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Changing Servers

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 by raingeg

I’m changing servers right now, so things might be a little strange.

Fan Falls From Stands at Baseball Game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 7, 2010 by raingeg

Here’s some the story from mlb.com:

ARLINGTON — A male fan fell from the second-deck club level and into the lower bowl at the Ballpark in Arlington in the fifth inning of the Rangers’ 12-1 win over the Indians on Tuesday. The incident delayed the game 16 minutes as ballpark personnel tended to him and four other injured fans.

The fan flipped over the railing before landing on his back in section 35, which is roughly a 30-foot drop.

He was conscious and able to move all of his extremities. After being stabilized, he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

“He’s over at the emergency room having tests done,” Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. “The preliminary indications are that it could have been a lot worse. We really don’t know at this point in time. I think that obviously he’ll remain in the hospital for observation. We’re hopeful that what injuries he has are minimal.”

The man was sitting in the front row of Section 235 and was reaching for a foul ball that had sailed over his head and caromed back toward the field. According to a witness, the man turned his back to the field, reached over his head for the foul ball and lost his balance.

Four other fans were treated for minor injuries related to the fall, but none was taken to the hospital.

This video is very interesting. From the perspective that we have here, which is a view of the umpire, the players, the voices of the announcers and a select group of fans, what happened was obviously something that was not good.

But just the sound of the shear terror that comes from the crowd all at once is something to think about. Also the players that you see instantly praying. It just really struck me, how similar yet differently all of these people reacted to this. I don’t want to over analyze this video yet, but it deserves some thought.

A Tale of Two Governors: Jindal and the Spill & Brewer and Illegal Immigration

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by raingeg

Here is a really quick tale of two Governors, in two sates, dealing with two very different problems, both asking the federal government for help, in an area where the federal government is actually needed.

Let me first preface what I am about to say with this brief statement about the role of the federal government. The federal government has a role to play in the United States, the problem is that it often over steps its bounds, becomes too bloated or is accomplishing a task that could easily be handled by the states, or already is to a degree handled by the states, creating redundancies in government, that make it more and more difficult to be about the peoples business. The oil spill is a perfect example of how the many levels of government bureaucracy get in the way of the peoples’ business and actually make the job more complicated than it needs to be.

On to story one, brought to us by none other than ABC News, from Louisiana, where Governor Bobby Jindal is having trouble connecting with the federal government.

ABC News:

Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state’s oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor’s wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.

“It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges.”

“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'”

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.

“We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.

After Jindal strenuously made his case, the barges finally got the go-ahead today to return to the Gulf and get back to work, after more than 24 hours of sitting idle.

Is this really what we are worried about? I understand safety measures and such, but maybe someone can inform me as to why we are supposed to call the people who built the barge in order to see if its equip with fire extinguishers and life vests? And why does it take 24 hours to perform this task? You’d think that in this day and age, where I can get a hold of most people pretty much anytime, that it wouldn’t take 24 hours to accomplish this task. But that is what you get when you have a federal government that is to big.

On to story 2, brought to you by an Ecuadorian television station, NTN 24, our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and picked up by The Right Scoop blog.

Allow me to digress. Two weeks ago we all watched as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer met with President Barack Obama, to discuss the border and SB170. It was two weeks ago that the President told Gov. Brewer that he would tell her what he planned to do with the 1200 national guard troops that are to be deployed and more money for the border within the next couple of weeks. Per Gov. Brewer “I’ve heard absolutely nothing.”

Now back to the story. Here is the video from the Ecuadorian television show.

Capitol Media Services:

Gov. Jan Brewer lashed out at the president and his administration Thursday, saying they announced – in Ecuador – that the federal government will sue Arizona over the state’s new immigration law.

“That is just totally outrageous,” the governor said after being told of a televised interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did while traveling. She said there is no reason Arizonans should have to learn through a blog post of an interview she did with NTN-24.

Clinton, being interviewed, said Obama has spoken out against the law because he believes immigration policy should be determined by the federal government. That mirrors statements the president himself has made since Arizona adopted the law requiring police to check the immigration status of those they have stopped if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are not in this country legally.

It was what followed that was new.

“And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act,” Clinton said in the interview.

While Obama did direct the Justice Department to review the law, the president previously said any decision whether to sue would be made by Attorney General Eric Holder.

The White House declined comment, referring calls to the Justice Department. Calls to that agency were not immediately returned.

The preceding stories were just two examples of how bad things are right now. There is a large communication breakdown between the states and the bloated federal government.

First Oval Office Speech for Obama, Hmmm?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by raingeg

I don’t know what to write about this speech. While watching I took a step back and looked at myself and realized that I was looking at the television like a dog looks at an annoying noise, with my head cocked 4 inches to the left, needless to say, I was a bit perplexed. Not by the big words of the amazing president, but rather the base and overused rhetoric, in a speech that I feel like I’ve heard before.

When I started writing this I was watching the Celtics take on the Lakers, and I could have no more helped the Celtics beat the Lakers than the president can stop the oil from leaking out of that hole. So while this is supposed to comfort me and put me at ease, it accomplishes none of that. He dropped some names, told us who was supposed to aid in the process and let us know that BP was going to get it. But I have a feeling we’re going to be waiting for this relief well to be dug before it stops.

When we are faced with big problems it takes big people to say that they working on the problem and doing their best to fix it without pushing the blame on to someone else, until all the facts are in. Something the President did twice tonight, first by blaming BP and secondly by blaming the Bush administration for this problem. When, from what I know, we really don’t have all of the facts.

The warlike talk and cliché “we can put a man on the moon” stuff just gets to be a bit annoying and repetitive. Oil is not an enemy, oil does not have a mind of its own and oil is not plotting to destruct the shores of this country. Can anyone honestly say that BP wanted this to happen? But of course we all know that every corporation really wants to kill 11 people, endanger The Gulf of Mexico and have to pay for the clean up, oh, and don’t forget ruining their brand. I mean, I’ll say flat out that corporations care about money, and the last thing they want to do is lose any it. But if it turns out that they were corrupt and they are responsible for this disaster the so be it, take them down. But if it turns out that it was just a freak accident then how can you hold someone accountable for that?

The real question I have to ask myself is whether or not the claim that more government regulation would have prevented this from happening is true or false. The President doesn’t even know. And to be completely honest, I don’t know right now, so I take no position. Here’s to hoping that in the coming months we will know more about this, but right now the good old American way of “innocent til proven guilty” should prevail, but its not. The Obama administration has already tried and convicted BP. I’d like to know the Presidents solution to the problem of the corrupt self regulating oil companies that showered regulators with gifts. Is the solution to have the federal government now play a larger role in regulating these oil rigs, because we know that no politician or government bureaucrat has ever been bought and sold or showered with gifts, just ask Joe Sestak.

Pres. Obama Kicks Butt, Pelosi is heckled and 1 Million are w/o Insurance for 3 Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by raingeg

I remember about a year ago, I was at work and I had just read a news story about University of Arizona students protesting cuts in education. I realized that these people were not protesting, they were begging and pleading with the government to keep their programs alive and to keep their benefits coming. And that’s no place to be.

Today Nancy Pelosi was heckled during a town hall meeting, from people on the left.

This is a problem for the Obama administration and lefties in congress. They came into office with expectations so unrealistically high and people looking for so much, that when these expectations are not met, and we do not have heaven on earth, they are upset. Its almost humorous these people actually think any of this is possible, they have their utopian visions of the world and they don’t like it when reality sets in and they realize that keeping the quality of health care great while driving down the cost and adding millions more to the system won’t work.

Politico.com had a story today that 1 million people have their low cost health care plans stripped and be without health insurance for three years, till 2014, because of this bad government regulation.

Part of the health care overhaul due to kick in this September could strip more than 1 million people of their insurance coverage, violating a key goal of President Barack Obama’s reforms.

Under the provision, insurance companies will no longer be able to apply broad annual caps on the amount of money they pay out on health policies. Employer groups say the ban could essentially wipe out a niche insurance market that many part-time workers and retail and restaurant employees have come to rely on.

This market’s limited-benefit plans, also called mini-med plans, are priced low because they can, among other things, restrict the number of covered doctor visits or impose a maximum on insurance payouts in a year. The plans are commonly offered by retail or restaurant companies to low-wage workers who cannot afford more expensive, comprehensive coverage.

The struggle over the provision highlights the importance of the new law’s implementation timetable and the way its parts interlock with one another. The legislation was front-loaded with consumer-friendly reforms, such as the ban on most annual limits, in hopes the law would become more popular. Polls show the legislation is supported by about half the public.

But many of the more comprehensive features of the overhaul, such as the insurance exchanges and tax credits that would help cover those who use limited-benefit plans, don’t come into play until 2014.

That means, for nearly three years, the effect of the ban on annual limits could be costly for the low-wage, seasonal or temporary workers who most often use limited-benefit plans. The full effect won’t be known until the administration releases regulations that detail how the provision will be implemented.

HT: Memeorandum

So much for all of the hurry to get the “comprehensive” health care reform passed so that everyone will have health insurance.

And finally if the presidents administration is not putting their boot heel on the neck of a corporation the president himself is on the look out for someone’s “ass to kick.” That’s at least what president Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer, who said people are looking to see the president “kick some butt.”

And really, the honest answer is that there is no butt to kick right now, except maybe his own, because he does not want to leave the campaign trail, give up his meetings with Paul McCartney and stop selling his health care legislation to seniors. Right now I honestly don’t see any point to his being down in the Gulf. But I do see a point in stopping all of the side show politics and actually appearing presidential in the face of this crisis, and that is not the “ass” kicking, boot heel stomping, tapping into populist anger president that we need to see. The president says “this is not theater,” but he sure is doing a good job of turning it into theater, and right now he’s playing to the wrong crowd.

Conservatism…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 26, 2010 by raingeg

Conservatism cannot be a movement that targets groups, it cannot be a movement that cares about the race, gender or class of an individual, it has to be the movement that is beyond identity politics. Conservatives are not leftists, we should not act like them.

Conservatism has to be a movement that promotes American values. Conservatism has to reiterate Lady Liberties words: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” That message is aimed at people in other countries, and it still should be, but the country that we now inhabit has become so unlike the country we once knew that conservatives must become the voice of that country instead.

Conservatives must acknowledge the sins of our countries past without abandoning our values as we clean up our act. Far to often America has thrown the baby out with the bath water when it comes to what we need to do to in order to make this country better. Instead of turning our backs on anything that comes from the past, we must sift through our past, seeking to destroy what was evil and promote what was good.

Conservatives have to acknowledge that evil exists and there are people out there that want to kill us and our friends around the world.

Conservatives need to call upon those who have been ruined by leftists, who are now the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” they are the dependents and they lack independence and true freedom. We must show them that there is a silver lining on the cloud. We must let them know that the answer to their problems is not increasing the size of government and enslaving them even more. Conservatism has to be the movement that seeks to actually solve problems, instead of throwing some money and a couple of incompetent politicians or bureaucrats at a problem in “hopes” that it will be resolved.

That is what conservatives need to be, and that is what will bring victory in November.

Life is Busy

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 by raingeg

I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to keep up with my posting lately. This week I had to work a lot and I am the best man at my best friends wedding, so I will be busy for the next couple of days. After that I hope to be back up and running.