Monday, January 26, 2009

Honorary President of Boy Scouts of America may lead to its undoing


Boy Scout Troop 358, one of the oldest African-American troops in the county, participated in history as it marched in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. as the first African-American became President of the United States.

Truly an honor for any Scout troop, however have the leaders of this troop taken a close look at an issue that will directly affect the very existence of Boy Scouting in America? The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide family group, is questioning whether they realize President Barack Obama supports the very policies that are targeting their headquarters in Philadelphia.

Troop 358 is part of the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council, which has been in a pitched battle with the City of Philadelphia to retain the headquarters they built and have maintained since 1929 on property the 1928 City Council gave the Scouts free use of in perpetuity or forever.

Last May, the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council sued the city to prevent their eviction. That case was given a green light to proceed by a judge last fall,” remarked Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.

Why is the City of Philadelphia seeking to evict the Scouts? It is because of their ban on allowing open homosexual leaders and members.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Scouts have the right, as a private organization, to choose who they want to be leaders and members. Ever since that time they have been targeted by homosexual organizations and activists who are trying to remold the Boy Scouts of America in their image.

In 1983 Philadelphia added “sexual orientation” to its Fair Practices Ordinance. Two decades later, under pressure from homosexual groups, the attack against the Scouts began.

Pressure on the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council, one of the largest in the nation serving more than 69,000 youth, has been intense over the past six years as they lost hundreds of thousands of dollars of support from Pew Charitable Trust and Southeastern Pennsylvania United Way, in addition to the threat of eviction.

“Yes, it is a great honor to be part of the inaugural parade, but at what costs? Do these Boy Scout leaders fully realize that President Obama supports a wide range of so-called ‘gay rights’ measures. He has said he will use the Office of President as a bully pulpit to advance their causes.

“Mr. Obama, knowingly or unknowingly, may be a part of the end of the Boy Scouts of America as we know them,” Ms. Gramley further stated.

Keep in mind: all US Presidents have the distinction of being named Honorary President of Boy Scouts of America.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

CNN surprised President Obama is going back on his word, President picks fight with citizen

Surprisingly, CNN's Campbell Brown is calling President Obama out for enacting a new ethics rule and then exempting himself from it in the same week:

If he's losing support of CNN already, is it any wonder why President Obama is now picking on private citizen Rush Limbaugh? Even the UK Telegraph has noted how he's crumbling the bipartisan spirit Mr. Obama allegedly pledged to bring.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

While I hope President Obama proves me wrong...

... there's ample evidence in his policies and speech that he won't.

To that end, no one can say it better than Rush Limbaugh:

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President Barack Obama

Such a busy week; the Martin Luther King Holiday made Tuesday into a Virtual Monday, on top of which I spent much of the day streaming the Inaugural ceremonies.  On Wednesday I was busy commenting on various blogs and discussions where people who wrote nice things about the departing former President Bush took hits from the same fools that called him every conceivable name under the sun (tell me again: which party supporters are the so-called mean-spirited ones?)

I had wanted to post something in honor of President Obama, so I am drawing on a previous post and one of the aforementioned discussion to do so:

As I said in November:

To my critics, both online and those whom I debate in person (and in my office, I am generally in the minority), there is your proof,  I was told numerous times in recent months that it would kill me to utter/write the words , and unless I keel over after clicking PUBLISH, those critics can see I am still alive.

In this humble blog of mine 4 years ago, I wrote of how people who were severely disappointed in the re-election of President Bush, of how the election was so close, President Bush should see things from the close minority of voters point of view.   With the returns suggesting Sen. McCain lost by about 5% of the popular vote, will there be calls to President-elect Obama to govern in that manner?  I think not, and nor should he.  He won, and his charge now is to deliver on his promises.   And unlike so, so many on the Left, while I do not support any of his policy positions, President Obama will be my President, as he is every Americans president.  I will fight him with every breath on any position I disagree with, I will call him out when he is wrong (as I have with President Bush), but I won't disrespect the office or the man.
And in response to the those who thought Jennifer's eloquently worded post on President Bush was wrong, I wrote the following:
I welcome President Barack Obama {as our nation's President}; he, too, is my President, although it’s easy to predict there will be little I will agree with him on policy.

Here’s to new beginnings; may President Obama never experience even half of the troubles President Bush has experienced.

While the Obama Administration has already enacted policy worth of criticism, I will wait another day before I begin to voice my opinions.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daily Show compares Pres. Obama's inaugural speech to Pres. Bush's rhetoric.

I know a lot of Liberals who have told me how accurate been in evaluating Mr. 's speeches.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Changefest '09 - Obama's Inaugural Speech
Daily Show
Full Episodes
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I wonder what they're saying now?    Could it be that what President Obama said while campaigning has changed since he's been receiving the same daily threat assessment President Bush had received?

H/T to: Ms.Underestimated

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In-your-face Media Bias

Critics may argue Fox News is biased towards Republicans.   Case in point, they'd say, is that they're the only news network to feature the following speech by the 43rd President, George W. Bush:

On the other hand, could the other major networks be accused of bias because they did NOT feature the speech?  Compared to the major media outlets covering President Clinton's final speeches as he left Washington, DC, it is no wonder why I ask.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush ends his 2nd term with the Oath of Office taken by President Barack H. Obama, and the turning of another page in American history will occur. The peaceful transition of power is a moment that I've watched with great excitement since I was a youngster, and I do recall watching my first inaugural ceremony on the evening news, which ushered in President James E. Carter's administration. I am certainly pleased with the excitement surrounding this week's seminal moment, and am hopeful that the many who were otherwise nonplused at this important event in the past will somehow appreciate it's significance for years to come.

President Bush has been a good steward of our nation. Far from perfect, he's done a great deal of good for our nation over these last 8 years. He has shown unprecedented willingness to work with leaders of the opposition party, as seen in his partnering with Senator Edward Kennedy in crafting an Education Bill (also known as No Child Left Behind). He ignored the hysteria of the few who called for capitulation to the Kyoto protocols, solidifying the Senate's near-unanimous rejection of the foolish treaty.

President Bush made wise choices for Supreme Court justices, ones that not even his opponents in Congress could argue with (just ask Sen. Schumer). He has provided federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research, which was previously denied by President Clinton's administration. He has rebuilt and reshaped the office of the President and Vice President, in ways that have benefited the nation in the short-run, and would help the nation going forward should they be continued.

His hard-line stance on terrorism kept us safe these 7 plus years, in the face of constant attacks from the Left. This was echoed by nearly all in January 2007 when he proposed the Surge to put down all of the external agents who were bent on seeing Iraq fail. Even our own Senate leaders (one of whom happens to be Mr. Bush's successor) called his plan a failure before it began, and yet the results are crystal clear today.

On matters of the economy, President Bush's tax plans have provided for more money to every hard-working American tax-payer, which continues to this day (but may be overturned before too long). Those plans have provided for more new, small businesses the capital needed to begin their operation, and provide workers a new beginning.

Mr Bush saw the perils of the bloated and corrupt FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC system, and tried unsuccessfully 17 times to reign it in, only to be stymied by members of both parties who were benefiting from the programs excesses.

Mr. Bush, however, is not without his faults. I've chronicled more than a few of them here, and there were even some before this blog was begun. His pledge to be a Compassionate Conservative hurt much of his base, myself included, for no one in his base could identify with any Conservative that wasn't compassionate.

He has failed America in his reluctance to secure our borders, in spite of his excellent record in national defense. He failed his Conservative credentials by not vetoing a single spending bill, often passed by others in his party who lost their Conservative way as well. He oversaw the expansion of the Medicare drug program, which may well lead to socialized medicine (although I hope I am wrong).

And as recently as last month, he claimed to abandoned Capitalist principles in order to save the Capitalist system. This, I fear, will be the lynchpin of his legacy for which he will be derided for in years to come.

I am optimisitc the bedrock of our economny will withstand the recent assaults by big goverment - the era of which we were told ended some 16 years or so ago - and that private enterprise will again win the day. It woud be a shame that all President Bush worked for - in national security and taxation - would be harmed because of a few poor decdisions in the face of the recession. Even still, President Bush can, on balance, leave office with his head held high, knowing that the vast majority of his legacy is intact and safe, and that the republic he loves so much will live on because of his decisions.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SCHIP of fools returns

In December 2007, I wrote that and the GOP minority in Congress succeeded in defeating House Speaker 's attempt to  $35B expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program ().    I noted that the plan received an extension that had it run through March 2009.

Not surprisingly it's back, and with the bigger majorities and the new President about to take the oath of office, SCHIP is bigger and badder than ever.  Michelle Malkin writes:
Every legal tobacco product from premanufactured cigarettes and cigarette papers to cigars to roll-your-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco will be taxed out the wazoo. Take roll-your-own tobacco. It’s currently taxed at $1.09/lb. The Obama/Democrat S-CHIP plan would hike that to $24.62/lb. Cigarette taxes would rise from $19.50 per thousand to $50 per thousand for small cigarettes and from $40.95 per thousand to $105 per thousand for large cigarettes.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to have an open debate on the bill. House GOP leaders lodged a protest. (But remember that 42 Republicans sided with Pelosi last January in failed attempt to override President Bush’s veto.)

So much for transparency and openness. And so much for those promises to provide tax relief to “ordinary Americans.” As usual, {President-elect Barack Obama} was just blowin’ smoke.
Ms. Malkin also links to the PDFs of the bill, which I've read, and other supporting documentation that well worth your time to read. 

Now for the record: I don't smoke, so the price of tobacco means little to me.  The abject unfairness is what I am appalled at in this proposal (Conservatives do care about fairness for all in all matters).  Furthermore, every few years we're told we have to raise the taxes on tobacco in order to help deter people from smoking.  If that plan worked, then each increase would result in less smokers (or so the argument goes).  So it only follows that this increase in taxes - designed to pay for the increase in SCHIP - will net less than the desired funds as people quit smoking.

If you can believe the ratio of taxes to smokers.

Clearly, however, smoking is largely a vice of the lower income brackets in our country.  So for all those poor in the nation who cannot quit smoking, they will bear the unfair burden of this tax hike.

Gee, aren't you glad we have a Democrat majority in Washington, DC?

My other posts on SCHIP:

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

There's no 'I' in team, but there is one in 'WINNER'

At a meeting that ran far-too-long, a colleague says Remember there is no "I" in team to which I replied Yes, but there is an 'I' in WINNER!

Well, it's true!

And so ended the meeting, not a moment too soon, and on a laugh which was the one high-point in another wasted exercise of business.

I have all but neglected this humble blog of late, and to those who ping me on whether I am alive or not, etc. I apologize.  Between my essential work duties (other than the nonsense mentioned above), personal obligations, and the occasional need for sleep, I haven't had the time to read much, and have had even less time to say anything.  I haven't even said much at all about ''.  So this will sort of be a quick hits post, the first for 2009:

  • 24 I am loving the new season.  So far, 4 hours are done - spread out over 2, 2-hr blocks on Sunday and Monday night - and the writers haven't lost their edge. On Monday morning I shared with a few buddies my prediction that Tony - who was presumed dead in Season 5 - wasn't really a traitor.  I was proven correct in hour 3 ... but now I have my doubts.   That was almost too easy. Look for Tony to double-double-cross Jack before we get to May.  I'm just saying.
  • The end of an era.... In a week, President George W. Bush will leave office.  I have long been a supporter of his, but I have had more than a few policy disagreements with him.  I intend to recap those in the next few days.
  • ...the beginning of new era: President-elect Barack H. Obama will enter office.   I have more than a few times written what I fear his administration will mean to the taxpayers, the nation, and the world as a whole.  I have notice some positive points in his cabinet choices, lest anyone think I am all about slamming him entirely, and I will remark upon governing and speak truth to power as I've always have done in the coming Administration.
  • Counting down: I alluded to a more than one count-down in the works, while counting down to Sunday's season premiere of 24.  As I have briefly suggested, I am working towards testing for BlackBelt in Taekwondo.   The test will be in the Spring, and it promises to be quite a challenge.  I have decided not to be specific as to when the test will be given, but I am likely to post about it afterwards, at least in summary: the details of the test are not to be shared with anyone. It is part of the code surrounding reaching 1st Dan, although I have read a fair amount about what is expected from other students in other do jangs (schools) (and believe me: what they've written is nothing compared to what is expected of me in our test). 


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Friday, January 09, 2009

Counting down

I have more than a few countdowns going these days - more than one of which has kept me too busy to read many blogs (and even less time to post).

In the immediate, short term, however, there is something I will make time for:

The return of 24, Day 7. You can be certain: I'll be watching Sunday & Monday nights.

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