Nov 29, 2009

Callling Them Out - Harry Reid

I can't stand a liar, so today, I am calling one out.  I know you Abigail and Dolley readers will find this amazing, but for much of the last decade I completely tuned out of news and politics, I just couldn't take the lies.  My philosophy was that I knew what I stood for, I knew the party that lined up with my beliefs, and being involved did nothing other than raise my blood pressure.  That was of course a different time and a different world.  I find that I can no longer sit on the side lines and do nothing, so here we are.  Anyway, I digress, I really do hate a liar.

Check out the first few seconds of this Fox News video:

More Cheerleading?

It it Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader makes a statement that is absolutely untrue.  The consequences to our Country are dire if this lie is allowed to become law.  

Lies he tells:

  • Our Program saves lives - LIE - their program will cost lives by fundamentally changing the greatest health care system in the world.  Ask the Brits and the Canadians, hell for that matter ask those living under Romney care in Massachusetts.
  • Our Program saves Money - At a 2 TRILLION dollar cost for the first 10 years (of which benefits are only paid for 5 but fees and taxes are collected for the full 10) this is a LIE.  The government has not historically been very good contemplating the long term cost of things, check out original estimates of Medicare - we are now 2000% higher than estimated, can we afford another entitlement?
  • Our Program saves Medicare - This is another joke - Medicare is broke, this healthcare debacle cuts Medicare payments and moves everyone to the government DMV style healthcare.
  • The Republicans don't have a plan - this is so blatantly untrue that any reasonably informed American knows this is a LIE.  I have seen the Coburn-Burr legislation.  Republicans have offered over 800 amendments that have all been rejected.

The days when all Americans got their news from the direction of the NY Times of over, Harry.  We know you are lying to us, SHAME on YOU, HARRY REID.

Harry Reid - Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

It is Good to Be Queen - The Pink Christmas Tree

Abigail and Dolley readers may know that I started this blog to discuss things other than politics, I am ashamed to admit that much of what I have written has indeed been Political.  With that said, I would like to pay homage to my Grandma Dixie and to my husband's Grandma Thelma.

This year, the color scheme for the Christmas Tree is Pink  Grandma Dixie would love the pale pink ornaments and the pearls.  Grandma Thelma handmade the tree skirt and I will never again look upon the white and pink round table cloth and wonder what in the world I am ever going to do with it.

So in celebration of Girliness, I pray blessings upon you and your family.  May the Peace and Love of the Lord Jesus envelope you this Christmas.

Nov 28, 2009

Don't Fall For It - Lukewarm Will Get You No Where!

Fox News today is reporting that some GOP leaders are proposing a litmus test to determine if a candidate should receive funds for the upcoming elections.  There are 10 questions and a candidate running as a Republican has to agree with 8 of the 10.  These are 10 major tenants of the party and I see no problem asking folks who are running under the party banner to state that they agree with their party on these issues.  Of course, the RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) are squawking because they should not be called Republicans and have never been in accordance with the conservative core of the GOP.  The Democratic strategist interviewed for the story was purportedly chomping at the bit with excitement stating that it would turn away potential independent and liberal voters.

As is always the case in politics, you have to move beyond the rhetoric and actually look at historic outcomes.  One must also recognize that when your opponent wants you to do something, you would be well pressed to do the opposite.  In this case, what happens when the GOP runs candidates that adhere to conservative principals and don't try to act like "Democrat Light"?  The GOP wins.

Had such a litmus test been in place, would we have had a Dede Scozzafava in New York?  Would we have a Lindsay Graham, Olympia Snow, or an Arlen Specter (who of course has now switched parties)? For that matter, would we have a John McCain?

Any time in the last 30 years, when the GOP ran under the full banner of conservative principals of limited government and lower taxes, they win.  The problem with the Republican Party is that they have not delivered.  They have become a party of big government, just like the Democrats.  People do not rally under an ambiguous banner.  They do not become passionate supporters of moderates.  They do not see much difference between the parties as they existed in the 2008 elections other than the fact that John McCain ran the worst campaign since Walter Mondale.

Enter the Tea Parties.  Fired up every day Americans who work hard and play by the rules and say "Enough is Enough!"  Tea Parties will force the GOP back to its roots or it will run its own candidates and split the electorate.  This ultimately hands elections to the Democrats, which while painful, is the price the GOP must pay for failing to govern.

I say to the leadership of the GOP, do not be afraid of a litmus test - be afraid of not having one.  The price of continuing along the moderate middle of the road, stand for less government than the Democrats is the road to failure for your party and ultimately for our country.  The Lord Himself finds middle of the road, lukewarm disgusting, ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16.

What's it going to be GOP?

Nov 25, 2009

To Whom Are You Thankful?

In the season of celebration, so many of our fellow citizens are thankful to each other for their blessings instead of the Giver of all Good Things.  I pray that today, you are thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ who loved you so much He gave His Life for you.  Be thankful to Him that freedom to worship Him drove the Pilgrams and the Puritans to this land we love so much.  Be thankful to Him that your ancestors were brought here in chains so that you are born in the greatest country in the world.  Praise the Lord that He has protected you and blessed you in spite of your many failings.

Today, we give thanks and while I appreciate my family, friends, job, and all of my other blessings, I am not thankful to them - I am thankful for them.  Today, I will remember in the midst of the celebration to whom I am thankful.

Nov 24, 2009

The Blame Game

When will it ever end or maybe the better question is, will it ever end?  I am talking about the incessant manner in which the Obama Administration and the Democrats blame everything on "the failed policies of the last eight years."  Because last time I looked, the Democrats have been in control of the congress since 2006 and for the better part of the last century.  Furthermore, Obama has been in office 11 months.  I saw Barack Obama TODAY blame the problems in Afghanistan on "the failed polices of the last eight years."  Let us not forget that Obama himself announced his new Afghanistan policy in March of this year.  After failing to implement the recommendations of his own Generals, he blames someone else.

Today, I saw a Democratic strategist deflect Stu Varney's point blank question on whether it was "American" to tax ANY citizen at the 50% level, which we are rapidly approaching.  The strategist blamed "the failed policies of the last eight years." on their punitive tax plans. It is unbelievable! If I was a psychologist, I am sure there is some type of mental illness that never takes responsibility for its own actions and failures.

I like sports analogies - can you imagine if your favorite team had several bad seasons and the Head Coach was fired.  The new coach campaigned heavily for the job and promised all sorts of miracles and a winning season just around the corner.  At this point in the season they are 0-11 and at every press conference the new coach announces the failures are the responsibility of the old coach.

What about from your kid - what if their teacher last year had been lousy, would you except their bad grades this year to be the sole responsibility of last year's teacher?

I run a branch for my company - that branch was managed by my predecessor for 8 years prior to my arrival.  There was a reason they chose me.  Not once in the year I took over have I blamed the direction of the branch on my predecessor, because its mine.  Whatever happens, its me.

I do not recall one instance, ever, where George W Bush blamed the Clinton Administration for hamstringing the intelligence community to such an extent that we suffered 9/11.  Never once did I hear that from George W Bush.  Say what you will about him, he at least had some class.

Nov 23, 2009

Sarah Palin - A Woman After Our Own Hearts

Abigail and Dolley readers know that this blog is dedicated to examining current events through the intellect of Abigail Adams and the charm and grace of Dolley Madison - thus, we have determined that Sarah Palin is our kind of lady.  If times were different in 1776, Abigail Adams would have been sitting at the Massachusetts table of the Second Continental Congress with her husband John and his cousin, Samuel. Relegated to home and hearth, we have invaluable correspondence between Abigail and John and see her guiding and gentling hand in the preeminent Founders work.  Her support of women's rights was a century ahead of its time and it is through the eyes of a modern woman, I humbly thank my Grandmother's before me who have given me the rights I enjoy today as a strong American Woman.

It is with these eyes that I wonder, why does the media hate Sarah Palin?  She reminds me of all that is good in American Women.  She reminds me of myself in many ways.  Why then does the media hate me?

We like Sarah Palin because she is strong enough to stand up for her convictions and to back up her words with actions.  We like Sarah Palin because she values liberty, freedom, and family.  We like Sarah Palin because she does not wait around for others to lead.  We like Sarah Palin because she supports our military.  We like Sarah Palin because she would actually impose sanctions on Iran and not just talk about it.  We like Sarah Palin because she is not so jaded she looks at a problem and says, "it's too big to fix".  We like Sarah Palin because she can answer a question without a teleprompter.  We like Sarah Palin because when she answers the question, you can believe what she said because she actually answered the question and did not give a political slide and duck that could mean two or more things without saying a word.  We like Sarah Palin because she did not abort her Downs Syndrome Child.  We like Sarah Palin because she can laugh at herself.  We like Sarah Palin because she is a Believer.  We like Sarah Palin because she took on corruption in her own party and in her own state.  We like Sarah Palin because she sold the Governor's Jet.  We like Sarah Palin because she sees the connection between energy Independence and National Security.  We like Sarah Palin because she believes we should kill the Caribou and take their oil.  We like Sarah Palin because for the first time since Ronald Reagan we have a dynamic conservative leader.We like Sarah Palin because she would be right at home at a Tea Party.

We like Sarah Palin because in our day, Abigail and I could not run for President, but Sarah Palin sure can.

Nov 20, 2009

Unions - past their time and time to go

This post was originally published in May, before the web of connections between the SEIU and the Obama administration was so glaringly clear.  More of this to come.

Akron is dead. Pittsburgh for all intents and purposes is dead. Detroit is dead, but the sick interns in the emergency room keep shocking the guy over and over again. Public education in most places is an abysmal failure. What do these things all have in common? Unions. Unions plain and simple have destroyed more communities and industries in our country than any other force. Wanna unload a container off a ship in the port, you gotta pay the crane operator $80/hour plus some sweet benefits. Do you want to check on a part at the Delta hanger in ATL at 12:00? Sorry, you have to wait, the Union guys are on a break. Need an employee to work 30 minutes over, sorry have to clear that with the shop steward. Run a business and need to stay lean and competitive? Sorry, man, you got to pay up.

Plain and simple, the companies and industries that are not plagued by the scourge of the union and competitive, agile, and profitable. Did the unions have their place at the turn of the century, yes, I believe they did - but who wrote that history? Whose perspective do we have and have we taken as fact, my guess is the same folks who support and join unions today. What legitimate purpose do unions serve today? I'd say, none.

It Has to Be Manmade, Because If it Isn't.....

Global Warming, Climate Change, or whatever they are calling it this month (always to suit their political ambitions, goals and the temperature of the day) HAS to be man made, because if it isn't then the consequences are devastating to the believer.  Abigail and Dolley readers know that if you base your world view on a system of beliefs that turns out to be false, then you are shattered at the realization.  All of our beliefs, actions, goals, and dream are formed and shaped by how we view the world.  If we have put our faith in a worldview that turns out to be false, then our entire existence becomes meaningless.  Everything we have worked for and believed in was based on a lie and we are diminished in our own eyes as well as the eyes of the world. 

Thus, in spite of what hundreds of scientists are proving, despite what even the most simple minded troglodyte can observe out their back porch, and in spite of the exposure of greed and capital gain that green leaders stand to make from green energy, the staunch environmentalist will not change their mind.  To do so will destroy their soul.  It will nullify their beliefs, their lives, and call into question their ultimate belief and worship of the earth.  They will stand in the face of overwhelming evidence and shout you down.  You are a heretic, a hypocrite, and a blasphemer.  They will not change, they will not concede, and they will not ever stop.

Tyrannical and fascist Islam shares the same goals and end game with the environmentalist. Take over of the world, conversion of its inhabitants, death to the infidels, global government and control.  Their methods and ideologies differ only in their Utopian visions of earth.  One comes with a gun and a bomb - the other with laws and regulations that will collapse and strangle the system into submission.  Both must be fought with equal fervor, both are a danger to our liberty, society, and our freedom.  The difference is one is wearing a suit and flying to Copenhagen for a conference and the other is building nuclear facilities and stoning women and protesters in the street.

Obama has unclenched his fist at the one and is participating with the other.

The Devil in the Dedication

Abigail and Dolley Readers - Have you ever found out something that was so outrageous about someone, even if you didn't like them, that you struggled with the possibility that it CAN'T be true? Such was the case yesterday when I stumbled upon some information so disturbing, I had to confirm it from several sites before I myself would believe it. How this is not common knowledge has to be Supernatural, there is no other explanation for it.

Many of you know about Saul Alinsky, his writings, books, his methods. You may also know that two of his prominent disciples are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Further, this method and playbook are outlined in a book called the Rule Book for Radicals and is being employed with textbook efficiency on America right now. If any of the above pieces of information are new to you, then I encourage you to do some research on the Internet and you will find hundreds of sites, blogs, links, and videos elaborating on this subject. Of note, Acorn, was born out of this movement, but that is another blog all together.

So you may wonder, what was it I found so unbelievable about the above when it has been well reported and covered by the bloggers and Fox News? I will tell you.... the dedication in the book Rules for Radicals. The handbook of our sitting president, is dedicated to Satan. Lest you think I jest, see the below:

“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer"

Now, let that sink in for a few moments... let's play the a game of "Can You Imagine if a Conservative Did That?"

Why don't we know about this? Why doesn't anyone in the media report on it? You will be shocked at who is not listed on the Google Search - I ask you why?

Ephesians 6:12 This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.

Nov 16, 2009

Trust Us?

Abigail and Dolley readers know I am high skeptical of government in general and maybe even more so of government officials that insist that we trust them in spite of what their records, pasts, and the facts at hand seem to indicate is wise. Such is the case with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the illustrious Janet Napolitano.  She was on the news this morning and in answer to some tough questions about why the Administration is bringing war criminals to NY for civil trial she said, "You are just going to have to trust us."

This is from a Homeland Security Secretary who labeled returning veterans and Tea Partiers as potential threats?  This from a Homeland Security Secretary who is advocating an amnesty program for illegal invaders?  This from a Homeland Security who declared on Friday that our borders are secure?

And thus, the American people are once again supposed to sit back and say "Big Brother knows best?"  No, sadly there is very little about the United States Government that I trust any longer, no matter who is in power.  Me and the rest of the folks are going to have to a take a pass on that trust issue, but thanks for playing.

Narcissism and the Cult of Personality Part 2

I find that these types of Abigail and Dolley posts are the most difficult for me to write and put together, because I am out of my comfort zone, which of course is giving my opinion.  I struggle with the really important ones, so hang with me a little while I try to make some semblance of sense. If you'd like to read all the posts regarding this, click on the Narcissism label.

Several months ago, I stumbled upon this subject and it has truly haunted me.  I have continued to research this and the amount of circumstantial evidence to support the declaration of Obama being a Narcissist is staggering.  I am no doctor, I don't even play one on TV - but I can read, and better yet, I can observe.  This American Thinker article started me down the Narcissist as a child avenue.  It is followed up with a disturbing article and poem by a young Barack Obama that seems to indicated he was violated in some manner by a family friend.

I am an outspoken critic of this President and his policies but I wept for the little boy who wrote that poem.

There is also tons of information about the early child name of Obama, Barry Soetoro, (which is his childhood name that he used when his mother was married to her second husband).  There is deep and thorough research on Indonesia Matters and some excellent info actually in a Yahoo Answer.

So assuming that anyone is still with me after all of the links I have put in this article, let's review:

Barack Obama was conceived out of wedlock
Barack Obama was a product of a mixed marriage between a middle America white girl and an African man.
Obama Senior was already married and committed bigomy when he married.
Barack Obama was abandonded by his father at 2 years old.
His parents divorced.
His mother moved him to Indonesia where he was forced into a Muslim school
His step father was an alcoholic
His mother was by no means a traditional mom
Barack Obama used a different name while in Indonesia
His mother and step father divorced.
Barack Obama was uprooted from Indonesia and sent to live with his white grandparents
Obama's grandfather was a by some accounts a disturbed man and an alcoholic
Obama's grandmother was a "typical white person"
Obama's grandfather determined that his drinking buddy, a self avowed communist, and child molester would be a good role model for Barack - to teach him how to be a black man.
Obama saw his father one time when he was 10, shortly thereafter his father was killed.

Uprooted, abused, abandoned, never belonging anywhere, Muslim, Christian, not black, not white, not wanted - these are the ingredience that went into the soup that is now Barack Obama.

God protect this nation.

Nov 15, 2009

Narcissism on Full Display

Barack Obama's Narcissistic Personality Disorder has been on full display this week.  First the insensitive remarks the day of the Ft Hood shootings and secondly his refusal to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Both extremely important events for America - but for Barack Obama?  Umm, not so much.  You see, one of the character traits of a Narcissist is their lack of caring for things and people that don't glorify themselves.

It is in Barack Obama's best interest to downplay the Muslim terrorist actions in Texas, that puts him in a bad light - for his weakness on the military, perhaps for his Muslim name, and it shines the laser beam of public attention on the continuing War on Terror - those things clearly are not about him or good for him so why acknowledge them.  Now, if the shooter was a Christian guy, wearing a pro-life Tshirt, and a copy of a Rush Limbaugh book by his bedside?  You can bet your bottom dollar he'd be all over this thing and "jumping to conclusions" be damned.

The symbolic victory of Western free markets and capitalism, the end of the Cold War, and the liberation of half a Continent is as important to the world as July 4th is to us Americans.  But it doesn't shine a light on Barack Obama, so he isn't going.  It actually does the opposite; it highlights his predecessor's achievements (can't blame Bush for that one...), it points out the flaws in a system that Obama would like to see return, and it calls to mind those nasty Tea Partiers protesting and celebrating in the street.

If it isn't about Barack Obama and what he wants, he's doesn't want any part of it.  How's that for change.

On a side note, George and Laura Bush went to Ft. Hood yesterday, but requested that they not be photographed or recorded, they were there to lend their support to the hurting community and families.

Narcissism and the Cult of Personality

Here at Abigail and Dolley, I do not advocate name calling, nor demonetization of your political opponents; I will leave that to the left. Something is not right about our current President; he just does not compute. The day after the election, my sister called me and we discussed how disturbed we were about Obama. We detailed our unease and angst over this man, how our spirits rebelled when we heard him speak, how we felt the forebodings of dread and genuine fear for our country under the leadership of this man. Being a patriotic American, though, I said that we must pray for our new President and our country - I have done so. I remain as uneasy today as I was then.

I believe now, I understand why I have felt the unease. Have you ever been around an unstable or irrational person? I have, and it is the same feeling that I get when I watch President Obama. Many people, smarter than I have observed him and have concluded that he has strong Narcissistic traits. The below is a description of a Narcissist (copied from

In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  • Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
You be the judge - if you have observed the man in any fashion, you will agree that he exhibits all of the above. Okay, big deal, right? Well, this is a serious psychological disorder and represents a real and present danger to the country and world. Mad men through the ages have suffered from NPD; Caligula, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Kim Jung Il, Sadam Hussein, Mussolini all Narcissists who demanded absolute power and led their countries down self serving roads to destruction.

I am not saying this to be inflammatory, but the Devil is described in the Scriptures in the exact terms above. Perhaps this is why President Obama disturbs my Spirit.

Truth - It is Time to Start Talking Again

Abigail and Dolley readers have come to expect critical thinking and logical presentation of facts in all of our commentaries, so let's talk about some hot button issues.  The Attorney General of the United States said that Americans did not have the guts to talk about racism today.  I think he is perhaps correct, but not because we are cowards and all racists at heart.  I believe he threw that out knowing that in March of 2009, we would not engage.  I believe in March, he was right.  I believe in September, he will be proven wrong.

For the past few decades, we as a people have been told not to critically discuss issues amongst ourselves that would cause disagreements and lead to fiery debate.  You know the adage and the admonition that you should not discuss politics or religion and let us not forget the untouchable subject of racism.

I must ask though, are we better off as a nation and a people because we are so "civil" to each other or have we lost one of the things that made us fundamentally alive?  What happens to a people when they stop discussing the most important issues of our day?  I believe we stop being a people that will speak the truth and are poorer in spirit for it.  I believe that each of us begins to create our own realities based on our feelings and not the facts.  I believe we will make for ourselves political ideologies and spiritual truths that are not well grounded in truth, but instead a collection of our own personal conclusions.  We hold on to these personal convictions and because we live in a society that does not demand we defend our convictions in a logical manner, we are left with half formed gushy convictions that do not serve us or society well.  We become offended and defensive when someone questions us or challenges us about these personal truths.  When forced to defend them, we feel personally attacked.  We do not like coming out of our comfort zone and will gather around ourselves like minded people who condemn the questioner or challenger instead of defending our convictions.

Absolute truth has been stripped of its ability and purpose to cleave between bone and sinew, to separate the facts from the emotions.  The rejection of absolute truth as a building block and premise of civil society has the effect of denigrating the society to a group of  wishy washy citizens easily led down the path of what feels good.  Absolute truth though, does not change based on your feelings, see it is stronger than our rationales, it does not alter with the political or social climate of the times.  Absolute truth remains a bulwark against our own personal suppositions.

Absolute truth stands boldly before failed ideology and calls it out.  I can feel the bristling out there, but you must choose, if we are to continue living in a civil society, we MUST choose.  Let us take some obvious examples - Murder is wrong.  Absolute truth, right?  But is it in our society still?  Or do we have circumstantial rationale for even that?  Having sex with children is wrong.  But some will say, that is just the way I am and it is okay for me.  How about cheating on a test?  What about lying?  What about adultery?  Today, we can come up with scenarios that excuse all or most of this behavior.  Is it any wonder then, that we are rejecting the foundations of our Republic and leaning toward the mob rule of Democracy?  Law says something is bad and forbidden, man can rationalize the behavior and we are much more comfortable with that.

We see this today in our political exchanges.  When we can not prove our point, we name call and ridicule.  Is there any more blaring case before us today than the Joe Wilson/Barack Obama tempest?  Joe Wilson's outburst was against etiquette, but he was right.  Once it was discovered that he was right, well then, he was called a racist.  What would have been so wrong about saying, you know, after we looked into it, the President had misspoke and here is what we are going to do about it.

Both sides decry the other when they are faced with the truth.  An honest person will concede.  I find that while doing that initially is painful, it leads to a wealth and a depth and a breadth of understanding I did not enjoy here to fore.  I am enriched when I realize I was mistaken and give the other person their due for presenting truth.  Why is that seen today as weakness?  It is strength of character and soundness of mind that recognizes and acknowledges our own fallibility. Weakness is actually holding on to false ideals when presented with logical facts to the contrary. 

Ideology above facts or truth.  Win at all costs.  Name call and demean.  Lie about your opponent to suit your needs.  The ends justify the means.  You are a troglodyte stuck in an outmoded and outdated mind set.

Folks, it is time to engage.  It is time to stop being afraid of confrontation.  It is time to hold what you believe in up to the glaring light of the sun to determine if it can withstand the light of day.  After all, our convictions and faith, for which we base our lives must be able to stand up to scrutiny, otherwise we ourselves can not stand up to scrutiny.  That my friends is worse than being uncomfortable.

Nov 14, 2009

Redistributing the Weight? And other Incongruencies of the Left.

I was born to be a fat kid; body type, genetic predisposition, a love of all things fatty, sweet and salty all stacked up to insure that I would be laying on the bed to zip my jeans up for years to come. I did not have the social advantages of the skinny girls. I was deprived of my cheer-leading days (but please disregard that I have absolutely no ability to translate dance moves into actual steps without looking like I am having a seizure). I was deprived of the cute little uniform, even if it would have been less than attractive! The boys did not chase after me for dates, I did not get tons of carnations on carnation day, I was wounded. Now that I think about it, I bet I could sue the school for the mental anguish and pain I suffered every Valentines day. It wasn't fair, life was against me. Yes, I know I could have exercised more and smoked less. I know that potato chip sandwiches and gallons of ice cream probably didn't help matters, but darn it, I was born that way.

After a life long struggle of yo-yo (and actually folks I was smoking hot when I was skinny), self loathing, starvation followed by gluttony, I got it together; at least in my head. The body was a different story. I worked out, cut fat, cut carbs, detoxed, allergy tested, and generally beat my head against a wall for 18 months. I would love to tell you that it worked, but this is a true story and sadly hard work is sometimes not rewarded in this life, and in the end I was 13 pounds heavier than when I started. I would not give up. Well, truthfully, I gave up on an off. It is frustrating to be starving to death and gaining weight at the same time.

In desperation, I went to see my P.A. (a real healer that listens to me instead of being all high and mighty doctorish) and poured out my tale of woe. She said two things to me that day that changed my life forever; insulin resistance and what is normal? It turns out I have a medical condition that was keeping me fat and that I could no longer eat potato chip sandwiches, even after I lost all my weight. My definition of normal needed to change.

I got some meds and started back on track, just as I had 18 months before, 4-6 days a week in the gym, strict adherance to Weight Watchers, and to my eternal surprise, this time it worked. This time the weight fell off (and has stayed off for a year now) and at the end of 6 months I had lost 45 pounds, which was 32% of my body weight. I went from a size 14 to a size 4. Mr. Madison was ecstatic and so was I.

Now, I began to notice things - people were nicer to me. People, especially men, smiled at me a lot. Heavy women, on the other hand, started looking at me with ill disguised contempt. They did not applaud me, they hated me. I reminded them of what they weren't, I did not inspire them to change - they just wanted what I had, while continuing to eat their potato chip sandwiches.

If the liberals could, they would take away all but 10 pounds of my weight loss and give it to someone in need. They would say, you have all the advantages, you can loose it again; poor Bertha is heavy and needs to take off a few, it's your duty as an American. Of course discounting the fact that Bertha had not made the necessary lifestyle changes to sustain the 35 pounds of free weight loss and 4 months later would have regained it all back. I would scream in frustration, but I struggled my whole life to loose that weight. I tried dozens of times and failed, I just kept trying!

As ridiculous as this may seem, how is it any different that taxing successful entrepreneurs and business people in this manner? We punitively tax the achievers in our land and "spread the wealth around" to people that have not sacrificed, earned, or have the ability to retain what you have "given" them.

Dennis Miller summed it up perfectly, "I have no problem helping the helpless, but I am done helping the clueless." Bravo, Dennis and thankfully the government can't redistribute the weight. I am hanging on to it and frankly, they can kiss my skinny ass.

Death of the Two Party System?

Glen Beck hosted a two hour show 5/1/09 (60 minutes on his show and then the additional 60 minutes posted on the Internet). His audience was comprised of about 45 average Americans who attended the Tea Parties. I am one of them; that's how I see things, too.

Several things struck me in the show of hands poll that Glen Beck took at the beginning of the segment.

Who believes in the Two Party System - no one raised their hands.
Who is a reluctant activist - 2/3 raised their hands
Who is madder at the GOP than the Democrats because you expect this from the Democrats? the majority raised their hands.

Do you know what else struck me? That there is a ton of stuff all of these people believed in and not a whole lot they didn't agree on - but in the end their is no place for them in the Two Party System.

If there was a Dolley Madison party it would look like this:

Constitutionalists - purist and strict interpretation
Environmental Stewards - not insane Greenies or pollution happy capitalist pigs, just following the guideline of Genesis to be good stewards of the Earth.
Strong Military - but insist other countries stop being on the Trillion Dollar military welfare program.
Return to State and Local Government power and an abolition of unconstitutional Federal Government Programs, Departments, and Policies.
Fair and Flat Tax
Allow states to pass their own laws on abortion, speed limits, drinking age, and other areas where the Federal Government has usurped the state's authority to govern themselves.
Secure Borders and sensible immigration policies
Minimal Government regulations on business

So there you have it America, the launch of Dolley's Party, but I guess we will have to rename it because Patrick Henry would never join a party called Dolley, unless of course, he decides to become a metrosexual.

Whatever Happened to Delayed Gratification

One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn in life is how to wait and the value that can be attained in the waiting. It goes against everything in me. I don't want to wait; I want it now. I don't want to wait in line, I don't want to wait for a website to load, I don't want to wait for someone to answer my question - I want it now. My parents stood strong and forced me to learn this lesson - good things in life are worth waiting for. Sadly, we have failed as a society to embrace this virtue nor have we successfully passed it on to our children, as we do not practice it ourselves.

We don't wait for anything anymore. We have premarital sex, because we just couldn't wait. The results are unwanted pregnancy, the cheapening of God's greatest gift to married couples, broken hearts, sexually transmitted diseases, and a whole host of other negative consequences. But we as a society expect this behavior and think those that do not engage in it are weird.

Millions of Americans just couldn't wait for that big house that they couldn't afford. They drove to the store in cars they couldn't afford and bought furniture and electronics that they couldn't afford dressed in clothes they had bought on credit. Society encouraged everyone - consumer spending of course was the fuel for our economy. The fall out? Many are sick with worry, up to the necks in debt, and are screaming for the Almighty Government to come and save them.

We don't even wait to find out the sex of our children! We use all sorts of lame excuses about decorating and planning, but in the end we sacrifice one of the greatest moments God can give to a couple. We throw away the wonder and excitement of waiting for a child to be born to find out the big surprise. We name the child and set an appointment for his birth and then wonder why no one seems to be all that interested in this blessed event. Because we've ruined the surprise. It's like finding out what you are getting for Christmas before Christmas morning, as adults we learn that the surprise is better than knowing, then why do most couples find out the sex? They just can't wait.

The consequences are enormous; individually and collectively we are reaping what we have sown. Ironically, we have still not begun to learn this lesson because we are spending billions of dollars to try and avoid the inevitable pain. The day of reckoning is upon us and we are screaming like spoiled toddlers that we need it to get better, RIGHT NOW! No amount of whining or spending will avoid the consequences; perhaps if it is painful enough we will learn the value of delayed gratification. If not, we are destined to continue to repeat the same behavior that got us here to begin with.

It's an American Thing, Stupid

The title of course is a play on the famous campaign slogan of Bill Clinton and James Carville, "It's the Economy Stupid". It was amazingly effective and delivered the White House to the Democrats for the first time in 12 years. It is time to move past the individual and driving force of how much money we have in our wallets. It is time to stop being consumed by one issue.

I believe though, that we as Americans are at a cross roads and that the lines delineated between us by the extremes on both sides will no longer be accepted. It is time for us to GROW UP and stop fighting about our labels.

It is time we recognize that our stated goals are much the same, though we differ in the manner and plan in which we want to achieve said goals. It is prudent to examine history and take a lesson from the success and the failures of the past, remember that "there is nothing new under the sun". Thus, the most alarming thing about what is going on in Washington is not the stated goals, but the manner in which we are pursuing them. The course of action we are taking in almost all areas has been proven ineffective, counterproductive, and dismal failures when tried in the past. Why then are we seeking to implement failed policies? I believe it is simply a matter of POWER. Stated goals and outcomes are not the real concern of the Washington bureaucrats, they want CONTROL. They want to decide what you do, how you do it, what you make, how you live, where you live, and they will not stop until they control and regulate every thing you do - see THEY know best. This taken to its logical conclusion is tyranny and the American Spirit will not abide the chains of slavery.

What do we need? We need Common Sense, we need Public Servants, we need the end of Politics and a return to the Principals of our Founding Fathers. Instead of Democrats and Republicans let us all become Constitutional Americans. These are the principals we can agree on:

Take care of the Helpless and stop funding and enabling the Clueless

Protect the Earth in a Common Sense manner

Peace through strength

Protect and close our borders - deport illegals

Educate our young people - train them in professions or send them to college

Any legislation, regulation or rule should have to pass Constitutional muster

Stop Judicial Activism

Stop wasteful spending

Remove and repeal rules and regulations that stifle business and job creation

Build safe and efficient nuclear power plants and allow access to the vast oil deposits in our country

Privatize government functions not authorized by the Constitution

Cut taxes

Balance the budget

Pay off our debt

Create a business environment that enables the American Spirit and Ingenuity to thrive - we have to start MAKING things.

Tell the rest of the world they will no longer have Military welfare - all of the countries in the world do not devote a huge percentage of their budget to defense, they rely on the USA to spend all the money and thus are on Military welfare - all nations must maintain adequate military defenses or start sending us money or forgiving debts owed them by our previous spending.

Term limit all government elected officials- this removes the permanent elite ruling class and motivates politicians to do the right thing for the country instead of the thing that gives them power.

These are American ideals and we need to stop fighting, stand together, and make the change. We must demand results from our legislators and other elected officials. We must no longer be disengaged from the public arena. We must stop with the prohibition to discuss religion and politics amongst ourselves. We must learn to engage one another with respect and intellect and common sense. We must stop tolerating lies, half truths, and spin from our partisans and elected leaders and demand honesty and candor. It is time for us all to stop being partisan and start being Americans. If we fail to do these things we will sink into the ranks of the once great Republics that could not hold on to the ideals that made them great to begin with.

I for one, choose to fight for the America I believe in. Will you?

This Just in - The Real Cause of Global Warming!

The Sun.

The entire documentary is perhaps the best scientific answer and explanation to the Global Warming hysteria.

Liberal Rantings or More Tactics?

"A lie told often enough becomes truth" Vladimir Lenin

William James - father of modern Psychology "There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it."

This is a tactic used with great effectiveness on both sides, but perhaps with even greater cunning on the left than the right. I say this not as a partisan but because I firmly believe the Left does not hold itself accountable to any standard other than their own. Whilst the Right, must answer to the Christians and if they are Christians themselves, well then they have to answer to the Lord. Make no mistake, all will one day "give an account of their actions and deed", but the ultimate and just judgment of the Lord is not the subject of this article (though I must confess to a certain peace and comfort that comes with recalling WHO is actually in charge).

Now, I may have misspoke, because it seems the Liberals do hold themselves to a certain standard, that laid out by Saul Alinsky, (if you are unfamiliar with this book dedicated to Satan and studied as gospel by Obama, see my numerous blogs on the suject). Saul Alinsky advised "make the other side live up to their own standards"- thus, the liberals can repeat a lie in a Talking Points that permeates the media and after hammering it in day after day, year after year, it becomes "truth".

Mark my words - Socialism will be tied as a code word for racism. I have heard it numerous times in the last few days, liberals espousing the view that those calling Obama and his plans socialism are actually really wanting to call him a N#*%$#@. Normal thinking Americans always reject the lie upon first hearing, but repeated enough times.....

The protesters are "mobs" of uninformed red neck racists. The protesters are not real Americans. The DNC machine is spouting these lies on an hourly basis and they will get away with much of it, too - unless the media begins doing its job. There are some stirrings of this in the market, perhaps the Fat Lady will not quite get to sing yet.

So I did a social experiment today, I must confess I reminded myself of a little child being forced to choke down something truly unappealing, but my fortitude was strong and I listened to some liberal talk radio and even read a few articles on ABC news and It was truly amazing, okay I admit it the ABC article was a link on Drudge and the was a Facebook post by a conservative friend, the articles were actually encouraging because even the liberal media is starting to call the health care and domestic debacle as they see it. The talk radio was strictly my own doing and it was torturous.

The mocking of the people who hold views other than the ultra liberal was amazing. The host so deluded she said that people are upset about the health care plan because for the last 8 years the GWB administration scared the American people so bad they no longer trust the government. I swear, I am not making it up. This being said of a nation that was founded in rebellion to a tyranical government and king. George Washington said government is not benevolence, government is force and the Founders knew that when they constructed our forms of government. Ronald Reagan said the scariest words you could ever hear are, "I am from the government and I am here to help."

So no matter how many times they repeat the lie, it is still a lie. Remember that America.

The Green Movement - The Marriage of Envirnomentalist and Anarchist

This was a particularly hard Abigail and Dolley post to write since it deals with an aspect of life that most people will go through their entire lives without considering.  This post deals with the Super Natural and how events in the invisible world effect the visible one.

The Green Movement; are these well meaning folks, concerned with the Earth and the environment or are they something more sinister? Would you believe me if I told you both? A year ago, I would have scoffed at such a conspiratorial supposition. "Tree Huggers" are a bit misguided, but dangerous? The hippies of the 60's are now running the show and if you recall there were two types - the ones that promoted peace, love, and lots of drugs and the ones that blew stuff up, killed people, and robbed banks. Well, they found each other in the hippie retirement home and got married. They now go by the name Mr. and Mrs. Green.

To fully understand, you have to start at the beginning. This story begins in a garden. A place of perfection and an Environmentalist wildest dream. You see, love of the Earth and protection of the environment is nothing new. Human kind was created in part to be the caretaker of this planet, this was instilled in us by God in the Garden of Eden; it is hard coded into our DNA. He also instilled within us a desire to commune with Him, to walk with Him in the cool of the day. Some invite and allow God to occupy that space inside of them, others do not. Those that reject Him are consequently left with an unfulfillable void, a God Spot so to speak. People can not tolerate the emptiness in their spirit and will search to find something to fill it. Some choose drugs, some alcohol, some choose Mother Earth, the environment, and holistic health and diet.

They embrace the love of Earth because it corresponds so closely in their hearts to a life giving and loving God. But this god is not the life giving and loving god they are searching for, this god is is false. Followers think they set the rules, when in fact they are commanded to take care of her, this god needs them to DO things for her. This god demands that her devotees make disciples of all men, otherwise, she will die and it will be your fault. Earth does not tolerate dissent or facts that contradict well established doctrines of worship. This god perpetuates crisis to keep her followers in a state of panic and turmoil. What started out as such a beautiful and peaceful way of life begins to consume the disciple, it is no longer comforting to meditate on the beauty of a tree because the capitalist pigs are destroying the air, the soil, and the water and that tree is going to die - unless YOU do something about it.

Enter in the origin of the second member of Mr. and Mrs. Green - you remember, the blow your shit up partner? Well, he's cleaned up his act since the 60's, he learned from the Master Saul Alinsky, and now he wears a suit and a tie. This is the guy in the Garden that whispered into Eve's ear, that God was really not a benevolent Father - God was the oppressor, He's just trying to keep you down! What's He going to do anyway, you need to take some of that power He's been hoarding for Himself. Go ahead, get you some. Yeah, I know He said it was against the law, but who is He anyway? Who says you have to listen to Him? Besides, everybody is always telling you what to do around here, isn't it time you stood up for yourself? After you take this, life will be so much better - you will be like God, knowing, seeing, and being! So out of the perfection of Eden, the Anarchist is born.

Throughout history the Anarchist seeks to destroy and overthrow, with temporal and mild success. The Earth continues with an outward sign of peace and love, but is on many levels becoming angry at the lack of real progress. And one day it happens, Anarchist is walking by and sees the Earth and instead of scoffing and ignoring each other, as they have been for millennium, they wearily fall onto the park bench and heave a sigh of frustration.

The year is 1990, and both are looking a lot worse for the wear. Anarchist has just lost his temporary glory with the fall of Communism and now has no where else to go. The Environmentalist is frustrated because all of the things she has been fighting for are being put into place and she doesn't feel needed anymore. So in mutual misery they sit, each feeding off the others misfortunes and runs of bad luck. Before long, though, they begin to look at each other in a different light. The Environmentalist gazes upon the strength and fire and anger of the Anarchist, this is what she has been missing. Anarchist looks upon the Environmentalist and at last grasps the idea that people in large part are not drawn toward him, but wow, look at her. She's stunning and as a team, they are perfect together.

The soft spoken Earth Lover orders water shut of to the Farmers in the San Joachim Valley to protect the precious delta smelt, while Anarchist stirs up hatred among the poor and displaced farm workers. They wouldn't be in that position if the Capitalist oppressors would just let the water go. The poor people in central California are being beaten with both sides of the same stick and don't even know it.

The lumberjacks in Washington and Oregon are accused by the Earth Child of killing the spotted owl, the Anarchist chains himself to a tree. Together, they destroy the most prosperous and prolific timber industry in the world and they are ready to take on more.

They find the perfect vehicle, a former Vice President. His back ground and education do not make his a traditional figure head, but he is embittered and he is ambitious. He has one thing Mr. and Mrs. Green don't have - International clout. They strike up an alliance. The learn from each other. They put a fresh coat of paint on the movement and reemerge.

Do not loose sight of who is behind this movement! Anarchist is intent on the complete and total destruction of all civil society. Earth embraces dedevelopment and communism, Earth demands of her subjects slavery.

Even more frightening, is Mr. and Mrs. Green have moved into the White House with Mr. and Mrs. Obama. What a fine time they are having, staying up late, plotting the next move described as a green job, Earth has learned her craft well and Anarchist has polished his image so much, you might even invite him to dinner. It looks as if the White House has.

As such, the motivations of all that comes from this movement are foul for a bad tree can not bear good fruit. The radical environmental policies of these groups must be resisted. To not, is to endanger the Republic and the future of this country.

God Bless us and guide us in this treacherous time.

Where Do We Stand?

Abigail Adams was never one to mince words.  She was very astute and in that tradition, I want each Abigail and Dolley reader to ponder this post carefully. 

In the wake of 9/11, I have been thinking about what it is that actually holds us together as Americans.  We seem to disagree on so much that can the Republic survive with such polar opposite views and opinions?  Where do you come down on these issues?

1.  State directed or Free market economy?
2.  Individual liberty or collective good?
3.  The Founding Fathers were:  Deist/Atheist or devoted Christians?
4.  The Constitution is a living breathing document or it should be strictly interpreted?
5.  American is a good and just country - or America is a flawed country that has made the world a worse place?
6.  Gay marriage is a just cause or gay marriage is a socially destructive force that threatens our society?
7.  Abortion is okay?
8.  The Federal Government has too much power or the Federal Government has just the right amount of power?
9.  The New Deal brought us out of the Great Depression or lengthened and worsened it?
10.  Trickle down economics does not work or it is the best mechanism for the free market?
11.  Israel is a wicked and oppressive country or Israel is our greatest ally.
12.  Global Warming is a myth or Global Warming is the greatest threat to our World today?
13.  The needs of the endangered species should always be on a higher scale than human enterprise and well being?  Or, human impact must be taken into consideration when ruling on endangered species issues?
14.  Government run schools or school choice?
15.  Business is basically evil and Unions are needed to protect the working people?  Or Unions destroy companies, enterprises, and communities and limit the competitive advantage of American companies saddled with them?
16.  Global trade should be encouraged as a way to foster cooperation and grow wealth, or US companies should not have to compete with slave labor made products and higher tariffs should be applied to imported goods?
17.  I believe that rich people take advantage of poor people and should be taxed accordingly, or rich people create jobs for poor people and give them the opportunity to improve their lives?
18.  Welfare should be administered by the state.  Welfare should be administered by the church.
19.  The USA is a Christian country founded on Judeo-Christian principals.  The USA is a secular country and God has no place in the public arena.
20.  The liberal phylosophy of government works in the real world or the conservative phylosophy works in the real world.
21.  People are basically good - people are basically bad.

Where do you stand?

Best Practices - Torte Reform

Best Practices - Torte reform

Missouri's example on Torte Reform is a model the Heath Insurance Reform debate should address.  No matter how much money is given by trial lawyers, it is still the right thing to do.  Anybody in Washington listening?

Nov 12, 2009

The Political Might of the Tea Partiers

"Even Elmo can vote yes to something he doesn't have to read!"  I loved that sign.  Americans of ages, races, creeds, parties, and economic circumstance - off their couch, out of their mini-van, from behind their desk, and off the tractor are exerting a political might not seen before from a right leaning movement.  Protesters, in my lifetime, are always left leaning.  They are usually fringe groups and have displayed their propensity for violence often, while the Tea Parties have been peaceful.  That is except for the Tea Partier that was brutally beaten by SEIU thugs, or the psycho who bit his own thumb off at a pro Obama care ralley - but I guess they were opposition and shouldn't be called Tea Partiers.

I saw a Youtube video last night of an interview with a prominent Republican fundraiser.  He was at a Tea Party on 9/12 and was amazed at the thousands of folks that had come to the local rally.  While at this point the Tea Party is not a viable 3rd party, this was the first person I had heard discussing the possibility.  I believe though, that the Tea Party is a movement and that candidates will emerge from it and be supported by a well informed Tea Party electorate.  We have seen this in my town, where a recent Republican Primary gave victory to two young Tea Party organizers.  The local media and newspaper were absolutely shocked.

Thus, the Tea Partiers will flex their political muscle and inform their members on positions, ethics, and responsiveness of candidates.  Look out elite politicians and media - the American People have awakened and we are coming to get you.

Not Too Smart - Hollywood's Big Mistake

Abigail and Dolley readers know, we contributors are not so one dimensional that we don't like to pile up on the couch some nights and watch a little TV or a movie.  Unfortunately, I find there are increasingly more actors, actresses, film makers, singers, and entertainers in general that I can no longer watch or listen to.  Not because they are not talented or their work is bad, no, the sad fact is I can't stand their stinking political views and inane ramblings.  I get annoyed on a couple levels over this:

  1. Their synchophantic slobbering over Obama is nauseating as demonstrated in the I Pledge video
  2. Their general lack of understanding of the issues - a nightly dose of Bill O'Reilly's Pinheads and Patriots will give you a good taste in support of this position.
  3. Finally, I am saddened that people I once enjoyed watching, now just make me mad.
It can't be a smart career move to alienate half the country, right? So spout on Tom Cruise, Drew Barrymore, Whoopie Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Oprah, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Courtney Cox, Bruce Springsteen - hey, you seem to hate capitalism so much I guess you won't mind if I stop buying your movie tickets, watching your TV show, going to your concerts, and buying your albums.  Maybe I am just one person, and that really doesn't make a bit of difference, but then again maybe I am not.  Maybe, more and more Americans are waking up and feeling the same way I do and maybe the celebrities would be better off is they just hush.

How to Destroy a Country - Course number 1101

The below is a repost and is a generalization and by no means paints with a broad brush stroke.

I don't find men jokes funny.  I happen to live with two such creatures and find them infinitely wonderful and worthy of my respect.

If you wish to destroy a country, you must destroy its men.  The American man is under greater attack than at any time in our history and many have already been destroyed.  The man is tasked by God to be the protector and provider for the family.  He is the spiritual head and charged with teaching his children about God and what it means to be a man or a woman in our society.  He is the physically strong worker who lifts, carries, and builds.  The man is the enforcer with the children and protector of his wife.  If men fail to do what God has set before them to do - the family fails and then society fails.

Men are undermined in the following ways:

Their Fathers deserted them, so they do not know how to be men.
Their wives and girlfriends abort their children
Their physical labor (farming, building, manufacturing) are being destroyed at the highest rate in this economy.
They are depicted as buffoons and idiots on sitcoms and movies
The church has failed to engage them and instead has become a female dominated institution.
Their sexuality is under attack by the homosexual agenda.
Their maleness and masculine traits are discouraged and frowned upon.
They attend schools and jobs where they are expected to be still, be quiet, and behave.

The results are catastrophic - our men are without honor, conscience, and purpose.  They are users; selfish and needy.  They are criminals or lay abouts.  They are passive.  They are abusers of women and abandoners of children.  They are humans without purpose.

It is so sad.

Hollywood - Your True Colors and Showing Through

Maybe it is just me, but I am sick of Hollywood.  Decades of contempt held for the American People and our way of life is oozing through in all they do.  Abigail and Dolley Blog readers may recall my last foray into this subject, Not Too Smart where we dealt with the risks of going public with your political beliefs and how you can alienate half of the country by espousing your pseudo-intellectual, loony beliefs.  This post, however, will deal with their complete and utter rejection of all that Americans hold dear and one must wonder, how long will they continue to go blindly down a path that holds financial doom in its forecast.

I preview the upcoming movie releases and think to myself, ho hum.  I rent DVD's and find my self sighing at the undertones of anti-Americanism that bleeds through.  For example, we watched the Soloist with Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Fox last week.  Robert Downey Jr is a LA Times reporter looking for a story and lamenting the downturn in the newspaper industry.  Jamie Fox is a gifted musician who while attending Julliard is struck down by Schizophrenia and is living on the streets of LA.  I got half way through the movie.

It was well acted, shot, directed, and edited.  It was the underlying hopelessness of a world and a character without God that was completely off putting.  The reporter sees beauty and life in watching the musician play and enjoy music; how shallow and sad.  Of course we have throw in our anti-American messages, while walking through the newsroom they play clips of George W Bush speaking and then follow up with pictures of dead children.  It is inferred that if there was just more money and less discrimination, the street people would not be on the street.

Were these things intentional?  No, probably not, but at the end of the day if you eat a steady diet of American and Capitalism hatred day after day and year after year it will begin to seep out in all that you do.  I believe this is what has happened to Hollywood.  No, starting with the derelict Baby Boomers and Jane Fonda we have been entertained by a group of folks who hate us.  Paradoxically, it is these folks who need us, not the other way around.  The capitalist system that they so despise will eventually bring them to their senses, when people stop going to see their movies - that is unless the government so determines that Hollywood is too big to fail.

The Education Carrot

It is hard for me to watch Barack Obama, but since Fox News runs in our office in the lobby and the break room, the Teleprompter in Chief is hard to avoid.  I was getting a cup of water yesterday and stopped to listen to his Education speech in Madison Wisconsin.  The urge to vomit when he speaks has somewhat passed, so I was actually able to listen for a moment.  I stick to the conservative thought that the Dept of Education should be abolished and that the Fed has no Constitutional right to participate in Education, but that is another post entirely.

Once again, what he said sounded good.  States compete for $4B in education money for innovation and improving schools.  But what will the administration define as improvement?  Their values differ so greatly from mine, I shudder to think.  Then Obama adds, in order to compete, states have to rewrite some of their education laws that the Fed doesn't like.  It was with that, the urge to vomit returned and I left the room.

Can You Imagine if Geoge W Bush did this? Part 2

We've played this game before and if you are so inclined, refer to Part 1 ; it was so much fun, I am sure Abigail and Dolley readers would love to play again.

Can you imagine if GWB had, in the face of a Terrorist attack on the largest military base in the world, opened his nationally televised address with 3 minutes of light hearted banter?

Can you imagine during that light hearted banter if he had mistakenly referred to an audience member as a Medal of Honor winner, when the man was a Medal of Freedom winner, who GWB had given the honor to three months before?

Listen closely, you will hear the media uproar, wait for it..... {{Cricket}}  {{Cricket}}  Oh, sorry that was wishful thinking.

Shall I write up the piece?  Yeah, sure, what the heck?

In another display of ignorance and callousness, GWB in the face of the worst tragedy of terrorism since 9/11 joked with his audience while a grieving nation watched.  The nation looks to the President in times of crisis to calm and comfort us, and what did we get from this bumbling Texas buffoon?  I will let you, jokes and shout outs.  As further evidence of his lack of intellect the President referred to Joe Crow as a Medal of Honor winner.  The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor in the country and is reserved for military personnel who display outstanding courage and honor in the face of battle.  Joe Crow is not a Medal of Honor winner and should not have had the military's highest honor attributed to him by the President especially in light of the military attack just hours before.  No, Joe Crow is a Medal of Freedom winner and GWB should have known this, since three months ago, he himself had personally awarded the medal.  What an idiot.

Nov 11, 2009

How's That New Sensative America Working for You Now, World?

After years of unabashed and undeserved Bush hating, the World rejoiced at the election of Obama.  But nine months in I am wondering, How's that workin' out for ya?  Chaos in our own hemisphere, Cuba, Chavez, and Honduras - the President of France thinks Obama is a pansy, the Germans have just gone conservative, and Iran just flipped the world the bird with Russia and China egging them on like gang members who know the new Principal doesn't have the balls to do anything about it. The US Dollar is in the toilet, we've started a trade dispute with China, more Mexicans have been killed on the Southern border than US soldiers in the War on Terror.  All under Obama's watch.  I think he needs to give some more speeches.

Maybe old George wasn't so bad after all.

Nov 10, 2009

Generation X

Abigail and Dolley readers - I have been thinking a lot about my generation. Dubbed with the incongruous and not very flattering moniker of Generation X. If you do a Google search on us there are only about 10 hits. The articles are short but many are relatively insightful. Obviously, you can not peg 41 million people, but here are some personal observations.

We are a generation of broken homes. I don't remember anyone's parents still being together by the time we graduated from High School, unless their parents were WWII generation and not the Boomers that raised most of us.

Conversely, we are not a divorced Generation. We married later and had kids in our 30's.

The Women's Liberation Movement ruined it for us - I have ALWAYS had to work. My mother and step mother are housewives.

Phil Donahue wrecked our parents and his wife told us that it was okay for little girls to be little boys.

By the time I was old enough to enjoy Free Love - we had AIDS.

Ronald Reagan was the greatest President of the 20th century and my hero.

Our parents expected that we would sleep around and do drugs - so we did.

Our generation would be about the same size as the Boomers if they had not passed Roe v Wade.

We remember when a microwave was a "Radar Range" and they were huge.

Everyone at one point changed the channel with the needle nose pliers.

I bathed in "Love's Baby Soft".

I can still Boogy Skate.

I know what a Beta Max is.

I have watched a slide show with a projector.

We had films in class - with a projector and everything.

We thought the Flock of Seagulls was weird - even then.

We played outside and hung at the swimming pool all day.

When we joined the work force, suits and ties and business dress was very common. You can thank us for "Casual Friday" that has turned into "Business Casual".

There was one PC in the office and it belonged to the boss.

Thermal paper faxes were cutting edge.

We saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and loved it.

Boys did not show up at our parents house to pick us up for dates. We hooked up at parties. That really sucks.

We wore satin shorts with piping and tube socks to match. Leg warmers and parachute pants, Flash Dance sweat shirts, and jeans that were so tight we had to lay on the bed to zip them up.

We had perms and were the first generation to use mousse. We called a mullet a "Bi-level" and it was painful to grow out.

We smoked at school and in our parents homes.

We do not like to be micromanaged.

We are more patriotic than the Boomers or the Millennials. We agree with the War on Terror. We remember the Iran Hostage Crisis, TWA, the Achileal Laurel, Beirut, and 9/11.

We remember when tolerance was putting up with someone's crazy beliefs but not having to accept them.

Radio in the 80's was truly horrible - top 40 or Boomer drivel played over and over again.

We were a latch key generation and got into a bunch of trouble between 3:30 and 6:00.

Nov 1, 2009

Calling Them Out - Jack Murtha

Let's Call them out, shall we?  Today, Abigail and Dolley are calling out Jack Murtha and the 52 other Senators who voted against cutting funding for his private airport.  It is truly an amazing time of political arrogance and elitism in the United States Congress, when we can't get our duly elected representatives to stop wasting our money on their perks.  The continued funding of Jack Murtha's airport for No One is a disgrace.  Kudos to Jim DeMint for trying to do something about it.  Shame on you, Senators, for voting to continue this disgusting pork barrel project.

And we wonder why there is a deficit.

Can You Imagine if A Conservative Did This?

I love this game - I post it often.  Please play along with me, okay?

Let's play a little game of make believe shall we? Imagine a world where the press hammered Obama like they did George W Bush.

Can you imagine if George W Bush had given a speech in Austria and referred to a non existent "Austrian" language?

Can you imagine if on an overseas visit GWB had mispronounce name of a foreign leader or had trouble with Putins correct title?

Can you imagine if GWB would have said he and Laura met at school instead of a friend's BBQ?

Can you imagine if GWB would have gotten is daughters age wrong?

Can you imagine if GWB would have made a joke about the Special Olympics?

Can you imagine if GWB would have tried to push through "pro-business" energy and staffed his entire department with former oil executives?

Can you imagine if after initiating said policy that he called out the oil unions to squash environmental protestors?

Can you imagine if Newt Gingrich had called environmental protestors astroturf, un-american, swastika carrying.....

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current on their income taxes?

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the fourth of May (Cuatro de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word advice would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as “proof” of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on “Earth Day,” would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually “get” what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how he inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If the Inspector General of Americorp was fired because he was critical of a GWB fund raiser and supporter?

If GWB had said he planned to arm and mobilize citizens as well as the US armed services to "change" the country?

Can you imagine if GWB refused to produce an original long form birth certificate?

Can you imagine if GWB had been a follower and teacher of a book called "rules for conservatives" that was dedicated to Satan?

Can you imagine if GWB's mentor growing up was a communist?

Can you imagine if GWB was on film multiple times saying he was for eliminating private health insurance?

Can you imagine if GWB had bragged after passing a stimulus bill that did nothing for the country and was merely a political payback that "he had won"?

Can you imagine if GWB's preacher for 20 years was the head of the KKK?

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin said anything that has ever come out of Joe Biden's mouth?

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin plagarized and was caught?

Can you imagine if Dick Cheney quadrupled his net worth since leaving office by supporting a false scientific premise?

Can you imagine if Dick Cheney compared environmental concerns with fighting Nazism in WWII?

Can you imagine if Barak Obama had to water board THREE terrorists after 9/11 and uncovered life saving information, would you be mad?

Can you imagine if Newt Gingrich had accused the CIA of lying to congress on a regular basis?

Can you imagine if Dick Armey stood up and mocked members of Congress for demanding he read the bill he was voting on?

Can you imagine if Trent Lott had said, "Americans don't care about these "porky" parts of the bill, they demand action."

Can you imagine if a Republican Congressman's wife had been convicted on Federal corruption charges, been forced to resign from the Detroit City Council and absconding with over $21,000 in city equipment and funds? (Rep Conyers wife)

Let's keep it going - feel free to add your comments. I am sure by tomorrow there will be more to add....

I am sure there are more....