Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Thursday, January 30, 2014

FDR - Bigot In Chief



The Democrat Party has a hard lock on political support from the black community.  They have been wonderfully effective in getting black voters to blindly vote for Democrats despite the fact that Democrat policies that created the modern welfare state and abortion industry have devastated black families throughout the nation. A look at history is equally perplexing considering that it was Republicans who were responsible for abolishing slavery, it was Democrats who created the Ku Klux Klan, and it was Republicans who provided the votes needed to pass Civil Rights legislation in the 1960's when a large block of Democrats in Congress opposed it.

We might expect a Virginian like Woodrow Wilson to oppose greater rights for blacks.  He prevent blacks from attending Princeton University when he was the university president and he supported segregation of blacks in government jobs. Wilson also chose the racist film ¨Birth of a Nation¨ to be the first movie shown at the White House.

Meanwhile a northern liberal, Franklin Roosevelt, should have found it much easier to promote civil rights. His wife Eleanor was a big supporter of equal rights for blacks, but President Roosevelt was a political coward and made no major steps to fight racism and bigotry. If he was worried that helping blacks would hurt his reelection efforts in 1936, that might be a bad reason to hold off on any action, but once he was reelected, there should have been no reasons at all to do what was right.

Though decreasing in numbers, black lynching in the South were still happening in the 1930s. New York Democratic Senator Robert Wagner introduced federal anti-lynching legislation in 1937.  Public support for the bill was 72% in the North and even 57% in the South. Eleanor Roosevelt supported the bill. President Roosevelt gave the bill zero support.


A few years later when advocates of the bill tried to get Roosevelt's support for the bill and pointed out that polls showed it would result in more votes gained than lost, Roosevelt still refused to throw in his support.  To clarify, Roosevelt was fine with blacks being lynched even if it cost him votes.

At the time blacks where prevented from voting by poll taxes. Roosevelt also opposed doing away with these laws that suppressed black votes and he wouldn't pressure unions to allow blacks to join.

Jessie Owens, perhaps the best know black man of the 1930's, and hero of the Berlin Olympic games where he won four gold medals was not invited to the White House or even sent a presidential congratulations. Instead, he and fellow black Republican Joe Lewis, the world champion boxer, were investigated by the IRS.

And of course, we had to wait for Harry Truman to desegregate the military.

If these facts are news to you, blame it on a liberal bias in history that tends to whitewash the failings of liberal icons like FDR. As detailed previously in this blog (FDR Flubbed Depression's RecoveryGet Ready To Pull Your Hair Out - How Social Security Got Started, IRS Abuse Began with FDRA Communist Sympathizer in the White House), Roosevelt was a far worse president than he gets credit for.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Phony Superheroes, Frozen Superheroes


For the past generation Americans have become enthralled by superhero movies where millionaire actors stand in front of green screens pretending to hold super powers that are later added in by CGI wizards. Such phony superheroes may be exciting to watch, but we all understand this is all make-believe because superheroes aren't real.

Well maybe not anymore, but in the not too distant past real men accomplished incredible feats that should leave our generation of video game addicts shaking heads in wonder.



I recently read Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts. This is the story of the Australian born Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson's scientific journeys in Antarctica during the first two decades of the 20th century. Mawson is unfortunately much less well known than his contemporary peers Roald Amundsen, who discovered the South Pole, Robert Scott, who died on his own return from the race to the pole with Amundsen, and Ernest Shackleton, whose 1913 Endurance expedition was caught in the ice and saved by Shackelton's amazing small boat journey across the ocean for help.  Despite such stellar company, no less an explorer that Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary proclaimed that Mawson's best known adventure was ¨the greatest survival story in the history of exploration.¨

The deed that earned this acclaim was a 300 mile desperate dash in December 1912 - February 2013. Mawson had divided up his team into three men groups that went off in separate directions to explore and map Antarctica. Mawson lead the eastern party with two other men and two sledges pulled by dogs. On December 14, one month of trekking from base camp, one of the men fell into an abyss along with sledge and dogs taking nearly all of the food and needed supplies such as the party's tent. The two remaining men had ten days worth of food to return 300 miles. Slowly starving day by day as they marched back, inadequately sheltered by a makeshift tent, and being unknowingly poisoned by dog meat, Mawson's companion died after 200 miles, leaving Mawson to return the final 100 miles on his own. It took him nearly two months. 


Near the end of his journey, Mawson fell into an abyss but he was tied to his sledge which stayed above. Dangling 14 feet on the end of rope and weakened from lack of food, he still managed to drag himself out only to have the snow shelf break from under him sending him plunging back in the hole.  Again the sledge held anchor and in an even weaker condition he somehow was able to pull himself out again.

He was slowed by storms, hurricane level winds and after loosing his crampons that let him walk across ice, he was able to jury-rig a replacement set of crampons that finally took him back to base camp.

In 2007 Australian adventurer Tim Jarvis decided to see if Mawson's feat could be recreated. Although Jarvis outfitted himself using period equipment, his recreation had a number of advantages. First of all he pick a different route that had no hidden crevasses. Second, he had radio communications and weather reports with his support team that was filming the adventure. He also didn't eat poisonous Husky meat for obvious reasons. Despite these advantages, Jarvis was unable to keep up the same daily pace as Mawson.  With the help of a safety harness, Jarvis even recreated Mawson's desperate self extraction from his 14 foot drop into an abyss.  Jarvis was able to pull himself out, but then the film crew lowered him in a second time to recreate Mawson's second attempt to pull himself out of the hole.  Jarvis did not have the strength to get out the second time and the film crew pulled him out.

Were people from a century ago made of sterner stuff? No doubt. The deprivations and hardships they suffered in the pursuit of knowledge would be hard to match today. Today's movie superheroes are not real, but such superheroes once did walk the earth.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

What? Hollywood Promoting Morals?


Big time Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein made news recently when he said he has decided to stop making violent movies because Sandy Hook taught him that guns are bad. Some of Weinstein's net worth of over $130 million was made possible from producing super violent movies such as:



Django Unchained
Inglorious Basterds
Kill Bill Vol. I
Kill Bill Vol. II
Kill Shot
Pulp Ficiton
the Scream movies
Sin City

None of these movies were ever close to a PG-13 rating and some of them were the dreaded NC-17 until they were trimmed to ¨acceptable¨ R ratings.

Many conservatives are no fans of violent movies, so if Weinstein says he has stopped making them, I suppose every little bit helps. Of course his motive is he thinks that by not making violent movies and fighting for gun control he will save lives. He says he plans on making a movie attacking the NRA. ¨They're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them,¨ Weinsten said.

I know that ¨liberal logic¨ is an oxymoron, but if saving lives is important to Weinstein then his next step should be making movies the condemn promiscuity, abortions, and gay sex. After all, 1.2 million babies are aborted every year. The New York Times would have you believe that 5% of men are gay. I think it is probably closer to 2%, but let's be PC and use the Times numbers. There are about 15,000 deaths from AIDS each year. Since this mainly involves gay men, it would be 300,000 per year if it affected the general male population at the same rate. Either way, that is too many deaths and it would be great to see Hollywood make movies that would curb the behaviors that lead to these deaths.

Let's put this in perspective with deaths caused by mass shootings in the United States. Of course any violent death is bad, but statistics show that the nation sees between 100-200 deaths from mass shootings per year.

So, if changing the content of violence in movies to save 100 lives is a great idea, sounds like changing the content of irresponsible sexual behavior in movies to save more than a million lives is an even better idea.

Sadly, I think liberal logic would never go for this, because liberal and logical are not compatible.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fiddlin'- New York, Not For Conservatives


A few days ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the following comments on a radio show:

"Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are."


Time for the governor to set this to music and spread the message through song!


New York, New York, Not For Conservatives

(sing to the tune of New York, New York)


Start spreading the news
Start leaving today
I want to be no part of them,
in
New York, New York


Conservative views
We are wishing away
Exit the very heart of it
New York, New York


I want to wake up in that city
That's ever gay
Abortion's king of the hill
Legal all day.


Your gun owning rights
They are melting away
I gonna make a brand new start of it
In old New York


So we don't want you there
Don't want you anywhere
It's not for you
New York, New York


New York, New York
I want to wake up in that city
That's ever gay
Abortion's king of the hill
Top of the list
Legal all day
King of the hill


Your gun owning rights
They have all melted away
I am about to make a brand new start of it
Right there in old New York


So, we don't want you here
You know, I don't want you about anywhere
Get out, go through
New York, New York, New York


For other Fiddling Ant parody songs see the Fiddling Ant Parody Song Index.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Fiddling Ant Parody Song Index

This post lists a link to all the parody song posts written by The Fiddling Ant.

Fiddlin' - The Anchor Baby Song

Fiddlin' - Dolezal Sings MJ's 'Black Not White'

Fiddlin' - Beatles Song "Yesterday" Lampoons Scandalous Politician

Fiddlin' - Hillary's Foreign Donor Song (Sorry Meghan Trainor!)


Fiddlin' - The Baltimore Riot Song

Fiddlin' -Hillary Sings Her Champion Song

Fiddlin' - Hillary and Trey Gowdy Sing a Duet!

Fiddlin' - Obama's French Marching Song

Fiddlin' - The Amnesty Song

Fiddlin' - The Ebola Song

Fiddlin' - No Strategy: The Obama Golf Song


Fiddlin' - Hamas Scum


Fiddlin' - Lost Emails


Fiddlin' - Hello Bergdahl -ie


Fiddlin' - Putin On The Blitz

Fiddlin' - Frozen's First Time and Forever

Fiddlin'- New York, Not For Conservatives


Fiddlin'- The Dictator Song






















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Friday, January 17, 2014

Fiddlin - The Dictator Song

Fiddlin'- The Obama Dictator Song


Earlier this week, President Obama showed his continued failure to work with congress to enforce the laws of the land when he bragged ¨I've got a pen and I've got a phone,¨ implying that he can ignore laws pass by Congress and use executive actions to carry out his orders even when they are contrary to laws passed by Congress.  This is raising a lot of comparisons to Obama as a dictator, which eventually leads to the most famous dictator ever.  





Obama is nowhere near as bad as Hitler, but his regular habit of ignoring the Constitution and laws passed by Congress when it is inconvenient to his preferences, is very disturbing.  Why even have a congress, if the the president is going to ignore it's laws?

In the 1940's, Spike Jones came up with a funny, popular song, Der Fuehrer's Face, that made fun of Hitler.  Obama's continued leanings to dictatorial actions is ripe for an update of this song.

Obama's Phone and Pen
(sing to the tune of Der Fuhrer's Face)

When Obama says he has a phone and pen,
We hail, hail the Constitution's end.
We all love Obama when the law he bends.
Yes, we hail, hail the Constitution's end.

When Hillary says, ¨What difference does it make?¨
We hail, hail the Constitution's break
When Joe Biden says, ¨My hairplugs, they're all fake.¨
We hail, hail the Constitution's break.

Are we not the Democrats?
Crazy, looney Democrats.
Yes, we are the Democrats.
(Super looney Democrats.)

Is this Lib'ral land so good?
Would you come here if you could?
Yes, this Lib'ral land is good.
Si, inmigración, if we could.

We bring the world to order
Obama's world to order
Everyone of Congress' laws
He ignores with brash gaffaws.
When he bring to the world his order

CHORUS
When Obama says he has a phone and pen,
We hail, hail the Constitution's end.
We all love Obama when the law he bends.
Yes, we hail, hail the Constitution's end.

When Obama says he has a phone and pen,
We hail, hail the Constitution's end.
We all love Obama when the law he bends.
Yes, we hail, hail the Constitution's end.


For an index of all Fiddling Ant parody songs, click here.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Coolidge, The Anti-Obama


His face may not be on Mount Rushmore (although he was president when it started), and he may be all but unknown to most living Americans, but Calvin Coolidge is an underrated president and a 180 degree opposite to President Obama.

We all know that Obama is a huge advocate for massive government spending and pandering to special interests. He has no qualms with spending more than the government collects in taxes and would love to increase the taxes paid by rich people.

Calvin Coolidge could be the poster child for a small government conservative. Elected as vice president in 1920, he became president in 1923 following the unexpected death of Warren Harding. The government had grown larger than ever during World War I and Coolidge acted to bring it down in size.

Where Obama's never found a federal spending program he didn't like and has continued to lobby for expansion of long term unemployment benefits, Coolidge believed in not spending money the government did not have.  For example, WWI vets were demanding a bonus from the federal government. Coolidge opposed it. A major flood of the Mississippi River in 1927 caused untold damage. Coolidge opposed using federal funds to pay for it. When a flood damaged a large area of his native Vermont, he also opposed federal interference. He felt local government and private charities could do a better job.

When first in office at the height of the housing fiasco recession, Obama saw just about all of private industries take actions to stay in the black. Many managers and employees went without pay raises or even took pay cuts. Meanwhile Obama took little to no action to put a hold on federal government salaries. By comparison, Coolidge met on nearly a daily basis with his budget people to find ways to cut back on government spending. One example is that up to that point, all government documents where delivered tied up with red tape. Coolidge approved the change to ordinary string. One year he directed all his departments to lower spending by 2%. His goal was to make the federal budget smaller, year after year.

If Obama could wave a magic wand, he would make rich people pay higher taxes, ¨to be fair.¨ Calvin Coolidge and his Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon did not believe that the interests of the country were best served when there was high taxes on the rich.  During WWI the top tax rate was over 70%. Coolidge and Mellon believed that lowering the rate would actually increase economic activity and bring in more revenue. Over a few years, the top tax rate was lowered to 40% and then to 25%. The results were just as Mellon projected, even better. The economy exploded (the Roaring 20's) and even though tax rates were down, the tax income went up, even higher than Coolidge wanted.  He was concerned that Congress would spend the unexpected income. Coolidge ordered extra refunds to tax payers to reduce the tax income. No president has been able to match the 3% unemployment rate and 1% inflation rate that Coolidge presided over during his years of president. He was able to pay off one-fourth of the federal debt.

Amity Shlaes, who wrote a must-read book about the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man, is the author of Coolidge, the 2013 biography of Ronald Reagan's favorite president. Coolidge did not live the most exciting life, so the book is not as fun to read as a biography of George Washington or Theodore Roosevelt. Nevertheless, the sections of the book that cover the presidential years of Coolidge's presidency are eye opening. It makes you wish we had a fiscally competent president in the White House now, one who would leave the country in better shape than when he started.

Sadly, Barack Obama is no Calvin Coolidge.


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Monday, January 13, 2014

Famous Rabbi Predicted Jesus Will Return After Sharon's Death



Pew Research has reported that nearly half of American Christians believe that the second coming of Christ will occur in the next 40 years. This view appears to be shared by a most unusual source.

In 2006, the then 108 year old rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, a well known Mizrahi Haredi rabbi and Torah scholar in Israel, claimed to have been visited by the Messiah. He said he would write down the name of the Messiah and that his followers would reveal it one year after his death. He died on January 28, 2006. A quarter-million people marched in his Jerusalem funeral procession.

The note was opened a year after his death. It read, "ירים העם ויוכיח שדברו ותורתו עומדים" meaning "he will raise the people and confirm that his word and law are standing." Much to his followers' surprise there is a Hebrew acronym in this phrase - YEHOSHUA, which we know in it's Greek form as Jesus.


Kaduri claimed that the Messiah would not return until after the death of former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Hmmm . . .

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

God is the Voldermort of Evolutionists


In the popular Harry Potter books, Lord Voldermort is often referred to as 'He Who Must Not Be Named." In the 21st century when it comes to discussing science, especially on the subject of the origin of life or evolution, God is "He Who Must Not Be Named."

Fortunately, not all scientists are afraid of ¨He Who Must Not Be Named.¨ Last summer Stephen Meyer came out with a great companion book to his 2009 Signature in the Cell. His first book dealt with the failures of current science to show how life began. His argument was that the basic components of life show evidence of design so it is more logical to attribute the origin of live to a designer instead of random chance. Many critics, totally failing to read the book, instead criticized Meyer as a creationist and hack trying to force religion on science and denying evolution, which is not any part of the book. Meyer is no young earth creationist and he relies on no theological sources to support his arguments. Evolution was hardly a focus of this book.

Well, now his critics who often refuse to read his Signature book (because they are afraid they might get cooties?) can complain about intelligent design vs. evolution for real this time because Meyers new book, Darwin's Doubt, takes on the subject head on. It is laughable if you read the negative reviews of this book -- they treat it the way a vampire might treat a holy cross -- they want as little to do with it as possible.

The main problem for defenders of Darwinian evolution is that they base their beliefs on random chance for the creation of life from nothingness and its further evolution from its origin to the current diverse and complicated life forms. The more we learn about the building blocks of life, the more we see evidence of design at work, not random chance.

I think the reason evolutionists fight so hard to avoid the Evolution - ID debate, is that they are afraid they will lose the support of fellow citizens. Even in this increasingly secular country, a clear majority of Americans (80-95%) continue to believe in God. While some of these people believe in the literal Bible creation version, many have no problem accepting that the universe is billions of years old and that God is still the creator. For atheists who overwhelmingly accept evolution as gospel, this is a threat they want to stamp out. If it turns out that intelligent design is a better explanation to explain the origin of life and its evolution to current life forms, God is the obvious candidate as the designer, not something atheists want to deal with. 

My challenge to all people who accept the reality of God is to continue to call for a debate between intelligent design and random undirected evolution. The secular humanists have used evolution as a beachhead to tear down conservative institutions and values. Conservatives have been successful in challenging the truthfulness of man-made global warming. Liberals have not been able to implement carbon taxes that they think can help control the climate.  We need to push for a similar action regarding undireced evolution.

For an entertaining and informative way to study the intelligent design - evolution controversy, I invite you to read my play Inherit The Wind: Overturned by Design.

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