May 20, 2010

You Got Some Nerve

Thrice entries today... though I could probably find more if I wanted to...

Pakistani students' reaction to the "Draw Mohammad Day" facebook page:
"Kill anyone who insults Mohammad." How long will people tow the line of "Oh, Muslims aren't violent toward non-Muslims. Islam is a religion of peace!" Really?

Mexico's president Calderon scolds the Arizona immigration (rather, 'anti illegal immigrant') policy, and tells us we need to develop "comprehensive immigration reform."

Dude, these are YOUR citizens living illegally in OUR country. Yet, you don't want them back in Mexico. What's wrong with this picture?

Richard Blumenthal has been subtly claiming for a decade that he served in the Vietnam War, presumably to garner support from post-war vets. Now he says he never said "in" the war; he said he served "during" the war.

Yet he has also been cited by several close friends and colleagues as implying he was one of those vets spit on upon return to the U.S., and that he "wore the uniform" at that time.

Dispicable. If you served, you gave your time and potentially risked your life for the cause of your country at the time. That's honorable because it's a sacrifice. If you didn't serve, claiming you did makes you a real shmuck.

May 19, 2010

The Beauty Within

On the topic of the newly-crowned Miss USA, I'll let her aunt do the talking:

"She is an honour to us, a honour to all of southern Lebanon... We are so often described as terrorists and killers, but we Shiites love life and beauty — and mainly the beauty of the soul, which is what is so special about Rima," said the veiled 62-year-old.

Yes, they honor the beauty of the soul by... congratulating their attractive, super-skinny, scantily-clad nieces on their winnings of a contest judged solely on outward appearance. Oh, the contest winner is evaluated on other things, like her answers to the "political" questions asked, too? Hmm.. maybe. Two things: One, how does an answer to a political question get rated? If it's subjective, then it has no bearing. Or at least, each judge could "rate" differently and cancel each other out.

Secondly, I'm willing to put money on the hot-button questions being asked to create buzz and advertising rev for the pageant, not to produce the kind of responses that might be given by, say, anyone who has lived past 18, experienced a little bit of life outside a world where everyone treats you great because you're hot... meaning, anyone who has actually tested their moral compass.

If you think I'm being inconsistent, check out my prior posts about Carrie Prejean. I don't care if she says she's a Christian and loves traditional marriage; if she had an ounce of modesty she wouldn't be competing.

So there, you see I'm completely at ease with condemning both Christian and Muslim - although neither one is much of an example of either faith - on this issue. Ain't I pc? =)

May 12, 2010

L'eggo That Eggo!

...and the fries and the non-organic everything.

Three things here: One, I don't have anything against organic food or people eating it. In fact, I recently switched to organic meat and dairy products, which seem to be helping my general health a little. I certainly feel better knowing I'm not eating tons of synthetic hormones.

Secondly, no, I don't think fast foods are good for you, and I wish people would prefer eating healthy foods instead of McDonald's and highly-processed, shelf-stable items. I wish people would exercise, stop smoking, encourage healthy eating habits with their kids, take vitamins and give a rip about their health in a preventative way, too.

However, it's neither my place nor the government's to make mandates about what people should eat. There is no "should" with preferences; you prefer one way or the other. My way may be known to lead to less disease and longer life, but that doesn't mean I'm going to make you do things like I do. Believe it or not, I strongly vie for your personal choice even if I don't agree with it.

Lastly, I love Michelle Malkin's line about Mrs. Obama stepping down from the position in an "ostentatious display of self-sacrifice." That's their game: make the money in the wings while publicly posing to have principles. Backstage, it's all about the green. And I don't mean veggies.


"Michelle Obama: Food Profiteer Turned Food Cop"
By Michelle Malkin
May 12, 2010

Let me summarize first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity agenda: Shed as I say, not as I gain. While she crusades for organic foods and puts government pressure on corporations to stop marketing fast food and junk food to children, Mrs. Obama herself profited from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes.

In June 2005, a few months after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Obama hustled a seat on the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Despite zero experience, the food-processing company put her on its audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. For her on-the-job training and the privilege of putting her name and face on their literature, the company forked over $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 to Mrs. Obama -- as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.

The chairman of the TreeHouse Foods board, Sam K. Reed, was a top executive at Kellogg's and Keebler Foods, home of that great menace to children, the Keebler Elf. Before that, he headed up Mother's Cake and Cookie Company. The conglomerate sells cheese sauces, Cremora non-dairy creamer, instant soup, puddings and powdered soft drink mixes. Hardly the stuff of Mrs. Obama's new vision of nutritional paradise. TreeHouse is also a leading supplier of pickles used in the burgers of evil fast food chain McDonald's -- exactly the kind of corporate restaurants Mrs. Obama is now targeting in her war on urban "food deserts."

The corporation-bashing Mrs. Obama would have continued raking in her TreeHouse cash if it hadn't been for her husband's pesky pledge to pander to Big Labor and swear off Wal-Mart. The retail giant, you see, happened to be TreeHouse's biggest customer. And Wal-Mart is to Big Labor as sunshine is to Dracula.

In May 2007, Obama told AFL-CIO workers in Trenton, N.J., that Wal-Mart was dead to him. "I won't shop there," he pledged, with an eye toward embarrassing then-chief rival Hillary Clinton, who had served on Wal-Mart's board from 1986-1992. The AFL-CIO has waged relentless attacks on Wal-Mart, dubbing it the "Poster Store for Greed." That, by extension, would make Mrs. Obama -- all-too-happy recipient of a Wal-Mart dependent compensation package worth more than $100,000 in 2008, according to Securities and Exchange Commission records -- a Poster Child for Ancillary Avarice.

Candidate Obama shrugged off his wife's conflict of interest. "Michelle and I have to live in the world and pay taxes and pay for our kids and save for retirement," Obama explained to Crain's Chicago Business magazine before his White House bid. Political expediency, alas, required that the candidate's wife step down when the issue reared its head after Obama's Wal-Mart bashing during the presidential campaign cycle. True to form, Mrs. Obama turned the decision into an ostentatious display of self-sacrifice:

"As my campaign commitments continue to ramp up, it is becoming more difficult for me to provide the type of focus I would like on my professional responsibilities," said Chicago's Joan of Arc in a resignation statement eight days after her husband declared his boycott of the stores stocked with food items processed and distributed by her TreeHouse colleagues. "My priorities, particularly at this important time, are ensuring that our young daughters feel a sense of comfort and normalcy in this process, and that I can support my husband in his presidential campaign to bring much needed change to this country."

She saw no conflict then. And she sees no conflict now in wielding her East Wing clout to restrict the advertising free speech of the food industry that lined her pocketbook with big, fat paychecks. The Obama White House is on an insatiable control binge. No private space has been left behind -- not your grocery aisles, not your children's TV shows, not even your refrigerator.

Give the first lady this: She has an uncanny knack for wrapping her self-interests in the mantle of self-sacrifice and public service. It's the Obama way.

May 11, 2010

Say No to Another Subjective Supreme Court Justice

Please join me and Liberty Counsel in rejecting their current agenda which includes President Obama's appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

In addition to being an abortion supporter and religious organization naysayer, she is trained in transnational law, which utilizes foreign law to influence domestic. Kagan has said that the Constitution must be "reformed" to better comport to international standards of law.

Ms. Kagan also disapproves of religious organizations' involvement ("they should be 'off limits' ") in issues that concern "projects close to the central concerns of religion." In the context of that statement, she was speaking about counseling provided to teenagers faced with unplanned/unwanted pregnancies.

The Liberty Counsel petition also strongly rejects the current administration's interest in pushing the ENDA (employee non-discrimination act) law into effect this fall, as well as the Cap and Trade legislation, financial "reform" bills, immigration reform (i.e. making illegal immigrants legal) and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

If you are also against both these types of legislation and their specific instantiations, that which we've already seen get pushed through with little to no concern over public opinion, please consider signing the petition.


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