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Untethered Thoughts from the Mind of a Liberty Loving, God Fearing American

Oh Well, Bye 24

Posted by Bobby on April 20, 2009

Welp, it happened. Not three days after posting about my displeasure with the direction of 24, this happens:

I tried. I really didn’t want to abandon one of the last television shows I enjoy watching, but I can’t do it anymore. There is nothing more to say except to Garofalo herself.

Typically, I would try to set her straight in an act of charity to the human race. Having such a skanked up, washed out piece of gutter trash with a sense of fashion stuck in the 1960’s and a debate mentality stuck that the average kindergartner could strike down free and wondering the streets hurts all of humanity. Especially when that person is given camera access on many of the increasingly less popular cable shows. So, I find myself attempting to educate and set them straight before they pull the entire world into that hollow, black emptiness of space that an average intellect should occupy. Unfortunately, for Garofalo, I got nothing.

We all know she has no factual information to base her opinions on. She is simply using the consistently recycled, left wing method of ending dissent. A tactic so old, it’s usage by Garofalo probably outnumbers her lifetime usage of soap. I’m talking, of course, about the “you’re a racist” comment. For decades, the left has used this tactic to shut up dissent where ever they find it and deem it appropriate (they do try to at least fit it in situations where it will make sense).

Unfortunately for the left, this is obviously not a viable tactic anymore. You really think the participators of the tea parties didn’t know they might be portrayed this way? Admittedly, we hope for a little more creativity and effort from whose like Garofalo, but we knew what was coming. We knew it would be used before Obama was elected to help push his agenda, and we knew it would be used now. But like a virus whose only treatment is a single antibiotic, we have evolved.

The tea party protesters are angry. Angry over spending, misrepresentation, over bailouts. We think this needs to stop. Calling us racists and stupid is not going to weaken our resolve or change our minds. Garofalo might care what others think of her, but we don’t. Lying about us and misrepresenting us will only make us angrier and strengthen our resolve. Yes, that is right, Janeane. Your stupidity makes us stronger.

BTW: Like most on the left, I find it very telling to see Garofalo’s opinion on dissent change the instant she gets her guy into office.


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Speaking of Stem Cells…

Posted by Bobby on April 17, 2009

Everyone knows of Oprah and Michael J. Fox’s advocacy of embryonic stem cell research. Well, here is a video of Dr. Oz, a highly respected American doctor from Columbia Institute, lays out a bomb shell to the two on a recent Oprah Show. Basically… the debate is over.

Two things of note before you watch the video. One, look at their faces as Dr. Oz explains this to them (you can tell they are just shocked and have no idea what is going on). And two, notice what Dr. Oz says could have happened if stem cells had been injected (hint: it starts with a ‘c’).

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24… You’re almost there…

Posted by Bobby on April 17, 2009

There are very few television shows I enjoy watching enough to be sure I am in front of the TV for each episode. Not much comes out of the left wing paradise of L.A. and Hollywood twists my fancy and sparks my intrigue. As a matter of fact, to me, Hollywood has so little talent to point to that the most profitable movies are either recycled 1980’s memorabilia (Transformers, Indiana Jones) or comic books (300, Watchmen). Network television is the only place originality and true creativity can be found. And there are only two shows that I truly enjoy: House and 24.

I have been a 24 fan ever since my dad introduced me to the series 3 years ago. The iconic American cowboy doing what he has to do to defend his country and it’s people from the threat of terrorism. Regardless of whether or not Washington and it’s suits agree with his methods, Jack Bauer is going to do what he has to to protect everyone around him. This is the type of man I want protecting me and my family. But, this past season has started to leave a bad taste in my mouth.

It seems that the show has taken a sharp turn off stage left. The show has taken up a personal crusade against Global Warming, pitted private security companies as the enemy of the show. They even went so far as to cast the left wing radio bomb out and D-lister Janeane Garofalo who has no credible acting talents worth mentioning (trust me, I looked). All of this pales in comparison to what almost pushed me over the edge.

Now, I unfortunately can’t make every episode. Sometimes school, work, my writing, or my wife just seem to take precedent over a TV show, but something Glenn Beck said on one of his radio shows caused me to go back and find the episode on hulu. NOTE: Spoiler Alert!! Skip the next paragraph if you don’t want to spoil anything.

In case you haven’t seen it, the antagonist of this season  is private security company Starkwood (oddly similar to Blackwater, wouldn’t you say?). In true cliche fashion, the real trouble begins when Starkwood gets ahold of some biological weapons. Through a series of twists and turns, Jack is exposed to the biological agent. After talking to an FBI doctor, she tells him about an experimental treatment using…. wait for it…. Stem cells.

Now I don’t really take issue with stem cells per say. Rather my bias is against embryonic stem cell. The stem cells the doctor of 24 referred to were adult stem cells (much like bone marrow transplant) which show much more promise than embryonic stem cells. So, while 24 might be slowly liberalizing its message, they are not quite there yet, but this did make me realize that I have subconsciously put 24 on notice. I was ready to write 24 off after hearing Beck talk about it. Luckily for them, I am known for formulating my own opinions instead of relying on someone else’s.

So be warned 24. You are on notice. Your popularity and success was founded on your portrayal of reality. That evil does exist, and the best way to deal with it is to obliterate it. Not bargain and talk to it. If Jack Bauer talks appeasing and playing nice, you are going to loose your audience. But then again, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it did happen. I forgot to mention one Hollywood’s true talents… taking good, original ideas and, like a fabled anti-alchemist, turn the gold into crap.

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Again, They Call Us Extremist?

Posted by Bobby on April 16, 2009

To lay out the background of this video, Tom Tancredo is speaking to a relatively small audience about opposition to the Hope Act. Peaceful, right? Not until a group of left wing activists decide to get involved.

Again… They call us extremist?

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Where Does the Extremism Truly Lie?

Posted by Bobby on April 16, 2009

A lot of outrage and debate has been generated by the release of a DHS report on The Rise of Right Wing Extremist and how to identify them. Many have talked and even blogged about it. Veterans are angered by it. If you haven’t heard about it, read it. It is a beautiful hit piece stamped with the seal of the President, but does it have a point? Let’s cut through the fog of anger and examine the premise. Where does the extremism in this country truly lie?

The left loves to recycle the now dead whipping boy of extremist behavior when it is trying to make a point about right wing extremism. Timothy McVeigh. In a spot of class and complete non-partisanship, the DHS report even quoted McVeigh. Just in case their media lapdogs couldn’t figure out the parallel. Now, what McVeigh did was extremist. As a resident of Oklahoma, anyone here will tell you that day is Oklahoma’s 9/11. But, is McVeigh a phenomenon only found on the right?

Allow me to recycle my own tired old extremist person (or in this case persons). The Weathermen. This group of radical leftist bombed the Pentagon and set fires in New York to protest the Vietnam War. Its funny how quickly we forget about something. Especially when one of its members was held up as a well pointed talking-point for the right this election cycle. See how annoying it is when the opposing sides only reference point is something that happened years ago? How about we move on from the years-old examples, and we look at the here and now.

It is no shock that this report was released the day before national protests were scheduled in the form of Tea Parties. And, like a plant root to water, the media quickly lapped up the White House talking-point and ran with it. Not only did they drawing similarities between the Tea Parties and extremism, but they also found time to inject racism into the mix of intricate butt-kissing they pass as journalism. But, where is the proof of extremism at these rallies? Anger could be found in bulk, but violence? Law breaking? A call to arms? All were noticeably absent. Instead these protests were filled with silence occasionally broken by the “whoop” of approval directed at comments of the speakers. The best and sometimes only way to find out opinion and thought was to read the signs and billboards held overhead by those present.

Is this right-wing extremism? The gathering on public grounds to silently protest the motives and vision of Washington with clever and whity signs held in the air? Are they afraid the “whoops” of agreement might shatter a window? Let’s compare this to the left.

On the left, you have groups like Code Pink, who smear themselves with blood and approach the Secretary of State within sneezing distance and always seem to get into Congressional hearings to disrupt and protest wars. The left has groups like PETA, whose signature demonstration is to throw blood on innocent passer-bys for wearing fur coats and break into research labs to free animals. The left has groups like ACORN, who load up bus loads of people to protest outside private citizen’s homes and break into houses that have been foreclosed on. “Stealing” them back for–who they deem–the “rightful owner.” The left has groups like the Black Panthers, who stand outside voting centers with clubs, while innocent people exercise their right to vote. Are these groups supposed to be the model of peaceful demonstrations that the right can take a lesson from?

The writing on the wall is clear. An anger is festering. It is not from those who have been angry for years now, yet still vote for those that promise everything but give nothing. It is the anger from a group who have gone unheard for so long. A group that goes to work, pays their taxes, and never ask for anything. It is a group that has sat silently as left wing groups and politicians have for far too long clipped away the freedom we so love. It is a group that sees protests and marches from people who have been given much but expect more. This group doesn’t think government has the answer. To the contrary, they believe government is more often the problem rather than the solution.

And worst of all, this group has this administration and this congress scared. Not because they are truly scared of violence. As they know, this group is not violent. As a matter of fact, this group would rather not protest. They would rather live out their days being left alone with the freedoms and opportunities granted by our founding documents. What this group does do is vote. And all it takes is a small portion of their votes to swing the other way to lose their stature and their power.

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Unbelievable Report

Posted by Bobby on April 14, 2009

I’m speechless. I am completely lost on what to think about this report from Homeland Security to local police, so this will probably be a short post. Just some excerpts:

A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.

Really? I mean, really? This must be a joke. Does the department of homeland security understand that they just labeled every supporter of the constitution an extremist? Were the Founding Fathers “rightwing extremist”? If they were, then I am happy to be along side some of histories greatest men.

“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.

This has to be a joke! ONLY those that OPPOSE these issues?!?! I’m speechless. So your average political dissent is now labeled as extremism?

This is fascism. So many people believe that fascism could not happen in this country, but it’s presents is reinforced daily. Either pull the state approved line, or you will be labeled an enemy of the state. Funny how this report came out the days before national demonstrations against government waste and abuse were scheduled to occur.

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A Preview of His Governing Style

Posted by Bobby on April 12, 2009

In a piece of good news this Easter Sunday, it has been learned that the American Captain previously taken captive by Somali pirates was rescued unharmed. Aside from this being excellent news for both the captain, his loved ones, and the country altogether, I think enough time has passed that we can now have a pretty good idea of President Obama governing style. This is my take on it anyway.

1) Obama is going to say whatever he deems necessary for his own political expedencey. This includes all things foreign and domestic. If saying “no lobbyists in my administration” means more political clout, he is going to say it. Regardless of what he actually plans on doing (putting lobbyists in his administration). This includes his foreign policy.

2) When comes to military activities, he is going to allow the Joint Chiefs and the Generals make policy. He is going to basically do what he is told is best on Iraq, Afghanistan, the missile shield, and even small encounters with pirates.

I will have to continue to add to this list. To be honest, Obama is a tough one to pin down. Overall, I still believe he is a puppet. For the liberal machine? Something more sinister? Who knows. We are only a few months in. Three and a half more years await us.

Update: Oh my. Interesting take from Blackfive, but, like most truths, we will probably never know the real truth.

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Impeccable Timing

Posted by Bobby on April 10, 2009

I have often thought that the creators of South Park were geniuses of their ability to take your average, most mundane issues and morph them into humorous parodies that always make a point. Now, their resume has been strengthen by their impressive timing on today’s issues.

If you haven’t heard, Vice President Joe Biden has been running his mouth saying:

“I remember President Bush saying to me one time in the Oval Office,” Biden began, “‘Well, Joe,’ he said, ‘I’m a leader.’ And I said: ‘Mr. President, turn and around look behind you. No one is following.'”

Karl Rove has since refuted this assertion, but that is not the point of this post. This is: (The whole clip is good, but start at about 2:35 for the main course.)

Bah, doesn’t support videos. I’ll upload a youtube video once I put it together.

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Quick Website Advertisement

Posted by Bobby on April 9, 2009

I found this site through a contact on Twitter. Regardless of your political pursuation, you should agree that this amount of spending is out of control. Sure Bush did it too, but I didn’t support his deficits anymore than a Democrat. Enjoy.

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Getting a little ridiculous

Posted by Bobby on April 9, 2009

Okay, I’m getting a little sick of this story. Everyone who follows politics knows about this story: Sarah Palin bought a bunch of clothes. My thoughts on it at the time? “Well whoopty-fickin doo. Who cares? She is campaigning for Vice President. How much did Obama spend? Biden? Michelle Obama?” This is the most unpartisan response a person could have. Honestly, why care? Where are the stories about money spent on clothes for women going to the Oscar’s? They are just going to an award ceremony. Palin was running for the second highest office in the land.

But, of course, put a pile of crap in front of the media, and they will step in it:

Closing a loop on the campaign finance side of the Sarah Palin clothes saga, the Republican National Committee late last month filed an amended report detailing exactly which disbursements were clothing purchases for the Republican vice presidential candidate and her family.

The amended report shows that the committee paid about $23,000 for clothing in the three weeks before and after Election Day — which is actually $7,000 less than previously reported.

Why is this still an issue? “Closing a loop”? The Republicans are amending reports for financial reasons, and the media is acting like this is news! And besides this, where is the balance? Where are the stories on Michelle’s wardrobe now that she is first lady? Hillary’s? Pelosi’s? McCain’s? ANYONE BESIDES PALIN?????

This is the best example of the absolute, blatant bias of the very institution that is supposed to protect us from the oppressive hand of government.

Oh but it gets better. Remember when Palin said she would donate the clothes to charity after the campaign? Well, it seems that the media believes that Palin can’t even do that right. Here’s an idea. How about newspaper and the media get back to reporting on some of the stuff that matters, like the economic crisis, if the stimulus bill is actually working, or one of the many foreign policy crises out there, instead of going through an ex-vice presidential candidate’s trash bags.

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