Entitlement and Grievance

“The moment we begin to believe that we are doing badly because someone else is doing well, that moment that aggrievement takes over, it’s not long before his twin brother comes behind, and that would be entitlement”-Condi Rice 2012

“We need people in Washington who believe, but who believe based on the right values — personal responsibility, fiscal discipline, care for one another, strength for our armed forces and a sense of this very special, exceptional country,” –Rice

After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us
because we are the most successful economic and political
experiment in human history. That is the true basis of American
exceptionalism. You see, the essence of America, what really
unites us, is not nationality or ethnicity or religion. It is
an idea. And what an idea it is. That you can come from humble
circumstances and you can do great things, that it does not
matter where you came from, it matters where you are going.
My fellow Americans, ours has never been a narrative of
grievance and entitlement.
We have never believed that I am

doing poorly because you are doing well. We have never been
jealous of one another and never envious of each others’

And we need to give parents greater choice, particularly,
particularly poor parents whose kids, very often minorities, are
trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil
rights issue of our day.
If we do anything less, we can damage generations to
joblessness and hopelessness and life on the government dole. If we do anything less, we will endanger our global
imperatives for competitiveness. And if we do anything less, we
will tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement the turn
toward entitlement and grievance.
Condileeza Rice 2012

“America has never had a narrative of grievance. We’ve never believed ‘I am doing poorly because you’re doing well,'” she said. “The moment we begin to believe that we are doing badly because someone else is doing well, that moment that aggrievement takes over, it’s not long before his twin brother comes behind, and that would be entitlement.”– Utah 2012, campaigning for another black female running against a male Democrat.

Grace Williams explains how Black Americans need to stop acting like victims:

It is a cry of many Black Americans that ,”We have not yet reached the Promised Land.” and “When will we reach our Promised Land.” Guess what? This is the 21st century and those mantras are tired and worn out. We Black Americans must create our Promised Land through high intellectual and academic achievement in addition to a prodigious work ethic.
Sadly, many Black Americans believe that they need a savior to help them to achieve educational and socioeconomic parity. I heard that many Black Americans state that they voted for Barack Obama to be President of the United States solely because he is Black. A lot of Black Americans pinned all of their hopes and dreams on President Obama, praying and hoping that he would get them out of a hopelessly dire socioeconomic situation and into a more affluent lifestyle. Now many Black Americans are displeased with President Obama because they believed that he did not create for them the housing and jobs that he promised that he would create.Many Black Americans contend that they are blameless for the educational and socioeconomic morass they are in. This belief and ideology are not only prevalent among lower socioeconomic classes of Black Americans but also among a few middle and upper middle socioeconomic classes of Black Americans. For example, one maternal cousin once removed, who has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is in a high-level administrative position, steadfastly maintain that “the man” is holding “us brother/sisters back”.

Every Saturday morning in my area(Harlem) without fail, in a park opposite that of my apartment complex, there are a group of Black Americans led by the Reverend Al Sharpton shouting repeatedly, ” No justice, no peace!” as if only doing this will obtain them quality education, housing, and job equality. Many Black Americans want to be rescued. It seems that they are waiting for a Great Savior to come to Earth and make everything copacetic.

Each time I go into the African-American section of Barnes & Nobles and any other book store, 75% of the books regarding the Black American cultural experience are about Black victimology and 25% of the books are about Black achievement, excellence, and self-empowerment. Many of the subjects pertaining to Black American culture on some Black-made DVDs and CDs stress Black victimology and how we are oppressed by the enemy. Seldom do I find any Black-made DVDs and CDs stressing Black education, achievement, empowerment and how to be socioeconomically successful. Finding a book on Black American culture that is not imbued with the victimization mentality is analogous to finding a needle in a haystack.

Tom Burrell, Black American author of BRAINWASHED: CHALLENGING THE MYTH OF BLACK INFERIORITY asserted that Black American students are the worst students in the country. Many Black American leaders cited institutional racism and poor socioeconomic living conditions. According to the Education Trust, only a minute 12% of Black American fourth graders were reading at their grade level and beyond; however, an abysmal 61% of Black American fourth graders lacked rudimentary reading skills.
Now let us look at the racism factor. To reiterate, yes there is institutionalized racism in this society not only against Blacks but all people of color. However, studies authenticate that Black students in Caribbean and African families outachieve Black American students in the academic arena. A second study showed that middle and upper middle class Black American high school students had similar SAT scores to lower socioeconomic class Caucasians. Regarding socioeconomic class, it has been substantiated that Asians in poor neighborhoods are high academic achievers and score high on SAT tests. So the variables of race and socioeconomic classes are declared invalid. Now, what is the underlying factor which is a determinant of the academic underachievement of the Black American student?

Many Black students are told by their parents, relatives, and peers that they are performing well “as long as they pass the course.” In the Black American student milieu, they are told that education is for nerds and to “stay real/Black” and “not to act white” i.e. being a high academic achiever. In the Black American student milieu, the high achieving Black American student is often stigmatized, ostracized, and/or worse by the lower achieving Black American student. In many Black American families, intellectualism and academic achievement is not highly prized.

Oh, look, A Secretary of State that was not only a woman, she was black, and not as corrupt and universe is wide….

BUT

since she’s a <<shudder>> CONSERVATIVE!  She must be evil and forgotten… 🙂

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State of The Zombie Union

In a video preview e-mailed to millions of supporters on Saturday, as South Carolina Republicans went to the polls to help pick an alternative to him, Mr. Obama promised a populist “blueprint for an American economy that’s built to last,” with the government assisting the private sector and individuals to ensure “an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same set of rules.”

Mr. Obama has honed that message for months as he has attacked Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail, contrasting it with what he has described as Republicans’ “go it alone” free-market views.

Don’t you just love the polar extremes.

Either you are for government running everything or nothing at all.

All or Nothing.

With most Americans registering disapproval of the president’s economic record after three years, it is all the more imperative for Mr. Obama to define the election not as a referendum on him but as a choice between his vision and that of his eventual Republican rival.

Emotion over logic. Throw reason out the window and go for “Hope & Change” 2.0 because he’s such a brilliant P.T. Barnum Speaker that he will bamboozle you again.

Fool me once, same on you. Fool Me twice, Shame on me!

And he will kick it off with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who says she is resigning. He will pimp that for all the juice he can. The sugar overload will make everyone a diabetic.

Mr. Obama said he would call for “a return to American values of fairness for all and responsibility from all.” (Read: Marxist style socialism)

Because responsibility for all is not personal responsibility. That’s “going it alone”. 🙂

“We can go in two directions,” he said. “One is towards less opportunity and less fairness. Or we can fight for where I think we need to go: building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few.”

Class warfare, envy, and “fairness”. The Zombie march continues.

“We must offer an alternative vision,” Mr. Romney said. “I stand ready to lead us down a different path, where we are lifted up by our desire to succeed, not dragged down by a resentment of success.” (New York Times)

But resentment, envy, and fear are Zombie food.

Rolling up your sleeves, nose to grindstone, and being responsible for your choices and actions is like bullet to the brain of the Zombies.

The Government-must-do-it-for-me (and someone else must pay for it not realising it’s them anyhow) Zombie crowd is immune to reason and logic.

That’s why he will broadcast his Zombie-inspiring, Zombie-infecting State of the Union address.

The Zombie infection must spread and having an big TV audience will do nicely.

So, my recommendation: Watch “Chopped”. It will be more interesting…

P.s.

When burglar Kesler Dufrene became a twice-convicted felon in 2006, a  Bradenton judge shipped him to prison for five years. And because of  his convictions, an immigration judge ordered Dufrene deported to his  native Haiti.

That never happened.

Instead, when Dufrenes state prison term was up, Miami immigration  authorities in October 2010 released him from custody. Two months later,  North Miami police say, he slaughtered three people, including a  15-year-old girl in a murder case that remains as baffling today as it  did the afternoon the bodies were discovered.

DNA on a rifle found inside the house and cellphone tracking technology later linked Dufrene to the Jan. 2, 2011, slayings.

But North Miami detectives never got to interrogate him. Just 18 days  after the murders, Dufrene shot and killed himself when he was cornered  by Manatee County sheriffs deputies in Bradenton after an unrelated  break-in and shooting there.

 Now be “fair” and government will provide… 🙂

Inspiring Dreams

Harrison Solow, National Post · Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Everywhere you turn today, our children are urged to “follow your dream.” It seems like a harmless, even inspiring bromide to motivate children to achievement.

It isn’t.A lot of damage is being done to young minds by how this rampant (and particularly nauseating) philosophy is interpreted. There seems to be an air of entitlement in it, which encourages people to expect rewards for simply having a dream and not working toward it with blood, sweat and tears.Somewhere along the line, responsibility has been discarded in favour of infantilism. Scream loud enough from the cradle or the American Idol stage and mama/nanny/Simon Cowell will come running. And when in the latter case, this does not happen, many people are bewildered and angry.Wanting something, they have been told, is the only requirement needed to get it. This is, of course, absolute nonsense.The simple fact is that people who achieve excellence in their fields didn’t just have a dream. They got up at 4:00 a.m. to practice on parallel bars or had to forego other desirable activities and paths in order to get in six hours of violin practice a day, or stayed off the several million absurd writing advice blogs with their overheated little cliques that dispense useless regurgitated maxims and empty praise and decide to actually confront their thoughts on a page. Or they read Beowulf and Dante carefully and deeply when they didn’t see any point, since all they were interested in was Sylvia Plath, because someone of more experience and wisdom told them to do so. I don’t know whether we’re overly lazy, stupid, or childish these days. But the idea of preparing oneself for excellence has somehow disappeared.Case in point: I was Writer in Residence and an English professor at a British university some years ago. In my second year there, when one of my students actually lifted, word for word, two pages off a website and handed it in as his own work, I ended up being the one reprimanded!I had given him a zero for the paper, of course. But the policy then was that I wasn’t allowed to give him a zero. Instead, the entire English faculty met to go over his paper and give him credit for all the things he didn’t plagiarize. This, to me, is akin to a criminal breaking into your house and stealing your jewelry, silver and art, and when appearing in court for indictment after pleading guilty, being given credit by the judge for not stealing your television or computer.I was both disillusioned and livid at this so, contrary to university policy at that time, I called “Trevor” into my office and asked him why he had done this despicable thing. He responded that he had always had a dream to have a degree. ( “Have” not “earn”!) I said to him, “Trevor, you will never have a degree if you keep on doing this. Oh — someone may hand one to you one day, but you will always know that it isn’t yours. It will never be yours. It will always belong to all those from whom you stole it. Never you.” And he started to cry. I was glad to see those tears, which were, in the end, the only entity in the university acknowledging responsibility for such an unworthy act.My friend James Strauss, a talented novelist and writer for the television show, House, among other things, found a similar situation in his recent (and brief ) foray into teaching.”Our public almost never understands what it takes to put a production on, or the vital necessity of good writing,” he wrote to me. “Everybody thinks they can ‘at least’ write. I taught a screenwriting class last year and was amazed that almost all my students thought they had a screenplay in them. I assigned them a one-hour, fifty-page, screenplay by next week’s class. I said I’d do the same. The following week we met (only 11 of the 16 showed) and there was one screenplay written. Mine. Not one page of any other work was available, although the excuses were endless and complex.”This is worrying. Even our universities are filled with people who have dreams but no plans; desires but no talent; talent but no work ethic, and because the few people who could make a difference in their lives will not step up to the plate and say “You can’t have this until you earn it,” I am concerned that there is no end in sight.So — my advice to dreamers: Don’t just follow your dream. Do what it takes to earn it. To achieve it. To be worthy of it. Because if you don’t, it will never, ever, really be yours.

But don’t worry, you have the government and “compassionate” people like Rev Al Sharpton to guide you along the path of victimization where you can be taught that it’s not your fault, it’s cracker’s fault, or Corporations, Corporate America, “The Rich”, the Jews, anyone BUT YOU. They are all conspiring to hoard you out of your dreams and if you just follow these “wise men” blindly they and they alone will lead you to the Promised Land!!

Not having to work, being paid to sit on your ass, and being a victim all at the same time.

Liberal Nirvana!

It’s not your Fault! It’s “THEM!!!”

THEY are Evil. THEY ARE CORRUPT.

It’s Not your Fault!

Get the Point.

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Happy New Year, New Congress: Be Prepared to be Electrocuted or Go Home

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

What I don’t want to see in the new Congress: Partisan Mudfights.

As fun as it may be to just all Terminator on the Obama administration with investigations all that does is sink to the Democrats level of partisanship, aka investigate Bush for everything and anything no matter how outlandish or insane not caring about anything other than “Gotcha!” politics.

We don’t need that now. We need Leadership. Not a Partisan driven Gotcha.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Spending. Congress has, by constitutional right, the power of the purse strings. The new Congress must use this power to slash spending to the pre-meltdown, pre-stimulus levels of 2007. Federal spending today is over 25% of GDP — nearly a quarter above its historic average. The Democrat-led 111th Congress added $3.2 trillion to the national debt, the most in history.

With an estimated $10 trillion in debt expected over the next decade from current programs, and a wave of spending coming to take care of the tidal wave of baby boomers who’ll be retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day the next couple of decades, government better stop spending now — or go bankrupt.

Period. End of Story!

Within 5 years, just 5 years, the INTEREST on the National Credit Card will be more than we spend on the Military, it will be so massive that it will be the single largest expenditure we have as a nation.

That is unsustainable. It must stop. Period!

Today the top-earning 5% of taxpayers — having incomes over $159,619 (well below “the Rich” of 250,000 )— earn 35% of the nation’s income, but pay 60% of individual income taxes. This is unfair and inefficient, with estimates of as much as a $150 billion reduction in GDP each year.

“The Rich” the liberals are so obsessed with pay nearly 1/2 of all taxes but have the highest taxes. And you want to screw them even more and expect to them to love you and kiss you and roll over and play dead marxist??

I don’t think so. Grow up!

Life isn’t fair.

And the debt wracked by the government and the people is real and only the government and the people can stop it.

Now!

ObamaCare. Because you don’t have the Senate and the President you won’t be able to repeal it. You must slow it down though and get rid of some of the most onerous things if you can.

Personally I think the liberals will fight to your death for this Golden Goose Egg of Socialism.

They don’t care that it actually hurts people. They just don’t care.

So we have to cut spending.

Real Cuts.

Painful Cuts.

Not just politically correct show-off cuts that don’t mean anything in the long run.

We’re talking Entitlements. The lightning rod of politics.

Prepare to be electrocuted or go home.

The Republican House and the 47 GOP senators should nonetheless reintroduce the topic into the debate, even pass a bill in the House. They should also promote market improvements of Medicare. The public needs to understand why this is necessary — and why the Democrats’ inevitable resistance puts our nation at risk.

The GOP must be careful, though, of accepting a “bipartisan compromise” that perpetuates the worst features of the current system. With a $107 trillion deficit expected over the long term, the two entitlement programs must be overhauled. There’s no choice.

It’s the 20,000 lib Gorrila on steroids that is guarded by an Imperial Starfleet of Unions, Democrats and the Not-In-My-Backpocket Scare tactics that must be taken down or else it’s over, it’s all over.

Too bad if you don’t like it. Too bad if you don’t want to.

The truth is the truth, deal with it. You don’t have to like it, you’d don’t have to approve.

It’s very bad medicine that you have to swallow or else.

No option.

Except complete and utter failure of everything.

No pressure.

Congress needs to refocus the Fed on what it does best: keep inflation under control and help oversee the commercial banks. Most important, any reforms must keep the central bank’s political independence — which studies show is what makes a central bank most effective.

Pumping money we don’t have into a broken economy is not making it better.

Keynesian Economics DOES NOT WORK! Period. End of story.

Sorry, Liberals, Life just isn’t fair and it never will be. Get over it!

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One of the great disgraces of the 111th Congress was the passage of a financial overhaul bill that left the two main causes of our financial meltdown untouched. At one point, Fannie and Freddie controlled half the $13 trillion U.S. mortgage market.

For years, Congress and presidents alike have used the two to subsidize cheap home loans to undeserving borrowers to garner votes and boost the U.S. homeownership rate. The two have already cost U.S. taxpayers $135 billion, but may end up costing as much as $700 billion, estimates show. Republicans can rectify this by holding new hearings, then privatizing them or shutting them down.

Fannie & Freddie must die so that we may live. Period.

TSA reform. The Transportation Security Agency is out of control. As agents make X-rated X-rays of passengers and grope their private parts, screeners continue to let guns, knives, explosives and bomb parts sift through the security line.

Meanwhile, Israel’s El Al, considered the world’s most secure airline, has a different strategy. Wisely disregarding political correctness, it uses ethnic profiling and asks passengers inconvenient questions. How about changing strategy here and considering the Israeli model? Our lawmakers need to have the courage to take the lead on making our skies safer and air travel less stressful.

Yes, folks, RACIAL PROFILING!

You can’t fight a war, any war, politically correct. Sorry Liberals.

Net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission, saying it wants to establish a free and open Internet, has voted to impose regulations on the Web. But far from freeing the Web and making it more wide open, net neutrality rules give Washington the power to determine how Internet service providers handle the traffic that flows over their infrastructure.

The Liberals need to have government run everything in your life from birth to death (and beyond with the Death Taxes) has got to be stopped.

And something that is nearly extinct in this culture as a whole must come back:

Personal Responsibility!

When you screw up it’s YOUR FAULT and YOUR CONSEQUENCES and you have to live with the CONSEQUENCES of YOUR OWN ACTIONS!

It is not anyone or any group’s fault.

It’s not the “rich”, “white people”, “Christians”, your neighbor, that drink you had, chocolate,McDonalds, et al.

It’s your own damn fault and BUCK UP and take it like an ADULT.

It’s time to put away childish things!

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Put down the lawsuit ACLU and Liberals stop whining about your secular need to drive religion out of life as a whole (unless it’s Islam which is politically correct).

There is wisdom here. Learn from it. Regardless of the source.

STOP BEING A CHILD and GROW UP!

Time to take your medicine!

The drunken hangover is over, it’s now the morning after and this hangover is killer.

DEAL WITH IT. MAN UP!

Immigration. With 20 million illegal immigrants, Congress must work to ensure that immigration is about rule of law, not ethnic grievance politics. Full funding for the border fence is a must to ensure that U.S. agents, not Mexican cartels, control the border. Congress must end the current White House policy of cherry-picking criminal cases, but ignoring others.

Also, legal immigration to the U.S. must be made speedier and less costly. Legal immigrants wait in long lines and pay an average $6,000 to enter legally. One idea: an express lane for those with education and training who can fit into our economy right away.

SECURE THE BORDER. Then we’ll talk. The End.

Janet the Incompetano is not capable of this. She is too politically correct to even deal with it. Always has been.

When she was Governor of Arizona she constantly stalled efforts saying it was a “federal problem” and then when she became the Fed, she is the problem.

She needs to be replaced or have a brain transplant because she too incompetent to stay.

Since that is unlikely, it falls to the Congress to brave the slings and arrows of the Hispanic Caucus, The Liberal Media and “racism” and do what is right and secure the border for real.

Regulations. They must be reformed and not used as the Socialist Weapon of Choice since they haven’t got the legislative power now.

According to the Small Business Administration, red tape costs the economy $1.75 trillion each year — more than the GDP of Canada and equal to all corporate profits. It also adds up to $15,000 per household.

And with the 2nd highest Corporate Tax in the world, and the economic turmoil CREATED by liberals we aren’t attractive to even businesses in THIS country let alone another.

This has to stop.

The Liberals need to grow up.

That’s nearly nearly impossible, so we have to go around them and prove it can work.

The time For Childishness and liberal dreams of social and economic “equality” for all are over.

Period.

Federal regulations go on for 70,000 pages. Under Obama, regulatory bureaucrats are drawing more power. The EPA, FCC and FDA, to name just a few, are issuing sweeping new rules for us to live under. Enough.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The drug binges have to stop now or the patient dies.

Period.

No option.

No Choice.

Just do it!

OR ELSE!

Period.

No one should care if you don’t like it. It’s the cold hard reality.

DEAL WITH IT.

 

Personal Responsibility Government Style

You’re a wreck.

You can’t do things right.

Common sense has been leeched out of you.

You’re too stupid for your own good.

Or at least the government thinks so. So in your best interest they want to act for you.

You’re too Fat, so we have the Food Police wanting to ban Salt, fat, and in San Francisco- Happy Meals. And it doesn’t stop there. Oh no, it does not.

Consider this press release:

As a dietitian, I suggest that parents make Halloween candy rules to avoid sugar highs and stomach aches. But even more important, I encourage all Americans to support comprehensive child nutrition reform to improve the National School Lunch Program and other child nutrition programs. Congress will soon consider legislation to reauthorize the school lunch program, and this vote comes not a moment too soon.

Nearly 40 percent of calories consumed by children are from junk food, according to a new study analyzing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Half of these calories come from just six foods: pizza, ice cream, whole milk, cookies and cake, soda, and sugary fruit drinks.

Wait—milk? Milk is a “junk food”?

Oh, and the group behind this release, the “Physicians Committee” for “Responsible Medicine” (PCRM) is neither a physicians group, nor responsible, nor interested in medicine. (They do seem to be a committee.) So while PCRM claims to be a group of good-hearted doctors concerned about nutrition, it’s actually an animal rights front group whose M.O. is to scare everyone toward vegetarianism.

Love the Orwellian name, by the way.

It’s head is the former head of PeTA. And you should know by now how insane those people are.

PCRM founder Neal Barnard has called cheese “dairy crack…the purest form of the [milk] drug.” PCRM has also tried to sue milk companies in Washington, DC, demanding (are you sitting down?) “monetary awards for the pain and suffering” that lactose intolerant Americans have experienced from consuming milk.

Of course, the truth is that milk—whole or otherwise—is a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and calcium. No serious medical group would suggest otherwise, unless they were more concerned with “saving” cows than promoting human health. Come to think of it, that’s probably PCRM’s real beef in the first place.

New York City Passes the Salt with Another Ad Campaign

And of course, these people just have your Personal Responsibility at heart. 🙂

New York City is also spearheading the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI), a partnership with state health authorities and other national and local health organizations. The group’s goal is “a voluntary reduction of sodium levels with the objective of reducing the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant foods by 25 percent over five years.”

There’s just one problem: Very few food companies have signed on with the NSRI. So how can the reduction stay voluntary? (Hint: It won’t.)

Then there’s the FDA which announced earlier this year that they intended to reduce Americans’ salt intake — without providing any specific details at the time. Notorious food nags at the Center for Science in the Public Interest have been petitioning the FDA for years to revoke salt’s “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) status. This would require the FDA to approve the (much lower) salt content of every food in the nation. (consumerfreedom.com)

They only want what’s best for you, regardless. 🙂

They know better. And if you won’t take “personal responsibility” and do as they say then they’ll just have to force you to do it. 🙂

The Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood may be experiencing some repetitive whiplash.

Responding to a couple articles written in The Daily Caller, LaHood took to his blog in order to clarify his position about whether or not he “believed we should employ a specific technology that would block cell phone signals in cars to prevent drivers from talking or texting behind the wheel.”

“I think the technology is there and I think you’re going to see the technology become adaptable in automobiles to disable these cell phones,” LaHood had said on MSNBC. “We need to do a lot more if were going to save lives.”

In his blog post on Thursday, the Secretary clarified his statements with another quote taken from his MSNBC appearance:

“There’s a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we’re looking at that. A number of [cell technology innovators] came to our Distracted Driving Summit here in Washington and presented their technology, and that’s one way. But you have to have good laws, you have to have good enforcement, and you have to have people take personal responsibility. That’s the bottom line.” [Highlighted for enjoyment]

“The boom line,” LaHood repeated after the excerpt, was “personal responsibility.”

“For starters, there will never be a technological device that imparts common sense when it comes to safe driving,” he said. LaHood later added that “No one should need a piece of technology in their car to tell them that talking or texting while driving is incredibly dangerous.”

Sometimes, however, folks do need a little help developing “personal responsibility,” which is why LaHood reminded those reading his blog that:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently conducting broad distracted driving research so that we can expand what we know about the problem and look for ways to solve it. As part of that research, NHTSA is also evaluating some kinds of technologies that might one day prove helpful, such as collision avoidance and lane departure warning systems. But we also recognize the limitations of technology.

When Lahood said in the blog post that distracted driving was something the DOT would “tackle on all fronts,” he means on the technological front, too.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Driver Distraction Plan” sent to TheDC by the DOT specifically mentions the “emerging technical option in managing distractions.” This option specifically includes software that could be “downloaded to a cell phone, [and] has thresholds past which calls are not sent through to the driver but instead sent to voicemail; text messages are also blocked.”

After conducting a survey of the technology, the DOT said “this information can then be used to assess the overall feasibility of these as a countermeasure for distracted driving,” according to the plan. Currently, the NHTSA is “in the planning stages of this project” with a final report expected next year.

Neither the DOT nor the NHTSA responded to requests made by TheDC for further details on this “emerging technical option.”

On Monday, the Department of Transportation launched its awareness week campaign, “The Faces of Distracted Driving Week.” However, it’s not clear whether the campaign was originally intended to include LaHood himself.

And if they can manage that, what’s next? Hmmm…

Big Brother is watching you. So you better be responsible or else!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving next week, because that Turkey is going to be replaced by Tofu someday if you don’t wise up and take Personal Responsibility. 🙂

Can you imagine a more horrifying sight to a Food Policeman than a holiday based on Food, overeating, and gluttony!

The HORROR!

EVIL!!

It must be stopped!

You heard it here first! 🙂

http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/pdf2html.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fconsumerfreedom.com%2Fdownloads%2Fpromotional%2Fdocs%2F041124_thanksgiving.pdf&images=yes

This liability waiver includes an agreement not to haul your host into court on the basis of:

  • Failure to provide nutritional information including calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, and trans fat;
  • Failure to warn of potential for overeating because food tastes too good and is provided at no cost;
  • Failure to offer “healthier alternatives” or vegetarian “Tofurky”;
  • Failure to provide information about other venues serving alternative, “healthier” Thanksgiving meals;
  • Failure to warn that dark meat contains more fat than white meat; and
  • Failure to warn that eating too much and not exercising may lead to obesity.

“with this signed form, you can leave the trial lawyers and ‘food police’ out in the cold. That’s something we can all enjoy this Thanksgiving.” (consumerfreedom.com)

Now doesn’t that make you feel better… More personally responsible…:)

Political Cartoon by Michael Ramirez
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The Left Doesn’t Get it :)

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

I would add in Treasury Secretary Geithner, Fed Chairman Bernacke and our dear President.

Geithner and Bernacke for there Us Treasury Bond buy out which is just another attempt at a stimulus for what the 6th time now? (and a quarter of the money they are using is from TARP, remember that from 2 years ago that was going to save the universe?)

Trying to pump money into the system so that business will lend it and hire and buy. Instead, they just hoard it expecting the Obama Administration to hit them with even more taxes because the are “rich” “fat cats” and evil,greedy corporate america.

The Bush Tax cuts are still out there.

Health care Mandates are still out there.

Financial “reform” is still out there.

So what will they try next?

That’s been the problem all along. What will the Left do next to demonize the business community next? They don’t know.

And then our dear President is going on a trip to Indonesia where he seems determined to take the entire US Navy with him like a Potentate, at a cost some estimate at $200 million PER DAY.

He just doesn’t get it.

I saw his press conference the day after the elections and it was clear he personally doesn’t get it.

The Associated Press’ Ben Feller asked if he would concede that the midterms had been “a fundamental rejection of your agenda.” Obama declined. “What they were expressing great frustration about is the fact that we haven’t made enough progress on the economy.”

It’s not the policies that have failed. They just haven’t work fast enough for the stupid, impatient, get-me-a-job today, ungrateful , unwashed, stupid masses! 🙂

“Would you still resist the notion that voters rejected the policy choices you made?” “Voters are not satisfied with the outcomes,” the president said.

No matter how many ways reporters phrased the question, the answer was the same. CNN’s Ed Henry suggested there may be “a majority of Americans who think your polices are taking us in reverse,” and asked: “You just reject that idea altogether that your policies could be going in reverse?” “Yes,” Obama said sharply.

What failures he did admit were those of tactics and communications. It’s not that he has poisonous relations with business, he said, but that he needs to do better at “setting the right tone publicly.” It’s not that his economic policies were flawed, he said, but that people “don’t see” the progress.

You just aren’t doe-eyes and awe-struck enough to see how great he is. You don’t faint in his presence.

Then the best comedy line (in a cynical way mind you):

Peter Baker of the New York Times asked Obama for areas in which he’d be willing to compromise with Republicans. “I’ve been willing to compromise in the past, and I’m going to be willing to compromise going forward,” the president fired back.

Now that’s comedy! That’s why they shut out the Republicans completely, shouted and denigrated the American People, BECAUSE THEY WERE WILLING TO COMPROMISE! 🙂

Must be quite an alternate universe to be them.

When Fox News’ Mike Emanuel pointed out that one in two voters, according to exit polls, favors a repeal, Obama replied: “It also means one out of two voters think it was the right thing to do.”

It’s also obvious that the self-righteous, smarter-than-thou Progressive Left is incapable of getting it either.

There are calls by the whacky left to just ignore Congress altogether and just use regulatory power to get the agenda crammed through. After all, why let anything get in the way of Utopia? 🙂

By any means Necessary. The end justifies the means.

Many of these nuts are the same ones, by the way, that were made at Obama because he was far left enough for there taste over the last 2 years! Yikes!

Obama’s conclusion: “Getting out of here” — the White House — “is good for me.” On that, at least, he’ll probably get Republican support. (IBD-A Leftist columnist no less).

Political Cartoon by Jerry Holbert

P.s. The San Francisco Liberal Food Police Strike again:

On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to pass a law requiring restaurant kids’ meals to meet certain nutritional standards before they can be sold with toys. For example, the new law forces fast-food chains like McDonald’s to make their children’s meals healthier or stop selling them with toys.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, if the ordinance passes its final vote next week, it will go into effect in December 2011. Beginning in 2011, restaurants will only be able to give toys away with kids’ meals if the meal contains less than 600 calories, has less than 640 milligrams of sodium and less than 35 percent of the calories are derived from fat (less than 10 percent from saturated fat), except for fat contained in nuts, seeds, eggs or low-fat cheese.

In beverages, less than 35 percent of the total calories can come from fat, and less than 10 percent from added sweeteners. In addition, the meals must contain a half-cup or more of fruit and three-quarters of a cup or more of vegetables. A breakfast meal must contain at least a half-cup of fruit or vegetables.

Backers of the ordinance say it aims to promote healthy eating habits while combating childhood obesity. Also, activists who support the measure said they hope efforts like this would curb childhood obesity, perhaps starting a trend that would spread to other cities, states and the country.

“It’s not a ban; it’s an incentive. We’re part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice,” said Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure. “Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color,” added Mar.

But fear not:

Scott Rodrick, an owner and operator of 10 McDonald’s restaurants in the city, said, “There will be sales loss, there may be jobs impacted, and I know the city of San Francisco will lose tax income to people wanting a McDonald’s experience without government intervention.”

According to Rodrick anyone could circumvent the law easily. Someone doesn’t have to travel very far — a mile outside San Francisco — to get the traditional McDonald’s Happy Meals experience. (Until the liberal cancer spreads that is).

First it was Salt. Then it was fat. Now it’s Kid’s Meals….You’re Next Fatso!

The Liberal Food Police are coming for you, Barbara! 🙂

Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson

Is it the Water?

The liberal loon capital of  San Francisco is at it again.

Sell a guinea pig, go to jail.

That’s the law under consideration by San Francisco’s Commission of Animal Control and Welfare. If the commission approves the ordinance at its meeting tonight, San Francisco could soon have what is believed to be the country’s first ban on the sale of all pets except fish.

That includes dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, lizards and nearly every other critter, or, as the commission calls them, companion animals.

“People buy small animals all the time as an impulse buy, don’t know what they’re getting into, and the animals end up at the shelter and often are euthanized,” said commission Chairwoman Sally Stephens. “That’s what we’d like to stop.”

San Francisco residents who want a pet would have to go to another city, adopt one from a shelter or rescue group, or find one through the classifieds.

The Board of Supervisors would have final say on the matter. But not before pet store owners unleash a cacophony of howling, squeaking and squawking.

“It’s terrible. A pet store that can’t sell pets? It’s ridiculous,” said John Chan, manager of Pet Central on Broadway, which has been in business 30 years. “We’d have to close.”

This from the same people (liberals) who think that happy meals are a tool to make people fat.

And salt is evil and should be banned because it’s “bad for you”.

‘Terrible for our business’

Joe Taylor, bird manager of Animal Connection on Judah Street, called the proposal “ludicrous.”

“What difference does it make if you get a parrot at the SPCA or a pet store? If it doesn’t work out, in either case, you just bring it back,” Taylor said. “This would be terrible for our business.”

The idea originated about two years ago, when the commission began looking into a ban on dog and cat sales as a way to discourage puppy and kitten mills. But the city’s animal control staff said that excess puppies and kittens are not the problem at the city shelter, thanks to the plethora of rescue groups. In any case, only one or two pet stores in San Francisco sell dogs and cats. The rest stick to small animals.

The hamster problem

The real problem, staff said, is hamsters.

People buy the high-strung, nocturnal rodents because they’re under the temporary impression that hamsters are cute and cuddly. But the new owners quickly learn that hamsters are, in fact, prone to biting, gnawing through expensive wiring and maniacally racing on their exercise wheels at 2 a.m.

So the animals end up at the shelter. Just about every species has its own rescue group in San Francisco, but no one seems to want hamsters. Hamsters are the No. 1 animal euthanized at the city’s shelter, said San Francisco Animal Care and Control director Rebecca Katz.

“It’s definitely a concern,” she said. “They’re an impulse buy, and we do sometimes get tons of them, especially babies.”

Committed owners

On Wednesday, the shelter, which is on 15th Street in the Mission District, had six hamsters, nine rabbits, nine mice, nine rats, two guinea pigs, a bowl of goldfish, two birds, a leopard gecko, a bearded dragon and a hermit crab named Charlie.

But those shelter hamsters almost certainly did not originate at a pet store, said Michael Maddox, general counsel for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

Studies by UC Davis and the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy have shown that only a small fraction of shelter animals were purchased at pet stores, he said. People who buy animals at pet stores are just as committed, emotionally and financially, to caring for their pets as people who procure pets elsewhere, he said.

“This is an anti-pet proposal from people who oppose the keeping of pets,” he said. “If their goal is to ban the ownership of pets entirely, then this is a good first step.”

The commission plans to listen to testimony from pet store owners, among others, before voting. Among the items it will consider is the impact on small businesses, whether to allow the sale of feeder rodents for snakes and other reptiles, the sale of fish, owner education, penalties and rescue groups that host adoptions at pet stores.

“We’re still in the information-gathering phase,” said Commissioner Philip Gerrie, who is sponsoring the proposal. “We’re trying to get at the problem of people buying these creatures with the best intentions, but then the reality turns out quite different.”

So let’s just ban it!!

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Center for Science in the Public Interest sent a letter to McDonald’s threatening to sue if the company didn’t stop using toys to market Happy Meals to young children.

“By advertising that Happy Meals include toys, McDonald’s unfairly and deceptively markets directly to children,” the letter stated.

In June, the Center for Science in the Public Interest threatened to sue McDonald’s if it didn’t stop using toys “to lure small children” to Happy Meals.

Outside a Chicago McDonald’s, Romonda Mays, of Pine Bluff, Ark., said the toys are “children catchers.”

Oh, no! More predatory Capitalists  🙂 wanting to destroy you.

They want your children!  <<maniacal laugh>>

So We have to step in and save you from yourself because you’re not strong enough, wise enough, or smart enough to do it yourself!

But times have changed, Marion Nestle, author of “What to Eat” and a New York University nutrition professor said, and the chain’s tactics represent a deliberate attempt “to undermine parental responsibility. … If Happy Meals didn’t contain toys, kids wouldn’t nag their parents for them, and McDonald’s wouldn’t sell as many.”

Center for Science in the Public Interest’s litigation director, Stephen Gardner, said he hoped McDonald’s would negotiate an end to the practice of using toys to market unhealthful foods to children.

“If it doesn’t, that will all but guarantee that we will have to resort to litigation,” he said.

Bow to our superiority or else we’ll break let loose the Hounds of Hell, Liberal Advocacy Agenda Lawyers!

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And then I ran across this little ditty:

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When it comes to misinformed signage, bad news travels fast. A news producer in Chicago sent this booth sign to a New Orleans friend writing, “Sorry to say, I snapped this picture at the Taste of Chicago yesterday afternoon.” It was then forwarded to New Orleans food writer Lorin Gaudin who posted it on Twitter. That’s three degrees of separation, since Gaudin is originally from Chicago.

“I was at the very first Taste of Chicago when Jane Byrne was Mayor. I am sick, just sick about that photo. Disgraceful,” she says of the “Our Lobster & Shrimp Are Not From the Gulf Coast” sign.

Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio talked about the perception problem at a Friends of the Fishermen event in Grand Isle last month. He told me he’s heard stories from fellow restauranteurs about customers saying, “I can’t believe you still serve seafood.” As if every fish in the ocean is tainted by the BP oil spill. To push back on some urban legends, seafood vendors do not generally order lobster from the Gulf Coast; there is no Gulf Coast walrus crossing; and Gulf Coast seafood is now being tested for safety more than any other source in the country.

But don’t let liberals stop paving that road to hell with their “good intentions”  and their desire to save you from yourself because you’re too stupid to do it for yourself.

Personal Responsibility is their job, not yours.