Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama denounced ``ridiculous'' statements made by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, using his strongest language to date to distance himself from his former pastor.
Good. Now we can all vote for this Leftist.
Yes, after 20 years of attending the Black equivalent of a Klan rally, Barack Obama has determined that racial hatred is a bad thing.
Good, Barack! Real good!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
1) You say John McCain is content to "watch [Americans'] home prices decline." So, government should prop up housing prices generally? How? Why? Were prices ideal before the bubble popped? How does a senator know ideal prices? Have you explained to young couples straining to buy their first house that declining prices are a misfortune?
2) During the ABC debate, you acknowledged that when the capital gains rate was dropped first to 20 percent, then to 15 percent, government revenues from the tax increased and they declined in the 1980s when it was increased to 28 percent. Nevertheless, you said you would consider raising the rate "for purposes of fairness." How does decreasing the government's financial resources and punishing investors promote fairness? Are you aware that 20 percent of taxpayers reporting capital gains in 2006 had incomes of less than $50,000?
3) Michelle, who was born in 1964, says that most Americans' lives have "gotten progressively worse since I was a little girl." Since 1960, real per capita income has increased 143 percent, life expectancy has increased by seven years, infant mortality has declined 74 percent, deaths from heart disease have been halved, childhood leukemia has stopped being a death sentence, depression has become a treatable disease, air and water pollution have been drastically reduced, the number of women earning a bachelor's degree has more than doubled, the rate of homeownership has increased 10.2 percent, the size of the average American home has doubled, the percentage of homes with air conditioning has risen from 12 to 77, the portion of Americans who own shares of stock has quintupled … Has your wife perhaps missed some pertinent developments in this country that she calls "just downright mean"?
4) Senator, concerning the criteria by which you will nominate judges, you said: "We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old." Such sensitivities might serve an admirable legislator, but what have they to do with judging? Should a judge side with whichever party in a controversy stirs his or her empathy? Is such personalization of the judicial function inimical to the rule of law?
Will has more questions, but these were my favorites. I suspect that these are more of the tough and unfair questions that Obama seeks to avoid by limiting further debates.
Monday, April 28, 2008
April 28, 2008
Question: Can you explain what you meant in a sermon shortly after 9/11 when you said the United States had brought the terrorist attacks on itself? Quote, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
Rev. Wright: "...to quote the Bible, “Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatsoever you sow, that you also shall reap.” Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic, divisive principles.
Reverend Jeremiah Wright - The gift that keeps on giving!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Yesterday I received a letter from my friend, John McCain.
Back in 2004 I sent $100 to the George Bush Campaign... And George and the Republican Party were so moved, that they've kept in touch ever since.
The letter from John was a sincere effort to gauge my feelings on several issues, a questionnaire with multiple choices... Proving beyond doubt - that in the hands of Conservatives, John is but putty, and lives to please us.
On most questions I could not find the best answer among the choices, so I had to scribble in "Illegal Aliens," "United Nations," "Global Warming Hoax..." Stuff like that.
On the last page I was perplexed to find a request for funds. Could this be the real reason for this correspondence? My choices were $25, $50, $100, $200, and "Other." I chose the latter and wrote a very large "zero" in red ink. Underneath I wrote, "Up Yours, You Insufferable RINO."
As I placed the postage-paid envelope into the mail... Did I feel buoyant, cleansed, and refreshed?
Oh yes. Yes I did.
Friday, April 25, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. presidential candidate John McCain accused North Carolina's Republican Party of being "out of touch with reality" over its refusal to pull an advertisement criticizing Democrat Barack Obama.
John, you exasperating R.I.N.O. piece of crap and old coot...
It's not about you - and it's none of your business. The Republican Faithful in North Carolina are more loyal to your Party than you are... And they probably don't like you.
So just shut up.
Real change has never been easy. . . . The status quo in Washington will fight. They will fight harder than ever to divide us and distract us with ads and attacks from now until November.
With that, Obama identified the new public enemy: the "distractions" foisted upon a pliable electorate by the malevolent forces of the status quo, i.e., those who might wish to see someone else become president next January. "It's easy to get caught up in the distractions and the silliness and the tit for tat that consumes our politics" and "trivializes the profound issues" that face our country, he warned sternly. These must be resisted.
Why? Because Obama understands that the real threat to his candidacy is less Hillary Clinton and John McCain than his own character and cultural attitudes. He came out of nowhere with his autobiography already written, then saw it embellished daily by the hagiographic coverage and kid-gloves questioning of a supine press.
Krauthammer is a genius: "... his own character and 'Cultural attitudes.'" Perfectly stated!
Then came the three amigos: Tony Rezko, the indicted fixer; Jeremiah Wright, the racist reverend; William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist. And then Obama's own anthropological observation that "bitter" working-class whites cling to guns and religion because they misapprehend their real class interests.
As people begin to learn about this just-arrived pretender, the magic dissipates. He spent six weeks in Pennsylvania. Outspent Hillary more than 2 to 1. Ran close to 10,000 television ads -- spending more than anyone in any race in the history of the state -- and lost by 10 points.
The Obamessiah is an empty suit... Just a pretty little man with pretty words... And a disappointing past.
If life were only a speech...
Unknown individuals set fire to a Chabad synagogue in Miami Beach, Florida on Tuesday, burning the Torah books inside.
Ze'ev Katz, the synagogue's head rabbi, recounted the event on one of Chabad's internet websites, saying that a number of individuals broke into the empty synagogue, took the Torah books from the cabinet, tore them to pieces, and set them on fire.
The rabbis also said that the majority of anti-Semitic activity that takes place in the US is perpetrated by the Muslim community.
Riots and burning cars to follow?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This video does a great job deconstructing the Media's Myth of Obama.
From the Centers for Disease Control:
1.Syrup of ipecac (one teaspoonful per ten pounds body weight)
2. Hydrogen peroxide 3% (one to three teaspoonfuls every ten minutes; repeat three times)
3. One half to one teaspoonful of salt, placed at the back of the tongue.
4. This video.
The very moment I stop vomiting, I plan to write about my dwindling respect for Newt Gingrich.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Some guys like action movies... Some guys like horror films... Some guys like suspense while others like drama. For me, the greatest genre in film making is the Black Exploitation Film.
Blacula changed my life.
But that's not why I'm writing this.
Today I watched the 1948 version of Anna Karenina starring Vivien Leigh in the title roll. By the end of the movie I absolutely hated this woman and was begging her to cut her own throat. Turns out, she gets run over by a train. I was cheering for the train. I moved closer to the TV just to make sure she was dead.
I did some research and found that this movie has been made a number of times, suggesting that movie audiences have some sort of sick, never-ending appetite for annoying, shallow, self-centered, cheating, whining tarts. Along with Vivien Leigh, Karenina was also played by Claire Bloom, Jacqueline Bissett, Sophie Marceau... And... Greta Garbo - who I like very much... Probably because I've never seen her play Anna Karenina.
So if you want to watch an old movie, may I suggest Grand Hotel with Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and the Barrymore brothers. Save Anna Karenina for the next time you have a sentimental longing for a root canal.
Friday, April 18, 2008
This morning while sitting at my computer, my house began to shake as if a 60-70 mph gust of wind had struck it. It lasted a little less than 10 seconds, and was 5.3 on the Richter Scale.
...Probably wouldn't even have been reported in California?
My first earthquake was on a Sunday afternoon back in 1980 or '81. I was with my girlfriend and we didn't notice.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
My long-time conservative congressman Dan Burton has a Republican challenger this year in the primaries. As far as I know, the challenger is a good man who would represent Conservatives well in Washington.
As far as I know.
But we've seen so many men go to Washington and change. They talk like Hoosiers and Conservatives when they campaign, but all of a sudden in Washington they fall under the spell of the liberal media or Hollywood elites and they forget their promises.
My point is: Dan Burton has not.
In Washington he talks and votes the same way as he does on the campaign trail. He's been my Congressman for many years and he is yet to be "turned" by Washington.
Shall we reward him by turning him out? Shall we dump him because another attractive candidate - an unproven candidate - wants his job?
For me, this decision is a no-brainer. It's easy. Dan Burton has been loyal to us. We should be loyal to Dan.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
"It's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." Barack Obama
But what do you really think about us Barack?
This elitist thinks we're idiots... All because we won't become mesmerized by his pretty words and get behind his candidacy.
The fact is, Obama doesn't see America the way we see her... Doesn't love her in the same way we do. He can't look past her mistakes, her shortcomings, and embrace her past. He wants to change what has made her great for over 200 years. We think that would be a mistake.
So Barack, go ahead and look down your nose at us. We're strong, self-reliant, and independent. We don't need your approval.
And... We know who is really bitter.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Well it was that time of year again... Church directory photo Sunday. Yuck.
I can't tell you how much I despise having my picture pasted alongside all those happy families in the church directory... All those husbands and wives... In stark contrast to the loser single guy sitting there all alone for the camera.
But not this year! This year a single friend and I decided to have our picture taken together for the directory... So we wouldn't stand out. We'll have different last names, of course. It seemed like a great idea until afterwards when I worried that people in the church might think that she and I were living together. I mean, we're not even dating.
Knowing them, they'll probably be more upset about what we're wearing... She and I dress very casually for church. Usually, and especially on photo Sunday, the men wear dress shirts and ties and the women wear dresses.
I don't know, some people think wearing your "Sunday Best" shows respect for "Him" who the service is all about. But I think that falls under the category of "preference" and that people should wear what they want. I mean, if we can't be tolerant on this point...?
Anyway, I hope nobody gets upset that we had our picture taken together, and I hope our casual dress didn't offend any one. We meant no disrespect.
The photo turned out pretty good and I posted it below.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Over at one of my favorite blogs, Skyepuppy wrote about how Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert won't be meeting with Jimmy Carter when the former president - and current embarrassment - travels to the middle east to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.
In those moments when I am not terribly filled with the Holy Spirit, I fantasize about Carter being kidnapped by these Hamas terrorists and filmed in his underwear while being forced to say outrageous things.
But I can't think of too many outrageous things that Carter hasn't already said.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Indeed, the first time I (John R Lott Jr) introduced myself to him he said “Oh, you are the gun guy.”
I responded, "Yes, I guess so." He simply responded that “I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.”
This was from a conversation in the mid-90's. Barack evidently has read the Constitution since then because he has changed his tune now that he is running for president.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Vice Presidential Debate 1988
Lloyd Benson: “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
Dan Quayle: Senator, I am not a war hero, and in no way am I as talented a politician as John Kennedy. But I promise here tonight that if I should ever be serving in the Oval Office and the Soviet Union attempts to build another wall in Europe... I will not sit Idly by... I'll stop them. And if another group of American-backed Cuban freedom fighters challenges Castro... I will not forsake them and allow their slaughter... I'll support them to victory. And thereby - standing strong against communism at every turn - the Soviets will not assume weakness on our part and risk so bold a venture as placing missiles in Cuba or any other country in the western hemisphere... And we will avert the unnecessary threat and crisis of an imminent thermonuclear war.
And Senator Benson, my daily agenda at the White House will never include entertaining beautiful women unchaperoned.
So I concur, Senator... I'm no Jack Kennedy. And, I thank you.
It would have been sweet.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
NEW YORK CITY — Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.
“It’s about par for the course from President Carter, demonstrating a lack of judgment typical of what he does," said John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. "To go to Syria to visit Hamas at this point is just an ill-timed, ill-advised decision on his part."
“I’m not surprised that Carter would do this, as he has been supporting Palestinian extremism for many years,” said Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a watchdog group.
So does it take a Jew hater to embrace a Jew hater?
I'm glad Bolton is speaking up about Carter's over-stepping and under-cutting... But I'd love to see George "W" just let him have it. I know. It won't happen.
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit advocacy group, said Carter's efforts demonstrate he's a true partner in peace.
Hooper added that because of Carter's reputation among Palestinians he might be able to bring some pressure to bear.
Sure. The only pressure brought to bear will be upon the Israelis... And they need more pressure... Because the rockets and the suicide bombers just aren't getting the job done.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Has anybody read this book? Inasmuch as the book reveals Obama to be a flabbergasting lunatic, I gather the answer is no. Obama is about to be our next president: You might want to take a peek. If only people had read "Mein Kampf" ...
See what I mean? Ann doesn't like Obama's "Dreams From My Father."
Nearly every page -- save the ones dedicated to cataloguing the mundane details of his life -- is bristling with anger at some imputed racist incident.
If you can wade through Ann's sarcasm in the next paragraphs, you'll get a glimpse of an Obama that you don't see on the campaign trail.
Obama tells a story about taking two white friends from the high school basketball team to a "black party." Despite their deep-seated, unconscious hatred of blacks, the friends readily accepted. At the party, they managed not to scream the N-word, but instead "made some small talk, took a couple of the girls out on the dance floor."
But with his racial hair-trigger, Obama sensed the whites were not comfortable because "they kept smiling a lot." And then, in an incident reminiscent of the darkest days of the Jim Crow South ... they asked to leave after spending only about an hour at the party! It was practically an etiquette lynching!
In the car on the way home, one of the friends empathizes with Obama, saying: "You know, man, that really taught me something. I mean, I can see how it must be tough for you and Ray sometimes, at school parties ... being the only black guys and all."
And thus Obama felt the cruel lash of racism! He actually writes that his response to his friend's perfectly lovely remark was: "A part of me wanted to punch him right there."
Note: Barack could have written at this point that his white friend meant well, even if he said something awkwardly... But that probably wouldn't have played as well with the liberal and black community - and evidently wouldn't have represented Obama's feelings. In the matter of race, understanding goes only one way.
Wanting to punch his white friend in the stomach was the introductory anecdote to a full-page psychotic rant about living by "the white man's rules."
I do not understand why Obama was angry and wanted to punch out his friend, but I do see now how Obama could have sat through all those racist sentiments in Reverend Jeremiah Wright's sermons. Barack Obama has a chip on his shoulder. He wants his whites guilt-ridden and teary-eyed... And very cautious when they are around African Americans.
Sorry, not interested.
I'm sure it can be tough "being black." But it doesn't help the situation by making it tough "being white" - around blacks. It just perpetuates the problem... Which I suspect is the liberal politicians' intention.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Haven't written much lately because I've been in a far country wasting my substance in riotous living. But then I came back home and Dad threw me a party...
(No wait... That wasn't me!)
Anyway, I was warming up to John McCain until last Friday when I saw that a conservative group had taken out a full-page ad in a newspaper warning McCain that he'd better not pick Mitt Romney as his running mate.
The group probably supported Mike Huckabee earlier this year... You remember Huckabee... The cute little populist and ego maniacal-Mormon-hater whose lip prints are indelibly etched upon John McCain's rear end.
Not a pretty picture.
My hiney, or derriere as we say in Greentown, is only 54 years old, but has lost much of its charm and glory... Sagging a bit more with the years... Suffering periodically with a little acne. But imagine McCain's aged, 71 year-old poop deck! Something to think about? This student of politics thinks so.
Anyway, if the former Huckabee supporters will stop expressing their call for unity by ripping Romney... I still may come around by November.
Friday, April 04, 2008
In his seven years, Randy Castro has been an aspiring soccer player, an accomplished Lego architect and a Royal Ranger at his Pentecostal church. He also, according to his elementary school record, sexually harassed a first-grade classmate.
During recess at his Woodbridge school one day in November, when he was 6, he said, he smacked the classmate's bottom. The girl told the teacher. The teacher took Randy to the principal, who told him such behavior was inappropriate. School officials wrote an incident report calling it "Sexual Touching Against Student, Offensive," which will remain on his student record permanently.
Then, as Randy sat in the principal's office, they called the police.
Slapping a female's buttocks... Is that wrong? I mean... I know you're not supposed to do it and leave your hand there... I hardly ever do that... But...
This really cuts down on my avenues of communication here at work!
As for this first grader, I'm just glad nobody overreacted.
I heard this on The Peter Heck Show.
Voltaire said that God created man in his own image, and then man returned the favor.
But obviously you first must reject Jesus... Which Oprah has done.
I'm not sure how much influence Oprah has. I know the Holy Spirit has more. And, I suspect the people who fall for this stuff would simply fall for something else if Oprah wasn't peddling it.
But Oprah definitely needs our prayers.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Gifts to Charity:
According to The Peter Heck Show, The Cheneys made 8.8 million last year... Most of which was from investments and sales of Lynn Cheney's books. They gave away 6.9 million of that. That's a little over 78 per cent.
As I blogged earlier, Obama averaged less than 1% early in this decade... Though he has managed 5 and 6 percent in the last two years... Now that he's running for President. (How genuine!)
So the evil man that the Dems love to hate is far more generous than the Blessed Obama.
"Evil" should be made of sterner stuff.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign....
How nice... And illustrative.
If only Obama was as generous with his own money... As he intends to be with mine.
I think of all those selfish, evil Christian Conservatives that give 10% and more.
But to be fair, perhaps Obama's spiritual advisor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was too busy preaching Liberation Theology (Socialism) and racism to squeeze in the part about tithing...
According to this article, those Americans between 21 and 29 are - brimming with adultlike respect for American institutions, family values and work ethics, despite a few quirks.
Among the findings: 94 percent said they respect monogamy and parenthood, while 84 percent revere marriage. Eighty-eight percent respect the U.S. Constitution, 84 percent respect the military and more than three-fourths believed in the proverbial "American dream." Fewer than one in four, however, said they have any admiration for Hollywood.
"We were completely surprised. There has been a faulty portrayal of millennials by the media — television, films, news, blogs, everything. These people are not the self-entitled, coddled slackers they're made out to be. Misnomers and myths about them are all over the place," said Ann Mack, who directed the survey and is the official "director of trend-spotting" at the agency.
"Their opinions of monogamy and marriage are products of the era they grew up in, a reaction against a reality-TV world or their unstable childhoods. They are more traditional in their views because they want something better for their own families," Ms. Mack said.
Well this certainly must be galling to Hollywood and the mainstream media!