Blame Game

Every time a shocking, violent event occurs as it did yesterday in the shootings in Tucson, AZ.,  politics rears its ugly head.

It did yesterday and it continues today.

The Tea Party, Republicans and Sarah Palin get blamed for the actions of a crazed person. How ridiculous!

Paul Krugman of the New York Times joined in the political games and blamed Republicans. The Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars blames Sarah Palin. So does Keith Olbermann who adds Allen West, Bill O’Reilly, the Tea Party, Sharron Angle and Glenn Beck.

Jane Fonda tweets, “Sarah Palin holds  responsibility as does the violence provoking rhetoric of the Tea Party. It isn’t enough that Palin just removed the map of Giffords’ district with gun crosshairs off her website. She holds responsibility.”

Fonda goes on to blame Glenn Beck, too.

Nevermind that the shooter liked “Mein Kampff” and “The Communist Manifesto.” I guess all right wingers love them.

Nevermind that Sarah Palin knows what it’s like to be a target and has a daughter herself about the age of the 9 year old killed.

Nevermind that a classmate of the gunman said he has become reclusive in 2007. Catie Parker  said “as I knew him he was leftwing, quite liberal and oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy.”

Can’t they manage to work George W. Bush into it, too?

The greater ramifications are that it paves the way for increased intrusion into our privacy. It’s already being done with the new FCC internet rules. Laughner’s YouTube videos give the government ammunition to go further.

Let’s hope Congress restrains them.

No More Moms and Dads

Remember how Hillary Clinton famously said it takes a village to raise a child? The implication behind it is that mom and dad are inadequate to rear children by themselves.  The village is just a euphemism for government or the state. Already, Michelle Obama has said parents don’t know how to feed their children and that the school cafeteria must take over this role.

The chipping away at the family continues. At Hillary Clinton’s State Department, passports now will eliminate the terms “mother” and “father.”

“The words in the old form were ‘mother’ and ‘father’,” said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant secretary of state for passport services. “They are now parent 1 and parent 2. These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families,” she continued. “We find that with changes in medical science and reproductive technology that we are confronting situations now that we would not have anticipated 10 or 15 years ago.”

Evidently the Family Equality Council has been lobbying for years for this change. FEC executive director Jennifer Chrisler said, “The government needs to recognize that the family structure is changing.”

Really? As far as I can tell it still takes a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg to bring about a baby. What dynamics have changed in that simple fact?

As Selwyn Duke at the American Thinker points out, “Family is the central building block of civilization and nations rise and fall with its fortunes.”

Preemptive strikes have already been made what with day care, pre-pre school, talk of children eating dinner at school and Michelle Obama’s obsession with controlling the family diet. Television glorifies non traditional families. Look among your friends and see how many children have grown up with their original mom and dad.

Churches in this country need to wake up and fight this battle effectively. What’s next? “Our Parent 1, who art in heaven?”

We are living in scary times.

A Swift Response

On Saturday, a 6-year-old girl on the outskirts of Manhattan fell victim to a deadly seasonal hazard that lands dozens in the emergency room every year about this time: marshmallows.

Marshmallows, or Jet Puffs as many call them, are made by using corn syrup and gelatin, and are a staple among  children in the hot chocolate season. The average child consumes his or her weight in the darned things before the onset of puberty and  mostly in the winter months.

While harmless to most, marshmallows claim a handful of lives every year by getting lodged in the throats and blocking the airways of crumb crunchers. According to the New York City Fire Dept., this traditional food sends over 100 patients to the hospital every year in the block around Zabar’s alone – half of which end up in serious condition or worse.

During last week’s blizzard, consumption shot up and so did the emergency room numbers.

With the reports of this year’s marshmallow injuries mounting, American bloggers are beginning to wonder out loud why this concoction isn’t regulated.

“Will someone please contact Mayor Bloomberg,” one anguished mother asked. “Surely the federal government will stop this tragedy,” another added. “I snatched my 8-year-old’s hot chocolate cup full of marshmallows just in the nick of time. I shudder to think she could have been laying on a stretcher now, waiting for a doctor to cut her throat open and extract them!”

The sticky, gooey quality of the confections prized by the young is the source of the problem.

“I think the greedy S’Mores lobby has hidden the facts,” said food administrator Prudy Katts. “The profits on these things are through the roof! We need warning labels, at least, on all of them.”

Others suggested Congress needs to look into the CRCC – Crisp Rice Cereal Conglomerates.

“Clearly, they are culpable in the high sales of the popular treats,” said consumer activist Alf Nadir.  “They push their product as a harmless treat, but we know better. Corporate profits are all they care about!”

But lest you think the big square pillows getting stuck in your throat are the only problem, consider the mini marshmallow.

“My toddler tried to stick some up her nose,” said GwynethPaltry. “I don’t think Nazzy’s the only one who’s ever done it.” Katts acknowledged that they didn’t have any statistics on that problem – yet.

“I think if Michelle Obama would look into this we’d get some of the national attention this issue needs. At least we could get them banned in school cafeterias nationwide.”

“We need our government to move on this issue and move fast,” said Betsy Van Worthington.  “Pretty soon the hot cocoa weather will be ending and the public will go back to its usual complacency. How many more have to die because of marshmallows?”

“The least we could do is to require marshmallows only be sold to those over 18. We already have to show our licenses for beer and dry ice and be patted down at the airports. Right now your child could be gone in a puff,” said Nadir. “Literally.”

Numbers Mumbo Jumbo

Today’s jobs numbers seem to have given a boost to whatever side you’re on.

The number of  jobs created was a puny 103,000. Earlier in the week analysts were touting the Household Survey and ADP numbers which pointed to a jump of 297,000 jobs.  Seemed shaky to me. Those numbers rarely hit their mark and didn’t this time either. That small number of  actual jobs is not enough to lift us out of high unemployment. In the Bush years, economists expressed disappointment throughout the 50-ish month streak of  job increases in the triple digits. This number seems pathetic.

I don’t see how that few jobs could lower the unemployment rate .4 to 9.4%. Liberals will tout this drop today, pressing people to believe that Obama’s plans are working.

But others say that 6.4 million are still unemployed and that the work force shrunk by 260,000.

Why the seeming discrepancy? People may have given up looking, thus lowering the unemployment number. Some attribute the unemployment benefits expiring for long time lookers and they just gave up. Or, it could be December; an odd month with seasonality a big part of the drop.

Probably this number is a good litmus test for politics. Democrats  will rejoice at the 9.4% and Republicans will worry about the mere 103,000 added jobs. Next month’s results will prove interesting.

SRLC Returns to NOLA

Last spring I was lucky enough to attend the Southern Republican Leadership  Conference in New Orleans. I got to hear and see Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mike Pence, Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour and Sean Hannity.

Evidently it was such a success that organizers want to do it again in New Orleans, this time celebrating the legacy of Ronald Reagan in the year of his 100th birthday.

 Joining those speakers will be Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio.

It will be held June 16-18 with events taking place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Last year’s event took place there also, and it is a very nice, well located hotel. You can register for the event at www.rlc2011.com. Registering before January 31 will cut a $100 off the fee.

Last year, a group from Memphis took the train to New Orleans and had a great time!

Strickland Shares His Views

Our City Council representative, Jim Strickland, addressed the Midtown Republican Club last night.

The first topic he delved into was the continuing school charter mess.

“On one day everything changed,” Strickland said. “As of March 1st, there could be no city schools.  Right now, there is literally no plan. It’s an interesting legal situation,” he said. “The statute is dead silent on whether the suburbs can vote.”

Strickland believes the election commission will get some guidance from the state on setting a date and thinks that voters will pass the surrender of the city school charter “overwhelmingly.” State law would put David Pickler in charge of both city and county school systems then and his term would run until 2012, even though he doesn’t live here. “We don’t know what changes they would make,” he said, noting that Pickler has said there would be no optional schools. “We don’t know the ground rules.”

Acknowledging that the city pays a billion dollars on schools  for its approximately 105,000 students – at a cost of $10,500 per student – Strickland would like to see smaller districts.  It would be a plus to elect a new school board, or boards, monitored more directly by the residents, he feels.

As for the city in general, Strickland is optimistic, even though he agrees people “vote with their tail lights.”

“For the first time in 2010, MLGW had fewer customers than the year  before. Certain council members didn’t believe we were losing people.” This has made his job harder, but he hopes they are beginning to recognize the true situation.

“People leave an area for three reasons,” he said. “Public safety, schools and taxes. We need to dramatically reduce crime,” he said, noting, crime rates have been going down. The move to revamp the school system is good, too, he adds. As for taxes, Strickland said he needs some support and emails to avoid higher taxes. He related that surprising as it sounds, it is easier to raise taxes than to cut government jobs. The backlash on the latter outweighs tax increase anger.

Still, “I’m optimistic in Midtown about Overton Square,” he said, believing that an upscale grocery store will happen in that area, along with some other projects. He feels the Bass Pro deal will happen; “they are spending a lot of money towards it,” which indicates they’re planning on it.

Members had lots of questions to ask and Council man Strickland graciously accommodated us. We greatly appreciated his time.

A Shining Example

Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn  was on Fox Business Channel’s Varney & Co. this morning to talk about lightbulbs.

Tomorrow she with  Congressmen Burgess and Barton, will file a bill “that would repeal the legislation that effectively  bans the incandescent lightbulb when we are sworn in tomorrow.”

“It’s an example of what happens when you over legislate and government reaches into an area where government has no business reaching,” she explained. “No one has proven that the CFL bulbs last longer or save money. When they break, individuals at recycling centers say what are we supposed to do with these? And, it’s a job killer, too,” Blackburn said, pointing to the recent closings of incandescent plants in California and West Virginia.

She couldn’t give an assurance that it will pass, but hopes it will.

This is absolutely the right thing to do. The government has no right to tell Americans what they must buy or use in their own home. Thank goodness Ms. Blackburn has persevered.

Wong Way to Eat

Since our conObama Eatscerned First Lady wants to show us all how to eat and wants to steer us away from an early grave by having us eat healthy foods, I was delighted to find out what she recently had on vacation. After all, aren’t the First Family  now our role models?

She and the Commander in Chief dined at Alan Wong’s in Hawaii on Wednesday night. Along with them was Obama’s sister and her husband,  plus half a dozen friends and, of course, a cadre of Secret Service agents. They seemed to find lots of things permissible on the pricey menu.

First off, three appetizers were ordered. A seafood cake, a tomato with li hing mui dressing  and Wong’s famous “soup and sandwich.” The soup in this duo is a two colored tomato soup. It is paired with a grilled cheese sandwich featuring foie gras.

Chicago banned foie gras from restaurants in 2006, citing cruelty to animals.

“I think how we treat our animals reflects how we treat each other. It’s very important that we have a president who is mindful of the cruelty that is perpetrated on animals.” Barack Obama on the campaign trail, 2008

Michelle Obama dined on foie gras in April 2009 at the NATO Summit banquet. Prime Minister Brown’s wife, Sarah, refused to eat it.

The group went on to enjoy lobster lasagna.

Lobster was a favorite when the first family dined in Maine this summer. The first couple dined on lobster tails with butter while the girls ate fried shrimp.

“When Michelle Obama implored restaurateurs in September to help fight obesity, she cited the proliferation of cheeseburgers and macaroni and cheese…But in a series of confidential agreements approved by agriculture secretaries in both the Bush and Obama administrations, Dairy Management has worked with restaurateurs to expand their menus with cheese laden products.” New York Times, November 6, 2010.

Michelle Obama shared her recipe for the family’s macaroni and cheese. The ingredients:

1 lb. elbow macaroni

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup shredded Swiss

1 cup grated Parmesan

2 cups shredded Cheddar

7/8 tsp. salt

1 cup heavy cream

1 egg

1/4 cup  whole milk

Some in the dinner party ordered ginger crusted onaga, a $35 entree. But the president ordered his  favorite, soy braised short ribs (does he have something against pork?).

“As humans, we are programmed to crave sugary, fatty, salty foods,” Michelle Obama told the National Restaurant Association members. “The more of these foods people eat, the more they’re accustomed to that taste, and after a while, those unhealthy foods become a permanent part of their eating habits.”

Dessert was not forgotten The president has a favorite, “The Coconut,” and ordered it.   It consists of coconut ice cream shaped in a dark chocolate shell to resemble an actual coconut.

As I tell my girls, dessert is not a right,” Michelle Obama.

The chef commented to the Honolulu newspaper that Obama has been to his restaurant frequently and “every time it’s a chicken skin moment.”

The chef might have meant that he gets goosebumps when the president comes to his restaurant, but it’s also a pretty odd way to phrase it. What the first family says and what they do are two different things when it comes to diet. Want to bet he was tongue in cheek? Could be hard to resist the crackling, crisp skin of a roasted chicken.

And, by the way, Michelle Obama promised to send Wong some honey from her very own beehives at the White House.

I hope that wasn’t his tip for the night!

Resolutions

Although they may have their own thoughts on the matter, I have some resolutions certain people and groups should consider implementing in 2011.

First, to Governor elect Bill Haslam. Glad you won, but solidify your win by giving the state a backbone. Join the other states in their fight against Obamacare. Stop the loss of states rights to federal ones at every opportunity. Otherwise, there won’t be a need for any governors. We’re a red state, too, so the administration will never help you.

Ditto Congress. Throw a roadblock at Obama at every opportunity. Put a stop  to 2,000 page bills, end runs around your legislation and stealth appointments. Congressman Darryl Issa, as chair of the House Committee on Investigations and Government Oversight,  look into all the dubious goings on at the Justice Department, the Health Care bill lobbying, the deals with Joe Sestak – everything.  Subpoena people and do not get duped by Obama. And John Boehner, if Obama invites you for a round of golf, don’t do it. Obama will try to snooker you, just as Clinton did to Newt.

Talk radio hosts get off your soapbox. Stop trying to influence primaries and let the people choose their candidates. Christine O’Donnell was a disaster and you ensured that. If I hear one more say primly, “I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative,” I will click off. What world do you live in, because there is us and there is Obama and we are infinitely better than the Democrats.

New Yorkers: Demand new towers be built where the Trade Center towers stood. How can you look at that big hole in your skyline and not cry out to have it fixed? Almost ten years have passed and still nothing. For God’s sake, don’t let Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be tried in your city or a mosque to be built at Ground Zero. Get a pair! While I’m at it, how about telling Nanny Bloomberg where he can stick his salt shaker/sugar/fat obsession. If eating the wrong things makes you like Chris Christie, get to a MacDonald’s fast.

Political reporters: Stop dissing the Tea Party. They’re here and they’re not going away. Stop looking for a schism with the GOP in every newscast. For now, we agree with them.

Bill Clinton, stop and take the knife out of your back. At every opportunity Obama gives you the finger just as he slyly did Hillary on the campaign trail. Now he wants you to stop campaigning in Chicago. You run when he needs your help, but he’ll start the racist thing behind your back like he did in South Carolina. He seems to have succeeded in turning black America against you.

Andrew Breitbart: Never give up! You’re making great progress. Keep plugging away, it’s working.

Shelby GOP: Let’s ramp it up, especially on the technical side. Each club should have a good and active website, along with a vibrant ShelbyGOP one. In this year between elections, we need to utilize technology to the fullest, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. It’s almost free! No great expenditures needed. Even tech resistant people like me can learn. It would give candidates the extra help they need in getting their messages out.

Memphians who are GOP leaning: Join the ShelbyGOP. The number of paying members is shockingly low. If more people just joined, it would give the group more clout in  city government. $25 is not too much for anyone to pay. How much does that work out to a day? When you look around and ask where the good candidates are, do you think they can be promoted for free?

To my gay friends: Do you think you are free of prejudice? How many of you are much more critical of Republicans than we are of you? Do you categorize us as discriminatory before you even engage in conversation with us? In a war with Islamofascists, don’t count on the Democrats to defend you; but freedom loving people will.

Young people: Forget Jon Stewart. He’s not a news source. He’s feeding you what he wants to, serving it up with humor to make it go down better. Start looking around yourselves and dig a little deeper than the Comedy Channel and MSNBC.  In the end, the joke will be on you when you’re the wealth source for the nanny state.

Here’s to a better 2011 and more Republican victories.

Dreams for 2011

No LiberalsThings I’d like to see in 2011:

ABC, NBC and CBS decide to leave New York. They feel they are too out of touch with flyover America. ABC picks Abilene, Kansas, for its headquarters. “We’re all sick of $6 lattes, fashionistas and frou frou food. Time to get real,” the president says. NBC picks Springfield. Any Springfield. “Since Springfield is one of the most common names in rural America, we’ll just find one in each state and move around to it. How’s that for innovation?” the chief honcho said. CBS picks Tickfaw, Louisiana, as its news center. “Hey the weather’s better here than in New York, even with a hurricane or two,” says its president. “And the danger of a terrorist attack is about zero,” he adds. “We can finally learn how to use a gun, hunt and fish.”

Then, I’d like to see cameras in the White House, taping the first couple. We could luck out and see Obama smoking his head off, maybe interrupted in his man cave by Michelle, toting a gallon of truffle chocolate explosion, with a package of ho hos under her arm. Try denying that one!

I’d like for Chris Matthew’s leg to stop tingling. The ugh factor on that expression never fails to reassert itself. Isn’t it time he saw a doctor about that? Better do it now, before Obamacare kicks in and your wait is 7 months, Chris.

Shelby County GOP’s own Don Johnson is made head of the RNC. “Finally we get someone competent in here,” the RNC board says. Johnson vows not to ignore Shelby County. “We’re going to put all our resources in there to turn that nest of ignorant liberals back to the people. Never again will I have to look at a COEXIST bumper sticker or Gore/Lieberman on the back of a Midtown Prius.”

In a related turn of events, Steve Cohen decides not to run in the 9th district. After the census, the district is expanded to include blood red bastions of Republicanism. Marsha Blackburn moves here and is elected our Congressman by a landslide.

George Soros decides he’s had enough of politics and business and retires to Aruba, never to be seen or heard from again.

Rupert Murdoch buys the Commercial Appeal and sends Roger Ailes down as editor. He immediately drops Wendy Thomas, Zack Mcmillin and the editorial board. The newspaper sees an immediate effect with sales tripling and advertisers rushing to purchase full pages.

My last wish is that the past two years have all been a dream. I’ve been a sort of modern day Rip Van Winkle and wake up to find that this Obama presidency never happened at all. It’s been a nightmare and it’s over. Or, it could be like the ending of St. Elsewhere, where I find out I am austistic and have contrived the whole Obamacare, Alinsky, socialistic scenario. I shake the snow globe with all of that in it and the whole picture goes away.