“America is a Dumb Country”

July 31, 2009



Bill Maher says America “is a dumb country.”

We agree with Maher to the extent we saw evidence at the polls on Election Day in 2006 and 2008.

On the other hand, how can anyone characterize an entire country as “dumb”?   That truly is dumb.  By what measure does Maher arrive at his informed conclusion?

There are certainly many countries in the world with illiteracy rates much higher that the U.S.   Are they dumber?  

The Iranians put up with a cruel, dictatorial, fanatic government.  Does that make them dumber?   The Venezuelans put up with Chavez.  Are they dumber still?

Perhaps we are dumbest.

We put up with Maher.  


[Word to the intelligent: be wary of the beady-eyed crass master with pinned back ears bookending a Neanderthal forehead below a receding hairline.  He doesn’t age gracefully, and, he will throw you to the wolves for a booking and a buck.]

PS:  Americans created the greatest society in the world, by any measure, focusing on traditional Judeo-Christian values, hard work, economic freedom, the principles supporting a democratic republic, small central government, and strong national defense.  

Maher opposes all these proven elements of success, calls himself a libertarian, then licks Obama boots. 

To whom shall we ascribe dumbness?

PPS:  Anyone notice where Bill chooses to live and “work”?


Why is Obama so divisive?

July 30, 2009

Simpson analysis here, must read

In this light, an intriguing read, a novel:  “Moscow Rules,” by Daniel Silva

What do Republicans say about healthcare?

July 30, 2009


FIRST, GET A LOAD OF THIS!  Moyers says Obama and Dems beholdened to corporate interests.

Bill Moyers blames BHO and Dems for healthcare reform failure link to Salon coverage, plus direct video link here.

GOP plan for those who truly want better coverage, better access, cost savings, quality care, and freedom of choice

Outline of GOP solutions here

Rep. Boehner & Gov. Pawlenty Release Report Showing Washington Takeover of Health Care Will Hurt States  

 Washington, Jul 27 – The health care legislation being rushed through the Democratic-controlled Congress this summer will increase health costs, destroy jobs and crush state budgets across the nation, a report released jointly today by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) shows.  The Boehner-Pawlenty report, entitled Capital Malpractice: How a Washington Takeover of Health Care Will Hurt States, is a product of the GOP State Solutions project, launched earlier this year to highlight policy coordination among reform-minded GOP governors, state legislators, and Members of Congress.

“Rather than forcing government-run health care on the American people, Washington should be looking to the states which pioneered welfare reform in the 1990s and are serving as laboratories for health care reform today,” Boehner said.  “That’s the approach congressional Republicans have taken in developing our better solutions.  As this report shows, a Washington takeover of health care will destroy jobs, raise costs and hurt middle-class families in all 50 states.  Clearly a better solution is needed.”

“Our nation’s health care system should be market-driven, patient-centered, and quality-focused,” Governor Pawlenty said.  “In Minnesota, we have implemented nation-leading reforms that have begun to rein in the growing costs of health care. The Congressional Democrats’ flawed attempt at health care reform won’t solve the health care cost crisis facing our nation and, as this report shows, would actually add to the financial burden of states and families.  I encourage Congress to abandon this legislation and instead evaluate what states have done to improve health care quality and make health care more accessible and affordable.”


Obama’s Plan Isn’t the Answer 


By Martin FeldsteinProfessor of economics at Harvard University and president emeritus of the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research, was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984
July 28, 2009

For the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, the Obama health plan is bad news. It means higher taxes, less health care and no protection if they lose their current insurance because of unemployment or early retirement. President Obama’s primary goal is to extend formal health insurance to those low-income individuals who are currently uninsured despite the nearly $300-billion-a-year Medicaid program. Doing so the Obama way would cost more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years. There surely must be better and less costly ways to improve the health and health care of that low-income group.


ObamaCare: funding abortion, Kevorkian clause, financial chaos

Organizational Chart of the House Democrats’ Health Plan

Democrat plan in graphic form  Any wonder it will take six months to a year to see a specialist?

Obama to force doctors to perform abortions?

ObamaCare pushes abortion, forces people off private insurance  by Michael Steele

Malkin: patient dumping Chicago style


BHO the unifier . . .

July 30, 2009

. . . sowing division.

Disapproval outweighs approval: Rasmussenopinion polling among likely voters

  • 28% strongly approve, 40% strongly disapprove, while 51% generally disapprove
  • 49% say our best days are behind us
  • 75% of the people want the Federal Reserve audited
  • 53% say healthcare reform will mean price increases, and 50% say quality of care will decline
  • Most  think Obama believes America is unfair/discriminatory while 69% disagree with him
  • Majorities think interest rates will climb and they express little confidence in the stimulus plans

Gallup notes declining approval, different numbers

53% approve, 39% disapprove

PRINCETON, NJ — Amidst President Obama’s push in July to revamp the nation’s healthcare system, Gallup finds his average job approval rating registering 56% for the seven-day period ending Sunday, down from 59% the previous week. This three percentage point drop is the largest week-to-week decline seen in Obama’s job approval thus far in his presidency, and punctuates a gradual descent from his 66% rating in early May.

Americans split on Heathcare Reform: most disapprove of current approach





New documentary on global warming

July 29, 2009


Danger, danger everywhere: mostly from man-made global warming policies

Heritage Foundation

Turning back the clock on race relations

July 29, 2009


ACORN & PANTHERS get free reign? **

by Allan Erickson

The hope and change we were promised for two years prior to Nov. 4, 2008 today bears little resemblance to that rhetoric.

We were told electing a Black man President would usher a new era of racial reconciliation.  Obama positioned himself a unifier, calling for a new age of understanding, healing, and unity.

But, even during the campaign, he played the race card.  Recall he told voters Republicans were trying to scare them given his race?   Remember the Obama campaign targeted Bill Clinton, accusing him of injecting race during the primaries?  Don’t forget his characterization of average rural folk clinging to guns and Bibles in their fear of hope and change, a direct slight aimed at flyover whites. Speaking about his grandmother, remember he revealed her stated fear of Black men, characterizing her as a ‘typical white person.’

Why we believed Obama would unify us, given the virulent anti-white remarks of Jeremiah Wright, is unfathomable.  

(Despite Obama’s denunciations, it was virtually impossible to separate Obama from Wright in view of Obama’s attendance at Wright’s church for 20 years.  Obama eventually threw Wright under the bus, or so it seemed.  To believe he had no sympathy for Wright’s views required a defiance of logic.)

Why we believed the call to reconcile in view of Obama’s deep and abiding associations with hate-filled, race-baiting radicals is beyond comprehension.   (Ayers, Dohrn, Farrakhan, Meeks, Khalidi, Mansour, Sutton, Davis, Pflager, Michelle, Gates, West, Sharpton, Dyson, Van Jones.)

Why we continue to believe it in the aftermath of the Attorney General’s remarks we are “cowards” when it comes to racism, verges on acting stupidly.

When Holder refused to follow through with the prosecution of Black Panthers who threatened voters at the polling place Nov. 4, a clear signal was being sent: there are now two systems of justice in America.  (See * below.)

Napolitano has made it clear race and politics will drive certain homeland security policies and activities.  (She ignored D.C. sniper John Muhammad and highlighted Tim McVeigh in her DHS report on the threat of domestic terrorism, shining a light on returning vets who might act out like McVeigh and white supremacists.  DHS made no mention of black radicals, Muslim radicals or white Leftist radicals who have engaged violence.)

With the nomination of Sotomayor, the message was reinforced: race does matter and important decisions affecting everyone will be race-based, including decisions affecting your career if you are a firefighter in Connecticut.   As she approaches the bench, let’s not forget her remarks about wise Latinas being superior to white males when it comes to making judicial decisions.

Then comes the Harvard Professor, Mr. Gates, and his acting out and overacting two weeks ago over a simple 911 call bringing law enforcement to protect his property, followed by Obama’s knee-jerk reaction injecting race and condemning the police.  Today we learn the woman who called in the 911 alert has been threatened and condemned as a racist.   (In the future, when crime is witnessed, will people call for help, if there is any chance the situation could be racially-charged?)

Demonstrations in Jerusalem recently characterized Obama as a racist given his obvious preference for the Muslim world and his discriminatory behavior toward Israel.

Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity and others say they believe Obama is a racist.   Reading  his book provides some insight.

Excerpts from “Dreams of My Father,” by Barack Obama

The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.


No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.


Ever since the first time I’d picked up Malcolm X’s autobiography, I had tried to untangle the twin strands of black nationalism, arguing that nationalism’s affirming message-of solidarity and self-reliance, discipline and communal responsibility-need not depend on hatred of whites any more than it depended on white munificence. We could tell this country where it was wrong, I would tell myself and any black friends who would listen, without ceasing to believe in its capacity for change.


Nationalism provided that history, an unambiguous morality tale that was easily communicated and easily grasped. A steady attack on the white race, the constant recitation of black people’s brutal experience in this country, served as the ballast that could prevent the ideas of personal and communal responsibility from tipping into an ocean of despair. Yes, the nationalist would say, whites are responsible for your sorry state, not any inherent flaws in you. In fact, whites are so heartless and devious that we can no longer expect anything from them. The self-loathing you feel, what keeps you drinking or thieving, is planted by them. Rid them from your mind and find your true power liberated. Rise up, ye mighty race!


The minority assimilated into the dominant culture, not the other way around. Only white culture could be neutral and objective. Only white culture could be nonracial, willing to adopt the occasional exotic into its ranks. Only white culture had individuals. And we, the half-breeds and the college-degreed, take a survey of the situation and think to ourselves, Why should we get lumped in with the losers if we don’t have to? We become only so grateful to lose ourselves in the crowd, America’s happy, faceless marketplace; and we’re never so outraged as when a cabbie drives past us or the woman in the elevator clutches her purse, not so much because we’re bothered by the fact that such indignities are what less fortunate coloreds have to put up with every single day of their lives-although that’s what we tell ourselves-but because we’re wearing a Brooks Brothers suit and speak impeccable English and yet have somehow been mistaken for an ordinary nigger.


These are the statements of a deeply conflicted individual, someone who seems to want constructive change, yet a person routinely gravitating toward the black nationalist view, an orientation that focuses only on the problem, a view that is inherently divisive.

When I heard his speech on race in March 2008, I was inspired.

No more.

I now believe Obama is an agent of division.   The evidence is plain.  Decades of hard work by people of many colors to promote reconcilliation is being destroyed.   Billions of dollars spent to promote racial harmony appears wasted.

We need soft voices, warm hearts and open hands. 

Instead, we are getting hate speech, hard hearts and fists.


Malkin: Obama is a racial opportunist

Malkin verbally assaulted

**  California man convicted for threatening Obama  Could get 10 years

Essay: Obama is a racist

Black Scholar: “A Post-Racial President?”

Always picking at the racism scab

Dobbs called a bigot for asking for Obama’s birth certificate



No explanation available to Congress

While the Obama administration has vowed a new era of openness, department officials have refused to answer questions from Republican members of Congress on why the case was dismissed, claiming the information was “privileged, according to congressional correspondence with the department.


Take a number, you are not ‘ballad’

July 28, 2009


By Allan Erickson

Does this fall under the Reagan category of the nine most terrifying words known to man:  “I’m with the government. I’m here to help you.”

I recently went to get my Oregon driver’s license renewed.  (Anyone know why we have to renew anyway?  Revenue, revenue, revenue!) I’ve had a license here for 16 years.

Renewing one used to be easy, but now, it is like pulling rhino teeth on a dead run. 

First, I was greeted at DMV by customer service, a fellow who seemed nice enough, aside from the fact his accent was so thick, useful communication was seriously limited. Speaking English was not a qualification?  I kept pressing “1” but it didn’t help.

Preparing for my DMV visit, I read the notification stating I had to present the following to RENEW my driver’s license:  1) a birth certificate, 2) proof you have a Social Security number, and 3) proof of U.S. residence.   (Is this how we are going to catch and release Al Qaeda operatives now?)

I called DMV in Salem and asked why all these new requirements.  The story I got was State Officials decided they had made a mistake issuing licenses to illegal aliens so they stopped that program, and determined that to be sure only verified citizens drive legally, DMV had to back track everybody, even those of us issued licenses prior to the State granting them to illegals. 

In other words, the government created the problem, then, in trying to solve the problem, it made it worse, at higher cost!

I asked: wouldn’t it have been more cost effective/efficient just to double check all licenses granted during the time you authorized illegals?  “Yes” was the blank-faced answer.  (Damn my brain for thinking the obvious.)

So, I arrived at DMV with all my documents, took a number, and waited, but I never made it to the window.  I was turned away by the non-English speaking customer service fellow. He said my birth certificate was not “ballad.”  I’d showed him the certificate from the hospital with my baby foot prints stamped on the back, a notarized document, original ink, the whole bit.  He said that wasn’t good enough. 

He said I had to have a “gubermend  ishooed  birph  surf-ti’ficat  froom  bidol  weycurds.” 

I said:  “Huh?” 

He said:  “Dat surf-ti’ficat iz dee soobenear frum dee ‘ospshpital, id iz nut ballad. Jew mus shew de gubermend ishooed surf-ti’ficat.”

I said:  “What?”  Then I appealed to the U.N. for assistance, wondering if they’d issue me one of those ear muffins.

Another DMV worker came to my rescue and translated: you have to show us the county-issued certification of birth.  I said I don’t have that.  He said you have to write to the records department in the county where you were born, pay the fee, and get the document.  I said ok, but this is crazy.   (There was a flash, and I thought somebody in a trench coat had taken my picture, but that was just paranoid, although on the drive home I kept checking my mirror.)

So, I called and I wrote the county clerk in Illinois were I was born, sent a money order (checks not accepted, HA!) and a request, and in about two weeks I got the official, required, substantiated certificate proving I was born in 1953 in Illinois.  Yeah!

I returned to DMV.  This time I made it past ‘customer service.’

The woman at the window appeared irritated I interrupted her nail filing. She looked through my papers, scrutinizing the birth certificate with great care, then squinting over her glasses at me, she said: “Hey, where is the proof of Social Security?”

I handed her documents from the Social Security administration showing my full account payments, my name, my address—but for security reasons, the documents only showed the last four digits of my social security number.  She said she was very, very sorry, but these documents were not sufficient proof.  She insisted she had to see the whole social security number.  Then she resumed filing her nails.

I almost had a  gobermend  ishooed  bidol  weycurds  meltdown right there on the linoleum.  (There was another flash, but I think that one was behind my eyes.)

With all the self-control I could muster, locking my elbows as I shoved my fists in my pockets, I asked in a calm, syrupy voice, smiling all the way:

“Excuse me, please, thank you very much. I don’t have a card anymore.  What would be sufficient proof of social security?”

She instructed: “Bring a tax return showing the full number.”

Driving home, it occurred to me that anyone can easily forge a tax return.  But what the heck, she was only doing her job, right?  Then, I checked my mirror and decided to take the back road home.

With tax return, birth certificate and utility bills in hand, plus the deed to my house, and my first born in a kennel carrier, just for back up, I walked into DMV for the third time, to renew my license.   This time, I got renewed!  

And yes, the picture is terrible.

I wonder what will happen in 5 years when I need my gall bladder removed?   “Take a number and come back in two years!”  At least when I’m dead I won’t have to renew my license anymore, and somebody else can collect my social security.  All things do work together for good!

Now, to top it off, Mr. Obama can become president without even showing a birth certificate, but, I can’t renew my license without giving a pound of flesh and proving my natural born status two ways.

We must have entered The Twilight Zone.  It’s the only explanation that makes sense.  Take a number.