Saturday, March 14, 2009

Big Shoes to Fill

Alan W. Livingston, creator of Bozo the Clown, died Friday at age 91.

During his long career in the music business, he heard the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," agreed to release the song as a single, and signed the Fab Four to a Capital Records contract. In 1964, Livingston brought the Beatles to the US spawning the moptop phenomenon. A decade earlier, he had signed Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle and the pairing created the classics "I've Got the World on a String" and "Young at Heart" which led to Sinatra's first come back.

Livingston left Capitol to work in television and left a solid legacy there, too. He produced the early episodes of "Bonanza", one of the longest running Western TV series set in Nevada around Lake Tahoe. When he returned to Capitol Records in the '60s, Livingston signed The Beach Boys, Steve Miller, and The Band.

According to his stepdaughter, Jennifer Lerner, he died of old age.

You want to know something? I'm glad Mr. Livingston died of old age. He lived a long and productive life, not to mention entertaining. He brought joy to millions of hearts. It would be terribly disappointing had he died of anything other than old age. His was a death with dignity.

Thank you, Mr. Livingston.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Crappiest Generation of Spoiled Brats

Comedienne Louis CK talks about the amazing world we live in and the idiots now inhabiting it on The Conan O'Brien Show.

We had a rotary phone when I was a kid. For a time it was on a party line. Back then a party line didn't involve phone sex; rather, there were several homes sharing the same phone line. If the neighbors were on the phone, you could listen in on their private conversations until they yelled at you to get off the line. Even if the neighbors weren't listening-in, your whole family was listening because the phone was right there in a central location like the kitchen where everyone was hanging out. There was no such thing as a private conversation.

The phones came in assorted colors - black, white, beige. Sometime in the mid 1960's, we got a colored telephone, turquoise blue. It was ugly, but it never, never, broke down. You got a phone from the phone company and that was the phone you'd have for fifty years. And the same phone number, too. My Mom's number is the same as it was when I was in third grade. Well, almost. Then it started with a word instead of all digits. Turner 5 was the prefix. Now it's a bland 885-.

When the phone rang, everyone ran to answer it jostling for position. If you didn't get there first, you'd say, "Ahhhh, maaaan!" The caller would let the phone ring like a gazillion times just in case you were outside hanging laundry or sitting on the toilet. They wanted to give you just enough time to run like mad into the house, around the kitchen table and chairs, scare the cat, and reach for the phone before hanging-up leaving you with an earful of dial tone.

And it was a real ring, too. Twin raw metal bells hit by a metal hammer loud enough to wake the dead in the next county. Boy, I'll tell ya, you didn't want to let that go on for any longer than necessary. None of that annoying rap and hip-hop tones now on phones. When a phone would ring, you knew it was a telephone and not some damn bird in your pants.

There was a coily cord between the handset and the base on the wall. You could only go about three feet from the wall, no wondering around God's green Earth back then. Every six months, you had to spend half and hour untwisting the cord that had gotten so knotted you could hardly get the phone off the cradle. If you didn't pull-up a chair before answering the phone, you'd have to stretch for all you were worth to get a kitchen chair. Too often, you had to reach out with you leg and foot to pull a chair over. If you were lucky enough to be near cooking utensils, you might snag a chair with the soup ladle before you collapsed from the exertion of standing up talking to the wingnut who had called just to say 'Hi' three hours ago.

Of course, my parents would remind us how easy we had it. We could at least go three feet away from the wall; they had to stand at the wall because that was where the mouthpiece was. And they had to crank the phone to make the electricity to call the operator who placed the call for you. Direct dial was a miracle for them. But so many numbers - all seven of them. Mom still yells into the phone when it's a long distance call. She has to make her voice carry a long way.

Cellphones. Damned nuisance. Who needs 'em?

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Obama Aides Arrested by FBI

Wow! This is a surpirse from out of leftist field.

WASHINGTON - A D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer employee and a private contractor have been arrested in a federal bribery sting, sources tell WTOP.

D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer employee Yusuf Acar and Advanced Integrated Technologies Corporation (AITC) President and CEO Sushil Bansal have been arrested, sources tell WTOP.

Acar, 40, was taken into custody Thursday morning by FBI agents at his home in Northwest D.C.

In 2008, Bansal's firm received .Net Development Support and Peoplesoft Consulting Support contracts from the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Office totaling $350,000.

AITC has also received contracts from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2008, Bansal received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Association of Indians in America, according to AITC's Web site.

The FBI is now serving a search warrant at the office of D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer, WTOP has learned.

"We are there as part of a continuing ongoing criminal investigation," FBI Washington Field Office spokesperson Katherine Schweit tells WTOP.

Schweit would not comment on the details of the investigation.

More than a dozen FBI agents - including evidence technicians - at the office, located at 1 Judiciary Square on 4th Street in Northwest, WTOP's Mark Segraves reports.

Most of the employees have been told to go home. Other employees have been segregated into a waiting room.

Segraves reports the FBI's search has expanded from 9th floor offices to 10th floor offices.

A spokesman for D.C.'s U.S. Attorney tells WTOP he cannot discuss the investigation, as it is currently sealed.

On March 5, President Barack Obama named D.C. Chief Technology Officer Vivek Kundra as the federal government's chief information officer.

Kundra's last day was March 4.

Kundra, who was in charge of technology in the District since 2007, has been a consultant to Obama since he won the election.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alinsky Rules in Action

Alinsky Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's chief of staff, decided to attack Rush Limbaugh, radio talk show host, and label him the head on the Republican Party.
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

The way the Democrat leadership jumps everytime Limbaugh speaks, I think he's really the head of the Democrat Party.

Cartoon: Steve Kelley, Times-Picayune
Alinsky Rules for Radicals

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Unequal Treatment Under the Law

The Oak Park public office nominating papers asked for all the stuff one would expect - name, address "the street and number thereof, if any", and so on. Daniel Fore filled in the blanks, except the address. Daniel Fore is homeless, but collected 800 signatures to run for a seat on the village board, and told all signers he was homeless.

Two small words, the Oak Park election board, and a judge stand in his way. Remember those two words above, "if any", referring to an address? Because Fore is homeless, he hasn't an address to list, but he believed "if any" was a conditional exception for those without a permanent abode. The officials believe an address is required, otherwise the voters cannot know the nominee lives in the district. However, the judge maintains "if any" probably "refers to the rural route address system for people who live far from metropolitan areas where a street address and number are commonplace." It is not clear how far away a person must live before they are considered to be not living in the district. It is clear that living in the district without an address is too far.

Judge Patrick McGann "noted that providing an address gives voters the most basic information about a candidate. Without any address or residence given, it is impossible to prove whether someone lives in the town." The rules of qualification are important to uphold.

The judge said that Fore could have stated when he came to town and used the address of the shelters he has lived in for the last 12 years. Fore counters that the demand isn't fair. "He's asking me to give essentially my life's history, which is not being asked of any other candidate."

Not even Barack Obama was required to give that much detail.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Obama Is Not A Socialist, Bush Is A Socialist

In a surprise exchange, a reporter from the New York Times asked the White House resident Barack Obama, "Are you a socialist as some people have suggested?" The One didn't immediately think the question was serious.

The Washington Times writes that later, Mr. Messiah called the reporters saying,

"It was hard for me to believe that you were entirely serious about that socialist question."
Obama went on to explain

"I did think it might be useful to point out that it wasn’t under me that we started buying a bunch of shares of banks. It wasn’t on my watch. And it wasn’t on my watch that we passed a massive new entitlement -– the prescription drug plan -- without a source of funding. And so I think it’s important just to note when you start hearing folks throw these words around that we’ve actually been operating in a way that has been entirely consistent with free-market principles and that some of the same folks who are throwing the word 'socialist' around can’t say the same."
NYT asked, "So whose watch are we talking about here?"

Resident Obama answered,
"Well, I just think it’s clear by the time we got here, there already had been an enormous infusion of taxpayer money into the financial system. And the thing I constantly try to emphasize to people if that coming in, the market was doing fine, nobody would be happier than me to stay out of it. I have more than enough to do without having to worry [about] the financial system. The fact that we’ve had to take these extraordinary measures and intervene is not an indication of my ideological preference, but an indication of the degree to which lax regulation and extravagant risk taking has precipitated a crisis."
For all his vaunted political acumen, Obama is often exceptionally obtuse. He was much better off leaving the socialist question as first answered. After his explanation, he left no doubt he was saying George W. Bush is a socialist which is prima facie ridiculous. Then he goes on to make excuses for his own performance which has tripled the federal budget in just his first six weeks by increasing the spending to fix the financial crisis which is akin to advising Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic that all he needs to do to prevent the loss of his ship is to hit another iceberg.

Like the Titanic, Obama is going down.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Obama Tired, Job Too Hard, Needs Cigarette

Candidate Barack Obama gave a speech in Berlin, July 2008. Freelance reporter, Stephanie Gutmann was there to hear The One personally.
After it was over I picked up the phone and called a friend back home. "It's worse than we thought," I told him. "The guy's actually crazy."
In today's Telegraph, she reminds us of Obama's grandiose plans expressed so recently, yet so long ago. The 21st Century Messiah promised to confront

"terrorists who threaten our security in Afghanistan... the traffickers who sell drugs on your streets... defeat the Taliban... help the Afghan people develop their economy and rebuild nation... renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons... secure all loose nuclear materials... stop the spread of nuclear weapons... reduce the arsenals from another era... join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the [terror] networks that have struck in Madrid and Amman; in London and Bali; in Washington and New York."
But, wait! There's more!

[He would] "build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably... forge trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth, with meaningful protections for our people and our planet."

[It was time to] "answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East... [Iran] must abandon its nuclear ambitions... [He would] support the Lebanese who have marched and bled for democracy... [lead] Israelis and Palestinians to a two state solution... support the millions of Iraqis ...[as they] rebuild their lives, even as we pass responsibility to the Iraqi government and finally bring this war to a close."

[People must] "come together to save this planet... resolv[ing] that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands... all nations [must] reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere."
There's still more!

[To] "lift the child in Bangladesh from poverty... shelter the refugee in Chad... stand for the human rights of the dissident in Burma, the blogger in Iran, or the voter in Zimbabwe... [give] meaning to the words 'never again' in Darfur"
"Banish the scourge of AIDS in our time."
Wow, I'm all tuckered out just reading the wish list.

It turns out Obama is tired, too. Too tired, in fact, to give visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a proper welcome as the Head of State of our most valiant and trusted ally.

The Telegraph reported Saturday that
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
British officials said
that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
Obama defenders countered, The Messiah's weariness in the Oval Office photo-op with PM Brown
illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.
And this is the man who said he'd be ready to lead the free world on Day 1!

A well-connected Washington source close to Obama inner circle members, said
Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy".
The source went on:
"Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.

"That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they're finding it a hard thing to do everything."
As he was flying home, Gordon received a phone call from Obama apparently trying to smooth over a rough start. But, still Obama and his aides didn't get the significance of the round of gaffes. A State Dept official involved in planning the Prime Minister's visit let the cat out of the bag when he dismissed the assertion the US-UK relationship is something special.
"There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."
A prominent, but anonymous, African American Obama apologist says he knows Obama's character weakness.

"The one real serious flaw I see in Barack Obama is that he thinks he can manage all this... He's underestimating the flood of things that will hit his desk."
A friend to senior White House aides who is a Democrat strategist said that Obama

...regularly appeared worn out and drawn during evening work sessions with senior staff in the West Wing and has been forced to make decisions more quickly than he is comfortable... on several occasions the president has had to hurry back from eating dinner with his family in the residence and then tucking his daughters in to bed, to conduct urgent government business. Matters are not helped by the pledge to give up smoking.

"People say he looks tired more often than they're used to. He's still calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks he's being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it. He looks like he needs a cigarette."
After eight years of being the last real President, George W. Bush never complained of being too tired to do the people's business, never said he was overwhelmed by the job, never needed a cigarette (or a drink) to get through the day. A word with his Lord was all he needed.

Obama hasn't been the White House resident for 100 days yet, and he or his aides offer excuses that Obama is too tired, the job is too hard, and he needs a smoke. As for drinks, Obama has allowed himself to be photographed frequently downing a glass of booze. Then there's his every Wednesday evening Animal House Party... toga, toga, toga!

Face it, Barry, or whatever your name is. You weren't ready for the job and stroking your ego is not part of the people's business. Please, resign before you embarrass America any more, or we have enough evidence to remove you as a usurper.

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Obama Considers Sell-out of US Military to International Criminal Court

The kangaroo court in The Hague, known as the International Criminal Court (ICC) may be the next stop for American troops if Resident Obama continues his present course. In 2002, President Bush, removed the United States from the Rome Statute that created the ICC because he rightfully did not want American troops to be tried for ginned-up war crimes by world leading tin horn despots with a grudge against America, freedom, and democratic principles.

Now that we have our own wannabe tin horn despot residing in the White House as Community Organizer in Chief, America needs to concern herself with the possibility that Obama will sell-out our military to the court of world retaliation.

From Friday's Telegraph, Gerald Warner cautions America about the actions being taken by Obama and his stooges to undermine the abilities of the US military and the very sovereignty of the United States to the benefit of the worst tyrannies on the planet. (All emphasis is mine. IR)

Barack Obama may subject US troops to International Criminal Court
Gerald Warner, The Telegraph, Mar 6, 2009

They are feeling good just now at The Hague, as the judges and pen-pushers of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adjourn to smart restaurants to celebrate the latest gesture-politics flexing of their muscles by issuing an arrest warrant for Omar al Bashir, the President of Sudan. They are feeling less good in Darfur, from which 10 international aid agencies were expelled in retaliation within four hours of the ICC initiative, cutting food supplies and closing clinics. One man's ego trip is another man's starvation.

But the people who should be feeling really nervous about this development are the citizens of the United States and more especially their armed forces. The signs are that the grandstanding Barack Obama is preparing to subject the United States to the jurisdiction of the ICC. In May, 2002 President Bush withdrew the United States from the Rome Statute which established the ICC. With America heading into global conflict, he had no wish to see US troops arraigned for alleged war crimes before a kangaroo court.

That was a wise decision and probably required in terms of the US Constitution. Already, however, the Obama administration is sending out very different messages. America helped defeat a proposal that the warrant for Bashir should be suspended for 12 months - which would have been a welcome respite for the soup kitchens of Darfur. This is a policy change of considerable significance.

Nor is it the only straw in the wind. Last month US Ambassador Susan Rice, in a closed meeting of the Security Council, supported the ICC, saying it "looks to become an important and credible instrument for trying to hold accountable the senior leadership responsible for atrocities committed in the Congo, Uganda and Darfur". A week later Ben Chang, spokesman for National Security Advisor General James Jones, took a similar line, telling the Washington Times: "We support the ICC in its pursuit of those who've perpetrated war crimes."

The next logical step is for the United States to sign up to the ICC. That would flatter Obama's ego as the conscience of the world. It would also put US servicemen at the mercy of any American-hating opportunists who might choose to arraign them on trumped-up charges before an alien court whose judges are likely to be ill-disposed towards America too.

In a joint analysis by David Scheffer (who helped set up the ICC) and John Hutson (former US Navy Judge Advocate General), the authors wrote: "If the United States were to join the ICC, one would have to accept at least the theoretical possibility that American citizens (particularly political and military leaders) could be prosecuted before the ICC on charges of committing atrocity crimes."

So, vengeful Democrats could facilitate the indictment of President George W Bush and all his senior commanders in Iraq. American troops on active service have been shown in polls to have little confidence in Barack Obama. His overtures to the ICC will hardly reverse that tendency.
With all the harm Obama has already done and the harm he is planning in the near term, it is good to realize he has single-handedly increased the sales of guns and ammunition in the United States among Republicans and Democrats alike who fear their rights are about to be negated. With our troops in the docket, a well armed citizenry is all that stands between freedom and tyranny.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

What is Conservatism?

Ever wonder what a Conservative is? What is it that motivates Conservatives? What principles underlie the philosophy of Conservatism that gets translated into policies developed by the Republican Party? What is the difference between Conservative and Republican?

I asked those questions nearly eight years after admitting that I am a Conservative and couldn't adequately answer the questions. When I was 14, I was still trying to figure out if I was the opposite sex, or she was. Jonathon Krohn at 14 has already written a book called "Define Conservatism" that simply and clearly spells out what he believes are the core principles of the Conservative movement. At 86 pages, it's more like the pamphlets published at the Nation's founding which proved to be so influential the Colonial government of King George III fell into revolution.

Krohn's book is unlikely to be of such Earth shaking consequence, but it can begin the education of younger minds and many older minds, too. His presentation at the recent CPAC with an adult audience certainly demonstrates the kid has "... got staying power,” to quote Bill Bennett in the New York Times. Lest you think it a big step for the NYT to feature a story on a young, bright, Conservative be aware NYT put the story in the Fashion & Style section as if to say, "Isn't that cute."

Did you get that? Conservatism is not the Republican Party; that is just the shell. Conservatism is the principle without which you only have "feelings and romanticism."

At the core of Conservatism are four principles:
1) Respect for the Constitution
2) Respect for life
3) Less government
4) Personal responsibility
Simple enough. And diametrically opposed to today's Liberal political philosophy.

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