Independence Day, 2012

Happy Belated Independence Day Everyone!
I got back home from house sitting for my mom just in time to be with family on Independence Day.  For the first time ever, our tiny little town decided to have a celebration in the park with the usual folk activities including live local bands, bounce-castles, face painting, and lots of sun and heat.  I asked my wife about walking the mile or so down to it and she declined, so we did not go.  Instead my wife greeted me with a delicious BBQ brisket dinner and we shot off some of our own fireworks.  I’m talking about the kind you buy at the local stand from China that we can’t legally shoot off on the part of our property within the city limits, but can out in the pasture, which is outside!  My daughter had dinner, but then blew out to go do the same with some friends.  I miss having her around because she used to always put on her own fireworks show here!  We stayed and watched the city’s show from our pasture, as did most of our neighbors.  This background photo is of that show.

Here’s some more fireworks from the stack to think about if you’re done celebrating!:

Judge says man can’t hand out Bibles at Twin Cities’ Pride Fest.
by: Dan Browning, Star Tribune, June 11, 2012.  me:We’re continuing to lose our freedoms folks, one inch at a time!

Here’s a bit of good news for those of you who, like me (and a majority of our nation), support life:
Komen Sees Huge Drop in Support After Planned Parenthood Funding!   by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com, June 21, 2012.

WSJ Chief Economist:  75% of Obamacare Costs Will Fall on Backs of Those Making Less Than $120K a Year.
by: Jim Hoft, Human Events, June 30, 2012.
me:WE TOLD YOU SO!

Study: More Than Half a Trillion Dollars Spent [WASTED] on Welfare – But Poverty Levels Unaffected!
By Matt Cover, CNS News, June 25, 2012.
“Despite an unprecedented increase in federal anti-poverty spending the national poverty rate has not declined…Obama Will Spend More on Welfare in the Next Year Than Bush Spent on Entire Iraq War!”
me:To all my “liberal” (progressive) friends out there – THIS is one of the reasons WHY the Constitution leaves benevolence to local governments and private charity! Don’t believe me, consider what James Madison, one of our Constitution’s authors said:  “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”  Why do they NEVER learn?

Obama’s Infrastructure Charade
by James Piereson, American Spectator, June 25 2012.
me:This isn’t so much to bash President Obama, but is a big hidden problem that no one talks about that is strangling our economy.  It’s a big reason why our infrastructure is crumbling.  Why we used to build freeways while now we build toll roads.  Why China is on the way up and we’re on the way down!

Activists Take Out Frustration on … Ronald Reagan!
by Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard, Jun 22, 2012.
me:This just shows the other side’s true colors.  They are just as childish and sickening as are their “lifestyle” choices!  We can only hope that come January of next year, the grownups will finally be back in charge in this nation and will end these kinds of national embarrassments!  I’m not going to give the disgusting photo the dignity of inclusion here, but you can see for yourself it’s banality by following the link to the story.  NOTE – it’s not profane, just disrespectful, immature, and stupid.

Profanity Rally Protesters Slam Town’s Anti-Swearing Law.
courtesy Associated Press, via NBC Connecticut News, Jun 26, 2012.
me:The stupidity just continues to expand the available space.  By the way, the police can now “steal from you” for not buckling up, sometimes for not wearing a bike helmet, operating a lemonade stand w/o permission, smoking a joint, and other truly harmless things.  Why not for violating civil society?!  Once again, demonstrating that there’s only a few grownups left!

Quote of The Day on “Obamacare” (me):  So now, we get all the disadvantages of the current health-care system (private for-profit insurance middlemen & escalating medical/insurance costs) PLUS the disadvantages of socialized / universal health-care, like Canada and Europe (long wait times, lack of doctors, run down hospitals and higher taxes) and the advantages of NEITHER!  Oh and a Congress that can now compel us to buy ANYTHING they think is best for us too¡  Thank you so much Mr. Obama, Congress, and Chief Justice John Roberts for providing us the WORST (of both worlds) health-care system in the world¡  Oh, and we’ll still have lots of uninsured people that can’t afford health-care¡

Are we breeding a generation of app-loving, web-addicted digital illiterates?
by Jonathan Blum, TheStreet, via The Globe And Mail, June 27, 2012.

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