Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The News: Highs and Lows

There has been so much going on in the news this week that it has been really difficult to stay abreast of all of it. I try to do my part by reading a dozen or more newspapers from here in the U.S. and abroad, and that’s just to separate the wheat from the chaff, the leftist bias from the facts, and outright lies from the truth. It is amazing what some newspapers will print knowing that there is not a grain of truth in the entire piece. One recent example was the "bombing" of a UN school in Gaza that claimed 43 were killed by two mortar shells. The NY Times spread this in bold print and carried it for several days. The truth made no difference; they had good headlines, especially for the appeasement and anti-Israel crowds. The truth is that two shells fell near the school and killed no one in the school. Once the truth was outed, the NY Times made no retraction of the story. Well, so much for the Lame Stream Media. I suppose we have to expect as much from them and just sift out the real from the made up stuff.

We have all been reading, hearing, and blogging about the The Stimulus Bill that Isn't and the outrageous sums of money being thrown at whatever the Democrats to want to throw it at. It’s kind of like what insurance salesmen used to do—throw a lot of applications on the wall and see what sticks. Well, most of it didn’t stick, and most of this so-called stimulus won’t stick either. I recently ran across another expenditure that had me shaking my head and wondering what are these folks are thinking, but then I remembered liberals don’t think, they feel. Don’t believe me, ask a liberal their opinion on something and the sentence will start 99% of the time with, “Well, I feel …” Don’t these folks ever think? Anyhow, here is the newest boondoggle that I ran across for spending :

"$1,000,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary for the manufacturing of advanced batteries authorized under section 136(b)(1)(B) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17013(b)(1)(B)):" the bill says. The reference to the billion-dollar battery purchase is on Page 71.

Shucks, folks, even the Energizer Bunny couldn’t handle that many batteries; what are advanced batteries anyhow? I searched and haven’t found a decent explanation of what they are, but evidently, the Democrats owe someone for a lot of votes, so there goes One Billion of our tax money only to be drained away and discarded. Boy, I bet the enviro-nuts don’t know about this bill, or maybe that’s who is in on the payoff. Wonder if they have figured out how they will safely dispose of the batteries as they die. Maybe they can bury them in Harry Reid's back yard … awaiting the scream from NIMBY, Harry.

That was the light stuff that the Democrats and Obama have managed to try to slide through this week. Now, here is a real kicker that “the One” signed into order this week, and there was not one peep about it from the LSM. President Obama just invited Hamas Terrorists to the U.S. and is going to use your tax dollars to pay for their tickets. When I read this I thought it had to be a joke or one of those bad stories that get started on the internet. but then I went to the Federal Registry and looked under Presidental Orders for Feb. 04 and there is was, folks, plain as day in black and white.

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.

You can see for yourself and read it directly from the Federal Registry.

Then you can read more about the situation and what it means on this website by Paul Williams: $20.3 Million for the Resettlement of Radical Muslims (with addendum and bumped). If this shocks you, it shouldn’t. If it is a surprise, it shouldn’t be. The unqualified, empty-suited, George-Soros-sockpuppet who resides in the White House is doing only what his puppet master orders him to do. I wrote about the dangers of George Soros as far back as 2004 and made a clear connection between him and this President in blogs throughout the Primaries and during the election campaign time. It seems few were reading and fewer were paying attention. The warnings were clear, and as I stated in one blog post: "There will be a Payday, Someday." Payday is here and consequences are not going to be pleasant.

The next news flash has to do with our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It would appear that the “One” and his AG are in agreement that citizens shouldn’t own guns, but they can’t figure a way to actually go about taking the guns away without starting an all out revolution. So they have decided to make owning ammunition for guns more difficult and more expensive. They haven’t yet become brave enough to submit the bill to the US Congress, but California's SB-357, introduced by Democrat Joe Dunn (the name seems appropriate), has passed the Senate and is pending in an Assembly fiscal committee as the legislature pushes through its final three weeks of this year’s session. The measure may be taken up next year, the second in the two-year session.

“The legislation would require manufacturers to imprint or etch a serial number on the end of each slug or bullet starting in 2009. Boxes of cartridges bearing the same number could then be linked to buyers’ driver license recorded at the time of sale.”

So far this nonsense has picked up steam and is being presented in about a dozen states. What are these folks thinking? Are they so delusional that they actually believe that this nonsense will help track criminals? No, folks, it’s to stop you and me from buying ammunition for the guns we rightfully
possess under the Constitution of the United States.

Now for some good news. It seems that folks in several states are tired of having Washington cramming things down their throats that, according to the Constitution, they should not be doing. This last boondoggle bill by the President and the Democrats in Congress robbing taxpayers of over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back. On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, I posted The Shot Heard 'Round New Hampshire.

Well, it seems that more states are taking up the call, and all I can say is: It’s about time! Lawmakers in 20 states have moved to reclaim sovereignty, and it looks as if more will be joining soon. States are finding it more and more difficult to balance the books, as most are required to do, without taxing the residents into oblivion. Of course, some states such as California and NY don't care and have already done so and plan more taxes for the folks who can’t manage to escape to other states. The Federal government is good at telling states what they must do without providing the funding for all the goodies that will benefit those sitting in power in Washington and continue to get them re-elected while the states go broke.
So far, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. They are Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Washington.

Analysts expect that, in addition, another 20 states, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine, and Pennsylvania, may see similar measures introduced this year.

You can find more on this situation here:

Well, that’s just some of what has been happening that has gotten my attention this past week. I look for more news, both bad and good, to be forthcoming this week. Unfortunately, and I hate to sound pessimistic, but most of it will probably be bad news, at least for those who are drinking from the well of “feel-good liberalism.”

Hope you’ve enjoyed the wrap up and will offer your comments and anything that may have caught your attention of late.


Anonymous said...

Specter, Collins and Snow ..3 names which shall live in infamy.

Fred G.

Ticker said...

Specter would sell his momma to keep power. Collins and Snowe, ya gotta look at where they are from and that will say it all. They were RINO's to begin with or they never would have been elected. It's time for all of them to go , especially Specter who votes more with Court Jester Reid than with his own party. Oh, wait, I forget he is actually a Dimkrat, a donkey dressed up in an elephant suit or as one has put it he is an ELEPHASS Suits him better than RINO.

Jeff Dreibus said...


I notice that the People's Republic of North Carolina is not on your list of those states which are prepared to re-assert their Constitutional sovereignty. In the words of comedian Denis Leary, "Who've seen THAT comin'?"

Thanks for the great post!

And I'm glad that you like my wife's "ELEPHASS" moniker; it is very fitting descriptor for Arlen Sphincter. Let's hope others begin to use the term and it catches on!

Jeff Dreibus

Ticker said...

I love the Elephass and I fully intended to give "a wife of a friend and fellow blogger" full credit. I shall do so in a future blog as I continue this venue for a while longer. It seems that there is so much out there and so little space but I sure am having fun reading and collecting all the "Highs and Lows".

Tell you better half that I thank her and the world will think her for the new name for RINO's and for the breed of pols that seem to inhabit our hallowed halls of government.
I noted that I am finding the term "Obamazombie " is appearing on several blogs such as American Thinker. I coined that term at the beginning of the Primaries when all the zombies began to rise up and walk among us.

The Logistician said...

Unfortunately Ticker, many have discovered that it you print it or simply say it, a large number of people will believe it. What is more troubling to me than the dissemination of the questionable information is the acceptance or acquiesce of the recipients without critical analysis. Best thing that we can do, always has been, and always will be: education.

Ticker said...

I agree Logistician that education is the best answer. We can see what lacking of education has gotten us by the results of this last election.

In the "Stimulus Bill" proceedings it seems that delay has been the best tactic by a minority party whose chances of derailing such was nil but it has given folks time to see and educated themselves as to what is actually going on in this give away bill disguised as stimulus.
Rasmussen Polls show 62% not in favor as it stands. Now that is education.