Saturday, December 29, 2012

Guns Rise, Crime Sets

As California gun sales nearly doubled since 2002, gun caused injuries have drop 25%, and gun caused deaths declined 11%. The Sacramento Bee reports -
Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.
Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office.

Read more here:
During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,900, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health.
Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,900, an 11 percent drop, state health figures show.
Most of the drop in firearm-related injuries and deaths can be explained by a well-documented, nationwide drop in violent crime.
The number of California injuries and deaths attributed to accidental discharge of firearms also has fallen. The number of suicide deaths involving firearms has remained roughly constant.

Read more here:

Friday, December 28, 2012

Military Suicide - Sometimes War Isn't the Answer

Media stories and anti-war groups frequently say American soldier suicides outnumber combat-related deaths and the 2012 track doesn't show any improvement. Stars and Stripes says there were more suicides than combat deaths this year.
Through November this year, potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers took their own lives. In Afghanistan 212 soldiers were killed as of Dec. 7.
With a month left in the year, the Army set a grim new record with 177 potential active-duty cases.
Last year, there were 165 confirmed suicides, which was also a record. Among Army Reserve and Guard soldiers potentially 126 took their own lives, up from 118 in all of 2011.
However, what is not often told is that the majority of military personnel committing suicide never served in a war zone deployment, or had been deployed, nor had they ever been in combat.
"About 53 percent of those who died by suicide in the military in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, had no history of deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department. And nearly 85 percent of military members who took their lives had no direct combat history, meaning they may have been deployed but not seen action."
Such a sad reality. There are many reasons someone who has not deployed would get to that point of taking their own lives - depression, financial, sexual, broken relationships, harassment, substance abuse, and the list can include people who joined the military hoping order and discipline would give purpose to their existence and save their lives. It doesn't always work like in the movies. What we can know is that war is not always the answer. Sometimes, people just kill themselves.

Insect Humor

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Three Mandarin Oranges, Two Hard Boiled Eggs

...and an afternoon with my sisters, nieces and nephews is what I got for Christmas. How great is that?

Some people don't know and don't deserve what they've got. Twitchy has more examples - Spoiled ingrates complain about their Christmas gifts:

ZOONiGGA ; )@Zooniggah014got a dam TV I dont even watch tv like really i wanted a fucking iPad . but yet Jennifer gets a new laptop.! wtf fuck that!24 Dec 12
Shannon McKenna@Shannskii420I'm not trying to be a brat but my mom didn't get me one thing I asked for and she got me an iPad, I don't need this thing #areyouthinking25 Dec 12
Majesty@ebrianne17and my mom went directly against me. she asked me if I wanted the black or white iPad. I said white, of course. tell me why mine is black..?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ABCs Jake Tapper Demands "Where Have You Been" of Obama

Go Jake!
“It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008 in your first term, and 2012 not to talk about gun violence. You had your position on renewing the ban on semi-automatic rifles that then-Sen. Biden put in place, but you didn’t do much about it. This is not the first issue ... incident of horrific gun violence of your four years. Where have you been?”

Obama Creates Another Do-Nothing Task Force

Biden on pizza run for Gun Control Task Force
A political truism says, "When in doubt, create a committee." Obama tapped Slow Joe Plugs Biden today to head a new inter-agency task force to address the prevalence of guns and gun violence. I say, "Good." The BHO White House has created 86,000 task forces to tackle all the ills of the nation. Not one has resulted in any action whatsoever.
The president is well-known for asking groups of people to gather to discuss problems of national importance, including task forces on: working families, the middle class;Guantanamo Bay, commercial advocacy, Hurricane Sandy rebuilding, interagency ocean policy, childhood obesity, Puerto Rico’s status, federal contracting opportunities for small businesses, climate change adaption, financial fraud enforcement, and many, many others. A search on the White House website for the words “task force” yields 86,000 results. What exactly have these task forces accomplished? What legislation has been put forth? What executive orders have been put into effect? What do they do besides issue reports?
Read the Commentary article.

Letter to a Friend

Jack Pinto, 6, was among the kids killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. His friend, John, wrote this:
You are my best friend. We had fun together. I will miss you. I will talk to you in my prayers. I love you Jack.
Love, John"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

No US Medical Care for Hillary

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contracted an intestinal virus, became dehydrated from resulting diarrhea and vomiting, fainted, suffered a concussion and after all that still refused US medical care. What does she know and what isn't she telling us?

Of course, she
will no longer testify Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Especially now that she's been backed into a corner.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

No Words

Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006
Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006
Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006
Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005
Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006
Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006
Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005
Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006
Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006
Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006
Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006
Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006
Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006
Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005
Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006
Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006
Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006
Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005
James Mattioli, March 22, 2006

Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965
Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983
Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982
Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956
Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985
Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960

Newtown Patch

Sunday, December 09, 2012

More Democrats Who Don't Know They're Republicans

We see this time and again - when low information voters are given the facts without party labels, they almost always support the Republican/Conservative position.

You Tube Steve Crowder

Saturday, December 08, 2012

A Christmas Story

A couple winters back, I bought a cashmere sweater at a thrift shop. It was in perfect condition and only $2. Now it has little holes in the front from a little bug that had a nice meal. I didn't want to throw it out so I cut off the sleeves to have a cashmere undershirt. It's soft and warm and no one can see the little holes.

Today, my baldy-head was cold, so I put one of the sleeves on my head - it looks like an old time sleeping cap. Later, I had to go to market and wore it in the car then forgot I had it on. While choosing some meat, a man approached me and asked if I was one of Santa's elves. I said, "I could be..." because I was also wearing my old man half-glasses down low on my nose, and with the beard, yeah, I probably looked like an elf. Plus, nobody should really know who's an elf and who isn't . He continued saying he had been standing near a mother with two young boys about 4 and 5 when they saw me. He said the kids pointed at me and one breathlessly said, "Look, Momma! It's a Santa elf!"

I only wanted to warm my head, but ended up having my heart warmed, too.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Welfare Payments Exceed Median Earned Income

Welfare spending/ day/ poverty household is $168.00. The median income/ day of income earners is $137.00.  Broken down per hour, welfare spending/ hour/ poverty household is $30.60. Median income earners make $25.02/ hour. Why would anyone not already in the top 2% want to work at all?

This is not sustainable in anyone's econ book and is one of the reasons Stalin killed 50 million of his own people, almost all of them poor peasants.

Celebs Find Out What it's Like to Live Downwind From Them

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- The decaying corpse of a huge fin whale was a sad spectacle Friday on the shore of a cove where it washed ashore nearly a week earlier.

With no government agency taking action to remove the rapidly rotting mammal from Little Dume beach, it appeared that the job would be left to decomposition and nature's scavengers.
The 40-foot-long, 40,000-pound juvenile male washed ashore Monday near Point Dume, which marks the western end of Santa Monica Bay, about 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

The homes and estates of celebrities and other wealthy line the cliffs high above the slender beach. Access is extremely limited and curious beachcombers had to hike on the sand from the few public parking lots farther up the beach.

US Borrowed 46 cents For Every Dollar Spent in 2013

Billions are so last century.

The Congressional Budget Office released its latest data Friday:

*Since Oct 1, 2013, start of the fiscal year, our elected government, representatives of the people, has spent $638 billion with revenues of $346 billion.
*The deficit increased $172 million in November making the current fiscal year deficit $300 billion.
*Tax revenues increased 10% over last year to $30 billion while spending increases 14% to $87 billion.
* The government is on pace to post another $1 trillion deficit in fiscal year 2012, the fifth year in a row.

WooHoo! We're on a roll! We'll be a banana republic in no time, that is if the EPA allows banana farming.

If Obama Had Been President Dec 7, 1941...

Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941

Fans in a Flashbulb

 “Brought from his bed by the thunder of exploding bombs, this pajama-clad islander has rushed out on his terrace to scan with binoculars smoke-swept scene. Back and forth Jap planes roared, while at Pearl Harbor other bombs were falling from other planes,” December 7, 1941

Friday, November 23, 2012

Pilgrims Tried Wealth Redistribution and Failed

In July 1620, the people we call the Pilgrims, started their journey from England to the Virginia Colony, but were interrupted by two false starts requiring returns to England. Their companion ship, the Speedwell, was unable to continue and was left behind when the Mayflower finally departed England in September 1620. During the 66 day journey across the North Atlantic, the Mayflower was damaged in the severe storm that cracked one of the massive wooden beams supporting the frame. Fortune had it that the Pilgrims brought a "giant iron screw" that was used to raise the beam back into place to continue the voyage.

Fortune and misfortune were constant aboard the Mayflower. John Howland, a young passenger was washed overboard in the second storm. He grabbed a ship line and was pulled aboard. One of the sailors who was particularly mean to the passengers unaccustomed to seafaring. He taunted them about their seasickness and one day he died. The colonists believed God had punished him for his cruelty. A happy event also visited the sailing companions with the birth to Elizabeth Hopkins of her first son, Oceanus.

November 11, 1620, the Mayflower and passengers arrived at Cape Cod Bay far to the north of their destination in Jamestown, VA. However, the ship captain had orders to end the voyage in Massachusetts and not to proceed any further south. After a few weeks, they sailed up the coast to the place they would settle and call Plymouth. Before disembarking, the men of the new settlement wrote the first Constitution in the colonies - the document we call the Mayflower Compact which established  a system of government and division of labor practiced today as socialism. Over the next couple of seasons the Pilgrims failed to make the new government work and eventually abandoned the system in favor of individually owned and operated farms which flourished.

From American Minute with Bill Federer - Pilgrims redistributing wealth fails..., colony Governor William Bradford described the attempt and the failure:
"High winds and treacherous tides along North America's coast prevented the Pilgrims from sailing south to join Virginia's earlier settlement - Jamestown.

Having to disembark in Massachusetts, with no government to submit to, they created their own - the Mayflower Compact. The first 'constitution' written in America. It began:

"In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyall subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord, King James... having undertaken, for ye glorie of God, and advancemente of ye Christian faith, and honour of our king & countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia... in ye presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick... to enacte...just & equall shall be thought most meete & convenient for ye generall good of ye Colonie, unto whichwe promise all due submission and obedience."

The Compact ended:

"In witnes wherof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd ye 11 of NOVEMBER, Ano:Dom. 1620."

Plymouth Plantation was a "company" colony with bylaws drawn up by the investors, called "adventurers," who loaned the money for their endeavor, hoping to be paid back. The bylaws set up a communal system for the first seven years, in which all capital and profits remained"in ye common stock":

"The adventurers & planters do agree that every person that goeth being aged 16 years & accounted a single share... The persons transported & ye adventurers shall continue their joint stock & partnership together, ye space of 7 years...during which time, all profits & benefits that are got by trade, traffic, trucking, working, fishing, or any other means of any person or persons, remain still in ye common stock... That all such persons as are of this colony, are to have their meat, drink, apparel, and all provision out of ye common stock & goods... That at ye end of ye 7 years, ye capital & profits, viz. the houses, lands, goods and chattels, be equally divided betwixt ye adventurers, and planters."

Pilgrim Governor William Bradford described in Of Plymouth Plantation, that sharing "all profits & ye common stock," regardless of how hard each individual worked,failed:

"The failure of that experiment of communal service, which was tried for several years, and by good and honest men, proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times, - that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, by a commonwealth, would make a state happy and flourishing; as it they were wiser than God... For in this instance, community of property was found to breed much confusion and discontent; and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit... For the young men who were most able and fit for service objected to being forced to spend their time and strength in working for other men's wives and children, without any recompense..."

William Bradford continued:

"The strong man or the resourceful man had no more share of food, clothes, etc., than the weak man who was not able to do a quarter the other could. This was thought injustice. The aged and graver men, who were ranked and equalized in labor, food, clothes, etc., with the humbler and younger ones, thought it some indignity and disrespect to them. As for men's wives who were obliged to do service for other men, such as cooking, washing their clothes, etc., they considered it a kind of slavery, and many husbands would not brook it..."

William Bradford explained further:

"If all were to share alike, and all were to do alike, then all were on an equality throughout, and one was as good as another; and so, if it did not actually abolish those very relations which God himself has set among men, it did at least greatly diminish the mutual respect that is so important should be preserved amongst them. Let none argue that this is due to human failing, rather than to this communistic plan of life in itself..."

William Bradford described success of capitalism:

"I answer, seeing that all men have this failing in them, that God in His wisdom saw that another plan of life was fitter for them... So they began to consider how to raise more corn, and obtain a better crop than they had done, so that they might not continue to endure the misery of want... At length after much debate, the Governor, with the advice of the chief among them,allowed each man to plant corn for his own household... So every family was assigned a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number... This was very successful. It made all hands very industrious, so that much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could devise, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better satisfaction. The women now went willing into the field, and took their little ones with them to plant corn, while before they would allege weakness and inability, and to have compelled them would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tyranny of the Minority

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union killed Twinkie, Ho Ho's, and Ding Dongs. 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores will close Tuesday, and 18,000 workers, two-thirds of whom are NON-union, are now unemployed. "Most employees who lose their jobs should be eligible for government-provided unemployment benefits," Hostess said. More wards of he state, just what is needed right now.

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NBC's Savannah Guthrie read a statement on "Today" from the bakers' union that said: “Despite Greg Rayburn’s insulting and disingenuous statements of the last several months, the truth is that Hostess workers and the union have absolutely no responsibility for the failure of this company. That responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the company’s decision makers.”

Rayburn responded that he had been “pretty straightforward in all the town hall meetings I’ve done at our plants to say that in this situation I think there is blame that goes around for everyone.”

He denied that the decision to shut down could be a last ditch negotiation tactic to get the union back to the table.

“It’s over,” he said. “This is it.”
It is only a myth that Twinkies will last forever, but in this case Twinkies will go on after another bakery picks up the the top selling brand name. The Union, however, may, and should, die a quick and painful death. They called the shutdown and liquidation a bluff and we all lost.

It's over. 12,000 non-union people out of a job because of 6,000 union bullies. Unions are not your friend.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Food Stamp President

Denny's Offers New Menu

John Metz operates about 40 Denny's restaurants in Florida. With full implementation of ObamaCare in January 2014 and partial implementation in January 2013, his employees' work hours will have to be reduced and a 5% surcharge added to the price of a meal to pay for the expense of the government health market takeover. The alternative is to close stores and fire workers.

Metz will hold meetings at his restaurants in December to tell employees,
"that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately. ... I think it's a terrible thing. It's ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40. It's going to force my employees to go out and get a second job."

Obamacare requires businesses or franchises with more than 50 workers must offer an approved insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker over 30 workers.

The program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.
Metz is not anti-insurance or even anti-employer provided insurance.
His current coverage for full-time employees costs him $5,000 to $6,000 annually, he said. "Obviously, I'd love to cover all our employees under that insurance," he said, "But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant, and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don't make $175,000 a year. I can't afford it."
Paul Fronstin, director of the health research program at the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington objects, "Instead of indirectly charging customers by raising prices, he is directly charging and making a political statement." Fine, Mr. Fronstin, but isn't that the same result - the customer pays the added expense? And why shouldn't Metz make a political statement if a stupid political policy threatens his livelihood and that of his employees?

Apple Metro and Jimmy John's restaurants have already told employees their work hours will be cut to part-time to avoid the huge ObamaCare fees and massive layoffs while Olive Garden and Red Lobster are considering the same or similar actions. Papa John's Pizza has also told shareholders earlier this week ObamaCare will cost the company 11 to 14 cents per pie, a cost that would be passed on to consumers.

Classic Obama Compromise

Obama has framed the fiscal cliff budget deal as another "my way or the highway" compromise. A week ago, Obama said,
"I am not wedded to every detail of my plan. I am open to compromise," Obama said. But, in a hint of the strife to come, he said that he still wanted to raise tax rises for the wealthiest American – a policy most Republicans in Congress vehemently oppose.

"We can't just cut our way to prosperity," the president said. "If we are serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes."
On the Sunday talkers, Republicans and Democrats said a deal is possible.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker suggested that getting more revenue from the country’s highest-earners should be part of the mix, but only by closing loopholes, not increasing taxes, and only if Democrats agree to cut federal spending.

"I am optimistic," Corker said on "Fox News Sunday." "I think there is the basis for the deal.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday he agrees with House Republicans who steadfastly say more cuts to federal spending are needed. However, he disagreed with the idea that tax cuts result in deficit reductions and increased government revenue.
Even David Axelrod, Obama's re-election campaign adviser, said,
he was encouraged by House Speaker John Boehner signaling willingness last week to close the loopholes to help cut the deficit. “I think there are a lot of ways to skin this cat, so long as everybody comes with a positive, constructive attitude toward the task,” he said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Today, Jay Carney, Obama's appointed spokeshole, clarified Obama's message aboard Air Force One,
that Obama “will not sign under any circumstances an extension of tax cuts for the top 2 percent of American earners. ... It is simply unacceptable to go back to policies that failed that stuck the middle class with the bill in order to give very expensive tax cuts to the wealthiest. … We can’t afford it.”
That is an Obama compromise: do it my way or no deal.

Ding Dong the Twinkie's Dead! The Union killed it.

The labor dispute between the 82-year-old Hostess company and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union has already permanently closed 3 plants laying off 627 people. The UCTGM Union represents 1/3 of the Hostess workforce, but through union greed nearly 18,000 Hostess employees - 2/3 nonunion - will be unemployed by next week, if not by the end of today, Thursday, Nov 15, 2102.

On Wednesday, Hostess said that if enough striking workers did not return to work by 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT) the next day, the company would on Friday ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in White Plains, New York, who oversees its Chapter 11 reorganization, for permission to shut down and sell assets. 
"We simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike," Hostess Chief Executive Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.
It's hard to believe this does not have anything to do with Michelle Obama's war on food, Bronco Bamma's war on corporations and his apparent desire to put everyone to the public trough.

NOTE: No, Twinkies do not last forever; they've a shelf life of about 25 days, slightly longer that other baked pastries because they do not contain dairy products. When they're gone, they're gone.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans in My Family

The Dickinson family (Mom)

Owen Leroy Dickinson USN WWI, maternal Grandfather. Later, he was a deputy sheriff  recruited into the FBI where he was on the teams to chase down the gangsters Pretty Boy Floyd and Machine Gun Kelly. He joined the KKK in Oklahoma as an undercover agent. The investigation, arrests, and trials severely crippled the Klan in Oklahoma. 

Owen L. Dickinson USN WWI, maternal Grandfather. Smoked cigars, when I was 5 yrs old, I asked him to drop the long, fluffy ash in my hand. He did. It was so hot I dropped it. He laughed. Lesson learned.   

Robert Dickinson USN WWII N. Atlantic, maternal Uncle. Joined FBI after the war and investigated Mexican drug smugglers in Texas. He and his bride were killed when his plane was sabotaged and exploded over the Texas lake they intended for their honeymoon. 

Hugh Dickinson US Army Air Corps WWII, maternal uncle

Roscoe "Dick/Rick" Dickinson Pre-WWII US Maritime Service, maternal Uncle. Lied to get into the service at 14 yrs, was kicked out; joined another branch, kicked out; finally Congress passed a law to allow under-aged enlistments with parental permission.

Roscoe "Rick/Dick"Dickinson, USN WWII, Korea, Vietnam  (USS Constellation). Had he lived in an earlier time, Uncle Rick would, no doubt, have been a pirate of the Caribbean. 

The Buda family (Dad)
Steve Buda US Army WWI paternal Grandfather. Trained at Ft Custer, S. Dakota in 1918. As his  regiment was packing  for the trenches of Europe, the war ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. His first wife and twin sons died in the Spanish Influenza epidemic.

Joseph Buda USN USS Converse WWII Pacific, father. Before enlisting, he worked in metal shop in Michigan making left-handed springs for British fighter aircraft and right-handed springs for American fighter aircraft. After the Pearl Harbor attack, he joined the Navy and was assigned to Destroyers. He served on one of the first ships fitted for radar fire control and saw the first successful night actions against a larger Japanese force at the Battle of St Cape George for which the destroyer squadron awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, equal to an individual Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, or Navy Cross.

Joe Buda & Margaret Dickinson-Buda WWII Detroit (mom&dad)

Robert Buda US Army WWII, paternal Uncle. Uncle Bob served  in Texas throughout WWII and  as long as he was there, the enemy never attacked Texas. Everyone served where they needed. His daughter became an Air Force Major.

Ken USN USS Constellation, brother in law w/his mother. Ken served aboard the same  Air Craft Carrier as did Roscoe Dickinson, but many years apart. Ken married my sister, Indigo Rose.

Dana US Army, Patriot Missile Battery Tech, niece, daughter of Ken and Indigo Rose. She has served overseas in Korea, current at Ft. Sill, OK. where she survived a tornado. Husband Nick is US Army. Prepping to muster out.
Erin US Army 101st Med, niece, daughter of Ken and  Indigo Rose, sister to Dana. Erin married Marc, also US Army currently civilians.

Some guy. Seth USN Intelligence in CO, served aboard destroyer and missile frigate in Iraq War, Indian Ocean, and  Pirate patrol, nephew. Currently a civilian in school on GI Bill.
Not pictured: 
Pat, US Air Force, brother in law
Shilo, US Army, sniper currently deployed in Afghanistan, cousin and grandson of Roscoe
John, US Army Tank Corps, WWII Europe, Uncle
Steve, US Army, Cold War Germany, cousin

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Two Local News Stories

An 83 year old man was beaten mercilessly by a 300 pound, 33 year old road rager who is now a guest of the Placer County Sheriff about a mile from me. A witness became a second victim when he stepped in to aid the elderly gentleman.
ROCKLIN (CBS13) – An elderly man was the victim of a beating in what Rocklin police are calling a road rage rampage.
“This guy was kicking an 80-year-old man in his own garage,” said a neighbor and witness, who wished to remain anonymous.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, Rocklin police responded to the 6000 block of Bridal Veil Drive, where they discovered an 83-year-old man suffering significant injuries from an assault in his garage.

A neighbor, who witnessed the battery, was also injured when he tried to intervene.

“He weighed 300 pounds. He beat him half to death,” said the man.

Police say 33-year-old Zubin Bogdanoff followed the victim for nearly a half mile to his home, and then attacked the man.

According to witnesses, Bogdanoff fled the scene in his vehicle and attempted to run over a neighbor that was calling police.

Bogdanoff was quickly apprehended after a brief search of the area. He was booked into Placer County Jail on charges of assault, burglary, battery, and felony abuse of an elder.
An Eldercare worker in Loomis served up some wild mushroom soup and now two are dead, four are hospitalized including the care worker. Placer County Sheriff's deputies say it was an accident, but California Dept. of Social Services are investigating further. I'm reminded of The Beguiled.

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Authorities say two residents of a Northern California assisted living facility have died and four others are hospitalized after eating soup with wild mushrooms.

Placer County sheriff’s officials say that 86-year-old Barbara Lopes and 73-year-old Teresa Olesniewicz — residents of Gold Age Villa, an elderly care home in Loomis — died after eating the soup that had been prepared by a caregiver at the facility.

Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reed says the caregiver who prepared the soup was among the six people sickened. The conditions of the four people hospitalized were not immediately known, and their names have not been released.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wednesday Night Television Obama Bashing

Modern Family (ABC):

Luke (one of the kids) was admitted to the hospital. He's lying in a bed with an I.V. next to him. Lily (the little adopted Asian girl) was there with him.
Lily pokes at the I.V. and asks, "What's this?"
Luke says, "I don't know, but thanks to Obama, you're paying for it."

Survivor: Philippines (CBS):

Jeff Kent, former MLB player with the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, was voted off the island. In the episode recorded before Tuesday's election, Kent had a few choice words for the show and Bronco Bamma:

You know what pissed me off? I think I've made about $60 million playing baseball, and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game and it's not even a million bucks! It's 600 grand by the time Obama takes it!

I'm a Game 7 World Series loser. You know, I've played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, but this just sucks.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Day After Yesterday

There is concern this morning after an election because the stock market is down and that portends great catastrophe for the nation. The stock market almost always tumbles on Wednesday after an election. It's recalibration of investments and strategy. Watch what happens on Friday.

There is also much gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes because this nation is so divided - more divided than anyone can remember. Personally, I can only remember to a short memory of the Nevada desert when I was 2 years old in 1956. My political memory only goes to 1972 when I could vote at 18. My financial political memory is much younger. But, the nation's memory is over 300 years old and it shows me that this country has always (no equivocating here) been divided roughly in thirds -- 1/3 yes, 1/3 no, 1/3 can't decide. The Colonies were never united within themselves, booting out any dissenters; our religions created regions of faiths, Protestant New England, Catholic Boston, Baptist South;  the Revolution was hardly unanimous with Patriots tar and feathering Loyalists; the Civil War - well, it was a civil war; some States threatened seceding with their own independence or joining Canada in 1812; the nation was greatly divided on the "Indian question" during the 19th century, reservations or 'the only good Indian is a dead Indian'; most of the public wanted neutrality in WW2 while the press wanted war immediately; Vietnam was obviously divisive, but not for reasons given today; Civil Rights was not a manifestation of the 1960s, but one that consumed us for this nation's entire history and still does; large swaths of America did not want the Moon program or the intercontinental hiway system, and the list goes on and on and on so much so that we are even divided on what we are divided about.

That America is divided is, in point of fact, one of our greatest strengths. Unanimity proved one of the greatest weaknesses of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, Communist USSR and China, and those regimes fell while many others are failing now under the weight of their own secular or religious tyrannies. In the cases of China, Russia, and the former Soviets - converting from a top down command economy and society to free market and civil society. For the Islamic world there is great turmoil which will take lifetimes to come to a rest. The peoples of Africa are learning to make lives and economies with formerly warring tribes, depending less on the largesse of the old colonial powers they hate and love at once. Through all this and much more, Earth continues hurtling through the vast dark space of the the universe that will expand forever or, at any moment, collapse everything into one tiny dot only to explode to do it all again.

America had an election yesterday. No one died during the process, no one was maimed, there were no armed combat troops patrolling the streets, and the UN observers saw something they didn't expect - a trust in the system that would be hard to duplicate in their home countries and trust in each other as individual citizens deciding - rightly or wrongly - the fate of America, as well as all other nations, not just for the next 2 or 4 years, but for decades and generations to come. We, and the world, witnessed a populous ravaged by storm, set on edge by threat of more storms, hurricane, tornadoes, and earthquakes where we've not experienced them before yet stepping up to help our fellows in distress in whatever way each of us can with money, food donations, and even clean underwear. And still we took time, uncoerced, to vote our conscience in the firm belief that no matter the outcome of the political and weather storms, Wednesday would arrive as it always has, that we will pour ourselves a cup of coffee, roll up our sleeves, and get back to work as we always have if not for something to do today and all the following today's,  but to see just how long this nation so conceived in liberty can endure.

Monday, November 05, 2012

From Hope to Revenge

From change to disappointment.
How very far we have fallen. How very much we have learned. How very much we have grown.

Where do we go from here?

Friday, November 02, 2012

Dewey Defeats Truman - Zombie Apocalypse Ensued

1948 Nov 2 - Harry Truman(D) defeated Thomas Dewey(R) in the greatest upset in presidential election history by a bit more than 2 million votes. Political analysts were so convinced Dewey would win, the Chicago Daily Tribune printed its front page declaration before votes had been counted.

Could this happen again this coming Tuesday? No, of course not. Truman and Dewey aren't running for President this year.

A Tale of Two Democrat Cities

New Orleans 2005, Hurricane Katrina 

New York City 2012, Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bronco Bamma to Red Cross, "We leave no one behind"

...except Ambassadors, embassy personnel, consular officials, State Dept employees, and SEALs.

Bronco Bamma spoke to Red Cross volunteers in Washington, D.C.:
"This is a tough time for a lot of people -- millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard. But America is tougher, and we’re tougher because we pull together. We leave nobody behind. We make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of us stand together to make sure that we’re providing the help that's necessary."

I'm tired of Bronco Bamma, too.

You Tube
FORT COLLINS - A 4-year-old Fort Collins girl expressed her frustration over the seemingly never-ending presidential campaign.9NEWS viewer Elizabeth Evans said she and her daughter, Abigael, were listening to NPR on a trip to the grocery store Tuesday when she started tearing up.The mother asked Abigael why she was crying and she responded, "I'm tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."This little girl may have captured a sentiment many voters feel less than a week away from Election Day.Elizabeth says on the way back from the store she switched the radio from NPR to Neil Young.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kids Get Halloween Candy Redistribution Fairness Lesson

Steve Crowder tries to convince kids that redistribution of Halloween candy is good and fair. Results are predictable including the attempt to punch Crowder.

It's just candy redistribution, but kids know they're being scammed. I hope the parents were paying attention.

Move On Org's moving, inspirational message from the greatest generation

Just when you think it's safe to go back into the political waters, Obama's Democrat-Liberal-Progressive, vile, potty mouth, Hollywood friend, Michael Moore, defecates in the pool again for Move On dot org.

They're our grandmothers and grandfathers, great-aunts and uncles, beloved counselors, kindly neighbors. They are the Greatest Generation. And, this election season, they've got some knowledge to drop. (NSFW)

Follow your elders' advice: visit

Produced by Michael Moore w/ Daron Murphy David Ambrose of ART NOT WAR
Written by Michael Moore & Jonathan Schwarz
Directed by Laura Dawn
Associate Producers: Angela Linneman & Eddie Geller
DP: David Ambrose
Edited by David Ambrose & Laura Dawn
Assistant Editor: Eddie Geller
Original Music & Sound Design: Daron Murphy
Line Producer: Aaron Kinsley-Brooks
Set Design & Art Direction: Adrian Alexis
Props & Production Assistance: Sarah Kinsley-Brooks
Make Up & Hair: Ananda Khan
h/t Moonbattery

2008 Obama Supporters Are Revolting

Revolution is abrewin' in Chi-town. Community activist Paul McKinley says,
“Everything in Chicago is controlled by the Democratic party. Everything in my community is controlled by Black Democrats. There is no Tea Party in my community. There is no Republicans. So they can’t blame the Tea Party. I tell you that the liberal agenda is not the black agenda, it is not the family agenda, and it is not the American agenda.”

Rebel Pundit at Breitbart records citizens of The Windy City that the Democrat party owns Chicago, that the Liberal and Democrat agenda is not the poor people's agenda, it's not the Black people's agenda, it's not the working man's agenda. It's the union's agenda, it's the pol&itician's agenda. With skyrocketing violence and unemployment, Chicago's huddled masses yearning to breathe free are on the march, or maybe just thinking about being on the march because Black Democrat leadership thugs still scare the bejeezus out of them.

Weird Weather

Weird weather is a common observation nowadays, but the weather is no more weird than it's ever been. Here in the Sacramento/Auburn area of California, we recently experienced two tornadoes a mile or two from my sister's home just south of Sacramento. Lake of the Pines, about 15 miles north of Auburn where I live, reported at least one twister in the foothills. And now the eastern seaboard is suffering through the very destructive Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Superstorm Sandy with high winds, rain, ocean surge, and snow.

So why are we having more tornadoes and hurricanes? Is it global warming? No. That's a load of crap. Global cooling? No. That's just so 1970s. Al Gore using his super secret and powerful quantum weather control machine ransoming the nation's safety for .... a million dollars? Mmmm, doubtful. Don't count him out, though, because the ocean level did rise. Not to the 20 feet Gore had said, only about half that and definitely higher than Obama had promised when he said he would make the ocean's rise stop. Maybe our government actually has the answer - the best answer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, says,
"The United States today averages 1200 tornadoes a year. The number of tornadoes increased dramatically in the 1990s as the modernized National Weather Service installed the Doppler Radar network. The National Weather Service modernization also began the Warning Coordination Meteorologist program increasing partnerships with media and Emergency Management across the United States. This program also initiated the training of storm spotters across the County Warning Area of each Weather Forecast Office. With more people trained to relay information on storm activity to the Weather Forecast Office and improved communication and digital technology, more tornadoes could be reported."
Well, now. That seems reasonable enough.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Real Debate of America's Quadrennial Existential Election

The most important and existential election of our lives happens every four years and this election is no different. Like all previous elections, the real debate is not about the economy, or war, or education, or the cost of gas. The real debate is and has always been about how much overlap we will tolerate between what citizens do in their private lives and how much influence government can exert on those private lives. Democrats see government influence as helpful and good; Republicans see that same influence as intrusive and bad. In the past 100 years, these bounds have moved back and forth, but in more recent decades, the argument has come to a head with little or no room for compromise. Maybe not this election but soon, WE, the people, must decide whether America is free from coercive governmental help or America is free from the difficult work of individual achievement.

A few weeks ago, The Weekly Standard expounded on the the real debate that has been argued throughout our nation's history continuing into this year's great existential election testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
The Real Debate
The 2012 election is about far more than our pocketbooks.

Each party is pulled into this debate by what it sees as the deeply misguided views of the other. Democrats listen to Republicans and hear a simpleminded and selfish radical individualism​—​or, as President Obama has put it, “nothing but thinly veiled Social Darwinism.” They hear people who think that being successful and rich means you’re smarter than everyone else or work harder than everyone else, and who therefore have no regard for those in our society who are in no position to start a business or get a loan. They hear people who have benefited from the privileges of being lucky in America and imagine they did it all by themselves. And they seek to teach these people that there is no such thing as a self-made success. This was what President Obama was getting at when he went off his script in Roanoke, Virginia, in July and made “you didn’t build that” an instant classic. He was accusing his opponents of idolizing individual achievement while ignoring the preconditions for success made possible by the larger society​—​which he identified more or less exclusively with the government. Numerous speakers at this summer’s Democratic convention similarly equated society and government, arguing, for instance, that (in the words of the convention’s opening video) “government is the one thing we all belong to,” and that (in the words of Rep. Barney Frank) “there are things that a civilized society needs that we can only do when we do them together, and when we do them together that’s called government.” Republicans, they suggested, don’t believe in government because they don’t believe in doing things together.

Republicans listen to Democrats, meanwhile, and hear a simpleminded and dangerous radical collectivism​—​or, as Mitt Romney has put it, a vision of America as “a government-centered society.” They hear people who think that no success is earned and no accomplishment can be attributed to those who took the risks to make it happen. They hear people who think there is no value in personal drive and initiative, and who would like to extend the web of federal benefits as far and wide as possible to shield Americans from the private economy and make them dependent on government beneficence and on the liberal politicians who bestow it. And they seek to teach these people that private initiative is how prosperity happens, how dignity develops, and how America was built, and that dependence is pernicious and enervating. That was what speaker after speaker at the Republican convention had to say, often drawing on personal experience of entrepreneurship and social mobility. And, in a more confused and hapless way, it was what Mitt Romney was getting at in the now-infamous remarks he made at a fundraiser in May about the growing numbers of Americans receiving federal benefits.

Republicans accuse Democrats of ignoring individual achievement and overvaluing government achievements; Democrats accuse Republicans of ignoring government achievements and overvaluing individual achievement. It is not a coincidence that this unusual debate should be happening as the public is asked to render its verdict on the Obama years, but because that is the context in which it is happening, the debate often misses a crucial point. Simply put, to see our fundamental political divisions as a tug of war between the government and the individual is to accept the progressive premise that individuals and the state are all there is to society. The premise of conservatism has always been, on the contrary, that what matters most about society happens in the space between those two, and that creating, sustaining, and protecting that space is a prime purpose of government. The real debate forced upon us by the Obama years​—​the underlying disagreement to which the two parties are drawn despite themselves​—​is in fact about the nature of that intermediate space, and of the mediating institutions that occupy it: the family, civil society, and the private economy.

In effect, both parties are trying to preserve something of the postwar era, but they disagree about just what -merits preserving. The Democrats think the design of key government programs was the essence of that era’s success, while Republicans think it was a function of a particular relationship between society and government.

That suggests a very great deal is at stake in this election. It is no surprise that neither party seems quite satisfied with a debate about the narrow set of metrics we have come to call “the economy.” But in the debate they are drawn to instead, conservatives must take a broader and deeper view of what they are defending and why. They stand not so much for the individual against the state, but for a vision of American life that consists of more than individuals and the state. They stand for American society​—​citizens, families, communities, civil society, a free-market economy, and a constitutional government. They stand for a way of life now increasingly endangered, and well worth preserving and modernizing​—​a way of life that is decidedly not better off than it was four years ago.

Read Yuval Levin's entire essay.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Most Transparent Administration's Colossal Waste of Taxpayer Money

Contrary to law, The Obama has stopped releasing quarterly reports of the $831,000,000,000 economic stimulus package. Wonder why?

In January 2010, The Obama “stimulus” was costing $148,000 per job added or saved.
April 2010 - $167,000 per job.
July 2010 - $190,000.
November 2010 - $206,000.
March 2011- $242,000.
July 2011 - $278,000.
December 2011 - $317,000 of taxpayer money borrowed and spent for each job added or saved by The Obama $831,000,000,000 stimulus package.

Read The Weekly Standard article for more of "what a colossal waste of taxpayer money Obama’s stimulus" has been."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ann Romney, Whoopi Goldberg, and My Friend, Bill

"WHOOPI GOLDBERG: As first lady, if you get the job, it’s going to entail a lot of things, and one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars. Now, I know -- I believe that your religion doesn’t allow you to go fight."
It's truly tragic that Whoopi Goldberg has more influence on public opinion than smart people. But, thanks for giving Mrs Romney the opportunity to correct this particular lunacy.

I posted that on Facebook. A Liberal Democrat 47%er Obama supporter of whom Romney has no chance of persuading, entered into this conversation with me by posting -
Bill wrote: "Mormons anti-war position might be an antiquated belief among them that no longer holds true, but for glaring examples of lunacy, dig a little deeper into their religion & what they believed in at one time. Whoopi's statement pales by comparison."

Indigo Red wrote: Proceed, Bill.
At this point, "Bill" (a pseudonym because even I have sympathy for morons) deleted the comment. Now, Bill is a frequent - read: daily - amusing pain who seldom says exactly and clearly what he means, yet feels compelled to parse every word I type. My decision has never been to let him off the hook he sets for himself and this was no exception. Note, people who like me call me Indigo or Indy while folks who don't like me, invariably call me Red, so I have Bill use Red. Now, back to the conversation -
Bill: Red...I've decided not to alienate some of my friends.

Indigo Red: You mean, you want to hide the truth that you believe what you wrote here - before you denied and deleted it - that "Mormons anti-war position might be an antiquated belief among them that no longer holds true, but for glaring examples of lunacy, dig a little deeper into their religion & what they believed in at one time. Whoopi's statement pales by comparison." Stand by what you write, Bill, or don't write it.

Bill: I deleted it for a reason. Sometimes we comment & decide it's best not to...You're a thorough asshole for reposting it.

Indigo Red: You were a thorough asshole for writing such a vile, disgusting, and ignorant comment in the first place. Then to delete it because your friends might see and know what you really think was doubly vile. Yes, people dislike and often hate me, but they know exactly what I think and they know who they're dealing with. Said it before, Bill, you need to do a lot of self reflection.

Bill: At least I have a reflection.
Delta often breaks into these exchanges because they disturb her hippie-dippy-psychedelic-flower-power sensibilities. She's a good person, though - and funny. She cares for elderly patients and defends bears. Like all mommy-types, no one listens to her admonitions and exhortations.
Delta: ok' here we go again, (friendshipsPolitics)=insanity, I think Ann Romney should be pres...shes a doll and very real

Delta: Our time is short, Dec 21 deadline, pls make

Indigo Red: Ooooo! A vampire reference. I'm quaking in my cloak.

Bill: Oh, and you mentioned my comment is "vile & disgusting"? I doubt anyone would assign that description to that have no clue as to the meaning of those two words.

Indigo Red: Okay. How about: abominable, wretched, loathsome, despicable, offensive, unpleasant, degrading, wicked, shameful, miserable, ignoble, base, mean, perverted, course, repugnant, repulsive, sickening, offensive, vulgar, foul, odious, gross, nasty, hateful, obnoxious, detestable, grotty, and yucky.

Bill: Keep talking, Batshit Red.

Indigo Red: Proceed, Bill.

Bill: Looks like you found your thesaurus.

Indigo Red: The thesaurus has been extinct for millions of years, Bill. Geez, you don't anything about paleontology either.

Bill: If you bothered to review my original post, you'd see see (sic) that my references refer to aspects of the religion that "they believed in at one time", but no longer do. I could dig into the Old Testament of my own religion & make the same claims. 
Indigo Red: Of course, you did, Bill. Proceed with the rationalization.

Bill: Yes I did, you even re-posted it.
Having come full circle, I ended the exchange here because I had better things to do, like watching a mind-numbing tv show.

I said Bill's original comment "vile and disgusting. Bill doubts "anyone would assign that description to that comment?" What say you? Is it, or is it not, vile and disgusting?

Monday, October 15, 2012

One Worker Added, Ten Workers Subtracted

In the four years since The Obama took office, 10 people were added to the ranks of those not in the labor force for every 1 person added.  From January 2009 to September 2012, The Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper writes:
"only 827,000 people have been added to the labor force, while during that same time period, 8,208,000 have been added to those not in the labor force."
Since January 2009, the labor force has grown by 0.54 percent, or 827,000 people (from 154,236,000 to 155,063,000). Those not in the labor force grew by 10.2 percent during the same period (8,208,000 people), from 80,502,000 to 88,710,000. In other words, for every one person added to the labor force of the United States since January 2009, the size of the U.S. population not in the labor force grew by 10 people.
Senate Budget Committee Republicans, using data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, determined the numbers
"... reveal several troubling trends: That the jobs market is not keeping pace with U.S. population growth; that not enough younger Americans are joining the labor force to account for retirement among an ageing population; and that a large number of workers have become so discouraged that they simply stopped looking for work and left the labor force entirely. These factors pose serious fiscal challenges for the United States. A historically low labor force participation rate—together with an ageing population and a record number of people drawing federal welfare benefits—puts severe strain on the federal budget in both the near and long term."
Clearly, employment is not going in the right direction to continue America's prosperity. It is headed in the right direction if the purpose is to render America to Third World status through redistributing jobs and wealth.