Silly Little Democrats ... so poisoned by hatred they can't even think.
Imagine the uproar if President Bush had unilaterally launched air attacks against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.
But since it's Mr. Obama's finger on the trigger, Democratic leaders in Congress have kept quiet - demonstrating that their opposition to presidential power during the Bush years was political, not principled.
Interesting guy, John Woo.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Click on the photo for the entire story.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich sues cafeteria over olive pit in sandwich
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:51 PM Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 12:22 PM
By: Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Dennis Kucinich has rapped a U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria with a $150,000 lawsuit for selling him a vegetarian sandwich wrap in 2008 that he says caused dental damage when he bit into an olive pit.
The lawsuit that the Cleveland Democrat filed Jan. 3 against operators and suppliers of the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria says the sandwich he bought there "on or about" April 17, 2008 "contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit, that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the final product served."
Biting into it caused serious "permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures," the legal documents say. They contend the congressman is entitled to damages for future dental and medical expenses and to compensate him for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment.
Members of both parties would do well to spend some serious time meditating on the following.
"The reality is that voters in 2010 are doing the same thing they did in 2006 and 2008:
They are voting against the party in power.
This is the continuation of a trend that began nearly 20 years ago. In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president and his party had control of Congress. Before he left office, his party lost control. Then, in 2000, George W. Bush came to power, and his party controlled Congress. But like Mr. Clinton before him, Mr. Bush saw his party lose control.
That's never happened before in back-to-back administrations. The Obama administration appears poised to make it three in a row.
This reflects a fundamental rejection of both political parties.
More precisely, it is a rejection of a bipartisan political elite that's lost touch with the people they are supposed to serve. Based on our polling, 51% now see Democrats as the party of big government and nearly as many see Republicans as the party of big business.
That leaves no party left to represent the American people.
Voters today want hope and change every bit as much as in 2008.
Most have come to recognize that if we have to rely on politicians for the change, there is no hope.
At the same time, Americans instinctively understand that if we can unleash the collective wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.
In this environment, it would be wise for all Republicans to remember that their team didn't win, the other team lost.
Heading into 2012, voters will remain ready to vote against the party in power unless they are given a reason not to do so.
You're asked your opinion on twelve issues, and then you are asked to evaluate how important each issue is to your ultimate voting decision.
Vote Easy then gets busy and provides you with an interactive chart of the candidates in you state and a percentage evaluation of the extent to which they share your opinions on the issues.
Click the JPEG below for the link.
A little long maybe, but worthy.
As usual, click anywhere below to link up.
Of all the slips of the tongue and unintentional admissions by this administration, Robert Gibbs’ “professional left” comment may well be the one they wish they could squeeze back into their collective windpipe the most:
I hear these people saying (Obama) is like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. … I mean, it’s crazy. … The professional left … will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality. … They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.
Carolyn, Paul A. and Don C. (my new best email buddy, having replaced Teddy who went to Florida for Easter and hasn't been heard from since) have been sending me some real good political cartoons.
As the Little Wiffer, my secretary, and anyone else charged with the responsibility of taking care of me can attest, sometimes it's hard to get me to pay attention.
Up until this morning, it never dawned on me to check the artist.
It's all the same guy.
Click on the cartoon below to link to his fine site.
He's looking for donations and selling coffee mugs, tee shirts and some other stuff.
I'm guessing the New York Times isn't returning his calls.
And for damn sure the Freep ain't.
Teddyyyyyyyyyy, where are youuuuuuuuu??????
The point of the article being that issues having to do with the deficit are extraordinarily difficult, and the real problem with Tea Party types being that they want to enjoy the services provided by government, they just don't want to pay for them.
Click anywhere below to read the entire article.
How many took advantage of yesterday’s national forum, a teleconference held in 19 cities (including Detroit) and for thousands of individuals online, to seek solutions to the nation’s bulging budget deficit?
Organized by a nonpartisan group, AmericaSpeaks, the unprecedented event provided a sobering view of our country’s $13 trillion debt and the limited options facing Congress if it tries to tackle the problem.
The op-ed ends as follows:
Much of this entire fiscal responsibility issue centers on arithmetic, not politics.
The following is my reply.
To begin with .....
I'm not a member of any Tea Party affiliate.
I do like them and will support them.
I belong to no organized political party, I'm a Libertarian ..... probably.
Having said that.
Here are some ideas which if applied would probably enable principal payments on the deficit in year 1.
Not necessarily in this order.
1. Remove all American troops and military bases from foreign soil, excepting those troops stationed within embassies.
Leave NATO, abandon Okinawa, and allow Europe, Japan, The House of Saud etc. to defend themselves.
I haven't checked it today, but most years our military budget has exceeded that of the rest of the world combined.
Europe is cutting military spending in response to their deficits because we defend them.
Europe, Japan and the rest of the world needs to defend itself.
Their defense ain't our job.
We need to maintain fearsome defensive military power.
We do not need offensive military weaponry such as carrier groups (they are nothing more than big assed targets anyway), long range bombers, etc.
Scrap half of them out.
We do not need to be maintaining military bases on foreign soil, anywhere.
And we damn sure don't need to be defending foreign despots while allowing them to abuse their own people.
Ya listening Faisel?
While you're at it, reduce our payment to the United Nations to a pro-rata share.
Those guys are hopelessly corrupt and largely a waste of skin.
2. Raise the retirement age to 67 and 71.
While we're on the subject, reviewing every last disability claimant seems prudent.
3. Rather than paying 100% of medical costs for medicare and medicaid recipients and attempting to fix costs by legislation, provide for the federal government to reimburse 67% of all health care costs for those eligible for medicare and medicaid benefits.
Prudence will reign by virtue of people now being responsible for a third of their own medical expenses.
They can insure or not, negotiate or not, get care or not, but the fact that a third of the cost is skin (so to speak) will save a ton of money and probably improve care.
If you're flat broke, charities can and will pick up the slack.
Hell, you might be able to provide 30% to maybe 50% coverage for everybody else under that kind of an arrangement and still come out ahead.
And while we're on the subject.
4. Loser pays.
As a sop to my many and dear attorney friends, limiting liability is nonsense, but nuisances gotta pay.
5. Deduct the first $20,000 of income for every individual and corporate taxpayer, and apply a flat 20% tax on every dime of income thereafter, from every source, cash as well as the cash value of benefits.
Remove all deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions (Americans give because Americans give, the deduction is gravy ... lose it), IRA's, dependants, state and local taxes, depreciation, depletion ..... and every other damn thing.
Bigger incomes pay higher taxes.
Identical incomes pay identical taxes.
Account across the board, Cash in, Cash out.
While you're at it require public companies to account to shareholders exactly as they account to the IRS.
Businesses acquiring buildings and capital equipment can write purchases off in the year acquired (the economy will boom), that's cash out. If buildings and equipment are sold or scrapped later on, that's cash in.
Removing mortgage interest as a deductible item will cause huge problems in such a debt infested environment, and as such would probably have to be phased, do it as ruthlessly as possible.
In the interest of financing growth, you probably want interest to be a deductible item for business adventures, but not against personal income, you want to prohibit the LLC from buying the homestead, or at least deducting the mortgage interest.
Dividends should be a deduction at the corporate level (cash out) and income to the recipient (cash in) at the ordinary rate.
Income from federal debt should be taxed at the same rate as all other income.
Capital gains should be taxed at the same rate as all other income.
6. Close the Commerce Department, the Department of Education, and HUD, as well as the Department of Homeland Security (it's a joke).
Somebody has been stealing from HUD my entire adult life.
7. Sell Fanny, Freddie, Ginnie Mae and whatever acronym handles student loans.
Never guarantee or imply a guarantee of anything or anybody, to anybody, ever again.
8. Legalize it! Then tax it.
9. Tax foreign oil at the border ... big time.
10. Invest a little money and finish the fence.
Invest a little more to find and deport every last illegal residing in this country.
While you're at it fine employers of illegals, while significantly reducing unemployment benefits.
Think it through.
Jobs will come open, wages will probably increase with subsequent increases in tax revenues and reductions in federal expenses.
That Compton might have to drive out to the fields and pick a little lettuce is a also good thing.
You may choose to disagree with individual items, but that there be one helluva start.
Do the arithmetic!!!
People should listen to their Uncle Roany ... I got answers.