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Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Day of Death & Destruction But Obama Got a Great Burger

Today has been a tragic sad day.  The murder of 298 people aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight over the Ukraine is just unbelievable.  The initial images coming out via Twitter and the Internet were horrific and just broke my heart.  Rather than re-post all the news coverage, I've highlighted a couple of links that contain the most current info.

First of all is the overall news coverage from Fox News...
Malaysia Airlines passenger jet shot down over Ukraine, 298 dead

The Daily Mail UK has footage from a mobile phone that purports to be the Russia Separatist Group marveling over their handiwork in the murder...
'That was a blast - look at the smoke': Sick boast of the laughing rebels as they 'saw MH17 hit by missile' - hours after leader boasted: 'We warned you - do not fly in our sky'

While the news of the tragedy in the Ukraine was breaking, news came out of Israel that the IDF had launched their group offensive to root out the murderous Hamas thugs in Gaza.
Israel launches large-scale ground operation in Gaza Strip

President Obama left the White House to attend a photo-op at a diner in Delaware followed up by a speech about how our roads and bridges are crumbling due to the slacktivity of the GOP. (I thought the stimulus and son of stimulus where supposed to take care of our infrastructure??)

Obama did manage to address the Malaysian Airlines terrorist attack as he began his speech in Delaware. He said it "may be a terrible tragedy".

By the time he gave his speech, it was confirmed that at least 295 people had been murdered including the possibility that 23 Americans were aboard the flight and all he can muster up is MAY BE???

The Daily Mail nailed Obama on his response to the terrorist attack with this headline -
'It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy': Obama goes AWOL again with just 40-second mention of Malaysian plane crash feared to have killed Americans before his jokey 16-minute transport speech

Even Piers Morgan tweeted his offense at the President's remarks.  When you've lost Piers Morgan...

Over at PJ Media, Myra Adams wondered "What Would Cause President Obama to Cancel a Fundraiser?"

While all the death and destruction going on around the world, here at home we still have the IRS Scandal, overflowing borders with a medical crisis looming, a violation of The Hatch Act by one of Obama's minions and just a plethora of issues.  The world is not just simmering - it's on fire.  God knows what the ramifications will be once the guilty party is determined in the murder of 298 innocents over the Ukraine.  It doesn't bode well and frankly it scares the hell out of me.

But it's all good cause our "Divorced from Reality" President is attending photo-ops and fundraisers and getting an awesome burger to fill his hungry tummy in Delaware. Oh and throw a few more fist bumps...

Does he even give a crap anymore?  I don't think so - but I've thought that for years.

On a side note - I was listening to Glenn Beck when he broke the news about the Malaysian Airliner today.  I popped onto Drudge to see what was happening and then posted a blurb to Facebook to pray for the souls involved and for calm among the leaders  At the VERY moment I hit "post", the framed print of the Serenity Prayer, hanging on a wall in my office, fell off the wall with no one near it.  I was worried and scared before that happened but now I'm downright petrified of what may be coming.

Continue to pray for those affected by today's events and pray for our Country. There are never too many prayers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Need Money For the Immigration Disaster? Why Not Use the Foreign Aid? UPDATED

The media is abuzz about President Obama's request for 3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds to assist with the border disaster that he himself created.  WTF??  We are way over our heads in debt, entitlement programs are bleeding us dry and the economy continues to suck pond water - where are we gonna get that money from?  Are we just gonna swipe our nation's credit card through the scanner and pray that the Chinese don't deny our charging privileges?

It got me thinking. What could we do to kill 2 birds with one stone - get the emergency funds without raising our deficit for the millionth time. Then it hit me - what about all the damned money we send to the very same countries shipping their kids (and criminals) to the United States?  According to the Congressional Research Service, the proposed amount of federal aid for fiscal year 2013 that was earmarked for Central America is 350.3 million dollars!  Guatemala alone was slated for 93.6 million while El Salvador was due 41.8 million. If you include the money that we were supposed to fork over to Mexico, the total jumps to 619.8 million.

Now I realize that is not enough to foot the bill totally but it's a great start.  After all, the aid money is supposed to be used to "combat trafficking in persons", "promote the rule of law and good governance" and "to control the borders".  I think the current crisis falls under all of those items plus more.  Why do we need to send our hard earned money to all these other countries anyway?  No one sends the USA any money to help bail us out of this hell-hole of debt.  Yes, I know that's silly to believe that our tax dollars should stay here in the USA to help the people who actually earn the money...

I did come across an article on the Heritage website - which I usually agree 100% with - that addressed why removing the foreign aid would cause problems and destabilize our security in the long run.

"When used wisely, foreign aid is a key national security tool. It ensures U.S. partnerships, promotes like-minded democratic institutions, and provides the U.S. with leverage abroad. Congress should understand that as security conditions in the region continue to deteriorate, cutting foreign aid would undermine the U.S.’s security interests."

Meh - right now our main concern should be the threat to our security from the thousands of illegals (not just kids making the trek and holding up in those DHS shelters) spilling across our border.  Not to mention the gangbangers and illegals from Yemen or Pakistan that are crossing along with the rest of the crowd.

Then I found this little tidbit from a link at FreeRepublic...

The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico's border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor's Card, according to El Universal.

Still researching to see if the Southern Border Program to Improve Passage is the real deal or another Internet conspiracy theory so take it with a grain of salt.

Anyway - let's quit sending the money to the Central American countries who don't give a rats' ass about the sovereignty of the United States.  We can use the funds to send their citizens back to live within THEIR borders instead of our own.  And once we send them back - make sure we lock the door and only allow LEGAL immigration. Our doors are open but only if you obey the rules to get across the threshold.

Rush Limbaugh talked about The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage on his show Friday.  Today World Net Daily has a column about it also.  I guess I can take off the tinfoil hat cause it looks like it's the real deal.  WHAT. A. FREAKING. DISASTER.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

While The Emperor Fiddled, the World Was Burning

Yesterday President Obama went to Colorado for a couple of fundraisers and a little downtime from all his "hard work" at the White House.  While he was having just a good old time and yucking it up, the world continued to spiral out of control.  Forget that we are in the midst of another one of this administrations royal f*&*ed up manufactured crisis, the turmoil across the globe has the entire world on edge.

Most of the sane people know that the last thing on Obama's to-do-list is truly working on fixing a problem - unless it involves the fundamental transformation of the USA. But even some Dems are beginning to wonder where Obama's head is at. Frankly I know where his head is at, but it is telling that some of the syncophants are beginning to question "The One".

Since there are so many low-information voters who seem to only understand pictures, I thought I would do a little visual display of exactly how concerned the President of the United States is with the current state of the USA and the world.

For those having a hard time getting upset about the apparent lack of giving a crap by President Obama, imagine if these were pictures of President George Bush.  Heads would be exploding all over the world!

While Obama was shaking hands with Mr. Horse Head...
ISIL terrorists in Iraq were destroying the Tomb of Jonah

While Obama was fist-bumping a gorilla statue...
Our borders were being overrun with illegal immigrants

While Obama was tossing back a pint...

Israel's Iron Dome was working overtime to protect its citizens

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

While Everyone Is Focused on Obamacare, Kerry Betrays Our Constitution

While everyone is focused on Sen Ted Cruz's incredible performance on the Senate floor and Sen. McCain's absolute betrayal of conservatives, Sec of State John Kerry was signing away our country's sovereignty at the UN. Despite objections from many members of Congress, the Obama administration is taking another step toward putting our country under the thumb of the UN.

Here's how the media describes the treaty -
"It prohibits the transfer of conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, and if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals."

Does anyone else see the absolute hypocrisy in the Obama administration pushing this agenda?? Is this treaty going to be retroactive?  If so, then the Obama administration will be in a world of hurt with the UN. Does arming the Syrian "rebels" (aka Al Qaeda) violate this provision?  What about the whole "Fast and Furious" debacle?  And let's not forget about the assassinations in Benghazi.

If you look up "hypocritical ass" in the dictionary today, you would see a picture of John Kerry.  Case in point, this statement..,

"This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors," Kerry said after signing the Arms Trade Treaty in front of UN officials.

I guess he forgot that the US is doing exactly that right now in Syria. I kind of consider the drug cartels in Mexico "rogue actors". Wouldn't be the first time that Kerry had an episode of "selective memory".

Of course the groups pushing this UN treaty were just thrilled about the US laying down at the UN. This statement from Kathi Lynn Austin, exec director of Conflict Awareness Project (goal is to track illicit arms trafficking) is just priceless...

"The recent terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi is a terrible reminder that no citizen, tourist or visitor of a country is immune from the human tragedy that results from a worldwide, unregulated arms trade," she said

The terrorist attack in Nairobi has nothing to do with an unregulated arms trade, you imbecile!  This is nothing more than another form of worldwide gun control.  Let me repeat this slowly... guns don't kill people, people kill people.  Terrorists don't care if their guns are legally obtained or not.  If they don't have a gun available, they will use whatever means necessary to inflict human carnage and suffering.  A UN treaty is about as effective as eating cereal with a fork in preventing terrorist attacks.

Frank Jannuzi, deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA wins dumbass of the day honors with this statement...

"The Obama administration is politically committed to ending the unscrupulous trade in deadly weapons used by dictators, war lords and criminal gangs to commit atrocities,"

Repeat after me, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Syria.  Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Syria.  The stupidity - it burns,

John Kerry did his best to reassure us Americans who are concerned about ceding control of anything to the UN...

"Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans, the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our constitution," he said.

BWAHAHA - I had to read this about 5 times just to be sure I wasn't reading The Onion.  Since when has ANYONE in the Obama Administration cared about protecting our Constitutional rights.  As Obama has demonstrated time and time again, anything that trashes the Constitution is on the priority list of this administration. And the media report this crap with a straight face???

Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Brian Terry and all the Mexican civilians killed with Fast and Furious guns were not available for comment...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I've decided that Sunday will be my "inspirational" posts day. So here is this week's Inspiration - 13 year old Rion blowing away the judges on the X-Factor. Even grumpy Simon exhibits some emotion...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Where We Have Come From - Where We Are At Now

Obama talked about a "fundamental transformation" of this country during his campaign in 2008.  This week the entire world got to see exactly what he meant especially with our relationship with the Soviet Union...

We have gone from "Tear down this wall"....

to this...

Well at least we can say that Obama kept one of his campaign promises...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Consorting With The Enemy

Isn't it ironic that on the anniversary of the murder of over 3000 Americans and an attack on American soil, we're discussing military strikes in Syria to aid the rebels?  If you only listen to the mainstream media or are just one of those headline skimming low information voters, you automatically say "yeah let's help out the guys trying to defeat a murderous dictator".  But the truth is a bit deeper than many are willing or even care about going.

The truth of the matter is the Syrian rebels are NOT civilian citizens angry with their country's leaders.  They are not a Syrian form of the "tea party" and are not freedom fighters.  They are Islamists that are on a jihad to build their caliphate. The rebels are a mixture of various Islamic fighters from around the globe - chief among them Al-Qaeda. 

What??  You think I'm just some crazy lady with a computer who has nightmares about black helicopters?  Well read the testimony of Thomas Joscelyn to the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Here's one damning snip-

"Al Qaeda does not control the entire rebellion, which is made up of a complex set of actors and alliances. However, al Qaeda and its allies dominate a large portion of northern Syria and play a key role in the fighting throughout the rest of the country. These same al Qaeda-affiliated forces have fought alongside Free Syrian Army brigades. There is no clear geographic dividing line between the most extreme fighters and other rebels."

And these are the rebels that we are now arming?  Yes our CIA is shipping weapons, equipment, etc to Syria straight to the rebels.  As a matter of face, we started shipping these weapons THIS WEEK!

So the President is contemplating military strikes against the Assad regime as a "warning" against the use of chemical weapons. Contrary to Sec Kerry and Obama's claims, there is NO conclusive evidence that the chemical weapons unleashed on Syrians were from the Assad forces.  Common sense and history itself would lend one to believe that the chemical weapon attack was part of the "grand plan" of the rebels to rope the US into action.

So think about this on the Anniversary of 9/11 - the day Al Qaeda attacked our country - we are essentially arming our sworn enemy when we ship weapons to the rebels.  If (God forbid) we end up in some kind of military action in Syria, we will be asking our soldiers to fight alongside Al Qaeda.  Certainly I'm not the only one that has blood shooting out of their eyeballs just even imagining such a scenario.

On September 10, 2010, President Obama held a press conference. The Ground Zero Mosque was one of the top news items and a reporter asked the obligatory "are we at war with Islam" question.  This was President Obama's response:

"We are not at war against Islam. We are at war against terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam"

Today the President attended memorials remembering the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Last night he gave a speech talking up the reasons why we should help the rebels.  Does anyone else feel like the world has not only stopped turning but has flipped inside out?

It's a slap in the face to all the families that lost loved ones on 9/11, the rescue workers and every single member of the military who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Do the words "aid and comfort to the enemy" still have any meaning?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Never Underestimate the Power of Stupidity

I've had a couple of weeks to sit back and lick my wounds over the results of the 2012 Election. I quarantined myself from talk radio and conservative news websites because I just could not bear to read/hear the self-flagellation of conservatives for failing to deliver on a much needed new direction for this country.  Despite my self-imposed exile, I could not avoid bits and pieces of news clips and stories proclaiming to have the REAL answer for the reason for the loss.  Typically all the high-brow know-it-alls have it completely wrong.  The loss had nothing to do with messaging, the wrong candidate or moderation.  The loss was solely about the absolute ignorance of the majority of this country's population.

What else could explain the fact that people voted to continue down the road to fiscal ruin?  Not just our country's fiscal ruin but our own personal fiscal nose-dive.  Groceries are ridiculously high, gas (while trending down at the moment) costs more than it did 4 years ago, home values are in the toilet and wages are sinking as fast as the Titanic. Don't even mention the fact that our country is in debt so far over our head that it will be generations before we can balance the spreadsheet- if we even survive as a country long enough to get there.

Only abject ignorance would propel people to vote simply based on a candidate's skin color - it's not racism, it's stupidity. It's the years of mental beat-downs by racecard flashing media whores who blamed skin color for failure to achieve success instead of the absolute idiocy of sitting on your ass and waiting for someone else to hand it to you.  It's the fallacy of believing that you are entitled to something because over a hundred years ago someone with the same skin color as you was treated poorly.

Voting with your "lady parts" or your dreams of a gay wedding can only be defined as ignorance in the voting booth.  No one with any shred of intelligence can believe that a vote for a candidate could mean a ban on birth control or change the definition of marriage. I do have to hand it to the political power brokers. It was a masterful stroke of political manuevering against a population of those with no ability or desire to think for themselves.

Stupidity is what gives celebrity endorsements the edge in the current political climate.  How else can you explain a multi-millionaire celebrity bemoaning the inequities of the 1%?  How stupid do you have to be to believe that someone serving $3000 bottles of champagne or forking over $35K per person at a fund raiser would even truly care about someone making $10/hr - unless you are spending some of that $10/hr pay for one of their celebrity products?

No amount of messaging could overcome such a level of ignorance.  Not when you've got people touting "Obama-phones", "free" healthcare, government bailouts and entitlements out the whazoo as the reason for continuing down the path of self-destruction.  There is no perfect candidate to defeat the abject idiocy of those that believe the government can take better care of us than we can take care of our ourselves.

Those that supported the Romney/Ryan ticket failed to remember the most important thing - Never underestimate the power of stupidity.  Now we are all going to suffer for THAT ignorance.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Are Social Issue Voters Going to Determine the Election Outcome?

I have a diverse group of facebook friends which makes life interesting especially around election season.  It's usually not too terribly bad - we all manage to get along but this year it's different.  I find myself much less tolerant with those that support the re-election of President Obama. I couldn't really put my finger on why my tolerance level was so very low with these friends - until today.

One of my friends is an ardent supporter of gay marriage.  I have no problem with homosexuality - your sexual activity is none of my business - unless it infringes upon my rights and personal values.  I believe in civil unions but not in same-sex marriage.  I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman - simple as that.

This friend has decided to cast her vote based solely on gay marriage and reproductive rights (a more PC term for abortion).  She even said that she could never support a candidate who would not allow her gay friends to file a joint tax return. Now this is not some young woman in her early 20's living at home with her parents.  She's a married woman in her late 20's, works full-time and has her own business on the side.  How could a bright intelligent woman cast a vote based on social issues alone? What's even scarier to me is the high number of "likes" she got for her facebook post.  Is this the type of voter that will determine the outcome of the election? Dear Martha - I hope not.

Frankly I'm shocked that in these perilous economic times that anyone would use social issues as the deciding factor. Have our citizens become so self-centered that they can't see beyond their own little world bubble?  Have we been so dumbed down that we can't determine priorities and see the big picture? Are we so ignorant of the Constitution and our history that we will turn over the keys to our country to someone who wants to "fundamentally transform" our country for one issue? It just boggles my mind.

The issue of gay marriage is not high on my list of priorities in a candidate.  The United States is in crisis and our future is hanging by a thread.  I am frankly more concerned about the future of my children and grandchildren than whether or not Frank and Jim can file a joint tax return as a "married couple". I am more worried about whether or not people will be able to find a job, keep their home or even afford food in the very near future.  Filing a joint tax return as a married gay couple - at the rate we're going no one will be filing tax returns because no one will have a job.

I'm not even going to broach the subject of "reproductive rights" - that is simply a red herring thrown out there to distract voters away from the economy.  Besides no one is trying to ban birth control - just not having taxpayers fund your lifestyle choices.

I pray that voters like my friend are few and far between but I fear they are more prevalant than any of us believe. I hope that at some point prior to this election the rational thoughts take over and these people like my friend pull their heads out of the sand.  In the meantime I may have to "un-friend" them on facebook until after the election. Or sign them up for Romney-Ryan updates so at least they get the other side of the story...

Friday, April 13, 2012

A System That Punishes Responsibility

As most of you know, I have been through a crazy few years - a drawn out divorce, over my head debt, etc.  BUT I survived and actually thrived.  When we rang in 2012, I decided it was time to think about buying a house of my own.  I knew that my credit was still "iffy" but thought I'd go forward so I would know what I needed to work on.  Imagine my surprise when I found out that despite taking responsibility for my debts and doing the right thing, the system worked against me.  I'm not posting this for sympathy or as a whiny screed - I think it's important to know how the credit reporting system and mortgage system are set up to work against those that try to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

When I found myself in a financial crumch even before TheColdOne decided he didn't want to be married anymore, I chose to join a debt management program rather than file bankruptcy.  This was quite a stretch as my debts were around $40,000.  I began making the monthly payments to get myself out of my self-made financial hole.  Unfortunately, I didn't learn my lesson and ran up a couple more credit cards.  I had just enrolled those maxed out cards into a debt management program when I was hit with the divorce. 

I chose once again, to pay off my debts.  After all, I ran them up and it was my responsibility.  The divorce dragged out over 3 years and my company put pay raises on hold & eliminated yearly bonuses.  I was struggling just to pay the essentials.  I kept up payments on the oldest debt management program but dropped out of the newest one.  I contacted all of the credit card companies involved and explained the situation.  I started making at least token payments each month - less than the minimum due - in order to show that I was making an effort.  Once I received the divorce settlement, I paid all the past due amounts and brought the cards up to current status.  I completed the initial $40,000 program - not missing a payment for over 9 years - and paid in full.

So this is how I entered into the world of credit reports with less than $6000 in credit card debt, a couple of parent college loans and a car loan.  I actually had a little bit in savings - enough to cover the closing costs of a mortgage.  I met with a mortgage lender, explained my situation and we proceeded to see where I stood.  My credit score was still less than the minimum required but only by 30 points.  Just a few tweaks would bring me up to snuff.  I set out to contact the credit card companies and see what could be done.  Needless to say, I was met with indignation and actual disdain.  Some even expressed shock that I would even think of asking them to work with me.

Here's a few key points that I learned.  First of all, if you are unable to make the minimum payments on your credit cards, it does NO GOOD to make at least a token payment and contact the credit card company.  If you pay less than the minimum, it goes as a delinquent account on your credit report.  Delinquent payments stay on your credit report for 7 YEARS.  If you file bankruptcy, it stays on your credit report for 10 years BUT FHA allows you to obtain a mortgage after 2 years of filing bankruptcy.  There is no relief for those with delinquent payments or for those that struggled to make token payments.  This has a HUGE impact on your credit score.

Secondly, it doesn't matter if your credit card payment is posted 1 day late.  It automatically goes to the delinquent payment of 30days bucket.  I literally had a payment posted on the 6th when the minimum payment was due on the 5th.  It now shows as a 30day delinquent payment on the credit report.  This also has a huge impact on your credit score.  The credit card companies were actually offended that I requested this be changed on my account - "you should have made your payment on time".  Forget the fact that I made a payment that was higher than the minimum amount due.  Didn't matter.

Lastly - if your account goes to collection but your payment was already in the mail and posted less than 2 days after it went to collection, too bad.  Even if you spoke to the credit card company many times BEFORE it went into collection and they knew of your situation.  Even if your payment was to pay the account in full.

So essentially, I did what I felt was right.  I took responsibility for my debt and slowly paid them off.  I have no active credit cards (and yes that has a negative impact on your credit score - you have to show that you have available credit) and less than $6000 in credit card debt.  I have paid all rent, utilities, car payments, student loan payments, etc on time.  The only place I struggled was the credit cards - yet I am not able to get a mortgage.  I am a nurse and make a comfortable salary - have worked in this same position for 10 years - yet that doesn't make a difference.

When I hear the news reports about how the government is working to help those behind in their mortgages and those that took out mortgages they couldn't truly afford, my blood starts to boil.  I'm not denigrating all of those that are in financial hot water - most of it through no fault of their own.  Believe it or not, I could have filed bankruptcy 3 years ago and be better off now.  I would have saved all the money that I paid to the credit cards, been credit card debt free and began to rebuild my credit.  I wouldn't have struggled and scaped by and the stress would have been reduced tremendously.  I could actually qualify for a FHA loan since the required 2 years after bankruptcy would have passed.

I just find it astonishing that if you are able to dig yourself out of the hole & work very hard to do so, you are punished.  This doesn't bode well for the future of the people that struggle through these economic times and want to grab their piece of the American dream.  It is strictly a numbers game and the math doesn't add up for those ready to take the next step into homeownership.