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So, are they going to dress up like Indians?

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As mentioned in an earlier post, there’s going to be a tax protest at Covell Lake where participants will reenact the Boston Tea Party. It’s being organized on facebook. I think a counter protest should dress as British redcoats and threaten to arrest the protestors for treason against the crown – not because they don’t have a right to protest taxes, but because it would be equally silly and pointless.

Funny how almost no one complained when the last administration outspent all the others combined.

PS: Everyone’s favorite back-cracker is organizing the event.

What a welfare queen may look like

 

The guys who drove AIG to the point where they needed your money to survive would like you to know how grateful they are and that they’re spending it wisely to ensure they don’t need any more of your money in the future.

Just kidding. They’re handing out $165 million in bonuses to their derivatives traders – the ones who put them into this situation. For their part, the government is doing everything it can to try and stop these bonuses from being paid. We taxpayers are, after all, the largest shareholder in the company. Surely there’s something we can do , right?

Personally, I’m recording the testimony of AIG’s CEO so I can get some popcorn and watch him squirm. I really hope he tries to defend the bonuses – comedy gold in the making.

The DNC takes a page from SouthDacola.

In ten words or less, sum up Douche Limbaugh’s existence, and the DNC will put it on a billboard in his home town…. and give you a T-shirt. Do you think they use Cafe Press too?

The only word I can think of is ‘douchenozzle’. Or should that be two words?

Today’s champion of open government: Fox News?!?!?

 

Actually Fox Business Network.

The network filed a FOIA request to see where exactly our tax dollars (and our kids’ and our grandkids’) are going. Due to a little heal dragging on the part of the Treasury Department, Fox sued them to force them to release the data, including details such as what “toxic” assets were purchased, any collateral involved, and any restrictions put on the use of the money.

Kevin Magee, Executive Vice President, FOX News commented, “The Treasury has repeatedly ignored our requests for information on how the government is allocating money to these troubled institutions. In a critical time like this amidst mounting corruptions and an economic crisis, we as a news organization feel it’s more important than ever to hold the government accountable.”

So there you have it. The journalistic crusaders at Fox have shown today that every once in a while,  they do something right. Here’s hoping they win.

Kook-Bag, Kool-Aid drinker letter of the day

Jesus was a FREE Market Capitalist – Who Knew?

Gotta love it when neo-conservative theocrats write letters to the editor and misinterpret our founding fathers;

In plain English, our unalienable rights are endowed by our Creator (God), and it is the responsibility of our government to protect these rights.

No, our rights are endowed by us. God gave us our own brains and thoughts to govern ourselves. Individulism and independence is the backbone of a FREE society. Faith is an important facet of that, but it is only one rung in the ladder.

Christianity does not corrupt men; men corrupt Christianity.

Yeah, detective, that’s what we like to call Hypocrisy. It’s pretty prevelant, but does not affect my American Freedom one single damn bit.

Freedom is the result of democracy.

No Shit?! Thanks for the insight.

Christ is freedom’s father. Government’s confiscation of personal and financial freedom is the byproduct of socialism.

Jesus was actually a socialist (you know, helping your fellow man, etc. etc.). He warned us of the money changers, didn’t encourage us to be them. He got up in their shit, and wrecked their house and such.

I think you better throw away your current bible and pick up the King James version, it explains all of this in great detail, really.

Top 25 Economic A**holes

As I mentioned in a post in December, a couple of guys stood out Gramm and Cox.

I even made the list, coming in at 15;

TIME’s picks for the top 25 people to blame for the financial crisis includes everyone from former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and former President George W. Bush to the former CEO of Merrill Lynch and you — the American consumer.

Huh!?

This guy was responding to a post about how blue our country has become in voting, to be quite honest with you, I have no clue what he is talking about. In the words of the late great James Brown, Rama Lama, Fa, Fa, Fa.

I see that it appears this conversation is over, but if I must say, AND I MUST, if it weren’t for the “theocrats” you wouldn’t have the freedom to express what you are expressing now!! Our founders were mostly Christian, or at least acknowledged Christian values to be the best at governing a free people. Look at the “buddhist” countries. Look at the “Hindu” Countries. Look at the “Muslim” countries. And now look at the “Christian” countries (aka US, England, Spain, etc) Although not perfect, no country on earth can be, these countries are examples of the “free” world, aka “the Christian” world. You do not have to be Christian to agree that it is the best and ONLY religion that allows a free, civil society to exist. Thomas Jefferson, the one everyone likes to point to as the father of “separation of church and state” although this was taken entirely out of context, was most definitely not what we would consider Christian today, although he DID in fact carry a Bible, was the FIRST superintendent of Washington, DC schools. Guess what? He MADE THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE the PRIMARY textbook for ALL schoolchildren in DC. Don’t believe me? Look it up, but it might be hard to find, since so many liberal and communist historians in America have literally re-written our history!! ALL of our founders agreed that it is necessary for a people to fear a higher authority than government so that government does NOT have to be over our shoulders all of the time, and they believed Christianity to be the most BALANCED of religions to achieve this (and yes, most modern religions did also exist at that time). People who do not fear THE higher authority are more likely to commit crimes such as tax fraud, theft, and other crimes when the government can NOT see them. To date, there has been no other religion that has allowed a free country to exist as long as the United States has!!! However, these days are numbered. As we continue to allow things previously considered crimes or mental illnesses to openly be practiced, such as adultery, homosexuality, tax fraud, etc. to go free, we will have lawlessness (actually we already do) prevailing on the streets, and the United States as we know it will collapse (I would argue that it already has collapsed). Man, I could go on and on, and on. Did you know most of our founders lost EVERYTHING for the principle of freedom? They lost family fortunes, status, saw their wives and children sacrificed, literally murdered, by British troops, and the list goes on and on. Do you actually think Barack Obama would sacrifice all of that? I think John McCain would have, not that he was perfect or anything, because no man is. John McCain sacrificed six years of his life in HELL for YOU AND ME!!! And I know he would do it again. Everyone is thinking about their jobs and stuff nowadays, and sure, I am too, but that doesn’t mean I sacrifice unborn babies lives, the right to freely worship God in private or public, or the right to bear arms just so I can eat. Our founders, Thomas Jefferson included, would have a fit if they knew they sacrificed money, family and comfort for the future right of a country to elect a COMMUNIST president!!!

Which house do you think McCain would sacrifice first?

Franklin rejected Christianity to his death bed, you know, the guy who pretty much invented American free speech and dissention.

I would like to introduce Senator Drescher

Kennedy drops out of NY Senate race

Looks like Fran may have a chance. Kennedy says she is dropping out for personal reasons, some suspect Teddy’s brain cancer, but I have also heard she wasn’t going to be asked because Governor Patterson got annoyed by Kennedy’s lawyers (what did I say about giving seats to elitists? Huh? Huh?) Kinda hard to get rejected when you are not in the running anymore. Way to save face Caroline!

Obama retakes oath

Obama’s counsel advises him to retake oath to quell the media about Roberts fumble (mainly FUX News and Wallace). So he retook the oath last night. But only allowed print media, which of course pissed off the TV news, again, mainly FUX News and Wallace.

Obama expected to close Gitmo today

Or at least get the process started. Which has wingnuts up in arms. Who cares where the terrorist prison is, Hell put it in Pierre, South Dakota, there’s a lot of BACKROOMS we could hold them in the Capital and Governor’s office.

Governor (Dictator) Rounds decides it’s ok to give info to anon legislators

Well thank you Mikey! It only took you a few days to realize we live in a Democracy. Hunhoff’s comment is the best;

“It’s the right position and one that should have been in place for the last 100 years,” he said of the agreement. “But it could change the next time we have a new bureaucrat.”

The Washington Pavilion is getting in the Pre-School business

When I first read this story, I thought it was a joke. Nope. The Pavilion has decided that they aren’t wasting the public’s time and money fast enough.

“This isn’t going to be a money maker for us, but my requirement was that it at least be a cost-neutral program,” Wood said Wednesday.

Ah, Gary, since when was the Pavilion concerned about ‘making money’? Is this something new we should know about? Even though they claim to breakeven on the program, other people say it is expensive;

Charging “on the higher end” of area rates can be justified by the services and resources the Pavilion provides, said Lacie Petersen.

Well, I couldn’t agree more, but you also have to consider the Pavilion’s track record . . .

South DaCola sketches

APATHY AND GREED DESTROYED OUR ECONOMY

Frank gets Frank with the American people

I guess we can all point fingers and crunch numbers when it comes to the economic recession that has been rocking us for at least 12 months and counting. But something Senator (D) Barney Frank said not long ago really struck a chord. For the record, I think Frank is also part of the problem but sometimes he says things that make sense. While being asked by an interviewer if the Senate and Congress are to blame about the crisis, Frank had this to say (paraphrasing) “Well, sure we are, but so are the American people for not paying attention.” At first, when I heard that, a multitude of things went through my head, like ‘once again a politician is blaming everyone but themselves for the problems our country has’. Whether Frank realized it or not, he makes a good point. We elect these them, and if we don’t have enough sense to inform ourselves before voting for them, that’s our fault.

I remember the ridicule I received for not supporting the invasion of Iraq, I think it was the first time I realized just how apathetic this country was. Sure, politicians lie to us (and themselves) and the MSM hardly gives us the whole story, unless it is about Anna Nicole eating fried chicken naked in bed. But as a registered voter who intends to vote, we have a duty and responsibility to seek out as much information as possible about an issue before drawing a conclusion. I summed up my opposition to the Iraq War based on just a few important facts. Bush had a horrible track record as a leader before he was even president and he stole the election in 2000, I already had trouble trusting him. Secondly, multiple UN weapons inspectors said that they were almost 99.9% sure if we do find any weapons they would only be in experimental or disjointed stages and most certainly would not be nuclear. I also believe that preemptively attacking someone when we are not 100% sure about the reason we are attacking is a failure in diplomacy. The list could go on and on. There was very little support for the war in the international media, which I have come to trust more than the American media ever since the run up to the Iraq War. As a nation we have a responsibility to inform ourselves when we may be suspicious of our lawmakers and leaders.

But how did this economic crisis sneak up on us? Well, it really didn’t.

When I bought my home six years ago, interest rates were very low and dropping at an incredible rate. I noticed ‘loan originators’ popping up faster than car lots in this town. I was fortunate enough to have a friend originate my loan, but I couldn’t help thinking at the time, loan origination seemed kind of like a shady business. Usually if something is too good to be true, it is. What accountability would a loan originator have after selling a bad loan to a bank? None really, and here lies the problem, excessive greed. The mortgage industry didn’t kill our economy by itself though. For instance, Wells Fargo barely got hit by the mortgage crisis, because they were wise about who they gave mortgages to and did not let greed change their business practices, I’m not saying Wells Fargo is perfect, but they are a good example of what and what not to do in this kind of situation. Other factors have been inflation, gas prices and the industrial military complex Bush and Cheney helped to create, which I could never figure out. You can train a soldier how to shoot a M-16 in a combat situation, but you can’t train them how to peel a potato? The sad part is the contracted kitchen help is probably making more money per hour washing soldiers undies and cooking tators than the soldiers that are getting shot at.

So why did politicians and the MSM shut us out for so long about the recession? I have speculated several reasons.  I started to make cuts in spending about a year ago because of trends I saw in my personal finances. I was wondering when the politicians were going to fess up about the worsening economy. Not until it became an important campaign issue I guess. One reason may be the old standby excuse, ‘We didn’t want to sound negative.’ Since when is misleading and lying to people positive? I have often been accused of being negative and an angry little man for telling people the truth, but when I am right I never get a ‘Thanks for being honest with me.’ I’m still waiting for my friends who taunted me about not supporting the Iraq War to tell me how right I was. I guess people like being lied to, especially with a smile, why do you think Mike Rounds still enjoys such high approval ratings?

Another glaring reason was that it was an election year. Do you think politicians are going to tell us the economy is going in the toilet if they are trying to get elected? Who would contribute to their campaigns if a recession was approaching (or was already here)? You could say the same about the Fourth Estate. During an election year many media and advertising outlets make 30-50% of their profits from political advertising alone, do you think they would jeopardize that revenue source by telling people button down the hatches?

But as Frank says, the citizens are still responsible for what happens in this country. There are plenty of dependable alternative independent media sources to get information from. You can also call, write, text, Twitter or email your representatives. You can attend your local county and city meetings and most importantly you can ask questions and demand answers. Your first amendment rights guarantee it. I may sound like a negative angry little man, but at least I am informed before I walk into the voting booth and in the end, that’s what will make our country better.

Don’t let greed and apathy destroy this country further, get informed and get involved. Knowledge is one of the most positive things you could ever give yourself and it’s FREE.