Friday, March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

Today was a gorgeous spring day in Wayne County, Ohio - the thermometer hit a balmy 61 degrees!  I spent a lot of time in the car today and noted some sure signs of spring:

  • Golfers on the golf course
  • A few hopeful farmers plowing their waterlogged fields
  • The beautiful sound of the crack of the bat as I watched Kyle and the Smithville Smimthies' baseball practice
We're enjoying it while it lasts, knowing we will surely have at least one more good snow before spring is here to stay (and that we'll be sitting through baseball games in the freezing rain). 

Here's today's roundup:

Malaysia garbles Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' lyrics | Los Angeles Times
"Broadcasters in that country have chosen to electronically garble the part of the tune that says, 'No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby.' 
One broadcaster said they are being cautious regarding Lady Gaga's lyrics, which promote racial and sexual tolerance, because of government restrictions against airing material that might go against 'good taste or decency or [are] offensive to public feeling.'"
I wonder how many teens are running around singing this song, in its 5th week on the Billboard  Hot 100,   without even knowing what the lyrics are about?  It was featured last night on American Idol, with all the fresh-faced contestants enthusiastically belting it out, while the audience sang along.

House Votes to Defund National Public Radio -
"The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 228-192 on a bill to defund National Public Radio, the vast public radio network whose leadership has been questioned after a series of executive decisions about programming, staffing and reporting bias."
See how your representative voted here

This defunding caused Rep. Anthony Weiner to become positively unhinged, unleashing a mocking tirade against the GOP, accusing them of forcing Click and Clack into the unemployment lines.  What Weiner doesn't understand is that we want Click and Clack off the government payroll.  And while we're at it, let's go after PBS and take Big Bird and Curious George off the government payroll too.  Don't worry...if the market demands it, they'll stick around. 


"The national debt jumped by $72 billion on Tuesday even as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for just three weeks that will cut $6 billion from government spending.

"If Congress were to cut $6 billion every three weeks for the next 36 weeks, it would manage to save between now and late November as much money as the Treasury added to the nation’s net debt during just the business hours of Tuesday, March 15."
State monitor orders Barack Obama School closed
Asbury Park Press (HT: Michelle Malkin)
"The state fiscal monitor who oversees financial operations in the school district Thursday morning ordered the closing of the Barack H. Obama Elementary School as of July 1...
"Students next year will go to the district's two other more modern elementary schools -- Thurgood Marshall on the east side and Bradley on the west side...
"Officially renamed early in 2010 after the president, the building was known as the Bangs Avenue School since it was built a century ago. The state School Development Authority had planned to build a new school to replace the historic building, but has pulled back and Lowe said recently the state would not build a new school."
 Japanese people are setting the example, will the U.S. follow? | - Elaine Merritt
"There has been no surge of lawlessness in Sendai, the Japanese city hit hardest by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake.  For some reason, Japan has proven to be an exception." 
"When crises and national disasters happen in the United States, there are usually reports of violence, looting, and incivility as people scramble to survive or even just take advantage of the situation for personal gain. Remember the images from Hurricanes’ Andrew and Katrina when people were stealing TV’s and other electronics?...
"...In the United States, we have always been known for our caring and generosity to others but has something happened to us along the way?  Should a disaster of this magnitude happen here can we say as Japan that violence and incivility will not be the norm?
"Will we continue to see the attitudes of the people displayed in Andrew, Katrina, Wisconsin, and Ohio?
"Will Japan continue to be the world’s exception?" 
Sherrod Brown admits free trade in oil will save us (and himself) | RedState
"Senator Sherrod Brown (D) has sure noticed. He’s also noticed that gas prices are going up, and up, and up since Barack Obama took office, skyrocketing from under $2/gal to over $3.50/gal, an increase of about 75%. 
"So what does a Democrat (and Daily Kos darling) who has built a career by crusading against international trade do, when his career is on the line in 2012? Why, become a champion of trade, of course...
"Another comes from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who has urged the State Department to press oil-producing nations to increase their production while the U.S. economy continues to recover from the 2008 financial collapse."
"This is pure hypocrisy on Brown’s part. He’ll prescribe trade restrictions all day and all night; Bush’s bilateral trade juggernaut was slowed up only by Democrat stonewalling in the Senate. But as soon as Brown looks at Kasich, looks at Portman, and realizes he’s the odd man out in 2012, he starts screaming for trade."
Gotta love these election season conversions!

Birther? Potential 2012 Contender Donald Trump Doubts Obama’s Citizenship | The Blaze
“Everybody that even gives a hint of being a birther … even a little bit of a hint, like, gee, you know, maybe, just maybe this much of a chance, they label them as an idiot. Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy,” he said in the interview, which took place aboard his private plane, Trump Force One.
“I was a really good student at the best school in the country. The reason I have a little doubt, just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him.”
Trump went on to say, “When you interview people, if I ever got the nomination, if I ever decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten. They’ll remember me. Nobody ever comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in his life. It’s very strange. The whole thing is very strange.
Irony Alert: Salon points out that a Spy Magazine article quotes a candy store owner from the neighborhood Trump grew up in saying, "I've been running this store for 28 years, and I don't remember him," even though Trump has bragged of being "something of a leader" in his old neighborhood. Hmmmm....


This is so sad. ..Erick Erickson from RedState shared this Twitter exchange tonight.  Personhood Florida is a group working to get a Personhood Amendment on the Florida ballot.  Referring to a human being as an "unwanted growth" as if it were a cancerous tumor, is disgusting. 

 Personhood Florida · 

Promoting Personhood of all human beings irrespective of age, race, health, function, condition of dependency. Pro-life, Against Abortion, Prolife, , #912


@ Abortion does not kill children. It removes an unwanted growth. More women have had their lives SAVED by abortion than died.

Erick Erickson
The person who can rationalize this is a person who needs a lot of prayer.

I agree with Erick.  Sherrie, and other like her, need prayer.  While we can and should work for legislation to stop abortion, ultimately, we need God to change the hearts and minds of people who don't believe in the sanctity of life. 

Phil Johnson Tweeted this "Fur Coat"video.  I keep watching the ending and trying to figure out how they did it. 


Pierre Saikaley said...

Just to clarify for a Canadian guy: The House of Reps is majority Replublican, correct?

I think we need to defund the CBC up here. It's a heap of mismanagement and entitlement and government propaganda-which I help pay for!

Oh ,by the way...wanna see the U.S. Debt growing in real time??? Here it is It contains a big, scary number I can't read...must be my public education. :-D

Paula said...

Yes, the Republicans have the majority in the House and the Dems have a slim majority in the Senate. However, Obama has veto power over all bills sent to his desk. That said, all spending bills must originate in the House, the they have a bit more power to control spending.

And yes, that debt clock is horrible. I worked on a website for a congressional candidate and it was displayed prominently on the front page. In fact, I think almost every GOP candidate it the country had it displayed on their campaign sites!