TAKE TIME TO REMEMBER TODAY

Today will be a time for families to get together, have cookouts, maybe go boating on a nearby lake.  Many will have to go to work today as they would any other Monday.  

Originally known as Decoration Day when flags and maybe flowers were put on the graves of those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom, Memorial Day is set aside so that we may pay special tribute to our Armed Forces personnel that died on the battlefield so that we could keep on living in a country where we enjoy so much freedom that many others in other parts of the world can only dream about.

Whatever will be happening with each of you today, take a few moments to remember what this day symbolizes.  Many have fought and died to preserve our way of life.  We must not forget their families either.  Their sacrifice goes on every day as they must go through life without their loved one.

Let us also honor those who are serving, and those who have served, that are still living.  The sacrifice begins as soon as the proverbial dotted line is signed and is far greater than most of us realize. Anytime you see a veteran of a past war, or a soldier, Airman, Marine, Sailor, or someone in the Coast Guard, take a moment to thank them for their service.  It’s always appreciated and is so precious little for all they do.

As I have said many times before, this is a debt we can never repay.



TARGET THE PARENTS INSTEAD

As if the liberal left in this country doesn’t have enough to occupy their time, now Ronald McDonald is being attacked.  It seems about 550 “health professionals and organizations” signed a letter which ran in six major newspapers on May 18, 2011 calling on the McDonald’s Corporation to stop marketing its products to children (FOXNEWS ARTICLE and WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE).

This campaign was organized by CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONAL.  If you peruse their website, you can see right away the leftist agenda at work here.  You can read the letter HERE.

The letter made a ridiculous attempt to put the entire blame for children eating too much fast food on McDonald’s.

Obesity and disease levels among kids are rising even though parents continue to parent (emphasis mine) and, as researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conclude, kids continue to exercise at rates similar to those of two decades ago.”

Notice something?  The research limited the exercise comparison to two decades ago which is 1991.  The problem with children spending more time in front of the television and video games and not exercising as in days past had already long since become a problem.  By 1991, many public schools had already eliminated physical education as a mandatory class which added to the problem.

“Parents continue to parent?”  Really?  How are these four, five, six-year-olds getting the Happy Meals then?  The last time I checked, children couldn’t get ANYTHING unless THEIR PARENTS BOUGHT IT FOR THEM.  I haven’t seen many eight-year-olds working at the local car dealership or bagging groceries at the grocery store.


Instead of leftists trying to dictate to free enterprise how to market their product, I have a much better solution.  It doesn’t cost anything, but it does take parents growing a backbone.  Below is a time-tested item that will solve this problem entirely and has worked very well for hundreds of years.  It doesn’t cost a cent, can be used anywhere, and requires no upkeep.  Here is picture of this amazing tool:

Here are the easy-to-follow instructions:  anytime your child wants another Happy Meal after just having one yesterday, use the above pictured tool.  Use of this tool also works very well if you do not want your child to have anything from McDonald’s at all.   This tool also works quite well for anything else you do not wish them to have or do.   If your child cries or misbehaves after use of this tool, use the tool again as often as necessary.  It can be used many times in a very short period of time with no ill effects to your child.


There you have it.  Instead of blaming free enterprise marketing for children getting too much of something that is unhealthy for them, let’s put the blame where it really belongs.  Spineless parents who won’t tell their children no, and those who give in to their children just because they yell and scream for it.  When parents actually parent, there is no problem.








http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/05/18/mcdonalds-pressure-ronald/?test=faces

TAXPAYER FUNDED “ETHNIC STUDIES” CURRICULUM IN TUCSON SCHOOLS

The following is a video of a parent reading excerpts from the so-called “ethnic studies” material that is being taught in the Tucson, Arizona public schools.  The course is required from third grade through twelfth.  This curriculum teaches children the U. S. government needs to be overthrown, and free-market capitalism eliminated among other things.

WARNING: THERE IS PROFANITY IN DIRECT QUOTES FROM THE ETHNIC STUDIES CURRICULUM IN THIS VIDEO.  Keep in mind children are exposed to this from nine years old on.

>Did you note the objection raised by one of the school board members to the reading of the profane language in a public meeting because of children being present?  In other words, it’s appropriate for this kind of thing to be in the classroom in the name of “diversity”, but inappropriate for the same children in a school board meeting.  This is a typical leftist’s version of the First Amendment.


Did you also catch that this teaches that the southwestern United States actually belongs to Mexico, referred to by militant Hispanics as AZTLAN?

A LAW was passed in Arizona last year that banned tax-payer funded schools from “offering classes that are designed for students of a particular race and promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group (in this case whites).” (SOURCE)  Yet, the Tuscon Unified School District continued to require it.  Late last month, the school board was to discuss making the course an elective rather than a requirement.  Here is how some of the students reacted.

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=8705

It would seem the indoctrination of this group of students was successful.  A very civilized protest, wouldn’t you say?

One last thing: anything that called for or endorsed the overthrow of the government was once called Sedition.  Under Federal law, anyone who “knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District, or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government, . . . shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years or both . . .” (U.S. CODE, TITLE 18)
The Secret Service recently pulled a thirteen year old boy out of class who posted his concerns for the safety of the President on his Facebook page after Usama bin Laden’s death and questioned him like some kind of terrorist threat (SOURCE).  Yet, things like the seditious so-called “ethnic studies” can be taught to our children with taxpayer dollars.  Do you think the Secret Service will even question anyone connected with this? Don’t hold your breath.

OBAMA GETS STUCK!

This happened while Obama was visiting Ireland.  Apparently, his driver doesn’t know to drive over humps like this at an angle.  Well, actually, he does now.

NOW THEY WANT TO TAX WHAT???



This has to be the most insane tax proposal since taxing rainwater became popular a few years ago with state and local governments.  Now, Washington wants to levy a tax on the miles you drive.  

That’s right, under this proposal, a device would be installed on your car that would record the number of miles you drive.  When you visit the gas station, the tax would be paid electronically there as the gas station would have equipment to read how many miles you had driven.  The Congressional Budget Office refers to it as a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax.  In March of this year, the CBO supported it as a way for our out of control Federal government to dig even deeper into our pockets and keep on with their obscene spending.  

Senate Budget Committee Chairman KENT CONRAD, Democrat (of course) from North Dakota, has asked for the report and has proposed this tax as a way to raise more Federal highway revenues.  If this passes, states that depend heavily on tourism traffic such as Florida can kiss their state economies good-bye.





What free country? Obama wants to track your car mileage

Rick Moran


This idea was floated last year but the reaction to it was so negative it disappeared.

But with the deficit and debt climbing, Washington is desperate for extra cash to spend, so it is apparently being revived. In essence, the government wants to slap a a special tracking device in your car that would record the mileage you use, and then tax it. You’d pay the tax when you fill up at gas stations who also, we would assume, have special equipment to read the mileage on the device in your car.
And if gas stations can read it, so can the government. And then there’s the question of what other gizmos they might put in that device. GPS? Why not? Who’s going to stop them?

The Obama administration denies that they are in favor of this, but several lawmakers have suggested it, as has the CBO. The Hill:


The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.  


The plan is a part of the administration’s “Transportation Opportunities Act,” an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly. 
The more innocuous sounding the title of the bill, the more a threat to American liberty.

March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.

Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.
The CBO report was requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND), who has proposed taxing cars by the mile as a way to increase federal highway revenues.
Obama’s proposal seems to follow up on that idea in section 2218 of the draft bill. That section would create, within the Federal Highway Administration, a Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office. It would be tasked with creating a “study framework that defines the functionality of a mileage-based user fee system and other systems.”
The marriage of technology and injudicious taxes is a marriage made in hell.

THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU FILL UP

John Stossel has a good article about the current gas situation and what is causing it, GASOLINE AND ONIONS.  Mr. Stossel only brings up one side of it though, and doesn’t mention that the Obama administration refuses to issue permits for exploration here in the United States even though we are sitting on a huge oil reserve.  Obama in his infinite wisdom is now going to investigate the oil speculators.  Be sure to read Mr. Stossel’s article.  This is history repeating itself, because we know that if this administration “investigates” something, it will end up instituting more regulations or passing more overbearing legislation detrimental to We The People.  In this case, if the government outlaws oil speculation as it did with onions, expect higher gas prices as a result and the price to fluctuate even more wildly than it does now.

Osama bin Laden  Al-Qaeda  Barack Obama  Pakistan

GREAT BRITAIN AND FRANCE THREATENING TO RECOGNIZE A PALESTINIAN STATE

I received this from ARUTZ SHEVA, the Israeli National News Service.  According to an ARTICLE that was released today, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is in Great Britain on a three day visit to both Great Britain and France.  While Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron offered assurances of his country’s “unshakeable” alliance with Israel, he turned right around and told Prime Minister Netanyahu, “We think, though, now there is a real opportunity – with the end of Bin Laden, with the Arab Spring, with all that’s happening in the world – we think this is a moment of opportunity . . . to push forward the process of peace between Israel and Palestine.”

Mr. Cameron seems to be a bit ill-informed.  First, the majority of Palestinians do not want a Palestinian state, but would rather remain under Israeli rule.  I posted this earlier this year.  Second, the Palestinian leadership does not want a Palestinian state either.  They have been offered 100% of the land they supposedly want several times, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization has turned it down every time.  (To keep from confusing some readers who may not be aware, the terrorist Palestinian Liberation Organization is the same thing as the Palestinian Authority.  They just changed their name after the death of Yassar Arafat).  A recent example is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s offering to have direct talks with the PLO a number of times.  The PLO of course refused unless Israel stopped all construction in Judea and Samaria.  Israel did so for ten months, and true to form, the PLO continued to refuse to agree to talks with Israel.  It is a well documented fact that the PLO does not want to exist a state in addition to Israel.  The PLO’s agenda is anything but peaceful coexistence with Israel.  The PLO wants Israel totally obliterated.  I do not understand what is so hard to understand about that.

However, in September, the PLO is expected to make an attempt to be recognized by the United Nations.  A diplomatic source in Great Britain was quoted as saying that if Prime Minister Netanyahu refused to engage in talks with the PLO, then “Europe would be asked a very difficult question, and we do not know yet what the answer to that question will be.”

Last week in Cairo, Egypt, HAMAS and FATAH signed an agreement in effect merging with each other with the PLO leader, Mahmoud Abbas over it all.

To sum it all up:  Great Britain and France are ready to recognize a terrorist organization as a state that is controlled by two terrorist political parties.  Good move guys.