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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Obama's Healthcare reform plan: The impact on small business

President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers are arguing over the issue of whether the plan to reform health care would help or hurt small businesses.

President Obama says a study, by the White House Council of Economic Advisors, (notice by his own people and not the public) shows that small businesses pay more for employee health benefits than big businesses do.

The reason: "Because they lack the bargaining power that large businesses have and face higher administrative costs per person, small businesses pay up to 18 percent more for the very same health insurance plans-costs that eat into their profits and get passed on to their employees,"

(this may be true for many smaller businesses, however the smaller business generally does not carry insurance for employees) Why not change the "bargaining power they have rather than force them to pay for insurance? The insurance companies should have a cap put on them rather than the small business being forced to carry the insurance alone. If we changed the way the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies "inflated" their prices we would not have this problem to begin with.

In his weekly address, Obama says lawmakers need to quickly pass his health care overhaul initiative, to relieve the burden on small businesses." (why is this such a rush? Are all the facts in?)

This is unsustainable, it is unacceptable, and it is going to change when I sign health insurance reform into law," said the U.S. president. This statement alone at least to me gets me as he makes it sound as if it is his way or no way and that he alone is going to "save" the world regardless of whether we like it or not.

What happened to voting? What happened to the people's voice?

In the weekly Republican message, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Obama plan will do more harm than good for small businesses and their employees. "Because the Democrats' plan is bankrolled by a small business tax, more jobs will evaporate," she said.

Rodgers, says the proposed reforms would also require small businesses to provide health care for employees or face higher taxes or fines.

Now if you have ever run a small business you know it is hard enough to pay for employees and make a profit much less be forced to pay for insurance for employees. I ran my own business for years and with this "Obama" plan I would have had to close my doors.

Rodgers also disputes the president's contention that his plan will allow people to choose their own doctors.
"It is a prescription for disaster, one that will put Washington bureaucrats in charge of your family's personal medical decisions,"

Obama's health care proposal has encountered several obstacles in the past few days, despite the president's efforts to advance it.

Senate Democrats said Thursday they could not meet the president's early-August deadline for passing the bill. Democrats in the House of Representatives disagree sharply about provisions in the legislation.

Meanwhile, President Obama is criticizing some Republicans for saying the defeat of health legislation would be an opportunity to damage him politically.

"Some have even suggested that, regardless of its merits, health care reform should be stopped as a way to inflict political damage on my administration,"
(again I want you to notice "My Administration" and not the people)

"I will leave it to them to explain that to the American people.

"Obama has spoken about health care reform at almost every opportunity in the past week.

He held a public forum on the issue in Ohio on Thursday.

The night before, most of a one-hour nationally-televised news conference focused on health care.

But the final question dealt with the arrest of an African-American college professor at his home in Massachusetts.

When Obama responded that the police officer had acted "stupidly," it set off a national controversy on race that has diverted attention from the president's efforts on health care reform.

Here is the story on this:

Here is most of what Obama said about the situation.

"I don't know all the facts. What's been reported, though, is that the guy forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house, there was a report called into the police station that there might be a burglary taking place -- so far, so good, right?

... My understanding is at that point Professor Gates is already in his house. The police officer comes in, I'm sure there's some exchange of words, but my understanding is, is that Professor Gates then shows his ID to show that this is his house. And at that point, he gets arrested for disorderly conduct -- charges which are later dropped.

Now, I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that, but I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge Police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.

That's just a fact.
... That doesn't lessen the incredible progress that has been made. I am standing here as testimony to the progress that's been made.

And yet the fact of the matter is, is that this still haunts us. And even when there are honest misunderstandings, the fact that blacks and Hispanics are picked up more frequently and often time for no cause casts suspicion even when there is good cause."


based on this out of Obama's own mouth...who is the one who seems to be predudice?

The bold comments I think are worth going over.

1. I don't know all the facts...then the question I would ask...then why respond? Why not just say I don't know all the facts and let it go? Instead he stirs up the pot.

2. I'm sure there is some exchange of words:...of course there would be conversation going on...but to say exchange of words the way he did makes it sound as if there was a problem right from the get go.

3. What role race played:..why would Obama even say this? Being White myself it makes me feel as if he is saying all "white" people have a problem with other races and therefore it must be "race related".

4. The cambridge police acted stupidly:..Lets go back to number 1...he did not know all the facts and only knew the small report that had been told to him. I wonder how many "white" people were arrested the same night that is not being mentioned? How does Obama know or not know how the man inside was really reacting to the police...maybe he was acting stupidly?

5. I am standing here as a testimony to the progress that has been made:..again I refer you to my earlier are not all black and were in fact raised as "white". What testimony is he? This again by his own words brings "race" into the picture as people who did vote for him (hopefully did not do so simply because he was black?)

6. The fact that blacks and hispanics are picked up more frequently and often time for no cause cast suspicion even when there is cause:...what? Now I am not saying that we live in a non predudice world or that the above statement may be true. What I am saying is ...What is Obama trying to do...stir up contention? How does he know that blacks and hispanices are picked up more frequently when he is not there to know why they were picked up to begin with?

I guess I could say the same thing for where I live only the shoe would be on the other foot....most officers in my town are are they being racist by picking up more whites frequently?

If a crime is done...what difference does your skin color make?

People who makes comments like the above stated by Obama are the ones who are racist.

In fact the definition of racist is:

Definitions of racist on the Web:

based on racial intolerance; "racist remarks"
according to this, racist remarks...such as making a point that "white" officers pull over more blacks and racist.

a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others

In all of Obama's speeches he refers to himself in a superior way as in his laws, his if his ways are the best. Isn't this a racist definition?

According to a quote from Obama's book..."It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."-

"It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

Barack Hussein Obama has often said that Saul Alinsky was his best mentor and a true American hero.

Saul Alinsky shows his dark side in his dedication to his own book,

"Rules for Radicals": "Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins -- or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom -- Lucifer."

A must read:



Do you really agree to this? Do you really promote this?


Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Energy Bill and You

What's in the Energy Bill?

June 14, 2007 · The controversial energy bill now on the Senate floor takes a different approach than the bill pushed through by a Republican Senate in 2005. That measure sought to increase domestic oil production through subsidies and other incentives. With Democrats now in charge, the new bill focuses on decreasing consumption of oil and gasoline. Here's a look at the bill's major provisions: as per:

Fuel Economy: The bill would, for the first time in decades, raise average fuel-economy standards for cars and SUVs or light trucks (up to 10,000 pounds) — from 25 mpg to 35 mpg by 2020 (a roughly 40 percent increase). Guess who will pay for you to either get your car up to standards or to pay for a car that is up to standard. This provision is the most controversial, especially with the auto industry, which argues that it could push up the production costs of each vehicle by thousands of dollars. That has led some Democrats to propose federal financial relief for automakers.

Renewable Fuels: The bill mandates the use of 15 billion gallons of biofuels annually by 2015 and 36 billion gallons by 2022 (up from 8.5 billion gallons in 2008). In the beginning, most of the biofuel would be corn ethanol. Beginning in 2016, the bill mandates annual increases of 3 billion gallons in the use of advanced biofuels – such as "cellulosic" ethanol, which can be made from switch grass, wood chips or agricultural waste. Oil refineries and food manufacturers – who warn that diverting corn to ethanol production could hike up food costs — oppose this provision. Aren't groceries high enough? Many people go without as it is.

This is how your fridge will look if you are lucky by the time Obama is done!

Energy Efficiency: The bill sets energy-efficiency standards for home appliances, heating and cooling systems, lights and residential boilers. It requires federal agencies to get at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and to reduce oil consumption by 20 percent. It also requires regular government review of efficiency standards.

Carbon Capture and Storage: The bill promotes research into methods of capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and storing them underground.

Once again your tax dollars....!

Public Buildings: The bill requires energy efficiency in federal buildings, mandating a 20 percent reduction in operating expenses over five years through the use of more-efficient lights, heating and cooling. It also authorizes three demonstration projects that put "green-building" techniques into practice. If these are federal buildings...we will be paying for this also.

Energy Security: The bill asks the secretary of state to establish "strategic energy partnerships" with the governments of major energy producers (so now we are going to "get in bed" with other countries) and consumers to increase international energy security.

Price Gouging: The bill makes oil industry "price gouging" a federal crime during times when the president has declared a temporary "national energy emergency" — much like the emergencies that states declared after Hurricane Katrina. The Federal Trade Commission would also be given greater authority to investigate possible manipulation of the oil market – including refinery shutdowns. Oil companies and the Bush administration strongly oppose this provision, which has prompted a veto threat from President Bush.

The bill also includes a host of smaller items, such as:
—incentives to spur new inventions in light bulb efficiency
block grants to state and local governments to reduce energy use (if grants are blocked to the state and local governments then local funding for the poor and needy will be shut down)
—a grant program to reduce school bus idling
—authorization for an initiative to improve car batteries

Now what does this mean to you? If you own a home, it means a great deal.

If you will notice I highlighted in red the main article I am discussing today.

First off the bill will require all people and companies to change to energy efficient light bulbs. Now this is a great idea, I personally just did this to my entire house. However this is not cheap to do. If you buy regular light bulbs they cost about .99 cents for 4. The energy efficient bulbs cost about $8.00 a piece and since we will be required by law to have know the price will increase. Now I have ceiling fans in every room and each holds 4 bulbs, I have 7 rooms in my house thus I needed to buy 28 bulbs. As I stated this is not cheap to do. But yes it is a law and will be in full effect by 2012.

The point here is to save money on energy and to save the world from using up so much. But as I stated you are required to purchase these and it gets worse.

Next, before you can sell you home it must be inspected by the state to be sure that the entire home is energy efficient. Who wouldn't want that? We all would but lets face it...we can't all afford to change our our water heaters, our regular heaters, all appliances, light bulbs, air conditioners, washer and dryers etc. (just on a note: since I changed bulbs 2 months ago I have not seen any change in my electric bill)

Here is the catch...not only will your home have to have another costly inspection that yes you pay for, you will be required to change out and replace anything that the "inspector" deems "not energy efficient". So basically you better be ready to spend big $$$ to be able to even pass the inspection and be able to sell you house.

Yes that is cannot sell your home or even put it on the market unless ALL improvements are taken care of. If you wish to put in the "fridge" with the sale of the house, it must be energy efficient, meet certain criteria and then pass inspection.

Doesn't Obama realize that everyone does not have that type of money?

Let view a typical sale of a home.

Lets say you wish to sell you home for $100,000...

Right off the top you have to figure realtor fees at at least 6.5% which is $6500.00. Then keeping in mind..your selling price is generally reduced by an offer of 10% less. There goes another 10,000. You then have closing costs, taxes and whatever needs to be repaired which generally runs about $4500.00. So now your $100,000 just dropped to $79,000. Now most of us still have our loan and lets say (on the good side) that we only owe $40,000. Now with that taken off you are now holding $39,000 on a home that you have paid at least $80,000 in interest on. Thus you have now lost money. With the economy the way it is now...these figures would drop even more for you.

Now here comes Obama and wants you to cut into the money you have left in your pocket...and spend at least $5000.00 to do the required upgrades and that is if you can get it done for that amount. It will probably be even more, and don't forget at the end of the year you can pay taxes on your Sale amount!

So the bottom line: if you are planning on selling you better do so now!

There is already the "incentives"...such as buy a house now and get an $8000.00 tax credit.
What good does that do, if I will have to turn around and pay that out anyways. And then this is only if you qualify and do some research on this...most people will not qualify.

Please keep in mind...these incentives come out of the tax money you pay...

I personally would rather have my tax money!

This goes along with our rights being violated...or rather null and void as you have not say so in this.

I Never agreed to this! DID YOU!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Constitutional Rights?
You have the right to remain silent!

I don't know about you but I refuse to be silent when injustice is effecting me. I have had enough of being told we live in a free country and then being told what to do all the time.
I have lived in other countries and yes we do have a great place to live, however the ones in "charge" take many of your freedoms away.
Let's just look at a few things....Please add more if you think of any in the comment section of this blog.

1. It is the law that you must have insurance on your vehicle. Now that is great if you so choose to do so...but you do not have the choice on this.
Well I guess you do if you would like to take on the $500.00 + fine that comes if caught. Now I personally do not wish to be hit by someone who is not insured, however I also do not care that the U.S. tells me I have to have it. Being on a disability it is very hard to pay for this each month. And the government or state you live in ...will not give you help on this. You are told..."you do not need a vehicle if you cannot pay for the insurance". Well I do need a vehicle as I have doctor appts. at least twice a week and with my disability I cannot take public transportation. Given that I am still told the same thing. The question here is this: How is it that you are required by law to have insurance and yet state by state the prices are different?
Example: I lived in New Mexico and paid $56.00 a month for extreme full coverage. Now living in Texas I have the absolute minimum and it costs me $58.00 a month? If the government is imposing this law then they should impose a cap on the amount insurance companies can take from you!
As a second point, I have been driving for 27 years, never had an accident and still am required by law to carry insurance.

How is it that the government can force you to pay out money from your own pocket all the time?

That brings me to my next point:

2. We are required to pay taxes that come directly out of our paycheck, with the remaining money after taxes you are then taxed on everything you buy. The government is the one who gets all of this money.

So the question is: why are we being taxed over and over on the same money?

Example: Pay check is for $1000.00 the government takes approx. 18% leaving me with just over $800.00. I then pay my rent (which I also have to pay property taxes on) thus paying double on that also. I then pay my bills all of which have "state tax" government tax etc attached to them. Again I am paying double plus. Now I need a new pair of shoes and yes once again I am taxed. You can see how this goes. If I do the math on my $1000.00 check and I deduct all the taxes that I pay after my "regular taxes" have been taken, I figure I pay (8.5% tax on purchases) out about:
  • $200.00 right off the top

  • $ 30.00 8.5% purchases
  • $ 100.00 taxes on Phone bill, gas, water, electric etc.
  • $ 100.00 to pay property taxes (monthly amount)
  • $ 50.00 Misc purchases

And this is per month...times that by 12 = $5760 Per year. At the end of the year I do my taxes...based on what I made I am required to pay X amount and hopefully I have already paid that in and will get a small refund. However I do not get to deduct many of the above "double" taxes.

Anyone else what to "remain silent" on this? And yet with all of that paid to the government...our country is in major debt.


3. How about the fact that you are required to wear a seat belt? Or of course pay the fine if you are not. Now unlike insurance...if I choose to not wear a seat belt...I get in an accident..I am only hurting myself and no one else. So were is my freedom to choose how to live (or die).

It is done in the "we are protecting you" theory and yet the real truth is is just one more right taken away from you so that the government can give you a fine and keep the money.

4. How about your property? If you own you are told (depending on where you live) what type of house can be there, no mobiles allowed etc. There are neighborhoods where you cannot have certain types of dogs, some you cannot have livestock etc. The state will even come by and fine you if your grass is to high. I ran into a problem when I lived in New Mexico. I had a van in great condition on my property but I needed a new battery to start it. The state came around, knocked on my door (on an acre of land) and told me I had to prove to them that the van would work and was not just some "eye sore" sitting there? What? I had to run out and get a battery, then drive the van to their location to prove that it would run. On top of that it was not a beater broke down vehicle, there were no flats, no dents nothing. Had I not shown that it would run they were going to tow it away and sell it and I would be fined $800.00, what a bunch of crap.

A few months later while having a garage sale an officer approached me with my "garage sale" sign in his hand and told me it was illegal to post signs and that if I did not get the rest down within the hour I would be fined $500.00. What is this about? I guess I should be happy at least I could have a sale other places would not let you even have a garage sale to begin with.

Another time I had the "yard patrol cops" come by they looked at my back field and told me I had to get out there and mow it. Now keep in mind I lived in the desert and there was no grass. I had just whacked all the bushes out and at the time it was maybe 4 inches high in spots. Again I was told that I had until the next day to get this done or again I would be fined.

The point: Where does the government or state get off telling us how to keep up our yards that we pay for. What we are allowed to have on them. What type of animals we are allowed...etc.


5. This should probably be under my "taxes" info above, but I decided to put it separately because of personally am tired of being taxed for "school tax". I do not have children, never have and have no plans of having any. Why am I being taxed for "schools" then? When I mentioned this to my sister not only did she agree but she stated.."once your children are past the age of going to school then the parent should not be taxed from that point on". Good point, but it is just a point because guess what...I was taxed an additional $58.00 on my property taxes for "school tax".

6. I know own property in Texas and have a little over an acre. Just this past fourth of July there was a burn ban and we were told we could not shoot of fireworks that were not controllable or that shot up in the sky. Ok no problem, I went out and bought small firecrackers, sparklers and sparklers that set on the ground and "sparkled" about 4 ft. high. I had my hose handy on my property and guess what! Along comes officer Joe Blow and tells us that we are not allowed to light anything that makes an explosion! What? Nothing that makes noise! City he says what if there is a fire...well that is what the hose is here for. However he does tell us that we can go outside the city to the county and shoot off whatever we want.

Now...lets see, there is a burn ban as everything is super dry (especially in the county) here I am on my property that I pay for with a garden hose and being safe....Yet I am told to go out to the county with no hose, no way of putting anything out...and guess what if I did catch someone on fire not only would I get fined and have to pay for the damages, but the fire would spread to the city anyways....?????

So much for my rights!

Well I could add so much more and I am sure you are thinking of many things that violate your freedom to. But here is the thing...we need to stand up for what we believe in, we need to stop letting the government govern our personal lives. We need to be free to live on our own property and be left alone....

The only way this is going to take place is for all of us to say:

I Never Said That! I Never agreed to that! Lets petition our government and stop allowing all these "laws" to come into effect by "secret vote".

Ever wonder how all of these laws came to be? I never saw a ballot where I could vote on this stuff...It just happened and now we are to follow.

I am not a follower....I do not want to lead...I just want justice and for all of us to enjoy the FREEDOM we are promised.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Coming Soon...

Just thought I would let you know some of the ideas of future blogs I will be blogging about.
  1. Constitutional rights
  2. Cats & Dogs
  3. Adoption
  4. Taxes
  5. Kids & Discipline
  6. CPS (Child Protection (or lack of) Services)
  7. Welfare and you
  8. Homeless People
  9. I Know it all generation
  10. How to never pay retail again
  11. The Fairy tales we learn
  12. Would have, Should have, Could have...but didn't

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If you have any ideas please comment and let me know what you would like researched and written about.

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We the people...have been violated!

I decided to look over the Constitution and the bill of rights as I have many things that I wonder "why" on.

A bill of rights: A bill of rights is a list or summary of rights that are considered important and essential by a nation. The purpose of these bills is to protect those rights against infringement by the government.

I decided after reading "the bill of rights" that many of our rights are being violated and I just wanted to say "I didn't say that...I didn't agree to this..."

Bill/amendment #1.
Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Based on the first amendment above...why is it that you cannot pray in school? Why is it that students cannot peaceable come together and have a mini religious discussion on school property?

If we have the freedom to establish and exercise our beliefs and we do this peaceably then why it it prohibited?

Bill/amendment # 2.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

It is our right to bear arms and has been since December 15, 1791, so what does the word "bear" really mean?...

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects a right to keep and bear arms from infringement by the federal government.[1] The American Bar Association has described this right as among the most controversial of the rights codified in the Bill of Rights.[2]

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an outright ban by the federal government on home possession of an operable firearm, such as a handgun, violates the Second Amendment, and has upheld the constitutionality of longstanding restrictions on the possession of firearms including handguns. we see that to bear means to carry and to have on hand, to be in possession of. However the only way to carry a gun is by jumping through government hoops and filing tons of paperwork..having everything about you known...etc.

To a point this is good as we really don't want "crazies" running around with guns. However, if it is our right to carry a weapon..and if you notice it does not say we have to be "approved" then why do we have to go through so much to have our "legal rights"?

Bill/amendment #4.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I have personally dealt with this problem. I had "failed to stop" behind a stop sign and was pulled over. Ok, no problem. The officer asks for my ID, registration and insurance..again no problem. He then tells me to exit my vehicle, grabs my purse, searches through that and my car and for no cause. He of course found nothing (I was 17 at the time). Does it not clearly state "NOT TO BE VIOLATED"...MUST HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE?
I guess it was "CAUSE" I was young!
But guess what I took it to court and when I told them what took place...they did nothing! This also falls in with amendment #2..the right to bear arms and be "SECURE IN PERSONS, HOUSES...ETC. Being a single female I do not always feel secure in my house at night without my trusty weapon by my side...!

Bill/ Amendment #6
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Wow..where do I start with this one?
The right to a speedy trial? I am sure all of us know someone who has been charged with something. Speedy is far from the process. I know of someone who spent 7 months in jail before ever seeing a judge and the charges were based on "so and so said". They had no evidence to hold him at all and yet not only did he stay in jail but he was told the court system is backed up and so his "right to a speedy trial" will be put on hold until they can put him on the docket.

It says to be confronted by the witnesses against him? What? That does not happen in many cases, in fact the cops, lawyers, prosecutors etc will use circumstantial evidence and never do have any witness. You are accused, locked up and sentence based on evidence put together and not be actual action done on your part.

And then to have the assistance of counsel??? What a joke, in less you are rich and can afford a good attorney you get...yes you guessed it an under paid over worked defense counselor of the state. That in itself seems kinda backwards...the state is accusing you of something and they send you one of their lawyers? These counselors have an overload of cases and as in the above person I mentioned (he never saw his appointed help until 3 months). And yes they get away with this.

Bill/Amendment #7
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

I have to say...many courts are run and decision made without a jury. A judge, one person decides the fate of another. What happens if the Judge is in a bad mood that day? Yeah, I know you say "no they have to follow the law". Well go to court and sit in will find 2 people charged with the same thing...(one a cute girl, the other a rough looking guy)...which one do you think will get the lesser sentence or punishment?

Bill/Amendment #8
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

HUH? My friend had a misdemeanor charge and was given a bail of $20,000. If this is not excessive I don't know what is. And then no cruel or unusual punishment...Ever been to jail? Nobody is there to protect you and everything happens there. I say getting raped behind bars is considered "Cruel and Unusual punishment"?

So as you can see...out of the 10 Bills/admendments, I have listed 6 that I feel we have been and continue to be violated on. I cannot say that is a good track record.

I never said that...I never agreed to that...DID YOU?

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Barack Obama books and controversy

In the earlier post it shows the amount of money Obama made last year ...and states this was mostly from the sales of his books.

Just to give you a few quotes from ...Dreams of my Father and Audicity of hope.

Let's look at them one-at-a-time:

"I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."-Truth!

This is an accurate quote from the introduction to Dreams from My Father. The book chronicles Obama's experience as the son of an African father and an American mother.

"I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."-Fiction!

This quote does not exist in either of Obama's books.

"There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white."-Truth!

This is a quote from Dreams from My Father. It it in a section in which Obama describes a job interview with a man in Chicago. Race had been a part of their discussion and the full quote is, "There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white---he'd said himself that was a problem.

"It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."-Truth!

This one is also from Dreams from My Father. It is from a section when Obama was a college student and wrestling with his identity including as an African-American. The quote describes his observation of what was required among his fellow students.

"I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, Dubois and Mandela."-Truth!

This is from Dreams from my Father. The more complete quote is, ""Yes, I’d seen weakness in other men— Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."-

Read the full story at Snopes:

Five Books Written by Barack

The State of Black America
Whether he embraces it or ignores it, the mass media and the general public will probably think of Barack Obama as an African-American. As I mentioned above, he is of mixed heritage, but people have a hard time seeing past Obama’s dark skin. It seems that if you are black at all, you’re black. That’s why the National Urban League turned to then Democratic Senator Barack Obama to pen the foreword to this book.

Dreams from My Father
There are many lessons that we all can learn from Barack Obama, but the new American President is far from an all-knowing and all-seeing being. He needs help and he derives his inspiration from a variety of sources.
In this stunning memoir, Obama recounts his childhood and youth, being raised in Hawaii by his white mother and her parents. His Kenyan father was largely absent, so Barack found himself struggling with racial identity and tensions at school. Dreams from My Father describes his journey to become a community organizer, a civil rights lawyer, and a senator.

The Audacity of Hope
Whereas Obama speaks mostly about his personal life in Dreams from My Father, he tackles more political issues in The Audacity of Hope.
We already know that Barack Obama can be very charismatic in his speeches and his written word is no different. In this book, he discusses his “cautious liberalism”, citing his skepticism of big government, his support for religion (without imposing it), and his recommendations for health care reform. This is the man the United States elected as its President. His mostly centrist views are certainly refreshing.

Change We Can Believe In
Continuing the discussion started with The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama dives in a little further with Change We Can Believe In. Published just two months before his eventual victory over John McCain, he describes what and how he will change America.
Bringing people together and being honest with the challenges ahead, Barack Obama exudes confidence in his ability to turn the country around. Take a closer look into this vision for America, including how he will try to fix the recession-laden economy, strengthen the middle class, and achieve energy independence.

Barack Obama in His Own Words
Editor Lisa Rogak collected this book of quotes from the Illinois Senator, offering us a closer look at Barack Obama’s politics and where he stands on a number of pressing issues. Obama is quite forthcoming with his views on gay marriage, the War of Terror, abortion, foreign policy, and more.
Do a little research and find out for yourself what he really believes.

Here is a little information:

Audacity of Nope: Supermax prison tells inmate that Obama's books harmful to national security
By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press Writer
On Friday July 10, 2009, 8:40 am EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- The federal government's most secure prison has determined that two books written by President Barack Obama contain material "potentially detrimental to national security" and rejected an inmate's request to read them.
Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is serving a 30-year sentence at the federal supermax prison in Florence, Colo., for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Last year, Abu Ali requested two books written by Obama: "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope."
But prison officials, citing guidance from the FBI, determined that passages in both books contain information that could damage national security.
A prison spokeswoman referred questions to the FBI, where a spokeswoman was looking into the matter Thursday evening.
The documents detailing the prison's rejection of Obama's books are included in court papers for a resentencing hearing scheduled later this month for Abu Ali, a U.S. citizen.
The rejection is just one indication of the harsh conditions imposed on inmates at the supermax prison, according to Abu Ali's lawyer, Joshua Dratel.
"Imagine an existence controlled by characters created by Louis (sic) Carroll, and that would approach that which Mr. Abu Ali faces each day for the duration of his sentence," Dratel wrote.
Abu Ali requested the books in August, before Obama was elected. In a short, handwritten note on a prison complaint form, Abu Ali argues that the two rejections "violate my 1st amend. rights."
The rejections, as well as other restrictions on family visits, prompted a hunger strike by Abu Ali that has since ended, Dratel wrote.
Prison officials cite specific pages -- but not specific passages -- in the books that they deem objectionable. They include one page in Obama's 1995 book, "Dreams from My Father," and 22 separate pages in his policy-oriented 2006 book, "The Audacity of Hope." It was not immediately obvious what passages might have been deemed problematic, though nearly half of the pages cited are in a chapter devoted to foreign affairs.
Supermax inmates, including convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, are housed under the most severe restrictions in the federal prison system. Inmates typically are kept in their cells in solitary confinement 22 or 23 hours a day.
Abu Ali will be resentenced July 27, following an appellate court ruling that U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee improperly deviated from sentencing guidelines that recommended a term of life in prison.

Obama Mania...this is crazy

Before I start this blog I would like to thank everyone who is following this and I encourage you to sign in and comment. If you have any ideas you would like me to research and write about please just let me know.

So here we go....

I am just wondering if anyone else if finding it ridiculous that Obama has become a celebrity rather than the president? I was looking in a magazine the other day and I found 16 different "Obama" items that one could purchase.

An Obama watch...I guess I could tell time with it...yet shouldn't he be paying attention to time and realize that time is running out for him to follow through on some of his promises?

How about an Obama bank? I better buy that to keep my money in as he is taking it all from everywhere else.

Or better Obama bobble head. I must say I find that item appropriate.

And Obama bust. Yes I really want that in my living room to look at everyday. Of course I could throw things at it and maybe vent some. The word "bust" does seem to fit though.

If you waste your time and search under "Obama Novelties" you will find everything.

This was very funny....

These are uncertain times. The economy's a ball-buster and the surge went flaccid... but now there's Obama Condoms, for a change you can believe in!

Here are just a few pictures of Obama mania. here is another problem that I have here ....Everyone continues to try to eliminate prejudice in this world. I think prejudice should be obliterated for good.

Yet I wonder how that will ever be possible, when people wish to be seen as different and will correct you if you "say the wrong things".

Example: I am not black I am African American

I am not oriental, I am Asian American

I am not Indian, I am Native American


What does that make someone who is white? What should we correct people on?

The fact of the matter is...ALL of us came from Adam and Eve!

And really how do you or how can you say your are African American...Or Asian American etc...Does anyone really know what is in your background.

Aren't we all just HUMAN..even if we are not from America?

Then there is the whole thing ...Obama is the first African American President???

This is a picture of his Grandfather, mom and sister...They look White to me????

This picture will clear up in "HIDDEN" color. No African American Booty here. This was found by searching for Obama's mom picture.

So the big "HYPE" of "First African American just got blown out of the water! African Americans are from Africa are they not?

Now this is not meant to offend anyone...but maybe people should do a little research before they vote and not be sucked in with mere "words" of hope. I am enclosing a copy from the "Wikipedia" (the online dictionary) that is a biography of Obama...

I will highlight some key points...but I bet you didn't know most of this prior to voting.

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961)

Early life and career of Barack Obama
Barack Obama was born at the & Women for Center Medical in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, to
Stanley Ann Dunham, an American of mainly English descent from Wichita, Kansas, and
Barack Obama, Sr a Luo from Nyang’oma KogeloNyanza Province Kenya. Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Mānoawhere his father was a foreign student on scholarship. The couple married on February 2, 1961 and Barack was born later that year. (If Barack was born August 4th 1961 and his parents did not marry until February 1961...then mama was pregnant before getting married)His parents separated when he was two years old and they divorced in 1964. (Barack was not raised "in black culture".)

Obama's father returned to Kenya and saw his son only once more before dying in an automobile accident in 1982.

After her divorce, Dunham married Indonesian Lolo Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto a military leader in Soetoro's home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students studying abroad were recalled and the family moved to the island nation. From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School.

In 1971, he returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents,

and Stanley Armour Dunham and attended Punahou School a private college preparatory school, from the fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979
. (raised by white grandparents)

Obama's mother returned to Hawaii in 1972 and remained there until 1977, when she relocated to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year before dying of ovarian cancer.

Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years to "push questions of who I was out of my mind". At the 2008 Civil Forum on the Presidency in 2008, Obama identified his high-school drug use as his "greatest moral failure".

Economic management
On February 17, 2009, Barack Obama signed into law the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a $787 billion economic stimulus package aimed at helping the economy recover from the deepening worldwide recession.

(now we are further in debt and this did not help)

On March 19, Obama continued his outreach to the Muslim world, releasing a New Year's video message to the people and government of Iran. This attempt at outreach was rebuffed by the Iranian leadership. In April, Obama gave a speech in Ankara, Turkey which was well received by many Arab governments. On June 4, 2009, Obama delivered a speech at Cairo University in Egypt calling for a "new beginning" in relations between the Islamic world and the United States and promoting Middle East peace.

Iraq and Afghanistan war
During his
presidential transition, President-elect Obama announced that he would retain the incumbent Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, in his Cabinet.
Early in his presidency, Obama moved to change U.S. war strategy by increasing troop strength in Afghanistan and reducing troop levels in Iraq. On February 18, 2009, he announced that the U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan would be boosted by 17,000, asserting that the increase was necessary to "stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan", an area he said had not received the "strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires".

Although Obama had previously said he wanted all U.S. troops out of Iraq within 16 months of becoming president, after he won the primary, he said he might change or refine plans as further developments unfold.

In his write-in response to a 1998 survey, Obama stated his abortion position as conforming with the Democratic platform: "Abortions should be legally available in accordance with Roe v. Wade." (this is someone who say he is christian)

In December 2007, Money magazine estimated the Obama family's net worth at $1.3 million. Their 2007 tax return showed a household income of $4.2 million—up from about $1 million in 2006 and $1.6 million in 2005—mostly from sales of his books.
Obama is a Christian whose religious views developed in his adult life. In The Audacity of Hope, Obama writes that he "was not raised in a religious household". He describes his mother, raised by non-religious parents (whom Obama has specified elsewhere as "non-practicing Methodists and Baptists") to be detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known". He describes his father as "raised a Muslim", but a "confirmed atheist" by the time his parents met, and his stepfather as "a man who saw religion as not particularly useful". Obama explained how, through working with black churches as a community organizer while in his twenties, he came to understand "the power of the African-American religious tradition to spur social change". (why Black Churches?) He was baptized at the Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988 and was an active member there for two decades. Obama resigned from Trinity during the Presidential campaign after controversial statements made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright became public. Obama has tried to quit smoking several times, and said he will not smoke in the White House. (he was there since 1988 and yet said he did not know Rev. Wright was the way he was, lack of good judgement on Obama...or just ignorance? How is it possible to be an active member for two decades and not know what the church and Rev. stand for?)

Obama's family history, early life and upbringing, and Ivy League education differ markedly from those of African-American politicians who launched their careers in the 1960s through participation in the civil rights movement. Expressing puzzlement over questions about whether he is "black enough", Obama told an August 2007 meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists that "we're still locked in this notion that if you appeal to white folks then there must be something wrong." Obama acknowledged his youthful image in an October 2007 campaign speech, saying: "I wouldn't be here if, time and again, the torch had not been passed to a new generation."

According to the Gallup Daily Poll, during his first 100 days in office as president, Obama received approval ratings in the mid-60s, ranging from 59% to 69%. He concluded his first 100 days with a 65% approval rating. His disapproval rating increased from 12% to 29% during that same time period.

According to the newest Gallup Daily Poll....

Presidential Job Approval
Editor in Chief Insights: Obama Job ApprovalJuly 10, 2009
Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport discusses President Obama's current job approval rating in depth.
Obama Job Approval Drifts Down to 58% So Far in July
Approval rating of 53% among independents reflects six-point drop from June averageJuly 10, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is at 58% for the first eight days of July, down from an average of 61% for June. His approval rating among independents is down to 53% so far in July, from 59% in June, while dropping two points among Republicans and gaining a point among Democrats. See info at:

There is much more to this article but I just put things that relate to this blog, if you want to read the full article...

All I can say is we all need to get over the Black and White issues and look at the facts. How many people reading this can truly say they did their homework and knew the above stuff ahead of time?

Once again...I say

I Didn't say that...I Didn't agree to that....DID YOU?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pedophil Paradise

In case anyone is not familiar with the word or definition of:
n. An adult who is sexually attracted to a child or children. The following link will explain in detail more of the Profile of a Pedophile.

So what is this blog referring to?
The Internet is a Pedophil's playgound and a Paradise for the sick and demented.

Let's check out My Space for a moment! This following commentary is not to say that all of My Space is bad or that all people who use My Space is bad, but rather to point out the problems with your children being on these sites.

I went onto My Space the other day and set up a profile in hopes of exchanging ideas for my blog and to share with others. What I found was shocking. First thing I noticed while "browsing" for friends is that regardless of what age or group of people I searched for...Most all had provocative pictures on their profiles. When I opened a few profiles I could not believe the content that was allowed. Pictures of basically nude people, trying to seduce each other to write and hook up. Titles that were either straight pornographic or utterly repulsive in language. I saw pictures of people flipping each other off, pictures of people drinking, pictures of people smoking (not cigs) etc.

Apparently My Space does not monitor anything. In fact when I set up my account although I was asked for my birthday (to prove I was 18 or older) they just took me at my word. Anyone can go in and make up anything and log on. You also are asked what you are looking for...straight, gay, bi..not sure...

I then decided to do a little research and just typed search for female age 18. Over 3000 profiles came up and I must say most of the girls looked much younger.
The first one I looked at:

This girl can't be but about 15 tops, her friends that are listed look to be about 12-15 (check it out) Now I did not find anything "bad" on her site, however I do know what she looks like, how tall she is, her basic size and that she lives in Hawaii. However it does say that she has 33 friends but only about 6 show up,...the rest are "private".

Just makes me wonder how many "older" men have contacted her and are talking with her?

Here is the next one:
I added the picture as you cannot see her face.
Her title: Changed and ready 4 something new.

She has a sexual IQ test on her site.
She lives in Atlanta Georgia....etc.

I think you get my point here. Parents check your child's site. Don't let things be private, personally I would not let any child post on here.

So then I decided to flip the script and check out the men on My Space. The above link regarding the profile of a pedophile states they are generally in their 30's and up, so I decided to check this out and even started from age 50 and up.

Here is what I found:

Many older men looking for "just friends or someone to go to a movie or dinner with". Now there is nothing wrong with that, however I had to question why so many that I looked at had pictures of very young "friends" on their friend list. On My Space you have to contact a person and then if they choose they will add you as a friend.

Why would a man put a 13-18 year old girl as their friend on their page? Really what do they have in common? What are they talking about?

I was raised by a pedophile who finally got caught and I can honestly say I can pretty much pick them out of a crowd. Not to say I go around pointing the finger, but lets just say when you have dealt with this you can tell most of the time.

Also keep in mind that it is not just Men looking for girls, the shoe goes on the other foot also.

My point to all of this? Parents need to invest a little more time in what their kids are doing. I bet any amount of money that the numerous "young girls" profiles that I looked at are being viewed by many others who are not there for the research.

If you parents really knew who your kids were talking to you would be shocked.

And the sad thing is...My Space is just one avenue for Pedophiles to cruise.

Just the other day I was looking for pictures of "men in speedos" for my other blog...type that in under pictures!
When your kids are on the Internet they can look at anything! And I mean anything!
It is time to stand up and be heard....

I Didn't say I wanted my kids to be stalked!
I didn't say I wanted my kids to be exposed to porn!
I didn't say I wanted my children to grow up to soon!
Time to get tough and speak heard!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Commercials that Influence our Thoughts

As parents we try to block our children from the things they experience. Television is probably our worst enemy with that. We can block TV shows by blocking the ratings and we can protect our children to a point..but then what about the commercials that air between the show the child is allowed to watch?

You cannot block the commercials they are watching, no not even Disney or Nick at Night monitor the commercials they run. Lets face it is about money.

So here are just a few commercials I would like to bring to your attention. I say bring to attention as we see so much in this world that we become immune to things and really don't understand how the subliminal messages get in. Then we wonder why children become nasty, uncaring adults. It is bad enough that there are no consequences and discipline as become a thing of the past, but why add injury to insult. Read on and you will understand.

Twix: The commercial shows someone either saying something wrong, thinking something wrong, or doing something wrong. It then goes on to say "Need a moment?" Lets look at this...really it is saying "dude, you just got caught, hurry up and come up with a lie." The commercial then pauses everyone else why the person in the wrong comes up with a lie to cover what they were doing...the others then UN-freeze, and the lie is told.

What are we teaching our kids? Not only does the person do something wrong with no consequence but then he lies and gets away with that also, thus saying that lying is also OK!

M&M's: We start of with the green M&M (no coincidence as we all have heard the green one makes you horny) she is in high heels and appearing to be sexy. The other (assumingly male) M&M's are filming as she seduces them and they stand there quivering and sweating from lust.

I don't know about you but that does not make me what to buy M&M's. When we get to the point that we have to sell Candy to children by means of sexual content you have to wonder what is going on here. Kids love candy and do not need to see this. In fact just wait until your younger child asks you what the commercial means or why the Green M&M is acting that way.

Green M&M

How about the new quizno's torpedo commercial? Starts with the hot oven talking to the employee who is holding a long torpedo sandwich..."Hey, Kevin put it in me, you know what I am talking about." Kevin replies "no last time I got burned". "Oh come on Kevin you know you like it".....

Now I don't know about you...but I am not in the mood for a penis sandwich or something that makes my mind think of that. Come on, a sexy oven wants something put into it. Can you see the subliminal message here? What do you think your kids think? I wrote Quizno's by going onto their site and told them what I felt about this.
Sandwich looks good and should sell itself without sex...Now think of same sandwich in the context they are selling it in.
Want a bite now?


Now there are so many more commercials that do this...Pay attention...Get your conscience back on track...Don't be seared to the point of not seeing what is right in front of your face and not to mention what your children are watching.
STAND UP...say I don't agree with this!
Write the companies and complain!

We also live in a country the is "sue happy". Notice how every other commercial is stating: did you take this drug, do you get injured...? There is a law suit for that. Come join us in suing everyone and every business. Now keep in mind (as our small print says) we will sue in your behalf and we will keep the majority of the money won if any for our part and the balance will be split evenly among the 100,000 or more plaintiffs.

Do the math here: You win the lawsuit and settle for 150,000, the attorneys take 30% for their fee and additional 50% for costs and that leaves a small balance out of the original $150,000 to be split amongst 100,000 people. Who wins here? If a person has been seriously injured they should be the one getting the full amount so they can survive on it.

Just my thoughts for the day!


Goodbye Michael Jackson

I watched the memorial for Michael Jackson today and thought why don't we show our love to people when they are alive rather than flocking in millions after they die?

Regardless of what people believe he did or did not do, it was very apparent that many people loved Michael. It would have been nice to have a ceremony honoring him while he was here is all I am saying.

I grew up listening to his songs and loved him as a teenager, in fact I still have the Jackson 5 ABC album!

Goodbye Michael you will always be remembered by me.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

What? Who said this?

Here I go, thinking of the crazy things we are told to believe in. Like, who came up with the idea that women are to shave their legs and under their arms? Yet men walk around hairy as can be with pit hair to their knees and that is acceptable?

Who came up with that? It had to be a man and yet...they also came up with, It is unlawful to walk around naked. Isn't it men who have the big fetish with boobs? It really doesn't make much sense that we have to cover up in public and yet I have seen many men with boobs bigger than most women. Shouldn't they have to cover up? And lets not get into the speedo thing, ever seen a "LARGE" man in a speedo? There should be a law against that.

If you can see all the goodies anyways...why bother?

Or worse yet a Hairy man in speedos.

Where is my freedom and independence to walk around shirtless? Ironic?

The nipple can be showing! What, are men nippleless?

Then there is the "men are the stronger ones"? Yeah, lets see them have cramps just for one month or better yet let them carry the baby and give birth. Get real, being so strong why do the cry like babies when the simply get sick?

Now I am not man bashing as I love them, but come on, without us they would never make it. You know its true.

Remember being told that you have to be in by 10 and yet your brother could stay out all night? Why, because you might get pregnant? HUH!

Isn't it ironic that Obama said he would get the country out of debt and yet he threw a huge inaguration for himself spending millions?

Obama stated that he would help the little people, by what raises taxes on tobacco? You know he can afford it!

Charging small companies extra $$$ based on miles used per year.
I recently had some plumbing done on my "money Pit" and the plumber told me they companies are being taxed $10.00 for every mile they go over with company trucks. He said that would not affect them as they would raise the quote for the job. Guess who pays for that?

Let freedom ring!

Then there is faith and belief...ever go to a church and disagree? Watch out you may have "the devil" in you. We are no longer allowed to question without being pushed out. We are to stay in the box, well I say no more.

I never agreed to agree with your views and I don't expect you to believe in mine. Can't we agree to disagree and just live.

You probably think by now I am a bitter person or just angry, but the truth is I just say it like I see it, maybe we all should do that.

Stand up and say "I never said that, I never agreed to that"!

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