The Right Stuff…I Think Not!

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Gaze upon a fallen star.

This woman is Lisa Nowak, one of our veteran astronauts. She has been into outer space. As of yesterday, she is exploring inner space…a jail cell in Orlando Florida. It seems that this married, mother of three astronaut had a “fixation” on another male astronaut, one Bill Oefelein. However, this male astronaut was dating another female…a younger female Air Force Captain assigned to Cape Canaveral. Her unit is responsible for managing DoD launches, such as spy satellites.

So Nowak drives all the way from Houston to ambush her rival with tear gas, a BB gun, a knife, rubber tubing and plastic bags. She also had a trench coat and a wig. When she confronts her rival at the airport, she attempts to car jack/kidnap the other woman.

I thought this country’s astronauts were supposed to have “The Right Stuff”? I guess in all those psychological tests the astronauts take, they don’t screen for every contingency!

However, this sordid tale could make a good movie script.

Great job as a role model, Mrs. Nowak!

An Enlightened View on the Death of Conservatism.

There is a good opinion article by Joseph Farah today entitled “Why Conservatism is Dead”.

Mr. Farah makes a good point that conservatism started dying after Ronald Reagan left office. Ronald Reagan appealed to individual Americans, not American special interests and institutions. He went on the offense and fought for what he believed in with unshakable values. Reagan understood that the battleground was not in election cycles and in political maneuvering to stalemate the opposition, but communicating his vision to the electorate. Those who came behind him, starting with Bush the First, lost sight of that fact and began practicing the politics of “pandering to special interests”.

For example, Reagan was a union man, however, he did not hesitate to fire upstart Air Traffic Controllers who went out on strike when it was ” the right thing to do”. Nobody that has inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has had any real “cojones” since The Great Communicator left office.

The Republican Revolution of 1994 started with self serving greedheads like Tom Delay and Newt Gingrich. These “politiwhores” did anything that furthered the agendas of those who pulled their strings, because their masters would be “greatful” and make sure they were well rewarded come election time. Instead of building their “house” on Reagan’s sturdy ideological foundation, they built theirs on sand…actually quicksand!

I agree also with Mr. Farah that we need to revisit our history and consider what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and those who set forth the Great American Experiment intended. They weren’t conservative and at the time, liberty and democratic self-government were ideas as radical as they come!

Farah put it this way;

…they laid out a radical break from the past – a new way of thinking about freedom and independence and strict limits on government.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and John Adams were not conservatives. These men risked everything in the hope of changing the status quo. They fought a War of Independence from the Old World. They fought a revolution against the assumptions of the past.

They did this, by the way, at a time when life was not so bad. But they were wise enough to see a better way for themselves and their posterity. Thank God they did.

It’s time for conservatives to stop being conservative. It’s time to get radical. It’s time to remember our heroic heritage. It’s time to take risks. It’s time to stop business as usual. It’s time to stop repeating the mistakes of the past. It’s time to see we’re losing ground.

It’s time to fight for something worthwhile – not just the preserving of freedom, but the expansion of freedom.

Business as usual and a government out of control and infringing on the liberties that are guaranteed American citizens can not be permitted to continue!

Just Another Example of Mr. and Mrs. America Getting Screwed!

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America is being set up for a change that is definitely not for the better!

A foreign company named Cintra with direct ties to the King of Spain is constructing a toll-road that will be part of a monster known as the Trans-Texas Corridor. This is a toll-road that goes directly through Texas and will be part of the monster NAFTA superhighway (NASCO). Take a look at this monster…

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This is just a perfect example of Globalism run amok! This Spanish company is not only building the Trans Texas Corridor, but has recently bought interests in toll roads in Virginia, Indiana, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. This giant network of toll roads that will be criss-crossing North America will be generating billions of dollars for Cintra, along with their financial partner, an Australian investment consortium named Macquarie.

Now here is the real smelly part. The financial partner, Macquarie, is in the process of purchasing a large number of newspapers that were among the most vocal critics of this giant foreign land grab and putting the brakes on the dissenting opinions, aka First Amendment protected freedom of speech!

The biggest cheerleader in Texas for this abomination is our own Governor Goodhair, Rick Perry. He thinks this scheme is a good opportunity for Texas’ future…BULLSHIT!

The money-grubbing, foreign greedhead, puppet masters are pulling the strings on our marionette Governor.

Texas and federal legislators are trying to stop the planned highway/toll road system, but I have little faith they will be successful. The greedheads usually always start with “the deck” stacked in their favor.

Again, this is just the loss of the sovereignty of the United States of America, one scheme at a time!

If You Have Enough $$$, You Can Buy the Truth!

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Here is another example of the Microsoft way!

Instead of changing a situation(s) so that the truth is changed…just change the truth to fit the situation!

It worked for the U.S. Government.

First, the Bush administration was paying reporters/journalist to put out “their version of the truth”. Now, Microsoft is using a page from their playbook!

It has come to light that Microsoft was offering to pay a blogger to change articles on their Wikipedia page.

For those who do not know what Wikipedia is, it is an online encyclopedia, of sort. A Wikipedia page is supposed to reflect all the fair and impartial truth about a subject. It is maintain by users. However, an offer to pay someone to deliberately change the content of a Wiki page in that manner goes against the purpose and intent that Wikipedia operates under. If someone disputes Wikipedia content, there is a prescribed method to bring about content change. But hey…if you are the ‘Trillion Ton Gorilla” of the digital world, just spread the cash!

It works for Uncle Sam!

Time to Introduce Iran to 4.5 acres of Sovereign & Mobile American Territory!

Feast your eyes upon 4.5 acres of sovereign and mobile American territory!

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If today’s article in the London Telegraph is true about North Koreans getting ready to help Iran conduct an underground nuclear test
is true, it is time to let the planes fly!

There is only one reason you conduct an underground nuclear test…and that is to build a bomb!

I am against the war in Iraq because I think know it was fought to help out oil companies and GW Bush had a vendetta against Saddam Hussein for wanting to kill “his Daddy”!

However, our Glorious Leader and Decider decided wrong when he chose which one of the three “Axis of Evil” countries of Iraq, Iran and North Korea to attack first! He picked Iraq because it was the weakest and took care of the above “other” reasons I have mentioned. That was his tragic mistake! If you go up against a pack of hungry wolves, you don’t act like a hyena and kill off the weakest one, you act like the Lion, the King of Beast, and you kill off the leader of the pack…Iran!

Over the last 25 years, Iran has sponsored terrorist factions that have killed more Americans, except for the 9/11 bombings than anyone else. Our intelligence services know this! George Bush needs to start acting more like Teddy Roosevelt and start using “big stick” diplomacy. Instead, he is increasingly looking like Nixon during Vietnam!

Instead of sending the schoolmarm Condi Rice to defuse the situation, he should introduce Mr. Ahmadenjad to Dwight D. Eisenhower and John C. Stennis…the two carriers that are going to be in his backyard soon! GWB needs to look at the Great Seal of the United States in his office. The Eagle carries both the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war! Schoolmarm Condi has been spreading olive branches around the Middle East long enough! Time to let the arrows fly!

Mr. Bush flinched and didn’t take out the troll doll Kim Jong Il when he should have, but that is history. North Korea is pretty well isolated and contained militarily and has no financial resources to be a large problem.

However, Iran sits on one of the world’s largest pools of oil and their financial coffers are overflowing with petrodollars. Once Iran gets the bomb, they will control the situation in the Middle East and there will be nothing we can do about it! If you take out Iran, Middle East problems solved, because every scumbag terrorist’s paymaster will have been destroyed!

If Mr. Ahmadenajad and his scientist want to see a demonstration of a nuclear blast, I say let’s give him one!

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Senators Fear Citizen Journalist…aka Bloggers!

It seems there is a bill currently before the U.S. Senate that would require bloggers with a readership over 500 to register as lobbyist and report to Congress on a quarterly basis. WTF?

Does anyone in Washington give a crap about freedom of speech and what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is all about?

It appears that not only does this bill impose fines and jail time on any blogger who would criticize Congress, but also big time issue oriented mouthpieces, such as Richard Viguerie of GrassRootsFreedom.com and the 300 pound gorilla of “free speech”, Rev. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Section 220 of S.1 would effectively make it illegal for bloggers and grassroots organizations to exercise their First Amendment rights!

First it was the Bush administration with the squelching of Constitutionally guaranteed rights, now Congress wants to get into the act!

Hey, Ladies and Gentleman that are our elected representatives in Washington, let me give you a little advice…“DO THE JOB THE PEOPLE ELECTED YOU TO DO AND REPRESENT THEIR INTERESTS ABOVE ALL OTHER AND YOU WON”T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NEGATIVE CRITICISM!

Now how hard is that to figure out?

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Hey State Department, Tell Presidente Calderon, “Too bad, but…”

A Border Patrol agent in fear for his life, shoots an illegal immigrant caught sneaking into this country that tries to resist arrest.

Too bad the illegal invader is dead, however the fact is if he came to this country in the legally prescribed manner,he would still be alive instead of “pushing up daisies”!

In view of the rampant lawlessness on the US-Mexican border, and the fact that Border Patrol agents don’t know who these people are, or what they may be up to, besides violating our borders, I don’t blame the agent for his actions. The Texas border is now a new version of the wild west, therefore this type of incident is bound to happen from time to time.

If Condi Rice was doing her job, she would send one of her “short boys” to Mexico and tell El Presidente Calderon to quit screwing around and develop the Mexican economy so these people won’t have to leave their home for a better opportunity and shut the hell up!

The Ripple is Still Strong!

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History is like a large pond. It’s depth contains all its content, however it is on the surface where we judge whether something makes an effect on the pond. A small pebble thrown into the pond makes a ripple that spreads across the surface until it finally diminishes to the observer’s eye. Science teaches us that energy is never destroyed…it just changes form. The energy that was transferred from the pebble to the water is still there and capable of facilitating change.

Martin Luther King wasn’t a pebble, but a rock!

The ripples made by his splash in the pond of history released a great energy that brought about true change in this country in a non-violent manner. Ponder Dr. King’s following thought on the danger of using violence to promote change;

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”.

He understood that the path to change was a narrow one that would be difficult to travel, not unlike a journey to a mountaintop.

I have seen the change over my lifetime. The city where I grew up was the Texas stronghold of the KKK in the 1970’s. In fact, the Klan had a bookstore and would have robe wearing morons with signs out by the road inviting people in to talk about their “view of the world”. I went to school with kids of Klan members. I also went to school with Darrell.

Darrell was the first African American student to enroll in the school district where I was a student. The year was 1972, and the school district of my hometown was 98% white, 1.5% Hispanic and 0.5% other, but until then, no African American students.

Darrell was not well received, to say the least! Many students were not very nice to Darrell just because he was different from them. What’s more, even some of the teachers treated Darrell poorly. In fact, the gym coach used to call him derogatory names and every time we boxed in gym,he made sure Darrell had an opponent that was more than adequate to deliver a few good blows. I don’t know what happened to Darrell,because after that school year, he didn’t enroll again. From time to time, I wonder what became of Darrell…it would be interesting to find out how life turned out for Darrell.

For the school district, things have changed remarkably. The school district now has students of various racial backgrounds, as well as a diverse collection of teachers, administrators and support personnel. This was possible because of the actions of Dr. King. It is also the school district where I teach, and I am proud of the changes he help bring about.

It would be interesting to know what Dr. King would think about how far we have come, and remind us of how far we have to go. What would be even more interesting is to see how much more Dr. King would have accomplished, if not for that fateful day in Memphis.

Perhaps the best way to end this post is to leave the readers with one of my favorite quotes of Dr.King’s that our leaders would be mindful to remember!

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true”.

Martin Luther King Jr.
US black civil rights leader & clergyman (1929 – 1968)

PS: Too bad his contemporaries such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have pissed away the power of Dr.King’s legacy and wasted it by becoming “poverty pimps” and shakedown artists!