Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ten Thoughts to Ponder for 2008

Number 10

Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 9

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Number 8

Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny.
If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.

Number 7

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to
use the internet and they won't bother you for weeks.

Number 6

Some people are like a Slinky. Not really good for anything, but you
still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

Number 5

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday,
lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Number 4

All of us could take a lesson from the weather.
It pays no attention to Criticism.

Number 3

Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200.00,
and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?

Number 2

In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird.
Now the world is Weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

And The Number 1 Thought For 2008:

We know exactly where one cow with Mad-cow-disease is located
among millions and millions of cows in America but we haven't got
a clue as to where millions of illegal immigrants and terrorists are located.
Maybe we should put the Department of Agriculture in charge of Immigration?
Little Old Lady From Pasdena

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeders, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks to himself, 'This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!' So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.

Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies -- two in the front seat and three in the back - eyes wide and white as ghosts.

The driver, obviously confused, says to him, 'Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?'

'Ma'am,' the officer replies, 'You weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.'

'Slower than the speed limit?' she asked. 'No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly... Twenty-Two miles an hour!' the old woman says a bit proudly.

The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that 22 was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to everyone in this car ok? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time.'

'Oh, they'll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119.'
Go, Granny, Go Granny, Go Granny Go!

An old, blind man wanders into a Democrat bar in Washington, DC, by mistake. He finds his way to a barstool and orders a beer. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, "Hey, you wanna hear a Dumb Democrat joke?"

The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, "Before you tell that joke, sir, I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things: One, the bartender is a Democrat with a baseball bat. Two, the bouncer is a Democrat. Three, I'm a 6-foot-tall, 175-pound Democrat with a black belt in karate. Four, the woman sitting next to me is a Democrat and a professional weightlifter. And five, the lady to your right is a Democrat and a professional wrestler. Now, think about it seriously, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"

The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head and finally mutters: "Well, no; not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times."

"A lot of Americans can't get their head around the concept of illegal immigrants demanding civil rights from a country whose laws they've broken. After all, these are people who have chosen to live outside our system. And now they want to come inside, but only to ask for this and demand that, without admitting they did wrong or acknowledging their responsibility to make it right."
- Columnist Ruben Navarrette

Americans, by nature, are a friendly, open-armed, law-abiding, honest lot who may not agree with all the rules and regulations imposed on us by government, but we mostly obey them. Being law-abiding and honest, we find it difficult to understand why we should first, accept into our communities people who have broken the law, not just by speeding or running a traffic light, but have crossed our borders with no documentation and without invitation, take jobs away from citizens, take advantage of our welfare system and our Social Security system and then expect us to welcome them with open arms when they are either exposed or choose to expose themselves as Federal criminals.

We see it as someone who has broken into our house, set up housekeeping, bring all their relatives in and demand that we feed, clothe, and continue to house them at our expense. Okay, they offer in exchange housekeeping and lawn services among others, but what if I don't want or need a housekeeper or maid, or lawn service? They say that since they are living in my house, I have to accept their services and pay them for it. But, I didn't invite them in, I say. It makes no difference, we're here and you're going to accept us and make us a part of your family.

Americans are also generous to a fault by nature. If there is a natural disaster somewhere in the world, we're there with food, money, medical care, people - you name it, we'll provide it. Americans hear that children in Somalia need food? We send it. North Koreans are starving under the dictatorship of Kim Il-Jung? We try to get food to them even if it means giving into blackmail by said Kim. Myanmar has a cyclone killing thousands but the military government is reluctant to allow foreign countries in? We consider air-dropping food and supplies in - bypassing the government because we know food and supplies are desperately needed. China has an earthquake? We're sending food and supplies almost before the last tremor stops.

And it's not only the government giving aid. When Americans know the need is there, we send private donations for food and supplies - whatever is needed - as well as people donating their personal time - taking time away from their jobs and family to help. Sometimes that time is given by their companies, but more often than not, Americans will use personal time, vacation time, to help others in need.

Don't ever tell me Americans don't care about anyone else. You show us a need and we're there. We offer help whenever and wherever needed. But...don't come here illegally and demand rights from us. You're overstepping your role as a "guest" and we withdraw our hospitality.

Because the problem lies primarily at the US-Mexican border, I consider all illegals to be Mexican. Before anyone jumps down my throat, this is just a very broad category to put all illegals in. I know that not all Mexicans are illegal - and not all illegals are Mexican. But, the vast majority are Mexican, hence the categorization.

As I understand it, it's difficult to get permission from Mexico to enter the US - especially if you're poor. It's the poor of Mexico who need to improve their situation to maybe even survive. Mexico is a very wealthy country in resources. Seems to me that the problem lies with the government - and the rest of the citizenry needs to take control of the government so that there is aid for the poor and a way for the poor to work their way up and out of poverty. If you can't come legally for some reason - then work to change your country. Change your government, your leaders, your laws. It can be done - we did it in 1776.

I understand why Mexicans (and the poor of any nation) comes to the US. They see the US as the "land of milk and honey" and where their opportunity to survive and to thrive. Mexican parents want the best for their kids so they come here to raise their families. Mexicans come here to earn a living so they can send money back to their family in Mexico so they can just survive. I get it; I really do get it.

We will welcome you with open arms. We'll give it willingly from the bottom of our hearts. Just don't demand it - that's when we dig our heels in and say "not just no, but hell, no!" We don't like to be taken advantage of. Don't demand rights you have no entitlement to.

As Americans we don't ask much. Obey our laws, work hard, contribute to the community and we'll get along just fine. I don't think it's too much to ask.
Media Silent as Obama Plays the 'Cross' Card
Posted By Bobby Eberle On May 15, 2008 at 6:20 am

Let's step back in time just a moment to Christmas, 2007. After months of campaigning, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee decided to create a Christmas television ad. He didn't talk about taxes or foreign policy or Social Security, but rather, he wished everyone a merry Christmas. The ad was the focus of media attention, with multiple stories implying that Huckabee "had gone too far mixing religion and politics."

If a Christmas ad warranted so much criticism, why is Democrat Barack Obama getting a free pass as he sends out campaign flyers showing him at the pulpit of a church? Huckabee was criticized for a bookcase in the background of his commercial that some said was a subliminal cross. Obama is standing in front of a real cross and church organ, and nothing is being said. If Huckabee went "too far" in "mixing religion and politics," what is Obama doing? It seems Obama will do anything in this campaign to sell himself to voters except actually telling them where he stands on the issues.

Last December, Gov. Mike Huckabee put out the following commercial:

As the camera panned past the bookcase, some news stories reported that a "subliminal cross" was being shown. This brought accusations that Huckabee, an ordained minister, had crossed the line. Now, as the Democrats campaign in Kentucky, below is an image of a flyer that is being circulated by the Obama campaign.

As noted in a posting by the Christian Broadcasting Network, author David Brody states that Obama is "making a direct appeal to Evangelicals with flyers that mention his conversion experience and they highlight a big old cross. Remember Mike Huckabee’s supposed subliminal cross in his Christmas campaign ad? Well, the Obama campaign ditches the subliminal and goes for the in your face cross."

The Obama campaign has consistently believed that their candidate can compete for the “religious vote”. A lot has been made about how Obama hasn’t done as well with Catholics compared to Clinton. But let’s remember one thing: Obama has a story to tell about how Jesus came into his life. You can bet we will be hearing more details about it on the stump in the fall. (if Obama is the nominee)

Obama's Christian message is being broadcast over the radio as well. In a news story, the organization reports that "Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, who endorsed Obama on Sunday, narrated a new radio spot for Obama that highlights the Illinois Senator's upbringing and values, including how Obama is 'a strong Christian.'"

First, as a Christian, let me state that one's religious beliefs should never be excluded from political discussion. That is not the point here. The point is that Obama is blatantly campaigning not on issues, but rather on religion, and he is getting a pass from the media. Huckabee was criticized for a Christmas ad, and Obama's blatant pandering to Evangelicals is not being covered.

Additionally, it is more than hypocritical to tout one's Christian faith and also accept the endorsement of the pro-abortion group NARAL. I only hope that John McCain has the sense and fortitude to expose the real Barack Obama and not give him a pass as the media outlets are doing.


Okay, so maybe someone can explain why it's wrong for a preacher (who admittedly was running for political office at the time), who was sending a Christmas message to America to have a cross in the video at all, much less one that was formed by the lighting on a bookshelf, but it's alright for another candidate (at a later time) to stand at what appears to be a church lectern with a large cross behind him?

I would expect a preacher to have a cross in his house just as I would expect a rabbi to have a menorah or a Star of David prominently displayed in his house. And, oh my gosh! he had a Christmas tree in the video as well. He must wish people a "Merry Christmas" instead of the PC "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings".

I personally don't care if Senator Obama has a photo op in every church, synagogue, temple or whathaveyou in the United States. But I have to wonder if this isn't just damage control after the Reverend Wright debacle. Has he decided that he must show himself to be a man of religion by this photo op? Is he next going to say that he's surrounding himself with questionable characters so that he can guide them to the light and save their souls? (There seems to be an awful lot of people who need saved in his orbit). That can be a double-edged sword. One can pick up bad habits as well as rehabilitate the bad in others.

In any case, in my opinion it's bad form to pose in front of a cross when you've criticized someone else for having an unintentional one in a Christmas time video.

Courageous Woman Dares to Reveal Democrats’ Racist Past
By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Did you know…Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican? Every civil rights law, beginning in the 1860s through the 1950s and 1960s, was fought against by Democrats? Or the KKK had links to the Democratic Party? Not only are these questions addressed by the National Black Republicans Association (NBRA), but also more surprising facts.

A few months ago, we had the privilege to meet the chairwoman of NBRA, a brave and gusty woman named Frances Rice. “The double standard looms large when Democrats practice racism,” says Rice. “Those who search in the Republican Party haystack for the racist needles, ignore the mountain of evidence about racism in the Democrat Party.”

Rice does not initially appear to be the type of person who would strike out and dare to challenge a giant, but that’s just what this modern day “David” has done. Rice said her organization is working to set the record straight and “wake up” black voters and “shed the light of truth on the racist past and failed socialism of the Democratic Party.”

Little did we know Rice would soon be feeling the intense, sizzling heat of the national spotlight for reminding people and speaking the truth that the Democratic Party wishes we would all forget.

Last week, when Democrats became aware of NBRA’s Fall 2007 magazine being distributed at a black-voter event in Tallahassee, the liberal media and Democratic Party giants alike began firing their attacks. One headline in a newspaper read, “Magazine stirs race politics” and wrote that the magazine “pushes racial buttons by highlighting low points in the history of the Democratic Party.” A reporter from the The Miami Herald decried The Black Republican magazine, calling its comments “strident” and saying Democrats were “outraged.”

Sometimes the truth hurts.

Rice cites renowned liberal historian and author Dr. Eric Foner in her well-documented expose, “The Ku Klux Klan was the Terrorist Arm of the Democratic Party”. In “A Short History of Reconstruction,” Professor Foner wrote: “Founded in 1866 as a Tennessee social club, the Ku Klux Klan spread into nearly every Southern state, launching a ‘reign of terror’ against Republican leaders black and white.” Again, it was Foner who said, “In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic party…and all who desired the restoration of white supremacy.”

Several other articles, including one titled “Why Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a Republican,” also raised the ire of “giants.” Frances Rice says she knew MLK’s family and “there’s no way they were Democrats” in the 1960s. Not only did King vote for Eisenhower in 1956, but this was a time when racist southern Democrats such as Bull Connor used vicious dogs and fire hoses to break up protests; after all, segregation and discrimination were the law of the land in the South.

One who saw firsthand Connor’s atrocities was our nation’s first female black secretary of state, Condi Rice. Not only did she witness the brutality inflicted on the peaceful protestors at the 1963 Children’s March in Birmingham, but Condi’s neighborhood experienced threats of violence. One of her childhood friends was killed in a church bombing by the Ku Klux Klan along with three other girls. Secretary Rice’s family repeatedly faced discrimination. A prime example of this was when John, her father, tried to register to vote with the Democratic Party. They told him that to register as Democrat he must first guess the number of beans in their jar. Not one to accept such insulting treatment, John Rice headed over to the Republican register and promptly became a Republican.

“’Racism’” is the trump card in the indictment of Republicans,” points out Dr. Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute. “But the cold fact is that the whole Jim Crow era in the South was dominated by Democrats.”

The mission of the NBRA is “to be a resource for the black community on Republican ideals and promote the traditional values of the black community which are the core values of the Republican Party: strong families, faith in God, personal responsibility, quality education, and equal opportunities for all.”

We saw evidence of one of their bold campaigns in Florida. Prominently displayed on a gigantic billboard was the proclamation that “Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican” along with a photo of the civil rights leader, the organization’s name and Web site. It was hard to miss. Currently NBRA has identical signs in several other states and hopes to go nationwide. To help and donate go to:

The Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln, fought to free blacks from slavery. Now the daunting goal of NBRA is to “return black Americans to their Republican Party roots by enlightening them about how Republicans fought for their freedom and civil rights and are now fighting for their educational and economic advancement.”

©2008 Floyd and Mary Beth Brown. The Browns are bestselling authors and speakers. Together they write a national weekly column distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. For more info call Cari Dawson Bartley at 800 696 7561 or e-mail For comments please email the Browns at

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Six Affairs to Remember

The 1st Affair

A married man was having an affair with his secretary. One day they went to her place and made love all afternoon. Exhausted, they fell asleep and woke up at 8 PM.

The man hurriedly dressed and told his lover to take his shoes outside and rub them in the grass and dirt. He put on his shoes and drove home.

'Where have you been?' his wife demanded.

'I can't lie to you,' he replied, 'I'm having an affair with my secretary. We had sex all afternoon.'

She looked down at his shoes and said:

'You lying bastard! You've been playing golf!'

The 2nd Affair

A middle-aged couple had two beautiful daughters but always talked about having a son. They decided to try one last time for the son they always wanted.

The wife got pregnant and delivered a healthy baby boy. The joyful father rushed to the nursery to see his new son. He was horrified at the ugliest child he had ever seen.

He told his wife, 'There's no way I can be the father of this baby. Look at the two beautiful daughters I fathered! Have you been fooling around behind my back?'

The wife smiled sweetly and replied, 'Not this time!'

The 3rd Affair

A mortician was working late one night. He examined the body of Mr. Schwartz, about to be cremated and made a startling discovery. Schwartz had the largest private part he had ever seen!

'I'm sorry Mr. Schwartz,' the mortician commented, 'I can't allow you to be cremated with such an impressive private part. It must be saved for posterity.'

So, he removed it, stuffed it into his briefcase, and took it home.

'I have something to show you won't believe,' he said to his wife, opening his briefcase.

'My God!' the wife exclaimed, 'Schwartz is dead!'

The 4th Affair

A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door.

'Hurry,' she said, 'stand in the corner.' She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder. 'Don't move until I tell you,' she said, 'pretend you're a statue.'

'What's this?' the husband inquired as he entered the room.

'Oh it's a statue,' she replied, 'the Smiths bought one and I liked it so I got one for us, too.'

No more was said, not even when they went to bed. Around 2 AM the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer.

'Here,' he said to the statue, 'have this. I stood like that for two days at the Smiths and nobody offered me a damned thing.'

The 5th Affair

A man walked into a cafe, went to the bar and ordered a beer.

'Certainly, Sir, that'll be one cent.'

'One Cent?' the man exclaimed.

He glanced at the menu and asked, 'How much for a nice juicy steak and a bottle of wine?'

'A nickel,' the barman replied.

'A nickel?' exclaimed the man. 'Where's the guy who owns this place?'

The bartender replied, 'Upstairs, with my wife.'

The man asked: 'What's he doing upstairs with your wife?'

The bartender replied, 'The same thing I'm doing to his business down here.'

The 6th Affair

Jake was dying. His wife sat at the bedside. He looked up and said weakly, 'I have something I must confess.'

'There's no need to, 'his wife replied.

'No,' he insisted, 'I want to die in peace. I slept with your sister, your best friend, her best friend, and your mother!'

'I know,' she replied, 'now just rest and let the poison work.'
And This is the Just The Beginning

Sonoran Desert

The illegals have walked over 25 miles into our country when they get to this spot. At this spot they can see the lights of Amado, and they know they are within a few hours of getting picked up by the load vehicle which will take them anywhere in the country. When they come they carry backpacks with clean clothes and food in them; when they get to this layup spot, they change out of their dirty clothes and into clean clothes so that they will blend in better once they get to town. They will cram as many as 20 people into the cab of a pickup truck or 30 people into a van or SUV, so there is no room for any backpacks or extra clothing.

And of course the trail leading out of the layup area heading NORTH to Tucson, then on to your town tomorrow.

We estimate there are over 3000 discarded back packs in this layup area. Countless water containers, food wrappers, clothing, and soiled baby diapers. And as you can see in this picture, fresh footprints leading right into it. We weren't too far behind them.

This layup is on an 'illegal super - highway' from Mexico to the USA (Tucson) used by human smugglers. This layup area is located in a wash area approximately .5 of a mile long just south of Tucson.

Another monster layup/rest area discovered by MCDC AZ SEARCH & RESCUE

~~~~~~~~~~~~ verifies this, but my own cousin Nancy experienced it. This is what she wrote me when I sent the pictures to her:

When we lived on the ranch, before moving to Tucson 7 years ago, we saw this. It was on our 40 acres and across our road in the State Land. We and the neighbors had to clean it up, nobody else volunteered to do so. It really is awful. No one knows who doesn’t live here. You would think that this would have been forced upon McCain to look at, but he doesn’t seem to care and never has.

These are the illegal aliens I complain about. They break our laws by coming into our country, leave this mess, expect us to welcome them with open arms and give them fast track to citizenship so they can reap the benefits of being Americans - including demanding the right to enter illegally.

In what other country could this happen?

Why Change Isn't Always So Hot or Be Careful of What You Wish For

I received the following in email:

Remember the election in 2006? Thought you might like to read the following. A little over one year ago

1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:

1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

We have to remember that when we want change, we must be specific in what change we want. It's like a Genie's wishes. If you aren't very specific about what you want, you don't get what you really want. I could ask the Genie for, say, a new car, but get one that was in an accident on the way off the showroom floor.

We need to think about the changes we want and, in the case of political candidates, who we think has the best chance of effecting those changes. And always remember, that just because someone is president, it doesn't mean they can get a bill passed. We need also to remember that every candidate is going to promise the world to get elected, but who has the character to carry through on those promises? Asking for change for change itself isn't smart.

We must remember that character is important. Character defines the person. defines character as:

1. the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.
2. one such feature or trait; characteristic.
3. moral or ethical quality: a man (or woman -ed) of fine, honorable character.
4. qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.
5. reputation: a stain on one's character.
6. good repute.

When deciding on a political candidate, definitions 3-6 are the important issues to consider. No person is perfect, we all know this. So there is a little of the lesser of two evils, and a lot of who we perceive to be the better of the choices. For instance: who owes what to whom? Every candidate owes something to someone, but what do they owe? You might have a good idea by looking at the people surrounding the candidate. Might they be looking for a diplomatic post? A position on a Federal bench or, dare I say it? The Supreme Court itself? Maybe they want a pardon for themselves or someone else.

Speaking of the people surrounding the candidate, are they of good character? Just because they are working for someone doesn't mean they espouse the same values as the candidate.

My point is, don't vote for a candidate just because he's black, or she's a woman, or he's a war hero. Those are just the starting point. There's way too much at stake in November to make a decision based on what they look like, what they are promising, or something that happened 40 years ago.

The only way the average American citizen can win is to educate yourself on the candidates and to vote smart. That way, even if another candidate wins, you've done your job. And by voting you earn the right to complain. If you don't vote, keep your mouth shut. You haven't earned the right to complain.
Is Obama's Skin a Bit Thin?

Here is what the president said: ''Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.''

''We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history,'' Bush added.

And here is what Senator Obama said: ''It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack,'' Obama said in a statement his aides distributed. ''George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.

Senator Obama seems to think that President Bush was addressing him directly in this speech. He either has a guilty conscious or he think that he's a a presidential nominee. Oh, wait...he's at least campaigning to be a presidential nominee. Maybe he thinks because he's running for office he's the center of the political world. I'll agree that he will probably be the Democratic nominee, but not every remark made by Bush or anyone else is directed to him.

It's interesting that he thinks Bush's remarks are directed at him. Has he made statements that would draw comments of this nature? To be honest, I don't know. I'm not familiar enough with his speeches to know. When I first heard about Bush's comments, I thought of former president Jimmy Carter. You know, the one who disregarded the request of the State Department and met with terrorists. I think Jimmy's angling for another Noble Peace Prize. And he'll probably get it. They love appeasers.

Obama is running for the highest political office in the US. Even if Bush did mean Obama in his statements, does Obama think he's immune from any of the slings and arrows of political rhetoric? It seems to be the mindset of the liberal (and Obama has been said to be one of the most liberal members of Congress) that they can say anything they want and not have to answer for it. I guess when you're the darling of the media, you might get that idea.

Is there anything that President Bush said that was wrong? History shows that appeasement doesn't work. It didn't work in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, or the Mideast. It didn't work with Hitler, it didn't work with Saddam, it won't work with radical Muslims who are out to kill all infidels. It isn't working with Kim Il-Jung, the North Korean dictator who's trying to shake us down for more money and food that never makes it to the people who need it. It won't work with Iran. And it won't work anywhere else.

Isn't there an old saying...something about "those who don't learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it"? What makes anyone, Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, young, old, black, white, Christian, non-Christian or a person of any other description, think that appeasement will work this time?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Huckabee Tops McCain VP List
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 10:46 AM

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is at the top of the list of John McCain’s possible running mates, according to a top McCain fundraiser with ties to his inner circle.

Economic conservatives are likely to oppose the choice of Huckabee as McCain’s vice presidential candidate, given the populist tone of his campaign and his tax record as governor of Arkansas.

But in his “Capital Commerce” column for U.S. News & World Report, James Pethokoukis points to the fundraiser’s disclosure and cites several factors that could make Huckabee a strong asset for McCain.

For one thing, the former Baptist minister is a great campaigner who could garner support in the South among social conservatives and at the same time appeal to working-class voters in the crucial states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Huckabee would also appeal to many more voters on a “he cares about me” level than millionaire investor and possible vice presidential choice Mitt Romney, especially given all the turmoil on Wall Street this year.

Finally, even economic conservatives who might hesitate to back Huckabee would certainly favor him over the threat of Obamanomics and higher taxes across the board.

© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

here's the cite for the article


And here is the US News and World Report article:

Who Will Be McCain's Vice Presidential Candidate?

The list includes former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney
Posted May 13, 2008

Sen. John McCain may be in the early stages of picking a running mate, but that doesn't stop the press from speculating. Today in
Washington Whispers, Paul Bedard asks you to pick the best running mate for McCain, and yesterday, our own James Pethokoukis reported that Huckabee tops the list of potential veeps. But there are still other candidates to consider and we're letting you in on some little known facts about each one. Our latest addition is 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rob Portman.

Here are names we've identified in media reports and links to 10 things you didn't know about them (we'll update the list as we hear of more):

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Former Arkansas Gov. and former presidential candidate
Mike Huckabee
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Former Ohio Rep. and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Rob Portman
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
Former Massachusetts Gov. and former presidential candidate
Mitt Romney
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
FedEx CEO Frederick Smith
Michael Steele

here's the US N &WR article


This is great news for Huckabee supporters, and if America knew, better news for the nation. Actually, this is a list full of good names, some better than others, but all good. McCain could do a lot worse than to choose from this list.
Is Obama Smarter Than A 5th Grade Jaywalker?
By Doug Patton
May 13, 2008

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has an indicted, Syrian-born Chicago shyster named Tony Rezko for a financial mentor. He has a screwball, race-baiting, America-hating pastor named Jeremiah Wright for a spiritual mentor. He has an unrepentant domestic terrorist named William Ayers for a political mentor. And he has one of the angriest wives ever to aspire to the position of First Lady.

Obama refuses to wear a flag lapel pin because he thinks it is more patriotic to criticize his country than to support it, or even to wear a symbol of its support.

Obama thinks those of us out here in flyover country are all a bunch of bitter, gun-toting, Bible-thumping bigots furious at "those who don't look like us."

That really should be enough to sink this lightweight candidacy filled with vague language about "hope" and "change" -- what George Will has called "rhetorical cotton candy."

But wait. There's more. Just when we thought Obama had shot himself in the last foot he had available, he presents us with another gift.

On top lapelgate and pastorgate and bittergate, now comes stategate. It seems that the brilliant Barack Obama doesn't know how many states there are in our union. In an off-the-cuff statement you will not hear about on the nightly news, Obama declared that during his presidential campaign, he has visited 57 states. He also said that he has one more to visit: Alaska and Hawaii. I swear to you, that's what the man said.

Here are his exact words: "I've now been to 57 states...I have one more to go...they wouldn't let me go to Alaska and Hawaii."

Now, try to imagine if John McCain - or any other Republican - had uttered such a stupid statement in public. Is there any doubt that person would have been pilloried and Dan Quayled for the remainder of this campaign? (At least when Quayle questioned the spelling of potato, he had some basis in fact for his inquiry: the plural of the word is "potatoes" - with an "e.")

McCain is still being vilified for referring to Iran-supported terrorists in Iraq as al Qaida, as if the vast majority of Americans care about the distinction between a Sunni and a Shiite terrorist.

Entire books have been written about the gaffes of George W. Bush. He has been castigated for everything from his mispronunciation of the word "nuclear" (he always says "nucular") to his inability to communicate with the press. His mangled syntax has been regular fodder for the crew at "Saturday Night Live" for his entire two terms in office. "Misunderestimated" was always one of my personal favorites.

But even the most misinformed American can tell you this country has 50 states, having learned that information in what? Kindergarten?

But fear not, Obama supporters; excuses will be made by the mainstream media. "He was tired," we will be told, or "he misspoke." And they will only tell you that if they are forced to report on the matter at all. The New York Times (and most other major newspapers), CNN, ABC, CBS, tax-supported PBS and especially NBC are so pro-Obama it is downright embarrassing, and make no mistake, they will continue to circle the wagons around this guy, just as they have done throughout this campaign.

Perhaps Obama should be a contestant on Fox's "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?" Or maybe Jay Leno could interview him out on Hollywood Boulevard as part of his Tonight Show "Jay Walking" segment.

How many of our states have you been to, Senator Obama? Fifty-seven? That's very impressive. I hope you get the chance to see the other one. Or is it two?


Doug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy advisor. His weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites, including Human Events Online, and, where he is a senior writer and state editor. Readers may e-mail him at


Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.
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One thing I will say about "lapelgate" is that while I am proud to wear the a flag pin myself, anyone can wear it - regardless of their pride in, or loyalty to, the US. Just wearing a flag pin means nothing - Obama bin Laden could wear it and it wouldn't mean a thing (if he should try to, though, I hope that his head explodes and his skin bursts into flames). The people that surround Obama worry me, including his angry, negative wife. An old saying is that if a dog lies down with fleas, he'll get up with fleas.

Another is "a man is known by his friends."

Monday, May 12, 2008

Doctors vs. Gun Owners

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000
(B) Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.

Now think about this:


(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is ..000188

Statistics courtesy of FBI

So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'

note: maybe we should forget about a government health plan
The Godfather and the Deaf Bookkeeper

A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has screwed him out of ten million bucks; his bookkeeper is deaf.

So, it was considered an occupational benefit, and the reason he got the job in the first place, since it was assumed that a deaf bookkeeper would not be able to hear anything that he'd ever have to testify about in court.

When the Godfather goes to shakedown the bookkeeper about his missing $10 million bucks, he brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.

The Godfather asks the bookkeeper: 'Where is the 10 million bucks you embezzled from me?'

The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the 10 million bucks is hidden.

The bookkeeper signs back: 'I don't know what you are talking about.'

The attorney tells the Godfather: 'He says he doesn't know what you're talking about.'

That's when the Godfather pulls out a 9 mm pistol, puts it to the bookkeepers temple, cocks it, and says: 'Ask him again!'

The attorney signs to the underling: 'He'll kill you for sure if you don't tell him!'

The bookkeeper signs back: 'OK! You win!

The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo's backyard in Queens!'

The Godfather asks the attorney: 'Well, what'd he say?'

The attorney replies: 'He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger.'
Nothing is Certain but Death and the Fair Tax
Mike S. Adams
Monday, May 12, 2008

My good friend Lee – a Vietnam veteran and proud gun-toting conservative – recently declared to me that the FairTax is a great idea that will never actually happen. Because I am a true Reagan conservative – one full of optimism and faith in the American people – I respectfully dissent. And I write today to explain exactly how we will win the war against the I.R.S. and make the FairTax a reality.

We can all agree that the FairTax movement is a grass roots effort that must prevail over the resistance of politicians and lobbyists who have a powerful interest in maintaining the status quo. But this does not mean that every supporter of the FairTax must dedicate a significant amount of time volunteering to make the dream of abolishing the I.R.S. a reality. There is something retired veterans like Lee can do, which will require little time and money and will virtually guarantee the success of the FairTax movement.

The idea comes to me from a former student who was waiting on me the other night at the bar of a seafood restaurant in Wilmington. I had a beer in one hand and my copy of FairTax: The Truth in the other when an Obama supporter asked the following: “Why do you support the FairTax? We just need to change the tax code to punish corporations that are sending our jobs over to China.”

Armed with FairTax: The Truth, I responded with the following: “I’m from Texas as is Representative Bill Archer. He testified in front of Congress about the results of an interesting study of 500 companies in Japan. When asked what they would do if the U.S. abolished its present tax system and went with a consumption tax, 80% said they would build their next plant in America. The remaining 20% said they would relocate to America altogether. Now that’s change you can believe in!”

Clearly, my response gave the young man something to think about. But so did my waitress and former student. She jokingly said “Dr. Adams, you probably aren’t even reading that book. You’re just trying to provoke a debate.”

Of course, I really was reading the book but it gave me a very good idea. I decided to keep carrying it with me everywhere for a week after I finished reading it just to see whether that would be a good way of provoking debate on the issue. The very next day it produced the following exchange with a flat tax supporter:

Supporter of the Flat Tax of Yesterday (SOFTY): Sorry, I support the flat tax.

Adams: How often do you change your underwear?
SOFTY: What?
Adams: I assume you change your underwear every day?
SOFTY: Yes, what the hell does that have to do with it?
Adams: That means you’ve changed underwear 8036 times in the last 22 years.
Adams: And the I.R.S. has changed the tax code 16,000 times in the last 22 years. They change the tax code twice as often as you change underwear. How long do you think a flat tax would remain flat?
SOFTY: (Silence)
Adams: Would you like to borrow my book?

I’m sure SOFTY was still thinking about the FairTax the next day while he was (hopefully) changing his underwear. Meanwhile, I was sitting at a bar having this exchange:

Badly and Desperately Pessimistic Realtor (BADPR): I know the FairTax is going to kill people in my line of work.
Adams: I think you’re exaggerating, to say the least. I’m about to buy my fourth house and my first new house.
Adams: So I’m like a lot of people out there. Most of our home purchases are not of new homes.
Adams: And the FairTax only applies to new home purchases.
BADPR: Can I borrow your book?
Adams: Sure. And be sure to read the portion on embedded taxes, too. It may convince you that new home purchases will be impacted to a lesser extent than you imagine.
BADPR: I will.
Adams: Finally, and in the interests of full disclosure, I do know someone who bought four new homes in a row. He was a very wealthy former student of mine. Before he went to prison he bought four new homes. But he never paid income tax on the cocaine he sold on his way to becoming wealthy. Too bad we didn’t have a consumption tax like the one you will read about in the book I gave you.

Some conversations were a little more cumbersome. Like this one I had with a young fellow who was drinking Budweiser at 12:35 p.m. in a pizza place in Wilmington:

Bud-loving unemployed drunk dude (BUDD): What are you reading?
Adams: FairTax: The Truth.
(The portion of the conversation talking about our waitress’ tattoos is deleted).
BUDD: If I thought it would get me a job, I’d be all for it.
Adams: Here, take my copy. Make sure you read the chart on page 131. It shows how states with high income taxes fare relative to states with no income taxes in terms of economic growth.
BUDD: Are you just giving me this?
Adams: Yep. I’ve been making good money on the speaking circuit this year. When people have more money they are more charitable. See the statistics on page 166. If you agree with it, buy a copy for someone else.

My little experiment with FairTax: The Truth convinced me of a few things. First, it convinced me that it’s an easy way to get people talking about the FairTax. It also convinced me that most people who oppose the FairTax do so because they are insufficiently educated about all of its benefits. I read Boortz and Linder’s first FairTax book twice and thought I understood it well enough to explain all of its benefits. But after I read Fair Tax: The Truth I realized there were more benefits than I had imagined previously.

I don’t have much time to volunteer to the FairTax cause. But I do have time to briefly discuss it at the coffee shop in the morning, the diner in the afternoon, or the restaurant at night. That is why I’ve decided to extend my experiment by carrying FairTax books with me every day for the next year. I’ve also decided to give my copies away to anyone who promises to read them.

I plan to write off all these FairTax books as “charitable contributions” on next year’s tax return. If you join me today, I won’t have to do it again.

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In addition to Dr Adams' comments about the Japanese companies, I heard Neal Boortz say on his show that he had it on good authority that a major corporation has said that it was prepared to lower their prices the first day under the Fair Tax. While Boortz would not identify the corporation, what he did say indicated to me it was Walmart (don't take that for anything but my own speculation). If this major corporation sees the value of the Fair Tax to their bottom line, I can't believe that America could be against it.

It has it's flaws - nothing is perfect, after all - but it is far, far, far better than the present system. Don't tell me a flat tax would be better, we already have a flat tax. Yep, that's what we are under now. I want the Fair Tax instituted if for no other reason (and there are so many reasons) than to be sure that everyone pays their fair share of the tax burden. Under the Fair Tax the "evil rich" would pay the same tax you and I do, only they'd pay it on the big ticket luxury items they can afford to buy that you and I can't.

Illegal aliens and the criminal element would also pay their fair share. In fact, anyone living under the radar could continue to do so, but would contribute to the nations infrastructure when they make a purchase, just as you and I do now.

It's a win-win situation for everybody - from the poor, the homeless, the illegal alien, the corner drug dealer, the unemployed, the guy living under the radar because he doesn't trust "big brother" to the working poor, the middle class, and even the wealthy. Don't take my word for it, or even Dr. Adams' word. Get the book, read it and educate yourself. You might be surprised at what you learn.

Let's make April 15 just another Spring day.

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