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Uncle Sam Says No More On-line Poker

Friday, the FBI shut down the internet gaming sites FullTiltPoker.net, PokerStars.net and AbsolutePoker.com citing a 2006 law passed by Congress making internet gambling illegal.

Many may say that they don’t gamble or even that they believe gambling is wrong/harmful to people/etc. Perhaps, but a free country is not a free country when the government decides what its citizens can and can’t do with their own money for entertainment. To say nothing of the hypocrisy involved considering that EVERY state in the Union is already in the gaming business in the form of the state lotteries.

It’s ok for the states to take money from little old ladies, but it’s not ok for you to play poker on line, even if you want to and even if you pay taxes on your winnings. Glad to know my government which can’t balance its budget, can’t protect its borders and can’t pay its bills  is on top of the important stuff. We wouldn’t want Americans to be having any fun, would we.

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Did I Wake Up in Wonderland?

Stories from the last handful of days leave me so dumbfounded that I can only come to the conclusion that I must have woken up in Wonderland, or on another planet, or in an alternate universe. Something has to explain the lunacy of these news stories; it can’t be that we’re just this dumb as a nation. Can it?

NAACP Mourns Loss of KKK Member Robert Byrd – “…[Byrd] went from being an active member of the KKK to a being a stalwart supporter of the Civil Rights Act…” Uh, no, NAACP, you better check the Congressional Record again. This racist Democrat filibustered the Civil Rights Act for 3 months in 1964 and voted against the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

70 Days Later, Obama Finally Accepts Foreign Help with Oil SpillHaving been offered assistance in the first week of the disaster by numerous countries, it took this imbecile TEN WEEKS to realize we might need some help on this one! You can’t make up that level of stupidity; you just can’t. This acceptance of assistance still doesn’t include the world’s largest oil skimmer from Taiwan. It sits in port in Louisiana because the EPA is afraid the water it puts back might still have some oil in it?!?!? Umm, oh never mind, that’s too ignorant for me to even comment on.

Venezuela Seizes U.S. Company’s Oil RigsRather than pay the $43 million they owe this American company, Hugo Chavez’s government is just taking their drilling rights and equipment, so far without compensation. The Obama administration is very upset about this abuse of American citizens and their financial interests – they’ve released a statement.

Academics Say Obama Better President Than Reagan – Forget that he’s only been on the job 18 months and has failed to accomplish anything, save ballooning the federal debt, or that he’s currently failing (heck, not even trying) to handle the largest ecological disaster this country has ever seen. Nope these nitwits are ready to declare him a top 15 President of all time. Now here’s the scary part – THESE PEOPLE TEACH!

Nancy Pelosi Says Unemployment Checks are Fastest Way to Create Jobs – “It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.” No, Nancy, it doesn’t, and anyone who’s taken 6th grade civics can explain why not to you so please ask!

Obama Says Borders Can’t Be Sealed“Our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols. It won’t work.” Call me crazy, Mr. President, but I think we just might have been able to swing a fence for SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTY SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS! In fact, I bet some Americans would have appreciated the jobs building the fence and there might even have been a few bucks left over.
Unfortunately, I am on earth, and all of this ignorance happened in a single week in June, 2010. The lame stream media ignored the real stories here, and the American people continued to bury their heads in the sand while their country is yanked out from underneath them. Can you imagine what will be in next week’s news?

Pelosi: Unemployment checks fastest way to create jobs

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Newsflash, Arizona Doesn’t Border Mexico!

It is such a good thing that there is video footage of this, because without it, no one would believe a public official, in this case a Milwaukee County Supervisor, could possibly be this ignorant. Watch the video as Peggy West speaks in support of the City of Milwaukee boycotting Arizona. Her reasoning? Since Arizona doesn’t border Mexico it’s unreasonable of them to be complaining about a problem with too many illegals. Care to guess which party she’s with?

I assume that once she discovered her geographical error, having already committed herself that if a state like Texas that DID border Mexico felt this way, she would be compelled to reconsider her position, she voted against the boycott. Alas, that would be way too logical for someone this dense. I can only conclude with a sincere plea: If you are this stupid, please, PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t run for public office; and to the electorate, if someone who couldn’t pass a 3rd grade geography quiz does manage to get on the ballot, in the name of all that is holy, don’t vote for them!

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Government Motors Invests Your Money – IN CHINA!

Recently General Motors, or as I like to call them, Government Motors announced plans to invest nearly $300 million dollars in a joint venture with a Chinese company to build GM trucks in China. If you are at all like me, this announcement probably leaves you a little confused. After all, wasn’t this company on the verge of bankruptcy. Wasn’t Jack Wagner, its CEO crawling up the Capitol steps begging lawmakers for a bailout? Weren’t thousands of American GM employees being laid off and factories being closed? Where does a bankrupt company get $300 million to invest in a foreign venture? The American taxpayer; where else?

GM has been building cars in China for years now, and currently builds Buick, Chevy and Cadillac models. This venture will add light trucks and minivans to their Chinese production. To date almost none of this production ends up in U.S. showrooms, but how much longer can we expect that to last?

This week Government Motors managed to add insult to injury for the American taxpayer when they announced a new sales strategy, a sixty day money-back guarantee. That’s right, buy it and drive it for sixty days (up to 4,000 miles) and if you don’t like it, they’ll buy it back. No wonder this company has lost $88 billion since 2004. This may just be the worst idea in the history of automotive sales. A returned car with 3,800 miles is worth thousands less than it was new. It will not take very many of these to off-set any gain in market share GM manages to snag with this gimmick.

When this silly stunt fails to save the company, the management team will undoubtedly come up with another. Or perhaps they will decide to invest further in China. Either way, more of the American taxpayer’s hard-earned money will be wasted trying to save a dinosaur that was brought down by complete management incompetence and grotesque union greed.

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Future D.C. Democrats in Training

Have you ever wondered where the Democrats manage to find these cartoon character-like people to run for office? This week the answer to that question has been revealed in two separate incidents in New England. It turns out the Democratic party has hundreds of future civil servants in training all over the country in our state legislatures, and from all indications simply picks the most crooked of these to send to Washington.

First, over the weekend a State Representative from Massachusetts went liquor shopping in New Hampshire. “What’s wrong with this” you might ask. Well, Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) just voted to raise the state sales tax 25% AND voted to make the liquor tax taxable (yes, the joke has become reality, we are now paying tax on taxes!). Mr. Rodrigues’ automobile was plated with his government plates and according to the Boston Herald, when questioned by a constituent, told them, “Mind your own business”. One of the main arguments against these tax increases, put forth by conservatives and other intelligent people, was that they would hurt local business since the neighboring state of New Hampshire has no sales or liquor taxes. Mr. Rodrigues didn’t care about the damage to an already ailing economy, he knew he wouldn’t be paying the taxes he was imposing on his constituents.

Just 48 hours later, down the road in Connecticut, two Democratic State Representatives were caught playing solitaire on the floor of the House while the state’s budget was being debated.

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Not surprisingly, the Democrats with their huge majority in Conn. passed their budget – a two year plan that raises taxes and does not reduce spending (sound familiar?), a sure recipe for success in these tough economic times. Maybe if these legislators were a little more dedicated to their work and the service of their constituents, they could have found some spending cuts to help out the beleaguered taxpayers of the state.

All of this serves to reinforce the contention that it would be significantly cheaper and less frustrating for the taxpayers of this country to simply pay our state legislators to stay home and do nothing. But, then where would the Democrats get their next batch of concerned civil servants to serve in Washington?

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Revisionist History by the Boston Globe and Barney Frank

This week the Boston Globe and Representative Barney Frank (D – MA), two Massachusetts products for which its citizens should be wholly ashamed, took a laughable trip down revisionist history lane with regard to the housing bubble. The jumping off point for this latest rewrite by the Globe was the President’s announcement that he

plans to pump $4.25 billion of economic stimulus money into creating tens of thousands of federally subsidized rental units in American cities.

Forgetting the question of how $4.25 billion of our tax dollars get redirected from economic stimulus to liberal pet project without so much as a discussion, does no one recall the 1970’s fiasco that was the housing projects? I know Mr. Obama didn’t arrive in Chicago until the Chicago P.D. had finished fighting its WAR with the gangs who had taken over the projects in that city, but hasn’t someone in his cabinet studied the issue or maybe at least watched the History Channel?

Unfortunately, that memory lapse is only the beginning of the distortion in the Globe’s article. Just a couple paragraphs later, the author jumps the proverbial tracks and begins to rewrite history in a way that can only be described as nonsensical.

“I’ve always said the American dream should be a home – not homeownership,’’ said Representative Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and one of the earliest critics of the Bush administration’s push to put mortgages in the hands of low- and moderate-income people.

Interestingly Barney says he’s never been for home ownership, but here he is in 2005 saying he IS for home ownership while also saying he sees no housing bubble. Good call Barney!

I’m not sure how one gets a job writing for a major metropolitan newspaper, but clearly reading, studying, remembering even the recent past, citing facts, and/or having any idea what you are talking about are not requirements. The policy of pushing home ownership was begun by Jimmy Carter under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980. It was wildly expanded by Bill Clinton in 1994, under his National Homeownership Strategy, when Clinton directed HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to come up with a plan. The Globe knows these things, but it isn’t the story they’d like to tell so they leave those details out.

Blaming George Bush for the housing bubble is laughable “journalism”. As a matter of FACT (stubborn things the Globe is not fond of nor familiar with) the Bush Administration tried desperately starting in 2001 to get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulations dramatically tightened and told Congress that failure to act could be catastrophic to the financial system. Barney Frank and his Democratic pals sat there that day and said the Bush Administration was exaggerating. Barney actually said he saw no reason to believe Fannie and Freddie were headed for trouble and he said EVEN IF THEY DID GET IN TROUBLE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT  WOULDN’T BAIL THEM OUT! Don’t believe me, here’s the video of him saying it:

Barney, Barney, Barney. How dare you and your shills at the Boston Globe try to revise the story now. You and your Democratic colleagues had opportunities in 2001, 2003, and 2005 complete with warnings from the Treasury and the Fed on all 3 occasions to prevent this catastrophe. You failed your constituents and the American people at large. Hopefully the voters of Massachusetts will wake up and take your throne away from you.

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Anything Bad, Blame Him – Anything Good, Thank Me

Today in the White House Rose Garden President Obama claimed that his administration has saved the US economy from ‘catastrophe’. Hallelujah we’re saved! Yes, I am laughing hysterically as I type that. Along with his gigantic ego problem this President seems to also have a memory problem. You see, just 7 days ago, Mr. Obama once again trotted out his pitiful “blame my predecessor” defense coupled with the almost as weak, “this is going to take a long time to fix”. Members of his administration went on the Sunday morning talk shows and told us flat out that this was still President Bush’s economy. They told us that only a tiny, tiny fraction of the Obama stimulus package had been spent (one might ask why since it passed 5 months ago, but let’s not trifle). Now, a mere 7 days later, and while 9.4% of the U.S. population is unemployed and state and federal governments are running huge unsustainable deficits, Mr. Obama has decided everything is all better now.

Ok, he didn’t go quite that far, but his position and his audacity is no less prepostorous. I wonder what he’ll say next week if the jobs report or other economic news isn’t quite so upbeat? I wonder how many more times the American people will let him get away with blaming the other guy for bad news and taking credit for all the good news?

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Duces Are Wild!

Duces are wild is a phrase one might expect to hear around the card table but when it becomes an accurate description of your government, as in double standards everywhere one looks, well that presents a problem. Elected officials should be held to a higher standard than everyone else, both in their words and their actions, but instead we seem satisfied as a nation with electing the lowest common denominator, sending them to Washington and then complaining about what we end up with for representation.

Among the many recent examples of this phenomenon is the Hate Crimes legislation currently making it’s way through Congress. Wrap your minds around this if you can, legislation designed to combat discrimination does so by discriminating! Why should assault and battery, or any crime, carry a harsher punishment if my victim is gay than if he/she is straight? You can not break down barriers by putting them up and if we hadn’t elected 536 bumbling idiots to represent us in Washington perhaps this would be apparent to our leaders.

In another irony this week President Obama tells us that the U.S. can’t be seen as meddling in Iran’s election as Iran’s people cry out for justice, but bullying Israel into a corner and in the process pushing the entire Middle East that much closer to the brink, that kind of meddling is fine. A moment has come in the Middle East, perhaps the moment, where a strong United States led by a strong President could possibly bring about real change. No one is talking about using force, just leading by example, saying the right things and using what diplomatic tools are available; but nope the “Hope and Change President” isn’t interested in the kind of change that might mean a Democratic Iran. Now isn’t that ironic?

But, by far my favorite double standard for the week of June 16th (and it’s only Wednesday for goodness sake) is President Obama proposing “tough new financial regulations” and a new agency to enforce them one day after firing the supposedly autonomous Inspector General Gerald Walpin because Mr. Walpin regulated one of the President’s friends and supporters a little too well. Kevin Johnson, a huge Obama supporter and now Mayor of Sacramento, whom Mr. Walpin accused of illegal use of funds, paid back more than $400,000. Does that sound like the actions of an innocent man being “targeted” by an “over-zealous” Inspector? In back-pedaling the White House attempted to justify its actions saying the firing had nothing to do with this investigation and that Mr. Walpin was let go due to being “confused and disoriented”. This raises many more questions than it answers; for example, Vice President Joe Biden is “confused and disoriented” virtually every time we see him, will the President be firing poor old Joe next?

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Congress Adding Another Roadblock to Selling Your Home

As if the real estate market were not bad enough, Congress has decided to add yet another hurdle to the process, and as they often do in Washington, they are sneaking it under the radar while no one is looking. House Resolution 1728, the Mortgage Lending and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, is intended to address the predatory lending practices of the past several years – you know Washington’s favorite hobby – closing the barn door after the horse has already gotten out. What’s wrong with stopping predatory lending? Perhaps nothing, if that were where our brilliant leaders stopped. Unfortunately, they took it a step further and in the process have all but eliminated an owner’s ability to self-finance the sale of their own property. Seller financing is a vital tool for property owners looking to sell in a tough economic climate such as the one we are presently experiencing.

Interesting isn’t it, the government now all but owns the banking system, and the Congress of the United States decides it’s a good time to eliminate Americans’ ability to self-finance their transactions. Coincidence? I think not. Yet another restriction placed on the citizens of this country and their ability to manage their own lives and finances. Congress does this under the guise of protecting us from the proverbial big bad wolf at the door, but no entity has done more to harm the American citizen or his prospective wealth than the Congress itself. They are the problem, not the solution. Perhaps we should take the advice of a family member who suggested we double their salaries in exchange for their agreeing to go home and pass no more legislation until 2010. It couldn’t possibly be as expensive as allowing them to continue legislating us into oblivion.

The site found here was created to fully explain the problem with this legislation and help put a stop to it. If you’d like to learn more or get involved, I encourage you to check it out.

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If Only Stupidity Could Save the Environment

First it was plasma televisions that California legislators were trying to ban for their whopping energy usage (turns out they actually use less energy than a coffee maker) and now the state is looking at banning black cars in their latest imbecilic attempt to save the environment one moronic piece of legislation at a time. That’s right, a government in the “free” United States of America is considering telling its citizens what color their car is allowed to be.

The reasoning is (I can’t believe I am giving this idiocy the respect of explaining the reasoning) that black cars get hotter than other colors and therefore require more energy to air condition. Okay, how much more energy? What impact will this change have? Or, here’s one for you, if I agree to buy the car without an AC unit, can I still get a black one? How about if I move to California from Oregon and I own a black car, am I allowed to register it in the state or must I get rid of it before moving? GIVE ME A BREAK!

It is exactly this kind of juvenile, near-sited thinking that has led California to become the least business or consumer friendly state in the Union and, not coincidentally, the state in the worst financial health during this difficult time. Perhaps the politicians in California would be better served spending their time working on solutions to their massive budget crisis.

UPDATE:

In another fit of environmentally driven lunacy, this time on the opposite coast, the Maine legislature passed a bill this week requiring manufacturers of energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to pay for the recycling of used bulbs to the tune of $1 per bulb (of course, while the legislators may kid themselves, we know that the consumer will actually be the one footing this bill). Why is this necessary you ask? Because these bulbs that are supposed to save the environment from the dangerous incandescent light bulb, CONTAIN TOXIC MERCURY. That’s right, the same pollutant that’s been poisoning our fish and that many believe is a contributing factor to the alarmingly increased rates of autism in our children – now this seems like a great product to put in little glass containers and place all over our homes, doesn’t it?

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