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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Sequestration Boogie Man Edition..Boo!

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
 
Well guess what…we have another WoW birthday to celebrate!
Yesterday was the big day for our pal Greg over at Rhymes With Right, but I think we’ll celebrate it properly today, with some killer ‘cue, and of course, some well chilled Shiner Bock.

Whaddya say, old friend…can you stand another birthday do? I kinda think so….many, many more.
One of our illustrious Council alumni is also in the news..none other than our good friend David Gerstner, AKA Soccer Dad. David took a bit of a hiatus from blogging for awhile, although he continues to put out his superb Middle East Media samplers on an almost daily basis.
Ah, but the ‘sphere has a lure all it’s own. After getting his feet wet with a couple of great pieces published by Pajamas Media, David let me know he’s back in the game, as a co-blogger/galley slave for Professor Bill Jacobsen over at the superb site Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
You can check out his latest piece on LI here. Congrats, David!
Also, Council Members Bookworm Room and The Mellow Jihadi were both nominated by Right Wing News in the 11th annual Blogger Awards…Council Akbar! Hit that link and vote early and often.
This week, Crazy Bald Guy, Ask Marion, Right Truth and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great articles.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, all that said,  let’s take a look at what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Little Johnny Understands Barack Obama

The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship. Little Sally led off. "I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30" she said proudly, "my sales approach was to appeal to the customer's civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success." "Very good", said the teacher. 

Little Debbie was next. "I sold magazines" she said, "I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events." "Very good, Debbie", said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher's desk. "$2,467", he said. "$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?" Toothbrushes", said Little Johnny. "Toothbrushes", echoed the teacher, "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?" "I found the busiest corner in town", said Little Johnny, "I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample."

They all said the same thing, "Hey, this tastes like dog poop!" Then I would say, "It is dog poop. Wanna buy a toothbrush? I used the President Obama method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it's free and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth."

Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment. Bless his heart.

Thanks to Facebook friend Jack D. Elliott

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Putting Budget Cuts Into Perspective

I'm sure most of you are sick and tired of hearing all the bickering over the debt and deficit and over spending cuts and the sequester. The problem with the federal gubment and its debt is that it is so large that the average person, especially the LOW INFORMATION voter is unable to grasp it. I would like to break things down onto a personal level that hopefully will make things more understandable.

First of all let's say that at the Grouch's house the total amount of money that I owe is $165000.

My income for the upcoming year 2013 is going to be about $29000, but I am planning to spend in the year 2013 about $38000. This means that I will incur a deficit of around $9000 which I will have to add to my $165000 of debt.

Well it is obvious with a debt of $165000 and no end in sight that cuts need to be made. At the Grouch household we come up with an ingenious idea to trim a hefty $440 from the budget and for the next couple of days sweet Wifey and I go around patting ourselves on the back for our fiscal responsibility. Yes indeedy, we have cut a hefty $440 out of out $38000 of spending! Pure genius!

Unfortunately, all the children and relatives who have been living with us and mooching off the Grouch start raising hell at the idea of cutting $440 from the budget. These cuts are "Draconian" they say and the household will absolutely collapse if these cuts occur.

After all the hell raising is done, nothing at all happens, deficit spending continues, and the debt continues to grow unchecked. The crafty Grouch proceeds to print some worthless counterfeit money to take care of next year's obligations.

My friends, this is kinda the situation faced by our federal gubment and our country. I don't blame Rush Limbaugh for being ashamed.

Understand my friends that essentially NOBODY in Warshington is interested in cutting spending. Even if the sequester happens, NOTHING will be cut. Regarding defense it simply means that instead of growing at a rate of 8 or 10 percent, it will instead grow at a rate of 6 to 8 percent. Nothing will be cut. Gubment will continue to grow. This is what we call baseline budgeting. To hear the politicians talk, we're headed for catastrophe.

More Gubment Waste???

While I'm on the topic of useless and nonsensical signs, I'd like to relate an observation during our recent trip to New Orleans. We travel to New Orleans down US Highway 45 down through Mississippi and then at Meridian, we switch to I-59 which takes us all the way to the Big Easy.

It's a really good road, 4 lane most of the way and usually at least 65 to 70 mph posted speeds. Also the traffic is generally light with very little truck traffic. It only takes 7.5 hours to make the trip from our humble abode in Tennessee.

One thing particularly interesting about this road is the prevalence of signs "Bridge Ices Before Road". Now a few of these every now and then is OK but there is one of these signs on just about every bridge you come to between the Tennessee and Louisiana state lines, and there are many bridges across a plethora of little creeks, ditches, and streams.

Once again I had to wonder how much the state of Mississippi had to spend on the manufacture and installation of these signs. Does a sign on each and every bridge really increase safety? I also have to wonder how often frozen roads are an issue anyway in the southern part of the state.

Nah, I got a feeling it is just a result of politicians looking for a place to spend taxpayer dollars. Having said that I offer a congrats to Mississippi for a really great stretch of road.

The Carnival Cruise DISASTER?

The other day I had the TV on. I think it was on Fox News and I believe Shepard Smith was talking. He was talking about the "Carnival Cruise DISASTER".

Disaster? Really? Well I guess it might have been a disaster for Carnival Cruise, but in spite of the fact it was a rough go and very uncomfortable for the passengers, I don't think the term disaster applies. I am sure that the hundreds of lawyers jumping aboard will do their best to characterize it as such.

Of course we have to remember it was Shepard Smith. This is a guy that pees his pants over a car chase.

Why Clarence Thomas Uses Simple Words in His Opinions

The law ought to be accessible to the average person, he argued during a recent appearance at Harvard.
 When Clarence Thomas led the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, he fought to make it handicapped accessible. "I firmly believed, how can we talk about all these theoretical issues when there are people who can't even get in the door of the building?" he explained to an audience at Harvard Law School, having been asked about the subject. "One of my best friends was a quadriplegic, and I watched how a two-inch curb was like The Great Wall of China for him."

Then a pause.

"I think we do that with the opinions we write," he said. "We write them in a way that they're inaccessible to the average person." With that fascinating segue, he explained the logic behind his writing:

Read the rest HERE......

Gubment Waste

Hmmmm, we have lived here at Lost Creek for the last 17 years. Suddenly yesterday a truck came by and installed a STOP sign at the end of our street. I have enclosed some pictures of the sign and also some pictures of the intersection showing the huge volume of traffic that this sign will control.
 I have to wonder how much these signs and their installation cost the county (ME)? I also wonder how often we're going to see a sheriff's car patrolling our streets to enforce the requirement to stop? Perhaps they could also cite the 4 wheelers and golf carts illegally riding on the public roads. In 17 years I probably haven't seen a patrol car more than half a dozen times. Also in a day's time probably no more than a dozen cars traverse my road, if that many. Hell fire, I'm surprised they didn't put up a traffic light!
 2 years ago the county almost doubled my property tax. Before that they gave us a $50 wheel tax that NOBODY wanted and yet they waste money on nonsense such as this. I'd be happy if they would come by and drop some treatment on my road before we have ice or snow so we could get off the hill, but no, no such luck. I'd be even happier if they'd take their signs back and give me a property tax rebate.

I know I'm gonna feel a helluva lot safer with my new stop sign. SIGH, gubment waste at its best!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Vacation Edition!!

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It’s simply heartwarming.It’s been just over a whole month since the fun loving Obama family enjoyed their last luxury vacay, a 17-day jaunt in Hawaii. And now it’s time to play again!
President Obama latest vacation was a golf weekend at an exclusive club called the Floridian, where his partner was no less than Tiger Woods.
The tab for Air Force One, his stay, the greens fees. his special Secret Service Detail ( one of whom actually had the privilege of being caddy) a few lessons from the club pros..oh, just under a million taxpayer dollars. By a hair.
Oh and let’s not forget the presidential consort. Michelle and her entourage n’aime pas le golf scene, and decided that skiing in Aspen was more their thing. No figures on that one, but Mrs. Obama, her two daughters, their friends, their entourage, and their Secret Service detail pretty much took over an entire resort during the President’s Day long weekend..so I’m sure it was as much if not more than President Obama’s tab.
A pity they couldn’t agree on just one family vacation instead of two. It certainly might have been a tad more economical, but I’m sure they had their reasons.
And whose counting, anyway, what with the economy doing so well, gas prices so low, unemployment negligible and that nasty debt problem a thing of the past? Happy days are here again, and we lowly villeins ought to be happy and grateful to pick up the bill for the excitement the presidential couple bring into our dreary lives. It’s like having our own royal family…right?
Right?
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
This week, Ask Marion, Maggie’s Notebook and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great pieces.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Teaching Math

Thanks to Facebook friend Michelle Newman-Bowles

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took my $2—meanwhile I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she called the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and finally cried. Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20.. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers; if you feel like crying, it's OK.)

6. Teaching Math In 2009

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

7. Teaching Math In 2010
Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's property. He won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says it's okay anyway because it is redistributing the wealth of the country.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

What's up with Hillary?

So first we heard Hillary had hit her head and had a concussion. Then we heard she had the flu which caused her to get dehydrated, pass out, and hit her head. Then we heard she had a blood clot in her leg. Then we heard she had a blood clot in her head. Then we heard she had a subdural hematoma. Then we heard she was on blood thinner.

Ya know, none of this really makes sense to me. If Hillary really has a subdural hematoma, as far as I know, you DO NOT USE BLOOD THINNER to treat them. That would only increase bleeding and make the subdural hematoma larger. Many subdurals are simply watched and treated conservatively and over time will resolve on their own. If they grow and start to increase pressure in the brain or impinge on important structures, they are sometimes drained with a tube or surgery is performed to remove them and repair the damaged vessels that caused the bleeding.

The only time I know of using blood thinner to treat a clot in the brain is if the clot is inside an artery going to the brain. This is otherwise known as a STROKE! The part of the brain beyond the involved artery is damaged due to lack of blood supply.

But then I saw another report that said she did not have a stroke. So who knows what the heck is going on with Hillary? If this were an important Republican official, you can bet your sweet ass that the press would be all over this like white on rice demanding full transparency and full accountability. Seems like the media coverage of all this has been lukewarm at best.

From a purely humanitarian point of view I don't wish the woman any ill and hope she makes a full recovery from whatever kind of hocus pocus injury or illness she has. But I fear we are seeing nothing but hocus pocus here and the root of the problem may be an acute Benghazioma.

Wildcard Weekend

It's that time of year again, boys and girls, and the Grouch has made up his mind with some NFL football picks. I did a pretty good jobs last year, in fact I was better than the so called experts on ESPN. So here we go for the games beginning this Saredee:

Cincinnati @ Houston

Houston looked like the team to beat at the beginning of the season, but sadly they have lost 3 of their last 4 games. Houston's numbers certainly look better but at this point I think momentum has a lot to do with success. I think the key will be Arian Foster. If he has a good day, running the ball, Houston will win. It's going to be a squeaker I think and I'm going to give the win to Cincinnati by 3 points.

Minnesota @ Green Bay

Although both teams have been winning down the stretch I don't think Green Bay has looked that sharp. I think they have some potential problems on defense and they have a problematic running game. The Vikings on the other hand have won 4 in a row and with Adrian Peterson completing a 2097 rushing yard season, I think the Vikings will be able to pound the Packers into submission. It will be close until about the middle of the third quarter until the Green Bay defense gets tired. I predict Minnesota by 10 points.

Indianapolis @ Baltimore 

Neither team has great defense. If Baltimore could field its defense of years past it would be no contest but that won't be the case Sundee. Baltimore has lost 4 out of the last 5 games while Indy has won the last 4 out of 5. Andrew Luck is on fire and I think he will be the QB to watch along with RG III in the years to come. I'm giving this one to the Colts by 14.

Seattle @ Washington

This is going to be a war. The teams look pretty even number wise with Seattle having an edge in pass defense and Washington an edge in rush defense. I watched the last regular season game between Washington and Dallas. Alfred Morris looked impressively tough carrying the ball. I think having said that, with RG III and home field advantage, I'm calling this one for the Redskins by a point or two. We might see overtime.

So there ya go, sports fans. Agree? Disagree? Send a comment and tell me what you think.

Marsha! Marsha!

I can proudly say that I did not vote for my congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn, last November. Instead I wasted my vote and pulled the switch for an independent. No, she blew it big time in August 2011 when she caved and voted along with other RINO's to raise the debt ceiling. I contacted her ahead of time and told her not to do it, but she did it anyway and now we're at about 16.4 trillion in debt and counting with no relief in sight.

I happened to see her on Fox News last night. I didn't listen to everything she said but she was ranting about the next debt ceiling debate coming up in a couple of months. She was telling all of us how she was going to stand strong against Obama. For you low information voters, Obama more or less wants the debt ceiling eliminated. He thinks he should just be allowed to spend waste as much money as he wants without accountability.

Well, Marsha, I gotta say that your words ring pretty empty. You had your chance to do the right thing in August of 2011 and you blew it. What makes you think we can trust you now? I'm not holding my breath.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

46 Reasons I am not Proud of Obama

A Facebook friend, a liberal, a low information voter, an Obama supporter just could not believe I did not like Obama and axed me to give her just one reason for not liking Obama. Below was my response. She didn't ask me about it again:

1. No college or law school transcripts.
2. No publications during his time as president of Harvard Law Review
3. No qualifications to be president other than the Illinois state senate.
4. Never held a real job, operated a business, hired or fired employees, or made a payroll.
5. Supported abortion including partial birth abortion.
6. Some of his friends are Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Louis Farrakhan.
7. Failed to address entitlement reform in his first year as promised.
8. Failed to introduce immigration reform in his first year as promised.
9. His Democrat party has not presented a budget as required by the constitution since 2009.
10. Implemented immigration reform by executive order in his 4th year bypassing congress.
11. Failed to close GITMO as promised.
12. Promised the most transparent administration in history. LOL…..Sorry
13. Supported the defense of marriage before opposing defense of marriage.
14. Failed to cut the deficit by half each year as promised. Instead he doubled it.
15. In his first term he has added more to the national debt than all the presidents before him combined.
16. Spent $800 billion to stimulate the economy with no effect and then wanted to do it again…….and again.
17. Defunded Social Security by cutting the payroll tax by 2 percent purely for political reasons.
18. Reduced oil drilling on public lands.
19. Imposed the gulf drilling moratorium.
20. Refused to allow the Keystone pipeline.
21. Promoted algae and tire pressure as a solution to energy independence.
22. His energy secretary said $10 per gasoline would be a good thing.
23. Believes in the HOAX of manmade global warming and wants to implement cap and trade.
24. Invests tax money in loser technologies like Solyndra and Fisker.
25. Demonized and is attempting to close the coal industry.
26. Used the power of the EPA to reduce and restrict the use of coal.
27. Ignores and tramples the constitution by implementing Obamacare and the individual mandate.
28. Raids Medicare to fund Obamacare.
29. Stated in 2003 that he supports single payer healthcare.
30. Gives us 2000 plus pages of a new healthcare law and we still don’t know what is in it.
31. Tried to force the Catholic Church to provide contraception against church doctrine and beliefs.
32. Promised to have the unemployment rate at 5.8 percent by the end of his first term.
33. 48 million people on food stamps.
34. Record Social Security disability claims.
35. Passes new laws and regulation on private business that increases costs and stifles job creation.
36. Believes in “spreading the wealth”.
37. Insulted entrepreneurs who invested their money and took risks by saying, "You didn't build that. Someone else built that."
38. Holds 98 percent of wage earners hostage with a threat of new taxes unless he is able to punish the top 2 percent with higher rates.
39. He fails to explain that increasing the rate on the top 2 percent will have no effect on the debt or deficit.
40. Wants the debt ceiling abolished so he can spend money without restriction.
41. Expressed interest in raising the capital gains rate to 25 percent in the interest of “fairness” in spite of the fact that revenue to the treasury would be reduced.
42. Said that the Muslim call to worship was the most beautiful thing he had ever heard.
43. Bows down to tin pot dictators and apologizes for the United States in front of the world.
44. He wants to eventually do away with our nuclear arsenal.
45. He turns his back on Israel and refuses to meet with the prime minister.
46. He and his administration are at fault and completely responsible for the disaster in Benghazi.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Post New Year’s Eve Edition


The New Year is upon us and the taxman cometh!Best wishes from all of us for a prosperous happy and healthy 2013, and here’s hoping the current antics of the people we voted for to watch the store haven’t totally knocked the Holiday spirit out of you!
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
First off, congrats to Bookworm Room for winning the title of Conservative Blogress Diva in Waiting in the The Grande Conservative Blogress Diva competition.
This week, Liberty’s Spirit, Right Truth, Tina Trent and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great pieces.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then, just returrn the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.
Simple, no?
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. Pretty cool eh?
So, let’s take a look at what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

RINO Reminder


Senator Lamar Alexander is the traitorous senator from Tennessee who voted to confirm the racist judge, Sonya Sotomayor. Never again will I vote for Lamar Alexander. He is not up for re-election until 2014, but I intend to post this reminder each and every month until then. I hope he either resigns or they run a true conservative against him in the primary. I challenge my fellow bloggers to do the same if you have RINO's in your state that need to go. I may add my other senator, Bob Corker, to this reminder. I'm waiting for him to cross the aisle again and work with Dimocrats.

It is with sadness that I have added my congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn to the RINO Reminder list. She voted for the BOEHNER bill and has voted to raise the debt ceiling, thereby COMPROMISING and selling us out to the Dimocrats and the establishment Republicans. I have let congresswoman Blackburn know that I am looking forward to voting for a primary challenger against her in 2014. I hope there is one.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone. I've been taking a break but I think I'm going to get back to blogging, at least a little. I just have not had the energy to listen to that piece of sh*t we have in the Whitehouse much less the bowl of swirling turds on both sides of the aisle in congress. But I'll get out of my funk and get back into the swing of things.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Secession? Really?


I've been reading with interest about all these petitions going around from people who want their states to secede from the union. Of course we all know this is not going to happen but for the sake of argument lets just suppose it did happen and a group of states peacefully broke away and formed a nation which I will call the "New Confederacy". Let us for a moment think of some of the challenges encountered by the New Confederacy.

Internal Bickering

Even if a split occurred we still would live in a 50/50 country. About half would be makers and the other half would be takers. I am sure the takers in the seceding states would be outraged, not wishing to see the gravy train cut off as their state broke away from Obama's America. I suppose some kind of mass migration could be arranged with the takers moving to the People's Republic of Obama and the makers moving to the New Confederacy.

What form of gubment?

OK, so several states break away. What form of gubment would we see arise for the New Confederacy? Would each state remain more or less sovereign? Would there be any type of a central power? Remember this was tried for a while under the Articles of Confederation, but this was quickly replaced by the Constitution. I can see the same path for the New Confederacy. Unless states rights and sovereignty are upheld, the new nation would develop a new cancer of a central power which would grow and tax and control the states. Over time we would see a devolution into the mess we call the federal gubment today.

The spoils

What about the people in the New Confederacy who have been enslaved by Social Security and Medicare? Would these programs manage to continue? Would there be a dividing of entitlement resources between the People's Republic of Obama and the New Confederacy? Oh, wait, there's not any real money, just debt. Those programs are broke. But there is the 16 trillion dollars of debt that I guess could be divided between the two nations. What would happen to all the assets of private investors? Would Obama try to seize the assets of people living in the New Confederacy? He's gonna need money to continue his social programs and entitlements after the makers depart.

National Defense

How about a dividing of the military assets between the two nations? If you're in the US Navy and your home state secedes, would you suddenly be in the Navy of the New Confederacy? How would that work exactly? What about nuclear weapons? Obama wants to get rid of all of them. Why not just give the nukes to the seceding states? How about equal numbers of troops, planes, tanks, and ships for each side? Think it would work out that way? Nah, me neither....

Immigration

Let's suppose that over time the New Confederacy somehow managed to get on its feet, promoted the ideas of states rights, small central gubment, free markets, and the actual creation of wealth and prosperity. I have a feeling we'd start to see mass immigration from the People's Republic of Obama. Remember though, they are still TAKERS and are wanting a piece of the pie from the MAKERS living in the New Confederacy. Immigration would be a big problem for the new nation.

Conclusion

So I'm just smiling at all the people excited about this idea of secession. They are frustrated with the turn the country has taken and want something different, but I don't think many of them have thought of the consequences of a dissolution of the United States. In fact the federal gubment is so large and intrusive that I'm afraid it is much like an inoperable cancer that will continue to grow and consume everything it touches until one day the nation will indeed collapse, and what then? What if anything will rise from the ashes?

In 1861, huge challenges were faced by the Confederacy. Even if that new nation had survived the war, it's long term success would have been problematic. Issues of debt and slavery would have remained, tearing at the Confederacy from within. States' rights and autonomy were already becoming an issue as the CSA conscripted southern citizens into service to fight against the north and the central gubment tried to negotiate with foreign powers for financial and military assistance. Back then the US gubment was not nearly as powerful as it is today, but even then, the idea of secession was nearly an impossible task.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Autumn Leaves Edition


Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
First off, I’d like to mention that the city of Sderot, Israel has been under attack for several days. While the rocket attacks have stopped for now, the ongoing assault in these brave people continues.
I urge you to read the Gates of Vienna post down as a Watcher’s pick this week. There’s a link therein where you can, if you wish, donate some money to help in the relief efforts.They can use it.
This week, Ask Marion, Crazy Bald Guy, Liberty’s Spirit and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday AM.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Surviving Another 4 Years

I was telling sweet Wifey that I just don't think I can stand to see Obama's ugly mug on the TV. Nor can I stand to listen to his smug, condescending orations on a daily basis.

We have decided that the best course of action is to watch a whole lot less TV and pay much less attention to politics. The country is on a permanent downhill course and we have done our best to stop it, all to no avail. Maybe I'll just take a quick look at the Drudge Report and leave it at that.

I'm thinking that many more long motorcycle rides and many more long trips to lots of interesting places over the next 4 years are the solution. So if you experience many days of static from Right Truth and the Grouch, fear not. We are just out enjoying life and not looking at or listening to Obama.

Reflections on the Election

Well, my friend, Neal Boortz was sadly correct. Obama won a second term. I think there are a number of reasons for this. First I was interested to see that the Republican turnout was actually less for Romney than it was for McCain in 2008. I was surprised to hear this especially after Fox News kept telling us about the huge Romney rallies and the anemic support Obama was getting.

This tells me something different though, namely, Republican voters were not very excited about their candidate. Hmmmm, I wasn't very excited either, in fact for the longest I thought I was going to stay home. Looks like a lot of people on the right did stay home. I was angry and disgusted that we once again had to settle for another RINO forced upon us by the establishment, and we did, and many stayed home. So sad.

This is not to say that Romney did not run a decent campaign. He did. He certainly looked qualified to be president and would likely have done a pretty good job. We'll never know. So what will we see in 2016? Will we be handed another RINO who's turn has come up, or will we have a real firebrand conservative that the voters can really get behind? Sadly I think the former. I listened yesterday as some of the same old Fox News pundits were already talking about how the Republican party was going to have to transform itself and prepare itself for the "browning of America". Another declared that we were going to have to stop talking about abortion. In other words we're going to have to compromise our conservative principles if we expect to survive politically. I'm of the opinion that nothing could be further from the truth.

According to most, the big issue of this election was the economy. Over half the voters still believe that our economic situation is George Bush's fault and evidently do not hold Obama accountable. The Obama campaign and the lame stream media did a very good job of perpetuating this silly notion and casting Romney as an evil, rich, uncaring venture capitalist. Who is Obama going to blame at the end of the next 4 years?

Finally, I believe we have reached a tipping point in America. The have-nots now outnumber the haves. People want free stuff. People want to be coddled and cared for by the gubment. They have no concept of a work ethic and do not realize that the gubment must take from the private sector to provide all this free stuff. Throughout history great nations have come and gone. The United States after November 6, 2012, has entered a state of permanent decline. Eventually collapse will come. Suddenly the have-nots will be cut off and there will be rioting in the streets like we have seen in Greece.

My friends, have your guns and plenty of ammo ready for the fall. It will come one day.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Post Mortum Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
Council News:
This week, Right Reason, Ask Marion and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category, and return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!