livinglakecountry.com Community Blogs It's Hemmer Time http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:59:00 GMT en-us I'm confused... (UPDATED 8/25/14) http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/271930321.html UPDATED 8/25/14): I do not have a Facebook page, having no desire to respond to comments. However, in order to clarify my position on my blog (since, much like the title, some readers are "confused"), I have updated my post with the following: In my blog (shown below) I AM pointing out that Barack Hussein Obama has NO problem negotiating with terrorists to exchange five of the most dangerous terrorists the world has seen for a U.S. military deserter. I AM pointing out the hypocrisy - how Obama then refuses to pay a ransom for a journalist held prisoner by terrorists, who eventually was beheaded. Obama appears to be a "selective terrorist negotiator." I firmly believe that the United States should NEVER negotiate with terrorists in ANY case. Hope this clears up any "confusion." ------------------------------------------------------- I'm confused... President Barack Hussein Obama showed no qualms about "dealing" with terrorists in the past. On June 30, 2009, Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl snuck away from his military base in Southeast Afghanistan after reportedly making careful plans to desert his platoon. Bergdahl CHOSE to leave his military unit, and simply left, and by all accounts from his fellow soldiers sympathized with the enemy, expressed anti-American sentiments, and wanted to join up with terrorists. Bergdahl did manage to find some terrorists to team up with, but after several years was deemed a "prisoner." Well, later on, President Barrack Hussein Obama saw fit to "exchange" this less-than-stellar example of an American soldier - for the release of five of the most dangerous terrorists being held in Club Gitmo. Yep. Remember how Obama even held a "kumbaya" moment with Bergdahl's anti-American parents on national television at the White House? The pony-tailed father even made a statement in Arabic and "praised Allah" for Bergdahl's release. I'm confused. Contrast this with the recent beheading of journalist James Foley. Foley had been a real prisoner (no, he didn't flee American troops and wish to join up with the terrorists who held him captive) for several years. It is coming out now that the terrorists wanted to make a deal for some money in exchange for Foley. (See: http://news.msn.com/world/the-us-refused-to-pay-isils-ransom-demands-for-james-foley-1?ocid=ansnews11 The White House said "no deal." Because the White House doesn't deal with terrorists? I'm confused. So, let's get this straight. It is OK to bargain with terrorists and make deals IF the "prisoner" is a deserter? Yet, it is NOT OK to pay a couple hundred thousand to save the life of an American journalist? OK. So we hear about "not making deals" with terrorists. But under Obama - WE SURE DID! What are the parameters or the guidelines that Obama follows for negotiating with terrorists? Even more confusing... The ongoing imprisonment of a REAL American soldier in Mexico - Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. Tahmooressi is a 25-year-old US Marine reservist. He served four years in the Marines and did two tours in Afghanistan before finishing active duty in 2012. He was honorably discharged in November 2012. Unfortunately for Tahmooressi, he took a wrong a turn in Mexico, accidentally crossed the border, and had three registered guns in his truck. The Mexican police arrested him for the weapons, and he has been sitting in a Mexican jail since March 31st. Tahmooressi's mother, Jill, made the following plea on behalf of her son: “He’s fighting for his freedom. He’s fighting for his life and he needs his country now." Obama has done NOTHING to prompt the release of Tahmooressi, when all it would take is one phone call. Even more confusing... Back to James Foley and his brutal beheading.... Four minutes after a brief televised speech - saying that the death of James Foley was wrong and that (hold your breath) the perpetrators "will be brought to justice" (how often have we heard those meaningless words???), and that America really won't be going after ISIS or changing our "humanitarian" mission in Iraq, Obama left. Returning to "vacation mode." Four minutes after eulogizing James Foley, appearing angry and somber, four minutes after saying American really isn't going to do a whole lot regarding Foley's death or the ISIS threat (a few bombings here or there...too little...too late), Obama was teeing up his first drive on the golf course. Four minutes later. Yukking it up with his golf pals. Havin' a good ole' time. Like even some Dems are saying: the "optics" just aren't appropriate. Something is wrong here. Something is wrong with Obama. Something is wrong with a leader who says a few words but does nothing. Something is wrong with an individual - the President of the United States - who can appear totally indifferent and disengaged to the issues at large, yet appears very intent on having a good time, no matter what. The United States has never been weaker. The United States enemies have never been bolder. The world is burning. All due in one way or another to Obama and Obama's lack of leadership. ISIS has now been deemed a very real and dangerous threat to the United States of America. And what IS the main concern about the "lead-from-the-behinder"-chief? Why, what his golf handicap is!!! http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/271930321.html Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:25:46 PDT Obama bein' Obama http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/271470841.html Just finished reading the following article printed in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel on August 15th, 2014: U.S. general slain in Afghanistan laid to rest Arlington, Va. - Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the first United States Army general to die in an overseas conflict since Vietnam, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday with full military honors. "In life, he honored the flag. Today, the flag honors him," said Army Chaplain Jerry Owens at a graveside ceremony that followed a private funeral. Greene, 55, who grew up in Guilderland N.Y., died on Aug. 5 when a gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at U.S. personnel at an Afghan military academy near Kabul. The insider attack wounded 15 other coalition troops, among them a captain serving as one of Greene's aides. The assailant was killed by Afghan security. OK. Yet, guess what? The President of the United States offered NO public statement about the death of this general. Yet, in the past week, Barack Hussein Obama took the time to: 1) Comment on the death of comedian Robin Williams. 2) Comment on the "racial"incidents in Ferguson, Missouri (blaming the police, of course, without having all the facts). This is our "lead-from-the-behinder-in-chief" folks. A president who, taking yet another vacation while the world is in chaos (much of the chaos of Obama's own making), takes time away from the golf course to make glowing remarks about a troubled comic who killed himself AND a ginned-up "racial" incident in Missouri. So....after all is said and done, the President of the United States cannot find the time to make any public statement on the death of a two-star general serving in the Middle East (oh sure, after a couple of days of blowback and outrage from the public and military regarding Obama's lack of response concerning the death of General Greene, Obama FINALLY mentioned the general very briefly ("Our prayers are with the Greene family as they are with all the Gold Star families," and calling Greene "dedicated") during a teleprompter speech at the Veterans Administration on August 7th. Compare that to the long tribute Obama gave to Robin Williams: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams." In addition, Obama continues to add fuel to the fire with his divisive, anti-police, anti-law comments regarding the "civil unrest" meaning looting (why is a black teenager's death reason to break store windows to steal a big screen television?), violence, and arson in Missouri right now. (Remember the last time Obama jumped in without knowing any facts and blamed police for "Gates Gate?" Remember how Obama had to save face by hosting a silly and very unpresidential "Beer Summit.?"). Obama IS a pathetic disaster - people! Face it. This "leader" wants nothing to do with what is happening in the world - the dangerous messes that are of his own making. He is disinterested. Disengaged. Could care less. If events interrupt his golf game, he gets pissed. If events disturb what HE wants to do, he gets pissed. Unless, of course, the events are "Hollywood-ish" or seem to be "the hot topic" to chime in on - the "thing" to stir the pot as Obama so loves to do. Remember the Obama Administration motto: "Never let a good crisis go to waste." C'mon people. How could anyone have voted for this total arrogant, self-centered loser and not feel buyers remorse except, of course, for the most rabid leftie nut jobs out there who still have this anti-American's back?? And when all is said and done, this poor excuse for a president cannot find a couple of minutes to make a statement to the public to pay tribute to a two-star general in Afghanistan. A two-star general committed to serving his country. A two-star general who GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. Nope. Obama held out on this one for days, intentionally REFUSING to comment. Only after being forced to sort of acknowledge General Greene due to public outrage - in one flippant remark during a 'prompter speech - Obama tossed Greene's family a tiny bone. President Barry Hussein Obama would rather wax eloquent on the suicide of a troubled comedic actor and continue to do his part to stoke the "riot" flames pitting blacks against whites, encouraged by folks like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in Missouri. THAT SAYS IT ALL. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/271470841.html Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:11:38 PDT There's Something About Mary http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/269260691.html Recently I penned a blog called "Trick or Trek" which demonstrated the usual hypocrisy from the left. The point of "Trick or Trek" was to show how an ad by Governor Scott Walker's campaign pointed out that Mary Burke represents exactly what liberals despise so WHY would they vote for her? The company that Mary Burke worked for (when she wanted to) and was founded by her father (Richard Burke) - Trek Bicycles - actually outsources 99.5% of it's bike manufacturing to China and other foreign countries. This is TRUE. In addition, Trek pays it's foreign workers very little ($2 per hour has been mentioned and NOT disputed by the Burke family). TRUE. Trek makes a huge profit. TRUE. The Burke family has reaped the benefits of owning a successful corporation, started by their daddy. TRUE. Hmmm. So, from this past blog, one of the conservative commenters to my site suggested that perhaps - just perhaps - Mary had been born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Well, that took some lefties by surprise!!! EGADS! How Mitt Romney-ish!!! We can't have that! Profits are evil! Companies that succeed are evil! Families that prosper from taking advantage of the poor workers are evil! Wealthy families that get wealthier and eventually pass on their wealth to their children are evil!!! Companies that pay their workers piddly wages (overseas) are evil! Companies that pay nothing in state taxes are evil!!! Boo hiss!!! A response to the comment regarding the dreaded "silver spoon" quip, tying Mary in to a life of privilege, goes as follows: "Dont'cha know her daddy started Trek in a barn? Trek was born of blood, sweat, and tears? Mary Burke was age 17 in 1976 when her father founded Trek. She was 20 ( 21?) when the company approached $2,000,000 in sales (that's sales, not profits). So, the notion that she was born into enormous wealth is just plain bullsh*t. She has a degree in finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard. Now, I suppose that means absolutely nothing to some, but to many folks of a common sense variety, that's very impressive. Very unimpressive is Scott Walker's 2.59 GPA when he dropped out of college. "Burke bought her school board seat in Madison by spending a whopping $130K, 12x her opponent" She self-financed her last campaign. So? " Ah. So many things wrong with that "bullsh*t" from the individual who goes by the moniker: "Alex Killibrand." See, the Democrats and the media like to foster the idea that Richard Burke (founder of Trek and daddy of Mary) somehow rose up from utter poverty, toiled away in a red barn (which has even been used in ads for Mary), and built the company up from nothing. Now, let's pause a moment, shall we? Has anyone ever REALLY delved into Burkes' upbringing? No. Just like Barack Hussein Obama, I guess the mainstream media figures Burke's past isn't really important when figuring out who she is as a political figure. The media - in anointing Burke their "chosen one" - apparently feels no need to really research and report on her past (oh so similar as to how they gave Barry Hussein Obama a free pass). They'd rather ignore such information as irrelevant. Just a few generic things have trickled out, such as the media reporting that Mary Burke "grew up in Hartland." A harmless statement, but very broad and non-descript. Let's take that report a step further. Guess where in Hartland Mary Burke grew up? A house located on the pristine and very expensive shores of Beaver Lake. One of the most (if not THE most) expensive lakes to live on in Lake Country. Very exclusive. Yep. (Mary Burkes' mother, Elaine, still resides there to this day). The house is by no means a "mansion" compared to other homes in the area (Chenequa Country Club also on the shores of Beaver Lake), but rather an older, quaint cottage-style home. Probably worth a few million by todays standards. The family, years ago, was indeed described as "affluent" which is a nice way of saying "very rich." Hmmm. So the Burkes were never poor or struggling. Quite the opposite. Potential "silver spoon" material here... And guess where Mary Burke went to school? Mary went to University Lake School. If anyone knows their private schools, University Lake School is excellent and ----- very expensive. Current tuition ranges from $4000 to $17,000 PER YEAR. Yep, you read that correctly. Of course, Burke attended quite some time ago, but somehow I don't think that University Lake School would ever have had affordable rates for most people. (By the way, the $4000 figure only applies to those who depend upon "tuition assistance.") And remember, Mary comes from a family of five children. Think the other Burke family kiddies attended public schools? Hmmmm. Think the Burke family needed "tuition assistance?" Highly doubtful. Potential "silver spoon" material here... So after a very affluent upbringing, Mary was able to attend Georgetown. Not cheap by any means. Then on to Harvard Business School which currently costs $95,000 per year. Yes, you read that correctly. $95,000 PER YEAR!!! As for the "red barn" of which Trek was born. Guess what? Richard Burke, the "founder" of Trek, worked a wide variety of jobs and finally ended up at Roth Distributing (an appliance distributing firm). The owner of Roth fell dead one day at work of a heart attack. Burke and another individual took over the company reins. (It has been rumored that Elaine Sachs family (the same Elaine who eventually married Richard Burke - they did divorce later) had family ties to Roth ownership). Well, it seems as though Roth Distributing financed Burke's "Trek" bike adventure in the 1970's to the tune of $100,000.00. Back in the 1970's, $100,000 was A LOT of money. So the "blood, sweat, and tears" might have had a rather cushy start....even if it was in a "red barn." Think the family was "struggling" to support daddy's dream??? Eating mac 'n cheese every night to make ends meet? I don't think so. All of this leads to the utter hypocrisy of the left. Mary Burke IS a one-percenter. Even the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel forced itself to do a story on the taxes the individual Burke family members pay - $1.77 million in personal income taxes in 2012. Wow. Imagine how much money one has to make in order to pay that much in personal income taxes!!! Mary's brother, John Burke (the current CEO of Trek) paid a whopping $841,781 in 2012 in state taxes! This was based on income of $10.8 million!!! Think Mary is far behind? She is unwillilng to disclose her entire net worth and income, and has only admitted to what the requirements are for one running for office. (In 2012 she paid state taxes of $120,316 on a reported income of $1.5 million). Also interesting to note is that Trek Corporation itself has not paid state income taxes for several decades. (Another FACT that usually makes lefties go ballistic). Trek, like many other private businesses, utilizes lawful loopholes to skate around paying state taxes. I say good for them, but the liberals usually despise businesses and their owners that do such things. So the lefties have put a true one-percenter up at their candidate for governor. An individual who worked a few years for her daddy, took off a few years to snowboard in Colorado and Argentina and find herself, and then went back to work and outsourced jobs to China. (Remember, Trek produces less than one percent of all the bikes it makes in Wisconsin. 99.5% are done in other countries at cheaper ($2 an hour) labor rates). What exactly would the liberal media be saying about a Republican candidate who grew up weathly, worked when they wanted to, took a few years off to "snowboard" and "find themselves," later outsourced jobs to foreign countries, retired from their daddy's company in their mid-50's (living off of stock dividends), bought herself a seat on the Madison School Board, and then decided to run for office of the governor, for grins??? Egads. The media would rip them to shreds. .Anyone care to suggest differently? with a straight face? Now before the usual suspects burst a blood vessel calling me a "hypocrite" on Mary Burke - read slowly: I could care less how successful Trek and/or Mary Burke have been. Good for her that she had a nice and very comfortable upbringing - at the best schools money can buy. The family lived well. So what? I could care less how wealthy Mary Burke is. In fact, I say "good for her" if she can retire (as she has) in her 50's. Who among us wouldn't want to be able to do so, too, if we could! I say good for the Burke family that they put out a product that sells well and they make a profit on it and that they provide jobs for thousands! Unlike the Great Divider: Barry Hussein Obama - I am not jealous of those who experience success in private business and reap the profits and enjoy a very wealthy lifestyle. HOWEVER, by all accounts, liberals everywhere should be appalled that an individual like Burke is their chosen one to run against Governor Scott Walker in November!!! Just remember, lefties, come election time, Mary Burke represents the very type of individual you villify. Enormous wealth, born wealthy, well-bred in Ivy League schools, worked when she felt like it, retired when she wanted to, buys her way into politics. And just HOW does she relate to the "middle class" that she claims she so wants to help? Please. Give me a break. Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, or any ISIS terroris could be running against Scott Walker and lefties would vote for him for no other reason than they suffer from Acute Walker Derangement Syndrome and hate him so much they would rather see anyone else as governor. And Mary Burke is a pathetic and hypocritical choice by any means. No real accomplishments on her own. Nothing she can point to as a success. She was a dud in the Doyle Administration (well, gotta give her a pass on that cuz everyone in the Doyle Administration WAS a dud!), and seemed to coast along in Trek - working when she wanted to...playing when she wanted to... Governor Walker, on the other hand, in the face of numerous obstacles (including the recall election), has managed to bring Wisconsin back from the brink of the Doyle disaster years - growing jobs, allowing taxpayers to keep more of their own money, turning a $3 billion dollar state deficit into a $300 million dollar surplus, balanced the state budget, creating a "business-friendly" environment, and setting the stage for even more prosperity, growth, and fiscal soundness for years to come. In a sane world, Governor Scott Walker should win - hands down. "This is what Democracy looks like." LOL In closing, even Politifact has a difficult time finding ANYTHING Mary Burke has been truthful about. I kid you not! The liberal-friendly Politifact (otherwise known as "Politicrap") has more than a few "pants on fires" for Ms. Burke. Out of 19 issues Politifact investigated relating to Ms. Burke, 75% of her statements were deemed "pants on fire," "false," "mostly false," and "half true." Only 5 statements were even rated "mostly true" and Ms. Burke had ZERO statements rated "true!" And given Ms. Burkes' penchant for not having opinions on major issues or being forthcoming in what she would do to "improve" Wisconsin, or being confused about when exactly she worked at her daddy's company, or what years she even left to go "find herself," one can bet there will be lots more to come!!! See: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/mary-burke/ http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/269260691.html Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:15:35 PDT America's Weakness http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/270384951.html On Monday, August 4th, political commentator, author, and television host Bill O'Reilly appeared on his show "The O'Reilly Factor" and presented the following "talking points" memo. "America's Weakness" should be required viewing for every American - especially those of voting age. AMERICA'S WEAKNESS: A briefer summary of "America's Weakness" from O'Reilly's website: "The Economist magazine recently asked a provocative question: 'What would America fight for?' The magazine editorialized that President Obama's 'cumulative message is weakness.' In Iraq, the Al Qaeda offshoot ISIS is 60 miles from Baghdad. President Obama has done little to degrade the ISIS army and now it is taunting the president, who told us weeks ago that he was 'studying' the ISIS situation. That's the pattern - the president studies, analyzes, then does nothing, which shows America's weakness. We all know about Putin's aggressive moves, China is threatening to take islands in the Far East, and all over the world there is fear in the air. Back home, the earning power of the American worker continues to decline, with median income down 7% since President Obama has been in office. This weakens the average American home, causing millions to turn to the federal government for financial support. That raises the debt, which is now projected to be $20-trillion by the time Barack Obama leaves office. Then there is social weakness. We are living in a society that is largely secular, where narcissistic behavior and selfish pursuits are on the rise. Millions of Americans are addicted to the Internet, spending vast amounts of times texting, tweeting, and watching dubious entertainment. The crusade to legalize marijuana is nearly hysterical, with pot proponents almost making it a Constitutional issue. Coupled with that is the incredible sympathy some on the left have for drug dealers of all kinds. When a society goes soft on evildoers, it becomes weak, and people who sell narcotics are evil. How about American children? In many public schools they are getting an inferior education. The cold truth is that American society is growing weaker, and anyone who challenges that trend is demonized by the liberal media. The left screams about income inequality when its own policies are downgrading job development and failing to help the poor. The Obama administration stokes that fire. Rather than laying out a road map of self-reliance, liberal politicians and the media encourage 'social justice' and income redistribution. Summing up, President Obama ran on a platform of prosperity, uniting American, and a bold new progressive vision that would provide for the poor and ensure a level playing field. None of that has come to pass. What we have is declining power overseas, an enormous debt, a porous southern border, and a population of 320-million Americans, many of whom are apathetic and ill-informed. I have never seen America weaker than it is today." http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/270384951.html Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:51:24 PDT Two Puzzles http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/269739321.html A reader sent me the following - (thanks KT!). What is happening at the southern border of the United States of America is questionable, unprecedented, and is being ALLOWED and ENCOURAGED to happen by the United States government. Illegal immigrants - mostly children - streaming across the border into the United States. Being re-located at various cities throughout the United States, usually without state government receiving any notice or information from the federal government (thankfully many cities across the country ARE fighting back against the federal government trying to send hundreds of illegals to their communities). These illegals are NOT being sent back home to Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador from where they came. WHY NOW? Have conditions in ANY of these countries CHANGED in the past day? month? year? decade? NO. My answers to the following two puzzles presented below are simple: Barack Hussein Obama gave the green light for illegal immigrant children to cross our borders by the thousands. How? An agreement with the shady government leaders to the south - with the help of the President of the United States. Why? Three reasons: Mass chaos to take the heat off of all the other Obama scandals/issues (too numerous to list), a chance to weaken the United States even further, AND a nice future Democratic voter drive for the lefties... Read on: ----------------------------------------- PUZZLE ONE Imagine you are a 3 year old to 8 year old child. You are on your own without adults. You are asked to walk from Houston, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota on your own with no food or belongings to sustain you. Then you are aked to walk an additional 100 miles past Minnesota. Could you do it? How long would it take you as a six year old? That is the minimun distance these poor, helpless little ones have supposedly walked from Central America to the border of Texas, again, on their own. They didn't get lost. They survived the journey without help (unless you buy into the notion that a destitute, out-of-work family, run out of their home by gangs, and living in squalor, somehow came up with $8,000 to $10,000 for EACH child to pay a "coyote" (illegal smuggler) to take them to the border). PUZZLE TWO Now, on the map above, you must start somewhere in the green area. Let's make it easy and start where the green meets orange, so that you had the least mileage by not having to cover the whole green area. Just start where the green meets the orange. Light blue, of course, is water. Your task is to figure a route from the green area to the purple area without going into the light blue area and, at the same time, avoiding towns and cities in the orange area. The black line is the distance from the nearest town to Mexico's sourthern border that touches the green area at Laredo, Texas, one of the CLOSEST purple towns - 1,220 miles across desert and mountains - with no equipment or food or help. If orange had stopped these innocents where orange touches green, problem would not have occurred. However, what six year old do you know who could walk 1,220 miles (minimum - probably more like 1,500 miles) on their own without dying? How many days would it take for a six year old to walk 1,220 miles without help, directions, food, sun protection, water, etc.? I am beginning to think that the truth about all of this isn't being given fully to us, folks. Someone created and assisted in this, and the media should be figuring out who it is, don't you think? http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/269739321.html Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:28:33 PDT The unbelievable irony... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/268515892.html President Obama, ignoring the volatile issues of the world (many of his own making) and numerous scandals and problems at home (many of his own making), has embarked on a Democratic fund-raising tour for several days, then a sixteen day vacation to Martha's Vineyard. Must be so nice to be a president and able to ignore everything that is going on in favor of fun, golf, and just relaxin'....(although we Americans should be grateful Obama is going on vacation - for more than two weeks The One will not be using his "pen and phone" to bypass Congress, ignore the Constitution, and rewrite laws as he sees fit!). While enjoying his fundraising tour for his party, hosted by numerous Hollywood stars, billionaires, and CEO's of major corporations (hypocrisy at it's finest yet again from the anti-business, anti-success, anti-one-percenter lefties), the president's motorcade in Los Angeles actually prevented a pregnant woman from crossing the street to get to a hospital to have her baby! The delay lasted approximately half an hour until the woman could get care. Hmmm. Here's the story: http://news.msn.com/us/pregnant-woman-delayed-by-president-obamas-motorcade-in-los-angeles So Obama is on the left-coast, traveling on his Magical Mystery Tour, havin' fun, hangin' out with other Dems, socialists, anti-Americans, and commies, and lovin' it. Yet, here is a pregnant woman - unable to get to the hospital BECAUSE of Obama!!! Barack Hussien Obama - the most divisive president this nation has ever known - the one who constantly claims that Republicans don't care about women, they don't care about women's reproductive "rights," they don't care about women's health, this very same Obama physically blocks a pregnant woman from going to a hospital to have her baby! Ah, the unbelievable irony!!! One cannot make this stuff up. Some have suggested that if this woman was trying to get into an abortion clinic, the motorcade would have put on the brakes and allowed her to cross the street...maybe Obama would have jumped out and personally escorted her!!! http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/268515892.html Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:33:18 PDT Trick or Trek (updated 7/25/14) http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/268163842.html Over the past weekend, John Burke, current president of Trek Bicycle (headquartered in Waterloo, WI), took out a full-page ad in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel to pen a letter in defense of what he felt was an "inaccurate political ad" about Trek. Burke is the brother of Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke. Here is the ad put out on the airwaves on behalf of Governor Walker and his bid for re-election (third time around!): Here is John Burke's response on behalf of his sis: ---------- July 20, 2014 A letter to Wisconsin Over the past few months, much has been said about Trek. Governor Walker's campaign recently ran an inaccurate political ad about Trek. This compels me to set the record straight: - Trek is a global company that employs nearly 1,000 people in Wisconsin, including designers, engineers, researchers, and manufacturing employees, with an annual payroll of more than $52 million. - Today we manufacture bikes in Wisconsin, Germany, Holland, and China. In fact, we manufacture more bikes in the United States than any other bicycle company. Trek makes bikes in Wisconsin and exports and sells them globally. - Trek's largest shareholder is the Employee Stock Ownership Plan. - Trek pays more than $400,000 annually in property taxes. - Trek was named to Outside Magazine's 2012 list of Best Places to Work. Trek is committed to Wisconsin. - Trek's founder, Richard Burke, left his entire estate to the Burke Foundation. Burke Foundation grants include Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Burke Scholars of Marquette University. This year alone, my father's foundation has awarded more than $6 million to worthy Wisconsin causes. - Trek has contributed more than $11 million in the last 24 years through the annual Trek 100 Ride for Hope, a fundraiser for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund). - Trek supports 58 small Wisconsin businesses - Trek retailers - who employ more than 400 emmployees. - Trek donated $1.5 million to create the Madison B-cycle bike sharing system and runs it for free. - Trek founded Madison and Milwaukee DreamBikes, which provide access to affordable, quality bikes to those in need and also provide youth with valuable work experience. We've spent 40 years building Trek into one of the greatest bicycle companies in the world. We are proud of the significant impact Trek and it's 1,000 employees in Wisconsin have had on the people and state of Wisconsin, and no one can change the facts Not even politically motivated ads. Sincerely, John Burke President, Trek Bicycle Trek Bicycle Corporation 801West Madison Street Waterloo, Wisconsin 53594 USA ---------- All well and good. Nice letter. Trek DOES do many positive things and is a great company. I do not believe anyone, including Governor Walker, is implying otherwise. Trek is a success story - and kudos to them! They make a profit (one of those perks about business that lefties hate)! And the family that runs the business lives very well - good for them. I have no qualms about that, nor does it appear that Governor Walker does. We are not angry about "income inequality" - another drummed up bit of nonsense out of the Obama White House. We conservatives and Republicans applaud success, personal responsibility, and hard work. Quite the opposite of the Democratic party. Now, to the point - What is the "inaccurate" part of the political ad put out by the Walker campaign??? That Trek outsources jobs to China? They do. That Mary Burke makes a lot of money from the company her father founded? She does. That Wisconsin lost a lot of jobs due to Trek outsourcing? Wisconsin did. So exactly what is "inaccurate" about the Walker ad, Mr. Burke? John Burke is unable to mention anything inaccurate about the Walker ad in his full-page ad on behalf of his sister. Because HE CAN'T!!! Aside from that fact, notice what Burke also fails to mention in his letter: 1) Trek is the ONLY bike manufacturer in the United States. Therefore, it is easy to claim to "manufacture more bikes in the United States than any other bicycle company." 2) Trek makes 99.5% of its bikes in foreign countries, paying workers much less than they do here. (Common big business practice, and a sensible one - great way to get around the high cost of simply doing business in our over-regulated, over-taxed, anti-business climate which exists in the United State). 3) Note how Mr. Burke does not mention how much the Trek foreign workers are paid. $2 an hour in China is an average (and is the wage mentioned in the Walker ad). Mr. Burke doesn't take the time to dispute such or even mention what Trek pays its foreign employees in this full-page letter. Think Trek is one of the "best places to work" in China??? 4) Trek may pay $400,00.00 annually in property taxes, but they do not pay a dime in state taxes and haven't for decades. Nothing illegal here, just a simple way to get around tax laws that many companies employ. Again, I say more power to 'em - yet isn't it just a bit questionable that Mr. Burke overlooks this fact? 5) From the Milwaukee Journal/Sentine: The U.S. Department of Labor issued a ruling against Trek not long ago, saying some of its employees were eligible for special federal aid via the Trade Adjustment Assistance program because they lost their jobs due to foreign trade. Specifically, the decision said "the increased reliance on imports contributed importantly to the worker group separations and sales/production declines at Trek Bicycle Corporation." What is really going on here is that the Walker ad is brilliant in its simplicity. John Burke and Mary Burke don't like it, nor do they understand it. The Walker ad turns the tables by using the rhetoric and anti-business beliefs of the left to target one of their own - an actual one-percenter (usually despised by lefties unless, of course, the one-percenter IS one of their own!). And remember, Mary Burke opened up the Trek topic - touting her (questionable) achievements while working there. (Burke is retired). This is the same Mary Burke, who left her job at Trek so she could take a year off to go snowboarding, then return to work. This is the same Mary Burke who bought herself a seat on the Madison school board for $120,000.00 with her own money. This is the very same Mary Burke who doesn't seem to understand that Scott Walker IS NOT criticizing Trek, he is criticizing the hypocrisy of Mary Burke, the daughter of the original founder of Trek Bicycles. (Aaaah, where IS that Occupy crowd when you need 'em???). This is the same Mary Burke who accuses Walker about not knowing about global business, when nothing could be further from the truth. Burke doesn't appear to have a clue about what the Walker ad is really about. Walker isn't criticizing big business nor the success of businesses in our state. Walker is criticizing the hypocrisy that seems ingrained in the DNA of so many liberals. The "do as we say not as we do" crowd. In a nutshell, Burke stands for everything the left despises and then some. Governor Walker is simply pointing this out. The ad Walker's campaign ran has little to do with Trek and a lot to do with the business practices and policies that the left and Democrats are so quick to demonize. Good for Walker. Hope more ads like this come out. Liberals like Mary Burke can run, but they cannot hide from the facts. So Mary Burke, who worked when she wanted to at her family business, and did a less-than-stellar job in the Governor Doyle administration, is the left's answer to....Scott Walker??? the best governor this state has ever had? What the Trek??? -------------------------- ***Updated 7/25/14: It appears that some liberals who comment here (John K for one) simply do not understand my blog. Let me explain in simple terms. Read slowly. Sure, I supported Mitt Romney. And I would again. And there is NOTHING hypocritical about my support of Romney and the points made in this blog. I say SO WHAT if corporations outsource to other countries to avoid the anti-business, high tax, high regulations the federal government tries to impose at every chance. GOOD FOR THEM!!! (I mentioned this in regards to Trek in my blog (twice) if any of the liberals would have bothered to read such). And I say GOOD FOR TREK. However, the point of my blog was to show the hypocrisy of the left. That's all. Mary Burke and her leftie supporters despise the very business practices that Trek uses. They despise corporations that are successful. They despise corporations that make a profit. And they despise corporations that outsource jobs to other countries, taking advantage of cheaper labor. And they despise the one-percenters who actually make money off of such companies. Lefties HATED Mitt Romney for the very same things that Trek does and will continue to do in order to remain profitable. By all accounts, Mary Burke shouldn't be the Democrats candidate for governor, even if she does support the wishy-washy rainbow and unicorns ideals of the left. Her background is in direct conflict with the ideology of the Democratic Party. I think Trek is a great company and an asset to the state of Wisconsin. They make a good product. They run a good business. They run a very profitable business. They have worked hard to get to where they are today. They are charitable to various organizations. Good for them. I wish them continued success. The fact is that Mary Burke is trying her best to avoid being confronted with the facts surrounding Trek's big business practices (which most good little liberals hate with a passion) and her attachment to it. Therein lies the real hypocrisy. And that is what Governor Walker's ad - and my blog in support of Walker's ad - makes the case for. C'mon John K.... Now that I explained what this blog is about in simple terms, since obviously you didn''t understand it the first time around - call me a hypocrite again if you want. But you'll really have to do some 'xplainin' yourself as to how in the Trek you reach such a misguided conclusion... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/268163842.html Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:11:22 PDT "It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy???" http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/267575031.html “It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy." (No, these weren't Obama's words describing his presidency). These are Barack Hussein Obama's exact words regarding a Malaysia Airlines plane crash. (See:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/malaysia-airlines-plane-disappears-over-ukraine-feared-shot-down-by-missile/2014/07/17/0fffe1e6-0dcb-11e4-8341-b8072b1e7348_story.html). A plane crash over the Ukraine that looks like it may have been SHOT DOWN by a surface-to-air missile. A civilian plane crash that killed a few hundred people - many among them women and children. A possible TERRORIST attack! LOOKS LIKE? MAY BE? Is Obama's teleprompter not working? Does it need a few good whacks to give The One the right words to say? Sure looks like a "terrible tragedy" to me. Why is Obama confused? Because he may have to do something "presidential" and hold another country or terrorists accountable? Because the people behind the curtain aren't telling him the right words to say? Because he has no true empathy and is simply an empty shell designed to do the bidding of George Soros? Nah, I think it boils down to the fact that the Malaysia plane crash may interfere with his plans for Democratic fundraisers and/or golf this weekend. (Highly doubtful, but it could happen?!?). ------- ***News flash as of 7:15 p.m.: Obama WILL attend two fundraisers in New York tonight (7/17/14). No need to dwell on any major developments or border-crisis or terrorist issues! The world is falling apart, but as long as Obama wants to have fun that's all that matters! To heck with any leadership responsibilities! (And you can bet the media will do their best to cover for this clown). -------- And on the same exact news day, Israel is now sending troops into Gaza. (I say good for them - they've taken enough daily bombings from Hamas). Think Obama will still plea for "restraint" in regards to Israel, with no acknowledgment that terrorists attack them on a daily basis? Think Obama will send a message that the United States SUPPORTS Israel in this effort? I don't think so. The Israel vs. Hamas situation is exploding. (Oh, I've got it! Let's send in the master negotiator - John Kerry!!! LOL!!! Has there ever been a more useless individual than John Kerry? OK, Obama, Biden, Clinton, Pelosi, Reid,.......) What a pathetic excuse for a president. What a pathetic excuse for a Secretary of State (following in the footsteps of another pathetic excuse for a Secretary of State - Hillary "what difference does it make" Clinton!). Gosh, this president and his Administration are a total embarrassment. When Obama's arrogant face flashes on the television screen, most Americans have probably gotten to the point of either changing the channel and/or cringing in disgust. Who can listen and believe anything this liar-in-chief says anymore? So the plane crash and the Israel situation succeed in taking yet ANOTHER Obama mess out of the news - you know, the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants pouring into the country at the bequest of Obama. Come on in! Borders? What borders? Future Democratic voters is all Barry and Co. are looking for. Anyhow, the illegal immigration mess has been pushed to the backburner. Saving Obama for the time being yet again...funny how that works. Every time a scandal or presidential crisis heats up, another scandal or presidential crisis pops up to take it's place. Obama's entire presidency is one big scandal - one big mess. One right after the other. And Obama does nothing. Nope. Nothing can interfere with golf, running off to fundraisers, focusing on made-up issues like global warming or the "war on women," or blaming Republicans and Bush for the disaster that IS the Obama presidency. The elections to take back our country from the anti-American and leadership-challenged Democrats and their Messiah cannot come soon enough. Hold on to your seats, folks, the next few months leading up to the 2014 and 2016 elections are OH SO IMPORTANT. We HAVE to take back this country from the socialist, incompetent children currently in charge. If not, the United States is doomed. Things can and probably will get a lot worse - in the United States and the world - in the next year and a half - BECAUSE of Obama. On to the next scandal or crisis of the day... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/267575031.html Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:26:06 PDT OK, so Obama is WORST president ever...what's next? http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/267241211.html OK. Most Americans admit to buyer's remorse (wishing they would have voted for Mitt Romney in 2012) and are unhappy with what "The One" is doing in terms of "leading" (cough cough) the country. Obama won the poll for worst president ever, as I wrote about in a recent blog. (See: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/poll-obama-worst-president-since-wwii-108507.html) So what's next? The American economy still stinks. Tens of thousands of Americans have totally given up even bothering to look for work. They are not counted in those rosy employment numbers being reported by the government. The world as we know it is imploding. Israel is finally standing up to the daily bombings it endures from Hamas. Israel is fighting back. Yet, can they count on the United States to help out? No. I don't think so. Obama and Co. seem more compassionate towards the terrorists, always suggesting that Israel "show restraint." In the meantime, terrorists have even established their own country in Iraq. Who-da-thunk it? After all, didn't The One have terrorists on the run? What happened? The world is erupting into a dangerous tipping point, with terrorists gaining a lot of power and territory. Russia, Iran, and North Korea are doing their own thing, ignoring the United States or, in several instances, going out of their way to taunt us with shows of their own military strength - knowing there will be no consequences. (Obama seems to use disappearing ink for his "red line.") How did this happen? Why? The world has become increasingly more violent and unsafe under the rule of Obama. Obama - a president who refuses to support our allies and instead seems intent on appeasing enemies. Obama - who has made the United States a laughing stock - weak and ineffective. ( Hey, I bet trading five highly dangerous terrorist leaders in exchange for one anti-American loser is a great deal! Hey, let's make that exchange!!!) A weak United States creates a much more dangerous world. A strong United States (which has disappeared under the rule of Obama) would be better for the world at large. Yet, Obama has allowed the United States to become a joke. Why? And what exactly is The One doing? Well, he hasn't missed a weekend of golf! Ten straight weekends in a row and counting!!! Gosh, he must be workin' so hard he needs a break... Imagine if George W. Bush had been golfing while "Rome burned." Think the people would have been up in arms? You betcha. But when it comes to Obama... all we get out of the media is a yawn. So we have the IRS scandal, the Benghazi scandal, the mess known as "Obamacare," the NSA scandal, Fast and Furious, illegal CHILDREN flooding the borders (at the bequest of Obama working hand in hand with governments south of the border), and ignorance of the dangers that are currently facing the world. Yet, what does THE ONE focus on? Why, sex on the college campus! Fighting against denying abortion pills to whining coeds! The war on women (a ginned up crisis manufactured by Dems) or the "inequality" when it comes to working wages or (stifle the laughter) the "global warming" problem. Fighting AGAINST states who wish to enact laws to control their borders against illegals! Fighting AGAINST states that support Voter ID in order to ensure every vote is legal. Good grief. The country - and world - are imploding and THE ONE as expected, is focusing attention on every silly, goofy social cause under the sun. In between rounds of golf. Fighting against common sense laws. Ignoring other laws that he is required to enforce by the Constitution. Saul Alinsky would be proud. Obama has studied the "Rules for Radicals" book and implemented the instructions to the letter. Obama has learned well. Obama has been a stellar student. Too bad the entire nation will suffer. Too bad this anti-American socialist couldn't have been thrown out of office or impeached. Nah, we couldn't do that to the "first black president" for fear of being perceived as "racist." Never mind that most people could care less what color this dangerous man is, and instead do care about how he is managing to tear down the United States with reckless abandon. The next president will indeed have his work cut out for him. Obama has done so much intentional damage to the stability, power, and goodness of the United States of America that the next president will have to devote much of his presidency to cleaning up the mess. God help us all. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/267241211.html Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:58:09 PDT C'mon - bring 'em on in!!! Future Democratic voters of America unite! http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/266829301.html So the "Commander-In-Chief" refuses to go to the Texas border to witness the influx of illegal aliens being dropped off by the thousands. He preferres to attend fundraisers for his own party. Saying he is being "kept informed" on the illegal alien situation by others. Imagine if George W. Bush had done the same during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Refusing to go and see the mayhem himself, but relying on the words of others. Think the public would have been outraged? You bet - and rightfully so But does Obama get the same scrutiny or disapproval as Bush? For refusing to see the devastation? No way. (As a matter of fact, the mainstream media has really downplayed the tens of thousands of illegals coming into the country like never before. No pics, no videos on the evening news. Few reports. Calling the illegals every name BUT illegal - nope, instead they are "undocumented workers," "immigrants," or "refugees". After all, the media wouldn't want to make "The One" look bad...they've got his back (and then some...)). Tens of thousands of ILLEGAL immigrant CHILDREN are streaming across our borders! Right now! And what is the Commander-In-Chief doing? Nothing. Obama's too busy with fundraisers for the Democratic Party. You know, shooting pool and drinking beer. Rubbing elbows with future Democratic candidates for political positions. Neglecting the real issues of what is going on in the world. Blaming Republicans and Bush for disasters of his own making. In other words, business as usual. Obama's OWN POLICIES of NOT enforcing the borders have gotten the United States into real trouble. Obama has sent a signal to countries south of the border - c'mon in! The gates are open! Flood the borders - right now! We'll simply issue you a "summons" to appear in court in the future. In the meantime, just disappear into the United States. We won't really expect you to show up in court (wink wink) to get sent back to wherever you came from! Obama is refusing to enforce the very policies he is REQUIRED to enforce as president. As we have seen quite often with this president - if Obama doesn't like a law, he refuses to support it. As president, he should not be able to pick and choose what he likes to enforce and what he does not. Thousands of illegal immigrant children - many without parents - are coming into America. What for? To find a "better life" without their parents? Hardly. How does showing up without ones parents in a foreign country bode well for a child's future? What happens to these kids? Foster parents? (are there enough?), What about all the illnesses they are bringing? What about the cost? What about the dangers (many of the young teenagers are said to have gang ties)? Eventually, most - if not all - will be on the dole. How - in any sane world - does that benefit our country? This IS Obama's America! Thousands upon thousands of illegals entering the country with no consequences - soon to be dependent upon the government for their every need. Americans - hard working Americans - WILL be paying the price. What country DOES this? What country ALLOWS this to happen? Not many. Most, if not all, have very strict rules and laws (that such countries actually ENFORCE!!!) about who can and cannot enter a country - for very good reasons. What has happened to the United States of America? Obama. Obama has happened. No rules apply. So sad that under Obama, the United States of America seems to have no borders - terrorists, illegals, whomever, is free to enter without any consequences. Chaos - what the Obama nation thrives on. Just the way The One wants it. Future Democratic voters - dependent for their every need and want upon the government. Ain't life grand!!! On to the next crisis or scandal of the day... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/266829301.html Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:11:35 PDT Worst president ever... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/265762111.html All I can say is what the heck took so long to reach this conclusion?!? It's official. Barack Hussein Obama has now been deemed "the worst president ever." Very deservingly, I might add. After all, here is a president who: 1) doesn't like his own country 2) apologizes for his own country at every opportunity 3) ignores the laws and constitutional responsibilities he is sworn to uphold 4) uses government agencies to go after those who oppose him (IRS, NSA) 5) lets five very dangerous, top-level terrorists go free in exchange for one anti-American loser 6) creates policies that are destructive to the well-being of America (anti-business, anti-growth, anti-employment, etc.) 7) has allowed, due to his own policies, Iraq to disintegrate into chaos, with terrorists claiming parts of their country for their own terrorist state 8) has dissed our allies and emboldened our enemies. Russia. North Korea, and others look at the United States and laugh. Our allies question our sincerity in backing and supporting them and do not trust Obama. 9) has divided the country like never before - men vs. women, blacks vs. whites, poor vs. rich, liberals vs. conservatives. The "great uniter" has been nothing more than the "great divider." 10) encourages reliance upon the government while discouraging individualism, hard work, and personal responsibility. 11) allows illegal immigrants to flow into the country, then has the nerve to say he'll "go it alone" to solve the problem!!! Yeah right! Amnesty here we come! All the illegals coming into the country are simply one huge Democratic voter drive... 12) has weakened the military while emboldening those who will - and want - to cause us harm 13) left four Americans to die in Benghazi, then lied about it for weeks just to get re-elected 14) lied about his signature socialized medicine plan - saying "people could keep their doctors" and people could "keep their health care plans." We all know how that turned out... Need I go on? Obama is simply evil. His policies and socialist dreams are destroying the foundation of America. He hates this country. He is trying to rebuild this country into a socialist nation - one where millions are equally miserable while a few at the top enjoy the perks that the "common man" will not be allowed to have. Appropriately, the 4th of July is here. We - as Americans - need to celebrate and appreciate our freedoms. Our freedoms have been deteriorating at an alarming rate under the rule of Obama. The next president is really going to have his work cut out for him. Obama has weakened the United States, attacking at every chance the very fabric that makes us Americans, and has tried to turn the country upside down. What is right is wrong, what is wrong is right. The world has become much more dangerous under Obama. Countries used to complain that the United States had too much power. Well, the United States with too little power is bad for the world at large. We used to be a beacon of hope, what other nations aspired to. Obama has done away with that. He has made us mediocre. He has made us despised. He has made us weak. He has embarrased the nation. In other words, Obama has accomplished what he set out to do. Worst president ever - how true! So sad that it took two terms for many to realize such. And in a perfect world, this president - if he wasn't "black" - would have been rightfully impeached and/or thrown in the slammer for crimes against America. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/265762111.html Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:01:06 PDT Congrats to Dave Brat!!! http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/262804971.html (I had this blog all set to go around June 10th, then got distracted by major events including the fiasco known as Obama's foreign policy (perfect example is the total disaster we are sadly witnessing in Iraq right now). Also got sidetracked following the horrible consequences of Obama releasing five of the most dangerous terrorists from Club Gitmo in exchange for an anti-American soldier who deserted. (Think ANY terrorists fear the United States anymore? Nah. Obama himself gave terrorists a great reason to celebrate and a huge boost to their morale. What a "leader!" Again I ask, whose side does the "president" align himself with?). Anyhow, I do think this blog is still timely, given the beliefs held by the individual highlighted here - Dave Brat. (By the way, no need to blog about the current laughable media frenzy trying to make our great governor, Scott Walker, out to be a "criminal." The national news media is reporting news that is two years old. Good Grief!!! (Such a narrative clearly demonstrates how scared the left is of Walker! That IS a good sign, folks!) I am sure Walker will stand tough in the face of the garbage the liberal media is churning out. Thank goodness a recent Gallup Poll shows that 78% of Americans have NO confidence in the so-called "news" media of today!!! It is quite pathetic that the news media is little more than an extension of the Democratic Party. The Barack Obama Fan Club. Unable to do the "who, what, why, where, and how" reporting that any real journalist should adhere too. True journalism is dead. The low approval rating regarding the news media is well-deserved.) Let's get on with to the blog... ---------------------- "The Tea Party is dead! The Tea Party is dead!" How often have we heard that gleeful chant coming from the establishment on the left and right side of the aisle in Washington D.C., and other liberals across the nation? Well, it ain't so... Enter Dave Brat. Dave Brat, an economic professor running as a Republican with Tea Party support, defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 7th congressional district primary, 56-44 percent. This came as a big surprise - especially to Cantor. This was a HUGE victory. Eric Cantor was first elected to Congress in 2000, and currently held a powerful position as Majority Leader. Cantor also became the first House majority leader to lose his re-election bid IN A PRIMARY in over 100 years! This was no "fluke." Brat represented the will of the people - conservative and Republicans. He is a man of principle, intelligence, and very concerned about what is happening in our country today. Rather than focus on social issues, Brat focused his campaign on the aspects of which our nation was founded and made the United States the greatest country in the world. Following are the six elements which were the key to Brat's campaign: - That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice, - That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society, - That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government, - That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations, - That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense, - That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation How refreshing! Where oh where along the way did such beliefs which were once supported by most Americans just a few decades ago get turned upside down? become demonized rather than celebrated? America HAS lost its way. We no longer applaud hard work, personal responsibility, a strong country, and moral values. A "faith in God" is something to be attacked (unless one is a Muslim, of course). Republicans and conservatives can celebrate Brat's victory for a short time. Remember, he won a primary. The race is not over yet as Brat has to defeat a Democrat opponent to win the congressional seat vacated by Eric Cantor. There is a good chance Brat WILL indeed manage to win - since the area Brat would represent leans Republican. This would be a glimmer of good news and hope in the midst of chaos, scandals, corruption, fear, weakness, dithering, and idiocy on display which have become commonplace from Washington, D.C. - specifically the White House and its current disgusting, anti-American occupant. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/262804971.html Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:14:17 PDT Obama's Foreign Policy summed up in one tweet... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/263069621.html Rosa Brooks @brooks_Rosa US respnse 2 Syria, Russia, Iraq: 1) Huh? 2) We're watching this closely 3) With concern. 4) Hey, stop- 5) We won't tolerate that! 6) Mmm. Whatever. 6:04 PM - 12 Jun 2014 ------------------------------------------- In case you didn't know, Rosa Brooks is a former Obama administration official and currently a Georgetown Law professor as well as a Foreign Policy magazine columnist. Brooks sums up in a short tweet the total disaster and failure that is the "foreign policy" Obama himself has created. Nope, this is NOT a "blame Bush" moment (even though Nancy Pelosi has already used this excuse and surely other liberals will parrot her in the days to come). Under Obama's watch: several areas in Iraq (including Baghdad) are about to succumb to the most vicious radical Islamists (ISIS), five extremely dangerous terrorists have been freed from Gitmo in exchange for an American deserter who doesn't even want to be an American, China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, etc. continue to laugh at the ineptitude and weakness that Americas "leader" (tongue-in-cheek) continues to show, doing whatever they please with no consequences. (Just this week Russian bombers buzzed the United States in a provacative move 50 miles off the coast of California. Think this wasn't an "in your face" action from Russian leader Vladamir Putin?) And what, pray tell, is THE ONE focused on? Why, the usual ginned-up social issues that please liberals. The phony crisis known as "climate change." Or how about the goofy "war on women?" What about the federal government's concern over what a "heathly lunch" in school cafeterias must consist of? Egads. Obama and his minions continue to ignore the true duties and responsibility of the President of the United States. The President is bound by oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, as laid out in Article II Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. In other words, defend our country, keep us safe, maintain an honorable, strong, and respected presence around the world, and protect our freedoms. On all counts, Obama has failed miserably (either from ineptitude or design) and continues to do so. All the social issues of the day continue to be front and center, yet the world is becoming a much more dangerous place. The United States has become less safe. The United States has lost respect around the globe. The United States has been made weak by a weak president. In turn, enemies of our nation have grown stronger and been emboldened by Barack Hussein Obama. Wow. Whose side IS Obama on anyhow? So sad and infuriating at the same time. In closing, let us ponder what Brooks could have tweeted about another glaring Obama failure - Obama's Domestic Policy. Such a tweet might go like this: 1) Just learned about this on the news. 2) Nobody is madder than me. 3) We will get to the bottom of this. (you know as soon as you hear this from Obama, nothing will happen) 4) People will be held accountable. (Obama being the jokester!) 5) I take full responsibility (spoken VERY rarely, if at all) 6) Mmmm. Whatever. And so it goes...on to the next disaster... -------------------------------------------------------- Just updated 6/14/14 - Here is how our "president" is spending his weekend (from the AP) while Iraq falls: LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is encouraging college graduates to keep up the fight against climate change. The president is expected to issue a call to action on global warming in a commencement address Saturday at the University of California, Irvine. Earlier this month, he announced a contentious plan to cut pollution from power plants. While in Orange County, Obama also raised money for the Democratic National Committee at a closed-door fundraiser at the Laguna Beach home of Getty oil heiress Anne Earhart. About 25 people paid up to $32,400 to participate in a roundtable discussion with the president. He's spending the rest of the Father's Day weekend on vacation at the Rancho Mirage home of White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos. -------------------------------------------------------- GOOD GRIEF!!!!! What kind of "Commander-In-Chief" is this moron? http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/263069621.html Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:15:26 PDT Come Mr. Taliban, Taliban banana...daylight come and me wanna go home... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/261845631.html I know. It's a ridiculous headline, but no more ridiculous than the latest Obama scandal. President Obama - the lawless arrogant president that he is - saw fit to violate U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists AND ignore rules requiring him to give 30 days notice to Congress to discuss any prisoner releases during wartime. Hey, but we all know the laws don't apply to this President. He doesn't like the Constitution, so he ignores it. Threatens to work around Congress with his "pen and phone." And he does it. Such is the case yet again. The "Commander-In-Chief" somehow thought it would be a great idea to exchange five high level terrorists - the most dangerous and powerful of those in captivity in Guantanamo Bay - for an American deserter - Bowe Bergdahl. No need to tell Congress. And that lil' ole policy against negotiating with terrorists? Ignore it! So what?!? The rules don't apply to The One. The scandals and anti-American policies and actions just keep on coming out of Camp Obama. Some Americans seem to be almost immune to the disaster that is the Obama presidency, as if the scandals have become simply the norm. From the NSA, the IRS, the Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the VA, and now the release of five terrorists in exchange for a deserter. In this "bargain" guess who comes out ahead? It isn't the United States. The President of the United States has given the Taliban - terrorists! - reason to celebrate. And they are. They have posted a video of the "prisoner exchange" to give the middle finger to the United States. They are able to show their supporters and comrades what power they have over our country by capturing and releasing one American. An American - who by all accounts from his fellow soldiers - left his post and simply walked away. Abandoned his fellow soldiers. Deserted. Expressed anti-American sentiments. Didn't even want to BE an American. (Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning we must not "rush to judgement" on Bergdahl. Say what? As far back as 2010 a Pentagon investigation into Bergdahl concluded that he walked away from his unit. The soldiers Bergdahl served will are saying the same thing. Bergdahl's commanding officers concur. When the facts are such, why in the world is Hagel cautioning against "rushing to judgement?") The blowback to this prisoner exchange has been huge - and the anger and outrage continue to grow as they should. This is a VERY good thing. After all the Obama scandals and misdeeds and policy blunders, trading five very dangerous terrorists for one American deserter may have been the wake-up call some Obamazombies and other low-information voters needed. To begin with, a huge "red flag" moment occurred when Obama paraded out the parents of Bowe Bergdahl in the Rose Garden to announce his "rescue." Good ole' dad spoke Arabic, thanked Allah and the Afghan people. Hmmmm. Good ole dad also had a beard that may have lent itself to an interpretation that he is sympathetic to Muslims or is a Muslim himself. Good ole dad had also sent out numerous anti-American tweets which were eventually taken down. Good ole dad has signed numerous anti-American petitions in past years (like those from the anti-American group Code Pink). Good ole dad looked like a complete whack job. And Obama was right up there standing next to the father of the deserter, beaming. It is said that six soldiers were KILLED looking for this deserter who intentionally left his post. (The families of these six soldiers are FURIOUS as expected.) The military spent 60 days out on dangerous patrol looking for Bergdahl -putting their lives on the line every day. Looking for Bergdahl. They are the true "heroes" here. Yet, Obama wanted to portray Bergdahl as a "hero" who needed to be released due to "health reasons." (Hmmm. Sounds a lot like the M.O. for how Benghazi was spun. Blame a video (lie) for weeks. In this case, try to portray Bergdahl as a "hero." In other words, lie.) By all accounts, Bergdahl could walk on his own and, although thin, appeared to be in good shape when "rescued." Hmmmm. So what WAS the rush, Mr. Obama? I have my theories. Whenever a scandal breaks in the Obama Administration, another one pops up to take its place, or some other diversion tactic is used. Benghazi was gearing up for another round of questions designed to finally get to the bottom of what happened. Well, then up out of the blue comes a goofy story about a very wealthy basketball team owner who made a racist comment in the privacy of his own home. This little event went viral and, in my opinion, was totally blown up waaaay out of proportion - but it helped overshadow the Benghazi issue for a time. Next up, the VA scandal, which has been festering for a few weeks now. Also, the complaints about not closing Club Gitmo (another Obama promise - broken, of course) were once again coming - especially with Obama planning to "end things" in Afghanistan by bringing home most of the soldiers currently serving over there. (It has been suggested that the release of the "dream team" of five dangerous terrorists is Obama's way of slowly emptying Club Gitmo). So, next "diversion." Obama and Co. thought Americans would think the release of Bowe Bergdahl would be cheered - and make Obama look good. They had NO CLUE that most Americans don't view the world as they do - looking through anti-American, radical glasses. The President of the United States - Barrack Hussein Obama - has put America and Americans in danger. He has released five very dangerous terrorists to kill again. He has put American soldiers and other Americans around the globe at risk for being kidnapped. Terrorists now know that Americans can be used as "bargaining chips" in exchange for other dangerous terrorists currently locked up. Obama is a traitor to his own country and he is not upholding his presidential oath. In a sane world, Obama would be impeached. Hopefully this incident will keep more Americans on their toes and make them pay attention to what is going on in our country - and what is going on is not good, nor in the best interest of America. As for Obama's "sincerity" about the urgency and dire need of this rescue: if we don't leave our men behind as you say (never mind Benghazi where we left "our men" to die), Mr. Obama, what in the world are you doing to help free a REAL American hero - a decorated, honorable serviceman - currently locked in a Mexican jail simply for making a wrong turn? And you wouldn't even need to trade any more dangerous terrorists to do it. All it would take is a phone call. (See: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/03/opinion/cevallos-marine-mexico-guns/index.html) Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry's complete lack of interest concerning Marine Sargent Andrew Tahmooressi's situation is troubling. Expect the next scandal or diversion shortly. It's how Obama rolls. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/261845631.html Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:40:31 PDT "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Walter Scott http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/261321251.html Jay Carney, chief liar and shill for President Obama (otherwise known as "The White House Press Secretary"), seems to have finally reached the breaking point. (What is so funny is that about a week ago, I was actually pondering how much longer would Carney last) ? It's got to be tough being forced on a daily basis to tell lies. To tell lies to cover up for other lies. To spin, spin, spin so much so that you actually might forget what the truth was in the first place. To make up idiotic responses and cover for "The One" while looking like a fool yourself. It had to get to Carney. And I believe it finally did. I do not think for one minute that Carney quit to have "more family time" as he suggests. Maybe, unlike many in the Obama Adminstration and Obama himself, Carney might actually have a soul. And he did not want to sell it to the devil. He got fed up with being the main liar, dodger, the fall guy, the pajama boy for Barack Hussein Obama. Carney probably reached the point where enough is enough. So Carney is out. As a fond farewell to the "spokespud" for Obama, I'd like to share a Yahoo interactive link (a bit dated, but still applicable) that demonstrates that Carney did his job well. He avoided answering questions. He deflected blame from his boss. Heck, like Obama, he seems to "know nothing" about what goes on around him. The link is called "The top 9,486 ways Jay Carney won't answer your questions." It's an interactive site and you can play around with the various responses as you wish. From the Yahoo site itself: "Yahoo News analysis of the 444 briefings through June 18 that Carney has held since becoming White House press secretary has identified 13 distinct strains in the way he dodges reporters' questions. Since Carney held his first daily briefing with reporters in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room on February 16, 2011, for example, he's used some variation of "I don't have the answer" more than 1,900 times. In 1,383 cases he referred a question to someone else. But will he at least speculate on hypotheticals? No. In fact, he has refused to do so 525 times." In the following interactive, you can browse all 9,486 of Carney’s most-used responses and verbal crutches. Isn't it really sad that what was supposed to be "the most transparent" presidential administration has turned out to be the exact opposite? With mouthpieces and puppets like Carney putting themselves out there to cover for The One and take the heat. While The One - Barack Hussein Obama - continues to hide behind his minions, pretends to not know anything that is going on in his own administration until he learns about it on the news, and is oblivious to the damage he is doing to the country all while still using the excuse "it's Bush's fault." Credit must be given to Carney if he finally had enough and threw up his hands, quitting in disgust. No longer willing to be the fall guy for scandal after scandal after scandal.... However, if Jay Carney simply decided to resign to help divert attention away from the scandal-of-the-day: the VA (and we know how the Obama Administration loves to use diversions once misdeeds and illegal activities come to light), shame on him. Either way, one puppet is gone. As expected, another one will soon take his place. One that can defend, lie, and bend over backwards to protect The One. What has this nation become? One where doing the right thing is pushed on the backburner in an effort to make a narcisstic president look good? Good grief. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/261321251.html Fri, 30 May 2014 16:18:49 PDT Obama is angry...again! http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/259860951.html Yep folks, there is yet another scandal brewing involving the president and his minions. This time, it involves the Veterans Administration. Seems that many veterans were refused the health care they needed in a timely manner from Veterans Adminstration hospitals. Some vets actually passed away WAITING for health care. Supposedly there were "waiting lists" on which veterans were placed and ignored. Hmmm. So - what do we get out of the White House? The usual garbage. President Barrack Hussein Obama once again "knew nothing!" Why, yet again, the smartest president (ever!) learned about the Veteran's Administration scandal from the media! Yep. He KNEW NOTHING!!!! He is ANGRY!!! Isn't this the same excuse we heard after "Fast and Furious?" After the IRS scandal? After the NSA scandal? After Benghazi? After the pathetic implementation of the Obamacare website? President Barack Hussein Obama somehow was in the dark all along. He didn't know anything. He was clueless. Obama - the president of the U.S. of A. - knew nothing. But - Obama IS ANGRY!!!! And Obama WANTS TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS!!!! People WILL be held accountable!!! LOL!!!! Good grief. Gosh, when you hear those words from Obama we all know what is coming - NOTHING! Everyone knows absolutely nothing will be done. How many times have we heard those exact same words from Obama? The President of the United States simply utters meaningless platitudes and we all know zilch will happen. The President of the United States is little more than a liar, a race baiter, a divider, and an anti-American communist. And surprisingly (and thankfully), more Americans are actually on to him. It took a long time, but even the card-carrying "I Love Obama" press cannot save him. No matter how they try to spin all of Obama's lies and misdeeds, it just ain't workin' much anymore. Now, what is REALLY scary is the VA scandal is just a foreshadowing of things to come. The VA scandal is representative of what Americans can expect from Obama's desired "single-payer" system. From Alan Caruba (who gave me permission to reprint his blog here, thanks Alan!): Obamacare will kill more than the VA scandal By Alan Caruba The news that some forty veterans died whlle waiting to receive care from a Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital—care that was denied because of bureaucratic chicanery—will seem small in comparison to the numbers of Americans who will die from the implications of Obamacare. At this point, some nineteen VA hospitals are under suspicion of engaging in similar practices, but as large as the VA bureaucracy is, it will be small in comparison to what Obamacare requires. The original legislation that combined the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act represented nearly 2,700 pages. The regulations that are being created to implement it will run to several volumes. By late 2013, the Obama administration had published 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations. If looks can kill, that many words will surely kill. Too many people will be unble to get the care they need because there will be a regulation to prevent it. What is making headlines now has long been known in other nations with national healthcare systems. It is about rationing, not dispensing care; if for no other reason that is why healthcare should remain in the private sector. Unless a future Congress repeals Obamacare, the death toll will mount. There have been some forty or more pieces of legislation to repeal it passed in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. No Republican voted for Obamacare when it was introduced. What we know is that, while serving on the oversight committee, then-Senator Obama was aware of the VA problems before he ran for President. In 2009, as President, he promised veterans to fix the problems. How concerned is he in 2014? There has been a noticeable lack of public comment from a President famed for having something to say about everything that makes headlines. Add the VA scandal to the long list of Obama administration scandals from the IRS to Benghazi, but it is Obamacare that has already been a monumental failure and, as we begin to receive news of those who will die as because a local hospital closed or because they lost the care of a personal physician familiar with their problem, it will emerge as the greatest scandal of his presidency. On March 23, 2010 Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. By October, the Obama administration abandoned the long-term-care insurance program that was in the law. It was later formally repealed by Congress, but the changes that President has initiated since then ignore the fact that only Congress, as the legislative branch, has the power to make such changes. December 2012 was the deadline for states to decide on running their own insurance exchanges; 36 states left all or part of the job to the federal government. In the lead up to the October 2013 launch of HealthCare.gov more delays were announced by the White House and the website turned out to be a complete disaster. That same month insurers notified thousands of policy holders that their health plans were not compliant with Obamacare and would be cancelled. In effect, Obamacare caused hundreds of thousands of people with healthcare plans they liked to lose them, thus artificially increasing the number of “uninsured”. In April the White House announced that seven million had signed up for Obamacare. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, gave notice she was resigning. The figure cited by the White House is likely dubious. In May, an article in The Fiscal Times reported that “A handful of state-run exchange websites—which cost nearly a half a billion dollars to build—still don’t work, nearly seven months after they first went live.” The Fiscal Times estimated that Obamacare websites had cost $5 billion and so many were not functional that the original plan to transition signups to them from HealthCare.gov was likely to be abandoned. To mark the anniversary of Obamacare’s enactment, in March 2014 the American Action Forum released a report that the law’s regulatory burdens are twice as great as its alleged benefits. “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local governments and affected entities.” It’s rarely mentioned or reported, but the implementation of Obamacare will also require an increase in the number of people either full-time or under contract with the federal government. The highest estimate for new Internal Revenue Service hires is around 16,000 as the IRS has been put in charge of enforcing Obamacare. It already employs about 100,000 people nationwide which means there is one IRS employee for every 3,000 Americans. In an April 4 Forbes magazine article, “Obamacare Shows America Suffers from a President Dangerously Disconnected From Reality”, Peter Ferrera, a Heartland Institute Senior Fellow specializing in entitlement and budget policy, concluded that the numbers of those insured by Obamacare were largely a fabrication or invalidated in some cases by data that the Health and Human Services Department released. “Obamacare,” wrote Ferrera, “has been a major drag on the economy, preventing full recovery from the recession. Employers trying to avoid the costs of the employer mandate have reduced many full time jobs to part time jobs. Or that have frozen hiring, and the associated costs due to Obamacare. This is contributing to income stagnation and decline for the middle class, the working class, and the poor.” L. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center asked “How do we know Obamacare is failing? They’re burying the story. They aren’t in denial. They know the truth. They’re just choosing to ignore it.” A Center analysis of the three network evening news broadcasts from January through March found only twelve full stories about Obamacare. “None of the networks dared to report the ongoing opposition of the American people to Obamacare” over that period of time, even when they were the ones doing the polling! The real story of Obamacare, however, isn’t about who signed up or not. The real story of Obamacare that is not being reported is about those who have died and will die as the result of this horrendous experiment in socialized medicine." http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/259860951.html Mon, 19 May 2014 15:07:02 PDT Another 3 a.m. phone call that Hillary refused to answer... http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/258968171.html First we had Benghazi. A terrorist attack from the start. A terrorist attack in which four Americans were murdered. A terrorist attack that the Obama Administration and the Secretary of State - Hillary Clinton REFUSED for weeks to admit was indeed a terrorist attack. Nope. Instead the American people were lied to - by the president, by Clinton herself, and others in the Obama Administration. This group made up a story in which they blamed the attack on a little-viewed video on YouTube. The president, Clinton, and others ran with this lie - for weeks. Secretary of State Clinton (knowing the YouTube blame was a lie) even had the nerve to tell a grieving family of one of the Benghazi victims that they'd get the person who made the video!!! Simply amazing - and disgusting. What Benghazi all boiled down to was that the American people could not be told the truth, because an election was on the line and Obama's foreign policy was - and is - an obvious failure. Obama had to save himself. The presidential election was just a few weeks away. After all, Obama and his Administration had insisted that terrorists and terrorism was "on the run." We had little to worry about! After all, Obama had - by his own account - almost taken down Osama bin Laden by himself (forget about those pesky Navy Seals - Obama sure did!)! Spike that football! We got him! Terrorists and terrorism? Nah! No problem! Now we learn that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused - for several years - to label Boko Haram a "terrorist organization." (Boku Haram is - by all definitions - a terrorist group in Africa that recently abducted over 200 school girls.) By labeling certain groups "terrorists", governments will then pay more attention to them and assign resources specifically to monitor their activities. So Secretary of State Clinton dragged her feet - despite numerous requests from various United States politicians and law agencies to do so. Whether Clinton chose to refuse to label Boko Haram terrorists, or whether the orders came from Obama himself is unknown. However, the damage is done. From Josh Rogin at The Daily Beast: Wednesday, Clinton said that the abduction of the girls by Boko Haram was “abominable, it’s criminal, it’s an act of terrorism and it really merits the fullest response possible, first and foremost from the government of Nigeria.” Clinton said that as Secretary of State she had numerous meetings with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and had urged the Nigerian government to do more on counterterrorism. What Clinton didn’t mention was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the UN headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen Senators and Congressmen. “The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy,” said a former senior U.S. official who was involved in the debate. “The FBI, the CIA, and the Justice Department really wanted Boko Haram designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them, and they voiced that repeatedly to elected officials.” In May 2012, then-Justice Department official Lisa Monaco (now at the White House) wrote to the State Department to urge Clinton to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. The following month, Gen. Carter Ham, the chief of U.S. Africa Command, said that Boko Haram provided a “safe haven” for al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and was likely sharing explosives and funds with the group. And yet, Hillary Clinton’s State Department still declined to place Boko Haram on its official terrorist roster. So Clinton appears to have had yet another clear "heads up" on the danger that Boko Haram posed. Yet, like the cries for additional security at the American Embassy BEFORE the terrorist attack in Libya, they were ignored. So that 3 a.m. phone call that Hillary Clinton, when a candidate for president in 2008, mentioned as a potential stumbling block for Barack Hussein Obama (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=aZ_z9Tpdl9A) , also became a stumbling block for Clinton. Neither one of these two bumblers was capable of handling such a crisis - and all they wanted to do was protect their own careers. From Hot Air (http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/08/did-hillary-refuse-to-designate-boko-haram-as-a-terrorist-organization/): To quote the Secretary herself, what difference at this point would it have made? Rep. Peter Meehan, who joined other members of Congress in writing “letter after letter” to State since 2011 demanding action on Boko Haram, explains to Rogin that it might be a lot easier to “bring back our girls,” as Hillary Clinton has begun posturing over the last week: “We lost two years of increased scrutiny. The kind of support that is taking place now would have been in place two years ago,” he said. The designation would have “enhanced the capacity of our agencies to do the work that was necessary. We were very frustrated, it was a long delay.” So, why did State refuse to act? This sounds … familiar: “At the time, the sentiment that was expressed by the administration was this was a local grievance and therefore not a threat to the United States or its interests,” he said. “They were saying al Qaeda was on the run and our argument was contrary to that. It has metastasized and it is actually in many ways a growing threat and this is a stark example of that.” So while Clinton may have been the "fall guy" in this whole debacle, her concern for the kidnapped girls of today falls flat. When push came to shove, Clinton refused to label this group of terrorists a group of terrorists. And over two hundred innocent Nigerian school girls in Africa are paying the price for the ineptitude and selfish political ambitions of Obama and Clinton. For shame. One only hopes that eventually the mainstream media gets around to reporting on such... If they would finally see fit to do their jobs, Clinton's shot at becoming the next president is over before it ever began - and rightfully so. Her record as Secretary of State is little more than one of excuses, lies, and incompetence. The concluding sentence from Hot Air says it all: Now Hillary wants to fight Boko Haram with hashtags. Too bad she didn’t fight them with real resources when she had the chance. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/258968171.html Mon, 12 May 2014 14:42:49 PDT There is absolutely NO common sense argument against Voter ID http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/258540921.html The following list of what people need a photo ID for was read on the air at WISN 1130 radio a few days ago. The roster was compiled by the Washington Examiner: -------- You don’t need a photo ID to vote, but you do need one to buy alcohol and cigarettes. You need one to open a bank account, or to apply for a job to fill that bank account. You also need an ID to file for unemployment, and to apply for welfare, and Medicaid, and food stamps. You need a photo ID to apply for Social Security And to buy a home, and apply for a mortgage, or to rent a home. You need a photo ID to drive a car, you need one to buy a new car, to buy a used car, heck, you even need one to rent a car. You need a photo ID to get on an airplane, and you need one to get married, and you need one to check into a hotel room for your honeymoon. You need a photo ID to buy a gun, and to apply for a hunting license and a fishing license, and even to adopt a pet. You need a photo ID to pick up a prescription, you need one to buy certain kinds of cold medicine, and you need one to donate blood. You need a photo ID to enter a casino, and you need one to buy lottery tickets. You need one to buy a video game that’s rated M for Mature, and you need one to see a movie rated NC-17. You need a photo ID to buy a cell phone and apply for a coverage plan. And, in perhaps the greatest irony of the entire Voter ID debate, you need a photo ID to hold a rally or protest, such as a rally or protest against requiring a photo ID to vote. ------- OK, lefties, bring it on. What in the world is soooooo difficult about having a photo ID? Most people DO have a photo ID in the form of a drivers license, passport, student IDs, etc. Most people DO have some form of identification. It is almost impossible to go day to day without any identification. And if people do not have a photo ID, one can be provided for them - at no cost - at a variety of places. Yet, this is asking too much? How so? Liberal activist judge Lynn Adelman (who struck down the Voter ID law, but thankfully it WILL be appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court) seems to think that people who cannot obtain a photo ID are too stupid, lazy, or simply unwilling to do so. So, according to Adelman, we must NOT require a photo ID because, well, because people really don't cheat at the polls anyhow, and requiring a photo ID is somehow racist. (Adelman even questioned why anyone would try to vote illegally - multiple times - as the penalties are so high, why, they'd have to be insane to vote more than once!!! DoesAdelman's observation mean that no one would ever commit any type of crime (murder, rape, robbery, etc.), simply because the penalties are so high??? That, my friends, is what passes as "liberal logic"). Isn't Adelman's ruling racist in itself - suggesting that minorities somehow just cannot do anything for themselves and are just helpless when it comes to obtaining a photo ID??? Face it - if people really want to vote in an election, they will. If a photo ID is required to vote, people without one would take the few necessary steps needed to obtain one. If they claim a hardship for doing so, a photo ID can and will be provided for free. Should voting be super easy? Well, no. The right to vote is extremely important. I do believe that certain requirements must be in place in order to ensure the integrity of votes. We already have age requirements. We already have set times when the polls are open on election day and for early voting. We also deem that legal voters be citizens of the United States. Why is it so difficult to also require a photo ID so a citizen has to prove that they are who they say they are before casting a ballot? Is that REALLY asking too much? Over and over, polls show that a majority of people DO indeed want photo ID requirements to vote - after all, who wants their vote stolen or cancelled out? I do believe the Wisconsin Supreme Court will rule in favor of Voter ID and Wisconsin voters will be better off for it. And the left will continue to bloviate, sputter, and protest against what voter ID represents to them (and it isn't the phony "disenfranchising" excuse) - to the left Voter ID is an obstacle which will make it more difficult to cheat at election time. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/258540921.html Thu, 08 May 2014 15:01:14 PDT Is anyone surprised? http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/256851891.html --- Is anyone surprised that liberal activist judgeLynn Adelman struck down Wisconsin's Voter ID Law? The day I heard that the challenge to this law was going to go before Adelman for a ruling a long time ago, I knew it was DOA. Only question is - what took Adelman so long to do the expected? Thankfully the groundless challenge to the Voter ID law will go before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and Voter ID will - once again - be recognized as a law. (Update 5/4/14: A great read on just how idiotic and desperate Adelman's ruling was, click on: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/judge-lynn-adelmans-voter-id-decision-undermines-democracy-b99258556z1-257735741.html. In this article, journalist Christian Schneider points out in a very factual manner just how Adelman's ruling doesn't have a leg to stand on. One laughable point: Adelman implies that no one would vote illegally because the penalites are so high. Oh my goodness. Does this mean that no one would rob a bank because they might go to jail? Adelman is nothing more than a leftie nut job - intent on blocking Voter ID simply so the left can continue to cheat at the polls.) --- Is anyone surprised that President Barack Hussein Obama just couldn't help himself and had to weigh in on the ginned-up outrage to remarks made by NBA Clippers owner Donald Sterling? What is really ironic was Obama's statement: "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That's what happened here." - Barack Hussein Obama Funny, isn't Obama referencing himself in that statement? After all, Obama was the one who couldn't help but show his own ignorance on several occasions. Remember the President of the United States condemning all policemen by saying:"The police acted stupidly" before any of the facts came out in "Gates-gate." Or who can forget the stupid Obama remark: "Trayvon could have been my son." concerning the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman case - before it even went to trial. What is really scary here - in the big picture - is the fascist response to a private conversation - secretly taped - in someone's own home that went viral. Sterlings remarks were disgusting, bigoted, and wrong. However, they were taped illegally (without his knowledge) in his own home in a discussion with his "mistress" - and the remarks went viral. The response was overwhelming angry and rightfully so. But has anyone stopped to think for one minute about the freedom of speech? Sterling made private remarks in a private setting. These remarks were made public. However, the level of outrage far exceeded what was necessary. Why, anyone would have thought Sterling said he wanted to kill people or blow up buildings. But that isn't the case. Sterling commented that he didn't want his black/Asian mistress to bring black men to basketball games. And for some reason the country - egged on by the media - went completely nuts. This IS frightening stuff, people. The groundwork of a fascist country. And Obama and Co. seem to be willing instigators, helping to stir the pot. --- Is anyone surprised that the news media is pretty much ignoring the real "smoking gun" e-mails that just surfaced regarding Benghazi? (You know, the attack where four Americans were murdered. The attack that the Obama Adminstration blamed on a YouTube Video for days on end in order to simply salvage Barry's shot at a repeat as king?) The e-mails prove that the Obama Administration KNEW FROM THE START that this was indeed a terrorist attack. The e-mails prove that the "blame a YouTube video" was a lie that they picked to run with in order to save face and make it appear as though their foreign policies haven't been a complete disaster.) In addition, they knew they could have saved four Americans - including a U.S. Ambassador - and they decided not to. Isn't that reprehensible? Criminal? The "smoking gun" e-mails that have finally been brought to light (after the Obama Administration delayed the request for access to them (oops! wasn't Obama's Administration supposed to be the most "transparent" one in history?) are making big news on conservative websites and radio, however the mainstream media is really dragging their feet on this one. A few stories have trickled out here or there, but the press is doing their best to protect The One yet again. No surprise there. In the end, though, how WILL the media be able to ignore it? I don't think they can much longer. The anger and disgust over what this president, Secretary of State Hillary "what difference does it make" Clinton, and the Obama Administration did in regards to Benghazi should make people aware of the kind of things this president and his adminstration were willing to do to protect themselves. They could have cared less about the Americans out there working on behalf of the American people. These scumbags lied simply to protect their own careers. Their own political agenda was more important than the truth and the lives of four Americans. In a sane world, this president and most of his adminstration would be kicked out of office over this lying charade which resulted in the murders of four Americans. Period. --- Is anyone surprised that the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, in all its biased glory, decided to highlight a ridiuculous proposal regarding a secession and nullification resolution presented by libertarian MIchael S. Murphy? Murphy's goofy stunt received print above the fold on the front page of the paper from Friday, May 2nd. The Wisconsin GOP convention is taking place in Milwaukee May 2nd through the 4th. Lots of topics are going to be covered, and most Republicans are calling Murphy the GOP's "Graeme Zielinski" (in other words, a total embarrassement to the party). His proposal is a joke, and most realize it and dismiss it as such. However, WHY did the Journal/Sentinel decide to highlight this particular topic? Is it more important than Governor Scott Walker's speech? or the fact that Republicans will help launch the election paths of several high-profile Republicans at this convention? Sometimes the bias in news reporting is WHAT the mainstream media decides to report on and what the mainstream media chooses to NOT report on. Sadly, Republicans and conservatives in our state and across the nation are always on the losing end when it comes to "fairness" in treatment from the media. --- Is anyone surprised that Russia continues to give the middle finger to the United States? Vladmir Putin knows Obama doesn't have a clue about what to do. (Anyone remember that "red line" regarding Syria? Empty threats from an empty suit.) Putin continues to flex his muscles. Obama continues to do nothing except maybe take away key Russian officials "Netflix" accounts under the guise of "sanctions." ---Is anyone surprised that the smug and clueless Secretary of State John Kerry made a bizarre and offensive statement saying Israel may create an apartheid situation if Israel and the Palistinians fail to reach an agreement on a two-state solution for their long conflict. And of course there is NO comment from his boss, President Barack Hussein Obama. Remember, Israel is our friend. At least most of us think so. However, I have a hard time believing Obama and his socialist minions want a positive relationship with Israel. (I think, sadly, they'd be more enthusiastic about working with terrorist organizations like Hamas). Obama can comment on every fake and self-created social "issue" under the sun, but when it comes to the heavy lifting, Obama has nothing to say. --- Is anyone surprised that Obama's approval ratings are in the tank? What surprises me is that it took people this long to realize what an evil and despicable man Obama truly is. What also surprises me is that 41% still somehow approve of Obama. (Why? Have they been living under rocks? Maybe being force-fed a steady diet from the mainstream media with no other options?) The sooner Obama is out of the White House, the better. Obama has been just the opposite of what he promised. He works to divide the nation. He pits people against people. He lies. He is out for his own good, not the good of the Americans he was elected to represent. He does not like this country. He spits on the U.S. Constitution and tries to bypass it as often as possible. He doesn't uphold many of the duties he is supposed to do and does not work with the Congress, but works in spite of it. He treats countries that are our friends with contempt, and countries that are our enemies with compassion. He loves the partying and living the high life, but could care less about the realities of the job. In his ignorance and disdain for the United States, Obama is systematically destroying the values and ideals upon which this nation was founded. --- Is anyone surprised that I believe America WILL survive 8 years of Obama? It will be hard to undo a lot of the damage from this so-called "president", but America has faced challenges before. Like the late Dr. Martin Luther King said: "We shall overcome." http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/256851891.html Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:19:26 PDT Please Mr. Postman!!! http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/254585171.html On April 3, 2014 I received a letter in the mail. The name and return address on the envelope were not from anyone I knew. Intrigued, I opened the envelope and found the usual liberal nasty-gram. (See below - refrain from sharing with young children!): --------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- What really impressed me about this particular note was, that out of the numerous pieces of mail received over the years from liberals who do not apparently like me or my conservative values, a person actually had the guts to include their name and address! In all other instances, liberal comrades who found it necessary to pen other "charming" notes to me (one even had the cliche glued-on letters - LOL) always remained nameless. The notes themselves have NEVER been handwritten. And they have usually been pretty filthy and disgusting - to the point of me feeling the need to wash my hands after opening. Once done reading, I usually had a good laugh as I deposited the usual anonymous filthy garbage in the circular file. So suffice it to say, I was impressed with this particular note. Here was a person I could actually visit - to thank them for providing me with a new blog topic AND for writing. So I set about to locate this person. The name was local - in fact the address appeared to be very close to home - just a few blocks away. So, enter MapQuest to zero in. I typed in the address on the envelope. Guess what? Nothing. MapQuest came back with an address range, but nothing specific could be located. Hmmm. Just for grins, when I took our youngest to school, I drove down the street mentioned. The address listed on the envelope I received was obviously made up. Not quite willing to throw in the towel, I thought: let's try the name anyhow! I went to the White Pages on the 'net. Typed in the last name. Typed in variations of the last name spelling. Typed in full name. Typed in full name and location. No individual with the first and last name popped up. Hmmmm. A bit deflated, I still pressed on and checked the easy-to-use public source for personal information on individuals - yep, you guessed it! The Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website (it is AMAZING what one can find here. Anyone who has been charged with: traffic violations, disorderly conduct, divorces, assaults, foreclosures, drug busts, DUI's, cashing bad checks, etc. will be listed on this site.): Plugged in the name. Variations of the name. Nada. OK, so the person may never had any brushes with the law in Wisconsin. Next up, the Walker Recall Petition signatures website: - another useful tool if one wants to check and see who signed the Walker Recall, and what their address/phone number may be. Again, nada. A big fat zero. Bummer. So the mail I received used a ficticious name and address. I was really disappointed. Here I thought one of my liberal fans ACTUALLY used their own name when corresponding through the U.S. Postal Service. Guess this wasn't the case. (I should have had an inkling that something was amiss when the envelope I received was postmarked "Milwaukee" and the American flag stamp was upside down and the note itself was a Xerox copy.) In a way, what this individual did was even worse than wimping out and sending something totally anonymously. Imagine if the address was real. Or the created name actually was someone. That person could have been unknowingly used as a pawn to get a nasty-gram to me - almost like identity theft. For shame on the low-life who did this. In closing, though, I thought I'd address the subject matter of the "classy" note I received. While Obamacare was a concern in the 2012 election, the election itself was NOT a referendum on Obamacare. The 2012 election was all about turn-out. Two million Republicans were not enthused enough about Mitt Romney to get off their lazy butts to go vote Meanwhile, the Dems had close to 100% turnout in some regions (Ohio, anyone?) AND everyone voted for Barry (isn't that really amazing?!? EVERY SINGLE VOTE in some municipalities went for Barry Hussein Obama! Wow. What are the odds of that EVER happening? But, nah, nothing to worry about, folks! Voter fraud is simply a figment of your imagination!). Of course King Barry was aided by the Barack Obama Fan Club (otherwise jokingly referred to as "journalists" (mainstream media), the IRS, and the NSA in his second try at the presidency, and Romney did not have that luxury nor support. And "J.W." (wink wink) - how's that Obamacare workin' for ya? In our own household, the premiums went way up on our original plan that we had for years, so we switched to a lesser plan in which the premium cost remained around what we had originally been paying monthy. Still, in doing so, our costs have gone up - our deductible amounts have doubled - and our prescription costs have quadrupled. At least we didn't get booted off of our health insurance like millions of Americans did. But that will come soon enough - conveniently after the next election cycle. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/254585171.html Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:00 PDT