President Obama visits Ground Zero today. I hope that he is gracious enough to offer some praise to those who helped get Bin Laden, particularly a former President named Bush. I would be also be delighted to see Obama admit that the policies he opposed as a U.S. Senator and candidate for President also proved instrumental tools in the mission.
Message to Trump.
Donald. If you are serious about running for President, you need to act like a serious candidate. And I’m going to give you a little free advice that will be worth a lot more than the advice you are paying for.
Number one. Lose the trash talk. We don’t elect people to the highest office in the land who laden their rhetoric with the F word in public, or talk the way you did in Las Vegas. Profanity doesn’t make you look tough. It makes you look like crass baffoon.
Number 2. Lose some weight. We have not elected a fat President since Hoover, and he might not have won had television been around in 1928.
Number 3. Lose the Weedwhacker Hairdo. It makes you look more vain than you already are and it gets in the way of your message, whatever that is.
Number 4. Lose the helicopter. Lose the limo. Lose the glitz. Lose the incessant references to your wealth. Americans think that someone who brazenly boasts about how rich they are is either a liar or a bore or both.
While you lose these things, give a little more thought to why you want the job and what you will do with it if you get it. All we’ve heard so far is why you think everybody else is stupid. Or how you are going to kick somebody’s backside. That may get you something in a bar fight, but it won’t win you an election Donald.
By the way Donald, I’ll be happy to take a check for my free advice.
A Tax Foundation study shows that of the nation’s 38 top taxed counties, 27 are in NY, calculated by taxes as a % of home value. Over the life of a conventional mortgage, many homeowners pay for their house twice. And oh by the way…Obamacare contained $1 billion in new unfunded federal mandates for NY, soon to drive property taxes even higher. Be sure to thank our Senators for supporting Obamacare.
NYT Yesterday: if polls are correct…New Democrats (Canada’s Socialist Party) could end the hopes of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper to gain a majority in the House of Commons. NYT Today: Conservatives gain majority…easily winning more than the dozen seats needed for control. In other words, when the votes were counted the Socialists lost and the Conservatives won, despite the wishful thinking of the NYT.
Osama bin Laden
Congratulations are in order. To our service men and women. To our intelligence operatives. To the Navy Seals. To our President, and our former President, and others who have devoted so much time and effort to finding Osama Bin Laden and seeing justice done.
Bin Laden is now gone. May he not rest in peace. May he burn in hell. May he forever feel the pain of those he torched at Ground Zero. And may those who lost loved ones find some solace in the fact that the United States refused to let him die a natural death.
Now comes the question of what we do in Afghanistan.
Frankly, I am weary of war. I am tired of reading of dead American soldiers whose blood has been spilled on foreign soil, in wars we did not need to fight, in countries that are of no vital interest to the United States, and of that war in Afghanistan… which has now lasted longer than any war in American history. Now that we have accomplished our stated mission in Afghanistan, can we now bring our troops home and say mission accomplished?
I hope so.
Our Energy Future.
The New York Times today reports than a residents of a New Jersey city are up in arms about the installation of solar panels along the bucolic streets of Fairlawn, NJ.
They are upset because nobody in the community asked the utility company to tack these pretty little solar panels on their telephone poles.
Turns out they are being installed because of a mandate imposed on the utility company by the ruling elites of New Jersey. The elites mandated that the utility company get more of its electricity from “renewable sources of energy.” Each of the solar panels produces enough juice to brighten four 60-watt light bulbs for 6 weeks—presuming of course that clouds never appear which would stop the sunrays from reaching the solar panels.
This gives me an idea…and a surefire way to fix the child obesity problem in America.
Instead of regulating what kids eat, make them recharge their cellphones with beanie hats.
All they have to do when their cell phone is out of juice is run down the road, make the little propeller on their hat go round and round, and the wind will generate the electricity needed to recharge their cell phones, ipods and ipads.
It’s renewable energy. It reduces global warming. And cuts their cell phone carbon footprint. They will shed their excess fat and parents will no longer have to monitor their cupcake intake.
Now please keep this post to yourself. Because if some green bean left winger in Congress hears about it, next thing you know they’ll be introducing legislation, holding hearings and stealing my idea.
Is Libya our next Vietnam?
We are now involved in a civil war that is none of our business, in a country that is of no vital interest to the United States.
When President Obama ordered air strikes and starting raining missiles on Libya, he said he was doing it to protect civilians.
He also said that Muammar el-Qaddafi had to go, that regime change was required.
Two things are now clear. Air strikes are not protecting civilians. And old Muammar is still in power and evidently doesn’t intend to give it up any time soon.
So what now, Mr. President?
Do we pull out, and admit that you made a mistake? If we do, Qaddafi will most certainly slaughter every rebel involved and nobody in that region of the world will ever take you or the United States seriously again.
And what if we drop a lucky bomb amid a sea of civilians and get Qaddafi, who is going to stop the slaughter in the ensuing tribal wars as they fight over what remains of the riches in Libya?
Do we put advisors and troops on the ground to keep postwar order? If not us, who? NATO? If not NATO, the UN? Any of those options still involve U.S. troops and the possibility that more American blood will be needlessly spilled on foreign soil.
Sometimes Mr. President, the smart thing to do is stay out of wars that are none of our business. President Eisenhower did.
$5 Gas, Soon headed to $6 a gallon?
Shell oil spent 5 years and $4 billion dollars to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean, right off the northern coast of Alaska. Shell had planned to start drilling this summer.
Yesterday Shell announced that it is pulling the plug. The EPA refused an air permit, claiming that Shell did not take into account the global warming that might be caused by the emissions of an ice-breaking vessel. The EPA also feared the emissions might adversely affect the air quality of a village 70 miles from the drilling site—a village that is home to 245 people.
Shell is now walking away from the project, which the U.S. Geological Survey says contains 27 billion barrels of oil, 2 ½ times the amount of oil that has flowed through the Trans Alaska Pipeline during the last 30 years.
Meanwhile, Brazil is now using our tax dollars to drill for oil, thanks to a handout recently given to that country by President Obama. I guess that since there is no ice in Brazil, it’s OK to drill there, since they won’t need to use vessels that cause global warming.
Meanwhile, here at home, as gas heads to $6 a gallon, and millions of Americans are looking for work, we can all feel better that the EPA is helping to create thousands of new jobs in Brazil.
This past week there have been a lot of stories about Paul Ryan’s plan to fix our Medicare program. Nearly all trash it. Liberals are using it to scare money out of democratic donors.
The editorial board at the New York Times has gone ballistic, proclaiming that the apocalypse is near, now that someone has dared to say that entitlement reform will be necessary in order to preserve entitlements for future generations.
What the critics aren’t talking about is fine print in the Obama plan.
King Barack proposes to appoint a 15 member commission of “experts” that will “hold down” spending. In other words, the President won’t say how he’s going to do that, except to turn it over to an unelected body that is going to act as a rationing and price control board, deciding who gets what care and what the providers of that care will be paid.
Its decisions cannot be challenged in court. The Congress would have no legislative role, nor would the marketplace, consumers or private carriers. Instead of giving seniors a chance to decide what works best for them, a Soviet style control board will make decisions for our seniors.
Say what you will about the Ryan plan. At least he put something on the table that started a long needed discussion about how to preserve the Medicare program, give future seniors some individual choice and the ability to decide what works best for them.
The President? He thinks seniors are too dumb to do that, thus his plan to have our medicare decisions made by 15 central planners accountable to no one. Mr. President, the Soviets tried that. It didn’t work there. It won’t work here.
Democrats (yes Democrats!) in Massachusetts have voted to savage the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Why no rent-a -riots in the Bay State? Where are the freedom fighters? Who will stop this vicious assault on the civil rights of humankind and all that is good and just?
Good God. Boeing invested billions in a state-of-the-art facility in SC to construct its 787 Dreamliner, creating thousands of good jobs. Obama’s Na Labor Relations Board has now asked courts to stop production in SC because SC is a right to work state. You can’t make this stuff up.
Easy. Unilaterally decide to start a third war without Congressional Authorization, (hell, not even a resolution), claim that you got your authority from the UN, or the Arab league, then after ordering that missiles be rained on a country that did not attack us, bop off to Brazil to walk on the beach, watch some belly dancers, and give that nation some American tax dollars to drill for…yep, oil, (which he will not allow in the U.S.) at a time when Americans are groaning under the skyrocketing price of gasoline.Read More