Leany on Life -- July 2010

On This Day in Revisedrealityville History

Meanwhile, over in an Alternate Universe

Animal Farm
You can learn a lot from animals. This morning I was in a hurry to get out the door to work. But the cat was hungry, so I . . .

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The Litter-ature novel is here. I update it regularly--every time Scarlett Johansson tackles me and sticks her tongue in my ear.

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Pipe Intersections

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Compass Course Spreadsheet

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Things you may not know about Sarah Palin

Handy Units Conversion Utility

Amazing Grace on the Sax

Obama's Magic 8 Ball


The John Galt Society

It can be discouraging to look around at who's running the show these days and wonder "Where have all the grown-ups gone?"

Take heart. There are still some people who are not drinking the Kool-aid. Here's where to find them. I would suggest going gown this list every day and printing off the most recent articles you haven't read to read over lunch.

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin is a feisty conservative bastion. You loved her book "Unhinged" and you can read her columns here.
Ann Coulter

Ann posts her new column every Thursday, or you can browse her past columns.
George Will
What can you say? It's George Will. Read it.
Charles Krauthammer posts every Friday. Just a good, smart conservative columnist.
If you want someone who gets it just as right, but is easier to read, try Thomas Sowell, who just posts at random times.
Jonah Goldbert seldom disappoints.
David Limbaugh carries on the family tradition.

Jewish World Review has all these guys plus lots more good stuff.

Or you can go to radio show sites like
 Laura Ingraham's or Glenn Beck's or Rush Limbaugh's..

If you'd like you can study The Constitution while you wait.

Then there's always TownHall.com, NewsMax.com, The Drudge Report, FreeRepublic.com, World Net Daily, (which Medved calls World Nut Daily), News Busters, or National Review Online.

For the Lighter Appetite

If you have to read the news, I recommend The Nose on Your Face, news so fake you'd swear it came from the Mainstream Media. HT to Sid for the link.
Or there's always The Onion. (For the benefit of you Obama Supporters, it's a spoof.)

Dave Barry's Column
Daryl Cagle's Index of Political Cartoons
About half of these cartoonists are liberal (Latin for wrong) but the art is usually good. (Fantastic, if you're used to the quality of art on this site.)

Or just follow the links above and to the right of this section (you can't have read all my archived articles already). If you have read all my articles (you need to get out more) go to my I'm Not Falling For It section.

Above all, try to stay calm. Eventually I may post something again.

Today's Second Amendment Message

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Animal Farm

You can learn a lot from animals. This morning I was in a hurry to get out the door to work. But the cat was hungry, so I opened a can and fed it, then I fed the two other cats. That's all a can will feed--three cats.

As I was setting down the last dish the last cat came in the kitchen and stood looking at me expectantly. What do you do? You open another can and feed that cat.

That's just fair. The last cat was as hungry as the rest. It would have been borderline cruel to let her go hungry while the other cats are eating. As human beings we have an innate sense of justice and don't like to see feeling creatures treated unfairly.

Next animal story. When I'm feeding the colt a bucket of grain he will push and shove trying to get the grain. If he got was he was trying to get in his hurry to eat the grain, he'd spill it on the ground where he could eat none of it.

The colt is dumb. Just like the people who fall for the demorats' efforts to foist injustices on us.

Demorats take advantage of that good sense of fair play that all good humans have. They use it to try to deceive us. We know in our hearts that people should be treated well and fairly; we like to see people happy and not hurt. But we're dumber than the colt if we believe the methods of the demorats will achieve those ends.

Tipping your Hand
You remember the episode of M*A*S*H where Winchester gets invited to sit in on the poker game. He's taking everybody's money. Hawkeye and Pierce are taking a break and they're frustrated and talking about how annoying Charles is. "He keeps humming, all the time. Even when he has a bad hand."

"Yeah. It seems like he even hums louder when he has a bad hand."

Hey, wait a minute . . .

Charles wasn't aware that he was telegraphing so clearly. Once the other doctors figured it out they cleaned him out.

How long is it going to take America to figure out Barack Obama? If you want to know what the antiChrist-in-Chief is guilty of, all you have to do is watch what he's accusing others of.

My left ventricle exploded last night when that Marxist-in-Chief said "This financial reform bill will only hurt you if you're trying to scam your customers."

I don't even know what to say about that. If you get it I don't need to say anything. If you don't, all we can do is feed you a bottle, burp you, and keep changing your diaper until you grow up enough to have it explained to you.

Impeach him!
Yesterday, July 19, 2010, Barack Obama did something so scandalous that if the full extent were ever known it would result in his impeachment and removal from office. What was this horrible thing? I don't know. Nobody does.

The scandal that will ultimately take down this disastrous regime will be unknown to us for some time after it happens. It's just like the legions of scandal Clinton got involved in. They all trickled out long after they had taken place. Nobody knew about Monica Lewinsky until months after all that happened. Heck, Hillary didn't know about it even after all the news reports had been going on for months. She only found out when Bill personally told her.

But you know that yesterday Obama did something incredibly sleazy and underhanded and reminiscent of the behavior of a third world dictator. Just like he does every single day. That's the kind of guy he is. But we don't hear about it.

Congress doesn't have the nads to do anything until The Press gives them permission. It's just a question of what level of scandal it will take to wake up the press to the enormity of the mistake they made by installing this disaster in the Oval office.

The art of the Lie
A girl who is friends with my son came over the other day. While we were chatting something in the conversation lead me to tell my story about the moment in my childhood when I realized it was possible to say things that simply aren't true. Then it was her turn to tell stories about lying.

Holy evil sister, Batman! I used to like this girl.

When this girl—and I'm just going to call her Mercy—was little, she was sickly. Her parents coddled and protected her. Early on Mercy clued in to this and took full advantage of it. Just for entertainment she'd accuse her brother of hurting her. He got a beating, then when he protested that she was lying he got another beating for lying. She found she could get things using this blackmail technique, and she had full immunity. By definition what she said was always true and anything that was contrary to what she said was a lie.

Mercy found that what she said didn't even have to be credible. If all you heard was her side of the story you'd be shocked and appalled at how she had been mistreated. And if her side were true, you would be right to feel that way.

I now look at this girl differently. When I see her I see evil in a bra. (Bernadine Dorn, on the other hand, still represents evil of the braless variety.)

You don't need a Urim and Thummim to know where I'm going with this.

Barack Obama is a filthy liar. He is a filthy, manipulating liar. No matter how ridiculous the lies he makes up he gets away with them.

If you just fell off the turnip truck and turned on the TV you'd see this handsome, well-dressed man speaking eloquently about how evil Republicans are and how many innocent Americans we are trying to mass murder. You'd be outraged that a creature as evil as a Republican is allowed to walk around loose on the planet.

But if you had any more brains than a turnip you'd quickly realize the well dressed handsome man is a liar. You'd also be disqualified to work for any major media outlet.

Pick your favorite Obama lie, but what I'm specifically talking about this time is the unemployment benefits extension. Obama parades out those three great Americans who are out of work who will die tomorrow if Congress doesn't do what he says. He says the only thing standing in the way of his efforts at Salvation are the nasty Republicans, who, for some reason, want these people and millions like them to die.

Well, maybe what Obama's saying is not exactly true. What is true is that the Republicans are perfectly willing to extend unemployment benefits—again—this time from 99 weeks to 126 weeks. This in spite of the Obama administration's stated position that extending unemployment benefits increases unemployment. What the Republicans want to do is pay for those benefits. In fact, their position is exactly the same as Obama's was last time this happened. This time the Republicans suggest paying for it with spending cuts. What they don't want to do is what Obama wants to do and won't tell you—implement the extension with no way to pay for it. Republicans are also willing to pay for it using the stimulus money, most of which is still not spent.

What Obama didn't mention is that money is reserved to get demorats elected to office, including the head demorat—Barack Hussein Obama.

Obama's lies about the unemployment extension (and the financial "reform" bill) is the oldest political trick in the book. The specific type of lie is the Straw Man technique, and it was most elegantly executed by Bill Clinton with his government shutdown.

Bastiat nailed it 200 years ago. He said that when a conservative opposes government intervention in something the liberal says that the conservative opposes the thing itself.

It's a trick!
Speaking of Clinton tricks that Obama clumsily uses . . . we've seen this "racist" con before.

I need to make a macro to save typing, because this is going to continue to come up again and again and again, as long as the most-racial President is in office. The most recent is this Saliva Shascammer, whatever her name is, the racist idiot that got unjustly fired from the USDA. There are a dozen angles to this story, and you've heard at least 20 of those dozen. The incident not only underscores the incompetence of the administration, but its racism as well.

She was fired for the same reason that idiots voted for Obama—because they know they are racists and are anxious to prove they aren't.

Obama needs racism. Racism is the oxygen that keeps his administration alive.

This is the exact same trick that Bill Clinton pulled with Timothy McVeigh that got him re-elected in '96. If you opposed Bill Clinton, you were a domestic terrorist. If you oppose Barack Obama you are a racist.

Arrested Development
Barack Obama will never amount to anything. That's an interesting thing to say about a man who has ascended to the highest office in the greatest nation in the history of the world. But most people are on a continuous journey of self-improvement. They are seeking to be better every single day than they were the day before. Toward that end, they frequently take personal inventory of weaknesses and areas in which they can improve.

Not Barack Obama. How do you get better than perfect? The blasphemy! Saying that a deity needs to improve.

Being black is a problem for Obama, but certainly not in the way he tells us it is. It's a problem because it's his excuse. Obama will never grow or progress or develop because any criticism of him is easily explained as racism. That relieves him of any responsibility to examine himself for an actual weakness or area he could improve in.

It's not being black specifically that keeps him from ever progressing, because if that man were in white or Indian or Mexican or Asian skin he'd still be a waste of that skin, but it's a handy excuse.

Hitting a tiny target miles beneath the ocean
Here (link) is a pretty good article on the technology in the gulf relating to the BP spill.

Funny Obama
These are attributed to various late night comics, but I can't vouch for that. Given the Letterman's political dyslexia (I think the medical term for his condition is cranial rectumitis) I can't imagine him even suggesting that Obama is a mere mortal.
The liberals are asking us to give Obama time. We agree - and think 25 to life would be appropriate.
Jay Leno

America needs Obama-Care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.
Jay Leno

Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal? Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
Conan O'Brian

Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser.
Jay Leno

Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners.
David Letterman

Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?
A. America.

Q: What's the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo?
A: Bo has papers.

Q: What was the most positive result of the "Cash for clunkers" program?
A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
David Letterman

Partisan Politics
The wife of a close personal friend of mine says it's all over but the crying. She figures it's way too late to do anything about America becoming a dictatorship, and any efforts We (the People) make are just wasted. We've waited too long.

I don't want to believe her in spite of all evidence that she's absolutely right.

Obama just pushed through an anti-business disaster that he calls regulatory reform or something. If you give a crap you've already informed yourself elsewhere. That's not my job. My job is to whiz and moan about angles those other places may not have explored.

For example, here's my observation on the @xx-kicker-in-Chief's saying "Three Republican senators have put politics and partisanship aside to support this reform . . ."

Think about that. No, seriously, get past the jugular-busting outrage you feel when that sniveling little brat whines like that, and examine this with your intellect. The Republicans were playing partisan politics because only three of them came over. What does that say about the demorats--NOT A SINGLE ONE OF WHICH broke with the party line?

The man is a complete moron. That's not as scary as this: Americans are complete morons if they can hear absurdities like that and Obama's poll numbers stay above 10% approval.

BTW, shame on you Scott Brown. You are a piece of crap.

Be reasonable . . . do it my way
I've flapped my gums endlessly about this. When demorats start wringing their hands about "why can't we all just get along?" don't drop the soap.

The way our system works is that both sides champion their position and we come together on something we can all live with. Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams agreed on very little. The demorats would have you believe that you are un-American if you don't do it their way.

It's not that they're too stupid to understand the system. It's that they understand very well how to manipulate the system to prevent examination of their ideas.

But actually this is one of those things that I agree with the left on. I agree 100% that we should work together. What a wonderful world it would be if the democrats would quit fighting us on everything.

Happy-face Socialism
Obama is trying to sell us on a European socialism model. I was just in that part of the world. While in Norway I was commenting on some of the nice boats in the harbor. Our host said that in Norway there aren't any really rich, but there aren't any really poor either. He seemed pretty proud of that. Hey, Norway's a nice place. Maybe this socialism deal isn't so bad.

No, it is so bad.

Even if the European socialism that Obama's selling weren't that bad, in actual practice that's not what we're being transformed into. When Obama's plans are all implemented Latin American dictatorship will be the result.

Don't look at Norway, look at Venezuela. Look at Colombia or Panama. Look at Mexico. Is that what you want?

Pull up by the bootstraps
I honestly can't see how the wife of my close personal friend is wrong. I want to believe she is, but I can't see how.

I take hope in what I call the heart attack effect. Let me 'splain. I don't know how you survive a heart attack.

Your heart's beating along fine, then, Boom! You have a heart attack. Then you don't die Your body wasn't healthy enough to keep the heart working right in the first place, what changed to make it strong enough to get your heart going again when it's not working?

We couldn't stop those disastrous bills from being passed. How in the world are we going to cross the much higher hurdle of repealing those disastrous bill?

But people do survive heart attacks. There may yet be a way to keep the United States from becoming North Mexico.

A tax by any other name
George Smurfanopolous (of all people) was asking Obama how "Health Care" is not a tax. Obama swears up and down that it's not. He ridicules Smurfanopolous for coming to that conclusion and vociferously denies that it's anything resembling a tax.

So the States (you remember the States? The United States? The Federalist debate?) file a lawsuit saying that the government can't force the citizens to buy something.

Obama says "Sure we can. We're not mandating you buy something, we're just imposing a tax. We can do that."

Moron Outreach
I'm working on a project that would make me a multi-millionaire in a year. I'm trying to figure out how to get a dollar every time Robert Gibbs says "uh."

But, no, you know how anxious I am to reach out and understand people with opposing viewpoints. So, in the spirit of bipartisanship, I invited Gibbs out to have dinner with me.

The trouble began as soon as he got off the flight. "Did you have a good flight?" I asked.

"I . . . uh . . . . flights are . . . uh . . . carefully . . . uh, on any given day . . . uh . . . many, uh . . . flights are scheduled. I think you'd have to, uh, check with, uh, various airlines to get a solid number on, uh, how many, uh, flights are made in any given day.

"But your particular flight, it was okay?"

Look, these, uh . . . look, we already went over that question. I don't know what, uh . . . do you think if you keep asking me I'll give you a different answer, because . . . "

"Never mind," I said. "Let's just head out to the lot. The car is in the short-term lot." He seemed to do well as long as I stuck to simple declarative sentences. "The baggage claim is over there." Then I messed up. "Do you have any checked baggage?"

It was like a switch tripped in his mind whenever he heard any inflection that indicated a question. One minute he was a rational human being, then he turned into . . . well, Robert Gibbs.

"Baggage is . . . uh, . . . look, maybe you don't think that baggage is important. I can assure you that the President is . . . uh . . . baggage is very important to the President, as it is to all Americans . . . except apparently you. I guess you are above baggage. But, no-oh! You're superior to all that."

"I'm sorry if I offended you. I just asked . . ."

"It's beneath you. You're Mr. Look At Me With No Baggage King." He was talking in a high-pitched, mocking tone. "I guess you people on the right don't use baggage. I guess you don't need baggage, you probably don't even need . . ."

"Escalator," I said, warning him to watch his step. Immediately the tirade stopped.

I thought and I thought and I hesitated and I was reluctant to do it, but the question had to be asked. "Where do you want to eat?"

"I, uh . . . that's really a question for . . . the answer to your question is simple, we've already gone over this. Why are we re-hashing these old issues? Can't we move on to something substantive? What's that noise? Is that the air conditioner?"

I figured I paid to watch the game, I might as well get my full entertainment value. "Do you like Mexican food?"

"Uh, uh . . . food allergies are . . . uh, . . . reactions to . . . uh, I think the President would say that food allergies are more common than you think."

"Dude, that makes no sense at all."

"Do you think just because you don't have a food allergy that no one does? Oh, so you would just let everybody with a food allergy die. Is that your view of the perfect America?

"I never said a word about . . . look, I just want to know where you want to eat."

"Dude, I'll betchoo! I'll freakin' betchoo. Dude, ywanna bet?"

I finally got tired of the whole game, excused myself to go to the bathroom, beaned the janitor, and snuck off in his coveralls. Hey, it's not my fault airport bathrooms don't have windows. Beats chewing my own arm off . . .

My apologies
Well, the concept sounded better than the execution. And you have to give me credit for riding the thing out clear to the bitter end. But you've got to admit, Robert Gibbs, moron sans pareil, is the perfect face of the democrat party.

Hazzard Country (this is no typo)
I was re-watching the Dukes of Hazzard episodes called Carnival of Thrills. You remember the one. A carnival comes to town and Boss Hogg leases them the fairgrounds. He generously lets them defer payment, but puts a provision in the promissory note allowing him to take over all their assets if they can't pay. He knows they won't be able to draw a crowd and he'll own the whole show.

When the carnival engages Bo Duke to drive to perform a death defying stunt, JD Hogg sends out his deputy to make sure Bo can't drive the General Lee. Laws are not obstacle to a corrupt politician who wants something and has the full power of the government behind him.

Roscoe stops the General Lee for a safety violation. "What safety violation?" A broken taillight. "What? There's no broken . . . "

Smash! "Lookee there, a broken taillight." When Roscoe P. Coltrain starts speechifying about the broken taillight being "A serious violation jeopardizing the public safety" I swear I heard the phrase "These American ideals we all cherish."

Last time I saw that episode I'm sure I was slapping my knee saying "Ho ho ha ha hah, wheeee! Aint' that the funniest?" This time, when Boss Hogg said "Well, that car is now property of the state" I just stared at the screen in horror.

Boss Hogg is a lot more hilarious on DVD than he is on the evening news.

It's not going away
Michael Medved had some reporter on from the Seattle Times (Lynn Varmer?). She was saying "I'm just seeing a lot of opposition to Obama, and it just bothers me, it just seems like the people that oppose are, oh, I don't know . . ."

That was when she was being nice. She outright said that Tea Partiers are racist. A black tea partier called in and she talked down to him like you would talk to a child.

I'm getting really tired of using up this valuable space addressing this. We are being duped. Do not fall for it!

Here's how this plays out.

Idiot: I don't know, it just seems like you people really dislike the man. I can't help thinking that it has to be, oh, I don't know, what's different about him from any other President we've ever had?

You: Well, certainly not the criticism he gets. Bush got much worse. Could it be that he's a Marxist?

Idiot: See, there you go with the name calling. It's almost like, oh, I don't know, like you don't like him because he's . . .

You: So you're saying that people oppose him because of his race?

Idiot: Well, yeah, now that you mention it. We idiots on the left never like to tell the truth so starkly like that, but yes, if you oppose Barack Obama you are a racist.

You: So you're saying that a man should be judged on the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

Idiot: Yes, that's what I'm saying.

You: And yet you are saying that because Obama is black he can't do anything that would warrant opposition.

Rim shot.

Idiot: Yes! That's exactly . . . uh, wait a minute, uh . . . no! No! I , uh, I . . . uh . . . you . . . uh . . .You racist! Aaaaah! The supreme court stopped the recount!

Feel free to use that approach. No charge.

All figured out
Israel hates Obama. That's a fact. You might think that it's because he's stabbed them in the back and supported their enemies against them. See, that's why you're not President.

Exhibiting the insight that has won him the reputation he has, Obama explained that the reason Israel hates him. It's because his middle name is "Hussein."

This is not a parody. I wish I were smart enough to make up something this bizarre. That is his explanation.

That is why, although Obama won the Presidency with 52.9% of the vote, only 35% of the people who voted would admit they voted for him.

That was yesterday. After his absurd blathering about Israel, today 1,243 people in America still admit they voted for Barack Obama. In a completely unrelated story, MSNBC has 1,243 people on its payroll.

A Democratic Dictatorship
You remember Bill Maher et al advocating for a dictatorship. Rosie O'Dumbo is screaming "Seize their assets!" Explain to me how that's done. Explain the formal process through which the United States government tells a foreign company that everything they own is now property of the US government.

Maher was wringing his hands that Americans couldn't agree on anything. He cited the example that 60% of Americans don't believe in evolution. Pfft! Those troglodytes. He believes in it, so everyone who disagrees with him has forfeited their right to an opinion. 99% of all women won't show him their breasts. In Maher's ideal world, the police state would force them to do that, too. Obama must do what Maher deems is right, damn the democracy.

Jonah Goldberg examines the pitfalls of that approach in his latest article. As usual, he says it much better than I do. I'm usually distracted by fantasies of Bill Maher's jaw turning to powder under my fist.

How long since I brought up Salvador Allende?
In this article Floyd and Mary Beth Brown examine Castro, Obama, and the Rule of Law.

Read the article. It's an excellent rundown of how Obama is turning our nation into a third world country. They talk about a barbeque they had with a guy from Cuba who had the same experience my friend from Chile had. "You know, when Castro took power none of us knew he was a communist."

Who knew that Obama would nationalize General Motors? Who could have seen that he would encourage the Black Panthers to intimidate voters and go after white cops who shoot black criminals that are trying to kill them? Who guessed he would sue a sovereign state for passing a law saying that it was going to enforce existing law? What about the BP shakedown? A comprehensive list of Obama's crimes against the American Way would use up more memory than I have on this site.

"Political leaders can lie about their agenda and once in office they can take totally unexpected turns." Another quote from the article (which you'll come across because you are going to read it): "And yes, it can happen here."

Honestly, if you can't see this you need to spend some time in Latin America. Don't forget to carry your own water and some cash to bribe the cops with.

Earlier this week I ran over to the shop to get it ready to braze a bit. Our offices are in one building, my shop is in another. We've put a lot of time and effort into putting together a well-organized well-equipped shop so we can manufacture bits. The trouble is that we haven't made one for awhile.

You know what I found—or what I didn't find, would be a better way to state it. I couldn't believe the kind of things that walk off if they're not locked up. I would have loved to clean up all the messes that were made, but I couldn't find either of the brooms that I had bought and labeled in huge letters.

Since I'm such a nice guy I've given some people access to the shop. I figure when I'm not using it they might as well be able to benefit from it. Toolboxes were left open with the keys in them. Things were moved around. Stuff was stacked around so that to use the grinder you had to stand on a pile of copper pipe. The cutoff saw had been moved to a toolbox with a laminated wood top and the hot sparks had burned the top.

I think I have sufficient justification to say things are out of control. The only people who would disagree with me are those who benefit from making my shop something I can't use. It's time to change the code on the key box.

That's the way things go. If you don't stay on top of them, they deteriorate. It's even worse when someone is actively trying to destroy something. You have to combat them; you can't take a nap and figure it will work itself out.

The demorats are trying to lock us out of our own shop while they destroy it. An important tactic they use is to ridicule the idea that the shop can even be messed up. 'It can't happen here. You're paranoid. You're a conspiracy theorist.' They want us to leave them alone while they make the country something that's can't do the things that it was designed to do.

This November we're changing the code to the key box.

An ill wind indeed
You know the saying—It's an ill wind that blows no good. Well, if Obama's wind-filled presidency has any redeeming aspects, that would certainly validate that phrase.

There was a time when entire spectrum of responsible political thought covered most Americans' viewpoints. Then the demorats hijacked things. Now the views of the liberals—or progressives or whatever moniker they're hiding behind this week—is well outside of any reasonable opinion. Here's the silver lining (if you don't mind switching metaphors in midstream): Obama has clearly demonstrated to the densest mind how whacked out the liberal view is. You want a liberal? Here, we'll give you a liberal. How's this?

Whoa! Is that what a liberal is? Maybe we didn't really want that after all.

I think the percentage of the population that voted for the man vs. the percentage who still admit they did is currently around 2:1. George W. Bush is looking better every day.

Rescue you
We were at the rodeo grounds last night. My son rode up to me. "Dad, you got a flashlight?" I think I have one in the truck. Why? "I think there's a bird or something in one of these pipes."

The fenceposts around the rodeo arena are 8" diameter steel pipes, open at the top. I found a light in the truck and my daughter climbed on top of the fence and verified that there was a small bird trapped down there (among the empty soft drink cans). We tied a loop in the end of a line and tried to fish the bird out. Predictably, we didn't have much luck. I suggested we grab the hose at the horse washing station right there and fill up the pipe and float the bird out. That seemed pretty drastic, but birds can fly, they have to float, right? My daughter explained that baby birds don't yet have oil in their feathers and could get waterlogged, so we tried fishing some more.

Finally we decided on the floating idea. We lowered the flashlight in the hole, fed the hose down alongside the bird, and carefully began filling the pipe. My daughter reported that the bird was freaking out.

"Is is working?" I asked. Yeah, my daughter said, the bird's right there. "Can you reach it?" She put her arm in the pipe and gently lifted the terrified bird out. It was indeed freaking out. It was chirping like mad and bit my daughter. I told her to let it go. She was afraid it wouldn't be able to fly, but we put it down on the grass and it very energetically headed out.

I don’t mind that the bird didn't have the capacity to be grateful. I feel good that we saved its life, even though it was too stupid to know that we weren't just trying to terrorize it. The bird was freaking out because it didn't understand, but we didn't let its stupidity dissuade us from saving its life. Ignorant creatures need saving, too.

Which brings us to liberals. The word "stupid" can never be too far away when you talk about people like Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann. They are freaking out, but we don't care. We don't mind that they don't have the capacity to be grateful that we are saving them from a danger that they are too simple to understand.

Samuel the Lamanite
In Fast and Tellastory meeting on Sunday, which happened to be the fourth of July, a remarkably intelligent man who lives very, very close to where I live, got up and drew the following (brilliant) parallel. He said that history has a way of cleaning things up, like we see in Helaman 13:25. Today we are plenty willing to say we believe in Christ, but people in His time weren't that willing to believe. He was from Nazareth, for crying out loud. He got dusty and sweaty just like everyone else. Sure, they were proud to cite their allegiance to Father Abraham, but who was this Jesus of Nazareth guy that they should esteem him?

The (brilliantly insightful) guy said that he bet that when we read the scriptures it's pretty clear that Samuel the Lamanite called it right and the people who opposed him were wrong. Back in the time it was happening, though, it probably seemed a lot less cut and dried. A lot people who should have known better probably dismissed him as a lunatic. It probably wasn't that easy being a follower of him and being ridiculed by all the people who turned out to be wrong.

Then he talked about the healthiness of dissent. You've already heard the spiel, because interestingly enough, I've talked about the same thing here. "Don't go to bed angry" is bad advice because quickly resolving conflict only happens when one party in the marriage is dominant. (Phyllis Diller said 'Yeah, stay up and fight.') Peace (the absence of conflict) only comes when you have one overpowering force. In a parent/child relationship or a United State/Iran relationship that's the way it should be. "You WILL be home at 10:30, no discussion," and "You WILL NOT develop nuclear weapons, because if you do we will destroy your crappy little country." But among free and equal Americans, it's not the way it's done. When you have freedom and equality, people disagree.

So don't be on the side of the people persecuting the Samuels the Lamanite. And day we achieve Bill Maher's dream of all Americans agreeing on everything, we are officially screwed.

What keeps me up at night.
I like to have things resolved. I hate to have things hanging in suspense. For example, all during the Clinton years I had this nagging dilemma of who was the worst US President in history, Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter?

I'm deeply grateful to Barack Obama for putting a boldface period on that issue.

All my bashing of that miserable waste of skin leaves me somewhat vulnerable. What if Obama were to do something that wasn't destructive to America? What if he all of a sudden turned into an adult and acted like a leader?

Oh, sure, it would be great for the country, but where would that leave me? That would put me in a state similar to that horrible condition of all the idiots who voted for the miserable waste of skin who are now hiding their faces in shame for being so wrong.

I have no need to worry. Charles Bolden, the head honcho at NASA, recently explained Obama's vision for our space program.

"When I became the NASA administrator . . . he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science . . . and math and engineering,"

You want to sell me a horse. I'm looking for something gentle that my kids' friends can ride when they come over. I want a gelding, 10 years or more old that's been ridden a lot, can neck rein, comes when it's called and is current on its shots.

If you've got a four year old stallion who's not saddle broke and is impossible to catch I'm not interested. So you have to lie to me to get me to look at the horse. You tell me what I want to hear.

How stupid would I have to be to buy that horse?

Answer: I'd have to be a democrat.

Democrats are liars. That's a fact. If they told the truth about what they are they wouldn't have the support of all the useful idiots that they do.

Earlier this week we were riding up in the mountains with some friends. I got into a political discussion with a guy, who I'll just call 'Rod,' just to give him a handle you know. You've got to understand, 'Rod' is a great guy. He's a really nice guy. He brought along a horse and tack for my son's girlfriend to ride. Did I mention he's a nice guy?

'Rod' said that he was just starting to get active in politics and it just seemed like the democrats were nicer people. He said that Republicans let people starve to death. I asked him who Republicans let starve to death and he seemed a little short on the details, but he was sure it was true. (Honest to Murgatroid, he really said that.)

'Rod' said that if it weren't for the stimulus he'd be out of a job and I'd be out of a job and the entire country would be out of work. He said that we had 40 years of democrat rule and that's what made the country great. I asked him to elaborate on what JFK, LBJ and Jimmy Carter had done for the country. He said that they gave us Civil Rights. I pointed out that the democrats opposed Civil Rights and the bill was passed because of Republicans.

He said that well, it wasn't right for a CEO to make $40 million dollars a year. I asked him who should decide how much a person makes. He didn't know, but he knew it wasn't right for a CEO to be able to come in and fire people. I asked him who should make the determination whether a person can or cannot work for a given company. 'Rod' didn't know, but it just wasn't right that someone could be fired for no reason.

Obviously I'm not going to recite the whole conversation, but 'Rod' has been deceived. He's been sold a bill of goods. Democrats have to lie to get support, and they lie about things that are close to the heart. They lie about things that affect families, like providing for your family. It's disgusting. They take advantage of people's feelings for political support. You can't get much lower than that.

Case in point
I'm sorry, I know that Al Gore trying to rape someone ranks at the very top of the "Too creepy to talk about" list. But you can't look away from this train wreck.

When Gore tried to rape the masseuse her friends told her to "Suck it up; otherwise, the world's going to be destroyed from global warming." The first time you heard this part of the story you alternated between rolling on the floor screaming with laughter and balling up in a fetal position, catatonic in horror at the idiots that are allowed to vote in our society.

You have to love people who are so stupid that they think Al Gore's blustering blather about saving the planet means he gets to rape anybody he pleases. But then again, we've heard that song and dance before. Remember Betty Friedan justifying Clinton's sexual assaults and dalliances? Or Gloria Steinem? Or Nina Burleigh, former White House correspondent for Time, who once explained, "I'd be happy to give him a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal"?

So far, the media is avoiding any mention of the Gore complaint . . . the comedians of the world are avoiding the Gore debacle like flies avoid vinegar.

That's what we call selective coverage. If you're a liberal, you can literally get away with probable murder (Teddy Kennedy), rape (Bill Clinton), children out of wedlock (John Edwards), association with known racists and terrorists (Barack Obama), involvement with the mob (JFK), pimping out gay prostitutes from your apartment (Barney Frank) and membership in the KKK (Robert Byrd) . . .

Where best to be poor
If we might address some of 'Rod's' concerns about the destruction the American system has wrought on people, read this article by Walter Williams on Where Best to be Poor.
the 2009 poverty guideline was $22,000 for an urban four-person family. In 2009, having income less than that, 15 percent or 40 million Americans were classified as poor . . .

-- Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage and a porch or patio.

-- Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

-- Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded; two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.

-- The typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

-- Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.

-- Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

-- Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

-- Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

Yesterday's material poverty is all but gone. In all too many cases, it has been replaced by a more debilitating kind of poverty -- behavioral poverty or poverty of the spirit. This kind of poverty refers to conduct and values that prevent the development of healthy families, work ethic and self-sufficiency . . . Poverty of the spirit is a direct result of the perverse incentives created by some of our efforts to address material poverty.

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