Saturday, July 31, 2010

All Charged Up About The Volt

From General Government Motors comes this fine little ditty about the newest and greatest disaster creation to roll off the assembly line from the former number one auto manufacturer in the world, The Chevy... er.. GM Volt.

Really, they're advertising it as the GM Volt. What do you think GM stands for, to the tune of about $60 billion taxpayer dollars in bailout, that to date still remains largely unpaid unless you count using other government money... to pay... the government.. its own... money.

Hmmm... that doesn't sound quite kosher now, does it?

And you thought I was kidding about Government Motors?

All 40 miles of battery powered wonderment from the Heartburn of America is now celebrated with song.

As iowahawk reminds us, this chart-topper comes from a long lineage of tunes that run deep within the very fiber of Americana. After all, what would America be without such great history as Dinah Shore, who famously saw the USA in her Chevrolet, or The Beach Boys, who saved their pennies and saved their dimes for a 4-speed dual quad positraction 409?

Now we have... well, you be the judge.

A true American icon in the making, and it'll only run you about $41,000 before tax deductions.

(Hey... wait a minute... I thought we didn't do tax breaks in the age of Obama...)

And as a friendly reminder, the great prognosticator iowahawk predicted almost exactly this outcome from the three-headed monster known as Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, and what was then known as "Congressional Motors."

From late 2008, it's the video that started it all...

Hope and Change, people... Hope and Change...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Conservative Porn: Governor Chris Christie on Morning Joe

I have to quote Glenn Beck here... I need a cigarette.

Okay, not really.. I quit, and I never really want one again... but these clips of Governor Chris Christie on MSNBC's Morning Joe are definitely arousing, or sorts...

Complaining about some cuts that need to be made in an effort to reign in a budget deficit in New Jersey, a teacher told Governor Christie:

"You're not compensating me for my education, and you're not compensating me for my experience."

Christie's response:

"Well then, you know what? You don't have to do it. I mean, the simple fact of the matter is this... Teachers go into it knowing what the pay scale is..."

Governor Christie, when asked about this exchange, stated:

"This teacher complaining - they're getting four-to-five percent salary increases a year in a zero percent inflation world; they get free health benefits from the day they're hired - for their entire family - until the day they die.

They believe they're entitled to this shelter from the recession, when the people who are paying for that shelter are the people who have been laid off, who have lost their homes, had their hours cut back.

And all we asked them to do was freeze their salary for one year and pay one-and-a-half percent of their salary for their health benefits.

For the average teacher in New Jersey, you're talking about $750 a year for full-family health coverage.

Now, I don't think that's a lot to ask, and I don't think we can continue anymore to be having the good people of New Jersey who have been laid off and all the rest...

As much as I love teachers - you know, everyone's got to be part of the sacrifice"

"[...] Because the times demand it."

Christie went on to explain that the teacher's union had what he labeled a "Me First" rally, where 35,000 teachers gathered to say, "Pay me first, pay me my health benefits first, pay me my pension first, and everyone else in New Jersey - get to the back of the line."

The teachers union ultimately refused to accept the cuts he asked of them.

Christie has promised to shine a bright light on those such as the New Jersey teacher's union - those who refuse to accept what he considers their fair and reasonable share of the temporary burden as he attempts to bring New Jersey back from the brink of liberal / progressive fiscal disaster.

If Christie doesn't run for president in 2012 or 2016, I'll be greatly disappointed.

Sure Newt Gingrich is smart, and sure Sarah Palin is feisty and gets under the skin of the lunatic fringe. They both have a lot of negatives, though.

Newt has a checkered personal past, which could be overcome, but they'd be a nuisance. If he decides to run, however, I must admit he's probably my first choice right now because he absolutely towers over Obama intellectually, and he truly knows American history and believes in American Exceptionalism.

Palin.. well, as much as we on the right love her message most of the time, the leftist media hates her and will do all they can to destroy her, and unfortunately I'm not sure she's got the game needed to fight that media. She's great doing what she does right now, and probably would be an excellent cabinet choice, perhaps Secretary of Energy? But I don't know about president...

Mitt Romney is a great businessman, and perhaps should be Secretary of Treasury, and Ron Paul, as much as I love his desire to stand his ground on issues like the Fed and the use of our military, just isn't the guy.

But Chris Christie... Chris Christie is doing a better job right now than anyone else at being exactly what we need - a non-politician who tells it exactly like it is, and doesn't care one bit if people like him or not.

Chris Christie is not about Republican, and he's not about his poll numbers... he's about fixing the mess that's been made in the state he loves, and anyone who stands in his way had better watch out.

Not only that, but he's doing all this by speaking simple common sense that anyone not in a union should understand and appreciate... and even some union members will get it and support it, even if they don't immediately like it.

Answering a follow-up question about how to take his message nationwide, Christie stated:

If what you're gonna do is play the same old game, and not speak directly to people, and not treat them (Americans) like adults... then you are bound for failure. All I'm doing is speaking the truth as I see it."

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Chris Christie represents everything I've had to learn in my life because of my past irresponsible ways. Excuse me while I speak from experience - right now the entire nation needs to learn the hard lessons that I've had to learn through my life.

We as individuals must live within a budget. Our representatives should behave no differently while in office than those individuals who elect them. These people are given an enormous trust, and they're not acting trustworthy as of late.

This concept seems to be lost on individuals as soon as they have a political title assigned to their name, especially when it's a title that comes from being inside The Beltway.

Chris Christie is a true voice of common sense in a political world that seems to be completely devoid of common sense, and I think he may be the one person capable of going to Washington and effecting the change that is truly needed to bring America back to prosperity.

Thought For the Day... Old School

A funny one for all us "old timers" Courtesy of B.C.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I Don't Need Your Civil War...

I must admit to falling victim to a bit of hype as well as having a slight misunderstanding of the facts last night, as I posted last night about Shirley Sherrod and her statements at an NAALCP event last year.

It seems that the truth has now come out, and the fact is that Ms. Sherrod did not make statements of inflammatory nature, as I believed at the onset of the story. Her words, when taken out of context, could be misconstrued to be racist in intent, but they were part of a larger and more important lesson that we all are learning from today.

The left wing blogosphere is on fire right now, and the NAACP is in full defense mode. As usual, they are both attempting to place blame on Fox News Channel for discussing, broadcasting, and hyping the Sherrod story in an overt attempt to force the regime's administration's hand.

Instead, the point of interest in the Shirley Sherrod story is this: The Barack Hussein Obama regime administration had ordered and forced Shirley Sherrod's "voluntary" resignation, and the NAALCP had issued a harsh condemnation, all before Fox News Channel had ever run one segment about the story.

Ultimately, it seems the regime administration shot itself in the foot... can I still say that, based on the current standing of the Second Amendment?

The poor management skills of this group of rank amateurs, as well as their obvious instinct to overreact at the slightest hint of race in any story that might cross their radar screen, led them to essentially force the termination of employment of a woman who otherwise is by all accounts (including the account of the White farmer previously discussed) of sound moral character and good judgment.

The source of all the fun is Andrew Breitbart's, where the outtake of Sherrod's NAALCP speech first appeared.

In a stroke of pure genius, Breitbart manipulated the leftist media to perfection.

He posted two segments of Sherrod's speech - the first offering what seem to be racist statements, which are most definitely accompanied by a perceived race-induced reception of laughter and mild applause from the crowd.

The second offered Sherrod's clear adulation for government work, as she offers to the crowd, "Have you heard of anybody in the federal government losing their job?"

As it turns out, the NAALCP has a full video of the very speech being discussed, and it is available at YouTube, here, on the NAALCP YouTube page.

It is extremely interesting to note that the subject of Shirley Sherrod's speech was the exact opposite of the reason she was condemned by the NAALCP in this statement:

[...]Racism is about the abuse of power. Sherrod had it in her position at USDA. According to her remarks, she mistreated a white farmer in need of assistance because of his race.

We are appalled by her actions, just as we are with abuses of power against farmers of color and female farmers.

Her actions were shameful. While she went on to explain in the story that she ultimately realized her mistake, as well as the common predicament of working people of all races, she gave no indication she had attempted to right the wrong she had done to this man.

Shirley Sherrod appears to be a good person, done wrong by a rush to judgment.

I, for one, offer my apology to her, and to anyone who was misled by my offering in last night's post. I did not take the time to fully investigate the story, and I allowed my first impression to guide my thoughts.

I, however, am only one man, and am only capable of a certain amount of research and investigation.

The Obama administration, the NAALCP, and every leftist media outlet (including Rachel Maddow of MSNBC) have teams of researchers and should have had their facts straight before moving forward.

I hope they might learn their lesson. Context matters.

The behavior of the Obama administration and the "mainstream media" are leading down a very dangerous path. If we are not careful, we will be at odds with our fellow Americans over issues as meaningless as skin color.

I, for one, don't need their Civil War.

Monday, July 19, 2010

From The Eye of the Hurricane

I know, I know... where have you been, Soloman?

Well, I've been rather busy, that's where I've been. Thank you for asking, all who have expressed concern from time to time.

My place of business right now is like the eye of a hurricane - there's disaster all around us, in the sense that the Obama economy is currently stagnating and will soon be getting worse (once the books shed all those census jobs) yet somehow, by the Grace of God, my workplace is the busiest we've been since the Progressive crash of March 2009.

My place of business does work that feeds the supply chain for the Military Industrial Complex, and for that right now I'm thankful because most of the rest of our business is in commercial aviation. And if you haven't noticed, the economy sucks and there aren't a lot of people taking vacations, so the need for everything from private jets to 767's has dwindled drastically.

Anyway, being the observant Cracker that I am, I couldn't help but notice all the hubbub recently about the Holder "Justice Department," as it relates to Arizona and the New Black Panthers.

Most of you probably know by now how Obama and Holder claimed they were all concerned about racial profiling... yet when they filed this lawsuit against Jan Brewer, me, and a few million other concerned Americans living in the Grand Canyon State, they decided to file their suit based on the concept that they didn't want a "patchwork of legislation from state to state."

Really? How's that working for you and your sanctuary city policy, San Fransisco? Los Angeles? New York City? Oh.... that's right... it's only politically expedient to sue the states that want to control illegal immigration... you know, like Rhode Island. Or maybe... maybe it's politics? Nah... couldn't be. We're in a "Post-racial era," after all...

And why on Earth should we expect The Associated Press to report on this situation honestly? I mean after all, if you understand the truth of the situation you know by now that it is not unique to Arizona to require immigrants to carry documentation. That's a Federal requirement, Mr. Eric Tucker of The AP. Check it.

Oh, never mind... we would be silly to expect consistency... or honesty.. from the media... like CBS News' Bob Schieffer, perhaps? What an ass that guy is. first, he blatantly asked the misguided and factually incorrect question about Arizona's law - I don't care how much O'Reilly wants to give him the benefit of the doubt. Then, he doesn't know a thing about the New Black Panther case?

Come on, buddy... get off the New York Times pipe and try a healthy dose of... oh, let's say any honest news source? And the vacation BS doesn't fly.. we heard that same load of crap from Charlie Gibson and the ACORN saga. I've been on "vacation" from my political "job" and I know all about both of these stories, and have heard both sides of the issues, because I actually make an effort to see what people from the left and from the right are saying.

And speaking of what people on the left are saying... how about that woman Shirley Sherrod from the NAALCP? Wow, did she really step in it, or what? If I may quote her directly:

"The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm, he took a long time talking but he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing, but he had come to me for help. What he didn't know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me was, I was trying to decide just how much help I was going to give him."

"I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So I didn't give him the full force of what I could do."

"I did enough so that when he, I assumed the Department of Agriculture had sent him to me, either that or the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and he needed to go back and report that I did try to help him."

[...]"So I took him to a white lawyer that had attended some of training that we had provided because Chapter 12 bankruptcy had just been enacted for the family farm. So I figured if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him."


Darned that Tea Party, and all the non-evidence of alleged "racism..." I think Andrew Breitbart is still offering $100K to the United Negro College Fund - and has been since March - if anyone can produce real evidence of Tea Party racism. Still. Waiting.

Well, aside from that, I'd just like to quickly ask if anyone else has noticed how the Obama administration always wants to have things paid for, unless of course it's things they want?

Like tax cuts, for example. There's a massive leftist talking point circulating right now that the Bush tax cuts are "for the wealthy" and that they "need to be paid for."

Someone needs to explain basic economics to leftists. Me? Sure, okay...

So listen, leftists, here's how it works. That rich guy getting the tax cut? Well, actually he's not "getting a tax cut," he's now awaiting a tax hike, since these tax rates have been in place for nearly a decade.

That rich guy... he's the guy you work for. If you take that tax cut away from him, he just might have to cut jobs, because essentially, something's gotta give, and it's likely he's not going to downsize his home or tell his children they can't attend college.

And here's a little more economy 101 for you, leftists. If you give a business owner a tax break, he's going to take that extra money and invest it in his business. In the process of doing this, he's likely to generate more income, which will increase the tax revenues generated for your precious government. That's right - more taxes by reducing taxes. It really works. Happened in the 1980's, happened during the first years of the Bush administration.

Not only that, but he's likely to hire a person, or two, or more - and they will have an income, from which your precious government will certainly take their share off the top, you betcha.

Now, if we were to do this the other way - the way Obama wants to do it - we will give away free money to the unemployed, without cutting spending anywhere else. This will simply put an extra burden on the entire economy. Nobody anywhere will be spending any more money. People will not work, especially in the states where unemployment benefits are nearly equal to the average salary of a blue collar worker.

To pay for this, you'll do one of two things - you'll tax the "rich," so that they can not invest in and grow their businesses, or you'll borrow from China, making future generations even more subservient to foreign interests that are not really interested in the concept of a future for the United States - unless a new nation called China West fits your concept of interested in a future for America.

See, leftists - it's the spending that's the issue, not the taxes. The more we spend, the less we have, and if our income is reduced and we continue to spend, the problem persists. Try it out in your home budget sometime. It really happens this way, we didn't dream it up while listening to Lawrence Welk and playing hopscotch, or whatever you think we square Conservatives do.

All in all, I'd say we're right on course for 1 1/2 years into the Barack Hussein Obama term. Those of us who were paying attention are not surprised at all to hear that his approval ratings are falling so drastically that even New Hampshire - a state Obama won in 2008 - now ranks in the bottom ten states for job approval.

I can see November from my house.. and it's looking good!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bring It On: Holder Justice Department Files Suit Against Arizona SB 1070

Eric Holder's Justice Department today filed suit against Governor Jan Brewer and the State of Arizona, over the fact that Arizona wishes to help the federal government do its job.

In a document that covers more paper (25 pages) than the law against which they are filing suit (10 pages), Barack Hussein Obama's non-partisan legal team claims that, "Although states may exercise their police power in a manner that has an incidental or indirect effect on aliens, a state may not establish its own immigration policy or enforce state laws in a manner that interferes with the federal immigration laws."

The suit goes on to state, "The Constitution and the federal immigration laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country."

Although the Holder Justice Department believes that a "patchwork" of immigration policies is not permitted by The Constitution, it is interesting to note that to date there has not been one lawsuit filed against any city that has declared itself a "Sanctuary City," even though "Sanctuary City" policy flies directly in the face of federal law.

Additionally, it should be noted that the federal government is more than willing to accept help from local and state officials any time any other federal laws are broken, such as in the case of bank robbery, or upon the transportation of weapons or other contraband across state lines or international borders. Yet conveniently the federal government seems to have complete disregard and disrespect for Arizona's attempts to provide assistance in border and immigration enforcement.

However, in this instance the Obama administration's chief legal counsel seems to believe that the nation is better served by filing suit against their own, rather than protecting their own against forces that wreak havoc and may potentially bring harm within America's borders.

Gov. Jan Brewer, who is named as a defendant along with the state, called the lawsuit "a terribly bad decision."

"It is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law. As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels," Brewer said in a written statement.

She continued, "Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice. Today's filing is nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds."

If you wish to read the Holder Justice Department lawsuit, it can be found here. has an article here about the lawsuit., the online presence of The Arizona Republic, offers the Associated Press report on the situation here.

For a view from the radical left, The Huffington Post and its commenters can be read here.

If that's not enough for you, there's plenty more discussion at Memeorandum.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Arizona SB 1070: A Media Bias Update

Arizona is being fed propaganda the likes of which America has not seen since the days of Woodrow Wilson, courtesy of The Arizona Republic.

In an effort to promote its purely leftist / open borders agenda, The Republic is running a multiple part series describing the woes of illegal aliens who are now suffering because of the racists in Arizona who hate all brown people.

Last week's propaganda piece by The Republic described the troubles of a poor illegal family who was so frightened of Arizona's new anti-illegal alien law that they picked up and moved all the way to Pennsylvania.

The article, entitled "Undocumented couple leave SB 1070 behind," began:

"A white Ford pickup with Arizona plates is driving north on U.S. 191 headed for the Utah border. Afraid of encountering police, the family inside is traveling at night. The pickup's headlights cut through a sea of darkness.

The family is in a hurry to get out of Arizona, to get away from the state's harsh new immigration law."

The pickup crosses into Utah at 11:59 p.m. Luis Sanchez breathes a sigh of relief as his wife, Marlen Ramirez, keeps driving. Both are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

"Look," he says. "We are here. We have arrived in Utah."

They have made it safely out of Arizona, past the Maricopa County sheriff's deputy they saw as they were leaving Surprise and past the highway patrol cars they saw along Interstate 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff.

The article went on to describe how the family had attempted to make money by having a yard sale, but because so many of their neighbors are also haunted by SB 1070 and plan to leave Arizona, they were only able to raise $30, and ended up having to throw away most of their belongings. They were even forced to leave behind their Chihuahua "Brandy" and her 10-day-old puppies that were still nursing, and had not yet even opened their eyes.

Just before leaving, Luis and Marlen broke the news: The dogs would have to stay and would be given to another family. Vanessa (their 10-year-old daughter) turned her head. Tears ran down her face.

This week's piece of anti-rule-of-law literature is a compelling story about Oscar Vazquez, a man who recently had the honor of standing before President Barack Hussein Obama as he was introduced as an "outstanding graduate," while receiving his degree in engineering from Arizona State University.

A year later, Vazquez sat in a dark bedroom in this dusty city, his engineering degree tucked in a scrapbook filled with other mementos of his college days.

Even as he listened to Obama speak of brighter futures, Vazquez knew his path first would have to go through Mexico, where he would admit his illegal status and ask for permission to re-enter the U.S.

"I decided to take a gamble and do the right thing," he said.

Shortly after graduation in May 2009, Vazquez moved to Mexico, separating himself from his U.S. citizen wife and year-old daughter in Phoenix. He figures to remain here at least through March, when, according to a letter from the government, authorities will decide whether he can legally return to the United States.

The story goes on to describe how Vazquez works the night shift at a factory that produces electronic parts for automobiles.

"He showed his degree in mechanical engineering to his bosses,"
the article describes, "because they didn't really believe he had one."

"Vazquez, 24, did not want to enter the United States illegally. But he was 12 and, despite his protests, did as his mother told him.

These stories tug at heart strings, no doubt. Certainly the plight of many illegals here in America is a difficult situation to frown upon, since it surely is true that most of these people are good, hard working, honest people just like you and I who want nothing more than the best for their families.

I too want the best for these people and their families. I believe that any good person would.

This is why I propose that The National Council of La Raza, as well as any other groups who claim to be for the rights of Latin people, take their argument straight to the source of the problem: the governments of Latin American nations.

Perhaps if these "rights" groups were to pressure the correct nations - the nations from which these poor people have fled for decades due to their Marxist policies, corruption, and absolute lack of concern for their natural citizens - The United States would not have such appeal, and these good people would not be forced to suffer such trials and troubles.

Friday, July 2, 2010

And The Star Spangled Banner, In Triumph Shall Wave...

I thought I'd share something awesome my Dad sent me a few weeks ago, as it is extremely fitting as we celebrate America's Independence from tyranny.

As my Dad explained the story to me, he was listening to Herman Cain's radio show, and Mr. Cain mentioned a certain video of himself giving a speech and doing a Q & A session at a Douglas County Tea Party event.

The video tells the rest of the story. The last question / statement Cain takes that night is from a man who brings up the idea of a second, and seemingly lost verse of The Star Spangled Banner. He says that the verse needs to be brought back to light, and he begins to sing the verse.

This man has an amazing voice. If this man's singing doesn't make your heart swell with pride and bring a tear to your eye, there's not much that will.

At the time of the broadcast my Dad heard, this video had been viewed about 385,000 times. When I read the email a few days after I received it, it was at about 1.2 million hits, and at the time of this post it's reached over 2.2 million viewings.

This video should be seen by every American. Period.

My Dad also then searched out, and included in his email to me, a link that offers a full four verses of our National Anthem listed. You can check that out here.

God Bless The United States of America. Have a great Independence Day weekend, friends.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Taxation With Possible Perspiration to Begin Today

The "White Person" Tax officially went into effect today, courtesy of the Barack Hussein Obama administration and the Democratically controlled Congress.

In their efforts to redistribute wealth from the rich folk to the poor folk, Liberal Progressives added a special tax into the "Health Care Reform" bill that seems (to this humble correspondent) specifically aimed at white people who have expendable income.

Effective today, a ten percent federal tax has been added to all indoor tanning visits. According to, the tax on all indoor tanning is supposed to generate $2.7 billion dollars by 2019 - to help pay for the health care upheaval. is encouraging tanners to carry an, "Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card" the next time they hit the salon for a tan, with the promise phrase of, "No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase," emblazoned on the front along with a signature from the President.

It is being reported that Washington went after indoor tanning businesses because some studies show indoor tanning is unhealthy and in some cases can lead to cancer.