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.

Joke of the Day

One Halloween night a woman opens her door to find the most adorable little girl, with golden blond curly hair and the biggest blue eyes.

She was dressed as an Angel, and was just delightful. The woman said, “what are you supposed to say sweetheart?”

The little girl looks up at the woman and says, “Twick or Tweat!”

The woman thinks this is just adorable, and she calls her husband to come to the door. The woman says to the child, “Go ahead honey, say it just one more time.”

Once again the little Angel looks up and says, “Twick or Tweat!”

The husband agrees with his wife, this little Angel is just the cutest thing. The woman picks an apple from the Treat Bowl, shines it up with her apron, and drops it into the little girl’s Treat Bag.

The little Angel looks in her bag then looks up at the woman and says, “Thanks a lot lady, you just broke my damn cookies!”

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!

Joke of the Day

A bald man with a wooden leg gets invited to a Halloween Party. He doesn’t know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg, So he writes to a costume company to explain his problem.

A few days later he received a parcel with the following note:

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a pirate’s outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover your bald head and,with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.
——————
The man thinks this is terrible because they have emphasized his wooden leg and so he writes a letter of complaint. A week goes by and he receives another parcel and a note, which says:

Dear Sir,
Please find enclosed a monk’s costume. The long robe will cover your Wooden leg and, with your bald head, you should really look the part.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Now the man is really upset since they have gone from emphasizing his wooden leg to emphasizing his bald head, so again he writes the Company another nasty letter of complaint.

The next day he gets a small Parcel and a note, which reads:

Dear Sir,
We have TRIED our very BEST.
Please find enclosed a bottle of molasses and a bag of crushed nuts.
Pour the molasses over your bald head, pat on crushed nuts, stick your Wooden Leg up your ass and go as a caramel apple.

Very truly yours,
Acme Costume Co.

Attribution: Bev

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.

Joke of the Day

It was autumn, and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was the new Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the weather was going to be.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared.

But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He secretly called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”

“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,” the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.

A week later he called the National Weather Service again. “Is it still going to be a very cold winter?”

“Yes,” the man at National Weather Service again replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.”

The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.

“Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”
“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It’s going to be one of the coldest winters ever.”

“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked.

The weatherman replied, “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

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.

Joke of the Day

Three blondes were taking a walk in the country when they came upon a line of tracks. The first blonde said, “Those must be deer tracks”!

The second blonde said, “No, stupid, anyone can tell those are rabbit tracks”! The third blondie said, “No, you idiots, those are horse tracks!”

They where still arguing 10 minutes later when a train hit them.

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.

Joke of the Day

Two cowboys come upon an Indian lying on his stomach with his ear to the ground. One of the cowboys stops and says to the other, “You see that Indian?”

“Yeah,” says the other cowboy.

“Look,” says the first one, “He’s listening to the ground. He can hear things for miles in any direction.”

Just then the Indian looks up. “Covered wagon,” he says, “about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown, one white. Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon.”

“Incredible!” says the cowboy to his friend. “How does this Indian know how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon? Amazing!”

The Indian looks up and says, “Ran me over about a half hour ago.”