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Welcome to yet another great edition of The BoBo Carnival of Politics – and Happy December.  There are only 18 days left before Christmas – if any of you are actually keeping track.  As with weeks prior – another great grouping of article submissions yet again!  We have 18 great posts to read this week – so – grab another soda or coffee or whatever your quaffage of choice is while you blog cruise and check each of these out.

Conservative

Steve Simbeck presents I just ran over a pig-footed bandicoot with my Edsel so where is my bailout? posted at No Mato mi Pavo.

That’s some pretty funny stuff over there. I’ll have to admit it took me a moment to realize where you were going with it – but – I like the analogies.  pig-footed bandicoots and ambersnails – good one!

Steve Parry presents Change We Can Believe In; Judging A Book By Its Cover posted at The Axis, saying, “It’s mostly humor, but pretty much on the money.”

Steve – thanks for the submission, buddy!  I didn’t recognize a single one of those names myself! ;)

Jon Swift presents Conservatives Need a Bailout posted at Jon Swift, saying, “No one has been hit harder by this financial turmoil than conservatives. Although conservatives generally support self-reliance when it comes to others, the situation is so dire that the only thing that will save our conservative institutions at this point is a quick infusion of government aid.”

If none of you have ever been to Jon’s place before – this guy is a must read!  I don’t know about you other conservative bloggers – but – with the economy the way it is and with the fear in the market over an Obama administration – I’ve been hit pretty hard.  I’m now to the point where I’m taking money from my kids’ piggy banks just to pay for the hosting service (oh..wait..I don’t pay for it) – nevermind.  In any case – Mr. Swift’s post is a satirical look at conservatives in the economic downturn.

Democrats

Lisa Spinelli presents Warren Buffett’s Secretary Pays More in Tax Than Warren Buffett | Greener Pastures: Personal Finance posted at Greener Pastures: Personal Finance.

Welcome back, Lisa.  Just one question – who is doing his secretary’s taxes?  If she paid 30% on $60k either she has absolutely no deductions to itemize (which is very unusual) or her tax preparer is an idiot. Also, if he’s paying HIS personal secretary only $60k a year – he’s a cheapskate.  Executive secretaries today make in the $80K – $100K+  range nowadays.

Liberal

SpkTruth2Pwr presents Silence is NOT Golden. posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “When NOT speaking up goes wrong? A look at ethical behavior and personal responsibility in leadership, decision-making, organizational structure. Whistleblowers stand up!”

Nice to see ya again!  This is a great post.  In my past life – I used to be a litigation consultant regarding Qui Tam and False Claim lawsuits in healthcare organizations.  You are absolutely right – you should never stand idly by if you know there is wrong doing.  Part of the economic problem we are facing today is because TOO MANY people sat idly by just watching these things take shape knowing it was wrong.  There is a federal whistleblower law on the books that states employers are not allowed to retaliate against any employees who file a whistleblower complaint.  I’ll echo it here as well – stand up and be heard if you know something is wrong.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Irony Has At Least Seven More Lives posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Ahh..but with satirists such as yourself – I’m sure it will be resurrected – most certainly with an Obama presidency!

Miscellaneous

BH presents Is Mumbai really anything new? posted at Bangladeshi Hindu, saying, “A detailed analysis of Islamic terrorism in India by Dr. Richard Benkin.”

BH – thank you so much for submitting this post.  What happened in Mumbai is indeed a tragedy and I believe Dr. Benkin nailed it on the head there.  This was totally preventable – and – unfortunately as with the Indian leaders – I think many of our American leaders aren’t paying attention either or taking the threats seriously.  This is a must read article.

Sarah Scrafford presents Top 50 Constitutional Law Blogs posted at Masters in Criminal Justice.

Thank you Sarah for another great resource.  I’m adding this to my favorites as I did the other list.

John Kaduk presents A Russian-Iranian Alliance? Part I: Russia posted at The Right Wing.

Excellent analysis John.  Looking forward to parts II and III.  I’ve suspected such links and alliances with Iran going back to 2003 when Russia first sided against us when we wanted to move in to Iraq.  I believed then that Russia was playing both sides between Iraq and Iran.  Likewise, with Russia building the “nuclear power plants” for Iran – I’m sure there is much more going on there than just energy swapping!

News

Archvillain presents Unintended Consequences posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, “Evil has deep roots, and the innocent suffer for the sins of those long past.”

Very creative, Archvillain!  It’s plausible – that damned Henry VIII  – I don’t know what to say!

Bradley Hankins presents Let’s Not Fail Our Students, Let’s Help Them posted at Kayloo.

Hey Bradley – thanks for the submission.  While I like the title – for whatever reason – at the time I went to read the article before publishing – all of your pages are gone!  Hopefully, you’ll have them up soon for the rest of the readers to enjoy.

Politics

Woodward Friend presents this is why we can’t have nice things #1: citigroup posted at detroitist.

Hey Woodward Friend – thanks for this post.  Corporate American may not like it – but – the majority of Americans are all for true free-market capitalism.  I say screw CitiGroup and all those other companies looking for a handout from we the people.  I still don’t understand if we the people have told our representatives NO BAILOUT – then why the hell are they still handing out our money to those bastards.  Let capitalism work the way it’s supposed to – no government interference either in good or bad times.  If they fail – they fail – screw them.

SpkTruth2Pwr presents Pre-Reqs for Taking the State Sec’y Job posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “Does Hillary stack up on the job requirements that really counts in order to be a great Secretary of State? Or is this one job she will NOT be good at?”

Well – I don’t share your same optimism.  I wouldn’t have given her a check in any of the categories you used.  Oh well, but then again – I’m one of those evil conservatives!  I just don’t trust either of the Clintons.

Jeremy R. Shown presents This Time Will Be Different. No Really, I Mean It. posted at Rhymes With Clown, saying, “Do we really want to double down on government intervention and regulation?”

“Rhymes With Clown” – a man after this clown’s heart!! I like the way you think Jeremy.  I’m still trying to figure out how those Dems and anti-capitalist can sincerely state that our corporations (any corporation) in this country is unregulated.  I too believe we are seeing the problems we are due largely because of too much government regulation and intervention.

Mike Cavin presents George “Quacking” Bush – Lame Duck?, posted at Inside Government.

A most excellent analysis and explanation of just what a “lame duck” is as it relates to our government.  I must agree with your opinion about GWB as well.  He essentially has already turned over the office to Obama.

Alli presents How to Save the Republic – Part 3 – Repeal the Direct Election of Senators posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, “We must understand that the Central Bankers who sought to regain control over our money supply and monetary policy at the beginning of the 20th century did indeed learn a precious lesson from the demise of the 2nd Central Bank of the United States…”

This is a very long post – but well worth the read.  If anyone is interested in how the Federal Reserve came to pass and how our Senators are complicit with removing the banking powers from our government – this is a very detailed historical account.  Only one thing though – I was under the impression that Senators were still subject to recall by state Governors if the people of the state so choose.  But, I’m in agreement – we need to do away with career politicians.

republicans

Wenchypoo presents The Truth About the Economy and Job Creation (L-O-N-G) posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket.

Hey Wenchypoo – nice to see you again – it’s been a while! You weren’t kidding when you said this was a long post.  But, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  You were right on target with all of your points with regards to our economy being a bunch of individuals conducting transactions.  I too fear what will happen to this economy when Obama gets in and starts adding barriers to business.  If they try to start this “green” business bullshit – we’re REALLY in trouble.  Global warming is a hoax and all the reports coming out have said the earth has actually been cooling the last 7 years and they expect 2009 to be even cooler.  With these types of reports coming out – no investor or venture capitalist would be willing to sink their money in a losing business.  While the rest of the world is coming around and realizing “green” is not the way to go – our government is going to screw us with all these “green” mandates.  Excellent post – your last paragraph is an excellent conclusion.

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As I recall the story of Thanksgiving taught to me the idea behind the feast was the Pilgrims inviting their fellow native neighbors to share in their bounty as a direct result of their Native American friends teaching them how to sow the seeds to plant and grow crops up there in Massachusetts.  I have not found anything elsewhere that says this is factually incorrect.  Pilgrims and Indians sitting together to enjoy a feast to give thanks.

So – only in California can something as ridiculous as this happen:

Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes

For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won’t be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.

Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child’s depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups?

Hmmm…what the hell does that last sentence mean?  Since when is wearing traditionally, and factually accurate, costumes become a cartoonish stereotype?

“It’s demeaning,” Michelle Raheja, the mother of a kindergartner at Condit Elementary School, wrote to her daughter’s teacher. “I’m sure you can appreciate the inappropriateness of asking children to dress up like slaves (and kind slave masters), or Jews (and friendly Nazis), or members of any other racial minority group who has struggled in our nation’s history.”

Oh..you have got to be kidding me?!?!?  Comparing the Thanksgiving day feast to Nazis and Slave owners?  You need to just shut the hell up lady and move on!  Get over yourself!  These are kids enjoying century old traditions practiced by millions before them!  What the hell crawled up your ass?  Are you seriously trying to deny the fact that your ancestors wore that type of clothing – despite the FACT there is evidence of it?

Raheja, whose mother is a Seneca, wrote the letter upon hearing of a four-decade district tradition, where kindergartners at Condit and Mountain View elementary schools take annual turns dressing up and visiting the other school for a Thanksgiving feast. This year, the Mountain View children would have dressed as Native Americans and walked to Condit, whose students would have dressed as Pilgrims.

Raheja, an English professor at UC Riverside who specializes in Native American literature, said she met with teachers and administrators in hopes that the district could hold a public forum to discuss alternatives that celebrate thankfulness without “dehumanizing” her daughter’s ancestry.

You elitist snobby bitch!  How the hell is asking children to dress up in factually traditional clothing “dehumanizing?”  What is your agenda?  Why are you trying to ruin Thanksgiving?  Did you have a bad experience as a child or something?  Why would you deny your own child the pleasure of enjoying and learning about the Thanksgiving feast?  She’s only 5 years old for crying out loud!

There is nothing to be served by dressing up as a racist stereotype,” she said.

What?!?!?!?  Sounds to me like you’re actually ashamed of your heritage.  It is NOT a racist stereotype.  Your ancestors wore ornamental headdresses on special occasions and ceremonies!  I guess the Seminole Indians here in Florida who dress up in traditional ceremonial headdresses are degrading THEMSELVES?  You’re an idiot!

Aaaghhh.  I’m done with this.  I am so tired of some PC elitist pricks out there trying to ruin EVERY damned tradition we have in this country.  It’s bad enough they’re attacking Christmas on a regular annual basis – NOW they have to add Thanksgiving too?  What’s next?  Easter?  Is some PC idiot going to start complaining that somehow it is an anti-gay Holiday because we paint eggs in rainbow colors – or – the Easter bunny wears pink so that is also somehow anti-gay?  Is PETA going to jump all over Easter because it demoralizes rabbits and chickens everywhere?

If you want to read the rest of the story – click that link up there.  These people just piss me off!  I’ll just have to add another “thankful”  around my table this week – that being – I’m thankful there are enough common sense people out there who are actually standing up against these PC nutjobs for once.

Again! I have the great pleasure of hosting some really great posts from this past week from some really great bloggers. Bet you can’t figure what a lot of them are about?

Conservative

ChristianPF presents McCain/Obama – Who is better for your money? posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “A debate over which candidate is better for your wallet”

Actually – that’s the question posed over at this blog.  It’s up to you as the commenters to debate the issue.

Hairy Swede presents Doing My Civic Duty in Sweden posted at A Swedish American in Sweden, saying, “An American abroad votes conservative. From a very non-conservative country.”

Having grown up in the military and serving myself – I found myself abroad on two occasions in which I had to vote absentee as well.  I commend you for doing your civic duty – and from so far away at that!  When I was reading your first paragraph – I had to chuckle – as that was NEVER my experience when I was in Europe!  Then I got to your follow-up – good one!

Steve Parry presents Congratulations To Barack Obama posted at The Axis, saying, “Setting the record straight.”

Excellent post, Steve.  While I am not predicting doom and gloom myself – I will agree that Obama will most definitely weaken the U.S.  The Republicans lost this election because a.) McCain was a very poor choice of candidate, and b.) The Republicans forgot who they were and lost their way.  They kinda forgot they were supposed to be AGAINST big government, didn’t they? This is an excellent call to conservatives and to D.C. Republicans to return to their roots.

Curry Kenworthy presents Conservatives don’t really understand elections posted at Curry Kenworthy, saying, “Conservatives are brilliant on the issues, but liberals know how to get out the vote–and change the culture.”

Eh! I sorta agree.  There was a huge turnout during the Reagan years to get people involved.  However, for the most part, I would agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say.  In fact, Obama used technology brilliantly as compared to the McCain campaign.  You wouldn’t believe how many “MyObamaSpace” pages I came across.  Apparently, they set up their own Obama campaign social network.  Additionally, they collected millions of cell phone numbers and were sending out texts messages regularly on election day to get those young’ns out there to vote.  The turnout was the same as in 2004 – but – they pulled the youth vote in that wasn’t there before.  I think a lot of Republicans and Conservatives stayed home this year.

Democrats

The Hip Hop Democrat presents Jay-Z running for Mayor of New York City in 2009? posted at The Hip Hop DEMOCRAT.

Now that is funny!  But, let me also remind you of a few other celebrity politicians – mostly from the past: Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, Al Franken, Fred Grandy, P.T. Barnum (yes, THAT P.T. Barnum), Bill Bradley (former basketball player), Clint Eastwood (I lived in Monterey when he was the Mayor of Carmel), and John Glenn (former astronaut) just to name a few.  The most recent ones we have are Al Franken and Jerry Springer.  But, you’re right – I can’t see Jay-Z being the Mayor of NYC either.  I can’t see him filling the same shoes as Bloomberg, Giuliani, Koch, and LaGuardia, just to name a few of the great ones!

Miscellaneous

Sarah Scrafford presents Obama vs. McCain: What the Next President Will Mean for Day Traders posted at Currency Trading.net.

Well, I personally don’t know much about day trading.  I’m in it for the long haul.  But – if I have any day traders who read this blog – there is some good info over there.  While this is initially a comparison of both candidates – now that Obama has been elected – this is a good primer to follow up and see how Obama fares in the economy and what happens with the market.

TheMoneyHawk presents Reality Check: The President Can’t Save Us, Nor Should He posted at The Money Hawk, saying, “Everyone in the country needs to read this article, period.”

Ahh, yes!  A financial blogger after my own heart!  I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility!  Most excellent post – a good read for everyone!

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Celebratory Limerick posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

We’ll see! This freakin’ two year election cycle put a world of hurt on this country!

News

Sam Douglas presents Mandatory Internet Censorship and our Right to Choose posted at Philosophy Hurts Your Head.

You know, I read about this and heard about this on the news.  I sure as hell hope they don’t try to pull this kinda shit here in the U.S.  I feel bad for you Aussies.  You’d think your government was being led by the Chinese or something!

Hortois presents Pumpkin for President posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “light hearted”

Um – okay – we’ll let it slide by THIS time!  If it weren’t for that little pun at the end there – I probably would have nixed this one.  And..considering Thanksgiving is up next here in the U.S. – and – I just LOVE pumpkin pi ;) – these are good tips for pumpkin growers and gardners.

Ron McKie presents Hide the children posted at Phuck Politics.

OMG!  Too funny – and yet – at the same time – so sad!  Is this the next generation to lead our country! Lord help us.

GrrlScientist presents Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Election Eve 2008 Celebration in NYC’s Times Square posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “One of the nice things about living in NYC is the fact that there are often fun things happening that are both spontaneous and free-of-charge. One of those events occurred last evening and continued through the wee hours of today, when I spent election eve in NYC’s Times Square, along with half a million other people.”

You know – when I first read this – the first thing that came to mind was the last South Park episode with half the town celebrating, getting drunk, tipping cars, and puking everywhere (especially after seeing the picture of the guy hanging on the streetlight – that’s EXACTLY what Stan’s dad did, LOL) – while the other half of the town were either hiding in bunkers or killing themselves.

Those are some great pix you have up there.  My favorite is the close-up of the police officer.  Excellent blend of pix to illustrate your content.  I enjoyed your journey!

John Kaduk presents Russia Starts Taking Advantage Of Obama posted at The Right Wing.

THIS must be what Biden was talking about!  We’ll see, John!  I see the cold war starting all over again under an Obama Presidency.  I’m sure his weak ass will back off.  After all, he’d rather TALK – which won’t mean shit to Putin!

Ron McKie presents Fuck this day posted at Phuck Politics.

Had a bad day did we Ron? I wish I had done as you and watched some movies instead of torturing myself through the evening watching all of that.  My sentiments exactly!

Politics

David Lamb presents Riding the Wave of Recession: A history of economic depression in presidential politics posted at Killer Buffalo, saying, “I didn’t realize you did the carnival so often. I’m glad I didn’t miss my chance!”

One of my fellow bloggers from Inside Government! But – oh, David – how dare you try to tell us that Clinton left Bush with a higher debt than he started with!  Don’t you know that he left office with a surplus! Rubbish!  I guess all those I.O.U.’s in the Social Security till didn’t count!  But, with hindsight being 20/20 – I would say that you were spot on with regards to the economic downturn being blamed on Bush as the primary reason McCain lost.  Personally, I see Obama doing the same thing as Carter.  While he is surrounding himself with Clinton era staff – we already know how that turned out – I think he’s going to make even worse mistakes than Clinton did.  I still don’t see how those libs are able to seriously say that we had prosperity during Clinton’s reign.  I guess they will always re-write history to slant their way.

Joe Hayes presents Political Jokes posted at Restoring Your Finances and Your Faith, saying, “Some really funny politically oriented jokes, just in time for the Election! Includes Barack Obama and John McCain related humor, and quotes from famous people too.”

I‘ve seen some of these before – others are new!  Good one!

PicktheBrain presents Obama, McCain Education Plans Compared posted at Ace Online Schools.

Well – since we don’t really have to worry about McCain’s plans – we’ll just have to see what kind of damage Obama can do to our education system.  Personally, the first thing I would do is get rid of that No Child Left Behind crap!  The fact of the matter is – that program is designed to leave kids behind.  They force low performing kids to drop out of high school and encourage them to go for their G.E.D.s instead which gets those from bringing their scores down.  Not only that – but rather than teach the kids the basics – the schools are teaching to the test instead.

I think his most dangerous plan is to force ALL student loans through the government – just growing Government again!  We know what his unflinching support for Fannie & Freddie did.

Raymond presents My Vote Does Not Matter Because I Do Not Live In A Swing State posted at Money Blue Book.

Personally, I think every vote counts.  However, I do agree with you that our Electoral College system of voting needs to either be changed or completely eradicated.  But – while you might think your vote doesn’t matter nationally – it DOES matter locally – and – does have an impact nationally when voting for your Representatives and Senators!

GrrlScientist presents Sarah Palin: In her own words posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Sarah Palin’s greatest hits: Proof that all a woman needs to succeed in America is a pretty face and a tight ass.”

I think you guys are being WAAY to hard on Sarah.  She’s a lot more intelligent than you guys realize.  The problem is that the McCain camp scripted her.  I’ve seen her in action prior to her being selected as VEEP.  When she’s not scripted – she comes off real classy.  There’s a reason why she has a 90% approval rating in her state – and it’s not because she’s hot!

What you may not know is that during the entire election cycle – she held a security clearance higher than both Obama and McCain.  She’s briefed daily on the National Security Intelligence because of Alaska’s proximity to Russia.  She had inside knowledge that neither Obama or McCain had.  Obama is just now getting those daily briefings that she receives every day as the Alaskan governor.  The Alaskan National Guard and the U.S. Air Force in Alaska are on 24/7 alert because of Russia.  She knows the compliment and capabilities of the entire military forces at her disposal.  Russia is a real threat – and – she’s 100% correct when she was talking about Russia in American/Alaskan air space every time the take off.  (I have inside knowledge on that as well).

Regarding her comments regarding the job of the VP – according to the U.S. Constitution – she’s 100% correct about that as well!  You might want to go back and read that document.

Her biggest problem regarding all those other interviews was that she got caught up in the talking points that she was required to stay on.  I hope one day you get an opportunity to see her in action without the cue cards.  You might change your opinion about her.

Alli presents Rahm Emanuel Advocates Compulsory Civil Service posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, “As previously reported, then Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama while speaking in Colorado this past July, stated:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objective that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a “Civilian National Security Force” that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.””

Excellent post Alli.  I’ve lived overseas where military service is compulsory.  I would hate to see this happen in this country – even in a Civilian National Security Force.  Sounds kinda like Hitler’s Brown Shirts to me.  Also – wasn’t it JFK that instituted the draft?  It seems to me those loony liberals who are supposed to be all about civil liberties and freedom are the first ones to push FORCED service to the country.

Steve Faber presents How Will President Barack Obama Change What You Drive? posted at super gas saver, saying, “One thing about Obama, he has ambition. He also has an agenda to go along with it. A part of that will definitely have an impact on your choice of vehicle in the future.”

Bwahahaha!  That’s some pretty funny shit! Oh – wait – you were serious!  Hey, I’m all for getting better mileage to the gallon and all – but – not at the expense of our economy.  These are some pretty lofty plans that you have outlined over at your place.  But, I don’t see it happening – especially the plug-in hybrids.  We are sooooo far away from having an efficient fuel-cell battery that 2015 is not even foreseeable.  We could have more oil and natural gas in production to fuel this country economically before that would ever happen.

Also – that use it or lose it lease program – in case you aren’t aware – the oil companies would LOVE to lose those leases they have.  There’s no oil in them – but – the government forces them to continue to hold on to them and pay them for these bad leases.  They’ve been explored and have been found to be empty.  The problem is – the government won’t lease the areas that HAVE the oil in them because they don’t want the oil companies drilling.  As a consumer – I would LOVE for those oil companies to lose those bad leases as well – it would help to bring down the price of gas.

Anyway – for those of you who don’t know Obama’s plans – this is a great place to find out!  See if you agree with it.

DWSUWF presents President Barack Obama – Let the healing begin. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Barack Obama will indeed unify the left with the far left, pull in the moderate left, and be the President that speaks clearly for the entire sweeping 52% mandate they represent. Congratulations to the moderate, centrist, libertarian, and conservative blogging brethren who embraced Obama’s rhetoric of change and hope. You got what you hoped for!”

Oh how correct you are! BTW – I watched that South Park episode the other night.  If you haven’t seen the whole thing – it’s freakin hilarious!  Now – back to the regularly schedule program.  Don’t you just love the way the left is throwing out their olive branches and embracing EVERYONE in this country!  You have some great examples there of just how much love the left has and how they will do what they need to do to help unify and bring everyone together for the good of this country!  Oh, I sure HOPE when they realize the CHANGE Obama has in mind is not the CHANGE they HOPED for – they don’t start blaming it on we Conservatives – considering we’re the minority now and have absolutely no power in D.C.!

U.S. Common Sense presents Open letter to Barack Obama posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “This one has already been picked up by Reuters and Palm Beach Post. It is a letter welcoming and warning Obama on his entrance into the White House.”

Excellent letter!  How the heck do you get picked up by Reuters?  This is a great read for all.

Kevin presents How to Deal With Election Withdrawal posted at The Red Stapler Chronicles.

Funny stuff – I’d like to add lucky #13 here – Start off everyone one of your statements to your co-workers with “My friend,” and then make sure to reference all other co-workers as “that one.”

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As I was putting my post together last night, as is usual for this clown, my mind was wandering and thinking of other things – for whatever reason – I remembered a time last year when my step-daughter had asked me that question. Apparently, she had to put together a paper in her high-school government class. I answered her – below are some of my answers I provided then – and I’ve added more since then:

Liberals Suck

So – let’s get down to it and point out the differences on the major issues:

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That’s exactly how I feel right now! Kinda like those dudes from that movie. It seems like things were going swimmingly in the 80′s. I was having a great time. The economy was booming, the music was great, Russia tore down the Berlin Wall, The Soviet Union disintegrated, I had pac-man fever, you name it – it was great.

Then came the 90′s and the Clintons. Apparently, I must have partied my way through it, self-medicating all the way to forget the woes that befell myself and my family. I was on the unemployment line twice during that period. One time for 6 months and another for 2 months. I came close to losing my home to foreclosure, had a car repossessed, had a 2d child born during that time on Medicaid because I couldn’t afford insurance (since I was freakin’ unemployed!) and was struggling just to put food on the table. I was robbing Peter to pay Paul! But, hey! At least I found out that oral SEX wasn’t really SEX!! So – dazed, confused, and self-medicating all the way through the 90′s, I apparently passed out along the way.

The Millenium passed without a hitch – the Y2K global computer crash never came to pass and I woke up – somewhat still dazed – but got up on my feet again. Bush was elected in to office. It started off okay. I was still limping a bit from the 90′s and somewhat skittish to commit to full engagement with the world – then I was dragged in to it kicking and screaming on September 11, 2001. For about a month – our country was united! Everyone had a common goal – to get those bastards that attacked us. Then – everyone else fell asleep – but I was wide awake. Here I am now – looking out the world’s window and I see something so different than it was before. All I can say is, Dude! Where’s my country?

I received this e-mail from one of my e-mail subscribers – we’ll call him Mr. Ed (no, not the talking horse) – he knows who he is – I won’t use his last name to protect him – we wouldn’t want others to know he’s associated himself with a nutty clown!

President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism. But the mistake was not his decision to go to war in Iraq. Bush’s mistake came in his belief that this country is the same one his father fought for in WWII. It is not. Back then, they had just come out of a vicious depression. The country was steeled by the hardship of that depression, but they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the people had elected their leaders, so it was the people’s duty to back those leaders.

Therefore, when the war broke out the people came together, rallied behind, and stuck with their leaders, whether they had voted for them or not or whether the war was going badly or not. And war was just as distasteful and the anguish just as great then as it is today. Often there were more casualties in one day in WWII than we have had in the entire Iraq war. But that did not matter. The people stuck with the President because it was their patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences in WWII and worked together to win that war. Everyone from every strata of society, from young to old pitched in. Small children pulled little wagons around to gather scrap metal for the war effort. Grade school students saved their pennies to buy stamps for war bonds to help the effort.

Men who were too old or medically 4F lied about their age or condition trying their best to join the military. Women doubled their work to keep things going at home. Harsh rationing of everything from gasoline to soap, to butter was imposed, yet there was very little complaining. You never heard prominent people on the radio belittling the President. Interestingly enough in those days there were no fat cat actors and entertainers who ran off to visit and fawn over dictators of hostile countries and complain to them about our President. Instead, they made upbeat films and entertained our troops to help the troops’ morale. And a bunch of those actors even enlisted.

And imagine this: Teachers in schools actually started the day off with a Pledge of Allegiance, and with prayers for our country and our troops! Back then, no newspaper would have dared point out certain weak spots in our cities where bombs could be set off to cause the maximum damage. No newspaper would have dared complain about what we were doing to catch spies. A newspaper would have been laughed out of existence if it had complained that German or Japanese soldiers were being ‘tortured’ by being forced to wear women’s underwear, or subjected to interrogation by a woman, or being scared by a dog or did not have air conditioning.

There were a lot of things different back then. We were not subjected to a constant bombardment of pornography, perversion and promiscuity in movies or on radio. We did not have legions of crack heads, dope pushers and armed gangs roaming our streets.

No, President Bush did not make a mistake in his handling of terrorism. He made the mistake of believing that we still had the courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve.

It is not the same country. It is now a cross between Sodom and Gomorra and the land of Oz. We did unite for a short while after 9/11, but our attitude changed when we found out that defending our country would require some sacrifices. We are in great danger. The terrorists are fanatic Muslims. They believe that it is okay, even their duty, to kill anyone who will not convert to Islam. It has been estimated that about one third or over three hundred million Muslims are sympathetic to the terrorists cause… Hitler and Tojo combined did not have nearly that many potential recruits. So… We either win it – or lose it – and you ain’t gonna like losing.

America is not at war.
The military is at war.
America is at the mall.

Unfortunately, this is so sadly true. I listen to the news and radio talk show to and from work – and all I can do is shake my head and wonder what the hell happened to this great country. It was reported today that yet again the New York Times is spilling secrets! This time they announced our plans for hunting down Obama Osama Bin Laden.  Go figure!

I also have to sit back and wonder why are there so many people so willing to listen to a snake oil salesman pushing nothing but “Hope and Change” and they’re all buying it hook, line, and sinker!  This country was once a great democracy and republic where men and women worked hard to get ahead and accepted responsibility for their actions.  Blood, sweat, and toil built this country – and – no – I’m not referring to slavery.  I’m talking about the great expansion westward.  We were industrialists, farmers, and Americans!  We used our hands and skills to build everything and did not look to the government to help us.  Now, a majority of this country seems to be so willing to move towards socialism!  Political correctness has taken over the language.  Hell, we can’t even pass a bill to formerly make English the national language because it’s discriminatory!

Too many people out there have become fat, lazy, and complacent willing to just sit around that idiot box and complain that Corporate America owns this country and the government needs to fix it.  The only way the government can fix this country is to GET THE HELL OUTTA THE WAY!  The problems we are having are BECAUSE of the government.  They have created so many laws, rules, regulations, codes, etc – that we can’t advance this great nation any longer.  We have people supporting Obama because he will “change” the way they do business in Washington.  They WANT the government to take care of them.  They WANT the government to give them free healthcare (but, it ain’t free is it – we hardworking taxpayers are actually paying for it).  They WANT the government to take over the oil companies.  They WANT the government to bail them out of their mortgages even though it was their fault for buying a home they knew the couldn’t afford on terms they knew they couldn’t meet.  They WANT the government to create and enforce “Green Laws.”

Again, I have to ask – Dude, Where’s my country?  This is not what our founding fathers saw for our future.  They envisioned a nation of free-thinkers, independent from Government control and rule.  They escaped from England for the sole purpose of being able to live freely without interference from the King.  They created a constitution that limited the powers of the Government and gave all that power to the people.  So, why and how is it the Government now has ALL the power?  If you don’t think so, try to not pay your taxes one year.  Try to cut down a tree in front of your house without a permit.  Try to go hunting without a license.  Try saying a prayer out loud in a public school.  Try displaying any symbol of Christianity in any public venue.  It seems the only ones in this country who can break the laws and not be punished are those who are here illegally sapping up all of our resources and living off the American taxpayer.

We have given over the national security of this country to foreignors.  We are wildly dependent on Mexico, Canada, and the Middle East for our energy needs when we have all the resources to be 100% independent in our own country!  Our national landmarks and major corporate buildings are being bought out by foreign investors from Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the Netherlands.  The majority of our consumer goods are now being manufactured in China.  Our mainstay convenience stores are owned by the Japanese and supplying gasoline made from Venezuelan oil.

Almost every single independently owned gas station in this country is owned either by Indians (no, not the natives) or Middle-easterners.  Local hair & nail salons are owned by the Koreans.  I think all the food court kiosks are owned by the same chinese people.  Have you ever noticed that regardless of what kiosk it is (other than Chic-fil-A, BK, or McDonald’s) there are chinese people behind the counter?  The top spots of some of our finest higher education institutions are going to foreignors on student visas and 100% paid American taxpayer funded grants – yet – we can’t seem to get our own students in to community colleges because they’ve been so dumbed down by an inept liberal education system they can’t get the necessary SAT scores to qualify for the better schools. It looks like the only one’s living the American Dream are the foreignors.

I haven’t been living on this planet for very long.  However, I do read books, I listen to the radio, I study history, I read the newspapers, and I stay in touch with the latest advancements in technology.  What I see today is not a country that I recognize any longer.  We are already on a path towards socialism.  The Democrats should just change their party to the Socialists and the Republicans can be the Democrats now.  Those of us on the right who still live with conservative values and morals are becoming a small bunch.  It seems more people are left-leaning than ever.  What is confusing is that recent Rasmussen poll stated that 62% of this country want less social services and lower taxes – yet they are so willing to vote in a socialist who admittedly associated himself with Marxist professors in college.  If they vote in Obama, we will undoubtedly become a socialist nation while the rest of the world is moving towards independence and capitalism.  It’s been proven that socialism, communism, and marxism does not work.  The only one’s who have the power and the money under those systems are the elite politicians.  The little people suffer greatly – yet – that’s the way this country is headed!

Dude, Where’s my country?

What the hell is this world coming to? Check the headline link! A highschool kid in Wisconsin had to go to Federal court because his art teacher gave him a “ZERO” for drawing this picture over there to the right!

“Because it featured a cross and a biblical reference.”

Okay…but get this….

“The lawsuit alleges other students were allowed to draw “demonic” images and asks a judge to declare a class policy prohibiting religion in art unconstitutional.”

Okay..I see..its okay for our kids to draw freakin’ devils and other demonic images..but they can’t have God in their life and want to share “The Word” through art? I really really hate our public school system! Keep God out at all costs! But..hey..what the hell…sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and the devil are all too welcomed! Damned socialist school administrators and teachers!

If you can take your kids out of the public schools and home school them…do it! If you can afford it..put them in a private school..whatever you do..get them the hell out of the public school system. They’re being indoctrinated with socialist propaganda every day!

Oh…but it gets better…..

His teacher, Julie Millin, asked him to remove the reference to the Bible, saying students were making remarks about it. He refused, and she gave him a zero on the project.

Millin showed the student a policy for the class that prohibited any violence, blood, sexual connotations or religious beliefs in artwork. The lawsuit claims Millin told the boy he had signed away his constitutional rights when he signed the policy at the beginning of the semester.

His teacher, Julie Millin, asked him to remove the reference to the Bible, saying students were making remarks about it. He refused, and she gave him a zero on the project.

He signed his constitutional rights away? To the school? What the hell kind of bullshit is that?

Later that day, assistant principal Cale Jackson told the boy his religious expression infringed on other students’ rights.

You just can’t make this shit up! His Constitutional Right to FREEDOM of RELIGION infringed on other students’ rights? Okay..so..if he signed away his constitutional rights..doesn’t that mean the other students did too? So…how could he infringe on their rights..IF THEY HAVE NONE???? OH..that’s right…only the Christian signed away his constitutional rights. Did I mention I hate public schools?

But…that was just the beginning…here is the real meat of the story with regards to this frakkin school…

The lawsuit also alleges school officials allow other religious items and artwork to be displayed on campus.

A Buddha and Hindu figurines are on display in a social studies classroom, the lawsuit claims, adding the teacher passionately teaches Hindu principles to students.

In addition, a replica of Michaelangelo’s “The Creation of Man” is displayed at the school’s entrance, a picture of a six-limbed Hindu deity is in the school’s hallway and a drawing of a robed sorcerer hangs on a hallway bulletin board.

Drawings of Medusa, the Grim Reaper with a scythe and a being with a horned head and protruding tongue hang in the art room and demonic masks are displayed in the metals room, the lawsuit alleges.

So…like I said..the only one who “signed his constitutional rights” away in this school was the kid who believes in God and that Christ is his savior. Still thinkin’ there might not be a war against Christians right now? Oh…its not only with the Islamofascist Muslims…its with our socialist public schools!

Seriously..check this one out over here at the Rottweiler 7 year old kid suspended for sexual harrassment. I’m telling ya…there’s a war against the parents and everything we believe in going on in our schools!

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