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We have a great carnival this week folks! Lot’s of really lively submissions to comment on. Make sure you stop by the blogs of my contributors and let them know your opinions about their submissions.

Conservative

Phil B. presents End All Foreign Aid posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, “In 2008, the United States gave an estimated 26 billion dollars in foreign aid to other countries. For free… Yup, the U.S. government continues giving away your hard earned tax dollars.”

100% in agreement Phil.  In today’s economy, it makes absolutely no sense that we continue to send $billions to other countries when we could use it here.  Obama has plans to nearly double that with a price tag of $50 Billion!!  He’s gonna bankrupt this country. Seems he cares more about other countries than he does America.

Rich Bordner presents Epic Fail: Planned Parenthood Shows its True Colors…Again « The Pugnacious Irishman posted at The Pugnacious Irishman, saying, “Planned Parenthood has it backwards–rather than being angry at Lila Rose for exposing wickedness in their ranks, why aren’t they angry at the PP workers who would fail to protect girls by turning a blind eye to sex abuse?”

I saw that report a month ago on the Glenn Beck show when he interviewed Lila Rose.  Planned Parenthood has only one agenda – to increase the number of abortions in this country.  They don’t counsel young girls on pregnancy prevention and they certainly won’t bring law enforcement in to their midst even when it is mandated by law.  Great post.  I completely forgot about this.

Scott Spiegel presents If At First You Don’t Succeed, Fail, Fail Again! posted at Scott Spiegel.

Scott – a great compilation of Obama’s “accomplishments” in the last 5 months.  While I am a believer that success comes out of learning from failure – I’m afraid there won’t be any success from these failures.  Good post.

Phil B. presents Why Conservatives are typically not Conservationists too? « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, “Have you wondered why most conservatives are not conservationists?”

Do you really believe that?  I believe in conservation – and I guess this goes to one of your other points – because it conserves my money.  I have solar panels on my roof, all energy star rated products, I recycle, I installed low-flow toilets, and low flow water regulators on my faucets, and I had my energy company put the governors on my meter to regulate and turn off the power during low peak hours.  As a result, I’m saving a considerable amount of money every month.  I think if more conservatives knew just how much money they could “conserve” more would jump on the bandwagon.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents 12 Ways To Beat Inflation: Don’t Let Rising Prices Get You Down posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I offer several ways to beat inflation. It’s in the horizon, don’t you think? Find out how to address it before it comes.”

Great list!  As I commented on your site, some of these tips I’m already following, or doing, others were good common sense ideas that I hadn’t even thought about.  Thanks for being a regular contibutor and for providing such valuable tips and pointers given today’s economy.  I would recommend my readers to do as I did, check out this post and then print it off for future reference – or at a minimum – bookmark the page.

The Smarter Wallet presents Find Business Success In A Bad Economy: Managing A Failing Business posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Is it still possible to find business success in a troubled economy? I investigate how business owners can survive the slowdown by keeping tabs on the bigger picture.”

I was considering buying in to a franchise (I won’t detail who and what here) and have been having some serious second thoughts about it.  While I realize this post was primarily tips for staying above water if you already own a business, I found that these tips also are helping to work through my decision.  As always, another great resources for my readers.

Liberal

Linda Jones presents 25 Shocking Facts About Chinese Censorship posted at Online College.org.

Hi Linda.  I’m not so sure of your age, but, these aren’t really shocking.  These are pretty well known.  It’s because of these basic human rights issues that many of we Conservatives opposed Clinton giving them “favored nation status” back in the ’90′s.  They are our biggest trading partner – yet – we don’t do anything to have them address things like this.  This list is minor compared to what they are physically doing to their people.

Holly presents Obama’s Excuse for Not Overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – “It’s a Generational Issue” posted at Menstrual Poetry.

Hi Holly – thanks for allowing me to post this up in the carnival.  We’ll take this one piece at a time.  First – you stated “Obama knows that about 75% of the American public supports the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It would have been nice if you sourced that.  I searched everywhere and could not find a poll that stated that. Actually the latest gallup poll shows that 69% of Americans would support gays in the military.  However, what this poll doesn’t do is ask those in the military, or those who would consider military service, what their opinion is. Also – based on the tone of your post – it almost sounds like you are finally waking up to the fraud that Obama is that we on the right tried to warn you guys about.  Now to speak to the issue – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  First of all, I was against this legislation to begin with.  I was serving in the USAF when this was instituted.  The way our military was set up should have been left alone to begin with.  Sodomy is a UCMJ offense and homosexuals were run out immediately – as it should be.  There is no room for gays serving “openly” in our military.  Here’s why:

1. Have you ever heard of “blanket parties” – they exist.  Anyone who “openly” serves in our military will repeatedly find themselves on the receiving end of a blanket party.  They’ll be run out by our service members.

2. You would have to change the UCMJ to punish those who have a religious belief that being gay is abnormal and an abomination to God.  This would be against the First Amendment.

3. Machismo is alive and well in our military.  Anyone serving “openly” in the military would be treated as a pariah. No one will want to serve with that individual and it would be well known to that individual.  You would be putting that individual in harms way and putting undue stress on him/her.

4. It would kill the morale of our military members.

5. You would have to redesign all of the military barracks or make separate “shower times” for the openly gay.  In case you did not know – barrack living means communal showers.  It is not a matter of being a homophobe or anything like that – neither straight women nor straight men in the military want to be in the showers with someone that is openly gay.  YOU might find this ridiculous – but – it is the truth.

6. If you openly allow gays in the military and start punishing those in the military who oppose it, it will destroy our military.  Straight people won’t be signing up and those who are in won’t re-enlist.

If they do repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – it needs to be back to what it was before Clinton put it in.  Gays are not welcome to openly serve in the military.

Libertarian

Chris presents Senate Proposes “Health Tax” on Fittest Americans posted at Martial Development, saying, “Does the government know how to best manage everyone’s health? It sure seems to think so…”

Given the choice – I would say hell no!  The government needs to stay out of our lives and stop “forcing” Americans to make choices.  This is America – the land of the free where we get to decide our own fates.  It is not the government’s job to take care of the people nor is it their job to make other people take care of those who refuse to take care of themselves.  Universal Health Insurance is not the answer.  Making access to affordable healthcare is the key.  The government plan just benefits the government and the insurance companies.

Martin Russell presents “Conspiracy of the Rich”- A Review posted at Word of Mouth Marketing.

Martin, I’ve been a big fan of Kiyosaki ever since I bought his first book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” I didn’t even know he had this new book out. Based on your review of this book, it is very relevant today and a must read – especially for those of us who have been buying his other books.  This guy has been right on for quite some time.

News

debergerac78 presents Make sure your entire company knows your ethics policies! posted at The Business Ethics Blog, saying, “The Washington Post’s business division appears to be offering lobbyists and association executives an exclusive chance to meet key Obama administration officials and members of Congress–for a considerable fee. The Post seems to have gone from newspaper to match-maker.”

Debergerac – thanks for bringing this to our attention.  Just further proof of the erosion and decline of journalism.

Archvillain presents I Apologize to the Gnats posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, “By comparison with the American public, the attention span of gnats spans centuries … and they’re less likely to get distracted by celebutainment.”

Archvillain – as always – your observations and comparisons are spot on. In case it wasn’t made painfully obvious with Honduras, with Obama siding with despots and dictators, his policy on non-intervention in Iran becomes oh so clear – he is more comfortable with those who oppose democracy.  You are right – the majority of the people in this country aren’t paying attention.  Our Iranian friends were crying out to America for help, and Obama turned his back on them in favor of supporting their leaders.  You gotta wonder where this country his headed with leadership like that.

Jared Rhoads presents Tea Party posted at The Lucidicus Project, saying, “The July 4th Tea Party protests in Boston were a success. Here is a brief report, with photos.”

Jared – awesome – thanks for sharing.  Did you notice how there was absolutely no coverage of any of these T.E.A. Parties in the MSM?  You stated “10′s of thousands” showed up on April 15th.  Actually, it was estimated to be about 250,000 across the country.  On July 4th there were about 1,500 protests across the country (compared to April’s 750) with some of those reaching in the 10′s of thousands themselves. It’s really hard to find solid numbers because the MSM refuses to report on them.

Rick Foreman presents Universal Health Care: It Just Makes Sense posted at Waiting for the Singularity.

Wow, Rick.  You obviously are basing your ideas on emotion versus fact.  Considering I am starting my dissertation in August earning my Ph.D. in Public Health – I can give you many factually based responses why Universal Health care is not the way to go.  However, I will limit it to just one main factor – if I started raising all the issues – it will turn my response in to a separate post (which I think I will do in response to your proposition) – the main reason against Universal Health care is:  Rationing.  The entire universal healthcare system is based on rationing of health care – something our current system does not do. Here are a list of resources you should read:

Cookson, R. & Dolan, P. (1999). Public views on health care rationing: a group discussion study. Health Policy, 49(1), (63-74).

Cookson, R. & Dolan, P. (2000). Principles of Justice in Health Care Rationing. British Medical Journal, 26, (323-329).

Strosberg, M.A., Wiener, J.M., & Baker, R. (1993). Rationing America’s Medical Care: The Oregon Plan and Beyond. Critical Care Medicine. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institute Publishers.

Schut, F.T., & Van de Ven, W.P.M.M. (2005). Rationing and competion in the Dutch health-care system. Health Economics, 14(S1), (S59-S75).

Once you understand this – we’ll talk again.  The bottom line is that the government makes the decisions on who is allowed access to health care based on a cost-benefit analysis – not on what is right for you.  They look at your age and current state of health compared to the costs to the state for the care required.  Do you really want the government to make decisions about your health care needs based on their fiscal budgets?

Politics

Super Saver presents A Crisis Wasted posted at My Wealth Builder.

Yup – saw that one coming!  At some point he’s gonna have to stop blaming Bush for his own failures.  He still uses the excuse that he inherited this problem.  Well, he inherited a $750 Billion deficit.  He has already tripled that in 5 months with it anticipated to quadruple by the end of the year.  He clearly let everyone know exactly how his administration was going to be run when he said “We won.”  Now, Pelosi and Reid are repeating that mantra.  Sure, the Dems won, but America lost.  I hope we can find some way of turning this around before we hit that point of no return.  Unless the administration and Obama start letting in some common sense, they will continue to spend this country out of control.

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We’re kicking off 2009 the right way here with this first collection of 2009.  Make sure you stop by each of these blogs and leave a comment.  These are all some worthwhile posts.

Conservative

Doug Ragan presents How YOU Can Help Save The Economy posted at I’m A Pundit Too, saying, “Who’s going to save us from our failing economy? Do you really think that Congress can save both big business and you at the same time? It is obvious to everyone that the economy is in big time trouble. But what everyone doesn’t understand is how to put it back together. There is much debate about fixing the economy, bank bailouts (thanks Paulson), auto manufacturer bailouts (thanks Bush), freezing foreclosures (thanks Fannie), expansion of government programs that take jobs from the private sector(thanks Obama), the list goes on. One of the interesting things about this very long list is that it mostly seems to be about what the government can do to fix the economy, instead of what the individual can do. The government has a habit of trying to tell business what to do, then trying to prop business up to keep it from failing. This has created problems that won’t be fixed by more of the same. If you really want to talk about “Change” then you need to talk about what individuals can do to put the US economy back on track instead of what the government is going to attempt to do.”

You have some excellent ideas there Doug – great visuals by the way.  Also – 11%?  Holy shit – those people are really behind the ball.  They should have modified their loan years ago!

lsm presents There must have been a Deal posted at awaken the elephants blog.

Excellent summary of GWB’s last 4 years.  I’ve been scratching my head as well.  I recently had a similar rant regarding his auto industry bailout.  Everyone has to make concessions but the UAW.  You’re right – he bailed out the UAW – not the auto industry itself.

Cmblake presents Just got done with CNN Politics. *AHEM*! posted at Cmblake6′s Weblog.

Nice little rant there Chris – I don’t get it either.

Democrats

U.S. Common Sense presents Blagojevich and Democrats on Collision Course posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “Both Blagojevich and the Senate Democrats have made up their minds. Blagojevich has nominated Burris, and the Senate Democrats are planning to block him from being seated. Who will win?”

Hey U.S. – thanks for the submission.  When I heard that Reid already stated he will refuse to seat Burris – I knew the shit was gonna hit the fan given they have no constitutional authority to deny seating him.  As I stated in an earlier comment to a related post – Blago just spit in the face of the Democrats and Obama.  That guy is as defiant as ever.  I appreciate the fact you also provided some historical reference in your post.  I had not realized the Dems attempted this very thing and failed several years ago.  Did you know that Charlie Rangel is now holding Powell’s old seat?

Liberal

SpkTruth2Pwr presents Leading Within Democracies posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “The beauty of democracy for the people is that everyone’s voice matters. The problem of democracy for people is that everyone’s voice matters. This is what confuses our leaders when it comes to making decisions in the interest of the people. A look at public policy, and how to always make the most efficient or fair decision.”

Hmmm..sorry..can’t comment on this one.  When I went out there – there was no post – just a void where there should be a post.  I’ll leave the link here in case it gets fixed – or in case it’s just me! Although – based on your statement with the submission – our constitution set Congressional decisions based on majority rule.  If they need a majority to pass any bills – then – it only goes to follow that their votes should be based on the majority in their states..that is the only fair decision.

Miscellaneous

BH presents Israeli Gaza Operation effective in Military and Propaganda Wars posted at Bangladeshi Hindu, saying, “Analysis of the recent Israel-Palestine conflict”

BH – thanks for submitting this most detailed, un-biased, and historical post regarding the current conflict.  I think your conclusion may be correct – Egypt mislead Hamas on this one!

Megan Casto presents Ignorance Combined with Arrogance and Hatred posted at Amid Clutter, saying, “It’s not perfect and there are so many more details needed but I figure it’s the best post I’ve written so far that would qualify for your carnival. :) Keep up the great work!”

Hi Megan – welcome to the carnival!  Based on what I’ve read previously at your *new* site there – I would say that any one of those other posts are worthy for submission.

But – you are correct – this is a most excellent post regarding the recent conflict in Israel.  However, my understanding is that the Palestineans of today are the “Phillistines” mentioned in the bible.  They are nomadic Arabs – essentially – gypsies without a country.  As far as I’m concerned, Israel never should have given back the West Bank or Gaza.  As for bombing the tunnels to Egypt – it was well known they smuggled contraband and weapons in and out of those tunnels.

I highly recommend this post to others and to read BH’s post which is related to this same topic.  Together, they both add some perspective on the conflict that the MSM won’t provide.

News

Ron McKie presents Happy Birthday posted at Phuck Politics.

My my Ron!  That’s quite a list.  I do have to agree with you on The Real World/Road Rules one..but..what do you have against the Cyrus’s?  Oh, you kill my achey breaky heart with that one!

Lisa Spinelli presents Bush Signs Gay Rights Bill Protecting Retirement Benefits for Gay Couples posted at Greener Pastures: Personal Finance.

Wow..I didn’t even hear any of this on the news anywhere.  I think you might be right – he didn’t know that provision was in there and didn’t know what he was signing.  Personally, I just think it’s more government interference in to private business.  I don’t see how you can force banks and other financial institutions to change their rules.  Besides, there is a beneficiary provision to all private 401k’s where gay couples could pass it on to another.  If this is in reference to government employees – then – I say – not on my tax dollar!  If it has to do with private businesses that still offer retirement programs – again – it should be up to the businesses to make this decision – not have the government force it on them. I’m going to look in to this a little further – but – I don’t even think I as a married man have the ability to choose to roll my 401k into an IRA for my spouse for her to avoid taxes if I pass on.

Politics

Isaac Yassar presents Never Trust 100% posted at Isaac Yassar .com, saying, “Politics are full of dirty tricks. You’ve got to make friends with the right ones. But still, be careful, prepare for the worst. You should never trust 100%”

Okay – I’ll let you have this one!  Not entirely related to politics – but given the news of recent weeks regarding all the crooks in government – I’ll let this one go.

GrrlScientist presents Farewell to The Worst President in History posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Read the fine print, if you can (and you really aren’t expected to be able to read it), then tell me what you think of the current resident of the White House.”

Welcome back GrrlScientist.  However, as history goes – they’re already saying that in years to come he will be looked upon as one of the better Pres’s.  Besides – there is no one that could be worse than Carter.  As for one of your responses listing scientific reasons why you think he’s one of the worst – global warming denial – I would say you are in denial as it has been proven we have been in a cooling spell for the past 7 years and we will continue to cool for another 3 at minimum.  You’re the scientist – you know that this is all natural and cyclical.  The top scientists and meteorologists in this country have all come out saying man-made global warming is a hoax.  Sorry – can’t give you that one.

Stem Cell Research – again – no proof.  All the research on that one is strictly theoretical.  There are still several samples remaining that can be studied.  No use in killing more babies or cloning human cells to advance research that is still in it’s theoretical stage.  Once you guys can prove that stem cells do everything you think they can – then I’m sure it will open up some more.

No Child Left Behind – I agree with you 100%.  That’s pure bullshit.  I’ve ranted on that one myself.

Healthcare for all? – We are a democratic Republic – not a socialist state.  Our constitution does not grant the government power to provide healthcare for all.

Forcing NASA scientists to change/alter reports? – Actually – that was only stated by one disgruntled ex-NASA/Government employee.  There was no proof other than a he said/he said that it actually occurred.

ID versus Evolution – If theory can be taught in public schools as fact even though it is simply a theory – why not teach the other side and let the kids decide for themselves?  Besides, being a Catholic myself – both fit together.  If it weren’t for ID – there would be no plant or animal life to evolve – doncha think? ;)

SpkTruth2Pwr presents I’m Blago…I Can Do What I Want posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “Corruption, ethics, politics, selfishness. Is this what Blagojevich is about? In spite of laying low and waiting for the castigation to blow over or prove his innocence, he is continuing his job like it is business as usual in Illinois. The announcement of an appointment is selfish and places Burris in an uncomfortable position.”

Go figure!  Sure, he’s innocent until proven guilty – but – he just spit in the face of Obama and the entire DNC with this appointment.  You’re also right regarding Burris – even if he is a stand-up guy with no blemishes – his appointment is tainted.  Burris would be an idiot right now to even consider accepting the position.

Greg presents Feds coming after ?clunkers??time to take action!! posted at 454Monte.com, saying, “More feel good claptrap by the Donks that will do more harm to the economy thy are “saving” Hey BoBo..Do I get credit for the “Foist” submission of 2009 ??!? ;-p”

Sorry, Greg – there were 3 others submitted before yours – although – you do get credit for being one of the FOIST to submit on the FOIST!

Pelosi is an idiot!  She obviously has never been to a classic car exhibition otherwise she would know that there is huge money in the scrap and aftermarket business.  But, then again, she does come from San Fran. I don’t think they have classic car exhibitions there…only exhibitionists!

Raymond presents My Stock Market and Real Estate Predictions For Year 2009 posted at Money Blue Book.

Raymond – I think I would have to agree that part of the downfall of the economy has to do both with the government interfering in private industry as well as overzealous consumers.  I also agree with all of your predictions except for 1 – #3.  Based on what I’m seeing – even though the government is saying we are in a recession headed towards a depression – people are still out spending like crazy.  I live in the Tampa area and I can tell you – having been to the zoo, Busch Gardens, and Disney these past two weeks – the parks were still as crowded these past two weeks as they ever have been in the most recent years.  People are still travelling from around the country to visit these places.  I saw crowded malls and stores before, during, and after Christmas.  It sure didn’t look like people are hurting!

RE Ausetkmt presents Yow, The Liecentric Posse deh bout; somebody call the Drop Squad posted at BadGalsRadio Daily Blog, saying, “this blog is a part of five blogs about Different Posses’. this particular piece is about a leopard who pretends to change his spots; but alas the spots are his skin.”

Hey! Welcome back! Hmmm…interesting – are you actually promoting support for the Black Panthers in this post?  It also sounds like perhaps you are proving that Kwanzaa is just a made up sham and should not be a recognized holiday – if it ever is.  Although quite a long post – I learned quite a bit.

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