Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Expense Report

Everyone has bills to pay. This is nothing unique or a plea for sympathy. A couple of Saturdays back, one of the neighbor's German Shepherds decided that my twenty-nine pound dog, who was in our fenced yard, was a chew toy. More than $200 in vet expenses later, my little "Bru" is starting to put weight on his front paw again. Now, we have another bill coming to repair our Toyota. All these new and unanticipated charges with a pregnant wife having a four figure medical deductible, and thousands of dollars in expense to make our condo baby-ready. Add in a traffic ticket I did not deserve, and you realize just how fast you blow through your earnings. I think it is time to sell some plasma . . .

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who Knows Saturday

With a baby on the way soon, time is compressed like never before. You think you have had a productive day. You have completed (or at least started) a few essential tasks. Then you encounter an all new challenge. You find you have a car problem. You just hope it is not terminal. Imagine thumbing a ride home from the hospital with a brand new baby (just kidding folks, we would call a cab). Time certainly flies when a couple is transforming into a family.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Crossing Our Boundaries

Millions of illegal aliens are overjoyed to be in the United States. They have come from nations with no social safety net or welfare to a nation that has never given more generous benefits. A little verse: EBT- for you but not for me// EBT- get your stuff for free// Welfare from sea to shining sea// Undercut our wages with foreigners willing to work almost for free// More expense and less opportunity for American-born you have to see. Obama's new math equals me no longer being able to support my own family while being forced to support yours.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Worth Giving Thanks

Whatever flaws the United States has (and there are many), at least there is no wholesale slaughter in the name of religion on our streets. Religious minorities need not concern themselves that someone might decapitate them because they approach faith differently. You can criticize a politician, even the President, in America without fear of being dragged away for sedition or simply disappeared. I am thankful that earlier this month we experienced a mostly free and fair election. I am especially grateful that for the first time in a long time my side won. While the United States is not a perfect nation, while we might not be as free economically and in other aspects of our lives as we once were, we are still freer than most. In a world governed by fear, Americans need not be afraid to speak ill of our political class. Americans may still abstain from worship or pray in the manner we chose to the dictates of our conscience. I am thankful that as a country we are still relatively prosperous and relatively free. I thank the Lord for the Providential blessing of liberty.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Destruction of Nation

In The Washington Times, Stephen Dinan reports that employers will receive a three thousand dollar incentive to hire illegal aliens over US-born workers. According to the liberal Washington Post in a story by Karen Tumulty, our "welcomed guests" could receive Medicare and Social Security. Last night I witnessed a pair of non-English speaking Latins in Walmart with four anchor babies and an EBT card buying more groceries than my wife and I with our and your tax-confiscated dollars. A country is not sovereign when national boundaries are not enforced. No country on earth can give welfare to all the destitute of the earth. Only a foolish nation invites in foreigners who can not make a success of themselves in their own countries. If you want to tear a country apart bring in a bunch of people from abroad who do not speak the native tongue to leech off native-born taxpayers, and stoke racial discontent to boot (see Ferguson). This planned Balkanization is exactly what Obama is doing to the United States of America.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Learning from Ferguson

What have we learned from the Micheal Brown tragedy? Apparently, a certain segment of society has little to no regard for the rule of law. They despise law enforcement officers. They do not respect the property rights of others. They are large and physically-strong with hair-trigger tempers and less self-restraint than most other Americans. They really like to take merchandise without paying for it. They do not know the difference between demonstrating peaceably and rioting. They try to elevate their looting to a struggle for civil rights. They need saturation policing because they refuse to discipline those who are clearly out of line in their own community. Lastly, we have learned that the National Guard must be brought in to restore calm.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Defense Secretary

Chuck Hagel, a former Republican US Senator, who has served the nation since he was a combat soldier in Vietnam, is apparently being forced out of his current position of Secretary of Defense. I would contend that Hagel has served as Sec Def adequately if not admirably. Anyone Barack Hussein Obama picks to replace him may be worse. If Obama is serious about protecting the nation, he will make an appointment above politics. It is more likely that the appointment will be political. The next Secretary of Defense may be selected to be "historic". It is suggested that appointment will be the first woman to serve as Secretary of Defense, which might be more of a legacy-building step for Obama than an appointment aimed at protecting the nation.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another Fallen Icon

Not too many years ago, Bill Cosby was "America's Dad". We laughed with him and his TV family's antics. When Cosby's real life son was murdered, we cried with him. Joe Paterno was in a way America's coach, seemingly straight-laced and proper, abiding by the rules of football and placing a priority that "student" be kept in Penn State football's "student-athletes". As it turns out, Paterno did not prevent a cover-up of a scandal far bigger than class attendance or laundry money. He turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children. Cosby is alleged to have engaged in the serial rape of drugged women over decades. The legacy of Paterno is forever tarnished as he lies in his grave. Whether he is charged criminally or not, Cosby's career is buried. Carefully crafted images are often destroyed by acts that reveal a cultural icon is not what he seems.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Lawless Nation

Sovereign nations have a boundary that is defined and secured. That boundary is called a "border". America's borders, while guarded, are as porous as a sieve. We started the administration of Barack Hussein Obama with tobacco that intoxicates no one legal and marijuana that intoxicates its users so much that it diminishes their ability to function illegal. We approach the end of Obama's reign with tobacco more prohibited in many US cities and states than pot. We have homosexuals legally marrying in most states while Christians whose consciences do not permit them to participate in "gay marriage" are sued in civil court by government human rights bodies and may even face criminal prosecution. In spite of some conservative states successfully implementing some hurdles to abortion on demand, more than two million babies will be slaughtered before than can be born in the increasingly lawless and godless America.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Lawless President

Barack Hussein Obama has taken a lawless action in granting amnesty to illegal aliens. In so doing, Obama has encouraged even more lawlessness. Obama has wittingly invited even more unaccompanied minors to risk their lives to break into America through our border with Mexico. He has invited people to lie (perjure themselves) about familial relationships, time of their entry into the country, and duration of their presence here on official forms. Are we going to DNA test five million Latins to verify that they really are father and son or mother and daughter to allow them to stay or let them enter the country as part of family reunification? Of course, we are not. It is just like the summons to appear in court that catch and release illegals receive now. Over ninety percent fail to appear at their court date and those who do show up are idiots because as part of Obama's lawbreaking, no effort is made to track down the no-shows now. Considering how hard and expensive it is to legally immigrate into America, those attempting to enter would be fools to try to use legal means of coming here. Obama has just told foreigners to come on in and take advantage of hard-working Americans who will be forced to pick up the tab for all the benefits that amnestied illegals are about to receive.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Czar Czar

In the Obama administration, we have had all manner of Czars. We have had a "Car Czar". We have had a "Job Czar". We have an "Ebola Czar". We have even had a "Green Jobs Czar". Now with Obama about to grant executive amnesty to illegal aliens, we are about to have an authentic Czar. His name is Barack Hussein Obama, and he feels he is no longer encumbered by the US Constitution. America overthrew a King (George III) and has never had an emperor, but we now have a vainglorious leader who does not abide by the laws passed by the Congress. To the other coequal branches, Obama now says, "bow to my will". Obama does not want to listen to the will of the majority of the American people. Obama wants to be America's Caesar. I doubt Congress has the will to use the power of the purse to stop Obama, and I know the Republicans lack the will to impeach Obama.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Immediate Impact

If the highest religious authorities in Islam would publicly denounce murders done by the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Palestinian terrorists, those murders would soon end. That respected muftis and imams do not condemn these killings is especially telling. It is a tacit endorsement of murder. Some clerics have even openly done the opposite and applauded wanton murder. Unless and until respected leaders of the Islamic faith denounce killing in the name of Islam, expect that killing to continue. Islam will not truly be a "religion of peace" until religious authorities in Islam demand peace.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jewish Blood- Cheap

Jews have a right to be paranoid. For a couple of thousand years, Jews have been hunted, first by polytheists, then by Christians (the Crusades, the Inquisition, and pogroms), for a time by godless Communists and Nazis, and now by Muslims. Four more innocent Jews were slaughtered today as they prayed in the eternal and ancient capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. Eight more Jews were injured by two Islamic fanatics with a gun and meat cleavers. Only a robust and aggressive program of pacification can stop future attacks. Arabs inciting to violence must be detained. Armed Palestinians must be arrested and rock and Molotov cocktail throwers should be shot. Those rocks and incendiary devices are meant to kill and Jews can no longer show so much restraint toward those trying to kill them. Rubber bullets and tear gas should be replaced by live ammunition. Soon enough, the rioters would realize that by their criminal actions, they are taking their lives in their hands. If Israel displays reasonable force instead of maximum restraint, Jews would soon be safe again in the Jewish State.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Bourbon Summit

Mitch McConnell still believes he can work with Barack Hussein Obama. Incredibly, McConnell believes his voters want him to make common cause with the President to get things done in Washington. Nothing could be further from the truth. Kentucky conservatives who held their noses and pulled the lever for the moderate McConnell do not want him advancing Obama's agenda of ever larger, ever more encroaching government. The majority of Kentuckians want Obama corralled. Kentucky wants socialism thwarted in America. Kentuckians want more freedom and less government. McConnell though is a progressive Republican who does not mind big government so long as his hands are on the levers of power. That is why I wish Matt Bevin had won the primary. So long as Mitch McConnell is leading the Republicans in the US Senate, there can be little change for the better.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An Obstructionist Congress

The majority of American voters did not endorse a rubber stamp Congress for a popular President. In spite of media hallucinations that somehow the election thrashing meant voters want more working together between the executive and legislative branches, most of the American electorate is seeking just the opposite. If Americans wanted more cooperation and comity, they would have voted in Democrats. America is a center-right country. Democrats as they exist today as a national party are hard left. It is not small-minded Republicans who are blocking the popular agenda of the President. It is an unpopular President who continues to try to foist policies Americans despise on us that inspired most voters to turn out Democrats and vote in Republicans. The GOP may be tone-deaf enough not to stand with the people against the President, but even the Republican elite will not publicly stand with Obama now that he is politically poisonous and determined to pick political fights by using executive actions to bypass the will of the American people.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Additional Training Session

Our evil puppet master, otherwise known as our dog, is taking us to another obedience class today. Apparently, we have not been quick enough to comply with his demands. "Bru" is disappointed. We have not brought him a single roadkill squirrel or even a chipmunk in rigor mortis. He complains his bacon-wrapped filet was overcooked. He likes to see a lot of blood in it, preferably mine. No, in reality, Bru (or "Brew") lunged at a good-natured giant who was jogging past in the opposite direction on one of his walks this week, and if he can not be trusted around an adult, it makes it all the more risky to have him near an infant. He has a standing invitation to exile in Nashville. He can reside at my mother's four dog home and try to attack his elderly canine fixed female cousins while trying to avoid being eaten by the younger, stronger recently fixed male (or is that formerly male now) Keeshond brothers. Either way, the family is not going to give him away or have him put down, but it would be much easier on all of us if he would calm down a little.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Against the Public

A large majority of the American people oppose any amnesty for illegal aliens. Most Americans are for the Keystone Pipeline. Barack Hussein Obama is determined to push amnesty down our throats. Obama is committed to blocking Keystone while he is President. Obama does nor care what the popular will is. He is a proto-Leftist ideologue for open borders and against carbon-based energy. Even if three quarters of Americans wish he would do the opposite, Obama is determined to forge an open borders amnesty and prevent Keystone from being completed. Obama's positions on both issues hurt laborers born in the USA as the continuing flow of aliens willing to work for less depresses wages while blocking Keystone kills jobs. Nothing voters say though will change Obama's inflexibility.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Campaign of Terror

Israel has recently been subjected to a series of attacks by Arabs using vehicles or knives to kill. While not as headline grabbing as flying an airplane into a tower, the innocent victims of these attacks are no less dead than those who perished in the World Trade Center. There has been no widespread international condemnation of the new wave of attacks against Jews. Make no mistake though, Israel will be condemned when they responds with force sufficient to stop the terror. These lone fanatic attacks will be a tough nut to crack. A vehicle running over pedestrians can be a spontaneous act. Israel will likely have to restrict the driving privileges of Arabs to end these assaults. This defensive action will then be used as an illustration of how Israel really is an apartheid state. The same smear will be directed at Israel if IDF and police forces give greater scrutiny to Arabs to search for blades. In the hands of a fanatic, a heavy object can be used as a crushing weapon. In the interest of the preservation of lives of Jews, the Jewish State will have to greatly restrict what Arabs can carry and where they are permitted to drive. Israel may have to opt for greater separation of peoples to stop Arabs from murdering Jews.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Putting On Manacles

Not content that he has already damaged our nation enough, Barack Hussein Obama wants more government control of the Internet. Obama has recently endorsed "Net Neutrality" to fix a system that is not broken. Obama has also just announced a climate change agreement with the Red Chinese that is all to China's advantage. Obama will begin issuing executive orders now to reduce so-called greenhouse gas emissions while China agreed to cap their own emissions by 2030 (if not sooner). The difference being that Beijing will never limit China's competitiveness and will simply ignore the parts of the agreement that are not to their benefit. Obama has no concern whether his executive orders will harm American industry. In fact, Obama despises US smokestack industries that for more than a century brought us unprecedented prosperity. So on the technology front, in power generation, and in manufacturing, Obama is taking steps that he claims will help our country, but that in fact only break America further.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Dental Visit

Hearing the Democrats and their mainstream media flacks trying to make lemonade out of what for them was the guano of this election is more painful than having a root canal without anesthesia. Patriots already knew these leftists were liars of the first order. These liberal losers are also proving to be fantasists. The GOP did not win so much last Tuesday to compromise with Obama. The voters are putting them into office to drive a stake through the heart of the Obama agenda. The Democrats are hoping stale crumbs of bitter defeat reform into a nicely decorated compromise cake, which should never happen. If Republicans do not exercise their mandate to block Obama now, they need to be voted out and replaced by a new conservative party that is willing to do what it takes to save the nation as it was founded.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Attorney General

Do you think Barack Hussein Obama is going to appoint an ideological clone of Edwin Meese as the next US Attorney General? No, Obama will select a radical fellow traveler in the mold of Eric Holder. If the Senate somehow does not approve Loretta Lynch, then the next candidate that Obama nominates will be just as far or even further to the political left. Could America function without an Attorney General for the next two years? Certainly, we would survive. Would Obama sidestep the Senate with a recess appointment? Sure, he would. There is one incontrovertible fact in this matter and that is Obama will never nominate an Attorney General who conservatives will cheer and support. In any event, I doubt the Senate will block the first black woman ever named to the post, whether at the end of the era of Democrat Harry Reid or at the start of the new majority no matter who the Republican is who replaces Reid as majority leader of the US Senate.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Old Brew Awaits

I am headed back to the Bluegrass. Perhaps, with our old, unaltered twenty-nine pound dog "Brew" (or "Bru") waiting for me, I can call it the "Bru-grass". Brew is about twenty-five pounds of attitude and four pounds of appetite. He is a pit bull in a Keeshond body. He needs to calm down though with a little one on the way. After six weeks of training with Norman Bratcher, a really good trainer, and two weeks more coming, we hope Brew really is a good dog. If he is not, he will be banished South and have the pleasure of jousting with Sage, who is twice his size, and Gizzy, who is also younger, larger, and stronger until he develops the sense not to fight his brothers. I had never owned a mean dog until Brew entered our lives. Sam, our late great retriever, was 110 pounds of whole male but mostly gentle. Casey was ninety-three pounds of unaltered gentleness. He would not even harm a mole that dug out of the ground right under his nose. Bru even went after me the last time I came back from Nashville. Let us hope when I see him later today he remembers who is the master.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saving the Queen

A truly dastardly plot has been unearthed to murder Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Islamists were going to stage a terror spectacular to snuff out a woman who by all accounts is one of the most generous people on earth. Elizabeth has done more charity for people including Muslims than anyone I can think of over her long service as monarch. Slaughtering the Queen would be akin to killing Mother Teresa, except I would judge Elizabeth has helped many millions more people than the angel of India was able to reach. Anyone who would harm a hair on her head can only be considered evil. What could jihadists possibly gain by eliminating the nearly ninety year old? I hope the monstrous minds plotting against the Queen never see the light of day again as free men.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Triple Threat

Barack Hussein Obama is about to force an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens down the throats of the American public who oppose the measure by wide margins. Obama can legalize the border breakers using an executive order which would be anti-Constitutional and impeachable overreach. The Republicans would do no more than complain loudly. The GOP will never move to impeach the first black President. If the Republicans in Congress ever did move to impeach, there would be race riots on a scale unprecedented in American history, and Federal troops would be called out, not to protect innocent lives and property, but to keep business owners from protecting their stores. Obama may be bluffing about the executive order to pressure the incoming Congress, hoping to rally the vast majority of Congressional Republicans, who are moderate, to vote with all the Democrats to pass an amnesty disguised as "comprehensive immigration reform". Lastly, Obama may rush an amnesty through the departing lame duck Congress, so they will take the blame to spare the next Congress from it. That way some Representatives and Senators who will not be returning can shoulder a lot of the blame. In any event, I see these as the three potential ways an open-border amnesty is about to be forced on us.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Cassie Update

Thank the Lord, Cassie will be coming home in a few hours. She did not suffer a stroke but has injured ligaments in her right rear knee. She is on Rimadyl and has made some progress. At her advanced age, we are not sure surgery is a good idea, but that remains an option. Please keep my favorite canine redhead in your prayers. We certainly can use your prayers as well.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Great Betrayal

We wake up today to a Republican victory. Very few of the Republicans that won last night are conservative firebrands. In spite of the victory, the powers that be in the GOP are not eager to confront Obama or attempt to overturn Obamacare. The vast majority of Republican winners last night do want to confront the TEA Party and drive authentic conservatives from their midst. They see Ted Cruz as a troublemaker. They are skeptical of Rand Paul and think much of what he says and does is mere posturing in a quest for the White House. Most of the GOPers that won hate real conservatives far more than they hate what the Democrats are doing to this country. If you think salad days are immediately ahead for a resurgent America, the moderate majority elected last night is bound to disappoint you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

No Real Victory

If Democrats retain control of the United States Senate, America loses. If Republicans take control of the Senate, Americans still lose. We simply lose a little slower and a little less. That is because the national leadership of the GOP is comprised of moderates (at best). Do you think Lindsey Graham is conservative? Do you think Lamar Alexander will fight hard to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Do you think Chris Christie will protect Second Amendment rights or push to lower taxes? Just because someone wins an election running as a Republican does not mean they will govern as a conservative.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tomorrow's Election Today

A Senate majority led by moderate Republicans is little better than the current Democrat-controlled Senate. The establishment GOP is just as determined to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens as Democrats are. Mitch McConnell will not call it "amnesty" but "comprehensive immigration reform", which will amount to exactly the same thing. The Republicans have no desire to take down Obamacare but will only tweak it at its edges because the GOP establishment wants that power over the people for themselves. The Republican elite want control over every Americans' medical destiny just as much as the Democrats. Both parties elite are enemies of self-determination for the American people. Nothing will change in that regard no matter who wins on Tuesday.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Our Sunday Update

Cassie does not seem to be deteriorating any further and even managed to support herself on her two front and rear left paw. We thought of potentially finding if a wheelchair might help. I know it seems crazy or at the least self-indulgent, but they do make wheelchairs for dogs. As for the rest, our recently fixed males are still fighting. "Bru", our unaltered oldest male, unfortunately still wants to fight most every dog he sees. He is not particularly good at it either, as he had his tail kicked and lost a tooth to a Labrador-pit bull mix. Only Curry is constant in her behavior and affections now at the house. She has climbed into bed to sleep with me since her sister was admitted to the animal hospital. Cousin Andrew has apparently been discharged from the hospital. Please keep on praying for their respective recoveries.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Worried Weekend

Cassie, our great canine companion, is being treated with steroids and may need surgical intervention. She is eating, doing what comes after eating, and tried to stand up for us when we visited her. There is a lot of "want-to" in Cassie. Gizzy and Sage, the litter mate full brothers are recovering from their "calming procedure". Hopefully, they will no longer want to kill each other as they have in the last few days after being inseparable the first two years of their lives. "Bru" will have his Saturday obedience class today, which he needs to do well enough in to inspire confidence that he will be safe for the baby. Curry, our steadfast but toothless friend, remains devoted to me, although she clearly is missing her sister Cassie. I have no update on cousin Andy's condition, but we continue to pray for the best. Your prayers are also deeply appreciated.