Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the “family and conscience” of Fannie Mae…
Hmmm… And Pelosi and Reid are gonna fix it???
Fannie Mae CEO calling Obama and the Dems the “family and conscience” of Fannie Mae…
Hmmm… And Pelosi and Reid are gonna fix it???
Got this one from Family in Louisiana… This is from an RN who wrote to the local paper concerning her volunteer time in an evac shelter…
How far over backward are we supposed to bend to cater to the evacuees??? At what point does the local law enforcement need to stop being nice and start taking proper steps?
I know what MY answer would be…
I am a nurse who has just completed volunteer working approximately 120 hours as the clinic director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in Shreveport, Louisiana over the last 7 days. I would love to see someone look at the evacuee situation from a new perspective.
Local and national news channels have covered the evacuation and ‘horrible’ conditions the evacuees had to endure during Hurricane Gustav. True – some things were not optimal for the evacuation and the shelters need some modification. At any point, does anyone address the responsibility (or irresponsibility) of the evacuees?
Does it seem wrong that one would remember their cell phone, charger, cigarettes and lighter but forget their child’s insulin? Is something amiss when an evacuee gets off the bus, walks immediately to the medical area, and requests immediate free refills on all medicines for which they cannot provide a prescription or current bottle (most of which are narcotics)? Isn’t the system flawed when an evacuee says they cannot afford a $3 copay for a refill that will be delivered to them in the shelter yet they can take a city-provided bus to Wal-mart, buy 5 bottles of Vodka, and return to consume them secretly in the shelter?
Is it fair to stop performing luggage checks on incoming evacuees so as not to delay the registration process but endanger the volunteer staff and other persons with the very realistic truth of drugs, alcohol and weapons being brought into the shelter?
Am I less than compassionate when it frustrates me to scrub emesis from the floor near a nauseated child while his mother lies nearby, watching me work 26 hours straight, not even raising her head from the pillow to comfort her own son? Why does it incense me to hear a man say ‘I ain’t goin’ home ’til I get my FEMA check’ when I would love to just go home and see my daughters who I have only seen 3 times this week? Is the system flawed when the privately insured patient must find a way to get to the pharmacy, fill his prescription and pay his copay while the FEMA declaration allows the uninsured person to acquire free medications under the disaster rules? Does it seem odd that the nurse volunteering at the shelter is paying for childcare while the evacuee sits on a cot during the day as the shelter provides a ‘daycare’? Have government entitlements created this mentality and am I facilitating it with my work?
Will I be a bad person, merciless nurse or poor Christian if I hesitate to work at the next shelter because I have worked for 7 days being called every curse word imaginable, feeling threatened and fearing for my personal safety in the shelter?
Exhausted and battered.
My cousin owns a couple of franchised mini-mart gas stations around Shreveport, he was run out of gas two days before the hurricane hit by all the evacuees, and wasn’t able to get more, due to gas distribution being interrupted; he had to close the stores to keep his employees safe, and pay off duty cops to keep people from destroying the stores because they didn’t have gas… pretty sad state of affairs.
Since the Dems don’t have a clue what to do about Palin, and Biden has already inserted both feet a couple of times, this little tidbit is gaining validity… One wonders if the Dems are REALLY that desperate???
The Grapevine says…
On or about October 5th, Biden will excuse himself from the ticket, citing health problems, and he will be replaced by Hillary.
This is timed to occur after the VP debate on 10/2. There have been talks all weekend about how to proceed with this info.
Generally, the feeling is that we should all go ahead and get it out there to as many blog sites and personal email lists as is possible. I have already seen a few short blurbs about this – the “health problem” cited in those articles was an aneurysm.
Probably many of you have heard the similar rumblings. One wonders if this Obama strategy will be a go???
If it is, it seems that the best strategy is to get out in front of this Obama maneuver, spell it out in detail, and thereby expose it for the grand manipulation it is…
This all may be the fevered rantings of some overheated libs, but it should be interesting to watch…
ON another note- Here is some light reading about the financial crisis from Bloomberg… Kevin Hassert is a columnist for them and pretty savvy; he lays it all out in understandable English even 🙂
How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: By Kevin Hassett
I need one of those ‘knowledgeable democrats’ to ‘splain this one to me…
House passes off-shore drilling bill (HR 6899) – Except…
No profit sharing for the States (so no impetus to approve drilling), no drilling closer than 50 nm to coast (which is where ‘most’ of the readily available oil is) so as to not interrupt oceanfront views, allows drilling beyond 100nm (which is already in place), large fees from the oil companies (whether oil is found or not), attached items like alternative fuel requirements for utility companies, energy tax incentives and the phasing out of some $17 billion in tax breaks for the oil industry and lifts a moratorium on an oil shale leasing program for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, but only IF a state decided to move ahead with leases. . .
Now, I’m just a dumb ol’ country boy, but if this isn’t a political scam by the dems I don’t know what is… They will parade around how they passed this bill over “objections” of the Republicans, but it won’t be their fault when the Senate doesn’t go along… Sigh…
Oh yeah, the benefit to us? Nada… no oil anytime soon, no alternatives, no new nuclear plants, nada %^&* thing. Just more of the same…
For your viewing pleasure- Dems on the Escalator
I don’t have a reference for where this was originally published, but THIS is just ridiculous…
Obama has stepped WAY over the line with this crap…
Senator Obama told Iraqi officials that President Bush’s government was in a ‘”state of weakness and political confusion'” so the negotiations should be postponed until after the election.
Sen. Obama has no clue about the separation of the executive and legislative branches, and which one is actually the commander-in-chief. Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July. By asking Iraqi leaders to delay a withdrawal plan, Barack Obama hopes to make the GOP look bad so that he can get elected.
“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.
While campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence. “Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn’t want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America. The reason? He fears that the perception of US victory there might revive the Bush Doctrine of “pre-emptive” war – that is, removing a threat before it strikes at America.”
Despite some usual equivocations on the subject, Obama rejects pre-emption as a legitimate form of self -defense. To be credible, his foreign-policy philosophy requires Iraq to be seen as a failure, a disaster, a quagmire, a pig with lipstick or any of the other apocalyptic adjectives used by the American defeat industry in the past five years.
Hoshyar Zebari didn’t hide behind a “high-level source in Baghdad” tag for this story. Zebari’s testimony puts the onus on Obama to explain why he attempted to interfere with the Bush administration’s negotiations despite his having absolutely no authority to do so. If Obama wants to negotiate a defeat for America, he needs to wait until Americans elect him to the White House before betraying our allies and our troops in the field.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister worries about the senator’s “political debt to the anti-war lobby” which is determined to transform Iraq into a disaster to prove that toppling Saddam Hussein was “the biggest strategic blunder in US history.”
This should be part of the debates, malicious ineptitude or just plain stupidity? Imagine trying to undermine the negotiations of one’s own government in a war zone without authority. Now, that is audacity!
While chatting with the Foreign Minister of Iraq:
Mr. Zebari, who has served as foreign minister in every Iraqi government since 2003, finds Mr. Obama’s proposal worrying. In a meeting with Post editors and reporters Tuesday, he said that after all the pain and sacrifices of the past five years, “we are just turning the corner in Iraq.” A precipitous withdrawal, he said, “would create a huge vacuum and undo all the gains and achievements. And the others” — enemies of the United States — “would celebrate.”
Mr. Zebari said he told Mr. Obama that “Iraq is not an island.” In other words, an American withdrawal that destabilized the country would also roil the region around it and embolden U.S. adversaries such as al-Qaeda and Iran. “We have a deadly enemy,” Mr. Zebari said. “When he sees that you commit yourself to a certain timetable, he will use this to increase pressure and attacks, to make it look as though he is forcing you out. We have many actors who would love to take advantage of that opportunity.” Mr. Zebari says he believes U.S. forces can and should be drawn down. His point is that reductions should be made gradually, as the Iraqi army becomes stronger.
The foreign minister said “my message” to Mr. Obama “was very clear. . . . Really, we are making progress. I hope any actions you will take will not endanger this progress.” He said he was reassured by the candidate’s response, which caused him to think that Mr. Obama might not differ all that much from Mr. McCain. Mr. Zebari said that in addition to promising a visit, Mr. Obama said that “if there would be a Democratic administration, it will not take any irresponsible, reckless, sudden decisions or action to endanger your gains, your achievements, your stability or security. Whatever decision he will reach will be made through close consultation with the Iraqi government and U.S. military commanders in the field.” Certainly, it makes sense to consult with those who, like Mr. Zebari, have put their lives on the line for an Iraq that would be a democratic U.S. ally. Mr. Obama ought to listen carefully to what they are saying.
Considering that Obama has now been called to task on trying to derail impending decisions on troop withdrawals and status-of-forces agreement, obviously to benefit his own political prospects! Is this not treason? Working privately to try to derail official US govt. negotiations in a WAR zone over such highly sensitive and important matters…what the hell is the matter with Obama?
Odd, how a person with no governmental authority whatsoever, has the impertinent belief, that because he is the presumptive nominee for president at the time, that he can negotiate anything having to do with official United States forces actions.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
The Logan Act (18 U.S.C.A. § 953 ) is a single federal statute making it a crime for a citizen to confer with foreign governments against the interests of the United States. Specifically, it prohibits citizens from negotiating with other nations on behalf of the United States without authorization. Congress established the Logan Act in 1799 and last amended it in 1994. Violation of the logan Act is a felony punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.
Hypocrisy isn’t the issue here; it’s the interference of Obama in military and diplomatic affairs. Just on diplomacy, interfering with the United States in its diplomatic efforts is a Logan Act violation. Interfering with war policy treads on even more serious ground, especially since the primary motivation appears to be winning an election without regard to whether it damages our ability to fight the enemy or drives wedges between us and our ally, the elected, representative government in Baghdad.
As usual I’m on the road, but thought y’all might be interested in this picture…
In the foreground is the little Hughes 500E we are renting for some stuff, in the back is an AH-124, the largest aircraft in the world … The Hughes weighs about 1300 lb fully loaded, the AH-124 weighs 864,211 pounds fully loaded.
Oh by the way, you can rent it if you really need a BIG load hauled…
A side note- The AH-124 crew pays for everything in cash… $100 bills to be exact! It was pretty funny when the ground support guy got handed a whole bunch of $100 bills to pay the invoice 🙂 He was just a tad paranoid, especially since he didn’t know if his boss would take cash…
And yes, the helo moved when the 124 taxied out! The pilot didn’t want his helo to end up in the wall of the hangar…
Please keep those folks in South Texas in your prayers as they dig out from Ike.
Flying through SFO Saturday I met an Army MP Sgt named David who has lost both legs above the knee along with other injuries. We talked for a few minutes and his greatest wish is to somehow get back on duty to continue to serve. I walked away in tears after talking to him, because of his commitment to the USA. In the last 24 hours, I’ve gotten over 30 links to this video, most from my military connections, but I want to share it with all of you also.
Edit- just found that Lawdog also has this video up…
PLEASE Spread the word! There have been almost 1,000,000 views and many more are needed.
Thank you and God Bless our serving military!
I got this secondhand from one of my former crewmen, Charlie in Lampasas TX….
I believe it’s true and thought this was worth sharing.
I was at the men’s polo counter at Dillard’s yesterday in Lubbock. TX and saw a great selfless act. A man and his wife were checking out, and when he turned around to leave, he noticed a young serviceman behind him ready to check out.
The couple went out of their way to welcome the serviceman back. The serviceman told him that he was only there for a couple of days. Turns out, his grandfather had just passed away and he was home for the funeral. He confessed that he had no clothes and that was why he was at the mall. The man took the clothes from his hands and proceeded to pay for them when the soldier pleaded that he “didn’t have to do that.”
The man turned around and said, “Just like you didn’t have to defend my freedom. This is my pleasure, son.” The soldier was really grateful, and the sales associate was in tears. I just thought this story needed to be shared.
There really are truly good people in this world, and in Lubbock, Texas.
It’s up to each of you as individuals to make up your own minds come November, here is a pretty concise list of issues and both candidates stands on them. Verification locations are listed at the bottom.
Pick your poison… 🙂
JOHN McCAIN- JM
BARACK OBAMA – BO
Favors new drilling offshore US
Will appoint judges who interpret the law not make it
Served in the US Armed Forces
Amount of time served in the US Senate
JM-22 YEARS BO-173 DAYS
Will institute a socialized national health care plan
Supports abortion throughout the pregnancy
Would pull troops out of Iraq immediately
JM- No BO-Yes
Supports gun ownership rights
Supports homosexual marriage
Proposed programs will mean a huge tax increase
Voted against making English the official language
Voted to give Social Security benefits to illegals
Capital Gains Tax
0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.
28% on profit from ALL home sales. (How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.)
15% (no change)
39.6% – (How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that ‘Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.’)
Single making 30K – tax $4,500
Single making 50K – tax $12,500
Single making 75K – tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K – tax $18,750
Married making 125K – tax $31,250
OBAMA (reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)
Single making 30K – tax $8,400 (that’s $4,000.00 MORE EACH YEAR)
Single making 50K – tax $14,000
Single making 75K – tax $23,250
Married making 60K – tax $16,800
Married making 75K – tax $21,000
Married making 125K – tax $38,750
Under Obama, your taxes will almost double!!!
– 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)
Restore the inheritance tax
Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.
NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA
New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet. New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren’t high enough already) New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity) New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least….New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!
You can verify the above at the following web sites: