Saturday, April 23, 2011

Obama Finding his Faith in Christianity

Finding His Faith - Newsweek

President Obama shared with Newsweek how he came to be a Christian.


I love this video, it has some awesome points.

You Might be a Republican

  1. You believe George W. Bush’s redistribution of middle-class tax cuts to the top 1% of tax-payers was good for America, but Obama’s plan to return it to the middle class is ‘socialism.’
  2. You believe stem cells are living human beings, but thousands of Iraqi children are ‘expendable collateral damage.’
  3. You believe tax cuts for billionaires is a great idea, yet you wonder why the economy has stalled, your job just got outsourced to India, and oil company executives receive $400,000,000.00 retirement packages.
  4. You believe the surge worked because the violence in Iraq is back to 2006 levels, which is only horrible, compared to what it was in 2007; intolerable. Besides, Brit Hume said so.
  5. You think trial lawyers are harmful to America, yet you support prosecuting some guy in Muncie Indiana who burned his 99¢ American flag that was made in China by forced child labor.
  6. You’re all for the ‘rule of law’ when it’s applied to Bill Clinton for lying about his infidelity, but not for prosecuting Karl Rove and Scooter Libby for committing treason.
  7. You think George W. Bush is actually a really smart guy, but his folksy manner just makes him seem dumber than he really is.
  8. You believe that those privileged from birth achieve success all on their own, and that those who are born to poverty and never have opportunities for advancement, got what they deserved.
  9. You believe Ronald Reagan was a great president who had complete control of all aspects of government, but the Iran-Contra Affair was an insignificant scandal that went on without his knowledge.
  10. You believe Democrats tax and spend, but George W. Bush was a fiscal conservative.
  11. You believe Oliver North, who was CONVICTED of perjury, obstruction of justice, destroying evidence and accepting bribes, is a patriot. But John Kerry, who saved a man’s life while under enemy fire in Vietnam is a coward.
  12. You believe George W. Bush kept us safe from terror, and the failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks were Clinton’s fault.
  13. You actually believe Fox News is fair & balanced.
  14. You still believe Saddam had truckloads of WMDs, and that he somehow managed to sneak them into Syria, right under our noses.
  15. You believe Terri Schiavo was sentient all along, and Bill Frist had the ability to diagnose her condition by watching a 5 second video of her sleeping.
  16. You’re in favor of stronger prison sentences for drug users, yet your favorite radio personality is Rush Limbaugh.
  17. You complain about having to press 1 for English, yet you hire undocumented workers to mow your lawn because they’re cheaper than hiring the kid next door.
  18. Homosexuality is abhorrent to you, except when a Republican senator, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and a planted White House journalist get caught having sexual affairs with gay men. Then you suddenly feel sorry for them.
  19. The war in Iraq makes perfect sense to you, but any suggestion by Barack Obama that we target al Qaeda specifically is ‘dangerous and reckless.’
  20. You don’t mind that president Bush tortured men who were never charged with a crime, yet you’re horrified by the wrath of al Qaeda when they capture one of our guys.
  21. You believe the 1/10 of 1% of scientists who claim global warming is a hoax, and reject the 99.9% who say it’s real, because Sean Hannity and his friends in the oil industry have convinced you that science is a part of a greater liberal conspiracy.
  22. You believe patriotism means you should support your government right or wrong … unless a Democrat’s in power, then it’s your patriotic duty to call him a closet Muslim, challenge his birth certificate, expose his sex life and impeach him.
  23. You’re proud of your party’s ‘culture of life.’ Yet you support the death penalty for minors, you believe 600,000 dead Iraqis is justified because one of them was Saddam Hussein, and you oppose confronting the genocide in Darfur because they don’t have oil.
  24. You support prayer in school, as long as your kids aren’t subjected to Muslim prayers.
  25. You think Darwin’s theory of evolution is a loony fairy tale, and mankind actually began with two naked teenagers, a magic apple and a talking snake.
  26. You think $35 billion spent on health care for children is a waste of taxpayer’s money, but $1.7 trillion spent on a catastrophic war that has isolated us from our allies, decimated our economy and made us less safe was money well spent.
  27. You believe embargoing communist Cuba is sound foreign policy, but trading with China is just good business.
  28. You believe Bill Clinton was an immoral cad, but Newt Gingrich and Henry Hyde were faithful husbands (and Larry Craig just has a wide stance).
  29. You fervently defend the Constitution, but when president Bush got caught monitoring 300 million phones without a warrant, politicizing our justice system, hyping evidence for going to war and pardoning a convicted perjurer who just happened to be on his staff, then it’s okay, because he was ‘protecting America.’
  30. You were outraged when a gallon of gasoline went from $1.29 to $1.40 during the two terms of the Clinton presidency, but you didn’t seem to mind when prices tripled under George W. Bush, the “oil man.”
  31. You were furious when Bill Clinton pardoned international commodities trader Marc Rich, who was convicted of tax evasion, but applauded when George W. Bush exonerated Scooter Libby for obstructing justice to protect Dick Cheney from a treason indictment.
  32. With no evidence whatsoever, you complained of ‘voter fraud,’ and demanded that thousands of blacks be scrubbed from voting lists during the 2004 election in Ohio, yet when Rush Limbaugh asked his audience to illegally claim to be Democrats and vote for Hillary Clinton during the Ohio Primary in February to “stir up trouble,” a FELONY, you were okay with that.
  33. You believe Barack Obama should be held accountable for every sermon that Jeremiah Wright ever gave, but John McCain, who sought the endorsement of anti-Semitic, xenophobic, openly racist and homophobic pastors should be given a pass.
  34. You believe Barack Obama is either a secret Muslim, was actually born in Kenya, and his parents forged a fake birth certificate when he was born – just in case he should ever run for president, or that his father’s nationality disqualifies his son from being president, all because you read that on the Internet.
  35. You believe the 8 consecutive years of prosperity and strong economic growth from 1993 – 2001 was due to the work of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, but today’s recession is all Clinton’s and Obama’s fault.
  36. You laugh at how much better Barack Obama speaks with a TelePrompTer than without one, yet you never mention the fact that even with a TelePrompTer, every time George Bush opened his mouth, gibberish tumbled out.
  37. You still believe Barack Obama has somehow succeeded in fooling every government and independent examination with his “obviously Photoshopped” documents. Instead, you rely on Internet gossip, WorldNetDaily and Jerome Corsi as your sources for “truth.”
  38. Your conservative media spent more air time discussing Michelle Obama touching the queen of England’s arm than on the economy, the environment, terrorism and health care combined.
  39. You believe that we should get out of Afghanistan because Obama is “nation building,” yet for eight straight years of Bush’s bumbling incompetence there, you kept mum. Therefore, attacking Iraq makes sense, even though they never threatened us, but finishing off the job of finding Osama bin Laden; the terrorist who killed 3,000 Americans — Bush’s original task — is a dumb idea.
  40. You were furious that Barack Obama admitted in France that Americans have occasionally been “arrogant, dismissive and derisive,” but you cheered them on when Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld were arrogant, dismissive and derisive.
  41. You believe that Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget is an outrage, but never once complained that George Bush turned Bill Clinton’s $300 billion surplus into a $1.3 trillion deficit. And it never once occurred to you that Bush deliberately omitted the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from those statistics, which means Bush’s TRUE deficit was $3.1 trillion.
  42. You supported Gov. Sarah Palin, partly because you believed she kept a good Christian home. This, despite the fact that her seventeen year old unmarried daughter was knocked up, her son was accused of vandalizing 44 school buses (cutting the brake lines of school buses – HELLO!!?) and was given the choice of going to jail or join the military, and Palin herself was found guilty of abusing the power of her office. But Barack Obama can’t possibly be a true Christian, because his father was a Muslim, and his middle name is Hussein. (Besides, he’s black, and everybody knows that Jesus was a blond haired blue eyed white man.)
  43. You believe the only solution to gun violence is to make sure everybody is armed to the teeth. That way, when some crazy person goes on a killing spree, right-thinking people will take out the killer, and tranquility will prevail throughout the land.
  44. You believe the mainstream news anchors are crazy, biased and filled with hate, but Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are rational, accurate and informative.
  45. You defend Rush Limbaugh’s right to wish for Obama to fail, and therefore, the failure of our republic, yet you call Democrats the “blame America first crowd.”
  46. You claim that the economic crisis is the fault of the Democrats, but never mention that it was the Reagan administration that massively deregulated the banking industry in 1982, and it was Phil Gramm – McCain’s choice for economic advisor – who completed the task for his pals in the banking industry in 1999.
  47. You believe the failure of the US automobile industry is primarily the fault of the unions, and not because management of the three corporations insisted on producing vehicles that nobody wanted. And you’re angry with the $28.00 per hour average wage of the work force, but you believe that the multimillion dollar salaries of the men who bankrupted the industry are perfectly reasonable.
  48. You believe Barack Obama is a “narcissistic megalomaniac,” because you heard Glenn Beck call him that once, but Beck himself is a humble man, concerned only for your welfare (brought to you by Goldline!).
  49. You believe anybody who doesn’t subscribe to Orly Taitz’ birther movement is a RINO, and those who do, are carrying the torch of Reaganism.
  50. You think this list is mean-spirited and biased, and even though you privately acknowledge to yourself that it’s all true, you believe the Democrats are just as bad. Here’s a bulletin: Nobody has ever been this bad.

Congressman Weiner Anti GOP Rant

This is one of my favorite Congressman. He's from NY but I wish he was from Ohio. He has an awesome way of being able to rub people's noses in the stuff that they're doing. This rant he did in this video was from last year over the 9/11 health care bill. It's the only time so far that I've seen a video of him yelling. But I do love how he says it's the GOP wrapping their arms around each other instead of doing the right thing. Which seems to happen more and more as the year goes on.

President Obama's Weekly Address

I hope that he's eventually able to do something about these crazy gas prices. I know that he has a chance to replace someone on some committee that's supposed to regulate Wall Street in June or July so maybe that'll help. Although if he went to Congress and told him what he wants done about it and they need to do something about it could improve his standard in the eyes of the American people.

And the newest mass status going around Facebook is really irritating me:
"Gas is to jump up 5$/gallon by Memorial Day. Obama said to "Get used to it" and "Trade your car in for an energy efficient car." With unemployment above 10% in many states, can YOU afford a trade-in? Re-post if you want Obama to get used to being a one-term President.

Really now? Somehow Bush deserved another term but Obama doesn't? He was handed a load of crap when he came into office and you have the GOP being how they're being how is he supposed to do anything without them twisting everything. And I remember Obama saying that he knows the American people are hurting from the high gas and he's looking into it, not saying "Get used to it." And he actually stood up for the poor, the elderly and the less fortunate a couple of weeks ago and it seems everyone's forgotten this already.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Our Inflation vs Uncle Sam's

Why your inflation rate is different than Uncle Sam's - MSNBC

I really hope that Obama is able to get the speculation on Wall Street undercontrol because that would really help a lot of people when it comes to inflation. Especially the poor and the elderly. Also, with prices going up, high unemployment, assistance programs getting cut, police unions getting crippled and many states it a financial pinch it wouldn't surprise me if crime rates started to go up. I really think people are going to start feeling desparate.

I had heard on the radio this morning that Obama knows the people are hurting because of gas prices and they started looking into it. They haven't seen any illegal activity but then again unless they start including speculation they won't.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

GOP and Ayn Rand

The Morality of Rugged Individualism by Brian Cooney - The Book of Cletis

Very good article that Cletis posted, I had to share it because it goes along with what I believe about the GOP and Rand's philosophy.

Big Government GOP

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I love it how the GOP thinks that the government should be small and then they go do things like this. I find it very hypocritical and it drives me nuts. It also drives me nuts when the GOP followers are ok with stuff like this and then they'll blame the dems for it.

A lot of them also seem to forget that they represent the majority and what the people what, not what they want, not what corporations what. What they people want. I hope the Middle Class has awoken enough to give the GOP a good kick in the ass when next years elections come around because they really deserve it and they need a rude awakening.

Senior Moments

I recieved this in an email and wanted to share it.

Awesome Senior Moment

Here's a quote from a government employee who witnessed a recent inter-action between an elderly woman and an antiwar protester in a Metro station in DC. There were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets, on the evils of America. I politely declined to take one. The elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20-ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet,which she politely declined. The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice the young lady said "Lady, don't you care about the children of Iraq?"

The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my father died in France during World War II, I lost my husband in Korea , and a son in Vietnam. All three died so you could have the right to stand here and badmouth our country. If you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it.

And the Blame Game Begins!

BP Sues 3 Companies Over Oil Spill - New York Times

I think all parties involved have some blame and that they all need to learn from it. I don't think that we should be giving out more drilling permits when the problem that caused the oil spill in the first place still isn't fixed.

Super Hero Capes

Motivated In Ohio - Florida's Genius Solution to Unemployment: Super-hero Capes | Mother Jones

I first read this article on a fellow bloggers blog today and I had to share.

Medicare vs Congress Health Care

Comparing Ryan’s Medicare Plan to What Congress Gets - New York Times

Paul Ryan said, "For future generations, what we are proposing is a personalized Medicare, a Medicare system that works exactly like the health care I have as a member of Congress and a federal employees have."

If the whole country had health care like the federal employees it would be pretty great. But what Ryan is proposing is nothing like what the federal health care system is seeing as the tax payers pay for it not them. And they get to pick what plan they want every 6 months I believe.

This plan that Ryan is proposing is going to hurt a lot of people. It's bad enough for people who don't have health insurance, especially in the big cities. People get discharged because the hospital considers them to be 'stable' even though the problem was never taken care of. I've heard of people who spend up to a week in the ER because they don't have health insurance and the hospital takes their time finding them a bed so that they can be admitted to the hospital.

I firmly believe in the fact that a lot of these things can be taken care of with Medicare, Medicaid and universal health care. With what Ryan is proposing all of this would be demolished and many people would be at the mercy of the insurance companies. I also believe that this country should focus more on preventative medicine. Many severe health conditions could be prevented with preventative medicine and if we encouraged people to take a daily vitamin.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Christian States of America"

What if the Right was Right? A Reflection of the "Christian States of America" - Huffington Post

 I love how this author says Jesus is a socialist. I also like how this author portrays the US when it comes to religion and government.

Living the Fast Life

I believe people who believe in 'living the fast life' or 'if you aren't living fast you're not living' are starting to become a problem in this country. If someone does this and it only affects them, I have no problem with it. But once you involve innocent people I really start to get pissed off. I've seen things go wrong too many times. There's so many people out there who believe that it won't happen to them until it does and then they wonder what happened and where they went wrong. These people seem to lack respect for the innocents and it really really bugs me.

 It drives me crazy when people decide to drive under the influence and then manage to get in a car accident. And the crazy part is, is that it's the drunks that normally survive and the innocents who die. Street racing is another thing that drives me crazy. I know people who have done it, killed people and now they're going to be in jail for the rest of their lives because of it. Or people know people who are in the same situation and still don't care because they don't think it will happen to them. They're so worried about getting that high that it doesn't occur to them that innocent lives are at risk. Or maybe they think they can react fast enough to prevent it from happening but all it takes is a split second for everything to go wrong.

I'm starting to think that we need stricter laws on these things in this country. It's hard to say how much of a difference it would make but I think it would be worth a shot. All I know is that something needs to be done about this before more innocent lives are changed forever.

Support the Fat Cats

I have yet to understand this concept seeing as CEO wages are soaring while worker pay stalls, and the job growth is extremely small.

Ayn Rand's Serial Killer Hero

Romancing the Stone Cold Killer: Ayn Rand & William Hickman - Michael Prescott

The more I hear about this woman the more I can't believe that there's people out there who see her as an awesome person with awesome philosophies.

Mr. Trump, You're Fired!

He's not really fired but it would be interesting to see him fire himself. Or admit that he has had failures instead of blaming other people. He's also very rude in this video and if he does decide to run for president I wonder how his rudeness will play out when dealing with other governments. Also, if he can't run his companies how is he going to manage to run a country?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jobs Jobs Jobs

So Boehner goes from "Where are the jobs?" for two years to not caring about jobs getting cut with his federal budget that has gone through. I'm not sure if the numbers are the same now since this video was from a while ago and the GOP only got half of their original goal. But then again the GOP his been in control of the House for over 3 months now and they have yet to pass a jobs bill.

GOP Governor's Go from Cool New Boyfriend to Psychotic Step-dad

I love how Jon Stewart explains all of the things that these governor's are doing. Especially the governor of Ohio (Whom I wish could be recalled). But all of them have gone off the deep end. I think they forgot what democracy was. They really need a rude awakening right about now.

Jesus is a Liberal Democrat

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I've wondered ever since I saw this video what the GOP thought of it, even the church for that matter. But the people who I have talked about the government helping the poor think that it's not the governments job, that it's the churches. But does it really matter who does it as long as it gets done?

The Religious Right

The Religious Right - America for Purchase

I find a lot of truth in this article, especially with Westboro Baptist Church running around protesting funerals because they say God hates gays and is punishing America for it by killing soldiers. But you also get far right people in small town churches so it can happen anywhere.

I also think that people forget that we're not supposed to judge and that we don't really have the right to do it. It's not up to us where people go once they die and I think people forget that. But then again I'm more of a Progressive Christian so my views can be quite different from others in the Christian faith. I believe that with the far right acting the way it is that they're pushing people farther and farther away from what they're trying to get people to convert to. It seems that people forget that you can witness through action instead of words and that actions can speak louder than words.

Five Myths about Planned Parenthood

Five Myths about Planned Parenthood - Washington Post

When it comes to abortions I kind of ride the fence when it comes down to it. I don't agree with abortions being used as birth control but I know that I could never look at another woman who was a victim of rape or incest and tell her that she has to keep her baby because I don't know what I'd do in that situation. I also know that no one can ever stop abortions whether it's legal or not.

I also believe that taking away all of the Title X funding would be a bad idea because there would be less contraceptives to go around. And I don't think that many people realize that if there's less contraceptives to go around that there's going to be more abortions and unintentional pregnancies that will cost the tax payers more money. Well, at least the pregnancies will. So one has to decide, do you want to keep funding Planned Parenthood to keep abortion rates down even though you're against it? Or will you cut funding and inevitably cause abortions rates to go up?