that lady wearing the blindfold and holding the scales. 
Joining the sisterhood on the bench, Ms. Sotomayor felt her gender and her race made her uniquely qualified to reach wise decisions and believes international law should be consulted when weighing appeals. She should feel right at home with the former chief counsel for the ACLU who apparently believes American Citizenship is the right of all mankind.   In one decision she said, “You would have a huge statelessness problem if you don't consider a child born abroad a U.S. citizen.”   And now they have turned Chief Justice Roberts to the Dark Side. Ah justice, what is it good for?  Or as they say in Chi-town, “How much justice can you afford?”  The difference between Chicago Prime and Chicago on the Potomac is in the original version mayors serve for life followed by a power struggle.  Vive la DiffĂ©rence!

How does Chicago Ball fit into all these old sayings?  There are multiple sayings associated with playing ball.  Such as, You have to swing the bat to have a chance to hit the ball,” or “I ain’t cheating if they don’t catch me.”  So how do our now nationalized Chicago Pols play ball.  One recent example is in the financing problem faced by the owner of the Chicago Cubs.  The plans to renovate the dilapidated Wrigley Field were being held up because of the current owner’s political associations. And that’s how they play political ball in Chicago.

And how does that translate to Chicago-on-the-Potomac?  In 2009 the Obama Administration played Chicago Ball with the Drug Industry to get their support for Obamacare.  These types of tactics have become standard operating procedure for the Obama Administration as department after department make their wishes known and their power felt.

And just recently the President strong armed the Supreme Court asserting any interference with his take-over of 1/6th of the economy would be unprecedented.  What was unprecedented was his use of manipulation and brow beating to pressure a supposedly independent court to become another place where the fix is in, or as they say in Chicago Ball “When they send out their best hitter, aim for the head.”

And if this article makes you feel politically as if you’ve had your fingers broken, well that’s just the way they play ball in Chicago. 

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2012 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens