Fri 19 Nov 2010
Posted by Tony Marini under The Kids
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My heart is broken and my soul aches. My little Daisy was struck by a car and killed today after she escaped out the back door of my home and charged into the road after a dog being walked. She died in my arms. I don’t have kids…so my dogs are the closest substitute that my wife and I have. And I can’t claim a monopoly on grief…my wife is devastated and inconsolable. But I just don’t have words to describe how much I hurt.
My office is in my home, so my four dogs are my constant companions. And Daisy and I had a special relationship…she always had me within eyeshot, and if I sat down on a couch or a chair she had to be in a position to lay a loving paw on me so that there was a physical connection between us. I worshiped the ground she walked on, and from her actions, I knew it was reciprocal.
God has His reasons why these things happen. I will never presume to second guess God. But in my despair, I have to ask “Why?”
I pray for God’s strength and grace. I’m going to need a lot of both from now on.
Fri 19 Nov 2010
Posted by Tony Marini under Famous and Infamous
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Seems like apt company for our modern day Nero. The one thing you’ll never see is our august presidente in a group photo with Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, et. al.
Fri 19 Nov 2010
Give Me Liberty, or Just Go Ahead and Grope Me. There are a growing number of Americans who see the ridiculous screening techniques employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for what they really are. Unconstitutional. But that doesn’t stop the political lemmings and ‘Surrendercrats’ from knee-jerk supporting these measures as essential to the safety and security of American air travelers. For example, Emmett Tyrell, a columnist at Townhall.com blames Matt Drudge for the growing brouhaha regarding the airport grope-fests. He suggests that folks who object to the scans and pat downs are somehow hyper-sensitive, less-than-patriotic (after all, we’re at war!) and ersatz civil-libertarians. Gimme a break! The government, in the form of the TSA, has opted to ignore the Constitution in a wholesale manner. The Fourth Amendment guarantees us:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Mr. Tyrrell may wish to surrender his rights as easily as one breathes. But there are others, myself included, who do not wish this. And it is easy to forget when one’s mind is lost in thoughts of a socialist Utopia that one person may not relinquish or abridge the constitutional rights of others because of how they “feel” or what they believe. Or our rights may not be truncated even if the US is at war. The Constitution does not support Constitution Free Zones, or situational limitations of our rights “depending.” Mr. Tyrrell is free to walk into any airport, or into any building for that matter, and request to be searched. The remainder of us freeborn American citizens are guaranteed that we need not submit to hair-brained schemes and onerous searches, regardless of the good intentions put forward. This is of course true unless I’ve missed the memo and we finally live in a post-Constitution America, where the Congress and the government may give and take rights without our knowledge and consent.
In Massachusetts Being Illegal Isn’t Such a Bad Thing. After his re-election on Nov.2nd, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has become emboldened that his less than majority victory (he won with 49% of the vote) gives him a mandate to implement any scheme that he sees fit. This includes his recently announced plans to completely implement the recommendations contained in the so-called New Americans Agenda report that he commissioned during his first term. This includes his recently announced plans for granting in-state tuition for illegal aliens. Mr. Governor — with our state locked in the grasp of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, with our state running a 2.5+ billion deficit and with the state cutting back on local aid to cash-strapped cities and towns do you really think it necessary to burden the already overburdened LEGAL taxpayers of Massachusetts with costly “benefits” to illegals? Regardless of your reasons, this plan to reward the minority and illegal alien constituency of the state’s population is infuriating and ill-timed. Regardless of your assumed mandate(s), Bay Stater’s want tax relief…and a state government that obeys the laws of the land. We want a governor who concentrates first-and-foremost on the hard-working, taxpaying legal citizens and their concerns before he turns his attention (and our resources) to the affairs of illegal aliens who invade our state.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving. The US House Democrats are apparently “stuck on stupid!” Yup, that’s right and the evidence to prove this condition is the recent re-election of Nancy Pelosi as the House Minority Leader. Or Commodore of the SS Clueless, as I’ll think of her for the foreseeable future. Having Nancy Pelosi, the woman who single-handedly wrought the recent election carnage upon the Dems, as the continued face of the liberal Democrats is a fantastic outcome for the conservatives in the House. No better differentiation of ideologies and actions could exist than between San-Fran Nan and the new majority Republicans who seek to return the US’s governance to constitutional compliance. This return will follow the rampant constitutional abuses by the Pelosi-led Congress, and the string of unconstitutional laws shepherded through the House by the then Majority leader Pelosi. It will be personally satisfying to watch this abrasive and offensive woman be relegate to essentially back-bencher status. She and her Democrat cohort had the chance to do some real good for the American people, but instead they chose to abuse their power and threaten our constitutional liberties. Having Ms. Pelosi around as the face of the failed Democrat agenda will be a good thing, and strong medicine to remind the Republicans that the voters mean business if Mr. Bohener cannot deliver on his promises. And she will be a reminder that the Congress should do our business and not the monkey business that Ms. Pelosi encouraged in the House.
Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA), Progressive/Marxist. In a stunning bit of unscripted candor, Sen,. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) revealed his true inner feelings regarding the Constitution at a senate hearing this week. You can see the video HERE. According to Mr. Rockefeller:
“There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future.”
In these parts, we call that protected First Amendment speech. Your “little bug” aside, we plebes are free to listen to whatever news outlets that we see fit, and support those who we find have value. Somehow, the voter of West Virginia need to disabuse Mr. Rockefeller of his god complex — his knee-jerk reaction that he has the ability to implement his autocratic feelings by decree or diktat. Unfortunately, this predisposition to ignore the Constitution is deeply held by many of our elected representatives and legislators. They blatantly ignore their sacred obligation to support and defend the Constitution, and they substitute a raw contempt for the document (and our rights) in its place. Rockefeller’s outburst is yet another confirmation that elected office does not draw individuals to public service who represent the best of us. Rather, public service has become the place where individuals who are more interested in power and glory gravitate to. Hopefully the good voters in West Virginia wake up sufficiently in 2014 (a long way off) and “retire” the overly-patrician Mr. Rockefeller at the ballot box. At this point in our history, our country needs more George Washington’s than Jay Rockefeller’s representing us.
Inflation is Here! Inflation is Here! Despite the steadfast reluctance of the government to admit the obvious, inflation IS here. Anyone who purchases gasoline, energy or food know this fact, and knows it well. This news does not bode well for the average American consumer, whose finances are already stretched to their breaking points by the persistent economic downturn/recession. Nothing will kill off consumer confidence and personal financial stability like the prospective double whammy of consumer price inflation and the end of the Bush tax cuts. Folks teetering on the edge of financial ruin will topple over the edge and into the abyss. The government cannot alter reality by simply excluding inflationary factors or commodities from its assessments. By doing so they are only kidding themselves and lying to the American public. we need action — we need the Congress to renew the Bush tax cuts for all Americans, and we need Fed Chairman Bernanke to reconsider his foolhardy attempts to rescue the economy with quantitative easing (QE) — and economy hamstrung by over-regulation and anti-capitalist policies. Bernanke cannot do by printing money what Obama and the Democrats have failed to do over the past two years — get the hell out of the way and let the engine of American enterprise pull us out of the ditch and help us to speed away from our economic malaise.
California, Dreamin. I recently heard a joke: “Q: What’s the difference between the Titanic and California? A: The passengers on the Titanic didn’t vote to hit the iceberg!” That pretty much encapsulates the problems in California in a nutshell. The citizens of California strive to make the place some sort of misbegotten socialist/progressive Utopia, but they simply cannot afford the largess required to keep their Titanic away from the iceberg of financial ruin that awaits them. Simply put, they have far too many unproductive beneficiaries and not enough benefactors. They are like an addict or a drunk that has run out of money…they’re going to get that money by hook or by crook. And based on the election results from the local to the federal level this past election, where they eschewed conservative candidates and embraced pseudo-commies as their leaders, Golden Stater’s do not see themselves as having a problem. Everything is hunky dory…the status quo is just fine. So what if there are structural budgetary issues? So what if the state perpetually operates in deficit mode? “Hey man, chill!” But facing a bailout of misguided and mismanaged California, the remainder of Americans cannot afford to chill out. We must make sure that we inform our representatives that we don not want to bail out the crazy and out-of-touch Californians. They got themselves into this mess; they now need to buck up, bear up and get themselves out of it. Californians don’t need coddling and quick fixes (which will only encourage more bad behavior on their parts,) they need a sobering smack of reality to wake them from their torpor. They can try to be everything to everybody, but when the bill comes due they need to step up, face the music and accept the consequences. It will be tough to watch, but they cannot operate under the misconception that the laws of finance, logic and nature do not apply to them — regardless of how “kewl” that they think they are.
Mon 15 Nov 2010
Posted by Tony Marini under General
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The screening rules and practices of the TSA strike me as “guilty until proven innocent.” Subjecting all air travelers to the full body scans, or if the individual opts out, to an embarrassing grope fest by TSA screeners neglects the rights of each travelers — and subjects each traveler to an unreasonable search and seizure.
Sure, those who defend the screenings will declare that the processing of passengers in such a manner is necessary given the almost limitless cleverness of those who would harm us. But just because someone has tried to implement a certain method in an attempt to bring down a commercial airliner doesn’t mean that every person who wishes to travel by air is guilty of that crime. By subjecting everyone to the standard screening, the TSA and the US government is taking the easy way out. They are using their power to control the sheeple — yes sheeple, who are herded into inspection areas and performing whatever inspection criteria that the government authorities dream up. This inspection criteria is performed in the name of safety and security. But we know that this premise is poppycock. If the real motives were safety and security, then all Middle Eastern men would be automatically subjected to the closest of scrutiny. And wheelchair-bound elderly, nuns and grandmothers would be saved the indignity of full body screenings or pseudo-erotic pat downs.
In other words, our security personnel would profile, and they would profile those from social, ethnic and national groups who demonstrated (from experience) the proclivity to endanger US commercial air flight. They would profile according to the actual threat arising from the passenger. But no, rather than do the rational…the intelligent, our hyper-PC TSA decided to implement the sheeple approach. And they decided to encroach up the rights and liberties of 100% of the prospective air travelers. Because the ACLU and CAIR and other organizations growled and frowned upon singling out the ethnic cohort who actually have a historical record of flying airliners into buildings, attempting to ignite shoes and underwear, and plotting to do similar damage in conspiratorial groups. God forbid that we should implement a cogent screening process that profiles such high-risk travelers.
So, here we are with the TSA’s “misery loves company” approach to air travel screening. And if a person chooses to opt out from this screening, for whatever reason. why they are handcuffed and detained…in some cases their tickets are destroyed before their eyes. All this a result of the “Constitution Free Zones” (CFZ’s) that have been carved out at each airport and within 100 miles of the US coastline/border. Don’t know what a CFZ is? I suggest reading up. Whether you know it or not, you have ceded your rights when you enter an airport to travel. And many of us live in a CFZ when we put our feet up and relax at home. This begs the question: Is this still the land of the free and home of the brave?
It is almost unbelievable that the US government resorts to disabusing its citizens of their rights (something that they simply cannot do according to the Constitution) in situations like airport security screening. But the government is seeking not only the easy way out, it is seeking the PC way out. And they will accomplish this through any force necessary. It is easier for the TSA to herd and screen the sheeple with the threat of intimidation than it is to do the real heavy lifting involved with security (like the process that El Al has implemented in response to the constant threat that threatens Israel). It’s easier to just make rights disappear, and treat everyone like a proto-criminal.
This is wrong…it is unconstitutional and it must change if we are to remain in compliance with our Constitution. We the people wish to be safe. But we the people do not want to be unduly trifled with — particularly by our own government.
Thu 4 Nov 2010
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On November 2nd, Massachusetts voters decided that they wouldn’t participate in the Republican wave that swept the rest of the nation. I won’t speculate on the reasons why — except to say that the preponderance of voters here are highly susceptible to liberal/progressive claptrap nonsense. As a consequence of its citizen’s vote, Massachusetts will be sending back all ten Democrat House members to Washington. While I personally chafe at the notion and find it idiotic to have bucked this national trend, I am comforted to know that the House of Representatives is back in adult hands.
Consequently, all our reps will lose their various chairmanships of committees: McGovern, House Rules; Frank, Financial Services; and Markey, Environment — to name three examples. This is great news for our nation! See, as chair of the rules committee, McGovern shepherded in Obamacare with his craven manipulation of the house rules. Frank, who was almost singularly responsible for the housing bubble and the subsequent collapse of Wall Street (due largely to sub-prime mortgages championed by Frank,) used his chair position on the Financial Service committee to manipulate our economy and redistributed massive amounts of wealth. And let’s not forget Markey, who along with fellow traveler Henry Waxman in the senate, devised the onerous Waxman-Markey legislation, better known as Cap-and-Trade.
So with the House firmly in the hands of the Republicans, and with new leadership in place, this relegates our Massachusetts delegation to back bench status. Oh how far the once high and mighty have fallen. And oh yeah, in their positions of leadership these folks were condescending and rabidly partisan — and above all, loyal as lapdogs to Nancy Pelosi. They humiliated and ignored the input from their Republican counterparts. Well, payback is a bitch. Now that the Republicans have their place at the table, Obama et.al. are crying for a new civility and bipartisanship. Are they crazy?? If the Democrats had shown a scintilla of respect or civility to the Republicans since they took over the House in 2006, these calls would be justified.
But out of his own mouth Obama said that “elections have consequences.” And this landmark election on November 2nd will certainly carry with it consequences for all the Democrats in Washington, including Obama. And I know for sure that our Congressional delegation has made powerful enemies over the past four years, so their past actions won’t soon be forgotten. They will partake of the “bipartisanship” that they richly deserve.
I couldn’t be more delighted. I hope that they enjoy their tenure in this new atmosphere. An atmosphere that promises to exclude earmarks and pork from new legislation — the very thing that most of our extinguished legislators pridefully bragged that they successfully brought home. So, I hope their next two year term is full of the very things that they’ve denied their Republican counterparts for the past six. I predict long faces, tough decisions on futures and voter discontent. Little or no goodies from these folks means that the future looks just a little dimmer for them.
I couldn’t be more delighted! Every black cloud does indeed have a silver lining.