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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

MTCW Pic of the Day

Whether you like him or not you have to admit he is on a roll, and its pretty amazing what he has accomplished this far.

The Hillary Clinton melt down

Yesterday the top story in the media quickly turned from “Obama is leading in New Hampshire” to “Hillary may drop out of race if she loses in New Hampshire.” (See Country boy’s suggested reading below) Of course her staff says she is in the race until the convention, but seriously, what else are they going to say?

The fact is Hillary Clinton’s campaign is struggling, and she is in deep trouble. So we can expect to see a few changes between now and Super Tuesday on Feb. 5.

I expect there will be some firing and hiring going on amongst the campaign staff in the very near future. Also Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has announced they plan to be more aggressive and open… whatever that means. Aggressive, I can see. Open? No way.

The media has also been running with the Hillary getting emotional in a coffee shop with New Hampshire voters. There she was with eyes tearing up, saying how personal this campaign is, and she doesn’t want to see us fall backwards. How hard it is to look good everyday for reporters…boo hoo… I say call 1-800-waa-haaa! After all it was her choice to step into this arena.

If Hillary can’t take the pressure from a media that has been fairly nice to her compared to how they have treated President George W. Bush the last eight years, how does she plan to handle the pressure of the White House in such turbulent times that we find ourselves in?

One also has to wonder if a good cry is the right way to connect to female voters? After all, even they are deserting her for a smoother Barack Obama.

Clinton’s tears were certainly topic of conversation around the media roundtable yesterday. Almost makes you wonder if it was sincere or was it staged? (watch video here)

My guess is they were sincere. I think Hillary Clinton found herself uncontrollably tearing up amongst voters yesterday because she is nearing meltdown. She just can’t believe that her campaign is failing. This was supposed to be her time. She was supposed to coast to the nomination. They were supposed to roll out the red carpet from Iowa all the way to the White House! How dare these voters reject her? Who the hell do they think they are?

Hillary is supposed to be the star of the Democrat Party; she is the one with the money and the experience. She has Bill Clinton, Elvis among democrats, in her corner, but she doesn’t seem to be the one with the votes.

Hillary already knew that republicans didn’t like her, but now she is finally finding out what her own party outside of New York thinks about her.

I am not a doctor, never played one on TV, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express!

I am not a doctor, hell, I am not even smart enough to play one on TV, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once. Apparently, that makes me qualified to play doctor to my own health needs under the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain.

The British government has come up with a brilliant plan to save a whole lot of money in the NHS budget. If you have a health problem, just take care of it yourself!

That is right, No consulting a doctor or going to a hospital, instead patients in Britain’s socialized, national run healthcare system will be encouraged to carry out “self-care.” Oh, but not to worry…this is just until they can figure out a way to curb the spending.

It’s really all right; the NHS is just trying to get rid of those not so important trips to the doctor and emergency room. You know, like people dealing with arthritis, asthma and heart failure! Yeah, it says heart failure. These types of patience will be treating themselves with self-care.

Some of the self-care patients will have to apply includes using equipment placed in the home to monitor heart activity, blood pressure and lung capacity and then relay that information to doctors by phone or computer link. Patience will also administer their own drugs and other treatments to manage pain.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claims this is an improvement that will allow patients to “play a far more active role in managing their own condition.” How about allowing patients to take a far more active roll of their healthcare by privatizing the system and letting market forces determine where people can get the best care for the best price. Now that is what I call self-care.

Oh yeah, The British Department of Health calls their situation an “exciting opportunity.”

I wonder how the citizens of Great Britain feel about their “exciting opportunity” to be forced into a broken universal health care system and told you’re on your own.

Just the thought of government controlled universal healthcare gives me a headache…

Hey Al Gore! It is snowing in Mexico and South America!

Here is your global warming update.

US Ski resorts rejoice over the best snowfall in 30 years! Taos , New Mexico got 60 inches of snow in a week…must have been global warming…

frozen iguanas are falling from trees in South Florida because it’s freezing.

Freezing temperatures and snow in Mexico. In Mexico? How about it Mr. Gore, explain that global warming thing again…

Boston Globe Columnist Jake Jacoby asks, where did global warming go? Jacoby points out record snow falls in New Hampshire , and extremely cold weather in places like South America . Buenos Aires received its first snowfall in 89 years! Oh yeah, the global temperature has decreased since 1998.

This global warming news was actually printed in the New York Times?

And now scientists are predicting a "slightly cooler" 2008. Although these scientists still believe that 1998 is the warmest year on record ...

Perhaps 2008 will be the year that we come to realize Al Gore and his global warming scare has been nothing but a scam? One can only hope.

Here's a rational thinking Canadian who understands the implications of the Kyoto protocol and doesn't buy into what the global warming crowd is selling.

Country Boy's suggested reading and viewing from around the web

Facing defeat in New Hampshire Matt Drudge at the Drudge report says there is now talk of Hilary’s possible early exit from the campaign.

Meanwhile Hillary’s problems continue, Obama jumps out front in New Hampshire.
He’s not the “comeback kid” any more. Bill Clinton speaking to rows of empty seats as people filed out midway through his speech at the University of New Hampshire . I wonder if this ever happened to Elvis?
George McGovern wants to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Isn’t George McGovern one of the biggest losers in the history of American politics? Why yes, he is…Who the hell cares what he has to say?
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told 60 minutes that nobody else other than Benazir Bhutto was responsible for her own death. Wow, Mr. Sensitivity.
Mitt Romney wins Wyoming Republican Caucus.
Three inmates in Illinois are suing the Illinois sheriff for $2 million, complaining that the cookies and cakes are served soggy. Wow…I guess these guys have never eaten what the US Army serves.
North Dakota is getting federal money (that means your tax dollars) to fund a heating aid program for low income households. The program costs $12.7 million a year! How about we give them luggage and a ticket to a warmer climate? It would be cheaper…
Even Bill Clinton called Ron Paul supporters "nuts." Now I'm sure he didn't mean ALL Paulistas ... just the ones who vehemently spout that 9/11 was an inside job.
Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens
Tata Motors of India introduces the $2,500 automobile. You will probably never see it in the US though...emission laws won't allow it.
Ret. Col. David Hunt has a column titled “Being a Soldier during Christmas.” Excellent read.
Ret. Lt. Col. Ollie North names his person of the year: The American Soldier (not Vladimir Putin like the Times. North says during 2007, his choice built more than 575 schools in two countries, opened nearly 500 public health clinics and hospitals, provided clean drinkable water and electricity for more than six million people.
The big winner in Iowa politicking? None other than Santa Claus!
Apparently it takes John Edwards at least 2 minutes to get all of his hair just right.

Country Boy's Kewl Beans

I know it is only January, but I just figured out what I want for Christmas… A new 108 inch LCD TV from Sharp!
Have you gotten your Dr. Hillcare doll yet? They'll probably be a collector's item after she loses in New Hampshire and drops out of the race today. (I am working on this optimistic thing from my new years resolution)
How long are your lifestyle decisions going to let you live? Here is the life expectancy calculator. Looks like you folks are going to have to deal with me until I am 83.

Friday, January 04, 2008

MTCW Pic of the Day

Enough Said....

MTCW Iowa Caucus coverage.

Big time wins for Mike Huckabee, Barack Obama in Iowa, Hillary Clinton 3rd

Barak Obama and Mike Huckabee had strong showings in their wins over their rivals in the Iowa Caucus. Obama finished 8 points ahead of John Edwards and 9 points ahead of Hillary Clinton. Huckabee defeated Mitt Romney by 9 points. Here are the final results:


Obama 38%
Edwards 30%
Clinton 29%
Richardson 2%


Huckabee 34%
Romney 25%
Thompson 13%
McCain 13%
Paul 10%
Giuliani 4%

Now here is My Two Cents Worth on what happened last night. There were three big winners and two losers in Iowa last night: Mike Huckabee, Barak Obama, and John McCain. The losers: Hillary Clinton and Fred Thompson.

The race for the White House has significantly changed for both parties, but the path to the nomination for the Democrats is a lot clearer than the one for the Republicans. So we will start with the Democrats.

Barak Obama is the Big winner in Iowa.
OK, I will now admit it. Barack Obama is the real deal! Any questions about Obama being the lesser-known candidate, being too young or lacking establishment hurting his chances for the nomination are now gone. One cannot underestimate the importance of Obama’s 9-point victory here.

Obama was able to capture the five biggest counties in Iowa. He also was successful in motivating and getting the youth vote to the polls. Voters under the age of 30 made up 20% of the Democratic caucus voters and they gave more than 50% of their votes to Obama. This statistic alone has to make Republican campaign strategists nervous about an Obama ticket in the general election.

Perhaps the most impressive thing Obama was able to do in Iowa was steal the woman vote that Clinton was counting on and draw many independent voters to his campaign.

Will Obama now win the nomination? He has a lot of good things going for him and I say he has more than a 50% chance to win the nomination. He has momentum, charisma, positive media attention, and lots of money still in his campaign. The biggest thing Obama has going for him now, he proved he can win in the whitest areas of the country, something many democrat African Americans were doubting.

Obama’s Iowa victory is disastrous for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the sure thing. She was the invincible political machine with the nomination in the bag. She had the money, the party stars, and her husband behind her and she lost, and lost big.

However it is not her third place finish, or the fact that she did not win that makes this so bad for her. It is how she lost and the circumstances surrounding it.

Clinton gave a speech this morning that they were going to “take this enthusiasm” to New Hampshire, but it is hard to find the enthusiasm she is talking about. Clinton grossly out spent Obama in Iowa, she lost the youth vote to Obama and she lost the female vote to Obama. It is hard to see any enthusiasm in the Clinton camp.

The worst thing that could have happened to Clinton was not finishing third in Iowa. That is the least of her problems now. In fact a John Edwards victory with Obama finishing second and her third would have been a better outcome for her than what happened. The worse thing that could have happened has happened and that is Obama winning Iowa as soundly as he did. Obama’s victory spells disaster and puts the Clinton campaign in some serious trouble.

Even before the Iowa Caucus, Obama was already running even against Clinton in New Hampshire. After winning Iowa he is sure to get a bounce that could give him another victory there on Jan. 8.

Here is where the real problem rests for Clinton. Obama is also the favorite in South Carolina, where almost half of the Democrat Party primary voters will be African American. A lot of black voters had previously held back their support for Obama because they were not sure he could win in places like Iowa that has the smallest black population in the country. Now that doubt has been removed, they are likely to leave the Clinton camp for the Obama camp in large numbers. That means potential big wins in states like Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi where African Americans share roughly 40% or more of the democrat primary vote. A John Edwards victory over Obama could have prevented this, but that didn’t happen.

Add this with Obama’s charisma and ability to get youth voters to the polls and steal women voters from Clinton and her path to the White House is very much in jeopardy before she even gets the nomination.

Republicans contest it is still up in the air with no clear frontrunner.

Iowa was a must win for Mike Huckabee and he won. In fact he won by a larger margin than Obama did with 9 points over Mitt Romney, but now Huckabee needs money, and lots of it.

Huckabee was able to win Iowa with very little money and hardly any formal organization that will not work for him the rest of the way.

We have seen that Huckabee is a great entertainer with a compelling persona. In fact many criticized Huckabee for leaving Iowa on Wednesday for the Jay Leno show, but he capitalized on his appearance. When Leno asked why he's doing well against Romney, Huckabee replied, "People are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with rather than the guy that laid them off." The studio audience loved him. And apparently so did Iowa.

Can Huckabee win? I believe he has just a good of a chance as anybody. His achievement in Iowa should not go unnoticed. Huckabee was an unknown a year ago, and is the only candidate in either party to rise to the top from the second tier, and he didn't use a lot of money to do it.

Huckabee is now the clear favorite in South Carolina on Jan. 19 and is probably the favorite in many other southern states providing Thompson and Giuliani stay in the race a while. The longer this race stays a multiple candidate race the better for Huckabee. If it ends up a one on one against Mitt Romney, Huckabee loses.

The thing that interests me the most about Huckabee is his support for the FairTax, which would eliminate the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service and replace it with a national sales tax. An idea with a strong grass roots backing and, as you all know, I am strongly in favor of. However, I never here anyone give any credit to Huckabee’s success in Iowa to it.

All I hear is Huckabee won Iowa because of the base of evangelical Christians, and he will not do well in New Hampshire because that base does not exist there. I have to wonder if the FairTax played any part in Iowa success.

No, I don’t think it propelled him to victory, the Christian base was strong enough to do that on there own, but I think it may have played a factor in a 9-point victory. There sure have been a lot of attacks from op-ed writers and political pundits on Huckabee by criticism of the FairTax. Those who want to see the current tax system stay seem a little concerned.

Huckabee may surprise some people in New Hampshire.

Fred Thompson suffers in Iowa. McCain gets just what he needs

Fred Thompson needed a big showing in Iowa, and he did not get it. A third place finish for John McCain is great, because McCain has a solid chance to win in New Hampshire. A third place finish for Thompson in Iowa created no buzz for his campaign and will generate no added support or money. My guess is Fred Thompson will be out of the race after South Carolina. What will be interesting to see is where will the Fred Thompson support go? Huckabee, McCain, or Romney? It could decide the nomination.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

MTCW Pic of the Day

Happy New Year!
let's hope your year didn't start out like this:

She must have had a bad 2007... Dosesn't look like 2008 is starting off any better for her.

Country Boy's New Years Resolutions

It is undoubtedly that time of year again for New Year’s Resolutions. I really don’t know why I continue to make these. I don’t even remember my resolutions from last year other than I probably didn’t keep them.

Every year I am often taken back to a “Haggar the Horrible” comic strip I once read. Haggar is asked what his New Years Resolutions are and he responds:

“I resolve to eat as much as I want and drink as much as I want”

He is asked what kind of resolution is that? He replies, “One I can Keep.”

So here are 5 New Year’s resolutions that I should be able to keep:

1. In 2008 I resolve to focus on the solution of the problem and not just on the problem.

2. To be more optimistic, although that will be hard to do after Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November.

3. To actually reply to all my e-mails from family and friends

4. To no longer consider other people’s feelings, when they so obviously do not consider mine.

5. To work harder than ever to stop and prevent millions of voting parasites, led mostly by single females, on their quest to destroy the ideas of individuality, private property rights, self reliance and this very country by putting a hideous, power hungry leftist bitch into the White House. Oh and that is putting it nicely, trust me.

How about you? What are your resolutions?

Speaking of Hillary Clinton, Did you see her Christmas commercial?

Did you see Hillary Clinton’s Christmas commercial over the holidays? You can watch it here. There she is, the wonderful Hillary Clinton, playing the roll of mother, placing Christmas gifts under the tree. Universal healthcare, tax breaks to the middle class, Pre-K preschool, all gift wrapped and placed under the tree just for all of us, and it is all free…Wrong.

Well free for Hillary. Her gift giving doesn’t cost her a dime. Who pays? You, the tax payers.

I have mentioned this before; liberals like Mrs. Clinton believe America is great because of government. Big government. This dangerous woman believes government is the solution to every problem and the solution is always more government, more control.
The private sector has no role to play because evil rich corporations run it. Freedom, who has the responsibility for freedom, let the government handle it, they know best.

When Hillary Clinton places these gifts of universal healthcare and Pre-K preschool under the tree, she isn’t doing it out of love or compassion for her fellow Americans. She is doing it to give her more power over her fellow Americans.

So all you Hillary Supporters get out there and vote away. All you single woman get out there and elect your woman president don’t worry about the consequences just make history! Yeah…doesn’t it feel good!

These fools are destroying the greatest system of governance this world has ever known, but they are too ignorant to realize it.

This is something that has needed to be addressed for a long time, and somebody has got to say it. Fine, I will.

If you never took it upon yourself to take advantage of every opportunity given to you to get an education or learn a skill or trade to make you marketable to an employer and ended up an unemployable semi-illiterate loser, that’s not our problem. It is yours.

If you have destroyed your health through lifestyle choices such as not exercising and eating a consistent diet of unhealthy food, what gives you the right to demand people who lived more responsibly to cover the cost of your healthcare?

If it is more important for you to spend your money on flat screen televisions, new cars, dining at fancy restaurants, and taking expensive vacations than it is to pay for your own health insurance policy. OK, fine that is called the responsibility of freedom, but don’t ask the government to steal from someone else so that you don’t have to change your way of life.

A country whose citizens learn they can vote money for themselves from the public treasury is doomed to a socialist state. Welcome to the future of America. (So much for the resolution of optimism, that didn't last long. Sorry folks, I am a realist and right now reality sucks!)

The uneducated and unmotivated, the “I’m not responsible for my own healthcare” crowd, and the single moms will all be in line come November to elect Hillary Clinton. All of you that want the government to step in and take care of you after you screwed up your own lives. Hillary Clinton will be more than willing to use the police power of the state to reward you for your vote.

It's not just Hillary, republicans are guilty of Santa Claus politics as well.

Republicans may not be as guilty as liberal democrats when it comes to “Big Government” gifts, but they are still guilty.

I still feel anger and betrayal toward the Republican Party. There was a voter revolution in this country in 1994 that put the Republican Party in charge of the House and Senate. They were elected on a pledge to reduce the size of the federal government. All they had to do was stay true to the principles of the party. Instead, they more than doubled the size of the government.

Economic genius Thomas Sowell has a column out titled “Santa Claus Politics” In it he refers to Hillary Clintons Christmas commercial.

Sowell also says Santa Claus is bi-partisan as both sides of the aisle are eager to give away government goodies to the voters.

Of course Sowell has more of a beef with government interference with economics than he does with free gifts at taxpayer expense.

He is absolutely right though. The Bush administration is working on a plan to virtually bail out homeowners who took out risky mortgages in a good market that went bad. Why should the task payers pay for someone else’s gamble?

Perhaps the taxpayers owe me money for my losses in the stock market so far this year! The market has not been to hot the last few days and I am losing money! Hillary, George...help! how about a bail out here?

This whole using taxpayer money to pander and buy votes is getting pretty ridiculous.

Country Boy predicts Iowa surprise for both parties: Thompson, Edwards winners. Clinton third!

The Road to the White House begins here.
I am looking for an Iowa surprise from both parties today. Here are my predictions:

On the Republican side:

Fred Thompson 22%
Mike Huckabee 21%
Mitt Romney 20%
Ron Paul 15%
John McCain 14%
Rudy Giuliani 10%
Duncan Hunter 2%

On the Democrat side:

John Edwards 31%
Barack Obama 30%
Hillary Clinton 25%
Joe Biden 7%
Bill Richardson 3%
Chris Dodd 3%
Dennis Kucinich 1%

I am probably wrong, but either way it will be interesting to see how it turns out. We will definately have a better idea of who the real front runners are tomorrow, and just how real is Ron Paul.

Here are some other predictions.

Columnist Robert Novak, the man that predicted the John Kerry Iowa surprise in 2004 has some interesting Iowa predictions. On the Republican side he says it is between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney for the win and a three-way race for third between Fred Thompson, John McCain and Ron Paul. Ron Paul??? A third place finish for Ron Paul in Iowa would definitely make a splash in the water and carry potential momentum going into New Hampshire.

Columnist Andrew Cline is already predicting a possible third place or better showing for Ron Paul in the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8.

On the Democrat side of the house Novak predicts Barack Obama with the win and also gives Hillary Clinton a third place finish with Edwards taking second.

61-year-old Orthopedic Surgeon Bill Krissoff joins Navy after son’s death in Iraq.

Unfortunately Bill Krissof will never get half the media attention that Cindy Sheehan received.

Cindy Sheehan lost her son, Casey Sheehan, in Iraq and spent all of 2005 as the darling to the media and the left protesting the Iraq war. She was dubbed the name “Peace Mom” and was paraded around by the left and the media to try and dent support for the Iraq war.

Today, Sheehan is pretty much treated as an irritant or an embarrassment as she and anti-war protestors carrying signs that read “Impeachment is Patriotic” were booed and yelled at during the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Ca. Not that she deserves better, but her son, who died for a noble cause, does.

Cindy Sheehan is not the only parent whose loss of a son in Iraq prompted a response worth noting. Here is a much more uplifting story of a parent’s actions to a son’s death in Iraq that has not received hardly any media attention.

Marine 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff was killed Dec. 9, 2006, at the age of 25 in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, prompting his 61-year-old father, Bill Krissoff, an orthopedic surgeon to join the military.
Krissoff’s youngest son, Austin, is also an officer in the Marine Corps.

“Both my sons were hugely affected by the events of 9/11, and Nate was proud to serve in the Marines, as Austin is,” Krissoff said. “I share their views.”

So as most orthopedic surgeons his age contemplate retirement, Krissoff is closing his practice, leaving behind his Reno home, relocating to San Diego and taking on a new position as Navy Lt. Commander.

Krissoff will serve in the Navy as a medical officer and although 19 years over the Navy’s official age limit, Dr. Krissoff will serve as a Navy Surgeon for three years.

“My interest in Navy medicine was because they take care of Marines,” he said.

Just like Mrs. Sheehan, Dr. Krissoff met with President Bush, but that is where the similarities end.

Since the cut off for medical officers joining the Navy is 42, Krissoff was told it would be a difficult and lengthy process to get in. Krissoff took the issue and asked for the needed waiver from the highest authority possible – President George W. Bush.

Krissoff had the opportunity to meet the president in August at an American Legion convention in Reno where Bush asked each family what he could do for them.

Krissoff told the President he wanted to serve and used humor to push the issue.

“Sir, I’d like to serve, but they told me I’m too old, but I’m younger than you sir,” he said.

After the conversation Krissoff quickly got an age waiver and is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in the near future.

It is unfortunate Bill Krissoff will never get half the media attention that Cindy Sheehan received.

Bill Krissoff is the American Hero deserving of media attention and fame, not Cindy Sheehan.

Good luck to you in Iraq, and God Speed Sir.

Country Boy's suggested reading and views from around the web.

New gallop poll shows 70% of Americans think the U.S. is on the wrong track, while 84% are happy with their own lives. Daniel Henninger calls it the pre-election paradox.
Columnist Lisa Fabrizio thinks there is a conservative blackout in the media, and she is not just talking about the usual suspects. Fabrizio says it is disturbing to see conservative pundits ignore or dismiss real conservative candidates like Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter. Interesting read.
It seems Mayor of NYC Michael Bloomberg is considering a run for the Presidency as an Independent. He says he is willing to spend 500 million of his own money, if he decides to run. Hey, it’s not an investment I would make, but like the Wall Street Journal opinion page states: It’s his money.
The number of people who identify themselves as Republicans has risen to a two year high. This is interesting because I can think of a number of people who use to be Republicans. (Including myself) Makes me wonder, what exactly is a Republican by today’s standards? The party seems to have no room for real conservatives anymore.
Only 372 cars were torched by [Muslim] youths in France on New Year's Eve ... this was apparently a "relatively calm" night. Yeah, I added muslims, the media won't, but I will.
A Pakistani cleric says that he wants Islamic law for all of Pakistan and the world ... and will use force to see it happen. My God! I am so shocked! I mean there so peaceful and loving...
Oil reached $100 a barrel yesterday. Now let's continue complaining about it instead of focusing on the solution like drilling in ANWR and off the cost of West Florida. Oh, you don’t like that idea, then stop complaining about gas prices.
This is a Happy New Year message for Democrats and Ron Paul supporters. Violent civilian deaths in Iraq in December were down 75% from one year ago. I guess that "Surge" thing that was going to be a disaster worked!
I found this looking for something else at findarticles.com. It is an interesting article on inter-racial relationships titled: Black Women White Men, White Women Black Men. Apparently it is an escalating trend. I have done my share of inter-racial dating, didn’t know it was a “trend”

Country Boy's Kewl Beans Picks

A Year in Review: JibJab's In 2007. Always hilarious.
Where you a zero with the ladies on the dance floor at the New Year's Eve parties? Make a New Year resolution to not let it happen again. Let the man, James Brown teach you how to dance. Dig it!
The “Godfather of Soul” has nothing on Country Boy! Check out these dance moves. Who knew he could get down like that.

I think I displayed similar moves at a friends wedding in Florida once, but there was definately tequila involved.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

MTCW Pic of the Day (we have two pics today)


(Above): An Afghan man shops for a Christmas tree in Kabul, Afghanistan. This photo alone shows the progress that has been made in this country. Just a few years ago the selling and buying of a Christmas tree would have warranted death to both parties by the Taliban. Today Afghan Christians are able to openly celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ.

US Soldiers celebrate Christmas by attending midnight Catholic Mass on Christmas Eve in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and all of your families. I would like to thank each one of you for your continuous support and for reading My Two Cents Worth. I appreciate it more than you know.

Blogging will be light, if any at all into the new year, as I continue to work on my new blog.

My favorite Christmas poems.

I leave you with two of my favorite Christmas poems. They are both written and about US Servicemembers being away from home during Christmas. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Payment Enough
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,"
Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,
"Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.
"My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,"
Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

A Soldiers Christmas
Twas the Night Before Christmas
He lived all alone,
In a One Bedroom House
Made of Plaster and Stone
I had come down the Chimney
With Presents to Give,
And to see just who
In this Home did live.
I looked All About,
A strange Sign did I see,
No Tinsel. No Presents.
Not even a Tree.
No stocking by Mantle,
Just boots filled with sand.
On the wall hung a picture
Of far distant lands.
With Medals and Badges,
Awards of all Kinds
A sober thought
Came through my mind.
For This House was different
It was dark and dreary
I found the Home of a Soldier
Once I could see Clearly.
The Soldier Lay Sleeping
Silent, Alone
Curled up on the floor
Of this One Bedroom Home.
The face was so Gentle
The room in such Disorder
Not how I pictured
A United States Soldier.
Was This The Hero
Of Whom I Just Read?
Curled up on A Poncho
The floor for a bed?
I realized the Families
That I saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives to These Soldiers
Who were willing to fight.
Soon Round the World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grown-ups would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed Freedom
Each month of the Year.
Because of the Soldiers
Like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder
How many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve
In a land far from Home.
The very thought
Brought a tear to My eye,
I dropped to my knees,
and I started to Cry.
The Soldier awakened
And I heard A rough voice,
Santa don't cry,
This Life is my Choice.
I fight for Freedom,
I don't Ask for More,
My life is My God,
My Country, My Corps.
The Soldier rolled over,
And drifted to sleep,
I couldn't Control it,
I continued to weep.
I Kept watch for hours,
So silent and still.
And we both shivered
From The cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave
On that cold, dark night,
This Guardian of Honor
So willing to fight.
Then the Soldier rolled over,
With a voice soft and pure,
Whispered 'Carry on Santa,
It's Christmas Day, All is Secure.
'One look at my watch,
And I knew he was right.
'Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night.'

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Forget about Freddie, give me Huckabee...

I have been trying to figure out just whom I want for the GOP presidential nomination. I was highly impressed with Mike Huckabee after the first presidential debate, but then Fred Thompson entered the race.

It has pretty much been a toss up for me between those two, with me leaning towards Thompson. I have really just been waiting for Thompson to say something clear about if he is going to support the FairTax or not. That became clear as the blue sky on Sunday as Thompson laid out his tax plan on “Fox News Sunday”

Thompson tax proposal would allow Americans to choose a simplified tax system with only two rates of 10 percent or 25 percent. The plan keeps the IRS intact unlike the FairTax and allows filers to remain under the current tax code or use the flat tax rates.

I agree this plan would be simpler than the current system, but the FairTax would be even more simplified. It eliminates the IRS and replaces it with a national sales tax, no more invasion of privacy to personal information, no more forms to fill out in April, and you get to keep your whole check on payday. It doesn’t get any simpler, does it? Learn more about the FairTax here.

So, Huckabee supports the FairTax, Thompson doesn’t. Forget about Freddie give me Huckabee.

Of course there is still plenty of time for me to change my mind…hmmm. I have never had this hard of a time picking a candidate.

Agreeing with Jesse Jackson Jr.:competion in school systems

Quick someone check to see if hell is freezing over! I am agreeing with Liberal U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr.! (D) Illinois.
At an event held by a new group, Democrats for Education Reform, Jackson discussed the “alarming drop out rates” and the dangers of a “monopoly” with failing schools.

“We must explore options,” he said. “Every option for every American child so that every child might have the high-quality education they deserve in their lifetime…We need more competition in the system.”

This is good news for education reform and school choice. The democrats have always bowed down before the National Education Association. They have always made the claim that government schools were great, but failing because the lack of money. Now it looks like some democrats are starting to come around.

It should be no surprise that black representatives like Jackson are leading the charge. On average, black Americans support the idea of school choice, even when the NAACP does not.

A public opinion poll from 2002, conducted by the Joint Center for Political Economical studies in DC showed 57 percent of blacks support school choice as a whole. If they had children that number jumps to 67 percent and 70 percent of blacks ages 25-35 are school choice supporters.

If the NAACP is correct in there stance that school choice does not benefit black children, then why do black parents continue to participate and put their names on waiting lists for school choice programs.

There is no doubt parents are looking for a way out of failing inner-city schools. The numbers are staggering everywhere it has been offered.

In Milwaukee, the school choice program grew from 341 students in l990-91 to a mandated cap of more than 15,000 in 2005-06. The Cleveland, Ohio scholarship program grew from 1,994 students in l996-97 to more than 6,000 in 2002-2003. In l999, the private New York City based Children's Scholarship Fund endorsed by former Congressman Rev. Floyd Flake received 1.25 million applicants for only 40,000 scholarships to attend private schools.

Perhaps the NAACP should start paying attention to the community they supposedly represent and not the special interest groups like the NEA where they get their money.

Thompson says no to Huckabee challenge.

Fred Thompson advocated for Lincoln/Douglas style debates. Mike Huckabee agrees to take the challenge. Thompson changes his mind and says no.

Thompson claims there are to many candidates, and it wouldn’t be fair to pair just the two of them.

“We have the greatest respect for Gov. Huckabee and respect his desire to elevate the discourse in this campaign,” Thompson said. “But there are nine people running for the GOP nomination and an arbitrary pairing of just two of them does a disservice to the voters. We will push hard for Lincoln-Douglas style debates once we get into the General Election, when there are only two candidates running.”

I would love to see this kind of throw down debate. If I were running the Huckabee campaign; I would steal Thompson’s thunder and challenge every republican candidate to this kind of debate.

How bout we throw all nine candidates in. It could be like a royal rumble of words. If anything, it would be the most entertaining debate ever.

Mike Huckabee is Chuck Norris approved.

I feel a new Chuck Norris fact coming on. Voters don't pick the president, Chuck Norris does.

Chuck Norris endorsed Mike Huckabee back in October when he wrote an Op Ed Column ‘My Choice For President.’ In the column Norris writes:

“Though Giuliani might be savvy enough to lead people, Fred Thompson wise enough to wade through the tides of politics, McCain tough enough to fight terrorism and Romney business-minded enough to grow our economy, I believe the only one who has all of the characteristics to lead America forward into the future is ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.”

Now Huckabee has a new ad out featuring Norris. Does celebrity endorsements always transfer into votes though? You can see the ad on you tube.

I guess ads like this can’t hurt; after all John Wayne campaigned for Ronald Reagan in California. Check out the Duke's 1966 Campaign Commercial: Reagan for Governor.

Country Boy's suggested reading and viewing from around the web

A county in Maryland says get your kids vaccinated or risk going to jail. Get use to this with national health care on the way. After all we are like cattle owned by the government, not individuals with the right to make decisions on our own.
Looks like Mike Huckabee will be packing heat at the CNN/You Tube debate Wednesday night. He is bringing his recent endorsement, Chuck Norris.
Speaking of endorsements, Dennis Hof, owner of the famous or infamous depending how you look at it, Bunny Ranch brothel in Las Vegas has endorsed Ron Paul. I doubt Paul will be bringing the pimp to the debate.
Oprah Winfrey hitting the campaign trail with Barack Obama. Can she draw enough female vote away from Hilary Clinton? I wonder what celebrities Hilary is going to roll out?
Ted Kennedy is getting an advance of more than $8 million to write his memoirs. I can't wait for the part where he describes the night he let Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in his car. I have a funny feeling that part will be left out.
Osama bin Ladin will address the people of Europe with an Internet message "soon." To let them know he has defeated the Americans and tyrants. Hey Osama, since you have defeated us why don’t you stick your head out of the cave your hiding in? Didn’t think so…
Hezbollah says that it is ready to launch "a bloody reprisal" in Britain if there is any Western attack on Iran. Islamic terrorists threatening a bloody attack, shocking!!! Let me alert the media.
On Friday Pakistani President Musharraf will quit as army chief and take an oath of office as civilian president. Hopefully, things will calm down over there.
Republican Minority Whip leader Trent Lott is resigning from the Senate. Good riddance Trent. Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you on the way out. We are now rid of Lott, Bill Frist and Dennis Hastert. Their leadership in the GOP brought us out of control government expansion and spending responsible for the republicans losing the majority in the first place.
The IRS has failed to refund $4 billion in improperly collected taxes from 165 million taxpayers. Hmmm. Wonder what happens when the shoe is on the other foot. Oh yeah, they confiscate everything you own in back taxes and interest. Isn’t it time to banish the IRS forever and pass the FairTax.
These two women will not have babies in order to help save the planet. One of them actually had an abortion and then became sterilized. She says having children is selfish and is about maintaining your genetic line at the expense of the planet. What a loon! Perhaps it is good she sterilized herself, now she can’t contaminate the rest of the world with her offspring. I wish more environmentalist loons would follow her lead.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Even while in Afghanistan Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday

Ah, the smell of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy coming from the kitchen. Family members begin to arrive from their travels for the holiday feast. Football on the TV in the living room tuned in for the annual spanking of the Detroit Lions by Brett Farve and the Green Bay Packers. Is it any wonder why this is my favorite holiday?

Although I will still have turkey with all the fixings, I will not be at home to share in the festivities this year. Instead, I will be eating with my other family, my brothers and sisters of the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

I am actually thankful for having the pleasure to be in such great company in such a rough place. Afghanistan truly reminds me just what America and I have to be thankful for, and it is a lot.

The one thing I am truly thankful for, and forever will be is that I am an American. I don’t have to live in a place like Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is a country that has been oppressed and torn apart by political strife and war for more than 20 years. A lot of people in Afghanistan have no running water or adequate housing. They live in houses with dirt floors, no electricity, air conditioning or heat. It is truly hard to grasp this without seeing it for yourself, but they are truly doing without.

The majority of the poorest in America have access to housing with running water, heat and food. Go to the poorest neighborhoods in America you will find most have cell phones, computers and televisions.

You will never hear me complain about having to do without again, because for me in America doing without probably means not buying that new car I really want and settling for the used car. The United States of America is God’s greatest gift to mankind and for that I am thankful.

So sometime between football and dinner you should take a moment and think about how thankful you are for what you have been blessed with. We truly do live in the greatest nation on Earth.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Now would someone please pass the mashed potatoes and gravy and Go Packers!

President Bush carries out traditional pardoning of turkeys

President Bush carries on the traditional pardoning of the turkeys dating back to the Truman Administration in the Rose Garden. The turkeys were named on a “May” and “Flower” on a online poll. I preferred Vice President Cheney’s suggested names of “Lunch” and “Dinner” better.

Monday, November 19, 2007

MTCW Pic of the Day

Rough Time for Hillary

It's been a rough time for Hillary Clinton -- a tough debate performance, a lost voice, accusations of illegal campaign funding and the Clinton campaign caught coaching questioners at events.

Then at the end of a Veterans Day press conference, American flags attacked Hillary as they started falling down around her. What I am interested to see is how the media will treat the Clinton campaign coaching questioners at events. I wonder if this will be a weeklong mediagasm like it was for President Bush when the media accused his aides of coaching Soldiers in Iraq for a photo op? You don’t remember that? Let’s go back into the My Two Cents Worth archives and refresh your memory.

Hillary Clinton's Healthcare Records

Hundreds of pages worth of memos and correspondence that involve Hillary's healthcare plan in the early 1990s can not be released from the National Archives because they have been deemed confidential. The documents are being withheld under federal law allowing the restriction of "private communications between presidential advisors."

Wow, Is there any doubt if Hillary were a Republican the democrats would be sending subpoenas for these documents?

Anyways, let’s take a look at some of the titles of memos that are not releasable: “Positioning ourselves on healthcare” or “General targeting strategy”
Ironically, the Clintons are blaming the government for the material not being released. A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign says there is nothing the Clintons can do to speed up the process. In other words the government can’t get the job done and there is nothing they can do about it.

That is OK cause the only thing I need to know and the one thing every voter should not forget about Hillary's previous attempt at nationalized medicine. If you wanted to take your own money and find your own private doctor and pay for your own health care ... it would have been a crime. This, must be the Clinton’s idea of "freedom."

President Bush was right to vetoe healthcare bill: Why the SCHIP

Country Boy has no tears for the S-CHIP sob story!

The Democrats and the media have been hammering President Bush for vetoing the S-CHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) legislation and accusing him of robbing the poorest children of the poor healthcare.

In the Democrats efforts to gain enough support to override the veto, they found a family in Baltimore to parade in front of the media.

The Frost family has two children that were injured in a car accident three years and received care paid for by the government program S-CHIP because they supposedly could not afford Healthcare.

Graeme Frost, one of the children injured in the accident, gave the rebuttal to the veto during the Democratic radio address , written for him by Senate Democrat staffers, and made several Beltway lobbying appearances with top Dem leaders last week. (Listen to Graeme’s address here.)

Graeme describes his and his sister’s condition after the car accident. "I was in a coma for a week and couldn't eat or stand up or even talk. My sister was even worse," Graeme said. "My parents work really hard and always make sure my sister and I have everything we need, but we can't afford private health insurance."

That evil President Bush, trying to take healthcare away from these kids! Whatever will this poor family do? Well, just like with a lot of other stories there is more than meets the eye. Let’s take a look at just how poor the Frost family is and why they couldn’t afford health insurance.

In a Baltimore Sun article the family claims to be raising their four children on combined income of about $45,000 a year. "Bonnie Frost works for a medical publishing firm; her husband, Halsey, is a woodworker. They are raising their four children on combined income of about $45,000 a year. Neither gets health insurance through work."

What the article neglects to mention is that somehow the Frost’s are able to afford to send their children to the elite Park School, a private school were tuition is $20,000 per year, in Baltimore, MD. If you visit the Park School website there are photos of the school's 44,000 square foot Wyman Arts Center: two galleries, an outdoor ampitheater, Meyerhoff Theater, Macks-Fidler Black Box Theater, practice rooms, rehearsal space, and ceramics, 3-D sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, painting, photography, digital graphics studios, recording studio, and keyboard lab.

The Frost’s send at least two of their children to this school, (There is no proof on whether the other two Frost children attend this school or not) which means they are able to come up with 40,000 dollars a year on a 45,000 dollar salary! Is that even possible? Well here is confirmation both attended Park found here (using edit-"find on this page"-Gemma). It will take you to an article in the schools newspaper about a fundraiser for Gemma class of 16, and Graeme class of 13.

Now, I don’t care how good your budget is that just doesn’t add up. How are the Frost’s able to survive on just $5,000 of income after tuition?

Well, a little more investigating will find that Halsey Frost has owned his own company, “Frostworks,” since this marriage announcement in the NY Times in 1992. He also employed his wife as a “bookkeeper and operations management” prior to her recent 2007 hire at the “medical publishing firm.” As an owner of his own company Frost did not provide himself or his wife with health insurance.

Frostworks, is located at 3701 E BALTIMORE ST. in a building that was purchased for $160,000 in 1999. The buildings owner is listed as DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CENTER, LLC whose mailing address is listed as 104 S Collington Ave which is the Frost's home.

The commercial property he owns is also listed as the business address for another company called Reillys Designs. This leads to the question of whether rental income is included in the above-mentioned salary total.

Here is a photo taken in the Frost’s family kitchen, which shows what appears to be a recent remodeling job with granite counter tops and glass front cabinets. It is unclear what the current market value of the Frost’s 3,040 square foot home at 104 S Collington Ave is, but the house up the street at 113 S COLLINGTON AVE, also an end unit, sold for $485,000 this past March and it was only 2,060 square feet.

So the Frost’s are able to find the time and money to remodel a home, send kids to exclusive private schools, purchase commercial property and run their own business, but they can’t find money for health insurance?

This is what the Democrats consider the poor. In fact Democrats want to tax actual working families, living in smaller houses, sending their kids to much less luxurious schools, with no commercial property ownership to pay for the Frost’s health insurance.

The SCHIP is suppose to be designed for children whose families can not afford health insurance, not families who choose to not buy health insurance to fit their life decisions.

Mr. Frost, check out www.ehealthinsurance.com for family health plans you can actually afford, even if you under-reported your income.

Obama knows it is a game of words

Barack Obama may not have much experience as a politician, but he has enough to know that politics is not always about what you say, but how you say it. One word can make a difference.

Recently Barack Obama has joined the rest of the democrats in supporting increased social security cap so that the rich pay their "fair share."

Isn’t it interesting every time the democrats need money they say the rich needs to pay their “fair share?” How high can you tax the rich before it is more than their fair share?

Anyways Obama says, "I think the best way to approach this is to adjust the cap on the payroll tax so that people like myself are paying a little bit more and people who are in need are protected." Come on rich folks it's just a little bit more! And look at all the people we need to protect!

Oh but it gets better folks, here is my favorite part. "I think a lot of us who have been fortunate are willing to pay a little bit more to make sure that a senior citizen who is struggling to deal with rising property taxes or rising heating bills, that they've got the coverage that they need."

Did you catch the key word there? The key word was “fortunate.” Now, for those of you who are long time fans and readers to my blog already know that Obama just made my country boy blood boil with his income redistribution rhetoric. We have been down this road in the past. (For new readers here is a MTCW Obama archive)

By using the word “fortunate” to describe the rich, Obama is promoting the idea that success in this country did not come from hard work, but from some kind of fortunate luck. Obama wants to paint the picture that becoming wealthy has nothing to do with sacrifice, or a strong work ethic. It has nothing to do with dedication or making smart choices. It is all about luck.

There is a reason for this. If Obama can convince you that high achievers are just lucky then his argument for income redistribution becomes easier. If wealth is determined by luck and not hard work then he is just evening out the playing field.

It is all about the words…

Michael Yon reports: Muslims and Christians working together

I know I criticize the Muslim religion here frequently, but I also recognize there are good Muslims out there doing great things. These are what I call real Muslims. Here is a great story from Iraq about Muslims and Christians working together to bring Christians back to the country. Great read, as always, from the best reporter in Iraq, Michael Yon. Of course you will never find his work in your morning paper. It is sad most Americans will never know about this.

One dumb redneck!

A 66-year-old man couldn’t get a lug nut off his wheel. So he decided to shoot it with a shotgun. The blast ricocheted off the wheel and injured the man from his feet to his stomach. This was one dumb redneck folks. I guess he has never heard of a BFH. (Big Freaking Hammer) some garages may substitute freaking with something else. Thanks for the tip Joanna.

Country Boy's suggested reading and viewing from around the web.

Here is the video of Billary Clinton being attacked by American flags on Veterans Day.
Ft. Collins Colorado has created a Holiday Display Task Force. You know for the Christmas Holiday Season. Yeah, I called it Christmas, it’s the most offensive time of year!
Santa in Sydney, Australia is told “ho ho ho” is offensive to women. This makes me think I should move to Sydney. I mean if whether or not Santa should say “ho ho ho” or not is an international news story than that must mean all their other problems are solved!
Taliban militants in Afghanistan entered a school, dragged a teenage boy out of class and shot him dead for teaching English. The boy was teaching English to other students after school hours and had been warned to stop. This is the evil we continue to fight in Afghanistan. Evil must be recognized and defeated.
Well-known global warming critic Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, criticized Germany's Angela Merkel for her efforts to fight "climate change."
The new secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visited Antarctica to see the "firsthand impact of climate change." He is the first secretary general to visit Antarctica. I wonder what the chances are he could find some real estate for a new U.N. headquarters while he's down there.
Thanks to zero-tolerance policies, more and more schools are sending children to court for simple disciplinary matters. The real reasoning behind this is to teach them there is not a problem to small for government or law enforcement to solve. Just one step closer to a police state.
Here's an interesting report. More active soldiers died during two years of peacetime in the early 1980s than died in a two-year period of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here some irony, you must be a legal resident to get a driver's license in Mexico.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, is now attacking Michael Savage because of his "anti-Muslim bigotry." Time to rally behind Savage. In case you forgot who CAIR is read this MTCW refresher. CAIR is a front for Islamic terrorism in the U.S.
What are Muslim countries Googling on the Internet? You might be surprised with the results, or maybe not. Nothing really surprises me about these people anymore.
Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey that have been aged almost 100 years could be poured down the drain because the government suspects that they are being sold without a license. Oh my God! Someone out there is doing something without a government license! This is surely alcohol abuse, or at least a huge party foul.
What if Jack Bauer didn’t have all that savvy technology to fight terrorists? Take a look at how "24" would have been like if it were aired in 1994 ... This is to funny.
I love a story with a happy ending. A car burglar in Florida flees from the police, but gets caught by a gator. Little disappointed they killed the gator. Personally, I think they should have made him an honorary member of the police department.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Undermining the success of our troops in Iraq

Glad this news could be found on page 19 of the New York Times: "American forces have routed Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi militant network, from every neighborhood of Baghdad, a top American general said today." The troops surge continues to go as planned. However, the Democrats debate to withdrawal the troops from Iraq is back on the House floor.

Thank you Nancy Pelosi for your continuous efforts to embolden the enemy and destroy the morale of the troops. Of course she is not the only one. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, made a statement that declining casualties in Iraq were because "much ethnic cleansing has already taken place."

“Violence is down, and certainly that is important and good, but many of the experts are saying one reason the violence is down is that so much ethnic cleansing has already taken place,” said Reid. “It is true they found 35 or 40 dead bodies today, and they are still finding them--not to the amount they were finding before. They were finding more than 100 a day. Many of the areas have been ethnically cleansed.”

If ethnic cleansing is what is responsible for the reduction of violence in Iraq as Reid says then that means he must believe one of two things. It is the terrorists who have been successful at reducing the violence in Iraq, or U.S. Troops are partaking in ethnic cleansing resulting in a reduction of violence.

What an asshole.... Sorry ... but it just had to be said.

The truth is the surge is working the military commander of Baghdad says the city is 87% cleared of al-Qaeda and the military commander of Anbar province predicted that security operations in that province could be turned over to Iraqi security forces by this coming March. That means the military goals of the troop surge, securing Baghdad and rooting out terrorist strongholds in Anbar, are largely completed.

None of this matters to the Democrat leadership. They would rather give credit for success to the enemy rather than the brave men and women of the US military. They want you the American voter to see nothing but a quagmire in Iraq, and they are willing to undermine the successes of the troop surge for their own political gain. This is shameful for anyone calling themselves an American not to mention a leader in the time of war.

Pakistans state of emergency: Why it should be of concern to us.

Due to the growth of al-Qaeda, a militant Islamic and movement and a court system hindering his powers the President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, declared emergency rule last week suspending the constitution and firing the chief of justice giving himself virtually absolute power over the country.

Since becoming a U.S. Ally in 2001, Musharraf has received $11 billion in U.S. aid. Condoleezza Rice says that Washington is now reviewing its aid to Pakistan in light of the new emergency measures. Britain is also trying to figure out what to do with the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid it also gives to Pakistan.

What is important to remember here is that Pakistan has nuclear weapons. For years there has been reason to believe that Osama Bin Ladin has been hiding in the tribal regions of Pakistan. This is the very region from witch these Islamical militants are upsetting Musharraf from.
If this crisis results in al-Qaeda and Islamic militants, possibly headed by Osama Bin Ladin, gaining control of Pakistan they would have direct control of nuclear weapons!

For years we have been given the reason we could not move against these tribal areas to rid the world of Osama bin Laden because it might loosen Musharraf's tenuous hold on power. Under the present circumstances ... are we free to move on bin Laden now, or should we wait until he is in full control of Pakistan and then deal with a nuclear Bin Ladin's al-Qaeda?

This is a question that is going to have to be answered fairly quickly.

G.I. Joe still A Real American Hero, Even if Hollywood thinks otherwise.

Remember G.I. Joe A Real American Hero? You know GI Joe is the codename for American's daring, highly trained special mission force. It's purpose, to defend human freedom against Cobra-a ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world. Well, looks like it will be no more. Hollywood wants to change it!

It seems Paramount pictures is making a movie based on the G.I. Joe toy line and , it looks like G.I. Joe can no longer be an "American hero," Instead he must be a part of an international force based in Brussels that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international co-ed force of operatives who use hi-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil organization headed by a double-crossing Scottish arms dealer."

God help us ... we just can't have an American military hero out there. That would be so politically incorrect. Of course, most of Hollywood has never looked at our Servicemembers as heroes, instead they see cold-blooded killers!

Also, God forbid that the United States ever act alone. We need an international force to protect our interests! These liberals make me sick. Another question? Why is Cobra not an international terrorist organization determined to rule the world anymore? Maybe that scenario was to real for the Hollywood types, who would rather live in denial of the threat we face.
In honor of the greatest cartoon of my childhood I decided to put the lyrics to the theme song here.

Yo Joe!
He'll fight for freedom where ever there's trouble.
GI Joe is there.
It's GI Joe against Cobra the enemy
Fighting to save the day.
He never gives up.
He's always there,
Fighting for freedom over land and air

GI Joe- A real American hero
GI Joe is there

GI Joe is the codename for American's daring, highly trainedspecial mission force.It's purpose, to defend human freedom against Cobra-a ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world.

He never gives up.
He'll stay til the fight's won.
GI Joe will dare.
GI Joe- A real American hero
GI Joe...

After reading this I realize Hollywood or Paramount Pictures can not kill off G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero. G.I. Joe currently lives and is fighting well in the desert towns of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan. That is right, the men and women of the United States Military is G.I. Joe and they are Real American Heros! Regardless of what Paramount pictures or anyone else thinks.

Everything is now Global Warming's fault

It seems the left has found something else to blame everything on other than President Bush, the new scapegoat? Global Warming.

A new report claims children are especially vulnerable to the "adverse health effects of global warming." Oh my...the poor children. We have to fight global warming for the children. I'm really surprised it took the Global Warming crowd this long to roll with this one.

In other Global Warming news Australia is now blaming heart attacks, strokes and respiratory disease on global warming. Oh and not to mention instances of obesity, food poisoning, and mosquito-borne diseases ...Obesity and food poisoning???? Is there anything out there that is NOT caused by global warming? I cut my chin shaving this morning...I bet it was something to do with global warming...

Maybe the new blame Global Warming game will aleviate some of the blame from President Bush's plate. Oh wait, forgot, Global Warming is Bush's fault...my bad.

Thwarted US embassy attack

The U.S. and British embassies suspended operation yesterday in Azerbaijan. The government says that it avoided a radical Islamic group's plot to employ a "large-scale, horrifying terror attack."

The Azerbaijani National Security Ministry says that one suspect has been killed and several others detained over the weekend, in a sweep of a village outside the country's capital. The Islamic group included an army lieutenant who had stolen 20 hand grenades, a machine gun, four assault rifle and ammunition from his own military unit, and planned to use them in the attack.

Here is more proof of the world threat from Islamic terrorism. Some of you just ain't getting it.

Fearing Fear Itself

Speaking of not getting it. Paul Krugman had an eye opening op-ed in the New York Times. How about a little taste.

"For one thing, there isn't actually any such thing as Islamofascism — it's not an ideology; it's a figment of the neocon imagination."

Really....Neocon he says... So if you see radical Islam as an imminent threat, you are considered a neocon. Neocons exist...but that whole Islamofascism thing, that is fake. Made up actually by the real and dangerous neocons.

Read Krugman's column. You'll come away with the idea that this man doesn't think that Islamic radicalism presents any meaningful threat to this country at all. Typical, for most liberals feel the same way. After all they are the peace-at-any-price left that have been educated past their ability to comprehend common sense.

Saudis upset with the UK

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah became the first Saudi monarch to visit the UK in over 20 years, but King Abdullah wanted to make sure to insult Great Britain by accusing them of not doing enough to fight international terrorism.

Abdullah claims that Great Britain is not taking the issue of terrorism seriously and that he passed information to the Btits which could have prevented the 2005 London terrorist attacks. He said he is upset that the British failed to act on the information.
Investigations by the Parliament's Intelligence Security Committee states there was no intelligence from the Saudis.

Abdullah went on to say fighting terrorism requires a huge efforts from countries like Britain. He then complained al Qaeda is a big problem in his own country and criticized other countries for not acting on his proposal for a UN clearing house for information about terrorism.
Now this is an interesting take from the Saudi King... And please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the leader of the country that produced all but two of the Islamic terrorists who brought us 9-11?

If the Saudi King is so worried about fighting international terrorism perhaps he should take a look to his own country with those madrassa schools where Muslim children are taught that Jews are less human and like apes and pigs. Just where does he get the room to criticize England on the issue of fighting terrorism?

If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

The only thing saving the Saudi King from the same fate of Iraq and Afghanistan is his oil.

Bias News Coverage

According to this study Clinton and Obama are getting the most coverage from the media. No surprise. In other non surprising results from the study Democrats have had more positive coverage than Republicans. Gee wonder why that is? Can someone say media bias?

Of course on talk radio, Hillary Clinton gets 86% negative coverage.

So why do I care about the mainstream bias and not so much about talk radio's? Maybe it is because talk radio admits their bias. The media tries to claim they have no bias or agenda.

What they teach at the University of Deleware on racism!

A friend of mine who attends the University of Delaware sends me this. The definition of a racist according to the University of Delaware:

A Racist: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e. people of European descent) living in the United States regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities or acts of discrimination."

All resident students at the University of Delaware are required to not only learn, but to accept as their own dogma.

I wonder how much my friend is paying to be taught he is a racist? Thanks for the information Tyler.

This is the type of BS being taught at colleges around the nation.

U.N. investigates the U.S., but not terrorists?

A U.N. specialist on illegal executions is planning to investigate the use of deadly force by American troop and military contractors in Iraq. Focusing mainly on Blackwater. When was asked whether he also planned to investigate the ethnic cleansing and militia killings in Iraq, he said he saw no point.

How do you like them apples folks? The U.N. sees no point in investigating terrorists, but when it comes to the big bad United States, the U.N. will not hesitate to pay close attention to its wrongdoings.

The U.N. generally investigates honor killings, mass executions and black-masked death squads, and we all know U.S. troops and military contractors are on par with masked death squads ... at least according to the U.N. Why do we still continue to fund this anti-American organization?

In other Blackwater news the Iraqi government approved a law to lift immunity for foreign security companies like Blackwater. The law would not be retroactive though, so any punishment for Blackwater would be left up to the states. Iraq's Prime Minister Al-Maliki demands that the U.S. end its relationship with Blackwater within six months. OK...fine... Oh but wait, he also wants the U.S. to pay $8 million in compensation to each victim.

Personally, I think someone should remind Al Malki that Blackwater personal and American Soldiers are paying with their lives to protect his sorry ass and people. Also Al-Maliki the American taxpayers have spent quite enough on Iraq.

Country Boy's Suggested reading and viewing from around the web.

The UN voted – for the 16th year in a row – to have all nations lift any trade embargoes against Cuba . Again I ask, why do we continue to fund the U.N.?
Former Governor of Arkansas and Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is proud of his record in Arkansas and defends it in in an op ed. This was my candidate before Fred Thompson entered the race. Huckabee remains #2 on my list.
A team of Swiss and German researchers found that young men speed in cars because speed is inherently male. Damn right it is! In a Country Boy research team study we also determined that not only do males pursue fast cars but also fast women but they want low mileage on both! Of course we spent no money and about one second on our study.
Here is a link for an article written by a waitress. She says she hates your kids! After reading it, I can't say I blame her. Oh make sure to read the comments. Some are quite good ... plus some whining parents, you know the kind, my kids are never wrong kind... I love it.
The FBI says that al Qaeda may be prepared to attack shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago this holiday shopping season. All they would have to do is attack just one. If that happens, and let's pray that it doesn't, let's see how long it takes Pelosi and the Democrats to blame it on Bush and the war. We maybe one terrorists attack away from removing troops and al Qaeda knows it.
A professor at the University of Maine is offering extra credit to students who burn the American flag or the U.S. Constitution or get arrested for defending free speech.
Even the UK recognizes that serious success in Iraq is not being recognized as it should be.
Looks like at least one Democrat can see the light... House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the troop surge has had a significant impact on the situation in Iraq.
Kyle-Anne Shiver writes an awesome column describing republican women and says Republican women are too smart to vote for Hillary. I wonder if Shiver, is single? Probably not, she is way to smart.
Mitt Romney compared Hillary Clinton to an intern. I wonder what Bill thinks about that? Anyway, Romney claims she lacks experience of actually running anything. "The government of the United States is not a place for a president to be an intern." No .. but apparently it is the place for an intern to “get it on” with a president.
Democrats are trying to decide whether or not to approve $50 billion to $70 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan ... this is less than half of President Bush's 196,000 request, but it is said to be enough to keep the war going for a few months. Nothing like playing with the money our troops need. Way to support the troops jack asses!
This may be the most amazing thing I have ever seen in football at any level and you will have to watch this video to believe it. Trinity College from it's own 39 yard line with two seconds to go in the game. Snaps the ball, completes a pass .. and then 15 laterals to score a touchdown and win the game.
One out of every ten schools in America is considered a "dropout factory," where no more than 60% make it to graduation. Wow. Why am I not surprised. Who controls the education system? Oh...that is right the government. The same folks a whole lot of you want to control healthcare! God Help Us!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has now been quoted as saying that marijuana is not a drug it is a leaf, and a leaf he use to smoke actually. His spokesman was quick to say that the governor was only joking. Seriously, does anyone really care.

A while ago we told you about an expensive desert at a resort, well a famous New York eatery has set the world record for the most expensive dessert by offering a $25,000 chocolate sundae.
Who the hell buys a 25,000 dollar choclate sundae???

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Country Boy's College Football Commentary

This season continues to live up to being unpredictable as the Titans of college football fell last week when #1 LSU lost to #17 Kentucky 43-37 and #2 California was upset by unranked Oregon St. 31-28 but that is why they play the games.

Here is what to watch for in week 8:

Who’s Hot
Well, we have reached the half way mark in this wild season. So who is hot? College Football! Can anyone recall a wilder season than the one we are watching this season. Here are some defining moments: Appalachian St. shocking Michigan at the Big House and Notre Dame’s 33-3 loss at home to Georgia Tech making it the first time ever both teams lost there season opener on the same day!

Then Notre Dame goes on to a gut wrenching 0-5 start for the first time in history.

What happened to Louisville? The Cardinals started the season national title contenders now they’re fighting to keep a nine-year in a row bowl appearance intact. Wisconsin has been another disappointment.

There have also been some pleasant surprises along the way.

South Florida may be the ugliest undefeated team I have ever seen play, but they keep winning, and after the top two teams losing last week South Florida finds themselves in the #2 seat. Who’d a thunk that!

What a surprise Ron Zook has brought to Illinois in freshmen WR Arrelious Benn and work horse running back Rashard Mendenhall puts the “paign” in Champaign with his smash mouth style of running that ensures the Illini’s first bowl bid since 2001 and a chance at a Big Ten title.

At South Carolina, coach Steve Spurrier handed the keys to a redshirt freshman whose improving passing just might lift the Gamecocks to their first SEC title.

Who’s Not

Stanford was 41 point underdogs two weeks ago when they upset USC 24-23 in the biggest upset of the season that has become the Year of the Upset, but the stunner could just be the beginning of a downward spiral for the Trojans. The Trojans have games at Oregon, Cal and Arizona St. that may leave them eating more pieces of humble pie and the way this season has been going USC traveling to South Bend to fight the Irish of Notre Dame could get interesting.

Upset Watch:#13 USC vs. Notre Dame
I know it’s crazy! There is really no reason to make this pick. In fact, you have to be one slice of bread short of a sandwich to even consider it, but something tells me USC is going to get the scare of their life in South Bend this weekend. Even though this should be a game that the Trojans win easily.

However, the way this season has gone is it really that much of a stretch? Is it.

Plus, who is going to be USC’s quarterback? And how effective will he be? If John David Booty gets the start, one has to wonder how the broken finger will effect his accuracy. It wasn’t too pretty in the Stanford game. If it is Mark Sanchez who gets the start, how will he react in his first road start in a tough situation? He didn’t look that good last week in a win over Arizona.

Let’s not get it twisted. I am no fool. There is no way that I think the Notre Dame defense can take control of this football game. The reality is USC should win by two or three touchdowns, but if the Trojan offense gives away a few turnovers and gives the Irish offense short fields the game changes. Winning this rivalry game also saves the Irish’s season, and the way this season is going nothing is that much of a stretch.
Prediction: #13USC 12 vs. Notre Dame 14

Other games to watch for upsets in:

#20 Tennessee 24 vs. Alabama 28
Illinois 24 vs. #24 Michigan 17

Now the rest of the top 25:
#23 Cincinnati 17 vs. Pittsburgh 14
#19 Texas 24 vs. Baylor 10
Vanderbilt 10 vs. #6 South Carolina 24
Mississippi St. 14 vs. #9 W. Virginia 28
Michigan St 21 vs. #1 Ohio St. 38
#14 Florida 31 vs. #8 Kentucky 42
#10 California 21 vs. UCLA 10
#22 Texas Tech 28 vs. #15 Missouri
#16 Kansas 34 vs. Colorado 21
#25 Kansas St 17 vs. Oklahoma St 10
#7 Oregon 38 vs. Washington 19
#18 Auburn 35 vs. #5 LSU 37
#2 S. Florida 31 vs. Rutgers 24