As I sat around this evening literally dejected over the results of the house vote on cap and tax, I was wondering to myself what this really means for you and I as we go forward in our worlds. I am going to touch on this briefly, at least offering what I think the next step will be. But in my true fashion for a Friday night where I don’t have a guest commentary ready to go, I am going to offer up something a little more substantive than I did the last time. Last time we had an open mic posted for Friday night. Tonight I am instead going to attempt to hit three separate topics, each of them quickly so that I don’t drone on forever. I will touch the bill passed today in the House, Michael Jackson and his legacy, and a strange case of the entitlement flu in the Black Democratic Caucus.
Topic #1 – Today’s Vote in the House of Representatives.
Well, we talked about this for a good portion of the day on Friday because of the fact that Thursday night’s post was dedicated to the subject. Regardless of the lack of merit to the manmade global warming fraud that is going on, the House went ahead and brought it to a vote and passed the bill by a vote of 219-212. 44 Democrats voted against the bill, with 211 voting for it. That leaves 8 Republicans who voted for the bill and 168 who voted against it. Sadly, I must report that the Representative for my district (David Price) voted for the bill. The President came on TV and said that this will go down in history as the day that America finally stood up and took the lead in saving our planet. I threw up a little in my mouth when he said that. However on a good news side, Patrick Kennedy left rehab to be there for this vote!
Bottom line: I still believe that Global Warming is the single greatest Fraud perpetrated on a population since those boys in the Soviet Union convinced a sea of lemmings that communism was a good idea. We all know how that worked out (yet Democrats in America think that they can make it work this time…. weird). And the measure has been rushed super fast through the House of Representatives before the American public can become enlightened enough to see the fraud the way that the Australians, Japanese, and many Europeans are doing. But all hope is not yet lost.
Black Flag noted today that he doesn’t think it will get through the Senate. I think that it has about a 25% chance of getting through the Senate. I do not believe that the Democrats are going to attempt to wait for Al Franken to be seated. That could take months, and they are in full awareness mode now that the American public is starting to wake up. That is why they are trying to rush yet another agenda item before they can be stopped. It simply amazes me to watch this Congress spend so little time debating and scrutinizing bills that have DRAMATIC possible impacts on our country. The stimulus bill was far ranging and was passed in 11 hours. This bill was pushed through in the same way. We need to start getting vocal to the Senate RIGHT NOW. They need to understand that their job is on the line if they vote for this bill. I promise you that when David Price comes up for reelection in my district I am going to hammer him on this issue.
I will sum up my feelings this way. I don’t think that global warming is caused by man. Therefore the premise of this bill is extremely flawed and it should not have been passed. If I did believe that global warming is caused by man, I would still be critical of this bill. I see VERY little possibility for this bill to have any type of impact at all on the climate. And the other, more likely result will be catastrophic economically for America. When the downside is this fracking big, perhaps you morons in Congress should slow down and THINK about what you are doing. Mark my words… The 111th Congress of the United States will go down as the most agenda driven, idiotic, and anti-American principles Congress in history when all is said and done.
Topic #2 – Michael Jackson and his Legacy
I will be honest and say that it really saddens me that he is gone. When I think about music, I think is was one of the most talented musical artists in history. His music defined a generation and you certainly can’t argue with 750 million records sold. I can listen to his music from the late 1970’s and 1980’s and still find it to be amazing and it makes me tap my toes and snap my fingers. There was perhaps no bigger or more famous star in the world than Michael Jackson. I went to see him in concert several times when I was young and he was one of the best pure entertainers to ever walk on to a stage. That should be remembered.
Unfortunately, for some people the only thing that they will remember about Michael Jackson is the fact that he faced a trial for molesting young boys. Did he do it? I don’t know. No one does except Michael and those boys. But I think it should be noted that he was acquitted of those charges. That doesn’t mean he didn’t do it, but it certainly keeps us from knowing for sure that he did. For my part, I don’t think he did in the way that people might think. I believe that Michael was a superstar before he ever got to be a child. And because of that I think that he was a child for a very long time when he got older. I don’t think when it came to sexuality that he ever really matured. Was it stupid for him to invite young boys into his bed? Yes it was. But I don’t think he ever really saw it in a sexual way the way that normal people would.
But I will say this. In 40 years of being in the public limelight constantly I never once heard of him ever treating anyone badly, being petty, being hateful, or being mean. And I don’t think that is something that you can completely hide like that for 40 years. I also think that he spent his life helping children and being around them. He came into contact with literally tens of thousands of children. And we only ever had three come out and make claims against him. I think he was probably one of the kindest and gentlest human beings on the planet. His level of philanthropy was astounding and many credit him for starting the trend of giant celebrities supporting charitable causes.
The entertainer supported dozens of charities during his life, includingUSA for Africa, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Elizabeth TaylorAIDS Foundation. He reportedly was listed in the 2000 edition of theGuinness Book of World Records for “Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.” As a humanitarian, he is perhaps best know for “We Are the World,” the 1985 song he wrote with Lionel Richie that raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa. In 1992 he created the Heal the World Foundation, which provided aid overseas but also brought needy children to his California home, the Neverland Ranch. You can think all the bad things you want about the charges of child molestation that were leveled against him, but there is absolutely no doubt about how hard he worked to help those that could not help themselves.
Everyone will remember Michael Jackson in his own way. Some choose to remember Elvis as a fat guy in a jumpsuit. I remember Elvis as the King of Rock. And what I wrote above is how I will remember Michael Jackson, the King of Pop music, who did far more good for a bad world than that bad world ever did for him….
Topic #3 Reparations???
From an article in the Fox News politics section came and article about recent activity in the Senate and House. It seems that the United States Congress is doing their best to imitate the President. They each came up with bills and passed them that did nothing more than apologize to blacks in America for slavery. That’s right, the United States Congress is spending their time making a formal apology to blacks alive today for slavery of blacks 150 years ago. I assume that Obama will soon head to Africa and formally apologize to the African people for America’s willingness to buy the slaves sold to them by Africans.
In all seriousness, I guess I am OK with Congress issuing a formal apology for slavery. It was something that happened. It was not good. Granted there isn’t a person alive today that was a slave or who owned a slave, but if they want to apologize, I could care less. However the Congressional Black Caucus, headed by Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, took issue with the bill. Forget that it is a non-binding resolution that is largely symbolic. The Congressional Black Caucus doesn’t like the bill and denounced it because it contained a disclaimer saying that nothing in the resolution supports or authorizes reparations by the United States. It didn’t ban reparations, it just made it clear that this bill did not authorize reparations.
So let’s put this in perspective. The Congressional Black Caucus is rejecting the symbolic gesture of an apology from the United States government because it doesn’t authorize black people in America today to receive reparations from the United States government. Are you frackin kidding me? It was symbolic. It was a gesture of goodwill. It was non-binding and really didn’t stop anything from happening. It just didn’t say that they deserve reparations. So the Congressional Black Congress basically said we aren’t accepting your apology unless there is money in it.
Is it any wonder that America is falling apart? This is the petty and childish shit that the members of the United States Congress is doing. I want you to think about the concept of reparations for a second. Blacks in America today who think that because an ancestor from 150 years ago was a slave, that they should be given something today to make up for it. This isn’t about paying someone for what they went through. This is about paying someone for what someone else went through 150 years ago. Let me put it in a simple statement.
If people today think that they are entitled to something from the government for the suffering of ancestors that they never met or knew, is it any wonder that Americans think they are entitled to everything from the government. I see reparations as the ultimate example of the runaway sentiment of entitlement in the United States.
When it comes to reparations, I think it is clear where I stand. You are not entitled to shit. Nothing, Nada, Zero, Zip, Zilch. You aren’t entitled to a house, a car, a handout from government, and especially not a payment for something that had absolutely nothing to do with you or anyone you even knew. I know that some will be using this as a chance to label me a racist. I can live with that. After all I am well aware of the liberal tactic of doing this in order to make me out to be a heartless bigot in order to render my position wrong. I see the tactics constantly. Don’t believe in Global Warming, you must me a heartless bigot who doesn’t care about the earth. Think abortion is wrong? Then you are a baby killer. Don’t think gay marriage should happen? You are a homophobe. And have anything to say that goes against blacks and you are labeled a racist. But I know I am not a racist, so I don’t care what they think.
So there are a couple of quick hit and run topics for your Saturday morning perusal. I look forward to everyone’s comments.