A Pilgrimage

I am taking a break from politics for the first in the 5 months since I started this blog.

I am going on my annual Pilgrimage tomorrow.

So my blog will be inactive until Monday, Mar 1st.

No Politics today (well maybe one shot later…)

I am going to talk about my actual favourite subject. 🙂

DOCTOR WHO.

Gallifrey One #21, The convention, starts tomorrow (see gallifreyone.com)

But it will be a more personal journey in some ways so it’s part gushing fanboy and part me.

Doctor Who is quite simply the best TV show ever.

It is also the Longest Running Science Fiction Show in the history of Television.

The Holder of Two Guinness Book of World Records.

1. The Longest Running Science Fiction show in the World 1963-1989,1996,2005-Present.

Season 31 starts at Easter this year.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpbmMhNe6aA&feature=related

Seen in this country on BBC AMERICA (bbcamerica.com/doctorwho)

It’s British. 🙂

2. “Most Successful” science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic and “illegal downloads.” Presented to the Doctor Who Producers at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con by the Guinness people themselves.

On the program it all started in a junkyard in London where two teachers followed a strange young girl to her “home” a junkyard with a Metropolitan Police Box in it.

This was the TARDIS, Time And Relative Dimension In Space.

A Time machine that can go anywhere and anywhen.

But the beginning of this story starts November 5, 1981. 7:32pm

I remember it that precisely.

It was that significant.

I am a college student at Central Michigan University.

I live in a Dorm with my hand-picked roommate, John Doyle.

He’s a Yupper, Eh. 🙂  (that’s Michigan-speak for a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

He’s a great bloke, unlike my first roomates.

I turned on the TV. It happened to be set to the PBS station for whatever reason.

Back in the day, Doctor Who, a British TV institution was relatively new to the shores of America so it was on PBS. It ended up being on 100’s of them for most of the 1980’s then it disappeared.

It disappeared off PBS here in Phoenix in December 1990.

PBS has never gotten a dime from me since.

My roommate and I sat down, turn on the TV and  what I would find out later was called a Wirrn (A large insect creature) fell dead out of a closet on a space station.

My roomate and I both said, “What the hell was that?!”

And 23 Minutes later (because we didn’t know at the time that this was Episode 2 and we’d missed the recap of Episode 1 and the Title sequence) we just had to know what the hell we just watched

Not in Horror, like when I saw the pilot to Lost.

But Fascination.

It was quirky, low budget, but the imagination and creativity was amazing.

It was Doctor Who.

It started in 1963 the day after the Kennedy assassination.

It ran for 26 years before the BBC canceled it.

It had a TV Movie that was partially funded, and most ignored, by FOX in 1996.

Then it was revived as a full TV show in Britain in 2005.

It is now the #1 Drama (not “Sci-Fi” show) in Britain that isn’t a Soap Opera.

It has been for many years.

The Show has won the BAFTA (Think Emmy) for Best Drama 5 years in a row!

The lead actor has won for Best Actor 5 years in a Row! (and there has been 2)

Now try doing that with Star Trek!! 🙂

Or Stargate…

Or any science fiction show in the US.

Science Fiction here gets no respect.

But you have to respect a show that will be entering it’s 31st Season at Easter this year.

It has survived this long on many things. There are many scholarly articles and books on the subject.

But the biggest comes down to Regeneration.

It’s 1966, your lead actor is retiring and the show’s a big hit.

What do you do?

Well, he’s an alien from a race called The Time Lords (though that would not be revealed until 1969) so like the program itself, you come up with a clever solution to a limitation.

He Regenerates. He completely replaces he’s body, due to illness, age, or damage, and he’s reborn as the same character but different.

Different, because a new actor has taken over the role. He plays it differently. But the core of the character, the moral center is still there.

You can see the previous actor.

You can see The Doctor.

He is not “Doctor Who”.

He is The Doctor.

Just The Doctor.

The first actor to play the Doctor after the First Doctor (William Hartnell) was Patrick Troughton.

He was The Second Doctor.

He was a roaring success.

And I maintain that it was his skill as an actor that sold people to this day on the idea that The Doctor changes and he continues.

Patrick Troughton left in 1969.

Jon Pertwee was there from 1970-1975.

Tom Baker from 1975-1981.

Peter Davison 1982-1984.

Colin Baker 1984-1986.

Sylvester McCoy 1987-1989.

Then the BBC canceled it.

They hoped for good.

Even though it was cultural icon, The BBC hated the damn thing.

NBC and Star Trek, anyone? 🙂

And they managed to kill it off.

But the fans would not let it die.

Enter “The Wilderness Years” as we fans call it.

So when I joined the program it was nearing the end of it’s run.

But I had no concept of that.

I lived in a town of 24,000. 18,000 of which were college students.

I was lucky to here about the outside world at all.

Civilization was effectively 66 miles away in Lansing, the capital and home of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

There was Bay City and Midland that were only 30 miles away, but they were small, just not as small.

But it was in Midland in 1984 that I bought my first ever VCR from a JCPenny’s.

The Reason: I wanted to record the Doctor Who’s that I had been watching for nearly 3 years.

They were all Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) episodes, none of the others. But I didn’t care.

I had learned of a Fan Magazine in 1983, Doctor Who Magazine. I have subscribed to that since November 1983.

It just celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary last year.

My first “Doctor Who” convention was in 1983. It was a Star Trek/Doctor Who Convention.

I was then and am now a  Star Trek Fan. I am the current newsletter editor for the United Federation of Phoenix – the oldest continuously running  Star Trek Club. It started in 1975.

I guess I like good old things. 🙂

I don’t dismiss Star Trek by any means, but it’s not Doctor Who. 🙂

This convention was heald in Detroit, a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive.

And it was the wierdest convention experience I have ever had.

You had the Trekkers all wonder who the wierdos in the scarfs were (a trademark of the Fourth Doctor) and the Doctor Who people wondered who let the Trekkies in.

It was a bit like the Republicans and Democrats today.

But I’m not doing Politics today.

Then I attended one in Columbus, Ohio. The first time I had to do the whole hotel thing.

Then there were two massive convention in Chicago where thousands attended.

There were more stars there from episodes I hadn’t even seen, but had read about, than ever before.

I was in heaven.

But these ended after two years due to economic malfeasance by the owners of the convention.

This lead, in 1986, to the longest trip to date to a convention.

A 10 hour drive!

Destination:  Madison, Wisconsin.

One of the starts of the show, Louise Jameson, thought I was “crazy”.

But I got to talk with the then-Producer of the show, John Nathan-Turner.

Try that in this country.

But in 1987 I moved to Arizona.

So all that stopped.

But I kept watching.

I found fans in 1990, oh god that’s 20 years ago! 🙂

The Arizona Regional Doctor Who Interest Society (TARDIS).

I have kept watching and I keep watching, collecting, and obsessing over it to this day.

Why?

Because I am a fan? yes.

But it’s deeper than that.

Doctor Who saved my life.

Really, it did.

In those darker days of the early 1980’s I was different person.

I was very depressed, many including I, would would say chronically so.

And suffered from extreme persecution paranoia.

I was a mess.

I tried to commit suicide on March 22, 1985.

March 22, 2010 will be the 25 year anniversary.

And at the crunch point what was the thought that popped into my head unsolicited?

“If I kill myself I will miss the next episode of Doctor Who”

And my life has never been the same since.

It’s been a slow climb uphill with it getting so much better the last 5 years.

Which, I don’t think was meant to coincide with the return of  Doctor Who in 2005,but  the symmetry is eerie.

The BBC killed it off.

They had hated it for years.

They were embarrassed when the BBC had there 60th anniversary gala and a poll of the best of the BBC for those 60 years and Doctor Who came in 3rd.

They complained of the polls being spiked.

They hated it that much.

But the fans would not let it die.

They became the producers effectively.

Through books, fanzines, fan made videos (see BBV), fan-made spoofs (the most famous being written by the new producer of the show itself- Stephen Moffatt, called The Curse of the Fatal Death starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean)),and more.

We took the program over.

The BBC licensed a new book line for original novels and many fans became professional writers because of it.

An original audio book company, Big Finish, started up by fans had official BBC license to use to the show to make new “episodes”.

They are still in business today over 10 years later and even with the show on TV.

One of those people, Gary Russell, was the Editor of  Doctor Who Magazine, and in 2008 was the Script Editor for the show itself.

The fans became the program.

Jan Tranter, a savvy BBC Director had the thought of bringing it back.

She turned to one of the country’s hottest writers, Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk).

He was a massive Doctor Who fan as well.

As geeky as I am. But he grew up with it.

He brought it back.

The producers were fans. The writers were largely fans. Even some of the fans who started out in the novels became TV Scriptwriters.

Christopher Eccleston (most recently scene in America in GI JOE) was the 9th Doctor.

Yes, the show began anew with it’s history intact.

No Hollywood “re-imagining” where you gut everything but the name.

And even though the show renowned for wobbly sets and wobbly monsters (but the biggest heart and the most creative show out there) had CGI and a much more cinematic look and was very 21st Century, it was still the same show.

It was re-invented for the 21st century audience, but was 1963 reborn in reality.

And that was intentional.

And most uber-fans like me can see it.

And now, in 2010, the show is a national treasure likely to out live even me.

I’m not sure how I feel about that.

But it’s magnificent.

It’s  all about Matt Smith.

The Eleventh Doctor.

He’s 27.

I have an alarm clock that’s older than him!

But he’s The Doctor.

And I can’t wait.

So, I’m off tomorrow and for the weekend, to my own person Hage to Mecca, at the LAX Marriott Hotel.

It’s Gallifrey One.

And there aren’t 3 more joyous days of the year.

So see you on Monday, when I can get back to the depressing Orwellian world of the Obamanation.

Winston Smith is going on holiday. 🙂

Peace.

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The 2005 Democrats Vs. The 2010 Democrats

You decide who wins.

The Obama White House has recently announced that they will go forward with a reconciliation process — sometimes called the “nuclear option” — to try and pass their government run healthcare plan in the Senate. This process circumvents a Republican filibuster and only requires a simple majority vote of 51 rather than 60.

What did top Democrats think of this process previously?  See below…

Barack Obama 4/25/05: “The President hasn’t gotten his way. And that is now prompting a change in the Senate rules that really I think would change the character of the Senate forever…what I worry about would be that you essentially still have two chambers the House and the Senate but you have simply majoritarian absolute power on either side, and that’s just not what the founders intended.”


Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “So this president has come to the majority here in the Senate and basically said ‘change the rules.’ ‘Do it the way I want it done.’ And I guess there just weren’t very many voices on the other side of the isle that acted the way previous generations of senators have acted and said ‘Mr. President we are with you, we support you, but that’s a bridge too far we can’t go there.’ You have to restrain yourself Mr. President.

Charles Schumer 5/18/2005: “We are on the precipice of a crisis, a constitutional crisis. The checks and balances which have been at the core of this Republic are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option. The checks and balances which say that if you get 51% of the vote you don’t get your way 100% of the time. It is amazing it’s almost a temper tantrum.

Harry Reid 5/18/2005: “Mr. President the right to extended debate is never more important than the one party who controls congress and the white house. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.”

Dianne Feinstein 5/18/2005: The nuclear option if successful will turn the Senate into a body that could have its rules broken at any time by a majority of senators unhappy with any position taken by the minority. It begins with judicial nominations. Next will be executive appointments and then legislation.

Joe Biden 5/23/2005: This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab.

Harry Reid 5/18/2005: “But no we are not going to follow the Senate rules. No, because of the arrogance of power of this Republican administration.”

Chris Dodd 5/18/2005: “I’ve never passed a single bill worth talking about that didn’t have a lead co sponsor that was a Republican. And I don’t know of a single piece of legislation that’s ever been adopted here that didn’t have a Republican and Democrat in the lead. That’s because we need to sit down and work with each other. The rules of this institution have required that. That’s why we exist. Why have a bicameral legislative body? Why have two chambers? What were the framers thinking about 218 years ago? They understood Mr. President that there is a tyranny of the majority.

Dianne Feinstein 5/18/2005: “If the Republican leadership insists on forcing the nuclear option the senate becomes ipso facto the House of Representatives where the majority rules supreme and the party of power can dominate and control the agenda with absolute power.”

Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “You’ve got majority rule and then you have the senate over here where people can slow things down where they can debate where they have something called the filibuster. You know it seems like it’s a little less than efficient — well that’s right it is. And deliberately designed to be so.”

Joe Biden 5/23/05: “I say to my friends on the Republican side you may own the field right now buy you won’t own it forever I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”

Charles Schumer 5/23/2005: “They want their way every single time. And they will change the rules, break the rules, and misread the constitution so that they will get their way.”

Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “The Senate is being asked to turn itself inside out, to ignore the precedent to ignore the way our system has work, the delicate balance that we have obtain that has kept this constitution system going, for immediate gratification of the present President.”

Max Baucus 5/19/2005: “This is the way Democracy ends. Not with a bomb but with a gavel.”

My how times have changed.

And the Hypocrisy is on the other foot.

Whining in Good Faith

There is an old axiom, you’re not paranoid if they really are out to get you.

The New Boy Scouts

FYI: This has been going on for a year by the way.

NYTimes 2009:

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.// The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

“United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent determination as the suspect is subdued.

It is all quite a step up from the square knot.

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

What about “Right wing Extremists”?? 🙂

Hitler Youth anyone??

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HARRY REID SAYS STOP WHINING!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that Republicans “should stop crying” about the possible use of the parliamentary procedure known as budget reconciliation to pass a health care reform bill.

Under reconciliation, Democrats would need a simple majority in the Senate to pass legislation, as opposed to the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
“They should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before,” Reid said.

“The question is: Is reconciliation the only way we can do health-care reform?” he said. “The answer to that is no. But I’ve been told that my Republican friends are lamenting reconciliation, but I would recommend for them to go back and look at history.”(CBS)

http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2009/04/the-legislative-history-of-reconciliation-19802008.html

“It’s done almost every Congress, and they’re the ones that used it more than anyone else,” he added.

But what was it used for:

You’ll find Food stamps,welfare, tax cuts, COBRA, Ordered the sale of Conrail, Made minor changes to Medicare hospital provisions, Other medicare and Medicaid changes, previous paygo provision, Clinton’s welfare reforms, etc.

The Democrats are only obsessed with Bush’s tax cuts. Before that they can’t see anything.

And the context is not important to them.

It’s more Liberal excess dismissed as nothing special.

It has never been used to subvert the process like the Democrats still want to.

And tomorrow Obama is going to have his reportedly 6 hour Infomercial, but he wants to hear the Republicans ideas.

These would be the ideas he’s been ignoring for the last year.

So he’ll have his Liberal Media pundits red meat soundbite conference, then proclaim the Republicans didn’t take it seriously so we’re going ahead with MY plan.

Yes, he is that arrogant.

President Obama presented a new health care plan on Monday that calls for raising the Medicare payroll tax on some households earning less than $250,000, an apparent breach of his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on families earning less than that amount. The president’s plan also calls for increasing taxes on interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents.(CNS)

In his own press availability Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said “it appears as if the administration has already made up their mind to go forward with a beefed up Senate version and to try to jam it through under a seldom-used process that we commonly refer to around here as reconciliation.”

Republican Whip Sen. Jon Kyl told reporters that “it’s hard for us to quite understand why, with reconciliation being planned, we’re having a meeting [Thursday] which is allegedly designed to engender some bipartisan agreement for a way forward.”

“It seems to me at least that, until the Democratic leaders take reconciliation off the table, it’ll be very hard for Republicans to believe that they intend to engage us in good faith,” Kyl added.

That’s the rub.

There is no “Good Faith”.

But complain too much and you could be labeled a “disgruntled” “Right wing extremist” and they’ll send the Boy scouts to take you down… 🙂

I Come to Bury You Not Praise You

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar …

Or Sen. John McCain, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, The US Congress in general.

I had severe falling out with Arizona’s Senior Senator when he co-authored the Amnesty bill with the now deceased Sen. Kennedy.

I held my nose having to vote in the 2008 Presidential Election between the obvious Socialist, Obama, and the less obvious McCain.

The worst case of The Evil of Two Lessor in my lifetime.

But he tried to do a mea culpa. But I never bought it.

Our then-Governor, Janet Napalitano (now Homeland Security Secretary) had done everything she could to ignore the issue.

The Attorney general, Former Phoenix Mayor, Terry “The Tool” Goddard, did everything he could to ignore it.

She’s got promoted to the Obama Cabinet.

He wants to run for Governor, again!

God Help us all.

So after the outrage that stunned Congress into retreat on Amnesty they promised to built more fence along the Southern border.

I knew they’d never do it.

And reports now surface that, guess what, there has been a delay.

Gee what a shock.

The 2006 Secure Fence Act mandated the “possible” construction of a long wall to protect our frontier. Four years later, no wall, just a new seven-year delay.

Gee, no one saw that coming…

Citizen activists shut down the Capitol Hill switchboard with their calls, formed border watches and marched in the streets. As a result, a shaken Congress scrapped its widely detested McCain-Kennedy comprehensive immigration bill with its amnestylike features in 2005. Instead, it passed Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Secure Fence Act of 2006.

“We hear you, loud and clear,” said reform bill advocate John McCain. Today, it’s a different attitude from Congress and the government that carries out its laws.

Knowing the potency of popular sentiment, the government hasn’t had the nerve to seek to repeal the fence outright. But all signs suggest that it never wanted this built.

It has just quietly faded away.

With bureaucratic delays, cost overruns, general incompetence and a “can’t do” spirit, officials have effectively scuppered the fence without politically costly legislation.

But they kept their jobs.

Oh, and speaking of Jobs, the “bi-partisan” jobs bill that Sen. Harry Reid emasculated passed.

It has no provisions in it for not hot hiring Illegals.

So you hire an Illegal for a year, get the tax break, and then fire them next year.

Way to stimulate Job growth their guys!!

“It was a great idea, but it didn’t work,” Mark Borkowski, chief of the electronic fence program, told the L.A. Times.

Oh, it worked perfectly.

It got the Congress out of tight spot, got the issue “resolved” so that it didn’t hurt them during the 2008 Presidential campaign while they were yelling “racist” at anyone who dared to disagree with Obama and you had the truly cowed McCain unable to strike any kind of spine because of it.

It worked perfectly.

It was never designed to deal with Illegals.

That’s what Amnesty is for.

As I have said repeatedly, the Democrats will want to pass Amnesty for the Illegals because they are predominately, Hispanic, from socilaistic countries, poor, and willing to tow the Democrat party line.

You have La Raza and others “advocacy” groups to intimidate anyone who dares get in their way.

You have ACORN to sign them up and to herd them to voting booths.

Imagine what 12+ Million new Democrats would do for elections in this country.

The Democrats would be in power for generations, possibly forever. By sheer numbers.

Because Amnesty would not stop the illegals, and you’d have more rounds of it, and more and more Democrats.

It would be self-perpetuating.

Sounds like a Democrats heart’s desire.

And it would destroy this country.

And if they have control of your health care, your taxes, your environment (Cap & trade), your energy, your car…

They own your life.

Gee, that sounds like the America we all grew up with, doesn’t it 😦

Big Brother rules.

Big Sis, Janet, is here to protect you.

Don’t you just love America.

It took the U.S. a tad more than eight years from the announcement in 1961 to put a man on the moon. Now we can’t build a fence in seven?

Because there is no political will to do it.

Congress, especially Democrats, but also Republicans, don’t want to touch Illegal Immigration.

They fear the Hispanics.

So they roll over and play dead.

They don’t fear the public on Health care.

So they will cram that down your throat.

They will pass a jobs bill that is weak and puny to make it look they are “doing something”. But that’s just for show.

It’s not what you, the people want.

It’s what they want that matters.

Government for the Government, By the Government, for the Government.

You’re just cattle.

And the Illegals, they are the “future”, because they are poor, undereducated, socialists who will do their bidding.

I should say, given the recent studies of the liberalism in schools that Education is also do the same thing to the next generations of students.

The Frog will not turn into handsome Prince. He’ll just give you warts. Then charge you for their removal.

Sorry for being depressing.

So it is even more imperative that you hold this anger until November and then unleash it.

Then if the Republican do win significantly, hold their feet to the fire.

The only hope we have is in the old saying:

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.-JFK

As much as I detest the Progressives for being Socialists, the real enemy is the whole corrupt political class. For over 150 years, America has been basically stuck in neutral with only Republicans and Democrats to choose from. Both parties cycle through periods of extremism to moderation, depending on how much they think they can get away with.

The political class, the Democrat and Republican Parties, still cling to the concept that they are the only solutions. They change philosophies as easily as changing a tire when it goes flat. Well, we’ve got four flat tires now, and there’s no tow truck in sight. (rightpundits.com)

We The people have to stand for more.

We will be assassinated by The Left, Right and the Media Elites who would be threatened.

But it is a battle worth fighting.

And no one will save us, except us!

The Peasants are Revolting

“yeah, they stink on ice” goes the gag line from Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part 1”.

But we have Obama, Napalitano, and The Democrats instead of the King in that movie.

DHS:  WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists who are U.S. citizens or live in the country legally and plot against the U.S. are just as big of a concern as international terrorists.She says that when she started as secretary a year ago, the focus was largely on international terrorists who want to harm U.S. interests. But in the past year, more of the violent extremism that has been seen overseas is showing up in the U.S.

She says officials need to drill down and analyze the factors that make a young person, raised in the U.S., migrate to extremist beliefs and actions.

Napolitano was speaking to governors who are in Washington for their annual conference.
Couple that with her statements about “right wing extremists” (aka anyone who’d disagree with the Administration) and  this beauty:

The report, by Inspector General Richard Skinner, said most weapons were never found. They included hand guns, shotguns and military rifles.

He documented 289 missing firearms, though some were lost after Hurricane Katrina and others were stolen from safes.

DHS has disciplined some offenders and beefed up training.
CNN writes that 179 guns — 74% of the total — were lost “because officers did not properly secure them,” the report said.
At least 15 guns ended up in the hands of gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers.(USAToday)

It was a 27 Page report!

And undoubtedly the “right wing extremists” and the ex-military that have the training to be dangerous to the Administration…

No one was fired. They were just going to be trained better.

Your Government at work.

So obviously we need to ban guns for private owners because they are a threat to Security. 😦

Screw the 2nd Amendment! 😦

Well, the Constitution is more of a hindrance to Liberals anyways. So they need ways around it.

Can’t you see that one coming?

Escpecially, after they reconcile the Health Care bill and you get the “Nuclear Option” in the face!

For your own good, of course.

Mama Government is here to look out for you.

And Big Brother is expected to release HIS plan for you today.

3 Days before the “bi-partisan” meeting.

Yeah, he’s capable of changing his mind.

He’ll  be Campaigning no-stop until then for HIS plan.

And he’s a flexible guy. He’s not a rigid Ideologue! 🙂

Sources say it will include this gem:

Private insurance companies are now regulated by the states, which review proposed rate increases. Under the Obama proposal, the federal Department of Health and Human Services would gain the power to review and block premium increases.

A new seven-member Health Insurance Rate Authority, made up of industry experts, consumer representatives, a physician and others, would issue an annual report laying out what it viewed as reasonable rate increases. Those considered unjustified could be blocked by a federal board. Customers might even qualify for rebates.

Ta da! Government Run Health Care!

Government control of the price.

Government controls Health care.

Isn’t that just wonderful! 😦

So expect the Democrats to do it.

They don’t care.

And the sooner you understand that they don’t actually care, the better.

The Liberal blogs and columnist are screaming for them to do it.

So, you know the “bi-partisan” meeting on Thursday is a sham.

But Big Brother and Big Sis are watching you.

You better tow the line or you’ll be an “extremist”.

The Ministry of Truth said so. 🙂

And they are never wrong….

Welcome to the Obamanation, Citizen. Now do as you’re told or else!

How’s That “New” Image Working

President Obama and the Liberals all said we needed to “improve” our image all over the world and to apologize for the “cowboy” attitudes of George W. Bush. To erase the the “ugly american”.

So he went around the world apologizing to everyone and anyone would would listen.

And proclaimed it a success.

So when I saw this story on FoxNews, I chuckled cynically:

Looking for a job? Well, if you’re an “arrogant American,” you had better search elsewhere.

An information technology staffing firm based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., posted an advertisement for a technical writer that warned that an “arrogant American” would not flourish in the position.

“Exelon is looking to provide these proposals to Chinese businesses, so someone who is respectful and understands Chinese culture is preferred. An arrogant American will not work well in this role,” the listing read.

The ad, posted by Viva USA, an information technology consulting firm, has since been removed. Varuna Singh, the company’s development manager, told FoxNews.com it received the language from its client, Exelon Nuclear Partners, and the wording somehow got past a “junior recruiter” who posted the advertisement on CareerBuilder.com.

“We are taking it down immediately, this was a mistake,” Singh said. “This was not wordage by Viva. This was sent into us by the client, but we, as the staffing company, should have looked into it before posting.

Singh apologized for the error, citing “negligence” on the company’s behalf.

Judith Rader, a spokeswoman for Exelon, said the company apologizes for the “offensive and inappropriate” language contained in the job posting.

“Exelon was surprised and very disappointed to see this job posting including this offensive and inappropriate language,” a statement to FoxNews.com read. “This statement was not approved by Exelon and in no way reflects the company’s policies and values. We regret that this language appeared in recruiting materials that were prepared by a third party and not approved by Exelon. We apologize for this error and the offense it has caused. We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again. Exelon is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, and we make every effort to attract and retain talent of all backgrounds.”

The “apology” is very Politician-speak isn’t it?

By the way: Exelon is a provider of energy services with an electric and natural gas distribution and is the largest nuclear operator in the United States.

You know the 8.5 billion Obama just promised for building a new plant. Hmmm…

Ferne Wolf, a St. Louis-based employment law attorney, said the posting “sounds like national origin discrimination” and suggested the advertisement be brought to the attention of EEOC officials.

“I think a jury could reasonably conclude that there’s already a predisposition [by the firm] that Americans are arrogant,” she said. “That’s like saying ditzy blondes need not apply.”

Maybe they’ll hire a Muslim. 🙂

From Iran-Daily.com

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group today called on Congress to probe allegations of anti-Muslim bias at the taxpayer-funded agency that advises the president and other government officials on issues related to religious freedom worldwide.
Current and former staff and commissioners of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom say the agency discriminates against Muslim staffers, targets Muslim countries for extra scrutiny, focuses disproportionately on the persecution of Christians, and downplays violations of religious rights in places like Israel and Europe, prnewswire.com reported.
A Muslim policy analyst contracted by the commission recently filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that her contract was canceled because of her faith and her past affiliation with an American Muslim organization.
The commission was created by Congress in 1998 as part of the International Religious Freedom Act. It has a $4.3 million budget. Next year, Congress must decide whether to extend the commission’s life beyond its 2011 sunset date.
“The disturbing allegations of anti-Muslim bias at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom must be investigated by Congress prior to instituting any necessary reforms,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to promote the religious agendas or pet projects of those with an ideological ax to grind.”

Awad noted that the commission devoted extensive resources to examining the textbooks used at an Islamic school in Virginia, despite the fact that the agency was created to monitor religious freedom overseas.
In 2001, a group of American Muslim, Christian and secular organizations criticized the commission’s lack of balance in its reporting on violations of religious freedom.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR being the basically terrorist advocacy group that will pounce on you if you so much a look cross-wise at any Muslim.

If my house get’s fire bombed, or the IRS suddenly seizes my assets, you’ll know why.

That’s Image Making at it’s finest.

Las Vegas:

President Obama flew into Las Vegas Friday, $1.5 billion in TARP money in hand. It seemed a make-up bouquet for his remarks singling out the city as no place to spend money. But is pork really the answer?

The president had been blamed by Nevada’s governor and Vegas’ mayor for damage to the local economy in the last 12 months after he twice scolded Americans about blowing their cash in the city famed for casinos and entertainment.

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” he told a New Hampshire town hall on Feb. 2. “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

Vegas officials say his remarks affected more than just spendthrifts. Comments such as those above and in 2009 prompted the cancellation of 340 Las Vegas events last year, according to officials, and were directly linked to the shutdown of the Ritz-Carlton this year, which threw 400 workers out of their jobs.

Now Obama’s back, offering what’s essentially a $1.5 billion welfare handout as a means of making up with the economically battered city. The problem, though, is that he doesn’t address what’s really killing Vegas — a lack of jobs and a struggling economy that’s having a hard time creating them.

For starters, the “bouquet” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

It kind of stinks — of politics. The cash will be funneled through state housing finance agencies “to design programs,” as the White House blog vaguely puts it. The conduit will flow through the door of corrupt community organizers such as Acorn, which get their cash from such agencies to conveniently skirt federal rules that prohibit handing taxpayer money to these groups.

Second, the dollars also will be shared with five states, and not on an equal basis, opening the way to favored political constituencies, while 45 other states get nothing. You can bet electoral politics will figure in that distribution.

Third, the flowers are old and wilted. Friday, the Mortgage Bankers Association announced that the mortgage crisis had turned a decisive corner with a drop-off of foreclosures. To shovel $1.5 billion in subsidies into the market that’s just beginning to correct itself will only distort the market more and delay recovery.

If Obama would focus on policies that benefit the entire country instead of trying to make choices about who’s in favor or who’s not, the jobs problem would solve itself and nobody would get upset if he scolds workers about Vegas. Tax cuts, free trade and an end to using paid-back TARP funds as a political piggy bank would make it up to Vegas. And the rest of us, too. (IBD)

But don’t worry he appointed a commission to look into the problem of the deficit, while he continues to pork people into submission.

How’s that New Image going…Oh, that’s right, it will be on full bore show on Feb 25 for the “summit” on Health Care.

Get your barf bags ready.

Taking The Nuclear Option in The Face!

Here we go again folks.

The Ideologically obsessed are gunning for you again.

Just like last year.

The real issue is Jobs.

So they give it faint attention, propose 1 bill that will create a miracle-that-it-won’t because they aren’t actually interested in it to begin with, then move on to what THEY really want.

To control every aspect of your life by controlling your Health Care.

They don’t care if it’s unpopular.

They don’t just don’t care, period.

The message the people sent with Sen. Scott Brown’s election, according to them, was that they didn’t sell the message correctly. Not that we didn’t want it at all!

They use some unnamed source polls that say 56% of the American public wants a Public Option (see MSNBC).

Well, polling your base is very sleazy manipulation.

But what hasn’t been sleazy and manipulative about this whole thing.

And the kicker…They aren’t even talking about the regular voting process that they failed at so miserably before.

No, this is “reconciliation” a budgetary parliamentary trick where they only need 51 votes to cram it down your throat.

The so-called “Nuclear Option”.

So if the Ben Nelson’s and Mary Landrieu’s don’t wanna play ball, they don’t have to.

And the Republican can go F*ck themselves!!

And so can the American people for that matter.

And all of this just days before Obama’s “bi-Partisan” TV dog-and-pony show.

How Bi-Partisan can it be if reconciliation is the preferred tactic now.

None.

But they want to embarrass the Republicans first.

They want to show them off as the obstruction, not the opposition.

It’s their fault, after all!

Then they will go around them “for the good of the American People”.

So they arrogantly think.

Remember, these are drug addicts.

They crave money and power.

And right now they crave the power to decide who lives and who dies. And they will not be denied!

The legislation the White House will post on its website is expected to reflect common ground negotiated over the past several weeks by House and Senate Democratic leaders.

Those agreements are likely to be combined as a privileged budget reconciliation bill, which only needs a simple 51-vote majority to pass the 100-member Senate instead of the 60-vote supermajority that has become routine in the Senate and gives Republicans power to block the healthcare bill.

“I believe that’s the path we are going to take,” a senior congressional Democratic aide said.

But it is not clear, even to congressional Democrats, what the White House will include in its legislation and whether Obama will try to add proposals aimed at attracting at least some Republican support.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have not signed off on any final agreement, several Democratic aides have said.

“We are still waiting for the president to present to Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi his plan,” a Democratic leadership aide told Reuters.

In other words, effectively, one man is writing and his team are going to write the revised bill, present it to the Congress, embarass  the Republicans on TV to give his party some cover and media fodder, then cram it down your throat.

But he’s not a dictator!

Then we have Cap & Trade and Amnesty for those 12 million new largely illiterate new Democrats for ACORN to register.

But he’s not a dictator! 😦

Oh, and the deficit, he appointed a commission to look into how to fix that so that when they come back with the Tax hikes he wants it will be their ass, n0t his.

He’ll be too busy campaigning, to lead.

“If the president is sincere about moving forward in a bipartisan fashion, he must take the reconciliation process — which will be used to jam through legislation that a majority of Americans do not want — off the table,” said Representative Eric Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican.

But he’s not sincere. And the “bi-partisan” summit is put-up job. It’s faker than a $3 bill.

It’s there manly for the Ministry of Truth (Mainstream Media) to get soundbites to use to maul the Republicans with.

So the Republican had better be ready for it.

There is nothing “bi-partisan” about it.

“The Republicans say that they’ve got a better way of doing it. So, I want them to put it on the table,” Obama said in Nevada stumping for Sen Majority Leader Reid.

But he”s going to have HIS plan out there for the media whores to devour beforehand.

And does anyone really think he actually wants to hear what the Republican have to say now??

Really??…

NO.

He just want’s it to look like it, so he can go ahead and ram it through because the Republicans are too “obstructionist” and “too partisan” to let it go through otherwise.

That’s the rationale. It’s all their fault! Wahhhhh… 😦

Forgetting why he lost his supermajority-proof  majority in the first place and that he could get it through even then.

So we’ll go around The American people “for their own good” and cram it down your throat!

So what if you gag.

You’ll love us someday. 😦

So they have to do it.

THEY JUST DON’T CARE.

They must possess the Holy Grail.

The Quest is the Quest!

Aides said the total cost would be between $900 billion and $1 trillion over 10 years. It would be paid for with a combination of a tax on high-end health insurance plans—modified to reflect a deal with union leaders—taxes on upper-income Americans and Medicare cuts.(WSJ)

Yeah, we would want to piss off the Unions!

The American people, yes, but the Unions, no. 😦

There’s a reason this is called the “Nuclear Option”

So get to your bomb-shelter, slather on that SPF-40,000 because your about to get a Nuke in the face!

And that folks is the Congress doing the Will of the People.

So be proud. Stand Tall. And Face into the blast!