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What Was Sec Def Gates Thinking?

Posted by TheJOTUS on September 11, 2010

Gates Is Wrong

Whatever happened to the expression, “I may not like what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”? The ones you will hear say this most are those that wear the uniform of American Armed Forces. They understand the meaning and intent better than your average American. Those that have served also have higher expectations of their fellow service men and women than we have of our average Americans. Thus, there is great disappointment when Secretary of Defense Gates makes a personal phone call to a minister in Florida in an attempt to stop him and his church congregation from burning the Quran. Secretary Gates position was that there would be retaliation and that would cost American lives. In other words, Secretary Gates was expressing his sentiment that the safety of the troops was more vital than the right of free speech. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those that are willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.” Some historians have added to that quote, “And will eventually lose both.”

Secretary Gates lost focus of his mission. His first and foremost mission is to secure freedom, not the safety of his men and women in uniform. His primary job is to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, for which he took an oath. His oath was not to save the lives of those that have signed to a commitment up to and including their lives.

What Secretary Gates should have said was the following:

“In America, we value freedom. Our individual liberties stand for the right of peaceful people to say and do stupid things. That is who we are. We may not like what people say or do, but we first and foremost believe in freedom. If you don’t like it, well, that is just tough sh**. While the loss of life is tragic, our brave men and women in our Armed Forces are willing to make the necessary sacrifices to secure those freedoms. “

Why the rant about Secretary Gates and not President Obama? Well, let’s just say that the bar has been lowered with the President. We have come to expect less from this President. When the President said that the Cambridge police acted “stupidly”, even though saying that there should be no rush to judgment until the facts are known, well, that was our President. When the President initially said that the Imam had the right to build a Mosque near Ground Zero, and then later said after an adverse public reaction that he was not commenting on the wisdom, well, that was our President. So when President Obama was faced with the burning of the Quran by this Florida minister, and he responded to that with more harsh words than were said to the Imam, well, that was our President.

But there is a higher standard for Secretary Gates. Unlike the President, I thought that Secretary Gates seriously took his oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

Via Uncle Curtis


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Are The Democrats Trying To “Make Nice”?

Posted by TheJOTUS on September 11, 2010

Ever notice lately that the Democrats are suddenly praising Former President Bush? In the President’s Address from the Oval Office, President Obama praised Former President Bush for his patriotism and his dedication. Then on the Colbert show, Vice President Biden expressed his gratitude toward Former President Bush on the Iraq war.

Now keep in mind that for the last several years, all we have heard is how horrible President Bush was, especially in the handling of the GWOT (Global War On Terror). Now suddenly, we are hearing praising remarks.

Why the shift?

President Obama’s approval ratings are well below the critical 50% mark. Congressional elections are only about 50 days from now. The generic ballot shows a Republican over Democrat favorability rating over 10%. In one recent polling, Americans actually now prefer Former President Bush over current President Obama.

The Democrats are in serious trouble this election, and they know it.

The bashing and blaming of Former President Bush has expired beyond the patience of the average American, and has torn into the support from the moderates.

The Democrats were in a catch-22 on the Iraq war. They could not blame Bush for all of the failures of the Iraq war, and yet attempt to take credit themselves for the success, when it was them that opposed “The Surge”. The Democrats knew that the credit for the success of “The Surge” had to go to one source and one source only, and that was Former President Bush. Even the Baker Commission panel recommended diplomacy over increased aggressive forces. Senator Harry Reid called Iraq a failure. Senator Biden said that “The Surge” would never work. The decision for “The Surge” and the consequences for the success or failure rested on the shoulders of only one man.

The Iraq war success had to go to one man and one man only. The one man who went with the advice of one General, and against the grain of all other’s advise and recommendations. That man was President Bush.

At this point in time, when President Obama announces the withdraw of all combat troops in Iraq, to condemn, ridicule, or blame Former President Bush, would have been a political attack that would have dropped the approval ratings with the moderates even further.

The Democrats were forced a hand to thank and praise a man for his dedication. The Democrats were suddenly forced to “play nice”. Deep down, giving such praise was probably like pouring acid on their skin. They had no alternative though, other than for the first time to finally “Make Nice”.

Via Uncle Curtis

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What Happens When The Bush Tax Cuts Expire?

Posted by TheJOTUS on August 22, 2010

Basically everyone will have their taxes increase.  And married couples and families will be the hardest hit:

Taxes will soar in a number of critical areas, read below to see just how our bloated government plans to take more and more from all of us:

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families. These are all currently set to expire on January 1, 2011:

Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

– The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
– The 25% bracket rises to 28%
– The 28% bracket rises to 31%
– The 33% bracket rises to 36%
– The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

This will affect people of all income levels!

Higher taxes on marriage and family. The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care and adoption tax credits will be cut. This will affect all people who are married and/or have children.

It was the democrats in both 2001 and 2003, that allowed those bills cutting the tax rates require hard-and-fast provisions creating an expiration date without any other action. We are now just a few short months away from that expiration date after seven years of seeing it coming.   Including more than 3 years of democratic control of Congress and almost 2 years of President 3 iron’s administration.

If nothing is done soon, then we are going to see the ‘murican people burdened with a nearly $4 trillion tax hike.

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Some Sound Decent Advice

Posted by TheJOTUS on August 17, 2010

Because let’s face it, you gotta start somewhere. 

Gary North comes at it with some specific advice you won’t hear from the decepticons in the “big R” republican party.  Ten facts of American politics:

1. You can’t beat something with nothing.
2. 80% of politicians respond only to two things: (1) fear; (2) pain.
3. Bureaucrats (tenured) respond only to one thing: budget cuts.
4. Political reform never comes as long as the tax money flows in.
5. The #1 goal is to reduce the government’s funds, not re-direct them.
6. Congress’s club system sucks in 80% of new members by term #2.
7. Politicians listen to their peers, not to their constituents.
8. Money from the government buys off most voters.
9. Most citizens care little about politics and know less.
10. This gives influence to organized swing-vote blocs.

And eight rules of engagement:

1. Vote for a hard-core challenger on the other side against a squishy incumbent
2. Hold your newly elected politician’s feet to the fire the first time he breaks ranks on a key vote
3. Get him to sign a resignation letter
4. Track all of his votes on your #1 issue, and post them online
5. Find out who his largest campaign donors are
6. Instill fear
7. Inflict pain
8. Trust, but verify

Go ahead and click over.  It is a good read and worth the time.

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Healthcare Debate Between Two Unlikely People

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 4, 2009

Quite possibly one of the more surreal videos you will ever see.  The way they are sitting in those “S” shaped chairs is just freaking weird.

Shatner: “How……do you……know???
Rush: Dammit Jim, I’m the number one rated political talk show host, not a doctor!!!


But seriously.  How do we know, Bill?  Are you kidding?

Obamacare is a clear example of how there are winners and losers here.  If you’ve got insurance, you’re a loser.  Congratulations, you will now basically have a complete stranger’s health care added to your premiums as if he’s a member of your family, because you can afford it.

If you don’t have insurance, you may be a winner… sort of.   On the one hand you come out ahead — free money!  Woo hoo! — but on the other, the health care overall is driven to a lower quality.  So Mr. and Mrs. I-Ain’t-American get the same shitty care as I do because it waters down the product.

This is and always will be about one thing.  A direct transfer of wealth, and the services that wealth buys, from the middle class to the lower class.   And that is plenty of reason for the uninsured and poor to support this plan.

Like I said before Bill, with the millions you have made over the years, why don’t you buy some of the uninsured a quality plan that pays their medical bills for a year?  Maybe even convincing a few of your friends to do the same:

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Book, 45 Days From Release, Is At The Top Of The Charts

Posted by TheJOTUS on October 3, 2009

Stupid illiterate who “hid” a pregnancy Sarah Palin’s upcoming book is number one on Amazon a shocking 45 days before it’s release.  Of course, this isn’t really surprising, really.  It’s never been in question Palin had a lot of supporters, most of whom were passionate supporters.  And people who know me or read this blog know I am one of them.  So this isn’t really vindication or the like.

No way to tell yet, obviously, whether the monster launch will have legs or not, for whatever her future political aspirations are.  But if it goes on to become a mega-seller, it will be hard to ignore her as a prominate figure in the Republican party.  And naturally it will be fun to watch how the left reacts.

Her title “Going Rogue” suggests she has some juicy details regarding her experience on the campain trail last year.  And her response to Steve Schmidt’s comment of “But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result”, tends to back that up:

A spokeswoman for the former Alaska governor said Palin is holding her fire until her new book is released next month.

“The governor will write about all of this in her book,” Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said in an e-mail, referring to the internal fighting that marred the final weeks of McCain’s president bid. “There will be plenty of time to talk about it then.”

I’m guessing it should be good.

Prediction on sales?  Apparently “unprecedented”:

HarperCollins will print 1.5 million copies for the book’s first run, the same number that was printed for late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass.”

Kennedy’s book, published earlier this month, currently stands at number six on the Amazon list.

A publishing industry source told POLITICO that they “cannot remember a non-fiction book taking off like this in the pre-order market. It became number one only a couple of hours after nothing more than a date announcement. It is truly unprecedented.”

No reason was given on why Kennedy’s book was at number six.  Rumor has it there is a different cocktail recipe at the beginning of each chapter.  Sales should be good right? 


Sarah Palin book cover

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A Whole Bunch Of Classic Conservative Quotes

Posted by TheJOTUS on August 27, 2009

Yeah, I know I just had a “Quote of the Day” post, but so what?  Wanna fight about it?

There are actually 40 of them.  Well, I am sure there are more but 40 seemed to be where he left off.  Here are a few of my favs:

3) All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. — Edmund Burke

4) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. — Winston Churchill

12) The prudent capitalist will never adventure his capital… if there exists a state of uncertainty as to whether the Government will repeal tomorrow what it has enacted today. — William Henry Harrison

18) Compassion is defined not by how many people are on the government dole but by how many people no longer need government assistance. — Rush Limbaugh

24) People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. — George Orwell

29) Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process. — Ronald Reagan

37) …Conservatives have excellent credentials to speak about human rights. By our efforts, and with precious little help from self-styled liberals, we were largely responsible for securing liberty for a substantial share of the world’s population and defending it for most of the rest. — Margaret Thatcher

And finally, a list of Ronald Reagan quotes.  I know, I know.  I am too good to you guys.

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Palin Draws Big In Upstate New York

Posted by TheJOTUS on June 7, 2009

Governor Palin was in upstate New York yesterday to help celebrate William Seward, the US Secretary of State who helped aquire Alaska for the US.  She gave a pretty good speech, which you can see here.

It’s damn near 8 months after the 2008 election and the governor of a state the vast majority of New Yorkers will never set foot in, can still bring in crowds of 20,000?  Not bad.  And it wasn’t just Republicans who came out:

Local resident Chris Stone, with his wife and three children, said he didn’t care for Palin’s politics but didn’t want to miss the chance to see her in person.

“You can see by the turnout, she’s become a personality and a historical figure,” said Stone, who voted for Obama. “I know all these people aren’t Republicans. This is a chance to see someone who has had a big impact on history.”

I like Sarah Palin.  I think she is an amazing person and political figure.  Her ability to keep her head high after the way the left and the media treated her is simply remarkable.  After watching this speech, I think she might be serious about running. 

Although, as much as I like her, I think Liz Cheney would be a much more viable candidate for our side.  It is uncanny how much she is like her dad.  Calm, smart–and the all important politically smart.

Is there a grassroots effort for Liz Cheney for Congress??  Maybe.

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Sick Hiatus

Posted by TheJOTUS on March 7, 2009

So, it has been a while since my last post.  The past couple of weeks have been tough.  I was sick, and then the wife got sick.  And she was sick for almost two weeks, so that basically made me a single dad during that period of time.  I believe my quota has been filled on SpongeBob Square Pants and video games.  Actually, I could probably squeeze more video games in.

Obviously I am behind on quite a few blog topics, so I will start off slow with a couple of good reads for you:

Here, Ann Coulter has a fantastic piece on how much of a douche bag Keith Olberman is.  Now, Ann has been getting some bad press on this but I think she is dead on.  For one, Olberman is a douche bag.

Second, Olbermann makes his money on picking the white out of the chicken shit with petty distinctions like where people attended college.  All the while, he is lying by telling you he went to a selective and prestigious school.  When it’s pointed out he actually did not attend a particularly selective or prestigious college, suddenly he wants to play the “we’re all equals here” card.

Reason #1,237 why Keith Olberman is a complete douche bag.  Where was Keith’s spirit of equality when he was lobbing bombs at people who went to “Religious Lunatic University”?

The line Ann allegedly crossed was she bashed on someone who attended a lesser college.  This isn’t the case at all.  What she was doing is pointing out that Olberman is a fraud and a liar.  And it stings.

Of course, if you don’t want to take Chairman Ann’s word on what douche bag level Keith Olberman is on, well, you can read Olberman’s response to Ann.

Um, riiiiiight Keith.  That was exactly why I didn’t go to Princeton or Harvard or Brown–the cost.  Loser.

And if those two pieces weren’t enough to wet the palate, you can always check out my buddy zulubuff.  Not nearly as sexy as Ann, and not nearly as charming or ruggedly handsome as myself.  But a good fill-in to yours truly.

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The Ingredients In The Crap Sandwich

Posted by TheJOTUS on February 8, 2009

This guy has put up an incredibly easy to use, searchable version of the Obama/democrat/three RINO’s spending bill.

Ummm, did I mention it was easy to use?  And searchable?

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