Monday, June 09, 2008

Food For Thought

*In a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." His reply? "OPPOSE."

*In June 2007, Obama voted AGAINST English as America's Official Language -- when 91% of American Citizens want English officially designated as our language.

*In January of this year, in order to win Hispanic voters in California, Obama proclaimed his SUPPORT for granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

*This year, Obama voted AGAINST increased funding for border security, 700 miles of fencing, and placing 6,000 National Guardsmen on the border.

*Also this year, Obama voted FOR the "DREAM" Act, which would allow illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition rates at public universities, discriminating against U.S. citizens from out of state and law-abiding foreign students.

*In September of 2007, when asked if he would allow "sanctuary cities" to exist, which ignore the federal law & provide sanctuary to illegal aliens, he REFUSED to answer the question.

*In March of this year, Obama voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities."

*In May of 2006, Obama voted YES to establish a "guest worker" program with a path to citizenship for ILLEGAL ALIENS.

*Again in May of 2006, Obama voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security.

*And, of course, Barack Obama voted YES on the McCain-Kennedy so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" AMNESTY bill.

This probably sums it up nicely: Obama was rated at just Eight Percent by the non-profit "U.S. Border Control" organization. Eight percent equals having an open-border stance.

from here

I don't agree with all that Right March has to say, but thought I would present the above for your consideration.

"Texas Senator John Cornyn delights in using Senate procedure to make his displeasure known, whether the subject is pork or climate change. But his insistence this week that all 492 pages of the Warner-Lieberman-Boxer 'Climate Security' bill be read on the Senate floor may have been salutary for another reason. Bills are supposed to be read aloud by the clerk of the Senate, but this formality is usually dispensed with by unanimous consent. On Wednesday, Senator Cornyn refused to grant his assent, drawing cries of obstruction from the bill's backers.

"...Give Mr. Cornyn credit here. He wouldn't let his Senate colleagues cast a lame symbolic vote without rubbing their faces in the full measure of the bill's gigantic attempt to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. Since some kind of climate bill is likely to come back with serious chances of passage under the next administration, voters have reason to thank Mr. Cornyn for inhibiting a careless precedent."

- Brian Carney, Political Diary, 6/6/08

Apparently the idea is that the reading of the presented bill is unneccessary because the Senators have all done their homework and know what the bill says. Uh-huh, sure, and I have a bridge for sale.

Senator Cornyn was right to refuse to agree to dispsening with the reading of the bill. I don't know whether it was because he knew that the Senate, in general, wasn't familiar with the bill or not. I choose to believe he KNEW they knew diddly about it and was, in effect, calling them on it. The Senate, knowing they knew diddly about it, was ready to vote to show their constituents that they, the Senate, had their, the constituents, best interests at heart. The truth, as I believe, is that the Senate, in general, had little or no idea what the bill was about, except that it concerned "climate security" and everyone wants a clean environment/climate to live in and breathe, no?

Before my senate representatives vote on a bill, I expect, no, I demand that they not only read the bill, but know what its intentions are and what pork has been tacked on. This concerns not only this "climate security" bill, but every bill that comes to the floor. Too much to ask? Maybe it's too much to ask me to vote for them next time around. They are my representative in the Senate and I don't want them to vote blindly for any bill, no matter what they are told about it by their legislative aides.

Apparently my representatives in the Senate don't subscribe to my requirements of them because I believe them to be morons pandering to special interest groups. Certainly neither have proven themselves to be worth my vote in their next election. Since that describes most of the senate, they won't recognize themselves. And that's sad.

"This isn't about making a choice between you and the Democratic Party's nominee," writes our good friend and former New Mexico Republican Party Chairman John Dendahl in an open letter to GOP presidential nominee John McCain. "Hell will freeze over before I'd vote to put an even worse Clinton in the White House. Too, I would not give my vote to someone with no - that's zero - relevant leadership experience, whose beliefs are mostly shrouded in mystery, and who lives in a household where the pants are pretty obviously worn by the pretty obviously America-hating Michelle Obama."

And Mr. Dendahl was just getting warmed up. The rest of his letter articulates what a LOT of Republicans are still thinking these days about the author of McCain-Feingold. A good read, which you can find
June Weather Lore

When pigs carry sticks, the clouds will play tricks.

If the birds be silent, expect thunder.

When spiders’ webs in air do fly, The spell will soon be very dry.

When sheep collect and huddle, tomorrow will become a puddle.

When the glowworm lights her lamp, the air is always very damp.

Bats flying late in the evening indicate fair weather.

From the Old Farmer's Almanac
Father’s Day (June 15)

Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has a modern origin. The idea came to Mrs. John Dodd as she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910. Her father, William Smart, had raised his children alone on his Washington farm after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day” on June 5, her father’s birthday. The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, and soon other towns had their own celebrations. In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June.
Flag Day (June 14)

What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols and slogans — rattlesnakes, pine trees, eagles, “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Liberty or Death,” and “Conquer or Die,” to name a few. The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes for the 13 original colonies. Now there are 50 stars, one for each state in the Union, but the 13 stripes remain. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, on the flag’s 100th birthday.


As I recall, each time a new state was added to the Union, a new stripe was added to the flag as well as a star. After a while, it just didn't work, so the decision was made to return to the original 13 stripes and just add a star for each new state. A wise decision, in my (sometimes not so) humble opinion.

"There is probably less enthusiasm for McCain at the grass roots of the Republican Party than we have seen for a Republican nominee - and that includes Bob Dole in 1996. McCain definitely has not made his peace with all the conservative elements of the Republican coalition."

- Columnist Bob Novak


I wasn't impressed by Senator Dole in 1996 and am not particularly impressed by Senator McCain. I said in a previous post that my main complaint against Senator Obama was his lack of experience in the Senate. That's obviously not an issue with Senator McCain, but experience isn't enough. His war hero status also isn't enough to impress me in a presidential candidate. I am grateful for his service, but it's only one check mark on his side of the ballot.

Neither of the presumptive candidates have impressed me. I may have to hold my nose and vote this fall. I don't like that. I want to be enthusiastic about the candidate I vote for. And if not enthusiastic, I want to at least like the candidate.

"From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days. I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that."

- Columnist Cheri Jacobus


This is my problem with Senator Obama in a nutshell - lack of experience. I simply don't care that he's Black, or has any kind of Muslin background. I'll worry about that if there is any indication that it will be an issue. I just don't feel that his Senate experience is enough to be the Leader of the Free World. I might feel differently if he had been a governor of a state, but that isn't part of his "work" background. He was a advocate for the poor in his early days. That gives him somewhat more caveat than his time in the Senate in my (sometimes not so) humble opinion.

Operation Love From Home


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