Rally at the Valley

Looks just like Vally Forge!

With the temperature dropping, the “Occupy Patriots” are stockpiling donated coats, blankets and scarves, trying to secure cots and military-grade tents, and getting survival tips from the homeless people who have joined their encampments.

“Everyone’s been calling it our Valley Forge moment,” said Michael McCarthy, a former Navy medic in Providence. “Everybody thought that George Washington couldn’t possibly survive in the Northeast.” Being that this guy was ex-Navy, I was going to cut him him some slack, but I can’t let this stand.

Really. Your Valley Forge moment? A bigger insult to real patriots, I haven’t heard.

The Real Valley Forge

The following is an exerpt of a letter from George Washington at Valley Forge to N.Y. Governor George Clinton in February, 1778; “For some days past, there has been little less, than a famine in camp. A part of the army has been a week, without any kind of flesh, and the rest for three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery.”

General Washington further wrote, “To see the men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie upon, without shoes…without a house or hut to cover them until those could be built, and submitting without a murmur, is a proof of patience and obedience which, in my opinion, can scarcely be paralleled.”

These warriors survived by eating “firecake” (a tasteless mixture of flour and water) day after day. Often, not even that. In some cases they were forced to forage in the woods around camp.

The Continental Army encamped at Valley Forge in the fall of 1777 with about 12,000 men in its ranks. Death from things like typhus, typhoid, dysentery, and pneumonia claimed about a quarter of them before spring arrived from . That’s about 3,000 soldiers!

Meanwhile the “Occupy Patriots” are dining like kings!

Here is an example of an Occupy Wall Street menu:
Salmon cakes with dill sauce
Quinoa salad
Organic chicken
Spaghetti bolognese
Tomato salad with fennel and red onion
Roasted beet and sheep’s milk-cheese salad
Wild heirloom potatoes

Do what you wish. March, protest, bitch & moan of what you know nothing about. Don’t, however, denigrate the memory of real heroes by equating your cushy little gatherings with what was endured at Valley Forge.

Most of you are snivelling pampered hippies who are too stupid to realize you are being used by some very evil people.

Just Don’t Provoke Them

Well, there sure have been plenty of radical Moslem, I mean democratic uprisings in the Middle East & North Africa recently. Here in America, Sharia Law has even begun to infuse itself into our courts. Being that this has all been happening rather quick, I thought it might be a public service to help us understand & accept this new-found way of life. You see, we’re really not so different.

I’ve enlisted the help of my old pal Andrew Klavin. He will assist us in becoming more sensitive to the needs of peace loving Moslems. Enjoy!

Perry the Flatapus

Governor Perry has finally announced his flat tax plan.

CBS news reported yesterday, “The tax plan put forth by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry would mean a significant reduction in how much money the government takes in.”

Lest we forget, our government (& Universities) are the only entities that can’t do with less.

Perry’s plan is quite simple. It is an opt-in plan which taxpayers can remain in the current system or choose a 20% flat tax. Opting in is something new for Perry. He’s more of an opt-out kinda guy. But I digress.

Obviously lower income people would stand pat while the dirty rich would choose the 20% flat tax.

Ted Gayer

“That would add up to a substantial decrease in revenues”, says Ted Gayer, the co-director of the Economic Studies program and a Senior Fellow at the liberal think tank, Brookings Institution. That’s a shame. Less money for the government to waste.

Perry is maintaining a number of deductions under his flat tax plan, including deductions for home mortgage interest and donations to charity. Not a fan of that. If one is to propose a flat tax plan, why reinvent the wheel? Steve Forbes & Dick Armey had the ideal flat tax. Why not just reintroduce it.

A conservative blogger at RedState writes, “Any static score of its effect on revenues would be disastrous because it keeps all of the low and middle income revenue the same, while drastically diminishing the revenue from higher income earners. Although, the CBO wouldn’t be able to score this as a loss because the entire flat tax is optional.”

I’m stunned at this remark. Commonsense (amazing how uncommon it is) dictates it can not and should not be statically scored. Static scoring assumes the saved money would simply evaporate. That it wouldn’t be reinvested in the economy. That’s the same dopey arguement against lowering the corporate tax rate.

Many of the periphery details of the tax plan are excellent:

A 20% flat corporate tax with credits only for R&D and capital investments.
Corporations would also get a one-time repatriation rate of 5.25%, while moving towards a territorial system in the long-run that will only tax in-country income.
Elimination of Capital Gains, dividends, and death taxes.

Perry also joins some of the other candidates (except Romney) in endorsing an option for private retirement accounts.

All in all I really like the plan. It is bold & simple. I’m a bit suspect that he was merely forced to respond to Cain’s 9-9-9 plan.

Regardless of motive, it’s refreshing to see most of the candidates proposing something other than simply tinkering around the edges of the status quo.

It doesn’t need to be complex to work…..Mitt.

Testing…1, 2, 3

Wednesday, November 9, 2011. For most of us that date holds no particular significance.

It’s a different story if you happen to be in the broadcasting industry. See, the first ever Nationwide test of the EAS (Emergency Alert System) will be carried out on November 9, 2011.

We have all seen or heard these tests from time to time. First you hear that obnoxious tone & then the announcement that, “This is only a test.” Maybe it’s an Amber alert or a weather warning. All important & all necessary.

So how is this any different? Well, these alerts are always done on a local or regional level. All broadcasters are required to participate in real & test alerts.

This is unprecedented. The Federal Government will be taking over all forms of broadcast communications for more than 3 minutes.

Only the President has the authority to activate EAS at the national level, and he has delegated that authority to the Director of FEMA. The test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through FEMA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS).

It is curiously being done at 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time. If one wanted to test something on such a massive scale, why not do it at 2:00 A.M. so as not to disrupt things and avoid possibly freaking people out?

That is not a rhetorical question. I honestly don’t know.

Here are some other questions to ponder. Should any president (except for Hugo Chavez), particularly this one, have this much authority? The EAS and it’s predecessor the EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) have been around since 1963. Why are they doing this now? Is this just some weird demonstration of the power of the Government?

The FCC states, “In order to minimize disruption and confusion during the EAS test, it is being conducted on November 9 because this date is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season begins. The 2 p.m. EST broadcast will minimize disruption during rush hours while ensuring that the test occurs during working hours across the country.” It doesn’t explain why it has to be during working hours.

They go on to state, “A major disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami could require the use of the system to send life-saving information to the public.” Um… no it wouldn’t. We’ve experienced those before. Since when does an earthquake, hurricane or tidal wave require a nationwide simultaneous warning.

There is turmoil throughout the globe. The Middle East is blowing up. Europe is on the verge of a financial meltdown. The “Occupy” events continue to disrupt things here and abroad. Is there something just beyond our visible horizon?

This really bothers me. There are but a few things that would warrant this type of top down control of the airwaves. A nuclear attack, some sort of rapidly moving plague or Martial Law.

Freedom & Promise

Who didn’t see this coming?

Gadhafi is dead and gone. Our President thinks that’s great news. He said, “After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.”

Freedom & Promise must be the new Hope & Change. It’s the promise there will be no freedom.

The leader of the Libyan transitional government, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, declared Islamic Sharia would be the foundation of the new Libya. He also said that existing laws that contradict Sharia would be nullified.

Mustafa Abdul-Jalil

That sure is good news, especially for women & anyone who is not devout Moslem. And hey, polygamy is back. What, you say? Wasn’t it in place before? Yes, but before, the hubby had to get permission from his first wife. What a drag. Now he won’t have to. He can pretty much do what he wants. The wife, or wives, will have no say at all.

Islamic Polygamy Dating Site

Abdul-Jalil also said new banks would be set up to follow the Islamic banking system, which bans charging interest as a practice deemed usury. For the time being, he said interest would be canceled from any personal loans already taken out and less than 10,000 Libyan dinars (about $7,500).

Wow! The “Occupy” people would love this guy, at least until he had most of them killed for not following Islam, or maybe being homosexual, or something equally as heinous.

Newsmax.com reports, “Neighboring Tunisia, which put the so-called Arab Spring in motion with mass protests nearly a year ago, has taken the biggest step on the path to democracy, voting for a new assembly Sunday in its first truly free elections. Egypt, which has struggled with continued unrest, is next with parliamentary elections slated for November.” Remember, Iranian president, Ahmadinejad is freely elected. So was Hitler.

Truly free elections. Really? Is this bizarro world? I wonder if these reporters actually believe what they write?

Let us do a quick “Freedom” run-down in the region. Tunisia hasn’t declared Islamic Sharia, but soon will. Egypt is adopting Sharia. Iran, well, that’s a given. Turkey has all but rejected the west & is aligning with Iran. Syria also. Soon after we leave Iraq, it will deteriorate & be taken by radical Islam. Now Libya. Caliphate anyone?

Definitely sucks to be Israel & may suck to be us.

Rise Up!

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday warned the leaders of both Syria & Iran, they could be next to fall.

Siting the most recent ousting & killing of Lybian leader Moammar Gadhafi, Rumsfeld warned Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to keep looking over their shoulders. Rumsfeld tweeted, “al-Assad & Ahmadinejad best heed this morning’s news on Gaddafi. Their people may decide they should be next.”

I like Rumsfeld but I differ on the view many still have of this situation. The conventional wisdom is that these events are autonomous, that the people of these countries have all just decided enough is enough. Maybe the conventional wisdom thinkers are right & these do start out as democratic uprisings. Could it be that it is meant to look this way to promote the sympathy & therefore assistance of the west? The saps at Nato & the like do the heavy lifting & voila, we’re left with a power vacuum. What does nature abhor? Yes, a vacuum. In steps the Moslem Brotherhood or some other radical organization to fill it.

Mubarak & Gadhafi

My belief is Iran is behind all of the uprisings. Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was an evil dude but he maintained the peace with Israel for decades. Therefore he was no friend or ally to Iran.

In my opinion, Gadhafi was a loose cannon & couldn’t be counted on to tow the Caliphate line or play second fiddle to the Ayatollah in Iran so off he goes.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei & Ahmadinejad

al-Assad may have a stronger alliance with Iran, so he may be allowed to stay. Time will tell on that one. Ahmadinejad, the leader of Iran, is not the leader of Iran. He is a figurehead. The real chieftains are the so-called spiritual leaders. Old Mahmoud will be allowed to stay on as long as he continues to serve a purpose to supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He & his council control everything.

There is no such thing as a democratic uprising in that region of the world. It wouldn’t be allowed to take hold even if it did start out that way. They were always to be coopted & taken over by radical moslems. We better get our heads around it.

Speaking of democratic uprisings, how about those “Occupy” folks. CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is joining in the fun. They are going to demonstrate alongside their peaceful brethren, the communists, socialists, anarchists, etc. Have no fear though, CAIR is a pacifistic all-American organization. They won’t be any trouble.

By the way, guess who recently came out in support of the “Occupy” movement. That’s right, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. What a coincidence.

The Most Important thing Ever

More importantly, who’s going to be the next winner of Dancing with the American X Factor Idol Star on Survivor Island.

Just move along. There’s nothing to see here.

Jobs for Everyone!

“We must pass the American Jobs Act” commands King Barack. “This bill”, he said, will “put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.

Joe Biden, who may be the dumbest politician to ever hold office, effectively said if we don’t pass the bill more people will be raped, robbed & murdered. Could you imagine if a republican had said that?

Let’s take a look at just one of the points of the so-called Job creating bill. It gives a $4,000 one time credit to an employer for hiring the long-term unemployed. The employer will not be able to discriminate against the currently unemployed. Sounds great. You, as an employer, will hire a person for a lousy 4 thousand one time credit. That makes good business sense. What assurances are there that you won’t be sued for discrimination if you don’t hire one of these long-term unemployed workers. None! Ambulance chasing lawyers will be lining up for that gig.

Anyway, according to Harry Reid, “It’s very clear that private sector jobs are doing just fine.” So I guess it’s just the public sector that’s suffering.

I’m all for hiring more Police, Firefighters & teachers, etc., if we can afford it. The problem is these are jobs that can’t pay for themselves. By hiring them, you’ve created a job but not wealth. Where does their pay come from? Our taxes. You have to confiscate money from the private sector to pay the people working in the public sector. But wait, these people pay taxes too, don’t they? Doesn’t that contribute to the overall tax base? No, it does not. If anything one could look at their tax contribution as a slight discount of our burden. These are all local issues anyway and the Feds have no business involving themselves.

I recall, during the Clinton administration, Bill touted his 100,000 police hiring initiative. It was a great success. First it never got close to 100,000 policeman. Second, it payed for only one year. What do we think happened? You got it. A lot of unemployed policeman the following year when the cities & towns figured out they were stuck with the bill & couldn’t pay for the additional manpower.

This is the kind of thing that happens when people don’t think things through.

I almost forgot a little statistic Harry Reid left out of his speech about the private vs. public sector. Federal government employees now total 2,128 million, up 13.5% the last two years under Obama. Private sector jobs are down 2.5 million under Obama’s rule. Who’s suffering again?

Let’s face facts. This isn’t about jobs. It never was. It’s about maintaining & growing public sector unions & the dues they pay that are in turn funnelled back to the democrat party. That’s what the last stimulus fund was for & that’s what this one is for. Simple as that.

Oh Good, Another Debate

Well, last night, in fabulous Las Vegas, was debate number 9,006, I think.

I thought Romney was not as smooth as he has been. Everyone has a bad game from time to time. Just ask Tom Brady.

Anyway, he stammered more than usual. Repeating, “Are you going to let me talk?”, got a little old. He’ll have to find a better way to handle that, in my opinion.

Perry looked a little bit angry. My guess is, his handlers told him he had to be more aggressive. One can be aggressive without being angry. Newt seems to pull it off. Perry just doesn’t seem prepared. To me, he appears to not know much. He has his prepackaged energy speech & that’s about it. I’m stunned he has been able to raise as much money as he has. He’ll stay in it because of that.

Cain took the arrows early over his 9-9-9 plan. People like it because is bold & unconventional. He will have to learn how to break it down & explain it better or he may begin to fall back again. He definitely has the “likability” factor. He also has the “relatability” factor. People think of him more as the regular guy of the group. That has & should continue to serve him well.

Someone, I think Santorum, finally brought up the Romneycare advisors & Obamacare connection. Romney simply deflected it by saying, once again, that he’ll repeal Obamacare. There was no follow-up. Unfortunate. Santorum, like Perry, seems angry. He’s getting no traction, so that is probably why. I can’t believe he’ll be able to last much longer.

It does appear to be shaping up as a Romney vs. Not Romney fight. We just don’t have the “Not Romney” guy yet. Notice I said guy. Michele Bachmann can’t last too much longer.
I love her ideas, but her debate skills suck. Her plea to Mothers last night was absurd. Talk about identity politics. It may have resonated with some, but I didn’t care for it. Answer the dang question you’re asked or explain why you won’t. Don’t just go off on a tangent.

Speaking of identity politics, I was happy to see none of the candidates got sucked into the, I’m a Latino, what will you do for us, group-think nonsense.

One thing I noticed throughout all these debates. All but 2 of the Candidates on stage had prepared & practiced statements & retorts. The 2 that didn’t were Ron Paul & Newt Gingrich. Herman Cain spoke somewhat extemporaneously, but not nearly as much as Paul or Gingrich. Why is that & why do I even bring it up? I bring it up because it is an important quality, to be able to think on ones feet, particularly in the heat of battle, as it were.

The two of them don’t get flustered. I agree with Ron Paul on a lot of domestic issues, but he loses me too often, like immigration, foreign policy & a host of others. He is who he is and he’s fine with that & it shows.

In these debates, however, Newt is a man amongst boys. He doesn’t have to prepare like the others & it’s obvious. The old (and true) saying, knowledge is power & knowledge breeds confidence, applies to this guy. Thus far he is the only one that has been able to demonstrate an expertise on every topic. I wouldn’t want to debate him.

And the Winner is………….Newt.

We Gotta Walk Down to, Electric Avenue

Cain & Arpaio

Herman Cain is catching a lot of flack for wanting to build a Fence along our Southern Border. So what, you say. Many people have suggested that. Why would he catch more hell than anyone else over it?

Well, this is not your average fence. Cain is proposing it be electrified.

At a stop last Saturday in Cookeville, Tennessee, along his Memphis to Nashville bus tour, Cain had explained how he would secure the U.S. border by building an electrified fence along the southern border of the country that could kill people trying to cross illegally.

The always controversial Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona said, “I got an electric fence; it doesn’t kill people.” Arpairo is controversial because he does his job. He’s not big on Illegal Immigration.

“I’ll tell you one thing that stands out with me, he’s sort of unconventional. “I think that’s refreshing. The way things are going in this country, that’s why the people like him and support him, he’s a new fresh face and he’s telling it like it is. So I kind of respect people who are not typical politicians,” Joe said.

Cain said border security, including the construction of a fence on most of the border, would be a top priority, along with enforcing immigration laws already on the books, empowering states to crack down on illegal immigrants and promoting immigrants to come legally rather than illegally. He explained, “I want to make sure that people will be encouraged to come through the front door, but at the same time we are going to shut the back door and the side door.”

At first he said it was a joke but when pressed by reporters he added, “You are right, I don’t apologize for using a combination of a fence, and it might be electrified,” he said. “I’m not walking away from that.” He went on to say, “What is the beef? This is what I don’t understand,” he said. “That was directed at the people who are trying to sneak into America illegally. Latinos who are here (legally), I believe they deserve the same opportunities of every other citizen,” Cain said.

Of course we have the cacophony of un-American U.S. lawmakers decrying Cain’s comments.

“Whether or not he made his comments in jest, Mr. Cain’s words show a lack of understanding of immigration issues our country is facing and a staggering lack of sensitivity,” said Charlie Gonzalez, head of the 21-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Might I digress for a moment? Why in the Hell do we need an Hispanic caucus?

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, Hispanic Caucus vice chairman, also took issue with the GOP presidential candidate’s comments.

“Words like Mr. Cain’s only build hate and prejudice against certain people. That is just plain wrong,” Hinojosa said.

What’s plain wrong is people like you, Mr. Hinojosa, that promote criminal behavior.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no room for Mr. Cain and his poorly thought out ideas of handling U.S. governmental policy,” Hinojosa said. And you guys have done such a spectacular job. It’s exactly the time for ideas such as this.

If Herman Cain meant what he said he should damn the torpedoes & go full speed ahead. Stay on offense. Let others try to explain away their soft positions. If it’s electrified, all the better. If an illegal knows there is a real consequence, he may not attempt it. That sounds like good policy to me.

Wait! I just had a brilliant thought. An electrified fence would be very expensive to run. What if we constructed a Green fence? It could be powered using Solar Panels or Windmills! Who could be opposed to that? I think we have a winner.

The 4 Step Program

The following video may seem a little farfetched, but wasn’t it a lot more so a few years ago. I ask that you watch the entire video & then decide if history is repeating itself.

We are in the Crisis stage right now. Just look all the “Occupy” various city events deliberately disrupting things. These demonstrations will continue to escalate in their intensity & violence. Not by accident, I might add.

This video is decades old. How could this man have predicted the events of today? Simple. History is repeating itself, and as in the past, the throngs of useful idiots don’t know history. They think this is something new and wonderful. A populus uprising. It isn’t. It has been planned & orchestrated by some very bad people from the start. They are the ones that know history. They know the playbook & they’re not going to take no for an answer this time.

As an aside, the Communist Chinese have just come out in support of the “Occupy” movement. That should be a RED flag. Pardon the pun.

Socialists, communists & communist sympathizers have started coming out of the closet they’ve been hiding in since the fall of the Soviet Union. They believe this is their time. They have been educating our youth with soft indoctrination for decades, waiting for this moment in history.

They have every advantage, being that American society is virtually paralyzed with political correctness. Our leaders will allow this to play out, either because they agree with it or are too cowardly to speak out against it.

Finally, unlike the people who put this video together, I don’t believe this is Obama’s endgame. I think he too is a useful idiot & will be disposed of, as will many other angry academics, once his job is complete. Or he may stay on as the good puppet I believe he is currently.

I pray to God I’m wrong about this whole thing. If I’m not, it’s going to get really ugly. Just prepare for the worst.