Saturday, July 04, 2009
But if the first lady and her White House kitchen continue to embrace the sustainable farming craze sweeping the nation, perhaps the Future Farmers of America ought to adopt her as its organic and healthful eating spokeswoman. Not only is she cheerleading chemical-free farming with her South Lawn veggie plot; we also hear that the White House is showing it means business by building three kitchen-waste compost piles for next year's planting.
This part is especially ironic and funny given the news I'm about to give you:
In fact, says Crawford, the White House garden in just a few short months has outshone some of his 40 acres of berries, herbs, and vegetables. Why? The soil. "The ground really seems to be nice and balanced," Crawford says. After it was tested, natural ingredients like crab meal were added to adjust the pH, sulphur, and potassium levels.
Yeah...maybe they should have checked the LEAD LEVELS. From AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says its high-profile garden on the South Lawn has tested positive for lead although it is not at dangerous levels.
You can't make this stuff up.
via Chrissie Siggelakis
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:44 AM
Friday, July 03, 2009
I'm in the middle of the Tea Party, but I know many of you want to know what I'm thinking about Palin's resignation. It's quite a shock. She tweeted right after the announcement that more info would come later and "it was good."
I don't think it's about running for President. She spoke of helping others in her speech. My first thought that she was writing a book. But someone told me that she already had a book deal. But I hadn't heard that. Maybe a T.V. political show?
She has a lot of legal debt from frivolous lawsuits (all dismissed) and she and her family are not the elite rich like so many politicians. She deserves to make some money.
Whatever she is doing, I will support her 100%. She is our voice.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:09 PM
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 12:29 PM
WASHINGTON -- Think an unemployment rate of 9.5% is bad? It could be worse. You could be a teenager.
For teenagers, the summer job market has not been so bleak in generations. During what should be the start of the bustling summer job season, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds who want work is 24%--the worst since 1965.
My older two never had a problem getting summer jobs in high school. My 16 year old's best friend's Dad owns 2 Smoothie Kings, but I didn't really want him working there because he is our neighbor and friend, and if he had to fire him or whatever, it would be akward for him.
But there were simply no other jobs to be had, and that is here in Texas where the economy hasn't been hit as hard as the rest the of the country. None of his friends found work this summer. He is working at Smoothie King and glad to have the job.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:04 AM
The Washington Post reports on Obama's "town hall" on healthcare:
"The president called randomly on three audience members. All turned out to be members of groups with close ties to his administration: the Service Employees International Union, Health Care for America Now, and Organizing for America, which is a part of the Democratic National Committee. White House officials said that was a coincidence."
via Weekly Standard
Look, if Obama is only going to put plants in the audience to ask the questions he wants answered (the same thing happened in his townhall in March), the why bother having them at all? The press should demand that we stop wasting airtime on what is little more than campaign ads.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:48 AM
Thursday, July 02, 2009
North Korea test fires four missiles in four hours and two young American women journalists still languish in a North Korean labor camp.
Iran is still torturing and beating it's citizens.
I think this is called "Let's ignore it and maybe it will go away" foreign policy.
I never thought there would come a day when I would wish that at least Hillary was President.
That is how far down the rabbit hole we have fallen.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 1:02 PM
Where are the jobs? Nearly 8 out of 10 new jobs are in a state that rejected the stimulus.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:51 AM
"McCain Staff Leakers, Whomever You Are, Are Scum, Should Be Outed, And Should Never Get Another Job"
Melissa Clouthier said it perfectly in her post here.
It speaks ill of John McCain that his former aids continue to bash Sarah Palin. It speaks ill of John McCain that he did not vociferously and ardently defend his running mate as she did him, post election.
I have a reminder to the geniuses at the McCain camp: YOU LOST. BADLY.
Now, there’s all sorts of explanations as to why that happened, but I put the blame on the leader’s shoulders: John McCain’s. His message was all over the road. His methods stunk.
...... one of these guys paying the anonymous leaker to give Vanity Fair Palin-hating fodder. It’s a win-win-win! Destroy Sarah Palin for her 2012 rivals. Thin the field and put up those who have no chance of winning thus ensuring an Obama victory. Best of all, Vanity Fair can sell magazines using the image of the woman they hate.
Fine. The leaker should be ready to be outed. Be ready to be hunted down, exposed and be content to never work on a campaign again.
I could NOT agree more. Loyalty means something. This person is a snake. And by all accounts it is probably Steve Schmidt. CBS News has a hit job on her today with e-mails from him. He is oblivious to what was really going on out here in the real world regarding attacks on her, saying they were anecdotal and dismissing her concerns. So not only is he a snake, he is incompetent.
We all should make it VERY clear to any other Republican candidate out there, that we will not support you if you hire any of the McCain staff. Not only were they incompetent in their jobs, but they have no loyalty, no character. They were unaware of the obvious and they couldn't get a moderate experienced war hero elected against a rookie.
It's time for them to go get jobs at a post office or something.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:57 AM
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:52 AM
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I cannot tell you how happy it made me when Jenny Sanford did not stand up next to her cheating pathetic husband, Gov. Mark Sanford, when he had his press conference admitting to his tawdry affair.
If your husband loses his job, has a disease, or has succumbed to early hair loss, then yes......stand by your man. If he has left you, your four young sons, and flown to Argentina to bonk a pretty young Latino on Father's day, then....no. You don't stand by him, unless it is to position yourself to push him off a cliff.
Kudos goes to Sen. Ensign's wife as well, who refused to stand by him during his confessional press conference, but unfortunately babbled to the press later about her marriage being stronger, as I'm sure her husband directed her to.
Watching any man go through a mid-life crisis is always embarrassing. My brother bought a black convertible miata. He tanned and wore pooka beads. Embarrassing, but acceptable. Another male relative invested in a motorcycle, a personal trainer, and enough tooth whitener to paint the White House. Again, embarrassing, but acceptable. But if your midlife crisis brings you to a point where you imagine that you have met your "soul mate" who just also happens to be young and sexy, then it's no longer embarrassing, it's a deal breaker. A big deal breaker.
Watching Sanford these last few days reminded me when we were watching Rod Blagojevich as he did his "I didn't nothing wrong" tour this past year. You just can't believe this man, this politician, this Governor, is speaking in such a clearly insane way. You wonder, do they have any idea how ridiculous and pathetic they sound?
Anyway, I digress. Jenny Sanford didn't stand by her man, and what a refreshing change that was to see. After seeing an array of zombie faced wives (from Clinton, Spitzer, McGreevey, Vitter, Edwards ect..) standing there in front of the cameras as their politician husbands humiliate them, I could hardly stand one more.
Her statement read: "We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago."
It's about time a woman stood up to this kind of thing, demanding to retain her dignity and self respect.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:21 PM
Fear is a part of their every day lives.
My brother was only 18.
They are now hanging protestors in Iran.
Funny how Pres. Obama was so reluctant to "meddle" in Iran's affairs, but felt no such reluctance with Honduras.
My heart goes out to the Iranians.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 2:42 PM
Many times Obama has given us a window into his real agenda. The "spread the wealth" comment was the one we learned the most from. But as far as health care goes, Newt Gingrich noticed this chilling tidbit from Obama:
President Obama said something at his White House healthcare event last week that offers a disturbing hint of our future under his vision of health reform.
He suggested one way to save costs is not to spend on procedures that “evidence shows [are] not necessarily going to improve care” for the sick and the dying.
“Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller,” the President said.
Maybe. But the question is, who decides?
The answer is not the patient, nor the family, it will be a government bureaucrat.
That is the chilling reality of Obamacare.
It’s his choice, not yours. Surgery costs too much. Make do with the painkiller.
Newt Gingrich goes on:
I have spent the past six years since founding the Center for Health Transformation studying our healthcare system, and finding out what works and what doesn’t work.
I’ve spoken to literally thousands of doctors, patients, hospital administrators and other health professionals. There is widespread agreement over steps we could take now to deliver more choices of greater quality at lower cost to every American.
But instead of focusing on creating a bipartisan consensus, President Obama and his allies have introduced the Trojan Horse of a “public option” in health reform.
And if you aren't frightened yet, try this:
The private insurance market would gradually disappear. And if you think this is an irrational fear, listen to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a supporter of the public option. Rep. Schakowsky proudly says that private insurers “have every reason to be frightened” by a government plan, because it is a “strategy for getting [to a single-payer system], and I believe we will.”
There is a misconception out there that there are no better plans being put forward. There are. Read the whole article to see the plan that Newt feels both Republicans and Democrats can agree on to bring costs down in healthcare without handing it over to the government.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:29 AM
This is an aerial view of our last Houston Tea Party in Jones Plaza on tax day. We had 8000 there! You can see how they spilled out into the streets.
That's why we chose Discovery Green this time. Wide open and spread out. There will plenty of room for everyone! Music, food, fun, and patriotism! That is the way to start the 4th of July weekend.
I know this is directed at my fellow Houstonians, but where ever you live, you can find a tea party to attend!! Look here to find one near you!
Remember! Get out to Discovery Green Friday, July 3rd 5:00-8:00! Lawn will be open at 4:00
Here's an Information Document for you with program, directions, and site map
Here is another document for additional parking
Tea Parties Join Forces to Fight Cap and Trade!
Houston has joined other cities in getting out the word on cap and trade. Here is, in part, some of the press release:
The House of Representatives violated their own rules by voting on a bill they did not read, by disallowing amendments, by failing to have a printed copy available for voting members, and most importantly against the wishes of the American public. The Congressional phone lines were overwhelmed on Friday, according to CNN, as a result of the volume of calls. "Ohio representatives report that constituents were against the bill by a measure of 20 to 1 yet some representatives, such as Ohio's Steve Driehaus (D-01), voted with the party instead of the people. In short, they failed their oath to defend, protect, and represent their State. This is not the way our Founding Fathers intended it." said Harald Zieger of the Cincinnati Tea Party.
The Cincinnati, Orlando, and Greater Houston tea parties will organize their own supporters and reach out to tea parties around the country to organize efforts to call local representatives and all decided and undecided Senators nationally. "Our goal is to exceed 10,000 calls, says Felicia Cravens of the Greater Houston Tea Party Society, "but I believe our now small grassroots effort will grow exponentially over the next few weeks. We expect to meet and exceed our national target."
So after this event, we will be organizing calling parties to have our voices heard. BE A PART OF IT!! Together we can make a difference. We can defeat cap and trade, but we need YOU to help!
Show your support and lend your voice to the Tea Parties this weekend! Our friends are hosting Tea Parties in these other locations:
July 1st - Baytown - San Jacinto Tea Party
5:30 - 7:30 Houston Raceway Park http://www.houstonraceway.com/
July 2nd - Woodlands / Conroe
5:00 - 9:00 Lone Star Expo Center http://www.thelonestar.org
July 4th - Katy - Katy Tea
5:00 7801 FM 359
Kingwood Tea Party Society will be in Kingwood 4th of July parade 8:30
Come join Americans to celebrate this great country, and the movement to ensure that it stays great!
See you Friday!!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:12 AM
So thinks some of the black elite on Martha's Vineyard where the Obama's will be staying for vacation this summer:
...there's also a bit of wariness among the wealthiest ones, an uncertainty whether Obama will affirm them. "Obama is more a man of the people," says a Vineyarder who's part of black high society. "He doesn't seem to identify with affluent black people. His wife definitely doesn't; she is basically a ghetto girl. That's what she says--I'm just being sociological. She grew up in the same place Jennifer Hudson did. She hasn't reached out to the social community of Washington, and people are waiting to see what they'll do about that." (New Yorker Magazine)
The author goes to talk about the prejudices blacks have toward one antoher. I've never understood it either and I've seen it all my life.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 9:27 AM
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 4:56 PM
Ed over at HotAir has audio of John Ziegler on radio interviewing Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) about the “moment of silence” demanded on the House floor for the death of Michael Jackson. Yarmuth said he was disgusted by it (as well he should have been):
YARMUTH: Um, I was close to nauseated by it. I thought it was outrageous. In my two and a half years, we’ve never done that for anybody else who’s a celebrity. We’ve done it for former members, and that’s about it, for former members who’ve passed away … I basically got up and walked back to the cloakroom and got off the floor, because I just thought it was totally uncalled for and over the top.
ZIEGLER: And were you alone in that feeling?
YARMUTH: Oh, no, the cloakroom was pretty well packed. I think there were a lot of people who were disgusted by it.
Keep in mind, these cloakrooms (which I was able visit when I was in D.C.) are good sized rooms and there one for each party. So if his cloakroom was full, then it was full of Democrats.
Makes one have hope, doesn't it?
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 1:33 PM
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Environmental Protection Agency may have suppressed an internal report that was skeptical of claims about global warming, including whether carbon dioxide must be strictly regulated by the federal government, according to a series of newly disclosed e-mail messages.
Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty "decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data."
This is what happens when politics gets in the way of science.
Carlin's report listed a number of recent developments he said the EPA did not consider, including that global temperatures have declined for 11 years; that new research predicts Atlantic hurricanes will be unaffected; that there's "little evidence" that Greenland is shedding ice at expected levels; and that solar radiation has the largest single effect on the earth's temperature.
If there is a need for the government to lower planetary temperatures, Carlin believes, other mechanisms would be cheaper and more effective than regulation of carbon dioxide. One paper he wrote says managing sea level rise or reducing solar radiation reaching the earth would be more cost-effective alternatives.
Imagine that. Global temperatures have been DECLINING for 11 years. Did you know that? Of course not. It didn't fit into Al Gore's Global warming nonsense. This does explain the sudden word change to "Climate Change" though. They figured sooner or later it would get out that the earth has actually been cooling for 11 years.
So we are about to "skyrocket" our energy cost with Cap and Trade for something that evidence tells us might not even be effective.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 11:27 AM
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We all expect politicians to renege on certain campaign promises, but Obama has raised this common practice to an art form.
In 2008 Obama spent $44 million on 16 tv ads bashing McCain about taxing employer-provided health insurance. In October of that year Obama called McCain's plan "so radical, so out of touch with what you're facing, and so out of line with our basic values." Now Obama is "leaving the door open to a new tax on employer-provided health care benefits." You better believe it's open. If they can tax it, they will.
This has become common with Obama. He says one thing and does the opposite, and it isn't just our side noticing. The left noticed when he continued Bush's policy of warrantless wiretaps, fighting the release of photos of detainees, and now, over at HotAir, we see that Andrew Malcolm is noticing that Obama has drafted a presidential executive order that would allow us to hold suspected terrorist detainees indefinitely.
As Ed at HotAir points out, Obama is essentially endorsing the detention policies of George Bush. But don't hold your breath waiting for Obama to apologize to Bush for slandering him for that exact thing for the last two years, or admitting that Bush was right all along on the war on terror, from detention to warrantless wiretaps.
And finally, in 2008 Obama admitted that cap and trade would "cause energy prices to skyrocket."
Remember that no new taxes pledge for "95% of American workers?" Well for those of you who are actually still working in this economy, you will most certainly be taxed under Cap and Trade. If you use energy, you will be taxed. That's the dirty little secret. If you drive to work, school, activities, and heat or cool your home, you will be taxed. I'm pretty sure that's just about everyone. We heard the "95%" thing over and over during the campaign, and unfortunately too many bought it and believed it. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will cost a family anywhere from $680 to $1500 a year. Then there are the net job losses in energy dependent sectors, which could go into the millions. It's all very complicated, but basically Cap and Trade takes from industrial America and gives to Silicon Valley and Wall Street "green tech" investors. It's all about the "green," but not the environmental green.
Cap and Trade will impose a serious economic harm to this country with very little evidence of the benefits to our environment.
Never before has a politician's lies meant so much danger to our country.
Make your calls my friends, this is important.
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 6:13 PM