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Retired broadcast journalist. Blogging helps scratch the itch. Recovering exRepublican – Sober and still Conservative.

Archive for October 2011

Who’s Teaching Your Kids and What?

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The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to drag on in cities throughout the country.

In Chicago protesters  stormed Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall demanding access to Grant Park for their tent city.  Emanuel has not come out or addressed the protesters but one protester spoke with a reporter about the movement and why he is involved.

Roger Fraser is a retired school teacher and currently earns a comfortable retirement income of $7,792.75 per month according to public school records in Illinois.  Fraser openly advocates the overthrow of the US Government and revolution to bring a “Socialistic Utopia” to the world.

 

This is what Democracy looks like?  Yes, it absolutely does.  Mob Rule with no checks or balances.  Once again, the wisdom and brilliance of the founding fathers and the government they created, is validated and ratified by those who wish to see its demise.  The world Roger Fraser wants has been tried and he can find the results over in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Republics.

I say, use the freedoms this country has given you your entire life Mr. Fraser and buy a ticket to one of those places and enjoy.  I don’t want your version of “democracy”.

Who’s teaching your kids?  And what?  I’m sure there are parents who are wondering what Roger Fraser was teaching theirs.

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October 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

The 99% vs The Tea Party

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There has been a lot of talk in the media recently about the Occupy Wall Street movement being the Liberal answer to the Tea Party movement.  I can’t help but wonder why Liberals would even want to compare themselves to a group the so fondly call Tea Baggers and not so fondly call even fouler things I won’t repeat here.

They say a picture paints a thousand words and in this comparison I’d say more like a million…

Tea Party Protest in Boston

Occupy Wall Street protesters - the look on the faces says a lot

Tea Party Signs

Occupy Wall Street signs

Massive Tea Party Crowds - No Arrests or Violence

Large gathering of 99%ers = more than 700 arrests

So this is what's wrong with America? To be despised and hated?

NOT This...

Or this...

Don't worry about this....

and certainly not this...when ya gotta go, ya gotta go...

Yep, those 99%ers are just like the Tea Party members.  No difference whatsoever.  It’s obvious!

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October 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

An Example The Occupiers Could Learn From

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The squatters in New York (they call themselves occupiers or the 99%) say life isn’t fair, it’s too hard, the big banks are ruining their lives, they can’t pay their loans, and it’s not their fault!

There are some people over in the Philippines they all need to meet.  Such a meeting would give them both perspective and an education.  They’d learn that squatting, whining, complaining, blaming doesn’t get anything done while rolling up your sleeves, putting on your thinking cap, and putting others before yourself can solve a lot of problems.

See for yourself.

If that doesn’t inspire you, you don’t have a pulse. Or perhaps a conscience…

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October 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Juan Williams is What’s Right About America

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Juan Williams is an American journalist and political analyst for Fox News Channel. He also writes for several newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and has been published in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly and Time.

He was a senior news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR) from 1999 until October 2010 when he was fired for sharing his feelings of fear and worry after 9/11 when seeing someone in Muslim dress at an airport.  A move I strongly opposed and felt was completely unwarranted.

Williams has worked as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, White House correspondent and national correspondent at The Washington Post for 23 years.

Juan Williams is a self-proclaimed Liberal.

And I like Juan Williams.

I rarely agree with Mr. Williams on most political, social, or economic issues, but I have great respect for his opinions because he shows that same respect for mine.   No, I don’t know him nor have I ever met him, but I watch how he interacts with people who share my conservative ideas and beliefs and I see genuineness, openness, and the willingness to consider the other side and look for the points of agreement rather than being so rigid as to ignore any areas where common ground can be reached.

After watching a debate between Williams and any other conservative analyst I always come away with a greater appreciation of his opinions and his way of making them known, regardless of whether I agree.  He drives me crazy most of the time, but that’s probably because I wish he was on my side.

If more people on all sides of the political spectrum had the integrity of Juan Williams we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in with the political and social divide we have today.

Union Thuggery May Go Unpunished

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Disclaimer: No SEIU members were reported to be involved in the following story. (I just really like this picture)

They’re charged with pouring sand into the engines of construction vehicles and stabbing a company executive in the neck.  They’re also accused of tossing hot coffee at non-union workers and threatening to sexually assault the wife of a company representative.

But in the eyes of organized labor — and maybe the U.S. Supreme Court, as well — the alleged violence, threats and intimidation by leaders of Local 17, Operating Engineers, in Buffalo may be permissible under federal law.

If that doesn’t get your blood pressure up and offend your sense of right and wrong I can only guess that you are one of the drones who has given up his or her personal choice and sense of individualism to the unions.

These outrageous acts of violence and destruction of property are what Union members are doing in Buffalo to get what they want the way they want it, and Buffalo isn’t an isolated case.  The problem is these union thugs just might get away with this kind of lawless behavior.

You see, ever since the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Enmons decision, union bosses have been granted immunity from federal prosecution for acts of violence and vandalism they orchestrate in the so-called “pursuit of legitimate union objectives.”  Yeah I know, it made me scratch my head and wonder “what were they thinkin?”

As you may recall, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of Longshoreman union militants held security guards hostage for hours at the Port of Longview in Washington State on September 8.

Union thugs reportedly committed numerous acts of vandalism and violence including breaking windows, cutting brake lines on railroad cars, and threatening police officers with baseball bats.  Weeks later, local police have only made two arrests in connection with the September 8 raid.  Now Longshoremen union officials have launched a Wisconsin-style recall campaign against the county sheriff investigating the raid.

Union officials know that if they intimidate local authorities, they can get away with anything.

The loophole in federal law ensures that union officials who may have orchestrated and encouraged the union violence may never be brought to justice, especially where they can intimidate and use political connections to stop local or state prosecutions.

You read the charges in the first 3 paragraphs of this blog and they are disgusting and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but the law in fact might provide them an escape from justice and further incentive to continue with such abhorrent behavior.

Every respectable union member should be up in arms about this and the stain it places on them and their association with unions.  It’s time for the rank and file to stop thinking as a collective and using their individual intelligence and choice to say ENOUGH!  The sad thing is most of the respectable union members know what would happen to them if they did, so they won’t.

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October 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm