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So much for that separation of church and state thing

May 20, 2010

Nancy Pelosi spoke at the Catholic Community Conference in Washington.  Now, I don’t have a problem with politicians being involved with religious organizations.  Go to church.  Stand up for what you believe in.  Meet with like-minded people.  Give speeches to them.  Just don’t push your political agenda on them.

If there was ever a time for the liberal gospel of “separation of church and state” to surface, it would be when a politician starts to tell religious leaders how to lead.  But it only works the other way in the liberal world, apparently.  Your politics can’t be infused with your religious beliefs, but religion can be as political as they can get it.  I mean, think of all those voters!

This is what Nasty Nancy Pelosi had to say at the conference:

I would hope that there’s one thing that we can do working together as we go forward that speaks to what the Bible tells us about the dignity and worth of every person — and that is on the subject of immigration. Because I think the Church is going to have to play a very major role in how we, in how people are treated.

The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me and say, ‘We want you to pass immigration reform. And I say, ‘But I want you to speak about it from the pulpit.’

I want you to instruct your, whatever the communication is — the people, some of them, oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews and you have to tell them that this is a ‘manifestation of our living the gospels.’

Do I even need to explain how scary that is?  Nancy Pelosi is no moral authority.  Frankly, none of us are.  The fact that she was allowed to stand up in front of people and speak in an official capacity and mix her political agenda with the GOSPEL of all things is ridiculous.

I’d say she should just stick to what she’s good at, but she’s not really good at much.  So I’ll just hope that she’s out of a job soon.

~Trish

He probably never learned how to program a VCR either

May 10, 2010

First, a bit of an explanation about why I haven’t been writing here.  Basically, I had lots to say but no words to say it with.  It was an interesting form of writer’s block.  More like the inability to express in words how ridiculous I felt things were getting with regard to politics and our country.  I also needed to find a way to separate politics from certain aspects of my life.  I can’t eat, sleep and breathe it.  So I spent some time away and I think I’m coming back with an even stronger resolve to keep writing and fighting for this country.

Having said that, let’s move on to the fun stuff!   I’m going to tear into the president like I would a box of Little Debbies after a week of fasting.  Got that mental image going?  Ok, good.

So, the president was giving a commencement speech and had this to say:

And meanwhile, you’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.

I haven’t read the entire speech, but this snippet alone is enough to get me worked up.  The speech, at least in part, was not about sending these new grads off with words of wisdom.  It was about spewing his own agenda, which he seems to be incapable of not doing.  Is he really so afraid of dissenting opinion that he has to warn against it in a commencement speech?  And as a guy who couldn’t even handle giving up his Blackberry for the duration of his presidency, you’d think he’d be a touch more in tune with the power and draw of new technology in this country.  But no, he talks about it like you’d expect an 80 year old grandmother to, with trepidation and ignorance.

That’s what I think this boils down to, the collision of a political agenda and flat out ignorance.  This kind of technology isn’t going anywhere.  You can embrace it and figure out how it works for your life, or you can fight it and only see its flaws.

Maybe that’s what Obama should have said.

~Trish

P.S.  I’d like to point out that while Obama claims to not know how to use an iPod and has lamented about the dangers of such technology, he actually gave one as a gift to the Queen of England.  I bet SHE could figure an Xbox out.

Obama Art – My Favorites

February 25, 2010

Pretty much from the time Barack Obama became a sensation, people have been painting ridiculous pictures of him.  Thus far I’ve only looked and laughed, but I think it’s about time I put my favorites together.  And regardless of political affiliation, you have to admit this shit is funny.

A-Unicorn-Is-Chasin’-Me Obama:

Wrastlin’ Obama:

Almost-Full-Frontal Obama:

It’s-Not-Cancer Obama:

Pancake-Junk Obama:

You’re welcome.

~Trish

Paper or plastic?

February 18, 2010

I’m sure you’ve seen this “Green Police” commercial by now:

Maybe it’s because I’m not really a fan of eco-fascism, but I didn’t find the ad witty, clever or fun.  People being arrested for failing to use paper instead of plastic, or for not composting an orange peel?  Sounds like a nightmare.  It also sounds like in a world like that, I’d spend most of my time in jail.  

So I decided I’d start to research some of the eco-crimes being portrayed: 

Paper or plastic?  It turns out, it’s sort of hard to tell which one is worse for the environment.  In fact, you’ll notice a lot of people going on for pages about the issue, only to tell you “Screw it, use cloth bags instead.  I’m tired of arguing this shit.”  Ok, maybe not those exact words.  But you get the idea.  Many of them will even tell you, just use whatever you want and make sure you recycle it afterward.  *gasp* You mean I’m free to choose?  Incredible. 

Recycling regular old alkaline batteries.  Here’s the thing, you can throw out regular alkaline batteries with the trash.  Some batteries (like your car or laptop battery for example) contain chemicals and compounds that are incredibly harmful when they end up in a landfill.  Not so with regular alkaline batteries.  In fact, I’ve heard from people who when they tried to recycle regular alkaline batteries were turned away.  Or that recycling centers will take them, but they often end up right in a landfill anyway because there is nothing they can do with them.  It’s still recommended that you go with rechargeables to reduce how much you’re throwing away, but there’s nothing criminal about throwing out a regular alkaline battery.

Composting.  You see in the video a guy ready to throw what appears to be an orange peel in the trash.  They come after him for a compost infraction.  Personally, I think if you keep a compost, that’s awesome.  But also, I don’t wanna.  And given that on the average it takes just about 6 months for something like an orange peel to biodegrade completely, why should I feel guilty (or like a criminal) for not putting it in a compost?

The (evil) incandescent light bulb.  I assume that instead of putting regular light bulbs in your house, the Green Police would rather you purchase compact florescent light bulbs.  They are more energy efficient, afterall.  But they do pose problems of their own.  They contain mercury, and cannot be disposed in the regular trash like an incandescent bulb can.  And if they break, you better hope your Hazmat suit is back from the cleaners.  And have you seen how much they cost?  You’re supposed to be ok with the price, because of how much money they save you in the long run.  But when you’re struggling just to buy food (which many of us are) you aren’t buying light bulbs with future savings in mind.  If you have the money and the desire to dispose of them properly, then by all means put them in your home or business. 

The plastic water bottle.  Possibly the most demonized product on the market today.  I won’t argue that’s it’s preferable for you to drink water from your own reusable container. It’s common sense.  I’ve been filtering my own water for years and rarely purchase a bottle of the stuff.  But when I do, I don’t feel guilty about it.  In fact, if you recycle the bottle later I’d say you should be proud to have supported the bottled water industry.  If it wasn’t for the sales generated by everyday people, bottled water companies would never be able to help areas with compromised drinking water.  Can you imagine what the aftermath of natural disasters would look like without the convenience of safe drinking water that the bottled stuff provides?  If you’ve bought a bottle of water, ever, you’ve probably helped to ensure someone suffering without water got some. 

Hot tub temperature.  Aside from the energy being used to the heat the hot tub, I couldn’t quite understand why this would be such an egregious infraction.  In the video a couple of people are in a hot tub that has warmed to 105 degrees.  After doing some research, I discovered that the recommended temperature for hot tubs is 104 degrees.  That seems like more than just coincidence.  But here’s the real kicker, the 104 degree recommendation is for health purposes, not environmental ones.  And after reading even further, it seems that most hot tub manufacturers put controls in place to prevent the temperature from surpassing 104 degrees.  Now I’m sure some clever people out there could figure out a way around that.  But that still leaves this eco-infraction completely blown out of the water, so to speak.  Not only is the 104 degree recommendation in place for health (and not environmental) reasons, but most people won’t even be able to warm their hot tubs beyond that point anyway. 

Clearly I’m not an environmentalist by conventional standards.  I don’t get on board with the hype and I won’t be coerced into doing things in the name of the environment.  But I am conscientious and I use common sense.  Truly I believe that’s all we can ask of ourselves.  It’s our planet and we have to take care of it, but we have to take care of ourselves too. 

~Trish

Health Care Reform and the Democrat Disconnect

February 3, 2010

As someone who opposes the proposed health care reform legislation, I love seeing its supporters grappling with the dilemma that they’re now faced with.  With Scott Brown likely to vote against most versions of such a bill, and more moderate Democrats shying away from it in an attempt to save their positions in Congress, chances are it will wilt on the vine.

Of course, that won’t stop staunch supporters from continuing to push the bill through.  And that’s ok, they’re allowed.  Even though it’s junk legislation, I imagine it’s hard to give up on your ideological dream.  In doing so however, they run the risk of revealing to the American people that their intentions are not to do our will, but do what they think is right.

Now I’ve heard it before, that we elect officials to represent us, not take a vote every time they have to make a decision.  That fact is not lost on me.  I have a decent understanding of how politics works.  But you cannot tell me that it isn’t right, or in the best interest of these politicians to at least get a feel for what their constituents are after.  I mean, these are the people that elect you.  You want to keep them happy.  Right?

So look at the facts.  Just 38% of voters favor the current health care legislation, while 56% oppose it.  And if you’re skeptical, look no further than Massachusetts.  Arguably the most liberal state, and they elected a Republican senator mainly as a referendum on health care form.  That’s a pretty clear and strong message.  But it’s one that I don’t think the president or many members of Congress really understand.

In his State of the Union Address President Obama acknowledged that support for the bill was waning, but he also vowed not to give up on it, because it’s what we need.  Or so that’s what he wants us to believe.  And today he’s still asking members of Congress to “finish the job.”  I’m sorry, but I don’t live in a country where it’s the president’s right or responsibility to tell me what I need.  I can figure that out just fine on my own.  I’d bet most of you can too.

So, what about the facts?  What about the majority of people not supporting this bill?  What about an entire country that rallied around a special election in Massachusetts just so we could put someone in Congress that would oppose the bill?  How loudly do the people of this country have to scream that we don’t want this health care reform?

I don’t think we can scream loud enough to affect ideologues like Obama.  There is a severe disconnect between them and The People.  He has an agenda, and he’s sticking to it.  Will of The People be damned.

And that folks, is scary.

~Trish

Organizing for America comes to high school

January 31, 2010

It’s interesting how the White House claims it isn’t involved with the activities of Organizing For America, yet the official site for the group is housed at barackobama.com.

You cannot possibly claim neutrality in this situation.  The group’s purpose it to push Barack Obama’s agenda and their site is housed on Barack Obama’s official website.  He might not sit in on staff meetings, but clearly there is at least a silent endorsement of the group’s activities.

One of which happens to be recruiting at the high school level.  A reader of Atlas Shrugs (h/t Gateway Pundit) has a daughter in an Ohio high school who was given recruiting information in her government class.  On what planet is it ok for a group with such a clear and biased agenda to send their message into our high schools?  When did it become acceptable for a teacher to take time out of his or her day to pass out political propaganda?  Because that’s basically what this is.

Just get a load of some of the recommended reading:

  • Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky
  • The New Organizers, Zack Exley
  • Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy, Rinku Sen
  • Obama Field Organizers Plot a Miracle, Zack Exley, Huffington Post
  • Dreams of My Father Chicago Chapters, Barack Hussein Obama

I won’t even dispute the right of this group to peddle its message and recruit people.  But they don’t have the right to send their message into our schools, where our kids are supposed to be getting an education, not being indoctrinated into political ideology.

~Trish

Craig Fry, you should be ashamed of yourself

January 26, 2010

I’m not sure what caused Craig Fry to turn into such a cranky-pants, but I think he needs to keep his emotions in check.

Someone I know, who shall remain nameless sent an e-mail to all of the Indiana State Representatives.  Craig Fry represent district 5  here in the state.  The e-mail was simple:

I demand you vote NO on HB1025. I promise you that you will pay the price at the voting box if you try and pass this bill.

Our one “weapon” when dealing with politicians is the power of our vote.  They don’t have it, they lose.  I’ve sent similarly worded e-mails to many politicians.  I want them to know how I feel on issues, and that I vote.  I guess Craig Fry doesn’t appreciate knowing how voters feel, however.  This was his response:

I voted NO last year!  I spent money to advertise against the transportation district on the radio!  I have an amendment to take St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties out of the bill!  I don’t know who you think you are, but don’t ever threaten me again!

His overuse of the exclamation point aside, he completely overreacted to the original e-mail.  He could have simply stated that he opposed the bill and will continue to oppose the bill.  Simple as that.  Instead, he attacked, and accused a voter of threatening him.  Clearly, Mr. Fry doesn’t appreciate being reminded that is job is only safe if he has the votes to keep it that way.

This was the reply to Mr. Fry’s e-mail:

Excuse me for voicing my opinion – who do you think you are? I was simply making sure I communicated to every member and letting you know where I stand. If you voted NO before and you plan on it again, then you have my support. Calm down and remember who you work for there Craig.

And then, Mr. Fry’s reply to the reply:

I always remember who I work for!  I will not calm down and don’t threaten me again!

The man can’t even reply to a simple e-mail from a voter without having a meltdown.  Surely he receives correspondence that is more abrasive than what he received here.  I’d hate to see how he responds to those.

So I think Mr. Fry should be quite ashamed of himself today.  That’s no way to represent the people of Indiana.  I think he should either learn how to compose himself, or get out of politics.

~Trish