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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hope n' Change Cartoons: Civil Writes Protest

The racist hypocrisy of the Obama administration and AG Eric Holder is infamous.  Read Stilton Jarlsberg's blog at the link below; he's far more articulate than I am.

Hope n' Change Cartoons: Civil Writes Protest

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Journalist Cites the Importance of Words

"Prepositions matter...While those little two, three and four-letter words might seem like English’s lesser children, they play a very important role in communication and understanding.  Take for instance the following phrases – freedom of religion and freedom from religion...

 ...The great strength of the First Amendment is that it is both of and from – it allows any person to believe whatever they want while preventing the government from interfering with that belief and preventing those believers from imposing their beliefs on others."  --Mark Evans, Caveat Lector blog in the TucsonCitizen.com  (emphasis added)."

The author, Mark Evans, is a journalist, schooled at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.  The oxymoronic gem he wrote above isn't really all that surprising coming from a journalist.

The context for the quote is a bill in the Arizona legislature that would allow faith-based service organizations, such as Catholic hospitals, to not be forced to include health insurance coverage for contraceptions if it is contrary to their beliefs.  Evans claims that such a law would allow these employers to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying them this coverage.

To me this is ridiculous at face value.  An employers choice not to include contraceptive coverage does not mean employees are forced to have the same religious beliefs the employer does.  By this argument then, employers who are willing to pay higher premiums for better life and health coverage value human life more than employers who cannot afford the same coverage, right?.  Of course not.

More to the point, however, is that Evans completely misses the deeper issue that is really at stake here: that the Federal government is seeking to abrogate the first amendment of the Constitution.  The Constitution sets forth the power structure of the United States government, dividing it into the three branches, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Executive.  By definition, if any of these three branches were to somehow gain direct authority over the Constitution (like unilaterally abrogating the first amendment) is it not prima facie that the whole structure is null and void?

Yet liberals fail to see this, and further, fail to see that down the road, the power base will likely shift, and without any compass, the philosophies imposed on the Constitution will send the country in the opposite direction. 

Fast forward, and in the end, there will be anarchy.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

America is Still a Great Place!

I have a tendency to get angry, down, and discouraged at all of the crap liberals and the MSM dish out day after day.  I very rarely watch TV news anymore, I stay updated via multiple sources on the internet.  Even then, there are times when I put a moratorium on the news and take a break.

Today, however, a good thing happened for me.  My weekend ritual takes me on a ride that passes within a mile or so of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where the 2012 D-M "Thunder and Lightning over Arizona" open house was taking place.  The USAF Thunderbirds flight demonstration team was performing at the time...





Its amazing what the sight of high speed fighters and their visceral roar can do for readjusting a person's mood and perspective...



...and restoring the pride of knowing that there are plenty of men and women, in the military and out, who live and work each day out of devotion and commitment to keep America great.



To them, past, present and future, I say

Thank you!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Day-to-Day Joys of Living in Tucson

I get some of the best raw material for this blog while driving to and from work.  Nope, I rarely listen to talk radio.  I may be singing along with Johnny Cash or John Fogerty having a good time.  But there's always some reminder that I'm in Tucson.  (For those of you who don't know, Tucson is a fetid pustule of zombie infested liberalism):
  • Two lane roads ("arteries") that should have been widened to 4 lanes 25 years ago and would have been were it not for compleat idiot and traitor Raul Grijalva.  You may recall seeing him on TV as our congressman calling for a boycott of Arizona business over SB 1070.  Well, he was Chair of the county board of supervisors way back in his career.  His asinine "no sprawl" doctrine was supposed to be enforced by keeping the roads small.  GUESS WHAT?  Sprawl came anyway and now 100,000 people commute through capillaries.
  • 3 out of 5 drivers are drooling, addle-minded zombies whose eyes are glazed over and who have one speed: 8 mph under whatever the posted speed is.  This, combined with the above mentioned capillaries, means that traffic is EXACTLY synchronized to miss every green light.  And if you give it a few moments reflection, it dawns on you that this also creates a no-win situation.  Even if you manage to get around the zombie leading your particular pack, you can enjoy the speed limit for only a short time before you come up to the back of the next procession.
  • Bumper stickers - oh, my goodness, the bumper stickers.  Conservatives and moderates have pretty clean and nice cars.  The other 60% of Tucson drive old, beat-up Yugos or Gremlins or Datsuns that are plastered with obscene and annoying liberal fare. 
  • Abundant potholes, dreary, rundown small business buildings, graffiti scrawled everywhere.  Its a depressing place.
  • The local (and only) newspaper, the Arizona Daily ("Red") Star, can be counted on to consistently deliver the Marxist version of the facts.  When the economy tanked in 2008, the editorial cartoonist David Fitzsimmons chastised us locals for reading the Star online instead of buying the hardcopy version.
And so on.  Now, I realize these are fairly small items in the grand scheme of things.  But everyone already knows the big stuff, like the locals screaming hate speech for the State not allowing the Mexican-American Studies curriculum to indoctrinate Latino children that they have been and continue to be oppressed by the white man, and that this land belongs to them; like Tucson being part of a state that singles out poor illegal (wait, what was that word again?) migrants - not aliens - to be singled out and cast into the outer darkness south of the border; that, in spite of the evidence, Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a wacko who must be part of the vast right wing conspiracy...

So why do I live here?  I was raised here, but that's not a good reason by itself.  I have a good job at the "world-class" university here while Tucson's overall population's average income is somewhere around $23k last time I checked.  But in spite of the major drawback that Tucson is in the middle of it, it's the Sonoran desert and its climate that keeps me here, at least for now.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to Insult the Left

(reprinted and retitled by permission of Jalapeno at Tucson Hot Pepper, http://tucsonhotpepper.blogspot.com/)

"In the current climate of emotional and political strife, there have been a number of complaints about vitriol and the lack of civility in public dialogue. I agree. If more people paused and thought before they spoke, our discourse and ability to insult one another would be much more refined. The degree of vulgarity in the content of speech is a reliable indicator of the depths to which we have linguistically sunk as a society.

I advocate a return to civil insults. If you’re not good at it, or have a limited vocabulary, take a few minutes each day to peruse a dictionary or a thesaurus (as I have here), and improve your skills. For example, the Os are rich with high-level slander and allegations. To wit:
  • Oaf (n.) – A large, ungainly, and dull-witted person : gawk, hulk, lout, limp, ox. Informal: lummox. Slang: klutz, lug, meatball, meathead.
  • Obduracy (n.) – The quality or state of being stubbornly inflexible: die-hardism, grimness, implacability, implacableness, incompliance, inexorability, intransigence, relentlessness, remorselessness, rigidity, stubbornness.
  • Obfuscate (v.) – To make dim or indistinct : becloud, bedim, befog, blear, blur, cloud, dim, dull, eclipse, fog, gloom, mist, obscure, overcast, overshadow.
  • Oblique (adj.) – 1. Angled at a slant : beveled, bias, biased, diagonal. 2. Not taking a direct or straight line or course : anfractuous, circuitous, circular, devious, indirect, tortuous.
  • Oblivious (adj.) – 1. Unable to remember : amnesiac, forgetful. 2. Not aware or informed : ignorant, innocent, unaware, unconscious, unenlightened. Idiom: in the dark.
  • Obloquy (n.) – 1. Harsh, often insulting language : abuse, billingsgate, contumely, invective, railing, revilement, scurrility, vituperation. 2. Loss of or damage to one’s reputation : bad name, bad odor, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, ignominy, ill repute, odium, opprobrium.
  • Obnoxious (adj.) – So objectionable as to elicit despisal or deserve condemnation : abhorrent, abominable, antipathetic, contemptible, despicable, despisable, detestable, disgusting, filthy, foul, infamous, loathsome, lousy, low, mean, nasty, nefarious, odious, repugnant, rotten, shabby, vile, wretched.

Isn’t this great?
  • Obscene (adj.) – 1. Offensive to accepted standards of decency : barnyard, bawdy, coarse, Fescennine, filthy, foul, gross, lewd, nasty, profane, ribald, scatologic, scurrilous, smutty, vulgar. 2. Beyond all reason : outrageous, preposterous, ridiculous, shocking, unconscionable, unreasonable.
  • Obsequious (adj.) – Excessively eager to serve or obey : menial, servile, slavish, subservient.
  • Obstinate (adj.) – 1. Tenaciously unwilling to yield : bullheaded, dogged, hardheaded, headstrong, mulish, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, stiff-necked, tenacious. 2. Difficult to alleviate or cure : persistent, pertinacious, stubborn.
  • Obstreperous (adj.) – 1. Not submitting to discipline or control : disorderly, fractious, indocile, intractable, lawless, obstinate, recalcitrant, refractory, uncontrollable, undisciplined, ungovernable, unmanageable, unruly, untoward, wild. Idiom: out of line. 2. Offensively loud and insistent : blatant, boisterous, clamorous, strident, vociferous. Informal: loudmouthed.
  • Obtrude (v.) – To force or come in as an improper or unwanted element : cut in, horn in, intrude.
  • Obtuse (adj.) – Lacking in intelligence : blockheaded, dense, doltish, dumb, hebetudinous, stupid, thickheaded, thick-witted. Informal: thick. Slang: dimwitted, dopey.
  • Odious (adj.) – [identical to Obnoxious].
  • Officious (adj.) – Given to intruding in other people’s affairs : interfering, intrusive, meddlesome, obtrusive.
  • Offish (adj.) - Not friendly, sociable, or warm in manner : aloof, chilly, cool, distant, reticent, standoffish, unapproachable, uncommunicative.
  • Oily (adj.) – 1. Having the qualities of fat : adipose, fat, greasy, oleaginous, unctuous. 2. Affectedly and self-servingly earnest : fulsome, sleek, smarmy.
  • Omnivorous (adj.) – Having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit : avid, edacious gluttonous, greedy, rapacious, ravenous, unappeasable, voracious.
I’ll stop there. Impressive, is it not? The English language is rife with fantastic words that get little airtime but could enliven the most insipid argument. With a little study, even the most obtuse, oblivious, and odious oaf can become omnivorous in officious and obdurate use of oily, obnoxious, and oblique obloquy.

It’s only a suggestion however, I don’t want to obtrude and obfuscate the issue for anyone."

Thursday, April 5, 2012

476625-Updated

*4/9/2012 Update... Arby's has apparently reversed its course and unblocked conservative tweeters (Malkin, Legal Insurrection, and others); Nice, but now we know what their beef is made of: Pinko Slime.

476625... that is my feedback tracking number for the message I left on the Arby's.com website.  They claim that they'd like to hear from me, but I really don't expect they do since they have blocked a whole slew of customers on Twitter for complaining (giving feedback) about their decision to pull ads from Rush Limbaugh's program.

I'm afraid I've eaten my last Arby's roast beef sandwich.  Boycott.

h/t Michelle Malkin