Friday, December 19, 2014
Well, folks, happy days are here again - Kim's flying in today for the holidays!
I'm picking up Mary later this afternoon and off we'll go - over the river and through the woods... literally - to JFK.
Hell... I was up at the crack of dawn (well... 7:05 a.m.) this morning in order to get Hank a LOF; mission accomplished by the way!
So... today's Christmas song...
Oh... and folks... DON'T FORGET... set up your DVR's...
MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL IS BEING AIRED TONIGHT...!!!
WPIX... Channel 11 here in New York... 8:00 p.m.!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Here's a beloved American spiritual...
(Folks... PLENTY of OUTSTANDING versions on YouTube - but this is the one which "spoke to me" today. I urge you to check out versions such as this and this and this... and so on and so forth!)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Yes... another day and I still want Boehner dead...
Let's see... this weekend's Christmas song...
...and just for the heck of it... THREE!
Pretty... friggin'... cool.... HUH?!
Friday, December 12, 2014
John Hayward writing in Human Events...
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Money is once more flowing out of Congress to all manner of follies and outrages, thanks to an omnibus spending bill that funds everything except Homeland Security through September of 2015 – throwing away every scrap of leverage the incoming Republican majority could possibly exercise against Emperor Obama, ensuring that no one outside the authors of Democrat Party fundraising email spam will be talking about shutdowns, and effectively neutering freshly-elected conservatives.
* ...AND EFFECTIVELY NEUTERING FRESHLY-ELECTED CONSERVATIVES.
* TRUE CONSERVATIVES HAVE TWO... NO, MAKE THAT THREE... CHOICES COME JANUARY: 1) TOPPLE BOEHNER AND HIS CREW; 2) LEAVE THE GOP IN MASS AND START A NEW PARTY; 3) STICK WITH BOEHNER AND SIGN THE DEATH WARRANT OF THE GOP WITH WHILE BUILDING NOTHING IN ITS STEAD TO STAND AGAINST THE LEFT AND SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION.
* IT REALLY DOES COME DOWN TO THOSE THREE CHOICES, FOLKS.
Americans with some vague memory of how the system is supposed to work might be wondering what happened to the sober deliberation of budgets, the careful spending of every dollar, and even the basic rules of accounting. Welcome to the new millennium, old-timers!
We don’t do things that way anymore. Government by perpetual crisis is so much more exciting, and lucrative for the Ruling Class. Now we wait until the hands of the fiscal doomsday clock stand at one minute to midnight, and the political class has to fund everything with “emergency spending bills,” scribbled in blind haste and posted on glitchy websites for public review in a half-hearted ritual of “transparency.”
We live in the shadow of the cromnibus, an appropriately clunky word that combines “continuing resolution” emergency tactics with “omnibus spending” irresponsibility. The Cromnibus is a flabby beast with a gaping maw and many tentacles to feed itself... but it lacks eyes, ears, and a frontal lobe.
* I PREDICT ASSASSINATIONS IN 2015. ASSASSINATIONS AND VIOLENCE - VIOLENCE FROM "WE THE PEOPLE" DIRECTED AGAINST GOVERNMENT FORCES.
Anyone who raises the slightest objection to this panicky spending bonanza is denounced as a penny-pinching extremist monster who just wants to kill children, puppies, and kittens for fun by shutting down the government that keeps them alive. You don’t want Obama to throw up barricades around your national parks and memorials again, do you? No? Then shut up and spend!
* I FEAR KILLING THESE PEOPLE IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THEM...
The sole reservation in the winder spending festival is the Department of Homeland Security – which, as Fox News explains, is only funded through February, so the GOP leadership can pretend it’s going to stage a huge fight over Obama’s illegal amnesty orders next year. This is supposed to mollify the starchy citizens who still care about antiquated notions like the rule of law, the separation of powers, the value of citizenship, and national security long enough for the Establishment to enjoy its holiday vacation.
* I HATE BOEHNER WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING.
* AND, NO... FOR THE RECORD... I'M NEITHER "THREATENING" BOEHNER NOR CALLING UPON OTHERS TO BREAK THE LAW IN ANY WAY.
Boehner's bill finances the day-to-day operations of every Cabinet department except Homeland Security through Sept. 30, 2015, with $521 billion for defense and $492 billion tied to non-defense.
Another $64 billion is provided for overseas military operations.
* THROWING GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD...
Let’s have a big round of applause for the GOP Establishment, ladies and gentlemen! They managed to throw away the most remarkable electoral victory in a generation in only one month...
* DIE... BOEHNER... DIE...
* DIE... BOEHNER... DIE...
* DIE... BOEHNER... DIE...
There was no reason to give the defeated Democrats anything except a stop-gap bill to fund the government through January, at which point the incoming Republican majorities should have exercised control over everything.
* FOLKS... BOEHNER IS LITERALLY A TRAITOR! AS LEADER OF THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE HE'S GIVEN ALL THE POWER TO OBAMA, PELOSI, REID, AND THE DEMOCRATS! (AND YET... THE REPUBLICAN RANK AND FILE WILL NO DOUBT RE-ELECT HIM TO THE SPEAKERSHIP!)
* FOLKS... EVERY REPUBLICAN WHO VOTED FOR THE BOEHNER BILL SHOULD BE TARRED, FEATHERED, AND RUN OUT OF OFFICE ON A RAIL!
On the Senate side, conservatives such as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., could create problems in passing the bill.
* I DON'T SEE HOW... BUT LET'S HOPE AND PRAY!
Why any of these [RINO] leadership strategists think voters will reward them in 2016 after they (a) give the country away to Emperor Obama and his new imported class of super-citizens, and (b) allow the defeated minority party to effectively run Washington for a year, remains a mystery. ... The Republican leadership isn’t just bad at standing up for its principles and fulfilling commitments to its voters. It seems institutionally incapable of understanding, as Democrats do, that power won today must be used to set the stage for tomorrow’s elections. Democrats target constituencies and service them, including constituencies that aren’t actually American citizens while Republicans try to figure out how badly they can get away with disappointing their base while they service a Beltway culture some of them fear, and others profit from.
(*SIGHING WHILE NODDING*)
If the Republican leadership was smart, they’d be looping events such as Jonathan Gruber’s disastrous House testimony into a big-picture assault on arrogant, wasteful government, and reminding the hard-working, rules-obeying American taxpayer how much contempt Democrats hold them in. A proper budget debate right after the holidays would be a great way to do that.
The Democrats fear nothing more than a sharp Republican Party playing that kind of hardball and appealing directly to the working middle class, which is so comprehensively betrayed by the Democrat philosophy of rewarding its big contributors and powerful special interests at the expense of everyone else. There’s a lot of junk in this “cromnibus” spending bill that could be used to buttress such a case, such as a juicy payoff to outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid’s casino backers… but then, in order for Republican leaders to make hay over such corruption, they’d have to give up their pork and payoffs, and they don’t want that.
* V-IO-LANCE...! V-IO-LANCE...! V-IO-LANCE...! (JUST A CHANT, FBI... JUST EXERCISING MY EVER DWINDLING RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH...)
The only reliable bipartisanship in Washington is the agreement between both parties to serve and protect the permanent system of regulators, appropriators, lobbyists, and Big Media, which have fused together into a single organism with a shared bloodstream, through which well-connected individuals and flow from lobby organizations, to bureaucratic appointments, to media sinecures with ease.
Look at the resume of a Beltway power player, and you’ll have a hard time telling the difference between elected officials, the agencies they nominally control, the special interests they serve, and the media that’s supposed to keep them all honest.
The same person can work for all of those entities in the span of a decade. The only thing they really cooperate on is the care and feeding of the Cromnibus, the misshapen thing that feeds them all through its multitude of teats.
* KILL... 'EM... ALL...!!! KILL... 'EM... ALL...!!! KILL... 'EM... ALL...!!! (STILL JUST RAMBLING ALOUD, FEDS!)
If all this “omnibus spending bill” jazz sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve played through the same hammy drama every year for the better part of a decade. In fact, the term “cromnibus” – currently beloved of such feisty insurgents as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) – is said to have been coined by the office of then-House Minority Leader John Bohener, circa 2007, when he energetically criticized the Democrat majority for doing exactly what Boehner is doing today.
NOT... GONNA... LET... BOEHNER... SIDE-TRACK... ME...!!!
(*GRITTING MY TEETH*)
And now... for a POSITIVE exclamation of "Jesus Christ!"
This one... and this version... speaks to me...
Hey Jews! Atheists! Muslims! Buddists! Whateverists...
JOIN US IN MERRIMENT...!!!
(SEE! I REMEMBERED THIS TIME!)
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Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) accused House Republican leadership of reneging on a deal made with him to get his support on a crucial procedural vote that almost killed the $1.1 trillion cromnibus funding bill.
* STUTZMAN MADE THE DEAL. (YOU'RE A PIECE OF SHIT, STUTZMAN!)
“I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the cromnibus back on the floor,” Stutzman said in a Thursday evening statement. “The American people deserve better.”
Stutzman was one of the last Republicans to cast his ballot in favor of a rule allowing the House to vote on the cromnibus.
National Review Online reported that Stutzman backed the rule at the last minute after leadership told him that they would pull the bill, once the rule was passed, and replace it with a short-term continuing resolution favored by rank-and-file conservatives. With the last-minute help of Stutzman and outgoing representative Kerry Bentivolio (R., Mich.), leadership won the vote 214–212.
* LOOK AT THIS CLOWN... THIS DOUCHE... THE "LEADERSHIP" TOLD HIM... HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE BALLS TO NAME NAMES!
* WHO PROMISED YOU, DOUCHE?! NAME? NAMES... PLURAL...?!
“I supported the rule because I was informed by leadership that the cromnibus was dead and a short term CR would take its place,” Stutzman said.
After President Obama came out in favor of the funding bill, Republican leaders spent the day whipping their members and hoping that Democrats would deliver the requisite number of votes.
And now... by James P. Willis...
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The merger of the RNC with the DNC has begun. Led by John Boehner, one hundred and sixty-two House "Republicans" voted to join Team Obama and become part of the problem.
Conservatives across the nation are fuming over the betrayal handed to them by the Republican Party and are left wondering if the GOP is worth saving. For years we have contemplated the possibility of leaving the GOP and forming a new political party that would be more to our liking, and now that the GOP has responded to an overwhelming mandate to end Obama’s amnesty by totally surrendering to his wishes, it appears we may now have no other choice.
Make no mistake, it is no longer Obama’s amnesty plan, it has now become Washington’s amnesty plan.
By voting to fund the program the GOP has become complicit in the President’s illegal, unconstitutional, and immoral scheme.
Contrary to what some may believe, Boehner did not push this bill through because he feared being blamed for a government shutdown; he did so because he wants to pass amnesty just as much as Obama does.
* THAT AND HE WANTS ENDLESS OPEN SPENDING... JUST AS THE DEMOCRATS DO.
John Boehner and the establishment Republicans represent the wishes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce rather than the people who voted them into office.
* ABSOLUTELY... NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER...
It is still possible to salvage something of the GOP, but if it is going to happen it will need to take place now. The most immediate step would be for Senate Republicans to do whatever is within their power to prevent this bill from being passed, at least in its current form.
The next thing that must happen would be for Republicans in the House to somewhat redeem themselves by removing Boehner from the office of Speaker and replacing him and the rest of the House GOP leadership with members who understand their role.
(Unfortunately, I don’t expect either of these things to happen, and that leaves us with a GOP that cannot be trusted or counted on in a fight.)
* I FEAR THE AUTHOR IS CORRECT; I PRAY HE'S WRONG. BOEHNER AND "HIS" 162 "REPUBLICANS" MIGHT AS WELL BE DEMOCRATS. WHILE BOEHNER IS IN POWER THERE'S NO HOPE TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY. INDEED... I SOMETIMES WONDER - SERIOUSLY - IF BOEHNER IS BEING BLACKMAILED BY SOMEONE OR SOME GROUP ON THE LEFT WHO ARE USING BOEHNER TO DESTROY THE GOP FROM WITHIN.
So what do we do now? I won’t pretend to have the answers, but this betrayal cannot go unanswered or we will prove ourselves to be just as timid and worthless as John Boehner.
* UNFORTUNATELY THAT DESCRIBES MOST PEOPLE... INCLUDING MY OWN BEST FRIEND.
* FOLKS... THE AVERAGE AMERICA IS A SHEEP. THE POLITICIANS ARE MOSTLY SCUM... BUT IT IS "THE SHEEPLE" WHO HAVE EMPOWERED THEM.
One thing I do know is that I will no longer allow my name to be associated with anyone who is complicit in the effort to destroy this country and shred our Constitution, even if that means I spend the rest of my life on the losing side of every political fight of which I am a part. This is one of those times I am reminded of the words of Jesus when He said “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
As the RNC and DNC merge and become the party of Big Government America finds itself in desperate need of a political party that will fight for small government and liberty. The hope that we could take over the GOP from within is fading fast, and unless this latest betrayal results in immediate changes to GOP leadership, it will be gone in a matter of weeks.
Boehner knew going into this that there would be a conservative backlash and included in the bill a rider that will massively increase the amount of money a single donor can give the national party committees, putting conservative groups at a disadvantage.
* YEP... THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THAT RIDER WAS ABOUT!
Conservatives are now politically homeless and the only way I can see that we will be able to save the country from the unholy alliance between Obama and Boehner is to organize ourselves into a new political party, led by a trusted Conservative with immediate name recognition (Allen West perhaps?)...
* NOPE. WEST HIMSELF SUPPORTED BOEHNER WHEN HE WAS TOLD HE "HAD" TO.
...that will attract voters who are dissatisfied with the choices they have had, and attract conservative Republican members of Congress who are tired of being treated like the redheaded step-children of the GOP.
* THE RIGHT IDEA... BUT SO FAR IT HASN'T HAPPENED...