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Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius, has threatened to stop food manufacturers from advertising their products unless they comply with her demands to reduce or eliminate salt and sugar from their products.

Of course, it's just for the children, she will say.  It's to combat obesity, she will say.  She only cares about our health and welfare, she will say.  Such a big-hearted person, don't you think?  Maybe we should all just give her a big hug and our deepest thanks for forcing us to eat Brussels sprouts and kale, whether we like it or not.  After all, it's better for us than pizza and a Coke.  And she just so deeply cares about us.

Hogwash and blather.  It's about control, plain and simple.  One more piece of the puzzle in this administration's and its minions' pursuit to conquer our liberty. 

Remember the Marxist maxim:  First, suggest; if that doesn't work, prod; if that doesn't work, push; if that doesn't work, shove; if that doesn't work, shoot. 

Here's something else to remember:  First they came for the smokers, and because I don't smoke, I said nothing.  Then they came for the fat people, and because I wasn't fat, I said nothing.  Then they came for the Jews, and because I wasn't Jewish, I said nothing.  Then they came for me; and no one was left to say something.

What's the matter; cat got your tongue?


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Let's see, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Democrat-NY, just admitted lying about sending lewd photos of his "namesake" to a young, college-aged lass half his age and he refuses to resign.  Just a couple of months ago Congressman Chris Lee, Republican-NY, emailed a photo of his bare chest and resigned within 72 hours.  Gee, maybe he should have sent a photo of his manhood.  He'd still be in office today.  NOT.   Do you think for one second the libs in the lamestream media would have forgiven him and let you forget about him?  NOT, again!

A double standard you say?  No, not in America, where men are men, women are women, and in San Francisco it's anyone's bet! 

Ah yes, our objective media.  Always being accurate when it suits their liberal agenda.  You see libs have this view that no matter what they do, it's ok.  Kill a baby, it's ok.  Kill a terrorist or mass murderer, you're evil.  Collect welfare, it's ok.  Make a profit, it's evil.  Burn the American flag, it's free speech.  Pray in public, why you're forcing your religion down my throat.  Tweet you're erection in your underwear you're cool.  Try to make our make our country fiscally solvent again, why you must want to push Grandma over a cliff. 

See how it works?  Good and bad are relative to the liberal mind.  There are no absolutes anymore.  It's whatever you feel like at the time.  As long as you're a liberal, you're forgiven any indiscretion.  Don't think so?  Remember William Jefferson  "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton?  How'd he make out?  Remember Richard Nixon?  Uh, I think that ending was slightly different.

I'm not siding with Nixon.  Believe me, I was not a fan, and he got what he deserved.  But Clinton didn't, and now he's doted on and lionized by the ever-fawning press.  And you still think there is no liberal media bias?

The Fourth Estate was what Thomas Jefferson envisioned as the people's guard dog.  He knew men, and politicians in particular, were corruptible.  They needed someone or something to keep them in line.  It was supposed to be the press.  What happened?

In 2008, journalism in the mainstream media ceased to exist.  The "journalists" came out of the closest.  They make no pretense to being fair anymore.  Hell, you even have an MSNBC anchor proudly proclaiming "I'm a socialist."  The media has taken sides and has become as corrupt as the public officials it was supposed to protect us from. 

So grab the chips and dip, pick up that six pack of Bud and get the fire roaring.  We have some weenies to roast!  Only Congressman Weiner, Democrat-NY, is not the one getting roasted here.

It's us!

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Did you ever notice that freedom of speech to liberals/progressives/socialists/Marxists/communists means that it only applies to them? 

The darling of the left-wing media, the Rev. (I don't know what he's a reverend of) Al "I'm blacker than Obama" Sharpton, wants the FCC to go after stations that carry Rush Limbaugh, implying that their licenses should be revoked.  Rev. Al made his jaw-dropping suggestion to Ed "All conservatives are Nazis" Schultz on Schultz's lower-than-low rated PMSNBC show.

Now I know some of you may be smirking at the outrageous suggestion put forth by the man who sees every white person as a KKK member, but let me remind you that in 2008, Rep Maxine Waters, D-California, said in a hearing with Shell Oil executives that "the government would be about taking over and running all your companies."  You laughed then.  Are you still laughing?  

Below is a transcript of Sharpton's comments:

AL SHARPTON: When you keep having all of these racial tones, that is supported by federally-regulated radio--remember, these stations that he is on go to the federal government to get consolidation, to get waivers--the government has a right to protect free speech but they also have an obligation to hold standards where American people are not subjected to this
. . .

I think that even if his advertisers can't be stopped with boycotts, the FCC must step in and deal with standards on how they give station clearances to people that just want to race-bait. This is not about opinions, this is not about what you or I say in our college speeches or churches.  This is on federally-regulated airwaves that the FCC gives the license to stations to let them do this

. . .

The Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Caucus and others ought to take this up with the FCC.  Their ought to be a line, on race, on gender, on sexual status. There ought to be a line where people have the right to say what they want, but they do not have a right to use federally-regulated airwaves to malign people because of groups

. . .

I think that Rush Limbaugh does what he does. I think that what bothers me is there are stations and networks that are allowed to make money off of him desecrating the presidents of the United States on Mount Rushmore.  That bothers me.

Still laughing?

Just in case you think this kind of lunacy is only limited to this race baiter, pay attention to the senior Senator from West Virginia, Democrat Jay Rockefeller.

Laughing yet?

Now I don't care if you love Rush or hate Rush.  I don't care if you're an elephant or an ass; a Conservative or a Liberal.  If you think the government should arbitrarily shut down ANYONE'S political commentary because it finds that "there ought to be a line where people have the right to say what they want" then what are you going to say when they want to shut down your voice?  Will it still be funny?

What's that?  I can't hear you.

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Let's see now, it's not proper for TSA to use profiling in their quest to keep American travelers safe, but it's just fine to strip search and use criminal pat-down procedures on old women, children and NUNS.  In Houston, a three-year-old girl was terrorized by a TSA agent.  The whole sordid affair showing the girl screaming in fear was captured on video:  Now CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) says that TSA can only pat down Islamic women above their neck and Secretary Napolitano refuses to address this.

I can only ask WTF is going on in this country?  Up is down, in is out and 2+2=5.  And Americans, once strong advocates of liberty, have capitulated to an ever-growing threat from an ever-growing federal government.  All in the name of security.

These invasive procedures, although well-intentioned (like many government intrusions into our lives,) are a clear violation of the 4th Amendment.  Americans are guaranteed to be secure in their persons and are protected from UNWARRANTED searches and seizures.  Whatever happened to "innocent before proven guilty?"

Where are the constitutional conservatives on this?  It looks like they've gone into hiding.

This is always how the road to tyranny starts.  Not giant leaps, but baby-steps.  Today it's only pat-downs at the airports, tomorrow it will be cameras set up on city streets (oh, sorry, that's already being done.) 

It was Ben Franklin that said:  "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."  How is that he was so much smarter than we?

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Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn have recently put out a list of 100 "job-creating" items from last year's "Stimulus Bill."  There were far more than 100, but I guess it would have been difficult to lift a one-ton tome filled with all the wonderful things the stimulus did for us.

So, I thought I would share some of them with you.  Because of time and space constraints, and also because I've wrapped my head much too tightly with duct tape, I've only listed a few of the most outstanding.  Your money; hard at work.  Enjoy.


Despite having no plans to reopen a shuttered visitor center at Mount St. Helens in Washington State, the U.S. Forest Service is spending more than $554,000 to replace its windows.  A nice view I'm sure.  But who's paying for the Windex?


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte received more than $760,000 in stimulus funds to help develop a computerized choreography program that its creators believe could lead to a YouTube-like "Dance Tube" online application.  Everybody mambo!


An abandoned Train Station, in Glassborto, NJ, was awarded $1.2 million to be converted  into a museum.  All aboard!


The California Academy of Sciences is receiving nearly $2 million to send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and east Africa, to capture, photograph, and analyze thousands of exotic ants.  Do you think it might be a good idea to bring some Amdro?


On September 28, 2009, Hydrogen Energy California, LLC (HECA), owned largely by BP, was awarded $308 million in stimulus funds to "generate more environmentally friendly electricity by capturing carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels."  I guess BP could use that money now.


People around Boynton, Oklahoma were left scratching their heads after the town was awarded nearly $90,000 to replace a quarter-mile stretch of sidewalk that was replaced only five years ago.  Nothing lasts forever, especially concrete.


The Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut will be getting $54 million in rural development loans from the United States Department of Agriculture to construct a new four-story tribal government center, which will include a new community center.     Unlike most government buildings, however, this one will also contain a practice facility for the Connecticut Sun, the WNBA professional basketball team.  Is this payback for the purchase of Manhattan Island for $24 worth of cheap beads?


A Georgia Tech assistant professor of music will receive $762,372 to study improvised music.  They could have gotten Chick Corea for a lot less.


Researchers at Georgia State University are using almost $700,000 in stimulus funds to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity and unfairness.  I could have told them, it's all about empathy.  But nothing says love like $700,000.


The American Legacy Foundation is slated to receive almost half a million dollars to provide quitting smokers with a smartphone so they can contact their quitting support groups by text message or phone call to prevent relapses.  Let's see, a cigarette or a phone call?  Hmmm, quite the conundrum. 


Pacific Environment, a San-Francisco based non-profit organization that "protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim by promoting grassroots activism, strengthening communities and reforming international policies," has received a stimulus grant in the amount of $199,862 for an experimental applied science project to assist indigenous Siberian communities in engaging Russian policymakers in local civic and environmental issues.  My question is:  Who brings the vodka?


Want to know if it's going to rain this week . . . on Venus? According to scientists at the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) in Texas, you absolutely do. So the government has given them nearly $300,000 in stimulus funds to satisfy the American taxpayer's profound need for interplanetary weather info.  I wonder if their predictions will be any more accurate than The Weather Channel.


The Department of Health and Human Services has sent $144,541 to the Winston-Salem college to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine.  Is that because we have so many chimps who are strung out?

Now, I know what you're thinking.  No, actually I don't, but if you were thinking, would you think that any of this was a good idea?

Because I sure as hell don't! 

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President Obama, when campaigning for president said:  "The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable, and the way to make government accountable is to make it transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they are being made."


The Securities and Exhange Commission own mission statement describes itself as the investors advocate.  The self-described mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The SEC has the power to close you down, and this new financial regulation law that recently passed has given them much, much more power.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Fox Business Network and the founding partner of law firm Mintz and Gold, LLC, the SEC has refused to comply.  The SEC claims that the new financial regulation law exempts the SEC from the Freedom of Information Act.   Thanks to overwhelming Democrat vote, we now have a gigantic, new, all powerful arm of the federal government that no longer has to answer to the people.  It no longer has to answer to Congress.  It no longer has to answer questions from the media (as if the compliant boobs in the lame-stream media have any intent of asking questions of this administration.)   If the SEC chooses to shut somebody down because there are irregularities, it no longer has to provide any information to anyone on who, what, why, where or when.  If there is any irregularity going on within the SEC, we can no longer question it.  Did our "representatives" in congress think that was a damned good idea when they cast their vote of "Aye" or did they just not read the damned 2,700 page bill?  Knowing the mindset of our rulers, I'd say it's a little of both.


What happened to the transparency our Dear Leader seemed to advocate so strongly in his quest for our vote?


I guess that's been put in the trash heap along with "taxes for people making under $200,000 will not increase one bit."

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There is something I truly don't understand and maybe you can explain it.  There are 15 million Americans who are chronically without health insurance.  Oh, I know the administration says there are 45 million, but any thinking individual knows that's a flat out lie.  So, if we take the more accurate number of 15 million and divide it by the current population of the US (which is 307,856,993 as of today) that means .048 % of Americans are without health insurance.  Not health CARE, but health INSURANCE.

Also, let me mention that according to the Congressional Budget Office, if Obamacare passes, 25 million people will still be without health insurance.  Now, how do we go from 15 million uninsured to 25 million uninsured if we pass a government healthcare system that is supposed to insure everyone?  Only the federal government can make that happen.  And we actually want them to control healthcare?

There is no doubt, except in the land of mental midgets (and large bellies) peopled by the likes of Michael Moore, that the US has the best healthcare in the world.  If you don't believe that, ask yourself why 90% of all medical innovation comes from America.  Why does the majority of new drug treatments come from here and why do so many foreigners (who have "free" healthcare), come here for treatment?  So, I'd like to know why we want to remake the best healthcare system in the world for less than 5% of the population at a cost, which, if the history of government programs is any guide, will end up costing 10 times the projected cost and in this case, several TRILLION dollars that we cannot afford.  Especially when our national debt is $11,982,245,269,249 and is increasing by almost 4 billion a day.

It would seem to me to make infinitely more sense to find a way to insure the 15 million uninsured and leave everyone else alone.  After all, 85% of Americans are happy with their medical insurance plan.  For $30 billion annually we could insure the uninsured.  I'm very sure that insurance companies would be stepping all over themselves to bid on a contract that would bump up their bottom line by $30 billion each and every year.

Now, you and I both know, this is not about insuring the uninsured.  It's not about making healthcare cheaper or better.  It's simply about power.  The federal government wants more control of our economy and our personal lives.

I urge you to go back and read the papers of Jefferson, Adams, Washington and Franklin.  None of our Founding Fathers ever espoused any principles that would grant a national government such power.  And that's the problem.  The people in the White House and the leaders in Congress don't turn to the heroes of The American Revolution.  They turn to Mao, Fidel and Karl Marx.

Thankfully, in spite of the government-run schools, that have dumbed-down our children and taught them that America and capitalism are evil, the spirit of liberty is alive and well.  We realize our freedoms are not bestowed upon us by some benevolent politicians in a far-away capital, and cannot be taken away by the same.  Not without a fight.

The American people understand that their freedom comes from God.  The REAL God, not the one who reads a teleprompter.

Americans, traditionally, are the last to come to the dance.  We didn't get into World War II until we were ruthlessly attacked by Japan.  It took a devastating attack on our greatest city before we realized that there were forces of evil bent on our destruction.  And we never wanted to believe our government wasn't a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Until now.

As our enemies have always learned the hard way:  it's not a good idea to start a fight with an American.  The British learned that in 1775; the Nazis in 1941 and Al Qaeda in 2001.  It's a lesson our current government should take to heart.

Looks like the band is playing and we finally arrived at the dance.  So everybody mambo!

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I don't like to throw around the "T" word indiscriminately.  It's an ugly word.  It doesn't really roll of the tongue easily.  I suppose that's why we don't hear it very often unless of course liberals can't argue facts (which often get in their way.)  Then they just call you a Nazi, fascist or traitor.  It eases their consciences and makes them feel at one with the universe. 

In case you're wondering what the "T" word is; it's Treason.  With a capital T. 

It's not a word that should be used lightly.  You shouldn't accuse someone of being a traitor just because he, she or it is from the opposite end of the political spectrum, likes cats or is a cross-dresser.  I, like most Americans, associate treason with the infamous Revolutionary War general, Benedict Arnold.  If you didn't sleep through American History class, or are currently attending public school, you'll remember America's most famous traitor.  And I guess that's where we get our standard definition of treason. 

But lately, something hasn't seemed right to me.  When I look at the political landscape in Washington, I see people in government that are doing their very best to bring our country to its knees.  And it's working very well.  Our economy is being bludgeoned and if sanity doesn't prevail, we are about to make deep cuts in our defense spending. That, of course, will go over very big in North Korea and Iran.

Is this part of some sinister master plan or is there something in the water in the DC water system that causes intense stupidity?  Yearning for an answer (I do yearn sometimes), I went to the dictionary to see if there was more to treason than I knew. 

According to the on-line dictionary, the word treason has three meanings:

1. The action of trying to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign. (Doesn't apply here.  Thankfully no one is trying to kill our sovereign.  We don't need a martyr.)
2. A violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state.  (Hmm, may apply here.)
3. A betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery. (By golly, I think this is the Holy Grail.)

It goes on to expand on number 3:

"Treason is any attempt to overthrow the government or (now this is where it gets to the real point):  IMPAIR THE WELL-BEING OF A STATE TO WHICH ONE OWES ALLEGIANCE."

Can anyone tell me that Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the asylum inmates that are responsible for our massive debt, punitive taxes that are coming, government takeover of industry, banks and the financial markets, and a general ignorance of and disdain for our Constitution, are not impairing the well-being of the state to which they took an oath of allegiance? 

Because I'm trying real hard not to believe that they are traitors. 

But so far, I haven't convinced myself.

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