Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
In spite of everything, I can't help but smile thinking about how lucky I am. I have the most amazing family to give me advice, cook dinner, and watch out for my little guy, who is the light of my life. I have incredible friends who are always willing to listen and never judge. Having a great job doesn't hurt, either.
"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have."
It sounds pretty simple, but a great family is not to be taken for granted these days. I'm not talking about having a mother and father who have been married for 40 years. If your mom and dad have loved each other that long, that's great, but as I've seen first-hand, that does little to make you a good person. It's really about having parents who are happy--whether their still married, single, or remarried--and who are a good example to their kids.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Click the photo to see more images from the Voice of America Rally Sept. 5 in West Chester, Ohio.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Is this for real? http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are-Stubborn-Things/
Did the white house communication office really honestly truly ask citizens to report fellow citizens who are saying reporting or blogging "fishy" things about Obama's healthcare plan????
I can't believe this is happening in my America. But just in case it is true... here's my blog www.joethemom.blogspot.com i've got plenty to say about this and i'll just go ahead and turn myself in. GUILTY!!!
By the way, how much taxpayer money is being used to monitor the "disinformation." Let me know because I wouldn't want to have to make a number up and put it out there on the Web... that would be disinformation, right?
Joe The Mom
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
President Obama and his cronies, czars and comrades want to know WHO is bringing up concerns on his socialized healthcare plan. According to the White House blog:
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Jonah Goldberg just reported, this is really an un-American response to the unpopularity of Obama's policies. Much of what has transpired (the lack of transparency, the move to socialized healthcare, the appointment of liberals to the Supreme Court...) has been expected from Obama. But I have to say, I did not expect such a blatent disregard for the First Amendment so early in his term. And by the way, is it really up to the White House to say what's fact and what's fiction?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thankfully, the Beer Summit has brought attention to the need to drink American. Nevermind pesky issues like healthcare reform or astounding unemployment. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs speculated prior to the meeting that the President's guests, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and James Crowley, would drink Red Stripe and Blue Moon, respectively, while the President himself would nurse a Bud Light. While I would be inclined to any of those choices, I am thinking twice now that American brewers have had their say on the summit.
Having spent several years living near the Motor City, I wouldn't dare buy a foreign vehicle, much less, park it in Detroit. Okay, that's probably the only thing that I'm dead-set buy American on. But, with so many tasty brews made right here in the states, why not make it a point to patronize them? Here are a few of my American faves:
- Bell's Brewery (Kalamazoo, MI) Oberon is summertime must-try
- Sierra Nevada (California) Try the Pale Ale
- Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams multitude of varieties)
"If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose." -Jack Handey
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
While I agree the Michael Jackson memorial has been a celebrity circus, I do take issue with your statement regarding the main stream media in Tuesday's program and today's column.
I am a loyal viewer of The Factor and think you are both brilliant and realistic, but your show is pure commentary. You do bring attention to deserving issues, but the MSM's role is different. They are responsible for giving the United States of Entertainment what they want and presenting it as *cough* objectively as possible.
A few years ago, the public wanted wall-to-wall coverage of MJ's molestation trial. Yesterday they wanted wall-to-wall coverage of his funeral. It's strange, weird and sad, but it's what the people want. Let Couric, Gibson and the like do their thing and you keep doing yours: tell the truth as you see it.
For reference, here's Bill's column today: Off the Wall: Race and Michael Jackson
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It would be refreshing to see a politician, (having exhausted the avenues of couples therapy, of course) admit his or her marriage is not working and end things before causing a scandal with an intern, hooker or a "dear, dear friend" from another country. Surely this is wishful thinking. After all, it takes a special kind of narcissist to excel in politics. Maybe some of these men genuinely feel they are invincible, as John Edwards admitted after his affair was exposed. I'm not a fan of psychologically dissecting reasons people engage in morally reprehensible behavior. Why it happened is not as important as the mere fact that it happened.
By the way, if you didn't vomit after South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's press conference today, or even his wife's statement following said press conference, please check out these lovely
Emails, and have a barf bag handy. I give Jenny Sanford some credit for declining to stand next to the louse during his announcement, although I have a feeling she will eventually join the ranks of women who stand by their man in the spotlight. To each her own.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
This is the way it should be. At some point grown women are supposed to stop dressing like Britney Spears and men are supposed to stop shopping at Abercrombie. Meanwhile, adults earn a prerogative to talk about the next generation of oversexed slackers.
Leave it to Miami University to throw the universe off balance. The National Summit on Youth Culture, Popular Culture and Sexuality Education begins Friday at Miami with the purpose of, among other lofty pursuits, “affirming the okayness of the sexuality of all young people, as well as different sexual identities and orientations." Basically, this is a bunch of brainy grown-ups contriving ways to undermine any chance a wholesome-type might make it through high school as a virgin.
The scholars of human sexuality want us to "rethink" the way public school children learn about sex. I'm no scholar of human sexuality, but it seems to me the emphasis should be getting our public schoolchildren to think less about sex and more about school. While abstinence-only education is impracticable in light of the media's influence, school teachers and other adult mentors should be telling kids to get their head out of the sack and back in the books.
While this weirdo-fest happens to be in my backyard, it's not isolated. Bill O'Reilly's show Thursday included this segment about a pinhead Canadian professor who equated "sexting" to spin the bottle. Peter Cumming, of York University, also wrote
"In Bush's America, is there no middle ground between child pornography, sexual assault, abuse, and exploitation on the one hand and children's 'abstinence' on the other? When, in Western culture, did nudity become pornography, did children's sexuality become perverse, and when and how and why have we forgotten children's participatory rights as sexual beings?"
Children are sexual beings?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I am glad The Donald allowed Carrie Prejean to retain her Miss California crown despite her bad judgement as a 17 year old posing in panties. The photos weren't *that bad* for that Kim Kardashian world we are living in. I also think it's safe to assume many women like Prejean, who desperately seek careers in modeling or acting, have some juicy photos or videos from the past.
But, I'm more glad The Donald addressed Prejean's scandalous answer to the gay marriage question, a question I feel never should have been asked in the first place. Perez Hilton has used the pageant as a platform for his cause and Prejean has been the punching bag. If he and the rest of the world weren't willing to accept both possible answers, he should have asked something less controversial.
She could have dodged the bullet with a non-answer. She could could have given into the pressure of knowing the media would fillet her the next day. Instead, she spoke honestly, directly, and politely:
"I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one or the other ... same sex marriage or opposite marriage," then added, "I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman ... that's how I was raised."
Hilton told Larry King Live that her answer didn't cost her the crown, but "a candidate for Miss USA should have offered more inclusive answers."Ironically, Hilton's definition of "inclusive answer" excludes the fundamental belief that marriage should be only between one man and one woman.
For all the hell that's been raised about Prejean in the media, you would think she had been on a gay-bashing rampage. Interestingly, 54 percent of Americans agree with her stance, according to a recent CNN poll. Even President Obama has said this is his belief.
As if beauty pageants were bad enough for objectifying women and perpetuating physical standards of beauty that are unrealistic for the average woman, now the meat parades are not subject to the First Amendment. Well, unless you want to be a punching bag.
Still, some girls dream of being in the meat circus. To each her own. For the beautiful and aspiring among us, I have devised a check list:
- Grow to at least 5'8"
- Lose 25 lbs
- Take nudie pics
- Sing, dance or twirl a baton
- Get boob job
- Lose 5 more lbs
- Sew mouth shut
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
A few weeks ago, I caught glimpse of a Rasmussen Report which reported the country was nearly divided on prefering capitalism or socialism. According to the study, conducted just one month ago, only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is the better system.
More telling: adults under 30 are essentially divided three ways with 37% preferring capitalism, 33% socialism and 30% undecided. It's easy to see how the undecideds could be wooed by lofty promises such as free healthcare for all, without considering the ramifications.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
To this I say, "Good riddance." The GOP is cleaning house and getting back to the core conservative principles of personal responsibility and liberty, free markets and limited government that are key to the party's eventual resurgence. Specter most recently rebuked these fundamental values in supporting the Obama administration's spending bill.
Ironically, his vote on this bill has caused an uproar back home in Pennsylvania. Former Congressman Pat Toomey, Specter's rival in the upcoming primary, has built momentum in the race by highlighting Specter's bad decision.
"This is a pure political calculation," Pennsylvania pollster G. Terry Madonna of Franklin and Marshall College told NPR. "He was going to have great difficulty getting nominated in Pennsylvania. And he has been on this tightrope for a long time."
While symbolically it seems a loss for the Republicans in the Senate, Specter the Republican voted along party lines 65 percent of the time so I wouldn't consider him a sure bet just yet.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We shouldn't have to be subjected to this.
I've had about enough of Susan Boyle and her so-called inspirational life story. I for one think someone should do something about it. Hey, I've got an idea. Why doesn't President Obama appoint an Entertainment Czar, that way the administration can monitor crap being produced in the name of entertainment and we won't have to sift through the B.S. ourselves. By the way, if you don't think this Boyle business is craptastic, check out this blog.
Granted, I did not come up with this great czar idea by myself. Obama has appointed (according to Foreign Policy magazine) 18 czars to oversee various um, stuff. Let's see there's
- energy czar
- urban czar
- infotech czar
- faith-based czar
- health reform czar
- TARP czar
- stimulus accountability czar *my personal favorite*
- non-proliferation czar
- terrorism czar
- regulatory czar
- drug czar
- Guantanamo closure czar
Special envoys falling into the czar category include AfPak special envoy Richard Holbrooke, Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell, special advisor for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia Dennis Ross, Sudan special envoy J. Scott Gration and climate special envoy Todd Stern. A total of 18 czars, way more than any past American president.
What the hell does an urban czar do all day? What they don't do is answer to Congress. The appointment of czars is Obama's method of expanding his power across the federal government to progress his socialist agenda. It's imperative he move quickly as he will surely be a one-term president.
His efforts aren't going unnoticed. Read Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) letter to Obama, expressing concern that the ever-expanding White House staff does not match up with his pledge to open and transparent government.
I think we could squeeze entertainment czar into that list without anyone really noticing.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Although not at all surprised, I was as disappointed as anyone that the President and Mrs. Obama went back on repeated intentions to rescue a shelter dog. Bo, a male Portuguese water dog, was a gift (produced from a breeder) from Senator and Mrs. Kennedy to the President’s two young daughters.
But, when did his highness allegedly make such a lofty promise? Malia has allergies. Mom needs a dog that compliments her J. Crew sweater sets. Such a pompous pooch could not be found in all the shelters of America. (Actually, about 30 percent of homeless dogs in shelters are purebreds.)
Obama initially made this promise to Dr. Jana Kohl, who authored the book about a puppy named “Baby” that was tortured in a puppy mill. Obama even poses with “baby" for the cover of the Winter 2009 issue of American Dog. Do you think she was a little miffed? Judging by her statements in this press release , I would say so.
Another broken promise, so what? Demand for the breed has skyrocketed and so have prices. But much more concerning is the unintended consequences for the equally deserving potential pets who suffer in shelters and face certain death. Two million dogs are euthanized every year in shelters across America. As sad as I think it is, Obama-loving lemmings the world over are crawling over themselves to emulate everything he does. Imagine the statement it could have made if he made good on his promise and actually rescued a dog. Adopt-a-Pet.com states pet relinquishment is up 20 to 30 percent due to the economy. Not everyone can afford a pet, especially not on par with the President's variety.
Just for old times sake, watch President Elect Obama relay his two criteria for dog adoption. The Obamas are all about appearances. I wouldn't be surprised if a second dog is brought in to quell the concerns of pet adoption advocates.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The most substantive thing he said during Tuesday’s speech before a joint session of congress was about parents needing to turn off the television and read to their children. “Education must begin at home…That’s an American issue,” he said to bipartisan applause.
A statement of common sense to be sure, but I’ll concede there are plenty who need to be reminded. Maybe this obvious advice will resonate as it comes from the mouth of the silver-tounged snake. How easily some are wooed by his rhetoric and impossible promises. He offered no details about how he intends to both spend $1 trillion (just last week) and spare our children from generational theft from this and various other spending bills in the pipeline. But that’s not what the some people want to hear. That would be boring. They just want to hear that everything’s gonna be okay, their problems are not their fault or their responsibility, and most of all, they want to hear that dirty little four-letter word.
I couldn’t say it better than this comment, which followed one review of the President’s eloquence: “The vast majority of people don't understand or become educated on the issues. In the People-magazine-like world we live in, style seems to overshadow substance. No wonder Obama keeps getting high marks from those who just glaze over with glee to listen to him.”
Glaze over the glee. I can’t think of a better way to describe the look on the face of a certain someone I know who eagerly tunes in to hear this President, but has never before listened to anything any other politician has had to say. This person shall remain nameless.
Here's a newsflash for this person and other glee-glazed Obama-lovers. If it’s a warm fuzzy feeling you’re hankering for, go take a bubble bath or watch a romantic comedy. Here in reality, it’s time to get down to the cold, hard facts. The best message the leader of the free world could put out is that Americans need to get a hold of their bootstraps and stop looking for a bailout.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Americans for Prosperity has laid it all out: Only 3.6% of the scheme’s $825 billion price tag would actually go to real, practical infrastructure projects--roads and bridges. The site also reminds us, this trillion-dollar debt (including interest) will provide little or no stimulus, but will put each and every American household in at least $6,700 of new debt, to be paid by our children and grandchildren.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
One of my biggest pet peeves is someone looking over my shoulder and telling me how to do something--unless of course I asked for help. I know what's best for my child, my career and my money. Hence my disdain for high taxes and government spending.
It really pisses me off to see the President on t.v. mocking the people of America by saying "What do you think a stimulus is? That's the whole point." He is essentially saying, "I know what's good for the country. I know where your money should be spent. I know better than Joe the Plumber, Joe the Mom or anybody else."
Is anyone listening?
You know what would be stimulating? Give me more tax relief and I will decide for myself if I want to spend it at Macy's or donate it to the arts, STD education or whatever.
Although to hear the Democrats talk, you would think the current $800 billion-plus bill is a quick fix, there are long term consequences to be considered. Obama's administration is setting the stage for creating more dependence by individuals and businesses on the federal government. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has warned the long-term effect of that much government spending over the next decade could "crowd out" private investment, lowering long-term economic growth forecasts by 0.1 percent to 0.3 percent by 2019.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Forget the $819 billion "economic stimulus" package you heard about today. Any grown-up knows when you borrow money, you pay interest. In case you forgot, the U.S. government is in a deficit, so we'll be borrowing this money to fund Obama's big idea. With interest, this package is going to cost $1 trillion.
So, there must be, like, a load of jobs coming out of this, right? Well, let's take a look at where some of that money is to go:
- $25 million for new ATV trails
- $400 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
- $400 million for global warming research
- $335 million for the Centers for Disease Control to combat sexually-transmitted diseases
- $650 million coupons to subsidize TV viewers for digital television conversion.
We might agree on the merits of global warming research, the importance of the arts and the need to combat STD's... but how does colossal spending for these special interests fit into the President's message of cutting back in these tough economic times? Is THIS the change we have been hearing so much about?
The short answer is it absolutely doesn't. In fact, this could be the single largest spending proposal of Obama's administration, and most of it isn't even going toward the infrastructure projects that would actually create jobs. The bill proposes just $30 billion toward rebuilding roads and bridges, etc.
The Democrats in Congress are taking advantage of an opportunity to easily throw money at the special interest groups by claiming this package is necessary--and necessary fast! "We don't have a moment to spare," Obama has ominously declared.
It's shameless, and sadly inevitable. The only thing bipartisan about this bill is that both Democrats and Republicans oppose it (not only did the bill receive absolutely zero support from House Republicans, but 11 Democrats actually voted against it as well).
The bill will need some support from Republicans in order to pass Senate approval. Expect to see Obama hosting a lot more cocktail parties next week.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
To be fair, Barack Obama has reportedly raised $41 million in private contributions to fund some of the inaugural festivities. (Visit the inaugural committee web site http://www.pic2009.org/ to view contributors of $200 or more.) I just can't help but ask myself how one justifies raising money for such a party when the country is seemingly falling apart, to hear some tell it. Let alone, spending our tax dollars toward it.
Think about this: maybe the company you work for needs to cut back on expenses. Do you think they are going to host the most lavish holiday party in the company's history? What if the company was more than $10 trillion in debt?
The price tag for this year's inaugural festivities is four times more than the next most expensive inauguration. I'm no mathematician, but I think that's a load of money. And to be honest, I expected nothing less from the ultimate leader in "do as I say, not as I do" politics. If Obama mentions sacrifice in his inaugural speech, I'm going to throw my shoe at the TV.
Enjoy your party.