Archive for October, 2009

The Not So Public “Plublic” Unveiling of the Public Option (Video)

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , on October 30, 2009 by raingeg

The Ridiculous Fight With Fox and Obamas Obamamania

Posted in Economy, Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , on October 28, 2009 by raingeg

Fox News v. The White House, it’s a issue that I’ve yet to address, mostly because I haven’t been paying that much attention to cable news. You see, I don’t have cable because I‘m trying to save money, so unless I go to my parents house I can’t watch cable news. I will say this, this battle conjured up by the White House seems a bit ridiculous if you ask me.

Just look at this in light of all of the issues that this country faces. This is a point that I’ve heard many commentators make and one that has to be stressed. The President of the United States of America, the most powerful man in the world, sees fit to really give it to them, to really let them have it, to show them what he‘s made of. If you thought the “them” I was talking about was Al Qaeda or the Taliban or maybe Iran you are sadly mistaken, its Fox News.

The President sees fit to flounder around and hesitates to make a decision on Afghanistan as the war gets worse. The President thinks that we need to talk with the moderate members of the Taliban, as the Taliban kills people left and right. If there are any moderates within the Taliban I fear that they lack the clout needed to make any changes, as I’ve said before, if it works, more power to the President, but I think it might be a mistake. And on the issue of Iran he seems to not mind that they are getting closer and closer to getting nuclear weapons. We have all of this happening right now, and that’s only on the foreign policy front, and the President is going after Fox News?

On the economic front we a loosing jobs left and right, jobless numbers are rising and approaching 10% and President Obama is telling the country that his $787 billion stimulus is working or has already worked. Lets just look at Arizona for a second, mostly because I live there. Job numbers created by the stimulus are dismal right now. It was supposed to create thousands of new jobs, but the only thing that has happened in Arizona is more and more unemployment. We’ve actually seen thousands and thousands of jobs lost in many areas of Arizona’s economy. There is so much unemployment that Arizona has to borrow around $600 million from the government or risk running out of unemployment benefits for the people of Arizona. If the stimulus is working, it isn’t working here. Yet last week the President was warring against Fox News?

Perhaps taking it to big bad Fox was an attempt to divert the American peoples attention away from the Health Care debacle and fire up his left-wing base. But we’ve seen nothing but the opposite, other news media outlets stood up for Fox after the White House tried to keep them from interviewing the pay czar, and the left is pushing back against the President telling him that they want him to stand up and grow a spine. So that couldn’t have been the case, did the President really think this would go over well with the American people? All of this facing our nation and he takes it to Fox News?

We saw what many people called “Obama-mania” a year ago and we had the privilege of seeing the historic election of the first African American President of the United States, something that I was very proud of. Now Obama-manania has all but died down and the only Obama-maniac left is Obama himself. It seems he is so angry, so desperate and so, dare I say partisan, that he comes off as an egomaniac because in the face of mounting hardship he takes it to a news organization that has political commentators that aren’t backing his every move. We can argue all day about Fox News and their coverage, but does it not seem just a little silly that this, of all battles that he could fight, is the one that he and his administration chose to wage?

The American people can only take so much rhetoric before they start demanding results, and that is what we are starting to see. Now more than ever more people are calling themselves Conservatives. Probably because while Washington seems to not have a problem with being fiscally irresponsible, the American people can’t afford to take that risk. And they know that they have it coming, its called the public option and cap and trade, which will, if passed, cause the government to grow to an extraordinary size.

Could it be that the people of this country just want to get back to work? I say yes. How about using free market principals to make improvements instead of government mandates. How about we start tackling one issue at a time as opposed to everything at once. President Obama, why don’t you stop fighting Fox News and start fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. This is not meant as an attack, its meant as a suggestion. I suggest you start tackling the issues that people care about and stop ramming a leftist agenda down the throats of the citizens of this country. I say this only because your party is in for a rude awakening come the 2010 elections if you think that we will stand for anymore of this.

Cartoon credit goes to Cliftonchadwicks Blog.

Body Building Boy (Video)

Posted in Humor with tags , on October 27, 2009 by raingeg

I don’t know what to think about this, I don’t even know if I like it on my blog. Its pretty crazy tough.

Blog Finds: Week of 10-19-09

Posted in Politics, Religion with tags on October 27, 2009 by raingeg

So I told all of you that I would read ten blogs last week and comment on five and post them for you. I’m sorry to say that the task was harder than I thought. So here’s what I’ve done, and here’s what I will continue to do. I’m not going to limit myself to 10, or, said in a better way, I’m not going to make myself read 10 and comment on 5. I will read some every week and report back here at the beginning of the following week.  I should also say that I am in no way looking for blogs that I agree with all of the time, it just has to spark my interest and be sincere, not extremely hateful or fringy, if it is I will warn you before linking. All of that said, here is my blog finds for the week of 10-19-09.

It’s a New Day Blog
Calvary Chapel of Tucson Robert Furrows blog.
http://calvarychapelblog.com
This is a good blog. It is not a political blog, though he has a lot of good points for a Christian and their walk with Christ. He posts everyday and has good incite for those seeking deeper meaning in their relationship with Christ.
Visit again: Yes, as a Christian I will.
Add to blogroll: Again yes I will do that.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Paris is the Capitol of Rome
http://lwdewhirst.wordpress.com/
I found this blog while surfing WordPress tags. It was interesting, not my favorite place, but it kept me entertained for a while. Check it out if you wish.
Visit again: No
Add to blogroll: No
Rating: 2 out of 5

Pied Type
http://piedtype.com
Another blog found surfing the tags. I saw that the post was about journalism and decided to read. I also commented on the post. It is an interesting blog. I read through some other posts and it seems that this blogger has an interesting take on things.
Visit again: I just might do that.
Add to blogroll: No, not yet.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Leftists to NPR Political Editor: Do what your told!

Posted in Politics, Technology with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by raingeg

This is humorous. A Byron York opinion piece spotlights NPR political editor Ken Rudin’s comments on the “almost Nixonesque” White House and his 180 degree turn around after he angered his liberal listeners.

On National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” Wednesday, NPR political editor Ken Rudin said the White House campaign against Fox News is a bad idea. “It’s not only aggressive, it’s almost Nixonesque,” Rudin said. “I mean, you think of what Nixon and Agnew did with their enemies list and their attacks on the media; certainly Vice President Agnew’s constant denunciation of the media. Of course, then it was a conservative president denouncing a liberal media, and of course, a lot of good liberals said, ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous. That’s an infringement on the freedom of press.’ And now you see a lot of liberals almost kind of applauding what the White House is doing to Fox News, which I think is distressing.”

“Almost Nixonesque” is far from a side by side comparison to Nixon! “Almost” generally means a bit like or somewhat close to, not just like or mirroring Nixon policies. But, needless to say, the left got angry, so he apologized.

“I made a boneheaded mistake yesterday,” Rudin wrote on his NPR blog. “Comparing the tactics of the Nixon administration — which bugged and intimidated and harrassed journalists — to that of the Obama administration was foolish, facile, ridiculous and, ultimately, embarrassing to me. I should have known better and, in fact, I do know better. I was around during the Nixon years. I am fully cognizant of what they did and attempted to do.”

You “should have known better” sir, you are not to anger the listeners! Did I hear your voice move up an octave when you read that news story young man, you are not to have enthusiasm on NPR or an opinion for that matter. Perhaps Rudin will get fed next week, provided he doesn’t say anything else “foolish” about the Obama administration.

Read the whole piece in the Washington Examiner opinion section.

Thanks to Brain Terminal for the link.

Moral Redundancy

Posted in Politics with tags , , on October 23, 2009 by raingeg

I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, it is very important that we do not allow redundancies between our state and federal government. That means we should let state government do its job, and if the federal government is not needed, let the states create laws as they see fit.

Hate crimes legislation goes beyond the federal and state redundancy problem, it is morally and ethically redundant. Do we really need the federal government to affirm that beating someone or killing someone because they are homosexual or disabled is a crime? The answer is no. It is a crime no matter what the case. If someone was beaten and killed because he had hair that was too long or eyes that were brown, would that not be equally as bad as beating a killing someone because they are gay? Yes! Please understand I only use a hyperbolic situation like that to show how inane this legislation really is.

Unfortunately we are dealing with a government and a whole host of groups that lack common sense. Common sense tells us that if someone is murdered, no matter what the reason or motive, the murder should be punished as a murder. Common sense tells us that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” If any person seeks to willingly take away those “unalienable” rights, especially life, they should be willing face the consequences.

Hate crimes legislation is in effect saying that murder is bad, but if you murder someone because they are black, gay, white, or in a wheelchair, then that is an especially bad type of murder. That mode of thinking is disgusting. Any clear thinking individual can easily understand that murder is murder, whether it is committed after a drug deal gone bad or if it is committed because of any other reason. Murder, beating or abuse has always been murder, beating and abuse, even before this legislation was passed.

Internet Nutrality and Internet Control

Posted in Politics, Technology with tags , , , on October 22, 2009 by raingeg

I need to write about this in my “Future of Media” section, because internet control is something that is just around the bend.

Investors Business Daily on the subject:

Diversity czar Mark Lloyd’s FCC votes Thursday on the issue of net neutrality. Advertised as providing access to all, it will do to the information superhighway what Lloyd proposed for talk radio.

Not much was said when $7.2 billion was included in the stimulus bill “to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas and to strategic institutions that are likely to create jobs or provide significant public benefits.” The administration has big plans for the Internet — like controlling it.

Finish reading the article here.