Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama's Failed Promises from 2008 Convention Speech



How has Obama's accomplishments in the past six years measured up to his 2008 convention speech promises?

Convention Speech Promises
What Really Happened
Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit cards, bills you can't afford to pay, and tuition that's beyond your reach.
We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president...
(APPLAUSE)
... when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000, like it has under George Bush. (APPLAUSE)
Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us.

The U.S. Federal Reserve reports that the 2012 inflation adjusted median household income is the lowest since 1999, even worse than during the 2008-2009 recession.

I'll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.
Never done, even though this is the type of program that would gain bipartisan results.
As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.

And I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power, and solar power (OTCBB:SOPW) , and the next generation of biofuels -- an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced.
Natural gas reserves are being tapped on private land as the government drags its feet on federal lands.

Meanwhile the Obama administration says clean coal plans could increase electricity costs by 80%.

It’s still been over 30 years since the last nuclear plant was built.

There have been far fewer than the promised 5 million well paying green energy jobs - maybe 675,000.
I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support.
Hasn't happened. Plus, per the Constitution of the United States, It is not the responsibility of the federal government to hire and pay teachers. Obama’s Race to the Top and his support for Common Core has backfired with parents who would rather see local control of education.
If you have health care -- if you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums.
Premiums are not lower. President Obama has acknowledged he did not give accurate information when he promised premiums would come down.
Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses, and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.
Obama’s Simpson Bowles commission came up with recommendations to fix social security in 2010. Obama decided to ignore them and has been doing nothing else to address this looming problem.
But I will also go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less, because we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.
Obama stopped education vouchers for poor children in DC attending failing public schools, but he did not eliminate any costly programs and did not fix programs like the VA until there was a scandal.
You don't defeat -- you don't defeat a terrorist network that operates in 80 countries by occupying Iraq. You don't protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can't truly stand up for Georgia when you've strained our oldest alliances. I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts, but I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression.
Obama pulled out of Iraq allowing ISIS to fill the vacuum. He has made no effective steps to curb Russian aggression and stand up for Ukraine by providing them with defensive weapons. His administrations relations with Israel are the worst since Israel became a state.
Change happens -- change happens because the American people demand it, because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.
America, this is one of those moments.
Obama’s promise of new ideas, new leadership, and new politics have in no way resulted in what people who supported him hoped for back in 2008.
Is it any wonder that Obama is so unpopular with all but his most fanatic supporters?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Comparing Obama to Truman


Defenders of President Obama complain that his critics disparage the President's foreign policies only because Obama is a liberal Democrat. They think that no mater what Obama does, the opposition will complain in knee-jerk fashion because they must always see everything that Obama has done as wrong.

This is not true.

Obama's distant cousin, Harry Truman was a big time liberal and that did not stop him from making many good foreign policy decisions. If we compare his actions to Barack Obama's, it is clear that Truman was a much more competent Commander-in-Chief. Here are the important decisions he made. It is questionable that Obama would have made these same choices.

1. Truman unhesitatingly approved the use of atomic bombs on Japanese cities. The left wing of the Democrat party, of which Obama is a disciple, has long questioned the morality of using nuclear weapons against civilians. Truman's decision ended the war and America avoided hundreds of thousands of casualties predicted from invading the Japanese main islands.

2. Truman was a signer of the Potsdam Declaration, which outlined the strategy for defeating Japan including its "prompt and utter destruction." Also "The Japanese Government shall remove all obstacles to the revival and strengthening of democratic tendencies among the Japanese people. Freedom of speech, of religion, and of thought, as well as respect for the fundamental human rights shall be established." Meanwhile Obama limits his goals to "degrading" ISIS and there is no plan of being prompt.

3. Truman initiated the Truman Doctrine and stopped the expansion of Communism in Greece, Turkey, and Korea. Obama has no similar doctrine to stop the expansion of Islamic fascism, and in fact his actions and inaction have created an environment where radical Islam is thriving. In facing Russia, he unilaterally abandoned defensive missile plans for Poland and the Czech Republic. Truman left troops in Japan and Germany to maintain the peace. Obama withdrew troops from Iraq leaving a vacuum for ISIS to rise to power.

4. Truman supported the new state of Israel, America's only democratic ally in the Middle East. Obama has been criticized by Israel watchers as the least friendly U.S. president ever.

5. Truman was able to get bipartisan support from a Republican congress to create the Marshall plan that rescued Europe from a postwar depression and kept it from embracing communist economics. Obama has proved time and time again unable to work with the opposition party.

Truman had to make many tough decisions and he lived by the motto, "The Buck Stops Here." Obama has gone out of his way to avoid taking responsibilities, so much so that he has become the butt of many jokes.  Here is a sample:






Sometimes conservatives criticize liberals just because they are liberals, but sometimes the criticism has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative. In the case of Obama, he has proved incompetent in carrying out foreign policy.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

ISIS - Islamic Scum Imitating Satan


Some people use the term ISIS and others use the term ISIL. The murderous terrorists who have taken over large sections of Iraq and Syria see themselves as an Islamic State. However, they do not deserve any support and we can legitimately recognize them as Islamic Scum Imitating Satan.

These terrorists have hijacked a religion that is practiced peacefully in many regions of the world. Their brand of religion, which promotes terror and death, is evidence that they please Satan more than God.

All cultures are not equally beneficial to society. The Aztec values of human sacrifice, the Nazi values of a master race, and the Islamic fascist values of death to all that do not embrace their narrow understanding of the Koran, are all cultures that we can do without.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Like: Condie Rice for NFL Commissioner


The NFL's mishandling of the Ray Rice woman battering should not end with Rice's exile from the league.

The NFL has slowly come to the realization that the original two game suspension was a travesty. You get a four game ban for using marijuana. You get kicked off the team if you bully a minority teammate using bad words.

If the NFL was really serious about sending a message that hitting a woman is unacceptable, it would have suspended San Francisco defensive lineman Ray McDonald who was arrested last week for felony domestic violence. There is no video yet, so it must be okay for him to play, even though his pregnant girlfriend had a bruised neck and arms.

Even worse, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy was CONVICTED of assaulting his girlfriend and even threatening to kill her. He's still playing because he is appealing the decision. Hello?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has provided unacceptable leadership and extremely poor judgement.

American's favorite sport deserves a better commissioner. Who better than former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice? Rice has long said being NFL Commissioner would be her dream job.

I can't think of a wiser, more capable individual to restore some values and character to the damaged NFL brand. There is no place for men to beat women.

Let's have less Ray Rice and more Condie Rice.


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lotteries - Everyone Loses


Updated February 12, 2015

The news is announcing there will be three winners of the current $564 million Powerball jackpot. These new millionaires look to be big winners, but for everyone else, lotteries are for losers. And if past winners are any indication, these new winners may yet end up in the poorhouse. 

In fact, when it comes to lotteries, everyone is a loser.

Stupid Fact One - You're Odds of Winning Are Less Than in Vegas

In Vegas you will see casinos advertise that they payout 97 percent on slots, meaning for every dollar bet by the public, the casino keeps 3 cents and returns 97 cents in prizes to winners. With government lotteries you are most likely only seeing 50 percent used for prizes. The government keeps the rest, plus it taxes your winnings.

Stupid Fact Two - Lotteries Don't Provide More Revenue to State Projects

Some people who won't gamble in Vegas are okay with spending money on lottery tickets because the money goes to a good cause. 


Not really.  

Wherever lottery revenue is used for schools or parks or some other popular government program, state legislatures have long figured out that if their state lottery is a source of revenue, they can cut funding from regular tax sources. So lotteries don't really bring in more money for these favorite programs.

Stupid Fact Three - Lotteries Are A Lousy Investment

Except for social security payments that workers are forced to pay, many Americans set nothing aside for retirement, and yet millions of Americans spend $30 or more each month on lottery tickets. If they win big (and don't lose their ticket) they are set for retirement, so they think. 


Remember, the government is only giving back 50 percent in prizes so in order to have any chance of winning you have to play a lot, but even if you win, you don't win much.  Walter Hickey, with The Business Insider, reports that to have a 99 percent chance of winning the lotto you have to buy 145 $2 tickets. The most common prize is $4. Do the math, who wants to spend $290 to win $4? 

Stupid. 

Plus, even if you win a big prize, guess what? The government could take up to 50% in taxes.

What would happen if you took that same $30 per month wasted on lottery tickets and invested it in a Roth IRA mutual fund from age 18 to age 67. That's a total of $18,000 invested over 50 years. Based on past stock market history, it is very possible that your investment could grow at an average 8% per year and you would have around $250,000, tax free. If you managed to earn an average 10%, you would have around $500,000, tax free. And if you managed to earn an average 12%, you would have around $1,000,000, tax free.

Weigh the difference -- the potential winnings from buying 9,000 $2 lottery tickets or $250,000 to $1,000,000?

Stupid Fact Four - Lottery Winners Lose it All

You may or may not be surprised to learn that over 70% of big lottery prize winners go bankrupt.  The type of people who think lotteries are a smart investment are not likely to all of a sudden smarten up when they become millionaires. The lives of many past lottery winners read like a tabloid -- divorces, affairs, scandals, court fights, even murders. It turns out the same skills it takes to Get Rich Quick are the ones to Get Poor Quick.

Repeat after me -- Lotteries are for losers.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dawkins Evolves Foot in Mouth



Richard Dawkins, the darling of evolutionists and atheists and the author of pseudo science books such as The God Delusion, revealed his true colors when he tweeted to his one million followers the following statement regarding pregnant women who have had their unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome:

"Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have a choice."

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I'm still waiting for Dawkins to suffer the same condemnation from the evolutionist and atheist communities as Mel Gibson did from the movie community and Paula Dean from the TV community for unfortunate statements about Jews and blacks respectively.

Dawkins is upset that people are upset at his statement. It has not hurt his twitter following; he still has over 1 million followers. I don't see a overwhelming response from the evolutionist community for Dawkins to retract his statement and he stands by what he says. The morality of evolution is to kill people that are not evolved to the standards of evolutionists like Dawkins. Another group of evolutionists had the same value system; the Nazis plan was to eliminate all kinds of people who did not meet their standards.

Gratefully, the majority of Americans reject Dawkin's extreme views. While he is under the impression that the life of an atheist evolutionist is the only rational choice for an educated modern human, the evidence has proved to be just the opposite.

As carefully documented in Rodney Stark's scholarly book, America's Blessing: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists, People who are religious are less likely to get in trouble with the law, they attain a higher level of education, they contribute more money and time to nonreligious charities, they live longer, are healthier, and have less mental illness and they are more likely to enjoy the classical arts. They even have more satisfying love lives.

More posts about Stark's book here, here, here, and here.

Why anyone would fall for the untruth that atheists have evolved to a superior level of human existence is beyond me. If Facebook comments are representative, many atheists are negative, foul mouthed, bitter, spiteful and mocking of believers. Why they would choose a lifestyle that results in more arrests, shorter lifespans, worse health, greater mental illness and a less happy love life is evidence that they may not be as rational as they believe.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Fiddlin' - No Strategy: The Obama Golf Song



No Strategy

(Sing to the Tune of Tragedy by The Bee Gees)

As sung by President Obama:

Here I stand
In a lost and lonely press conference
Most the time
In a ISIS world I’ve no defense
As you know
I just can't use my pen and phone
I really should go get a clue
What do to
Have no clue, have no clue

Tragedy
When the peace is gone and you can’t golf on
No strategy
When the horror’s seen and you’re on the green
It's hard to bear
With no-one to tell you you're
golfin’ nowhere

Tragedy
When you lose control and we don't have
a strategy
When the horror’s seen and you’re on the green
It's hard to bear
With no-one beside you you're
golfin' nowhere
When the peace is gone and you can't golf on

Night and day
there's a golf date down inside of me
Burning Tree
With a yearning that won't let me be
Damn the polls
and I just can't use my pen and phone
I really should go get a clue
What do to
Have no clue, have no clue

Tragedy
When the peace is gone and you can’t golf on
No strategy
When the horror’s seen and you’re on the green
It's hard to bear
With no-one to tell you you're
golfin’ nowhere

Tragedy
When you lose control and we don't have
a strategy
When the horror’s seen and you’re on the green
It's hard to bear
With no-one beside you you're
golfin' nowhere
When the peace is gone and you can't golf on

Tragedy...


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

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