Friday, April 30, 2010

35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon

"Professor Ed" is a long-time reader of Recliner Commentaries. He just sent me the following e-mail which I am posting with his permission.

Dear Dennis

I saw the following posting on Facebook:

"Today is the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. US exits the Vietnam War. Welcome home to all Vietnam Veterans!"

Yes, I totally agree with the above welcome home...

And to all our liberal folk who burned their draft cards, sang anti-war songs, marched in our streets, and verbally (and occasionally physically) assaulted many of our returning veterans ("baby killers"), I ask the following question:

Do you believe Ho Chi Min (Saigon) City is better off today than it was during the american presence?



I agree completely. In a follow up e-mail Ed pointed out all the blood that was shed by our rapid (and in my opinion, disgraceful) withdrawal. But regardless, our veterans deserved much better than they received from all the Leftist anti-war protesters (some of whom are probably now in Congress!)

The takeover of Puerto Rico

The House of Representatives cleared the way Thursday for Puerto Rico to become a state. This would be fine if the people of Puerto Rico wanted to become a state, but they have voted against statehood three times!

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and its residents are U.S. citizens, but they don not pay U.S. federal income tax. My guess is that Democrats want Puerto Rico's money and that this congressional bill, if approved by the Democrats in the Senate, will pave the way for some Chicago-style politics to coerce Puerto Rico to become a state.

The Democrats, of course, are too politically correct to take over Puerto Rico with military force. They'll do it with payoffs, threats, and back door deals, just like they rammed universal health care down our throats.

Iran and the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women is under the United Nations Economic and Social Council which is dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women.

This is the same Iran in which:

"women lack the ability to choose their husbands, have no independent right to education after marriage, no right to divorce, no right to child custody, have no protection from violent treatment in public spaces, are restricted by quotas for women's admission at universities, and are arrested, beaten, and imprisoned for peacefully seeking change of such laws" (FoxNews)

The United States could have voted against it. We did not. I think that is a slap in the face to women all over the world, both by the United Nations and by the United States.

I went to the website of the National Organization for women this morning and did a search for Iran and the Commission on the Status of Women. Although they have numerous articles on the Commission for the Status of Women, there was not a peep about this story.

Apparently politically correctness (and that fact that the current administration is Democrat) trumps the status of women.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Swat teams sent to oil rigs?

According to the Huffington Post, "The Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending swat teams to the gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs."

My guess is that there are there special rapid-response teams in the oil industry, nicknamed swat teams for situations like this.

If not, what would swat team have to do with inspecting oil platforms? Was the recent Gulf oil rig catastrophe an act of terrorism? If who would be the likely perpetrators?

I can think of two possibilities: 1) Jihadists, 2) Eco terrorists

Consequences of illegal immigration

"Three Border Patrol agents are assaulted on the average day at or near the U.S. border. Someone is kidnapped every 35 hours in Phoenix, Ariz., often by agents of alien smuggling organizations." (Read the rest a CNSNews )

Al Gore buys ocean-front property

Here is the question of the day: Why would someone who truly believed Global Warming will cause the oceans to rise significantly, spend nearly 9 million dollars on a house on ocean front property?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Resolving the immigration crisis

If the Democrats were really interested in resolving the illegal immigration problem, why didn't they use some of the stimulus money to significantly expand immigration services so more legal immigrants can be processed and to cut down the incredibly long waiting period?

If it were possible to come to America within a reasonable period of time, not nearly so many honest people would be willing to risk their lives coming here illegally.

Could it be that Democrats have no interest in really resolving the problem at all? Could it be that it is to their political advantage to keep the crisis alive and fueled just like their ongoing race-baiting regularly continues to fuel real and imagined race tensions for political gain?

In the mean time, many good Hispanic people are caught in the middle, often at the mercy of ruthless drug smugglers, people smugglers and unscrupulous employers.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Barack Obama and Islam

The editors of this video are trying to convince you that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim. My only point in posting this video is to make the point that if George Bush--or even if Barack Obama--went around regularly praising and defending Christianity the way Obama praises and defends Islam, American secularists in Hollywood, media and education would be rabidly hysterical in their denunciations, screaming about violations of the separation of church and state, and issuing dire warnings about a coming theocracy.

How can the Left be so inconstant? How can they be so hypocritical? How can they be so blind?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Health care and more taxes

Is this really true?
Tax on Home Sales. Imposes a 3.8 percent tax on home sales and other real estate transactions. Middle-income people must pay the full tax even if they are “rich” for only one day – the day they sell their house and buy a new one.
That would be $7,600 for a $200,000 home--on top of Realtor fees! This would make it very hard for most people to sell their homes even if they are not among the millions who now owe more on their home than its worth!

But that's apparently just the tip of the tax iceberg. Read more in "Health Law's Heavy Impact."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Texas school brings back spanking

According to the Washington Post:
In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle.
All I can say is, it's about time! The Washington Post goes on to say:
Since paddling was brought back to the city's 14 schools by a unanimous board vote in May, behavior at Temple's single high school has changed dramatically, Wright said, even though only one student in the school system has been paddled.
Well, duh!

Congress to regulate airline baggage?

And speaking of Congress overstepping its Constitutional authority (see my last post), The Wall Street Journal Corporate Watch says:

Spirit Airlines Inc.'s plan to start charging for carry-on luggage beginning Aug. 1 is coming under fire in Washington, where seven Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday designed to discourage the fees.

The bill, proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), would attach a 7.5% federal excise tax to fees charged for carry-on luggage. The tax already applies to ticket fares, and by extending it to carry-on bags, the senators said airlines would no longer have the incentive to charge separately for both.

Spirit Airlines gives cheaper fares to those who don't have so much luggage. What business is it of Congress to tell people who travel light that they have to pay a higher airfare? What business is it of Congress to tell a private airline what to do with luggage? The market will decide.

The Democrats seem to think they have the Constitutional authority to regulate any aspect of American life the choose.

Excuse me, that's not accurate. They simply don't care whether they have the Constitutional authority or not!

The more we expect or allow Congress to regulate every real or perceived injustice, the less free we become. The Constitution is the only protection we have against tyranny. The more we allow Congress to discard the Constitution the farther down the road to tyranny we go. The problem is that, like the proverbial frog in the slowly heated water, the slide to tyranny has been slow enough that most don't see it.

This November the American people need to let Congress know in no uncertain terms, that if you disregard the Constitution, you will be out of a job! If we do not send that message loudly and clearly, it is not too melodramatic to say that America will be lost.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Obama orders hospitals to allow gay visitors

According to CNSNews:
In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners.
If a patient in the hospital is allowed to have visitors, and the patient requests that his or her best friend be allowed to visit, it is no business of some hospital administrator to deny that request. In fact, I have serious doubts that any hospital in America today would actually deny such a request. I suspect that Obama's proclamation is a bunch of hoopla over nothing except to appease his gay supporters.

My concern, however, is this: Where does the Constitution give the federal government the authority to regulate visitors to a private hospital? The answer is it doesn't. The government continues to usurp authority it does not legitimately have and America is rapidly becoming less and less free.

We will accept this government expansion, however, because no one wants to tell Suzie on her death bed that her best friend Sally can't visit her!

Racists and TEA Parties

Is it really hard to overstate how disgusting and despicable it is when low-life Leftists try to discredit TEA parties by coming as racist Nazis and white supremacists. When Leftists can't win the debate intellectually, they resort to deception, intimidation and sometimes even violence.

Fortunately, their Alinsky tactics are backfiring on them. Genuine TEA partiers are making it clear that their racist tactics are not welcome.See Big Government.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obama-lovers crash Boston TEA party

Fascist Leftists who will tolerate free speech for no one but themselves loudly disrupt the TEA party in Boston, yelling "I love Obama" in their loudspeakers. It's pretty sad when the only way you can win a debate is to shout the other side down. This is a regular tactic by those on the Left-especially when Conservatives come to speak at college campuses.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Killing enemy combatants

Senator Lindsey Graham has asserted that he sees evidence that the Obama administration is deliberately killing enemy combatants rather than sending them to Gitmo.

Can you imagine the uproar by the Left if the Bush administration had been rumored to have deliberately killed Iraqis or Afghans who could have been captured?

Yet because this is a far-Left administration, silence from the Left is deafening! For the Left, its not about right or wrong. Its about who's in power.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Paying kids to do homework

This morning Fox and Friends had a discussion of some schools' new policy of paying kids who do well on their homework.

What a great idea! It teaches kids to function in the new America where if you don't work and don't pay your bills the government will pay you for it! The only difference is that the kids actually have to work for their money.

I'm not opposed to the government helping when people have fallen into hard times through no fault of their own, but when we bail people (or companies) out that have failed due to irresponsibility, we are stealing from responsible taxpayers in order to reward and enable further irresponsibility.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Obama's vast nuclear experience

From Human Events:
After Obama dismissed Palin’s criticism earlier this week of his nuclear weapons policy saying, “Last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Palin fired back at during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Friday: “Obama, with all the vast nuclear experience that he acquired as a ‘community organizer…'”

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The cost of health care

On the Hugh Hewitt radio show this afternoon, Mark Stein pointed out that the new health care bill will create 16,000 new jobs!

No, these are not new doctors, nurses or even medial technicians. There will be 16,000 new IRS agents hired--in my words--to hunt down and punish those who do not comply with the massive new government regulations!

The flushing sound you hear in the background is more of your freedom going down the hopper.

Those who pay no taxes

Neil Cavuto hit the nail squarely on the head tonight discussing one of the big problems with America. That is that roughly half of Americans do not pay taxes!

When you don't have to pay for something, you don't have to worry about the bill!

Democrats just passed a new and phenomenally expensive health care entitlement program (without even figuring out how to pay for the ones we already have)! Those of us who pay the bill are greatly concerned. Many of those who don't pay the bill really don't care. It doesn't raise their taxes and they may actually benefit from it.

The same thing is true of multitudes of government spending programs. Those who pay no taxes have no horse in the race. They just don't care because someone else is paying the bill! So they keep on voting for corrupt politicians who promise them more and more of other people's money!

Of course this is not true of everyone who pays no taxes. I was once one of them. I doubt that I paid much if any taxes when I was an undergrad student, and when I was in the Air Force I made so little money that I was eligible for the government's "earned income credit." The first year I was eligible, I refused to apply for it and left the spaces blank when I filled out my tax return.

I didn't think it was right for the government to take money from someone else in order to give it to me in the form of "earned income credit." ("Earned Income Credit," by the way, is a rather Orwellian name for a handout, isn't it?)

The IRS caught the "error," figured my "earned income credit," and sent me the check anyway!

Corrupt politicians, of course, love to hand out other people's money because it gets them re-elected!

Nothing is really free, however. Eventually it will all come back to bite even those who don't pay taxes. It will affect them when interest rates go up, when prices go up, when inflation robs their buying power and when higher taxes on "the rich" result in fewer and fewer jobs!

Unfortunately, most of those who don't pay taxes don't seem to understand the connection. Politicians, of course, divert the blame they so richly deserve by demonizing the "rich"--the very ones who pay for all the entitlements and provide the jobs!

Many of the non-taxpayers, therefore, just keep voting for politicians who promise them more and more handouts--with other people's money!

Of course all this is not the fault of those who pay no taxes. It is the fault of the politicians who get people addicted to public handouts--and it is the fault of the people (whether they pay taxes or nor) who elect them!

Just to be clear, I am not arguing against all government assistance. I want my government to help with basic needs for those who cannot help themselves (like, for example, some elderly and disabled people) and I'm willing to help pay for it.

My point is 1) that almost all Americans should pay some taxes--even if the amount is minimal and 2) if the rampant out-of-control government entitlements and spending programs do not stop, it will quite literally destroy America.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Another shoe bomber?

Another shoe bomber?
Federal air marshals subdued a man who authorities say attempted to "light his shoes on fire" on a United flight from Washington Reagan to Denver Wednesday night, federal law enforcement officials told ABC News.

Update: According to a report on CNN, the man may have been smoking on the plane (in the restroom?) and when confronted, joked that he was trying to light his shoes. His shoes apparently showed no trace of explosives.

Obama: a life-long White Sox fan

Yesterday I saw something about President Obama being criticized for not knowing the names of any White Sox players.

I thought that was petty. There are plenty of legitimate issues for which to criticize the President, but not knowing the names of any White Sox fans is certainly not one of them!

Then I found out that Mr. Obama was asked who his favorite White Sox players were right after he claimed to be a life-long White Sox fan. One would think that a life-long fan would be able to name at least one famous player in the team's history.


Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A grandfather in the NFL

Congratulations to Bret Farvre who is now a grandfather!

That settles it. He has to come back now. Its about time their was a grampa playing for the NFL!

Friday, April 02, 2010

Democrats blaming corporations

The Democrats' new health care program is having an immediate affect--not on health care but on the country's economy!

Its going to cost 3M $90 million dollars. It will cost Caterpillar $100 million dollars. It will cost John Deere $150 million dollars, and it will cost AT&T a billion dollars! It will affect companies all over America.

All of these costs, of course, will have to be passed on to you, the consumer, and/or absorbed in the way of layoffs leading to higher unemployment.

The Democrats, of course, are blaming the companies for being irresponsible and just wanting to embarrass the President. But the companies are just following government (SEC) rules!

The plot thickens, however. The Democrats knew this was going to happen because several companies informed them of the consequences in writing before Congress passed the health care bill.

It appears as though Obama and the Democrats knew full well that their health care bill would cause this crisis but they went ahead with it anyway. And now that the crisis is here, they divert the blame away from themselves (where it belongs) to the companies!

Read the entire story at CNSNews.

TEA party protesters and the "N" word

Remember the story about how TEA party protesters supposedly screamed the "N" word at a black congressman? It now comes out that it was all apparently a pre-planned smear job by some on the Left. Read the story at American Thinker.

Jesus, Good Friday and Muhammad

Today is “Good Friday,” a rather strange name for the celebration of the crucifixion of Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus is one of the most well attested historical facts in all of ancient history.

It is found not only in first century AD New Testament sources like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Paul’s letters, Hebrews, and First Peter, but also in other ancient Christian sources not found in the Bible, like Ignatius, Polycarp, Epistle of Barnabas, Justin Martyr, Hegesippus, Mileto of Sardis, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origin, and the Diatessaron.

In fact, Jesus’ crucifixion is even attested by early non-Christian (even anti-Christian) sources like Josephus and Lucian, and in a round-about way by Tacitus.

The crucifixion of Jesus is an accepted fact in the scholarly world. In fact, just about the only ones who reject this fact are Muslims. According to the Qur'an, Jesus only appeared to be crucified. The Qur’an refers to Jews boasting about killing Christ:

“That they said (in boast), ‘We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Apostle of God’’—But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, But so it was made to appear to them (Sura 4:157).

The Qur’an contains the words of Muhammad as remembered by his earliest followers. The sources I cited above which
affirm the crucifixion of Jesus were written from 400 to almost 600 years before the time of Muhammad.

So why does Muhammad deny something as historically solid as the crucifixion of Jesus?

Muhammad was hoodwinked by a group of people we often call "Gnostics", who believed that Jesus was divine but
not truly human. As a result, they didn’t believe Jesus could really die. So about 200 to 300 years after Jesus’ death, they argued that Jesus was not really crucified and that he died only in appearance. For example, one of the Gnostic writings, says,

“I did not succumb to them as they had planned. But I was not afflicted at all. Those who were there punished me. And I did not die in reality but in appearance…They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns. But I was rejoicing in the height over all the wealth of the archons…and I was laughing at their ignorance…for I was altering my shapes…” (Second treatise of the Great Seth 55-56).

A similar document says, “The Savior said to me, ‘He whom you saw on the tree, glad and laughing, this is the living Jesus. But this one into whose hand and feet they drive the nails in his fleshly part, which is the substitute…” (Apocalypse of Peter 81)

So supposedly, while “the living Jesus” was being crucified—one of the most brutal tortures imaginable—he was
laughing because the nails had been driven into the hands of a substitute?! This is the pool of ideas from which Muhammad got his idea that Jesus was never crucified.

While Muhammad accepted the Gnostic idea that Jesus was not crucified, he rejected their idea that Jesus was a divine being. That is interesting because their reason for thinking Jesus was not crucified in the first place was because, in their view, Jesus was divine, but not not really human!

So if you think it is historically plausible that Jesus was not human at all, and that he was some kind of shape-shifter ("I was altering my shapes"), and was laughing on the cross because it was not really him on the cross but a substitute, then maybe Muhammad’s view of Jesus not being crucified might make sense to you.

But if, like virtually all scholars, you dismiss such nonsense as unhistorical, then you should also recognize that Muhammad was not a prophet of God at all, but was merely an ordinary man who was duped into believing this, and the numerous other historical errors he relates in the Qur’an.

"I don't worry about the Constitution"

Democrat Phil Hare, Representative from Illinois, recently responded to someone who asked him, what in the Constitution gives Congress the authority to mandate universal health care by saying, "I don't worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest."

To be fair, Rep. Hare said he was more concerned about the lives of people who don't have health care. This sounds very noble, but it is incredibly short sighted.

Governments can always come up with good reasons (or excuses or ruses) to increase taxes, increase regulation and take away personal freedom. The Constitution is the only thing we have that puts a check on government power. Without the Constitution there are no breaks on government slide into tyranny.

The American people should be absolutely shocked and outraged about any government official, plan, program, or bill which ignores the Constitution. This is true whether we are talking about Republicans and certain unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act, or Democrats and their massive government takeovers.

If Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, don't start caring a lot about the Constitution, America will be lost.

Today, there should be about 10,000 angry constituents of Congressman Hare outside his office demanding his resignation or seeking his impeachment for violation of oath of office.

Unfortunately, I fear the worst for our country. I don't think most Americans even understand what is at stake. If the government is going to give them benefits, they don't care if it violates the Constitution and they either don't know, don't understand or don't care about the consequences.

I hope I'm wrong.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Guam in danger of capsizing?

If it wasn't on tape, I'm not sure I would believe it. Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson expresses his concern--in all seriousness--that the island of Guam may tip over and capsize! He apparently thinks islands float! (No, this is NOT an April Fools joke)!

If it weren't for the fact that this man is in Congress making life and death decisions for all of us, this would be hilarious! And yet, is this really any more ignorant than those who keep spending billions and billions and billions of dollars when we are already trillions of dollars in debt?

Obama allows limited offshore drilling

I applaud President Obama for his recent decision to allow some offshore drilling for oil. According to CNSNews, however, during the campaign,
Obama slammed his Republican rival John McCain (Ariz) for his support of opening the nation's coastline for oil exploration and drilling, calling it 'political posturing' and and ineffective way to gain energy independence.

Hollywood star fired!

Wow, a Hollywood start with principles! Kudos to Neal McDonough!