Turnabout Is Fair Play

Isn’t it funny what you’ll say when it’s your political opponent and not you?

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here’. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

Naivete shows in what you say. The man is NOT experienced, even after four years in the White House.

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Today, Birth Control… Tommorrow??

My oh my! The liberals all have their panties in a twist, don’t they? Everyone is saying “Rush called that woman a slut and a prostitute!”. Well, I was listening to his show at that time (I listen sometimes during lunch in my truck.) and he did NOT call her a slut or a prostitute. But that’s not all that’s wrong with the reporting. Here are a few things that made me think about what has been reported:

  1. She did NOT testify before Congress or a Congressional Committee or a Congressional Subcommittee. She testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which has its only affiliation with Congress as having members of Congress who are Democrats as it’s members.
  2. The reason she could not testify before the Congressional Committee that nearly all the press is telling you about is that she is not qualified to testify. She is neither a health care professional nor is she a member of a health care provider.
  3. Calling her a co-ed is stretching it. Oh, you don’t think so? Thirty years old and she’s a “co-ed”? Really? She’s spent over a decade in post-secondary education? How is that a co-ed?
  4. She talked a lot about her personal opinion (yes, I watched her opening remarks – all 11 minutes on YouTube). She did not offer facts, but personal perspectives. She often said “I have observed” and “In my experience” and “I have seen”. This is not what was reported by the “mainstream” media.
  5. One out of seven women use birth control pills for non-contraceptive reasons (no, I didn’t make that up). And they spend far less than $1000 annually on them, as Ms. Fluke stated. After a quick check on birthcontrolbuzz.com, you can buy birth control pills for less than $200 per year in some cases and less than $350 per year in all cases. I don’t know what kind of math she uses, but it seems she will fit right in to Congress at some time in the future.
  6. Ms. Fluke is apparently angered with the fact that she and her classmates can’t get these birth control pills for free. That was stated many times in her testimony. Free? Really? Why should she get them free?
  7. I think it’s kind of strange that she wants free birth control pills when she can apparently afford the nearly $50,000 in annual tuition fees and nearly $20,000 for room and board for Georgetown School of Law. I mean REALLY? When your spending that much what’s another $1000?
  8. Georgetown is a Jesuit-affiliated university. Shouldn’t a church affiliated school be able to say what they can and can’t cover in their insurance policies based on their theology? After all, it’s not a public university. I can only imagine that the Jesuit church and its leaders are not exactly proud of this student.

The full transcript is here. If you want the condensed version of the alleged name-calling here’s the text:

A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they’re going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control. Speaking at a hearing held by Pelosi to tout Pres. Obama’s mandate that virtually every health insurance plan cover the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing products, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said that it’s too expensive to have sex in law school without mandated insurance coverage. Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having so much sex that it’s hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke’s research shows.”

Can you imagine if you’re her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be? Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the Pope. “‘Forty percent of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggled financially as a result of this policy (Georgetown student insurance not covering contraception), Fluke reported. It costs a female student $3,000 to have protected sex over the course of her three-year stint in law school, according to her calculations.

Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman ‘over $3,000 during law school,’ Fluke told the hearing. $3,000 for birth control in three years? That’s a thousand dollars a year of sex — and, she wants us to pay for it.” All of this just since January 7th. Just since January 7th. You guys who are thinking you’re not gonna go to college? Let me just say one thing to you: Georgetown. They’re admitting before congressional committee that they’re having so much sex they can’t afford the birth control pills! That’s all you gotta come up with. And all of this is the Republicans’ fault. Sandra Fluke, one of the Butt Sisters, is being dragged out of law school by the hair. Wait ’til Rick Santorum hears about this. Wait ’til Gingrich hears about this! What do you think they’ll do? They’ll put a stop to this right away! They’ll head over that university and they’ll stop it!

They’ll spy on Sandra Fluke and interrupt her in mid-coitus, and then they’ll make ‘em get married.

They’ll make ‘em get married and then make ‘em have those babies and make ‘em have 10,000 babies and then stay home…

What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.

The italics are mine, and it’s all that the mainstream media is reporting. I’d say he hit the nail on the head, when you check the context under which he is making his statement. Someone who wants to be paid to have sex? What would YOU call that?

Anyway, the REAL issue isn’t someone’s sex life or birth control. It’s about government takeover of health care. It’s about the government telling us what we can and can’t have. It’s about government power vs. individual freedoms and responsibilities. It’s funny that the mainstream media doesn’t see this… or is it because they don’t want to see this?

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Having Character vs. Being a Character

George W. Bush speech after capture of Saddam:

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

Barack Obama speech after killing of bin Laden:

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

Analyzing these two quotes, it seems one President is all about “WE” and the other is all about “ME”.

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Insight from 1949

Even back then there were people warning us to stop with the government handouts. Now…. those same government handouts are threatening to completely collapse our country; and many don’t seem to care as long as they get theirs.

Ode to the Welfare State

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Things I Might Repeat
  • In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. — John Adams
  • If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. — Mark Twain
  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. — Mark Twain
  • I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. — Winston Churchill
  • A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. — George Bernard Shaw
  • A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. — G. Gordon Liddy
  • Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. — James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
  • Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. — P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian
  • Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)
  • Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. — Ronald Reagan (1986)
  • I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
    Will Rogers
  • If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! — P.J. O’Rourke
  • In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. — Voltaire (1764)
  • Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! — Pericles (430 B.C.)
  • No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. — Mark Twain (1866)
  • Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it. — Anonymous
  • The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. — Ronald Reagan
  • The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill
  • The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. — Mark Twain
  • The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. — Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
  • There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save Congress. — Mark Twain
  • What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. — Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
  • A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. — Thomas Jefferson
  • We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop
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Interesting Quotes

“Have you ever noticed…. Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin

“I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.” Rita Rudner

“I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.” Carol Leifer

“I have a great diet. You’re allowed to eat anything you want, but you must eat it with naked fat people.” Ed Bluestone

“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.” Jackie Gleason

“I went into a McDonald’s yesterday and said, ‘I’d like some fries.’ The girl at the counter said, ‘Would you like some fries with that?'” Jay Leno

“The reason most people play golf is to wear clothes they would not be caught dead in otherwise.” Roger Simon

“I’m desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.” Dave Edison

“If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.” George Gobel

“Don’t spend two dollars to dry clean a shirt. Donate it to the Salvation Army instead. They’ll clean it and put it on a hanger. Next morning buy it back for seventy-five cents.” William Coronel

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.” Oscar Wilde

The graduate with a Science degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

“I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.” A. Whitney Brown

The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.” Dave Barry

“Suppose you were an idiot… And suppose you were a member of Congress….. but I repeat myself.” Mark Twain

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Forgiveness?

In an recent interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.

His answer was classic Schwarzkopf.

The General said, “I believe that forgiving them is God’s function …. OUR job is to arrange the meeting.” (Thanks, Ron!)

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A True Iowa Hero

Nile Kinnick was and is a real Iowa hero. He is the only Iowa Hawkeye to win the Heisman Trophy. His Heisman Trophy acceptance speech has been called the greatest in the history of the award. He is from Adel, Iowa, which is about 20 miles west of Des Moines on US Route 6. The Hawkeye football stadium, known as “Kinnick” here in Iowa, is named after him. He turned down lucrative offers to play both professional football and professional baseball to serve in the US Navy as a pilot. It was on one of the training exercises where he met with an untimely death due to mechanical failure of the airplane he was flying.

Gotta love this quote from him:

“To be a tough, rugged boy is every lad’s ambition. But to be a gentleman, to be kindly, charitable, thoughtful as well as tough and rugged is much more to be desired. And he who can be both is much the better man and usually much tougher in the long run.”

— Nile Kinnick

Kind of brings a pride to you knowing that someone from your home state said something this great. And it makes you wonder about some of the thugs running around calling themselves men.

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