Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Can Arrogance End Homelessness?

In a recent ploy, President Obama offered a costly fresh effort that solemnly promises to "wipe out" all "chronic homelessness" by 2015.

A laudable ideal, to be sure.

But arrogant, and impossible. Pie in the sky. More liberal "La La Land" thinking. Another case where reality gets in the way of ideals.

I was the manager of the largest homeless shelter in New Hampshire, New Horizons, for six years. I helped put together a video documentary on homelessness. And I can tell you unequivically that there is absolutely NO way to put an end to chronic homelessness short of either killing them, or institutionalizing them - both of which are illegal.

More than 80% of chonically homeless persons have mental deficiencies - the Supreme Court ordered the release of all non-violent mentally ill people, and now they roam the streets, unable to care for themselves.

Not surprisingly, 72% of all homeless persons are dependent upon alcohol or drugs.

A large number suffer from PTSD, largely from Viet Nam or some other war-time situation.

And then there are those who simply want others to care for them, support them. Some who came to our shelter were perfectly capable of caring for themselves, but it was just easier to have us feed and house them, provide clothing, TV and snacks. We were simply enabling the lazy in many cases.

Now, I really fail to see how any liberal can, with a straight face, indicate he can cure the mentally ill, eliminate substance abuse, cure PTSD and put an end to laziness and do it all by 2015.

Frankly, I think the entire crux of his "end homelessness" plan lies in the one word that described it - COSTLY. Whatever it takes to pump money to liberal supporters - and homelessness is a social issue that employs millions of liberals (i.e. voters).

Sadly, it is as Jesus said it would be - that the poor will always be with us. There is no ending homelessness. All we really can do is try to ease the suffering of those who CANNOT care for themselves, and give a swift kick in the pants to those who refuse to.


Response To "I Am An American"

Someone who is obviously a far-left liberal sent the following response to my blog "I Am An American":

"You aren't my worst nightmare Bill. You are entitled to your opinion as others are theirs. You are no more right or wrong than anyone else. Get over yourself already.... "

The reason I know he is a liberal is because he infers that there is no right or wrong about it. That is untrue. Liberals live in a make-believe La La Land where there is no right or wrong - just differences of opinion.

The blog "I Am An American" is not an opinion piece. You do not have to agree with it, but whether you do or not, it still speaks the facts and the truth. Disagree if you wish, but it cannot be legitimately disputed.

Now, "Max", if you would like to debate the actual ISSUES, and present a good case for disagreement, by all means. But if the best you can do is "snipe" with innuendo and generalities that do not stand on their merit, then do not bother responding.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010


A California congressman is investigating a government proposal to upgrade immigration detention centers to include unmonitored phone lines, dance and cooking lessons, continental breakfasts, freedom from lockdown and other amenities.

The upgrades were detailed in an e-mail between CCA, a contractor that runs the facility, and ICE officials. The e-mail was obtained by the Houston Chronicle, which outlined the following additional changes:

Self-serve fresh vegetable and beverage bars.
Arts and crafts lessons and movie nights.
Eliminating lockdowns and lights-out for low-risk detainees.
Allowing visitors to stay as long as they like in a 12-hour period.
Providing a unit manger so detainees have someone to report problems to other than the guard.
Allowing low-risk detainees to wear their own clothing or other non-penal attire.
Providing e-mail access and Internet-based free phone service.

"The federal government doesn't provide that for our seniors who have worked legally all their lives, why should we do that for people who have violated our sovereignty?" U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Calif., said.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Brigham stated that "any of the reforms will not include additional taxpayer funding."

Considering the government has NO money other than that which they collect from taxes, that is literally impossible, and therefore an outright lie.

You, the reader, may or may not be a liberal, but no one can justify this sort of thing. As a life-long "born here" American, I do not get treated this well by the government. And while the detention centers may not be prisons, they ARE "holding cells" for suspects. If illegals can get this in their detention centers, why are not American lawbreakers, being held on suspicion, gettiung the same?

This is absurd and outrageous. To give arts and dance lessons, a salad bar and Bingo nights to people who violated our laws is the ultimate in liberal lunacy.


Monday, June 28, 2010

I Am An American

I Am the Liberal-Progressives Worst Nightmare.
I am an American. I believe in God.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles and believe in American products.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some Liberal governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!
I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it! I
believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, do it in English.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.
I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you! So, shut up already.
I believe if you don't like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country! This is AMERICA .We like it the way it is!
If you were born here and don't like it you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you.
I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution. Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.
And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my drivers license.
And I'm proud that 'God' is written on my money.
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, or that Arizona is a border state or that Guam will not tip over if you send more troops, I don't want you in government or deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years. Either get informed or stay away from the voting booth.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making 'donations' to their cause. Get a Job and do your part!
I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents - one good man and one good woman.
I believe 'illegal' is illegal no matter what the lawyers and liberals think.
I believe that the American flag should be the only one flown in AMERICA! If you must fly another, the American flag should be flown ABOVE it.

If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American and proud of it.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

On Being A "Dumb Conservative"

Everywhere you look in the media, the liberals keep spouting the same old mantra about how they are so much more intelligent than conservatives. Better educated.

But in my 62 years on this planet I have never heard any conservative make the following remarks:

During a debate on boycotting Arizona because of its strong stance on illegal immigration, Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West (D) stood up and said, "If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border," West said during debate.

Really? It scares me that this person not only can vote, but may actually procreate.

Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said earlier this year concerning placing more troops on Guam, "My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize."

If this is what liberals consider "intelligent", then I pray to God that He let's me remain an ignorant dufus - one who knows 3rd grade geography and understands islands do not tip over.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Democrat Hijinx

Well, they're at it again. In the House today, Pelosi and her liberal friends voted for a bill that is full of gifts for Democrats and liberals.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that the caps on campaign finance would be lifted. Anyone can contribute as they wish, provided there is disclosure. This would include corporations.

The Dems screamed bloody murder.

So, the House passed a bill that would circumvent the Supreme Court ruling, and prevent many organizations from being able to raise funds for elections. Of course, they EXEMPTED liberal organizations, including all unions, the liberal Sierra Club, the AARP and other liberal groups. They will be free to contribute. But others - primarily those with conservative leanings - would not be able to do so.

Talk about a blatant attempt to rig elections. First it was ACORN, and registering dead people. Then it was the Black Panthers with clubs at voting places, to intimidate voters. And now they want to prevent conservative groups from being able to participate.

Fortunately, it has not yet passed the senate, and I doubt that it will. But to be sure, if you berlieve that American principles of fairness should be applied across the board, contact your Senator and let them know if they vote for this travesty, you will vote for their opponent in November.

America does not need cheats, liars and crooks in Congress.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Such Unbelievable Arrogance

(June 23) -- "The Mexican government has thrust itself into the legal battle against Arizona's controversial immigration law, joining U.S. advocacy groups in federal court to argue that the measure is unconstitutional and violates the basic rights of Mexican citizens.

"Lawyers for Mexico filed a brief supporting a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center and others against the Arizona law

"Mexico has a duty to protect its citizens and ensure that ethnicity is not used as criteria for discriminatory acts," the court document states. Mexico argues that the Arizona law threatens "the human and civil rights of its citizens when they are present in Arizona."

Now that's what I call unbelievably arrogant. What part of "illegal" do these Mexican morons not understand? Mexicans do NOT have any right to even be IN this country unless they enter legally. And if they enter legally, they need not fear the Arizona law.

If they enter illegally, they have BROKEN THE LAW. And when you break the law, just about the only right you have is the "right to remain silent".

Moreover, the Arizona law specifically states, in four different places, that ethnicity may NOT play any role in enforcing the law. These Mexican idiots and these anti-American advocacy groups like the ACLU are intentionally coloring the issue with non-truths in order top create fear. They KNOW it will not result in racial profiling, but they say it will, anyway.

I would suggest to the Mexicans to stay OUT of American legal issues, particularly when the law-breakers are Mexican. And I would suggest to the advocacy groups that if they cannot be honest, to just shut the Hell up. If you have to lie, obfuscate the truth or spin the issues in order to push your agenda, then your agenda is WRONG!

The ONLY thing the Mexican government should be doing is telling their people to NOT break American law, and to help control their own side of the border. After all, if they do not want their citizens to be accosted in the U.S., simply keep them OUT of the U.S. That solves the problem for both sides.

As a side note, people who illegally enter Mexico are subject to two years in prison. They should consider themselves fortunate that our laws do not mimic theirs.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Worth Repeating - And Sending Along

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country. JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?" DeGaulle did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?" A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?" You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?" Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German." You could have heard a pin drop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE ... Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry-on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready." The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it." "Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."
You could have heard a pin drop.

Mr. Obama and the rest of you liberals, please stop apologizing for America. We have nothing to apologize for. We may not be perfect, but we come closer than any other nation in the history of the world.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Where Have We Seen This Before

In today's news, the following:

"Newly proposed legislation by Democrats would give the federal government authority to seize and even switch off the Internet during a national crisis."

Now let's see - wasn't it Rahm Emanuel that said "Never let a serious crisis go to waste"?

The problem, while overlooked by many, is simply this - WHO determines what constitutes a "crisis"? The Feds, of course. And in the past 18 months alone the Obama administration has noted a "crisis" no less than 6 times. So, according to this bill, they could shut down the internet WHENEVER they wish, for whatever reason(s) that appeal to them.

Imagine if in 1776 the British were able to shut down communications between the colonies, thereby preventing Americans from participating in the Revolution.

Now I will ask just one simple question:

"Where have we seen this before - a government that sets itself up to be able to shut down the internet in their countries?"

The answer: Communist China, Communist Venezuela, Communist Cuba, Communist North Korea, Pakistan & Iran.

Is that where America wants to go? Are those the countries we wish to emulate?

Tell your congress persons to reject this tyrannical idea. The free flow of information is the greatest protection of freedom for us all.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

They're BA-A-A-CK

Just when sane and intelligent people thought a little truth and sanity were beginning to come through, the far-left lunatics who touted ETHANOL are at it again. Once again they are pushing ethanol as a viable solution to petroleum, and they even have the liberals in Congress considering passing legislation that would put 15% into all gasoline products instead of the current 10% requirement.

It does not matter to these loons that ethanol has already been proven to be a very bad idea.

First, it is more expensive to produce than oil - about 80% more expensive, which is why the government pays out billions of your tax dollars as subsidies to those who make it.

Next, it takes MORE petroleum to actually make ethanol - the oil for the equipment to plant, irrigate, harvest, transport and convert plants to ethanol requires roughly 1.4 gallons of oil to produce 1 gallon of ethanol.

Next, it has already been determined that ethanol is corrosive to vehicle engines built before 2001.

And then there is the simple fact that in order to produce enough ethanol just to fuel cars and trucks would require more farm area than is available in the entire country.

And finally, it is just plain stupid to use our food supply as fuel. Since the inception of ethanol, food prices across the board have risen greatly - ice cream, pizza, beef, cheese, milk - you name it. Corn used for ethanol cannot be used to feed livestock, dairy cattle or people. Doubt it? Read the next "gallon" of ice cream you buy - you will note that it is no longer a gallon, or even close to it. It is only 3/4 of a gallon, but the price has still increased, though the amount has decreased.

Ethanol is just another lie the liberals and "greenies" tell in order to push their own insidious agenda designed to bring America down to the level of the rest of the world, all in the name of "saving the planet". Even though America is polluting less than any other industrial nation - and the greatest polluters have already stated they will not reduce their own emissions.

Wake up, America. In almost every case, anything "green" is not green at all. Those curly lightbulbs that reduce electricity usage? Forget it. It costs three times as much to produce them, requires nearly 5 times as much glass (which is produced by heat, created by fuel), and includes a toxic element (mercury) which requires the used bulbs to be disposed of only at hazardous waste sites - and more than 95% of the population lives about 1-2 gallons of gas away from the nearest site.

Green? Not a chance.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

His Marxism Is Showing Again

In Obama's speech this evening, he stated that he will "inform BP that they are to put money aside" in an escrow account, to insure payment of debts caused by the oil spill.

Excuse me, Mr. President, but I guess you forgot. This is America, not Venezuela or Cuba. In America, not even the President of the United States can order a private company to place funds into escrow without a little thing called "due process". That's right, Mr. Harvard graduate, professor of Constitutional studies. You cannot order a business to put funds aside, no matter how good of an idea it may be. Only the courts can order that, and only after BP is legally found at fault.

I do agree that BP needs to pay for all damages. But if forced to put billions into escrow, they will have less available to drill for oil that brings in that money. If you hamstring someone, they simply cannot produce effectively. And the last thing we need is for BP to be so emasculated by Obama's lust for power to the point that they become UNABLE to pay.

But in any case, Mr. Obama has neither the authority nor the right to order that they put money aside. He is not KING, and this is not yet a dictatorship. He would do well to remember that, and leave his Marxism in the closet.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Improving America's Image

One of Obama's main "selling points" during the 2008 election was that he would improve America's image in the world, and build friendships and cooperation with other nations.

When I awoke this morning and turned on the news, I saw that Mexico is royally pissed at us, the UK, our staunchest ally is even angrier at Obama's politicalization of the BP disaster that will harm millions of Brits, and Israel is questioning, rightfully, whether America is still on their side.

The best and closest allies America has had, and Obama is successfully alienating them faster than the oil is spilling in the Gulf.

We have two other trusted allies - Canada and Australia. I'm waiting to see how he will turn them against America.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Why The Economy Still Stalls

We have been in recession for well over 2 years, with no relief in site. Most recessions only last about 18 months. So, why is this one being so tenacious?

There are a number of aspects to this, but the biggest one is the mixed message being sent by the White House. On the one hand, they order the Fed to provide huge sums to the banks, to ease the credit crunch. But on the other hand, the administration takes the banks to task with their "financial reforms" bill, effectively preventing financial institutions from loaning that money out. So the credit crunch is not eased, businesses cannot grow, and the economy continues to suck.

And then there is the administrations' stated intent to hamstring businesses with higher taxes, increased capital gains taxes and more regulation and stronger unions. What business will hire or expand under those conditions? Not mine, that's for certain.

All in all, it appears the administration is purposely trying to derail the free market and capitalism (in order to introduce socialist policies), but in the process they put on the APPEARANCE of trying to "fix" the economy.

This is just like a coach who gives his football players a great pep talk and provides the best padded equipment, then orders them to not come in physical contact with the opponents because someone might get hurt. It is a certain recipe for losing.