The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions." --American Statesman Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

drill baby drill.........

To address Americans' concerns about the soaring price of gasoline, Barack Obama has outlined an ambitious new program to reduce imports of foreign oil by one third in the next ten years using a combined strategy of imaginary technologies, burning tax dollars, and unicorn piss....

Owing to time constraints, the alleged president didn't mention his role in banning oil and natural gas drilling in America's continental shelf, how he imposed a long and seemingly pointless moratorium on deep water drilling following the BP disaster (after he'd previously given the Deepwater Horizon platform a safety award), closed millions of acres of American land to gas and oil exploration, and had appointed an Energy Secretary who said that he'd like to see the price of American gasoline rise to much-higher European levels.

But Mr. Obama did outline some of his ideas for greater energy independence, including stepping up the use of nuclear reactors (which are now heavily discounted from Japan!), greater reliance on bio-fuels like corn and grass (currently used to power entire herds of cows) and, most importantly, solar power generators which will be attached directly to Mr. Obama's many mirrors and produce more electricity than the Hoover Dam.

Unfortunately, not many people are buying Mr. Obama's "running on empty" rhetoric. It seems like his magic is ebbing away...even though, when it comes to an energy policy, he's still practicing wishcraft

rioting in England

I was watching the news and saw the riots in England with people protesting the austerity measures from the British Government.  The people trashed shops and looted other shops.  They are basically acting like children having a temper tantrum.  The government gravy train that has supported several generations of freeloaders has started to run out of money.  The reaction of the average leftist/anarchist is to break things and demand that the money to keep their freeloading lifestyle going.  What happened to the British people?  Several generations ago we had Winston Churchill promise to fight them on the beaches and never surrender.  Now we have generations of people that believe that it is their right to live off the sweat equity of other people.  Where is the pride?
  I believe that this is what happens when government assumes the role of mother and father.  like the phrase from a tv show that I still watch that I used called Babylon5 about the PSYCORP..the PSYCORP is mother and father and the teeps(telepaths)  have loyalty to the organization.  The same principle apples with the government .  People that get goodies from the government have loyalty to the programs that enable them to live with out working and their sole job is to vote for the politicians to keep the gravy flowing.
Now the blogosphere is having rumblings that this summer, the big government labor unions like the SIEU  and others will hold major protest rallys to cause major problems.  They got energized by what had happened in Wisconsin.  they know that their power is directly derived from how much money they can funnel to democratic politicians.  Also there is another provision that would remove the automatic union  dues deductions and the union has to ask your permission to use the money for political activities.   I was in a union when I was in the automotive manufacture industry.  I also was a shop steward, It amazed me that the union(U.A.W) supported people that wanted to legislate our jobs out of existence.  I read Gore's book " Earth in the balance" and he stated that he wanted to legislate the American manufacturing base out of existence.  the Democrats would take the money from the UAW, mouth some platitudes then continue pursuing an agenda that showed that they were more aligned with the radical green movement.  I couldn't understand that.  Now the government unions are different, there is no check and balance on the relationship between the gov't union and the government enities.  With a private union like what is at the auto plants, the company and union officials would work together to get an equitable agreement.  With the government union, there is no threshold of pain, only the taxpayer on the hook for the increases.

daily humor

Monday, March 28, 2011

ncrease Public pension crisis threatens your wallet

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Public pensions are a rock slide crashing down on local governments, threatening to bury some and alter the landscape of others
The pension plans of five metro governments are hundreds of millions of dollars in the red. Add in the city of Atlanta’s gigantic liabilities, and the total pension deficit for the city and five core counties came to $2.8 billion in 2009, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has determined.
The AJC studied public pension funds in Georgia for five months, finding that the market crash of 2008 deeply wounded all of them. Some other wounds, however, were self-inflicted.
The city of Atlanta, for example, raised its pension benefits twice in the 2000s without making provision to pay for those increases. The result: a $1.3 billion deficit in 2009. DeKalb County’s plan was fully funded 13 years ago, so officials declared a “contribution holiday” and for several years paid little into the fund. By 2009, DeKalb was running the highest deficit of any of the metro counties, despite boosting contributions years before.
Critics assert that some local leaders have mishandled their pension systems — offering generous benefits that they couldn’t actually afford to score political points. The critics point out that the two pension increases in Atlanta were enacted during election years.
Now city and county governments must find more money for pensions at the same time they’re trying to plug budget deficits, leaving them with an array of bad choices: raise taxes, cut services, increase employees’ contributions to the pension plan or reduce benefits to retirees.
In some ways, they’re feeling the same pressure that pushed droves of private corporations to start abandoning traditional pensions during the past two decades. Only about 36 percent of private-sector workers still have traditional pensions, compared to 86 percent of government employees, according to Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research.
Contribution rate jumps
On Jan. 1, DeKalb County police Sgt. Jeff Wiggs and other DeKalb employees saw their contribution to the county pension plan nearly double, to 8.4 percent of their pay.
“That caught us completely off guard, and especially the amount,” said Wiggs, president of the DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police.
“The majority of the department, they’re making $38,000 or $40,000 a year, trying to raise two or three kids. That’s hard to do,” Wiggs said.
For the typical DeKalb worker, the increased contribution comes to $1,750 a year, at a time when most county workers haven’t seen a raise in years.
DeKalb’s pension plan costs are jumping this year by more than 50 percent. The pension will suck $47.7 million out of the county budget at the same time DeKalb is facing layoffs, furloughs and the closing of at least one library.
Another $23.5 million will come out of employees’ paychecks.
Region full of shortfalls
Other local governments face grave problems as well:
● Atlanta — the region’s poster child of past pension mismanagement — is now planning the radical step of a “hard freeze,” which some experts say no government has tried before in Georgia. Without the step, which freezes all employees’ future pension benefits at today’s level, city officials say Atlanta’s $1.3 billion pension deficit will eventually triple. Its $125 million annual pension bill already consumes more than 20 percent of the city’s budget.
Cobb County’s pension fund in 2009 contained just 55 percent of the money it has promised to retirees — one of the worst cases of underfunding in metro Atlanta. The worst: Atlanta Public Schools, which has funds to cover an abysmal 17 percent of its obligations.
A widely accepted benchmark holds that, at any given time, pension funds should contain at least 80 percent of the money they have promised to pay out.
Gwinnett County this year increased employees’ required contributions to as much as 9 percent of their total pay.
Governments in Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb counties have also taken a page from the private sector’s playbook by closing their traditional pension plans to new hires.
“The taxpayers can’t pay everything,” said Virgil Moon, head of Cobb’s pension board. Cobb closed its pension plan in 2010, increased employees’ contributions and set up a cheaper plan for new hires.
“It would have gone bankrupt the way it was,” Moon said. “Every government in this country is going to do what we’re doing.”
So far, however, many haven’t.
Retroactive benefit hike
By law, governments must pay out pension benefits that workers have already earned.
This unambiguous rule is one reason that public pensions are facing such hard times: In better days, some cities and counties decided to raise pension benefits as a way of attracting or retaining workers. They are now stuck with those decisions.
Atlanta, for instance, retroactively increased benefits by 50 percent for its police in 2001. That ignited an expensive arms race for higher benefits among firefighters and general staff, who had separate pension plans.
“It’s like having three children. One gets it, the other two are coming,” said Michael Bell, former chief financial officer at DeKalb for 15 years, and before that, Atlanta. He now teaches public finance at Georgia State.
Still, public pension officials and other experts say the main reason pension plans are underfunded is the heavy losses they incurred during the financial crisis that began three years ago. Relief, they say, will eventually come from improved financial markets and recent cost-cutting moves.
Profits on investments usually pay most of a pension plan’s benefits, but “it’s the only one over which you have absolutely no control,” said Clark Weeks, an Atlanta actuary with several local governments as clients. “We’ve just had Armageddon.”
Just as individuals’ 401(k) accounts have recovered most of the ground they lost, so pension funds have made up a lot of their losses. But during the three down years when millions or billions of dollars vanished from their funds, the plans had to keep paying out benefits as if they had never lost a dime.
For example, DeKalb’s pension fund in 2008 lost $342 million when the stock market cratered. The same year, however, DeKalb paid its retirees $78 million in pension benefits.
The news on pensions may not be much better when local governments report updated numbers beginning next month. Experts say it could take years for the region’s pension plans to recover.
Switch to 401(k)-style plans
Some governments decided years ago that they didn’t like where their pension plans were going. Fulton County, for example, closed its pension plan to new employees in 1999 and replaced it with the equivalent of a 401(k).
401(k)-style plans are often cheaper and less risky for employers because the employer doesn’t have to promise a certain retirement income for life — as traditional pensions do — no matter what happens to the plan’s investments.
Cobb and Gwinnett counties took similar actions, creating “hybrid” systems that include reduced pension benefits as well as a 401(k)-style plan.
DeKalb and Atlanta still have full-size traditional pension plans, and both are showing significant stress: DeKalb’s pension deficit in 2009, nearly $500 million, was the largest among the five counties, and Atlanta’s was three times greater than that.
Pension contributions generally equal less than 8 percent of the counties’ operating budgets. By contrast, Atlanta’s is about 20 percent of its budget.
The state of the pension systems in metro Atlanta’s largest counties appears below. (A separate article about the city of Atlanta appears on Page A14.)
About Clayton County: Clayton officials did not respond to repeated requests for information from the AJC. Based on public filings, the AJC was able to determine that Clayton’s pension assets totaled $293.1 million in 2010, against liabilities of $407.6 million. The deficit was $114.4 million, and the funding level was 72 percent.

daily humor

Thursday, March 24, 2011

more humor

Polar Fleece.....

Boeing 747-8 flight

The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter are the new, high-capacity 747s that offer airlines the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger or freighter airplane-while providing enhanced environmental performance.
This latest family of 747 jetliners meets airline requirements for a passenger airplane that serves the 400- to 500-seat market between the 555-seat Airbus A380 and the 365-seat Boeing 777-300 Extended Range airplanes, and for a freighter that continues the leadership of the 747 Freighter family in the world cargo market.
Boeing launched the airplane on Nov. 14, 2005, with firm orders for 18 747-8 Freighters: 10 from Cargolux of Luxembourg and 8 from Nippon Cargo Airlines of Japan. The combined list price value of the orders is approximately $5 billion.
Boeing studied the market feasibility of a new 747 for some time, working with operators to establish their requirements for an incrementally larger 747 to continue the profitability of current 747 fleets. By working together with customers and applying the innovative new technologies of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing created the 747-8 family. In fact, the designation 747-8 was chosen to show the technology connection between the 787 and the new 747.
Both the passenger and freighter versions of the 747-8 will allow operators to maximize their profitability. Seat-mile costs for the 747-8 Intercontinental are 13 percent lower than for the 747-400, with 2 percent lower trip costs. The 747-8 Intercontinental is more than 10 percent lighter per seat than the Airbus A380 and consumes 11 percent less fuel per passenger. That translates into a trip-cost reduction of 21 percent and a seat-mile cost reduction of more than 6 percent compared to the A380.
The 747-8 should be able to operate safely at any airport that currently has 747-400 service. The 747-8 will build on the current 747's capability to fly into most airports worldwide, using the same pilot type ratings, services and most ground support equipment. With a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,815 km), the 747-8 Intercontinental can connect nearly any major city pair in the world.
The 747-8 family provides new revenue opportunities that will allow airlines to maximize profits. For example, the passenger airplane has 51 additional seats to accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration, and it also offers 26 percent more cargo volume. The 747-8 Freighter offers a range of 4,390 nautical miles (8,130 km) and has 16 percent more cargo volume than the 747-400, which allows it to hold seven additional pallets with the same nose-door loading capability, industry-standard 10-foot (3-m) -high pallets and real-world cargo density capability at 9.9 pounds per cubic foot (159 kg/m3).
Both airplanes represent a new benchmark in fuel efficiency and noise reduction, allowing airlines to lower fuel costs and fly into more airports at more times of the day. The 747-8 Intercontinental is 16 percent more fuel efficient than the 747-400, 11 percent more fuel efficient than the A380 and offers QC2 departures.
Compared one on one, the 747-8 Freighter has no competitors. With a maximum structural payload capacity of 154 tons (140 tonnes), the 747-8 Freighter offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400 Freighter. The additional 4,221 cubic feet (120 m3) of volume means the airplane can accommodate four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets. The 747-8 Freighter enables operators to choose between carrying greater revenue payload-up to an additional 22 tons (20 tonnes)-or flying up to 1,400 nautical miles (2,593 km) farther in markets where cargo density requirements are lower. The airplane upholds its predecessor's legendary efficiency, with nearly equivalent trip costs and 16 percent lower ton-mile costs than the 747-400 Freighter. In fact, the 747-8 Freighter will enjoy the lowest ton-mile costs of any freighter, giving operators unmatched profit potential.
The 747-8 is the right size for the large airplane market, lowering risk for airlines in a highly variable operating environment.

747-8 takeoff...

As y'all know, the Boeing 747 is my favorite airplane, and Boeing launched the newest variant of the 747-8 series for passengers.   I am hoping my favorite airline buys a few of them.

Boeing 747-8 flight

The 747-8 Intercontinental is the only jetliner in the 400- to 500-seat market, stretched 5.6 m (18.3 ft) from the 747-400 to provide 467 seats in a three-class configuration and a 14,815-km (8,000-nmi) range. Using 787-technology engines, the airplane will be quieter, produce lower emissions, and achieve better fuel economy than any competing jetliner. The 747 Intercontinental will provide nearly equivalent trip costs and 13 percent lower seat-mile costs than the 747-400, plus 26 percent greater cargo volume. Operating economics will offer a significant improvement over the A380. The 747-8 is more than 10 percent lighter per seat than the A380 and will consume 11 percent less fuel per passenger than the 555-seat airplane. That translates into a trip-cost reduction of 21 percent and a seat-mile cost reduction of more than 6 percent, compared to the A380. Both the 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter can use the existing infrastructure and ground equipment at most airports worldwide.
The 747-8 Freighter will be longer than the 747-400F by 5.6 m (18.3 ft) and have a maximum structural payload capability of 140 metric tonnes (154 tons) with a range of 8,130 km (4,390 nmi). Also powered by 787-technology engines, it will achieve the same environmental benefits as the 747-8 Intercontinental. The 747-8 Freighter will have nearly equivalent trip costs and 16 percent lower ton-mile costs than the 747-400, plus 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than its predecessor. The additional 120 cu m (4,245 cu ft) of volume means the airplane can accommodate four additional main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets. Operating economics of the 747-8 Freighter will be significantly superior to the A380F. The 747-8F's empty weight is 80 tonnes (88 tons) lighter than the A380F, resulting in a 24 percent lower fuel burn per ton, 21 percent lower trip costs and 23 percent lower ton-mile costs than the A380F.


467 passengers in a three-class configuration


8,000 nmi (14,815 km) - Intercontinental
4,390 nmi (8,130 km) - Freighter


Twin aisle

Wing span:

224 ft 7 in (68.5 m)


250 ft 2 in (76.3 m)


63 ft 6 in (19.4 m)


66,500 pounds (GEnx-2B67)

Cruise speed:

Mach 0.85 - Intercontinental
Mach 0.845 - Freighter

Maximum Takeoff Weight:

975,000 pounds (442,250 kg)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


  I borrowed this fromhttp://middleoftheright.blogspot.com/   It is a great blog and worth a read and a bookmark;)



So now that our Dear Leader has decided to follow the lead of the us, and France (France!) and the UK in arming up to remove Qaddafi enforce the no-fly zone above Libya, I have to ask a few questions:

One: Isn't this really a war for oil? Should we expect all the liberal anti-war groups to get themselves sober enough to protest organized and begin chanting "no blood for oil!" like they did when Bush was working towards regime change in Iraq?  Of course, that argument falls flat when it is a war for Europe's oil, not oil for the US......Doesn't it? Will Code Pink and their ilk soon be staging sit-ins and such everywhere the president goes....or they can get someone to point a camera at them?

2. Why are we the point country this time? We really get very little oil from Libya. Last time I checked it was something like 1.6%. Shouldn't the Europeans be taking the point on this? Oh, yeah, none of them have any military to speak of anymore. They hid behind NATO so they could spend their military money on socialist programs. So now they only have a token military force, therefore need the US to do their dirty work.

III. Who is paying for all of the hardware, like missiles and Tomahawks and the F-15 that just got shot down? Should we bill France? Or Spain? Perhaps take the cost out of the dues mandated by paid to the UN?

IV. Once the UN acted (took them long enough!) why was there no mandated waiting period for Qaddafi to implement the restrictions which he had promised to abide by? When the situation in Iraq was happening, everyone pushed for patience. Why not the same now?

Five. Any argument used against the war in Iraq, or Afghanistan (or Vietnam, for that matter) could be used in today's actions against Libya. So why is it now a good idea, and not when a Republican is pushing for "regime change"?

6. Do our actions today, at the bequest of the UN, make our country (and therefore it's military) an extension of the UN? Are we now the enforcement arm of the United Nations? Since we are the only country with a military able to do this (besides Russia) are we, therefore, lapdogs of the UN? Will this be precedent setting.....Will we invade (or at least bomb) any country which has sufficiently offended the folks at the UN at the request of the UN? Or will there continue to be a double standard after 2012 when our next president is a Republican (or at least a conservative), with continued protests next time the US decides to unilaterally remove a threat or to prevent a leader from massacring his own citizens?

VII. Will the Nobel Committee revoke Mr. Obama's Peace Prize? (Not that he had actually earned one or anything, but that is another discussion for anther time) I mean, now HE is the warmonger, on a par with the EEEVIL BUSH.

Our fearless leader

I found this over at Town Hall.
This is our Fearless Leader?

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

Obama: ‘President Does Not Have Power Under Constitution to Unilaterally Authorize a Military Attack’

The article below is from CNSNews.
I wonder if Obama recalls saying this?
Like Slow Joe they would try to deny their comments.
But we have their words to use against them.
I guess this only applies to Republicans.

(CNSNews.com) - As a presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D.-Ill.) emphatically stated that the Constitution does not give the president the authority to unilaterally authorize a military attack unless it is needed to stop an actual or imminent attack on the United States.
Obama made the assertion in a Dec. 20, 2007 interview with the Boston Globe when reporter Charlie Savage asked him under what circumstances the president would have the constitutional authority to bomb Iran without first seeking authorization from Congress.
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,” Obama responded.
“As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States,” Obama continued. “In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch.”

This from Jews for the preservation of firearms(JPFO)

This is from JPFO, an excellent site and an awesome gun rights group.


JPFO Launches "High Cap Freedom"

by Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Rabbinic Director,
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
Copyright 2011 JPFO

Rabbi BendoryJPFO today launches "The High Capacity Freedom Campaign".
First, some background to highlight the hypocrisy and stupidity of a high-capacity magazine ban.
Imagine you bought a Glock 17 9mm pistol a year ago. Your purchase was legal and included two 17-round magazines. Now along come Obama and other “common sense” gun-grabbers with a ban on “high capacity” magazines.
The result?
Based on the so-called “Assault Weapons” Ban of 1994, a federal mandate declares that after a certain date, the manufacture, sale, or re-sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds is now illegal. Such manufacture, sale or re-sale will be a felony. This is how AWB1 (and high-cap ban) were enacted.
Of course, there will be the usual exceptions for law enforcement and military purposes. But Joe or Jane Citizen will find themselves felons for selling their 17-round mag. Depending on how effective the gun haters are, Joe and Jane may even become felons for not turning in or registering their magazines.
Next imagine that you, with your year-old Glock, are somehow found in possession of a 17-round magazine. When it comes to guns in this country, the government says we’re all guilty until proven innocent.

      More here http://jpfo.org/rabbi/rabbi-hicap-freedom.htm

Obama is following the Detroit pattern

Random thoughts on the passing scene:
They say that records are made to be broken. President George W. Bush set a record by adding $3.2 trillion to the national debt over the course of his eight years in office. But Barack Obama has already beaten that record with $4.4 trillion in just his first three years in office.
People who thoughtlessly give money to panhandlers on the street seem not to realize that this is making installment payments on the degeneration of America.
Don't mention "municipal golf courses" to me. It sends my blood pressure up through the roof. What earthly excuse is there for spending the taxpayers' money subsidizing a golf course? Politicians can't even invoke "the poor," as they do when trying to justify other government boondoggles

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Why you should carry...all the time

I lifted this from geek warriorhttp://geekwarrior.net/   It is a good post, reading this post reminded why I keep a pistol all the time on me...except on the way to work( working at the airport with the stupid gun restrictions and dealing with the fed gov't  uugh:(

If you are going to get your concealed carry permit, you should commit to carrying your firearm all of the time you are legally allowed to. Charlotte Maughan has her permit, but when two dogs in her neighborhood started attacking hers, she had to go back to the house to get a gun.
Brian Maughan [her son] said it was one of the scariest moments of his life.
“They shot after the dog, ripping her end to end,” he said. “The flesh (was) literally torn down to the bone.”
She goes back to the house, can’t find her gun (???) so she picks up her husband’s which she has not practiced with*.
The dogs picked up Mollie and dragged her through the street and other yards, Charlotte Maughan said.
“Blood was coming out of her mouth,” she said, “and I thought she was gone.”
Mrs. Maughan kills both of the attacking dogs and it turns out her dog is expected to recover. Good job and nice shooting there**. But her son takes the story to a scary place:
Brian Maughan said the event made him think about how vulnerable children or older adults would be to a similar attack.
“What if it had been a human being?” he said. “That’s just what was really scary about it.”
Mrs. Maughan is 60 so if the other older adults in that neighborhood are like her, then they be bad! But there is no reason it couldn’t have been a small child instead of her dog that was attacked. And if it had been Mrs. Maughan grandson being mauled by these feral dogs, she would still have had to go back home and retrieve her gun. Fate isn’t going to hit the pause button because you weren’t ready and need a time-out.
They say you shouldn’t time the stock market because you will never get the timing right. You’ll be too soon in or too late out of the market. Better to have a consistent investment strategy that pays off over time. Carrying arms and being ready for trouble, all of the time, is like having that consistent investment strategy. You are prepared all of the time, so when life doesn’t swing your way, you are ready for it.
Carrying a gun is mostly a colossal pain. The laws are stupid. The holsters are $100 of compromises. And going to the bathroom is a pain. However, I would never be able to live with myself if I had the training, the means, and the right to carry my gun and left it at home when something like this happens. And I bet you wouldn’t either. Carry your gun. ALL OF THE TIME.

recent events

My work has kept me from posting...I will post more regularly now that I have a few off days

Public education

Isn't it odd how we celebrate President's Day by making sure that no government services are available? Then again, maybe that is something to celebrate!

Update 3/20/11 - This cartoon was pulled from the vaults because it mentions the sad state of our public schools; a topic I'd wanted to touch on this week - but which got pushed aside by more urgent news events.

According to the "No Child Left Behind" standards which President George Bush instituted for assessing the quality of education being delivered, more than 75% of all public schools will receive a failing grade this year unless something is done. Unfortunately, the "something" being proposed by Barack Obama is a lowering of standards...so the schools don't actually have to improve to get a passing grade.

Additionally, it was announced this week that the "Barack H. Obama Elementary School," which was renamed two years ago to "inspire" students, will be closing permanently owing to dwindling attendance. Which just goes to show that if you name a school to honor a man whose greatest accomplishment was being "present"...students won't be. 

   My thoughts....

  I am sure that people in school do know about MLK, Rosa park and Harriet Tubman though, MLK was an important figure in American history but not to the level that he has been promoted.   I still hear that MLK was a supporter of black liberation theology...the same stuff that Obummer's pastor regularly spouted from his pulpit.   Whereas Rosa Park had guts to stand up for herself on the bus that sparked the modern civil rights movement. and Harriet Tubman was a key figure of the underground railroad.  They all are important, but it seems that they stress certain people and ignore others to support a political agenda.  I remember when history was taught to teach about the past so we wouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past.  Now there is a revisionist movement afoot to teach history in support of a political agenda and not the facts.

Monday, March 14, 2011


We all are watching the Japanese handle their crisis ......
Q:  Has anyone seen the Japanese people looting or heard reports of looting?
Q:  Has anyone seen the Japanese people screaming and demanding their government help them?
Q:  Has anyone seen the Japanese people blaming their government officials?
All we've seen is the Japanese people help, support and take care of each other.
And one more thing.... has anyone heard them blame, Bush, Global warming, the Tea Party or some other asinine comment?
What you bet we will hear those comments from our lame stream media, not to mention many of the ultra left wing crowd?

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Compliments of pajama mediahttp://pajamasmedia.com/blog/from-progressive-unionism-to-progress-on-gun-rights/

Imagine this: You are a Republican state legislator in Wisconsin. You’ve already received multiple death threats, threats the police are taking very seriously. But they don’t have sufficient manpower to serve as bodyguards. They know where you live, and that might — might — reduce their response time. It’s 2 PM and two busloads of protestors pull up in front of your home, disgorging 150 angry, crude, and thuggish “protestors.” Most are wearing union colors and carrying identical, professionally painted signs. Others carry signs calling for your death. Your wife and small children are terrified. You call 911 and make sure your doors are locked. They’re swarming your home, trampling your lawn and greenery, and the first brick comes through a window just after you hang up. More follow. Kicks began to strike your back door, the door inside your fenced yard, out of sight of the street and media cameras. Suddenly, the door splinters and three burly men rush in. They are not carrying signs and they are not smiling. What do you do?
Have you ever heard of Castle Rock v. Gonzales? It’s a Supreme Court case that, like so many Supreme Court decisions, directly affects the lives of every American, yet like so many Supreme Court decisions, few know anything about it.    Read this link to see the rest of it.http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/from-progressive-unionism-to-progress-on-gun-rights/


I will work more on my Desert Storm postings, but it is the weekend and that is when I work so it will be a day or 2 before I can.
      Anyway, I was working the Archery range for the cub Scouts so they can get a beltloop.   The people teaching the BB range were NRA instructors, I had no problem with that.  However we were talking during lunch and discussing guns and other things that we like, like more guns and that obama is a tool.  The female instructor made some comments, because she likes to use inline black powder to hunt and shoot.  She made some derogatory comment about people that like to use the Barrett BMG.
  They were that people that want more than 1 round to hunt with, she said that they don't NEED to have a Barrett.  I was surprised by this elitist attitude.  She was acting all holy like her choice of firearms was correct and all others were beneath her attention.  I commented that who determines what somebody needs? and I also commented that the 2nd amendment is not about hunting.  I also retorted that if she thinks that the anti's will not go after her choice of firearms, she is sadly mistaken.   Needless to say, she wouldn't say anything to me the rest of the time.
       Is this what we have to put up with in the gun community? people that think that they are exempt from the gun control movement?  If we don't stand together, we will lose separately.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Entitlement spending........

 I was surprised to see this on CNBChttp://www.cnbc.com/id/41969508

Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.

Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
“The U.S. economy has become alarmingly dependent on government stimulus,” said Madeline Schnapp, director of Macroeconomic Research at TrimTabs, in a note to clients. “Consumption supported by wages and salaries is a much stronger foundation for economic growth than consumption based on social welfare benefits.”
The economist gives the country two stark choices. In order to get welfare back to its pre-recession ratio of 26 percent of pay, “either wages and salaries would have to increase $2.3 trillion, or 35 percent, to $8.8 trillion, or social welfare benefits would have to decline $500 billion, or 23 percent, to $1.7 trillion,” she said.
Last month, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a $61 billion federal spending cut, but Senate Democratic leaders and the White House made it clear that had no chance of becoming law. Short-term resolutions passed have averted a government shutdown that could have occurred this month, as Vice President Biden leads negotiations with Republican leaders on some sort of long-term compromise.
“You’ve got to cut back government spending and the Republicans will run on this platform leading up to next year’s election,” said Joe Terranova, Chief Market Strategist for Virtus Investment Partners and a “Fast Money” trader.
Beyond the money
Terranova noted some sort of opt out for social security or even raising the retirement age.
But the country may not be ready for these tough choices, even though economists like Schnapp say something will have to be done to avoid a significant economic crisis.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released last week showed that  less than a quarter of Americans supported making cuts to Social Security or Medicare in order to reign in the mounting budget deficit.
Those poll numbers may be skewed by a demographic shift the likes of which the nation has never seen. Only this year has the first round of baby boomers begun collecting Medicare benefits—and here comes 78 million more.
Social welfare benefits have increased by $514 billion over the last two years, according to TrimTabs figures, in part because of measures implemented to fight the financial crisis. Government spending normally takes on a larger part of the spending pie during economic calamities but how can the country change this make-up with the root of the crisis (housing) still on shaky ground, benchmark interest rates already cut to zero, and a demographic shift that calls for an increase in subsidies?
At the very least, we can take solace in the fact that we’re not quite at the state welfare levels of Europe. In the U.K., social welfare benefits make up 44 percent of wages and salaries, according to TrimTabs’ Schnapp.
“No matter how bad the situation is in the US, we stand far better on these issues (debt, demographics, entrepreneurship) than other countries,” said Steve Cortes of Veracruz Research. “On a relative basis, America remains the world leader and, as such, will also remain the world's reserve currency.”
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John Melloy is the Executive Producer of Fast Money. Before joining CNBC, he was an editor for Bloomberg News, overseeing the U.S. Stock Market coverage team.


20 Anniversary of Desert Storm

it has been 20 years since Desert Storm, it has been 20 years since the world changed...some say for a new world order.  The Soviet Union was collapsing, Germany was 1 nation again, not 2 facing across across mines and barbed wire.  I was stationed in Germany when unification happened.  I had spent several years patrolling the border between West Germany and the warsaw pact http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_pact. 
    I saw how the other side lived, I had gone to Berlin in 1987 to do a 90 day tour with the brigade there, I went to east Berlin in my class A uniform.(Berlin was governed by the 4 powers, a holdover from WWII, it was the Americans, British, French and the Russians)    West Berlin was a 24 hour party, she was alive and humming, East Berlin was somber, dour and even though I saw scaffolding everywhere, I still saw the bulletholes in the wall and statue's from when the Russian armies crashed into the city in April of 45 and had to take the city block by block.   I remember walking by 10 story building with colorful murals on the wall at the top, I noticed the cameras on the corners monitoring the population, then I saw a panel move from the mural and a guy with a camera that was mounted on what appeared to be a rifle stock, he aimed the camera, take some pictures and go back inside.  I was stunned to see such a thing.  It again reminded me that east germany was controlled by a police state and the populace was kept in line by the STASI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi the dreaded secret police.  Seeing such things makes you appreciate the freedoms that we have and many people take for granted.  Seeing the unification happen on AFN while we were confined to barracks to prevent a possible incident from the soviets during this time.  We were glad to see the wall fall and the joy of the German people was a palpable thing.
 After things settled down and the chain of command realized that the Soviets were not going to interfere with the reunification process. we were allowed to travel in West Germany only.  I got used to seeing the Trabbis's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant puttering on the autobahns.  They were packed with East Germans coming over to the west to see how the west lived.  They were amazed at the luxuries that the West Germans had and took for granted.

Saddam Hussain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein  had the bad luck of invading Kuwait right after the wall fell and there was a huge American army in Europe that had no enemy to face as the Russians were starting to pull back out of Eastern Europe.  Saddam had just fought the Iranians in a 8 year old war that generated millions of casualties on the scale of WWI.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War     and bankrupted his country with most of the money owed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
      We were watching the invasion through AFN in the barracks and heard rumors of us being sent to the Gulf.  We didn't get the actual deployment orders until veterans day 1990.  We drove our vehicles to a depot near Frankfurt Germany, where the equipment would get loaded on trains to get shipped out of Bremerhaven.  This was billed as a reverse REFORGER http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REFORGER 
We left Germany on a C5A for Dammon Saudi Arabia.  We left Germany that had the best ski weather in a generation to the chagrin of the ski bums in my unit.  We got to Dammon and it was 72 degrees and sunny.  Talk about a shock.  Seeing the middle east for the first time, it was totally different than Europe or the States.  We still had our green BDU's.  We didn't get the popular chocochip pattern DCU's until the war was over.  You would tell a soldier from Germany from one from the states, they had the desert uniform
and we had the BDU's  Even our equipment was all forest green, we didn't have a chance to paint them before we got deployed. 

   We were told much later that we were feared by the Iraqi's because we had defeated their trainers,the Soviets in Europe.  I don't know if that was true,.but it did make us feel better.  We kept hoping that the Iraqi's would pull out of Kuwait and we wouldn't have to attack them, we are soldiers and will do our jobs, we were well trained, but we were told that there would be a lot of casualties because Saddam likes to use chemical weapons and mass wave attacks.  Life is less valued over there than to a western based society, we will use technology and firepower rather than mass wave attacks.  But the Iraqi's were trained by the soviets, and we wern't sure that the air-land battle concept would actually work.  We had gamed it many times but there is no substitute for practical use.   I am a student of history and I knew that the Iraqi's use mass attacks....that is what they used against the Iranians, so I had an older e-tool, the kind with a wooden handle.  I put a sharp edge on it in case I had to hack somebody with it.   Like I said, we were facing the unknown and didn't know what to expect. 
      After we got to our holding areas at Dammon, we waited for our equipment to arrive by ship so we could go assemble at the marshalling point.  We drank a lot of water and trained hard in an NBC environment.  We had to deal with the occasional SCUD alert while we were there.    Christmas time there was very depressing, we got together with other units and groups of soldiers would walk around and sing Christmas carols.  For some reason the slower ones were more popular, especially "Silent night"

     I will post more tomorrow, I have to organize my thoughts.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NPR Biased....You don't say.....cannot be true.....I am shocked!!!

Apparently this is just hitting the blogosphere, BretBart of busting ACORN fame has a video of an executive from NPR(national prolateriat radio) talking to who he believes is a representative from an arabic group wanting to donate about $5 million dollars.   Here is the story courtesy of www.biggovernment.com


A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.
“The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move,” declared Schiller, the head of NPR’s nonprofit foundation, who last week announced his departure for the Aspen Institute.
In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing as members of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. The men, who identified themselves as Ibrahim Kasaam and Amir Malik from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) Trust, met with Schiller and Liley at Café Milano, a well-known Georgetown restaurant, and explained their desire to give up to $5 million to NPR because, “the Zionist coverage is quite substantial elsewhere.”
On the tapes, Schiller wastes little time before attacking conservatives. The Republican Party, Schiller says, has been “hijacked by this group.” The man posing as Malik finishes the sentence by adding, “the radical, racist, Islamaphobic, Tea Party people.” Schiller agrees and intensifies the criticism, saying that the Tea Party people aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”
Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. “In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,” he said.
Watch the video:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

More Airplane stuff

Again my favorite airplanehttp://www.airliners.net/photo/Corsairfly/Boeing-747-422/1554354/L/

 Just check out the countries on these councils.....what a joke, the sooner we tell the U.N to get out....go to haiti or something...the better.   The U.N started out as a good organization with its heyday during the Korean war.  It has become an organization that regularly bashes the United States and Israel and offers our enemies a friendly forum to spout their propaganda.

 This from infidel blogger alliancehttp://ibloga.blogspot.com/

U.N. Hypocrisy On Full DisplayBy Anne Bayefsky
Published March 04, 2011

Today, Iran officially becomes a member of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Only three days ago, the U.N. General Assembly voted to suspend Libya’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a desperate bid to save the Council’s tattered reputation and itself.
But not a single state, including the United States, has indicated anything but smooth sailing for today’s membership of Iran on the U.N.’s top women’s rights body.
The double-talk surrounding the Libyan maneuver was breathtaking. It was only nine months ago, after getting to know Qaddafi over four decades, that the General Assembly had elected Libya to serve on the U.N.’s top human rights body. And Libya still serves on the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the U.N. Commission on Information, and the Executive Board of U.N. Women.
The U.N. has no intention of really cleaning house, since there would be no baby left with the bath water. Here is just a glimpse of the authority figures that the UN system currently has in place to run its global operations on human rights, women’s equality, protection of children and refugees, free flow of information, social and democratic development and crime prevention.
U.N. Human Rights Council
Mission: "…responsible for promoting universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all….”
Members: Saudi Arabia, China, Vice-Presidents: Cuba, Angola
U.N. Commission on the Status of Women
Mission: “…set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide."

Members: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran
U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Mission: “…set…out global strategy to prevent crime and promote stable criminal justice systems...and improving the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems."
Members: Libya, Russia, Sudan, Iran, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan
U.N. Women
Mission: “…support, address and contribute to gender equality and the empowerment and the advancement of women…”
Members: Executive Board: Libya, Saudi Arabia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, China
U.N. Economic and Social Council
Mission: “…responsible for: promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress…encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms…"
Members: Saudi Arabia
U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development
Mission: "...to promote dialogue and build partnerships for sustainable development with major groups include[ing] women, youth, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, the scientific community, and farmers…"
Members: Angola, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia
U.N. Commission on Social Development
Mission: “….promoting full employment and decent work for all...Improving public sector effectiveness....National and international cooperation for social development..."
Members: Cuba, Egypt, Zimbabwe
U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
Mission: “…The consideration of applications for consultative status [with the UN]…submitted by NGOs…”
Members: Sudan, Cuba, Pakistan, China
U.N. Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
Mission: “…promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all…security of tenure and equal access to economic resources for all, with a specific focus on gender equality.”
Members: Governing Council: Iran
U.N. Committee on Information
Mission: “To promote the establishment of a new, more just and more effective world information and communication order…based on the free circulation and wider and better-balanced dissemination of information…”
Members: China, Libya, Kazakhstan, Iran
U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Mission: “….advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential…”
Members: Executive Board: Sudan, China
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees
Mission: “…safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.”
Members: Executive Committee: Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan
U.N. World Food Programme
Mission: “advocate policies, strategies and operations that directly benefit the poor and hungry."
Members: Executive Board: Sudan
Anne Bayefsky is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust.

daily cartoon

 With thanks to http://hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com/


Sunday, March 6, 2011

HnC Vault: You Want A Peace Of Me?

October 10, 2010
- It was exactly one year ago that Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - not because of anything he'd done, but because hopes were so high that he would create peace with his promises to speak reasonably and without preconditions to any politicians in the world, including blood-drenched anti-American lunatics.

Now, Obama's "year to create peace" has passed...and not only has the
world gone to hell in a handbasket, but the president and his administration are now personally threatening politicians in our own capitol with physical violence.

Vice president Joe Biden told an audience that "if I hear one more Republican tell me about balancing the budget, I'm going to strangle them."

Not to be outdone, Barack Obama has declared that "a Republican majority in Congress would mean hand-to-hand combat for the next two years."

Of course, the Republicans aren't exactly
worried about these threats, which can only be compared to being warned of a potential ass-kicking from Pee-Wee Herman and Barney Fife.

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize Committee is undoubtedly and justifiably embarrassed by their gullibility in believing the president's meaningless promises. Which is why
next year's peace prize should be for "No Bull."

When the going gets tough, getting tough gets hilarious.

Update 3/6/11 - In selecting cartoons for these weekend retrospectives, I try to make them relevant to recent stories. This week, one of those stories which didn't get much coverage was about a Wisconsin State Representative - a Democrat - who turned to a female Republican colleague after she voted in favor of a budget-balancing bill and said: "You're fucking dead!"

Not exactly the sort of rhetoric politicians are supposed to be using following Jared Lee Loughner's shooting spree in Tucson, and Barack Obama's suggestion that we use "words that heal rather than wound."

Of course, as the original cartoon points out, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden were only too happy to suggest (or perhaps even instigate) physical violence for their political opponents before their recent (and not entirely believable) change of heart.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Crude humor....the best kind

  I shamelessly borrowed this fromhttp://ogdaa.blogspot.com/


Another "Aw Fuck" moment in time

Open letter to NYC

This is from Jews For The Preservantion Of Firearms Ownwership.
This is a very powerful and true letter. Feel free to share it.

from Rabbi Dovid Bendory, Rabbinic Director,

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

Copyright 2011 JPFO

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

I am an Orthodox rabbi who lives in New Jersey but works in New York City. Approximately half of my waking life is lived under your laws and jurisdiction. Like everyone who lives or works in New York City, I have the right, even the obligation, to confront some of your policies regarding so-called “gun control”.

Why do I place the phrase “gun control” in quotes? Because this innocuous-sounding phrase, this expression that sounds like common sense, is in reality a dangerous bit of semantic trickery.

“Gun control” actually (and historically) means letting government, whether benign or ruthlessly evil, disarm certain sectors of society and allow others to remain armed. It means letting the government know where every gun owner lives and the number and types of firearms that he or she owns. It means putting the authority to decide who has the right to defend him or herself with a firearm into the hands of a government bureaucrat.

The honest definition of “gun control” is actually “victim disarmament”. Because the person with the gun will always control the person without the gun. Without the personal firearm as an “equalizer”, the stronger will always control the weaker. (Please see this “Genocide Chart” )

Mr. Bloomberg, our Jewish tradition tells us that righteous self-defense is not only permissible but an obligation: "If a murderer comes for you, strike him down first." (Talmud Sanhedrin 72a)

In your own New York City, hand guns are illegal for all practical purposes, yet the murderers, drug dealers, gangs, and other criminal predators in your City manage to acquire them nonetheless. How do you expect civilians to defend themselves against those who would harm them if we cannot use the most practical tool at our disposal -- the handgun? You tell us to “Dial 911”? And then wait ten minutes or more for police rescue? (See "Dial 911 and Die")

It deeply troubles me that I -- along with millions of others who live and work in your city -- are on your “disarmed” list. Mr. Mayor, this is not only immoral, it goes against the fundamental precepts of Judaism that you and I both honor.

The Torah teaches: “Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor.” (Leviticus 19:16), which Rashi explains means that one who is able to help another escape harm and fails to do so is held culpable in the Heavenly Court for the harm he failed to prevent. You, Mr. Mayor, by disarming your citizens, place them in harm’s way every day.

Jews are commanded by G-d to value all human life. How can you, a religiously committed Jew, say you truly value human life? Every second you stand as Mayor you advocate laws that strip millions and millions of people in your city completely defenseless in the face of the criminal predators who roam your streets.

Photo: Yeshiva World News. Used with permission.Mr. Mayor, your citizen disarmament is an act of hypocrisy. Unlike nearly all the rest of us, everywhere you go you are surrounded by official armed guards, police escorts, and your highly trained personal private bodyguards. (See adjacent photo). Mr. Mayor, is your life worth more than the lives of your fellow citizens? Or are we mere “subjects” in your eyes?

As Jews, Mr. Mayor, we believe that all life is precious, not just the lives of our leaders. Have you ever, in your time as Mayor, walked the streets of New York City alone and unarmed?

I am nearly certain you would have to answer “no” to this question. Therefore I must further ask you: How, in clear conscience, do you require the rest of us to do so? Would you willingly live under this prejudicial burden? Can you recognize and admit the arrogant hypocrisy this attitude displays?

Additionally, you are no doubt aware that the Jewish people have been at the wrong end of the gun barrel for far too long. America is one of the few countries in the world where Jews are entitled to embrace firearms as the most practical means of our own self-defense. And you would strip us of the right to defend ourselves? With all due respect, Mr. Mayor, this is shameful.

Mayor Bloomberg, have you studied Jewish history? Are you aware that the Nazis disarmed Jews prior to Kristallnacht and that those same Nazi gun laws are the foundation of the U.S. Gun Control Act of 1968? Are you aware that Senator Thomas Dodd asked the Library of Congress to translate the Nazi Gun Control Laws into English for him, and that he incorporated language from these laws into the Gun Control Act of 1968 that he authored? How can it be that you, a Jew, are enforcing Nazi-inspired laws? (See "Gateway to Tyranny")

Tyrants like Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao “pioneered” the bloody trail of “gun control” in the 20th Century. Why do you so thoughtlessly, in effect, mimic the insidious actions of these monsters?

This apparent elitism on your part makes your recent publicity stunt in Arizona even more cynical. You sent NYPD agents all the way across the country to purchase guns -- but you can't deploy enough police to protect your own City residents?

And if you expose your city’s residents via such a manpower diversion, how do you justify denying these residents the right to protect themselves with a firearm?

Mr. Mayor, do you need a rabbi to tell you that your actions are wrong and immoral?

This nation’s Bill of Rights is a sacrosanct public trust. You are a public servant. You swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. As you blatantly disregard the Second Amendment, the actual “Guardian” of all the rest of the Bill of Rights, I must ask you: Did you knowingly lie when you took your oath of office?


Rabbi Dovid Bendory

Rabbinic Director

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership


Rabbi Bendory is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor.

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Michael Moore

HnC Vault: Moore or Less

Readers- Just a reminder that I'm now posting "golden oldies" on weekends, along with a brief word of current commentary from today's perspective. -Stilt

9/13/2009 - To the surprise of precisely no one, liberal darling Michael Moore has declared that his new documentary proves capitalism is "evil" and "you have to eliminate it." The movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story" is debuting in Venice, so that Mr. Moore's handlers will have access to enough water to frequently moisten his vast, wrinkly hide.

Update 3/5/11 - Michael Moore has just re-emerged from his watery seclusion to announce that Wisconsin isn't broke, and Washington isn't broke. There's PLENTY of money in rich people's pockets (and homes, and investments) but "
We’ve allowed them to take that. That’s not theirs, that’s a national resource, that’s ours."
In other words, if you've earned money, saved money, created a business, invested in business, or otherwise made any money...Michael Moore says you're a thief who has stolen from the common people. But where would Michael Moore get the ridiculous idea that anyone is entitled to the money in other people's pockets? We think it came from his lifetime of stealing the food off of other people's plates.


Something for us southerners....


This is a worthy event to investigate, for anyone interested in the Warrior Ethos. http://www.stevenpressfield.com/   

    I read his book "Gates of fire"  the movie 300 was based on it.   It is one of my favorite books

The Battle of Thermopylae (Greek: Μάχη τῶν Θερμοπυλῶν) was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes. The battle occurred during the second Persian invasion of Greece, at the pass of Thermopylae ('The Hot Gates'). The Persian invasion was a delayed response to the defeat of the first Persian invasion of Greece, ten years prior at the Battle of Marathon. Xerxes amassed a huge army and navy and set out to conquer all of Greece.

The Second Persion Invasion of Greece.

A Greek force of approximately 7,000 men marched north to block the pass in the summer of 480 BC. The Persian army (alleged by the ancient sources to have numbered one million but actually considered at between 100,000 and 300,000) arrived at the pass in late August or early September. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held off the Persians for three days in combat, before the rear-guard was annihilated in one of history's most heroic last stands. During two full days of battle, the small force led by King Leonidas I of Sparta blocked the only road by which the massive Persian army could pass. After the second day of battle, a local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks by revealing a small path that led behind the Greek lines. Aware that his force was being outflanked, Leonidas dismissed the bulk of the Greek army, and remained in a rearguard element of 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, 400 Thebans and perhaps a few hundred others, the vast majority of whom were killed.

I had the opportunity to visit the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, while training with Greek Special Forces prior to the 2004 Olympics.

Simonides Monument on the Kolonos hillock, believed to be the actual location of the Last Stand.

"Go tell the Spartans, Passerby, that here, in accordance to their laws, Three Hundred lie."

At the time of the battle, Thermopylae was actually a pass between the mountains and the sea; control of this pass was critical to the Greek defensive strategy. Due to seismic activity, however, the shoreline has shifted, and the seas have withdrawn. A modern highway roughly follows the ancient shoreline.

A modern view of the pass at Thermopylae, viewed roughly from the area of the Spartan camp northward toward the Persian position. The modern road marks the ancient shoreline.

Thermopylae shoreline changes over the course of history.

Thermopylae is viewed by scholars as “the battle that changed the world”. The clash between the Spartans and other Greeks on one side, and the Persian horde on the other, was a clash between freedom and slavery. The Greek victories at Thermopylae Marathon, fought some ten years earlier, were turning-points not only in the history of Ancient Greece, but also of World History; subjugation to the Persians would have snuffed out Western Civilization in its infancy. In the mid-19th century, the economist John Stuart Mill described the battle of Marathon as “more important than the battle of Hastings, even as an event in English history”.

The modern monument of the Spartans with the bronze statue of Leonidas. An inscription reads Molon Labe; King Leonidas' reply to Xerxes demand that the Greeks lay down their arms: "Come and Get Them."