Saturday, October 22, 2011

Isn't it amazing that we'd rather call ourselves stupid than lazy? At least laziness is easy to fix.
‎(Is it that you can't do it or perhaps you don't want to do the work?) When I was in college, I took a ton of advanced math courses, three or four of them, until one day I hit the...
I'm with Herman on this. I thought Romney was a bully and not presidential at all.
They're getting on my last nerve," he told CNN's Carol Costello after opponents criticized his "9-9-9" tax reform plan.
The spirit of murder and mayhem is lose in the land. Mob rule. Thuggery. I hope they catch these punks and throw away the key. I hate to add to the population in prison, but these parasites can't be let loose in the population.
AN 84-YEAR-OLD ex-university official savagely attacked by four young punks during a walk in Wissahickon Valley Park earlier this week theorizes that the beating he endured was a cruel game of "get the old geezer."
This doesn't sit well with me. Slippery slope. Will I need permission to travel to see my relatives in ND? This is third world behavior.
Tennessee is now the first state ever to work with the TSA to deploy a simultaneous counter-terrorism operation statewide.
"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.

Jobs also criticized America's education system, ......saying it was "crippled by union work rules," noted Isaacson. "Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.See More
In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, "Steve Jobs," author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite being highly critical of the administration's policies and that Jobs refused potentially life-savi...
While traveling I heard an announcer from an NPR station blatantly organizing, times, places of meeting for the Occupy Asheville rally. Not a paid announcement. One of the news people. IF ANYONE who calls themselves a patriot gives ONE DIME to NPR it is antimaximial. They are an arm of the fringe left.
National Public Radio announced Thursday that “World of Opera” host Lisa Simeone will continue as the show’s host, despite violating of the network’s ethics policy by acting as a spokesperson
Graham Cooke

"It is much better to try and to fail than never have the courage to go after something. Too many missed opportunities lead us into the valley of shadow, where we are a pale version of what we could have been. Passivity, procrastination and caution are all forms of regret. It is where we look back at our fainthearted approach to life and discover how timid we have become. It is vital that our past does not become our future or regret will shadow us all our lives."
I think this is a great idea. People need to know about investing, economics, free enterprise, capitalism. The Occupy Wall Street folks demonstrate they know nothing. Let's help the young get a vision of developing wealth. Even if I'm not crazy about Buffet, this can't hurt. Economic ignorance and anti-capitalism is hurting our economy.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett — the man who thinks the “super-rich“ need to ”stop being coddled” and, in turn, taxed at a higher rate than they currently are taxed — has joined forces with rapper Jay-Z on an animated show for Hub TV intended to teach children about investing called “The Secret...
The only states in the Union now with Unemployment below 6% are ND 3.8%, SD, NE, WY, OK, NH and VT. The worst states for unemployment are NV 13.4%, CA, IL, MS, MI, NC, SC, GA and WI. I'm from ND and Live in IL. I'm doing something wrong. BY THE WAY...politically....what political color are the Low un-Employment States and which of those states have right to work laws. What political color are the states with HIGH unemployment rates and have forced Union Laws. How's that voting DEM working out???
The governments latest snapshot of state unemployment is out, and New Mexico showed the biggest year-to-year drop. See a map of each state's performance.
Do I hear any applause for those of us in the Tea Party who opposed this stupid idea in the first place??? OR the Porkulus stimulus fiasco. Or the bail outs of the car companies. Or the stupid loans to fairy dust fake energy companies like Solyndra. Or the Fannie and Freddie bailouts. We have been consistent in opposing government welfare...of all kinds. It never works.
The former W.H. adviser said if given a second chance he wouldn’t have backed the program.
LOOK at the camels first and then read the message below.

This is a picture tak...en from directly above these camels in the desert at sunset. It is considered to be one of the best pictures of the year. When you look closely, you can see that the camels are the little white lines in the picture.
The black images you see are just the shadows!

Sometimes, our "problems" seem to be as big as the shadows...but they are little. Have a lovely day!
I know some churches that are in fact a cult. IF you are scum
Most individuals are highly averse to finding themselves completely alone, because society views aloneness as a proof of total social inadequacy. This type of aversion solidifies the necessity to...
The good news continued for Herman Cain Friday, as the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — and leaving Texas Gov. Rick Perry .
UNIONS are the bane of our economy
Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found.
I don't understand the writer of this article. Is there no room for independent thinking? Do people all have to stay on the liberal plantation in chains to be acceptable? If a person is conservative why is that considered betrayal? Would someone please explain this mentality to me?
RightWatch: He's been transformed from courageous journalist to apologist for Clarence Thomas
Student Loans are not dischargeable as debts in a bankruptcy. This is an insidious method of funneling money to liberal college professors. A real crime. I am WITH the occupy folks on this.
Young people accepted a home mortgage worth of debt before they ever even had a regular income based on phony promises.
The best cure for poverty is massive wealth creation!
If you live in a middle-class household, you generally expect your needs to be met through the marketplace. You buy or rent housing in the real estate market. When you aren't driving your own car, you catch a taxicab or maybe even hire a limo. You or your employer buy health insurance, and you choos...
The ROOTS of the OCCUPY riots

I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday." --Letter from L. DAVID ALINSKY, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky

Obama helped fund 'Alinsky Academy': "The Woods Fund, a nonprofit o...n which Obama served as paid director from 1999 to December 2002, provided startup funding and later capital to the Midwest Academy.... Obama sat on the Woods Fund board alongside William Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization.... 'Midwest describes itself as 'one of the nation's oldest and best-known schools for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change.'... Midwest teaches Alinsky tactics of community organizing."See More
This is a PHOTO of the tribute Saul Alinsky gives to Satan as a dedication of his book.
If you want to get a handle on why the USA is failing in it's economy, take a look at this chart. We have too many regulations, too many limitations, too weak a work force (we do NOT have the best workers in the world) and too many taxes. Change will be needed to create HOPE. January 20, 2013 HOPE!!
Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ranking on the ease of doing business index means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.
That is the face of a true hero. Bless her for her bravery. RIP
NEW YORK (The Blaze/AP) — Someone with a gun opened fire on a street as students were let out of school Friday afternoon, killing one parent who had tried to shield children from harm and injuring an 11-year-old girl and another parent, police and school officials said.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

These losers protesting wall street complain because they have a college education and can't find a job. Would you pay your plumber more if he had a PhD? Where did the idea come from that getting an education would guarantee a good paying cushy job. A well educated bum is almost legendary. I know many. I would rather have a motivated 8th grade graduate working for me than some of the dummies with masters degrees I have run into. My dad and mom never went to high school. 8th grade both of them. Yet, accomplished and successful till the day of their death. We need better, not more, education.
Charles C. W. Cooke writes on NRO: The number of people participating in the Occupy Wall Street sit-ins because they are angry that their education has not yielded the fruits that they hoped it would becomes more apparent by the day. Many of the protesters I have met are understandably ruffled that ...
Elizabeth, the Anchoress, is a great writer and one I have followed for a long time. Her thoughts are always worth reading.
I have to see more. I am waiting to see someone I really want to vote for, and that hasn’t happened yet, but Cain is certainly interesting and he deserves to be noticed. A pizza box may be flat and square, but Herman Cain does not appear to be.
Almost ALL the stores on the list are located in forced union states. Only one was in a Right to work state. And they are very blue states. I guess liberalism isn't Lowes friend.
They say people vote with their feet and tend to go where life looks brightest for them. National interstate migration patterns suggest that this is true, and now a Lowe's home improvement store
Reminds you of all those rapes at the Tea Party affairs..right? Oh Wait..there weren't any. OOPS
Not one single arrest at a tea party protest anywhere in America despite tens of thousands of events and millions of attendees.
OOPS, it looks like Al Gore Lied...again. The climate IS changing. That much is certain. Why may have more to do with the sun than anything man ever did. In any case, the whole CO2 thing is another goofy green fantasy. I know you have no dog in the hunt Chuck Comstock but shouldn't Mr Gore admit he just made it all up?
Readers may recall my previous essay where I pointed out how Mr. Gore's Climate 101 Video, used in his "24 hours of climate reality", had some serious credibility issues with editing things to make...
IF you really want to take the time to understand why Herman Cain's 9 9 9 plan makes sense.... please read this. If you don't and just knee-jerk comment, I'll ignore you. Only those with brains fully engaged need apply.
In The Wall Street Journal, Arthur B. Laffer writes that the new sales tax in Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's '9-9-9' tax plan could be raised in the future—but so could any other tax, and Cain's proposal would jump-start the economy.
Time to head for the country? Every failing city in the USA declined under Democrat leadership. Not that anyone notices. I am thankful for Rahm Emanuel. I just wish he were tougher. He has a big battle, but if he doesn't lose focus in political maneuvering he will make it.
If you want to know what the early stages of an economic collapse look like, just walk around some of the downtown areas of our major cities.
The President REALLY SAYS THIS in the interview. "I believe all the choices we've made have been the right ones, we're still going through difficult circumstances".
Hubris is always followed by Nemesis. I am amazed at this level of delusion.
The following is a transcript from ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper's exclusive interview with President Obama on the economy and his overall performance for "Nightline" in Jamestown, N.C.


As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not. He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood ther...e and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.
Cash is now outlawed in LA. No man shall buy nor sell except....
House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions.
Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” tax plan has been attacked and denigrated by his conservative opponents. Liberals are having a cow. The media is up in arms. It seems everyone is upset. But the reality is, it was a great start. The only way you know something works in Washington is when all sides are angry.
Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You'd be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago.
josephmattera.orgThese protestors are ultimately modeling Marxist strategies (The Communist Manifesto) and Saul Alinsky (Rules for Radicals) in which they take advantage of any political or economic unrest by starting riots to create anarchy which lead to destabilizing and ultimately toppling a government
Everyone should be angry at the way deficits are destroying our standard of living, he says.
Isn't it amazing that we'd rather call ourselves stupid than lazy? At least laziness is easy to fix.
‎(Is it that you can't do it or perhaps you don't want to do the work?) When I was in college, I took a ton of advanced math courses, three or four of them, until one day I hit the...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on Faith and Reason

It is in the interest of faith to make a final, absolute decision. It is in the interest of the understanding to keep "deliberation" alive. Just as the police would be embarrassed if there were no crimes, so the understanding is embarrassed... if deliberation were completed. Faith wants the absolute; the understanding wants prolongation of thought.

There is only one proof--that of faith. It is impossible for a person to hold back his conviction and push ahead with reasons. If I actually have a firm conviction, then it is higher than reasons; it is actually the conviction that sustains the reasons, not the reasons which sustain the conviction. "Reasons" can lay an egg no more than a rooster can, at most a wind egg, and no matter how much intercourse they have with each other they never beget or bear a conviction. A conviction arises elsewhere.

There is only one proof for the truth of Christianity--the inward proof, argumentum spiritus sancti (the argument of the Holy Spirit). The Apostle John intimates this: "If we receive the testimony of men" (this is all the historical proofs and considerations), "the testimony of God is greater" --that is, the inward testimony is greater. And then, "He who believes the Son of God has the testimony in himself" (1 John 5:9,10).

It is not reasons that justify faith in God's son. Just the opposite--faith in God's Son is the testimony. Faith is the movement of infinity within itself, and it cannot be otherwise. Everything previous is preparatory, preliminary, something which disappears as soon as the conviction arrives. Otherwise there would be no resting in a conviction, for then to have conviction would mean to perpetually repeat the reasons. Faith itself is the testimony. Faith is the justification.

Understanding 9-9-9

Let's talk about 9-9-9 as I understand it. The biggest hit against the plan from Herman Cain is that the 9% sales tax is 1. Regressive, 2. Lead to double taxation and 3. Give a "new tax" to congress. The second major complaint is that the 9% Corporate tax will amount to a VAT tax or "Value Added Tax" similar to the one they have in Europe. First to the idea that a "Sales tax" is the same as a VAT is a mis-conception. We have a distinction with a difference in the definition of the two: (from The "value added" to a product by a business is the sale price charged to its customer, minus the cost of materials and other taxable inputs. A VAT is like a sales tax in that ultimately only the end consumer is taxed.( Please pay attention to this line:)

"It differs from the sales tax in that, with the latter, the tax is collected and remitted to the government only once, at the point of purchase by the end consumer. With the VAT, collections, remittances to the government, and credits for taxes already paid occur each time a business in the supply chain purchases products."

This is a subtle yet huge difference between a VAT and a Sales tax! If you listen to what Herman Cain is saying, He is making the point that the sales tax is not the same as the VAT. He has said on several occasions that the sales tax will only be applied once: at the point of sale to the consumer. It will not be applied throughout the entire production chain. Many of the detractors know this and yet they continue to act like they do not. Either they are being disingenuous or they are ignorant of the differences. Either way they are wrong.

The complaint that the sales tax is double taxation is another attack. Let's consider the facts. If there were no national sales tax would there be state sales tax? Answer: Yes. If there were a Flat tax would there be state sales taxes in states that impose them? Answer: Yes. Is there currently taxes on goods and services under the current tax code that are imposed on states that do not have sales taxes? Answer: Yes. This is what Cain means by people are mixing "apples and oranges." In fact the Federal government currently imposes taxes that amount to on average 35% on all the goods and services produced in the United States is a fact. One of the reasons that Chinese goods are cheaper than those produced in the US is the fact that the imports taxes are lower than the taxes imposed by those produced here. Add to that the fact that in addition to the cost of corporate taxes at on average 35% and the fact that the payroll taxes are also factored into the goods we purchase and it is very easy to see that the current tax system is far more regressive than it appears. The problem is the current taxes that are paid on goods and services produced here are hidden in the cost of the goods themselves. On average the tax built into the cost of goods averages about 22% according to reliable sources. Removing these hidden taxes of about 22% and replacing them with a transparent 9% tax would actually make the cost of the goods less expensive. Couple this with the removal of the 15.3% payroll tax and the average American family is going to pay less in over-all tax burden no matter what their current tax rate is. Now will some people be paying taxes who do not pay taxes now? Yes. But shouldn't everyone who benefits from the services supplied by the Federal government pay something. Currently 53% of Americans pay all the taxes. Moving this from 53% to over 70% will lessen the tax burden on everyone and make taxes fair, flatter and more transparent. In addition it will simplify the tax code and reduce the need for a large bloated and out of control IRS.

Will this help create jobs in the US? Without a doubt. By radically changing the way government is funded, taking out the influence that is exercised by lobbyist and special interest groups, it will free up capital in the economic system and allow for more investment in innovative production.

So why all the fuss and why all the attacks on Herman Cain? Well lets follow the money. Both the left and the right use the current tax code system to reward or punish those who benefit them or who they don't like. It only makes sense that if you are attacking their golden "fleece", they are going to fight you tooth and nail to prevent you from changing this. They have a vested interest in keeping things just like they are. The Republicans like it this way and the Democrats like it this way because they both get to play the game and make us think they care about us. The reality is they only care about themselves and doing whatever it takes to hold onto their power and money base.

Folks it is time for REAL CHANGE! Not the phony hope and change that was promised by President Obama. Let's stand with Herman Cain and fight for real change in 2012. Change that makes a difference for US Americans!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Class Difference

George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam Hussein
The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to
our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate 'them.

Barack Hussein Obama speech, Sunday, May 1, 2011:

And so shortly after taking office,
I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of my war against al Qaeda, even as I continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, after years of painstaking work by my intelligence community, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that I had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice. Today, at my direction, the United states launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.