Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why are toys so expensive?

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$10-$12 each, after shipping.

And these two are $90-$150 each online

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


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Does anyone else carry latex gloves with them to use when they pump gas for their car, or is it just the one woman with the pink hat?

If this ; is a semicolon, what's a pseudocolon?

Has anyone ever mistaken a "meteorologist" for a muscular bladder doctor? (Seriously, say it out loud).

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This is November?

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Tomorrow's high is forecast as 75 degrees. November 4th. 75 degrees.
I saw a shirtless guy across the street today blowing the leaves off his lawn.

The change back from Daylight Savings must have thrown off the weather.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Barack Obama is wrong for America

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Barack Obama is the wrong choice to be president of the United States. Sure, he can stand up and give a good speech that makes people hopeful about "change", but what is truly frightening is what he means when he says "change". I'm convinced that 80% of people voting for him don't know what it means. I can ask them why they're voting for him and they come off sounding like a Saturday Night Live skit (FIX IT!).

If elected, Obama will be the least experienced president in recent history. Only two years after being sworn into the senate he began running for president, having authored a single passing piece of legislation. Even his running mate and those campaigning for him know this.

"The Presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training." - Joe Biden
"I'd be honored to run with (or against) McCain." -Joe Biden

"His entire campaign is based on one speech he gave at an anti-war rally in 2002. I give him credit for making the speech, but his speech was not followed up with action, which is the pattern we have seen repeatedly -- a lot of talk no action. We have one speech in 2002 versus a record of accomplishment and a record of action." - Hillary Clinton

Running for president is a job interview. What better predictor do we have for someone's future actions than their past performance? Certainly not vague promises and glowing speeches.

Obama has never been completely honest about his past. Everything that we have learned has had to be dragged out of him or uncovered some other way. It's still not even clear whether he was born on U.S. soil, one of a very few Constitutional requirements to run for the office. There are people who will point to his "certification of live birth" (which is not the same thing as a birth certificate) posted on, but besides the fact that no hospital's name or doctor is found on the document, do they not know who is?

The allegedly non-partisan is financed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The president of the Annenberg foundation has endorsed Barack Obama, who just happens to have been the chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The money for this project was awarded by a grant proposal written by William Ayers.

Not only has Obama not allowed access to records from his past education or employment, he hasn't been honest about his past associations. Every time someone questionable from his past is brought up, he minimizes the relationship, only to later have it revealed that a much closer association existed. He's consistently shown poor judgment in his relationships. Sure, they've thrown money his way and helped him get ahead, but the result is that Barack Obama would fail an FBI background check for security clearance.

An astounding number of voters still think Congress is controlled by the Republican party. While John McCain and Republicans have warned for years that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in danger of collapse, Democrats continued to encourage loans to people who couldn't afford the payments. Now voters want to give that same liberal Congress a bigger majority and a put the most liberal senator in the White House so he can sign every bill put on his desk. It would be impossible for the Congress to write a bill too liberal for Obama to sign, as he has been found the single most liberal Senator in office.

If the best predictor of future action is previous performance, then Obama has given voters no reason to believe he will lower taxes. 94 votes to raise taxes or against lowering taxes in his short Senate career. Even if he manages to lower taxes, he won't be "cutting" taxes for 95 percent of Americans since 40% of American workers don't pay federal taxes. Those people will be getting welfare checks at the expense of the top 5% of taxpayers.

(For the record, I owed no federal taxes for the past 2 years, and I oppose tax increases on the wealthy for the purpose of getting a government handout.) And who exactly gets the tax increases? People that make $250,000, $200,000, $150,000, or $120,000? It depends on how close it is to election day, it seems, since the number keeps getting smaller. But let's say Obama succeeds in creating an even more progressive tax system. (Is it really a coincidence that the stock market goes up and down with McCain's poll numbers? Investors know better.) The hidden part of his tax plan is the intention to allow the Bush tax cuts to lapse, increasing taxes on those making just $25,000/year or more, lift the cap on Social Security taxes and increase capital gains taxes. THAT is consistent with his record of voting to increase taxes on those making just $42,000. Now you're paying more taxes despite Obama apparently keeping his promise to lower them. You just forgot to read the fine print. Meanwhile small businesses, the number one source of new jobs in the country, are forced to either lay off employees, or attempt to raise their prices. You'll either lose your job or not be able to afford what you could before. John McCain knows you can't tax your way out of a budget deficit. You have to decrease spending. You need less government, not more social programs. Obama's commercials claim McCain will cut taxes for companies shipping jobs overseas. Well why do you think they're sending jobs overseas?! Their taxes are too high. The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Joe Biden insists that paying more taxes is patriotic. I'm not sure that means much coming from a man who has given $3,500 to charity over the same time period that he made $2.5 million. If you ask me, these impossible promises of doing more for the people while making them pay less is quite literally a case of buying the election. "Vote for me and I'll take care you from the cradle to the grave. You won't have to worry about a thing. Trust us to handle all your problems."

Probably one of the most concerning issues at hand is Obama's promise to appoint Supreme Court justices who agree with him. He has insisted that Constitution must be constantly changed and reinterpreted. John McCain has vowed to appoint justices who will stick to judging laws according to what the Constitution actually says, and not activists who just by what they think it should say. If Democrats have filibuster-proof numbers in Congress, there will be no one to prevent Obama from appointing any far-left lawyer he wants to sit on the Supreme Court for the next 20-30 years, creating a liberal court that will legislate from the bench.

31 million people watched Barack Obama's infomercial on Wednesday. Of course, the infomercial itself always ends up being better than the product it's selling. This air time couldn't have been purchased except for another of Obama's Broken promises.

Obama's critcism of McCain's health care plan are misleading and most people will be better off. Obama's plan, however, will create more government bureaucracy where the government says what you can and can not have done. And when they side with you, you'll have to get in line. It's not universal health care, it's rationed health care.

Finally, Christians should be seriously concerned about voting for this man on Tuesday.
"The first thing I'll do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act" (July 17, 2007, speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund).
Among the federal and state laws that FOCA would NULLIFY are:

*Informed consent laws
*Waiting periods
*Parental consent and notification laws
*Health and safety regulations for abortion clinics
*Requirements that licensed physicians perform abortions
*Bans on partial-birth abortion
*Bans ..ion after viability. FOCA's apparent attempt to limit post-viability abortions is illusory. Under FOCA, post-viability abortions are expressly permitted to protect the woman's "health." Within the context of abortion, "health" has been interpreted so broadly that FOCA would not actually proscribe any abortion before or after viability.
*Limits on public funding for elective abortions (thus, making American taxpayers fund a procedure that many find morally objectionable)
*Limits on the use of public facilities (such has public hospitals and medical schools at state universities) for abortions
*Legal protections for individual healthcare providers who decline to participate in abortions
*Legal protections for Catholic and other religiously-affiliated hospitals who, while providing care to millions of poor and uninsured Americans, refuse to allow abortions within their facilities

Wait, did I read that right? This man who very clearly claimed, by all definitions, to be a Christian at the Saddleback Forum will make part of his first act as president an end to the legal right of doctors to refuse to perform abortions on religious grounds. Doctors forced to violate their own moral code and religious law or go out of business? Doctors and nurses will lose their jobs for refusing to compromise their own religious convictions. This is only the first step down the road that will lead to the increasing loss of religious freedom in the country that was founded on it, while the very behavior they oppose becomes an "inalienable right". Catholic adoption agencies have already been forced to shut down for refusing to place children with homosexual couples. How long until churches are sued for refusing to marry those same couples?

The United States needs a president that will not stand aside while the left-wing Congressional leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid catapult the country towards a socialist, big-government, anti-religious, economy-choked future. We need a president who has proved he knows how to work with both parties to get bills passed. We don't need president who sides with his party 97% of the time, won't let anyone know the truth about his past, who we're not even sure is Constitutionally eligible for the office. We don't need someone to hold our hand and give us hand-outs, but someone who is ready to lead on day one, doesn't punish hard working Americans for their success, and remembers how to lay the economic foundations for growth.

The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as Americans have the capacity now, as we've had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.

-Ronald Reagan