Rubio, Republicans and the Right: Winning with Water

Never mind that there was more truth in Senator Marco Rubio’s awkward drink of water than there was in the preceding State of the Union address by President Barack Hussein Obama. Anyway, most Americans skipped the cringe-inducing hour-long speech by the Targeted-Drone-in-Chief. (Many of us chose the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show over the Dog-and-Pony-Show Tele-prompter Lalapalooza. Yay Affenpinscher! Go Banana Joe!!) Even fewer stuck around to witness the Big Drink of Water. We had to catch it in the endless re-runs, courtesy of the supurbly-coiffed moving mouths in the Alphabet Networks.

But just forget Wolf Blitzer and the other gasping girls in the CNN Situation-Comedy Room. What they are trying to divert your attention from is the wisdom and clarity of what Senator Rubio actually said.

But [President Obama’s] favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him – they only care about rich people.

Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.

And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

Okay, Wolf, I know this play. I lived in New York. It’s a hot summer night. You set a little fire in the garbage shoot and start yelling. The tenants, hearing the commotion and smelling smoke, run into the hall to see what’s going on. This gives your partner time to sneak into the apartment through the open window on the fire escape, to steal the radio.

But it is a pathetic stretch to turn an unscripted drink of water during the delivery of a nationally televised speech into a tsunami in order to prop up the vapid Leader of the Western World (formerly known as the Free World). This is what “Journalism” has become in the 21st Century.

If you live in the mind of an MSNBC broadcaster, this “Rubio’s Watergate” incident is apparently a train wreck. Therefore, we demand photographs! Brace yourself, because until now it has been a not-too-well kept secret that Senator Marco Rubio is not the only one in the GOP who has been observed refreshing himself with a drink of water. Here are the pictures to prove it!

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney: Refreshing

As an interesting point of trivia, while it is probably true that Democrats also drink water, there are no known photographs of Vice President Joseph Biden in the act of doing so. There is evidence, however, that while the party with the elephant mascot favors water, the jackass party has distinctly more complex beverage preferences.

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Pres William Jefferson Clinton, Sec Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pres Barack Hussein Obama: In their Cups

Right.

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Vote for Love of Country: Mitt Romney for President

If a man is known by the company he keeps, let’s take a look at the Friends of Barack Obama:

  • Frank Marshall Davis, was a journalist, poet and Communist Party USA activist in Chicago and Hawaii and a mentor to a young Barack Obama, from about age 10 to 18.
  • William Ayers, is the former leader of the terrorist group Weather Underground. Barack Obama wrote an endorsement for Mr. Ayers’ book, “A Kind and Just Parent: Children of the Juvenile Court.” In 1995 Mr. Obama was hired by Mr. Ayers to head the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama served together as directors of the Woods Fund from 1999 through 2002.
  • Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC)in Chicago. It was Reverend Wright who famously said in a sermon to his congregation on September 16, 2001:

    We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

    As Hillary Clinton said, “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.” Barack Obama chose TUCC at age 26 and remained a member for two decades. Reverend Wright performed the marriage ceremony for Barack and Michelle Obama, and baptized their two daughters.

  • Tony Rezko is a Syrian-born Chicago business man, currently serving a 10-1/2 year sentence for 16 counts of corruption and fraud. Mr. Rezko was a major fundraiser for Barack Obama’s successful 2008 Senate campaign. He also had ties to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, now serving a 16-year prison term for his conviction on one count of lying to the FBI in a case centered on attempts to sell the Senate seat once held by Barack Obama. The Rezkos and the Obamas purchased adjacent lots in Chicago, in a real estate deal that cast the appearance of inpropriety, and about which Mr. Obama stated, “I consider this a mistake on my part and I regret it.”
  • Rashid Khalidi, is a college professor, one-time spokesman for Yasser Arafat and the PLO, radical Palestinian activist who denounces Israel as a racist state and defends suicide bombings. He held a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s unsuccessful run for Congress in 2000. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, at a 2003 farewell dinner for the Rashidis, who were moving from Chicago to New York,

    A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Senator Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

    His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”

In 2008, candidate Barack Obama was elected on promises of hope and change. He has spent the last four years whining and blaming George Bush instead of taking constructive steps to find solutions and fix the problems. After four years of charting his own course, hope and change are completely at odds to President Obama’s failed leadership and abysmal record

Benghazi, Libya. Four dead Americans; ignored pleas for help from the Consulate while it was under siege; complete failure to heed the warnings from Ambassador Chris Stevens in the weeks, days and hours leading up to the attack; a made-up excuse of mob action inflamed by a video trailer that no one had seen or heard of; a stonewalling White House and State Department; an on-going coverup aided and abetted by complicit and/or incompetent reporters in the national media. (Jennifer Griffin and Catherine Herridge at Fox News have been out in front on this story. ABC, CBS and the Washington Post have finally begun to report on this developing story and the emerging coverup.)

The Economy: Unemployment

  • 7.9% unemployment, at rate higher than when President Obama took office.
  • Unemployment rate at or above 8% for 42 out of 44 months; at or above 9% for 29 of those months, the worst record since the Great Depression.
  • 23 million people unemployed or underemployed.
  • Since January 2009, 7.8 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force. If the work force had not declined, the unemployment rate would be above 10.5%.
  • A record 47 million Americans are on food stamps
  • As unemployment benefits run out, more Americans are applying for disability benefits. More than 3.8 million new applications have been approved, and a record 8.3 million Americans are collecting disability payments, many of whom will never return to work.

The Economy: Spending

  • Barack Obama has failed to get a budget passed during his entire term in office. This is not something he can blame on the Republicans. The Democrat-controlled Senate showed true bipartisanship in voting 0-97 against proceeding with the President’s 2012 budget. In contrast, the Senate vote against proceeding with Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan was 40-57.
  • Sixteen trillion-dollar debt; trillion-dollar deficits

Crony Capitalism: The Obama Administration picks winners and (mostly) losers. Here is a list of some alternative energy companies that received stimulus money, and are now either in bankruptcy or close to it:

  1. Solyndra
  2. Frisker
  3. Abound Solar
  4. Evergreen Solar
  5. A123 Systems

Obamacare, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If you like the Department of Motor Vehicles, you will love Obamacare. This legislation puts one-sixth of the national economy under the control of Washington bureaucrats. To pay for for this bureaucracy and the health care mandates, the law creates or increases 21 separate taxes, resulting in the largest tax hike in the nation’s history.

Under Obamacare, there is a 2.3% tax on medical devices, which goes into effect next year. This is not a tax on profits. It is a tax on gross receipts. Investment capital is fleeing the medical device industry, and is down for the third straight quarter. By some estimates, more than 40,000 jobs may be killed just in this one industry as a result of this tax.

Barack Obama is a failed leader because his vision for America is the wrong vision. We don’t want big government. We want more liberty, less bureaucratic intrusion, and more effective government.

Mitt Romney has a record of leadership, fiscal responsibility, job creation, and positive values. On Day One he will introduce a bill to reduce taxes, and will issue an executive order to pave the way to end Obamacare.

It’s time for positive change. Vote for Mitt Romney.
 
See also:
Frank Marshall Davis
Bill Ayers
Tony Rezko
REWARD: $100,000 FOR KHALIDI TAPE, breitbart.com, (September 20, 2012)
Obama’s Unprecedented Record of Failure on Jobs, Investors.com (November 2, 2012)
Obama Receives Zero Votes in Senate, The Hill (May 5, 2011)
A123 given $249M created 400 jobs now added to list of companies that received Billions in Federal Stimulus on verge of bankruptcy, American Livewire (October 30, 2012)
Obamacare’s Silent Job Killer, USA Today (November 3, 2012)

AlfonZo Rachel, Toilet Economics & the Success of Failure

AlfonZo Rachel is the founder of Macho Sauce Productions. He was born on Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana in 1972, but has lived in Southern California most of his life. A musician and martial artist, Mr. Rachel is a self-described Christian conservative republican. In his Zonation video, he uses a toilet as a metaphor for the current state of the American economy. He also injects real humor and common sense into the controversial personal attacks launched against conservatives by Perez Hilton, Wanda Sykes.

Damien Hirst, Dead Cows and Cradles of Hope

“I have a really good business manager,” said Damien Hirst. “He told me a long time ago ‘You’d better make sure that you’re using the money to chase your art ideas rather than the art to chase your money ideas.’ Which is a very important thing to never forget.”

That is sound advice coming from Mr. Hirst, 44, the “most prominent member of the group known as Young British Artists” Mr. Hirst, with the help of his business manager, has become a multi-millionaire. The “art” upon which Mr. Hirst has built this fortune includes “pickled sharks, the corpse of a cow suspended from a rope, its entrails lying beneath it alongside banknotes, and the severed head of a cow covered in live, buzzing flies.” The dominant theme of his body of work (pun intended) is death.

So it is particularly sweet that Mr. Hirst has teamed with one of his biggest collectors, Victor Pinchuk, to fund a new neonatal center in Kiev, Ukraine, “Cradles of Hope.” Mr. Hirst donated $320,000 to the Victor Pinchuk Foundation for the purchase of 60 pieces of equipment used to treat babies born with extremely low birth weight. The money came from the sale in February 2009 of a painting called “Dark Days.”

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation was established in 2006 by Ukrainian billionaire industrialist Victor Pinchuk. The goal of the foundation “is to contribute to the modernization of Ukraine and to bringing up a new generation of Ukrainian leaders who are committed to serving the country.” The Foundation has six ambitious fields of focus: Health, Education, Culture, Human Rights, Ukrainian Economy, Local Community.

See Also:
Damien Hirst says crisis will stimulate artists [Reuters; April 24, 2009]
Hirst Teams with Pinchuk to Fund Ukrainian Neonatal Center [ARTINFO; April 24, 2009]
Damien Hirst [Wikipedia]
Viktor Pinchuk [Wikipedia]

Hazel McCallion- Hot Child in the City

Hazel McCallion, the 88-year old 11-term mayor mayor of the financially solvent Canadian city of Mississauga, easily won her last election with 92% of the vote. A former hockey player, who is still called upon to drop the puck, has been described as a “small-c” conservative. She runs the government of Canada’s sixth-largest city on a business model. As a result, Mississauga is debt-free, and has not borrowed money since 1978, the year that Mrs. McCallion was first elected mayor.

The video below by Rick Mercer features the captivating mayor. In it, Mayor McCallion expresses her one regret, that she has never starred in a music video. The last minute of the video takes care of that!

See Also:
Hazel McCallion (wikipedia)
About the Mayor

Rose Family to Brandeis U: “We Object”

In January 2009, Brandeis University announced it would be closing the Rose Art Museum and selling off works from its collection, due to the University’s budget problems.

The museum was founded in 1961, with a gift of $1 million from the Rose Family, which funded construction of the building. Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz has said that the Rose would remain open for academic purposes, but would no longer serve as a public enterprise. The Rose family responded with a statement issued March 16:

Re–purposing the museum is closing by another name. It would not be the Rose. Any other understanding of the university’s current plan is misinformation. The administration wants to control money given to the Rose for museum purposes, to sell precious works of art, and to close the museum. We Object.

In a written statement by museum director Michael Rush, he expressed his “shock and horror at the university’s decision to close the Rose Art Museum.”

Art cannot be treated as a liquid asset. Seeking a solution to dire financial difficulties by selling precious art that was given (or bought) in the deepest trust between donors and the university (via the museum) is an aberration. History will record this as a desperate action that flies in the face of all intellectual and ethical standards. Brandeis is putting its intellectual capital and very credibility as an institution of higher learning on the auction block. No one wins here.

“What donor would give a piece of art that might be sold to pay for administrative expenses?” said Meryl Rose. “This was meant to be a public art museum when it was built. It can be nothing but.”

See Also:
Rose family denounces plan to close Brandeis museum [Boston.com; March 16, 2009]
Museum Family Denounces Brandeis [NY Times; March 16, 2009]
Brandeis University to Shut Rose Art Museum [Art2u; January 28, 2009]