Wednesday, July 31, 2013

About those fast food wage protests . . ..

Why do you think they are pushing for $10/hour minimum for fast food workers, rather than say $15? Well, they need to keep it low enough to continue to qualify for Medicaid, EITC, SNAP, WIC, housing, school lunches and snacks and summer meals for the children, etc., which could bring their disposable income to levels higher than their managers. There are people who turn down higher paid jobs rather than lose important benefits, especially those with chronic health problems. I know a manager who recently lost a $10/hour employee to a $9/hour job at another firm.  He couldn’t afford a pay raise to $12.50.



Monday, July 29, 2013

Overnight Oatmeal

I doubt that my husband will ever give up his cooked oatmeal with raisins, but this looked interesting. Obviously more expensive than regular oatmeal.


1 container (6 oz) Greek yogurt, any flavor
1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup fruit

In container with tight-fitting cover, mix yogurt and uncooked oats. Stir in desired fruit.

Cover; refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 3 days before eating.

The Green Room makeover

You won’t appreciate this since I don’t have a photo of what it looked like before.  This is where I attend lectures in Lakeside.  Sometimes they are in Orchestra Hall (the movie theater), but usually in this room. It is now called The Chautauqua Room.  It is in the Fountain Inn. Today’s lecture in the morning was on research and advancements in types of dementia (Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body) and this afternoon was on hospice.

Chautauqua room

Obama the bystander President


Black on black. . . politics


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Carlos Danger

Week 6 at Lakeside

Today we’ve had a record low for this date—both the low and the high temperatures were record lows!  Lake Erie is warmer than the air temperature.

Last night’s program was David Cassidy, 1970s teen idol, and lots of his formerly teen fans showed up to fill Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside. In fact, at breakfast this morning I was sitting next to a table of them, analyzing every move plus that of his band and stage helpers. Cassidy rose to fame in the TV show “The Partridge Family,” and is the son of two actors, Evelyn Ward and Jack Cassidy.  Shirley Jones, who played his TV mother, was his step-mother. During these shows, like last week’s Peter Noone, the rocking grandmas provide a lot of entertainment.  He was recovering from a burn and possibly coming down with the flu so was having some voice problems.  I suspect his shows are usually longer, but he made a good effort, and had an adoring audience.

July 26, 2013

This week’s programming looks good.  On Monday and Tuesday the theme is health and medicine. Alzheimers, hospice, updates on vaccines, nutrition, and 60 tips for the caregiver. (Bev: should I take notes?)  Wednesday is something on ombuds, and I don’t think I’ll attend those, but the morning bird walk at 8 a.m. looks good.  Then Thursday is a Lakeside favorite, Gene Swanger talking about East Asian Culture.  The Lakesiders love him.  The Symphony starts its 50th season this week, and the conductor gave a talk today that I attended. My husband is teaching perspective drawing and painting at the Rhein Center and registered a full class today.

The boring Knox speech

Obama says he wants to assure that the middle class has access to good jobs, education, retirement, healthcare, etc.  Except.  There's no evidence that the middle class is shrinking, and isn't he the president of all the people? All 5 quintiles?  There is still great mobility, despite a recession that was over in 2009, despite the millions added to SNAP rolls during the Obama reign. What about the poor, for instance? They need jobs so they can make it into the middle class; government assistance and transfers won't get them where they need to go. There are so many areas where the economy could boom in just energy, spreading out to more jobs, but Obama and Democrats block them. Then Obama blames "Washington" and "phony scandals."

Don't buy Obama's lies about the middle class. "A Treasury Department analysis of income-tax returns for two 10-year periods, 1987-1996 and 1996-2005 by Treasury economists Gerald Auten and Geoffrey Gee, representing 84 million returns for 120 million taxpayers, found that economic mobility has not changed. From the 1980s to 2005, many Americans progressed both in terms of absolute mobility — they became better-off in absolute terms — and in terms of relative mobility — they rose to another part of the income distribution." Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Market Watch

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ho Chi Minh, the Communist


Ho Chi Minh slaughtered millions. Mostly Vietnamese. And it continued after the Americans left. Instead of trying to rewrite history, maybe Obama should have told President Truong Tan Sang the truth? I'm not even going to give him credit for a gaffe. I think he believes his own nonsense.

Sneaking out of the White House

Imagine if the president and his daughters decided to sneak out of the White House at night to get a Dairy Queen without security (and without Michelle knowing about it). They see six figures coming toward them--can't see the race, but get close enough to identify the clothing and gender.  Which group would make them feel safer—six teen-men in hoodies and low slung pants, or three middle aged men in khaki shorts walking with their wives/girlfriends? Obama grew up white—he’d be the first to be profiling for the safety of his girls and relieved he didn’t have to confront the hoodies in his hood.

Don’t fund Obamacare


JFK at the U. of I., October 24, 1960


Photos of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy making a campaign stop at the University of Illinois. (U. of I. Archives photo.)  Can't be positive but that looks like McKinley Hall over on the far left in the motorcade photo where I lived in 1960. 801 S. Wright. However, I got married in September and was living and working in Indianapolis.

The American Elms that formed a cathedral arch over the campus walks were gone by then, in fact, I believe they had all been cut even before I got there in 1958.

Update:  looking closer, I think the motorcade is further south, nearer the library.  That’s not McKinley.

Friday Family Photo—The Lustron

I love the Lustron, I really do. There are many in Mt. Morris, IL where I graduated from high school, and my grandparents owned one. They are beautifully designed and very functional. But they were the Solyndra of the 1940s--a federal government boondoggle that ran into problems with the local housing codes, unions, and an over priced product that eventually failed. They live on today.

[Carl] Strandlund knew a major investment would be required to achieve the efficiencies necessary for financial success, so he heavily lobbied the federal government for support. The Truman administration saw the potential of his concept and, in 1947, helped him secure a $15.5 million dollar loan from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, a government agency formed to assist industry during the Depression. In addition, Strandlund got the keys to a million-square-foot former Curtiss-Wright plant next to the Columbus airport. It was an unprecedented government venture into the housing industry, but, according to Knerr, that fact actually gave the project greater credibility and notoriety.

Unlike this story reports, there was no post-WWII housing shortage. Housing was taken off the market with government regulations, and that created the shortage which created a housing and mortgage boom.


My grandparents enjoying the porch on the Lustron.

Fred, Pam, Lorrie, Jenny, Ron

My cousins Pam, Ron, Fred, Jenny Sue, and Lorrie in front of the Lustron owned by their grandparents.

Christian non-profits

“CARM is a 501(c)3, non-profit, Christian ministry dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel, doctrine, and theology.”

If the government gives, it can take away.  This is a bad idea from several angles.  Eventually, Christian non-profits will have to do something contrary to their beliefs if they want this tax status—maybe recognize same sex marriage, or provide insurance for abortion, or accept non-Christians on their board.  It’s also wrong, I believe, to ask non-Christians to support our religion—because that’s what we’re asking for in not paying  taxes on the income that pays the staff or the office supplies or the real estate costs.  Also, now that we know the government is using the IRS to punish and control, why should be put our people in harm’s way.  Why should board members and staff have their private accounts audited because the organization is under scrutiny.  Let’s get the churches and para-church organizations out from under the government’s thumb so we can be free to speak truth to evil, and the good news to the masses.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Don’t blame Obama for Detroit . . .


Blame Democrat control since the 1960s.

“Detroit is an apropos metaphor for Obama's America. It is the prototypical terminal manifestation of the Democratic Party's socialist economic policies that have created ever-expanding urban poverty plantations in once-great cities across the nation. That in turn drives the departure of middle-class families for greener pastures in outlying suburban counties with better schools and lower crime.

Over just the last decade, some 240,000 of Detroit's residents (25 percent of its population), and thousands of businesses, fled the city's oppressive taxes and corrupt one-party government. Indeed, Detroit was a bustling city of nearly 2,000,000 residents as far back as 1950; today, that number is just over 700,000. (Not coincidentally, Detroit's last Republican mayor, Louis Miriani, served more than a half-century ago, from 1957 to 1962.)”  Mark Alexander, Patriot Post

Stand your ground, Texas.

True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters' rights organization, responded today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's plans to launch a wholesale attack against the State of Texas by filing federal lawsuits against Texas' voter ID law and election procedures.

"We will not sit idly by and allow the most politically charged Department of Justice in US history to set aside the US constitution and attempt to bully the people of Texas", True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "We will meet Attorney General Holder in court and we will do whatever we need to do to advance the cause of voters' rights for all Americans."

"General Holder's announcement today demonstrates just how radical the DOJ has become. The same department that criminalizes journalism and fails to prosecute IRS agents who violate the rights of American taxpayers is promising to sue states with taxpayer dollars to block laws passed by elected legislators such as voter ID and citizenship verification.

"Every American voter deserves to have his or her vote counted - and not diluted by fraud or error. The DOJ just put itself between the voters of Texas and their guaranteed constitutional and civil rights.

"True the Vote has watched as Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly disregarded the rule of law," Engelbrecht continued. "We understand that this Department of Justice does not believe that protection of voters' rights should be colorblind.

"Texas will stand its ground in San Antonio - that's a promise."

Beating the middle class to death in boring speeches

Obama's speeches on the campaign trail show he says he's not the president of poor Americans, or rich Americans, only the middle class, and he's killing that class with his policies. Under Obama the 1 percenters have really grown, and so have the very poor--he's really growing the SNAPper class, making them dependent on the government so they'll vote Democrat.

"For four and a half years, Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth. The predictable result has been more inequality and less growth. . . median real household income [$51,500] is $2,718, or 5%, lower than the $54,218 median in June 2009 when the recession officially ended." WSJ, July 24. Doubling the number on food stamps is not a plan, Mr. President. Forcing Obamacare on businesses which then reduce hours and employees is not a plan. Expanding the wars in the middle east is not a plan. Fomenting race riots is not helpful to cities with high minority unemployment. Blaming and not accepting responsibility is not a plan.

A lot of support for this little guy

Former President George H.W. Bush and members of his Secret Service detail shaved their heads to show solidarity for a 2-year-old boy undergoing treatment for leukemia.


George and Barbara Bush lost their second child, 4-year-old Robin Bush, to leukemia almost 60 years ago.

Sister Simone Campbell, dupe of the CPUSA

CPUSA,  (The Communist Party of the USA) the Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialists, and the so-called Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism came together to discuss “how to better unite the left” on June 5 hosted in the New York City union hall of SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East. Their topic was how to expand—“new allies must be carefully sought out, identified, upheld, tapped—in a word, used.”  What better group than a renegade group of Catholic nuns that have beat the drum for Obamacare? The communists and catholic nuns practically fell into each others arms.

Obama on jobs, the economy and the middle class--again

November 2009: Meeting with his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, the president says his administration "will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs."
April 2010: Obama goes on a "Main Street" tour, saying "it's time to rebuild our economy on a new foundation so that we've got real and sustained growth."
June 2010: The president declares a "Recovery Summer" to highlight the jobs created by stimulus-funded infrastructure projects. "If we want to ensure that Americans can compete with any nation in the world, we're going to have to get serious about our long-term vision for this country and we're going to have to get serious about our infrastructure," he said.
December 2010: The president tells reporters "we are past the crisis point in the economy, but we now have to pivot and focus on jobs and growth."
August 2011: After lawmakers reach a compromise to avert default, the president vows "in the coming months, I'll continue also to fight for what the American people care most about: new jobs, higher wages and faster economic growth."
February 2013: At the start of his second term, the president refocuses on job creation in his State of the Union address, saying "a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs--that must be the North Star that guides our efforts."

May 2013: Kicking off his "Jobs and Opportunity Tour," the president says "all of us have to commit ourselves to doing better than we're doing now. And all of us have to rally around the single-greatest challenge that we face as a country right now, and that's reigniting the true engine of economic growth, a rising, thriving middle class."

July 2013: The president says his speech Wednesday is going “to be the kickoff to what is essentially several months of us trying to get Washington and the press to refocus on the economy and the struggles that middle-class families are going through.”

This list was compiled by Mary Bruce, not Norma Bruce.  She works for ABC – or did.  I hope she can keep her job.  Obama doesn’t like having the truth, or even the obvious, come to light.

The fact is, he hasn’t a clue how to fix the economy since he only knows higher taxes, kiss union butts, spread the war resources thinner and wider, spy on American citizens, and blame someone else for his own failures in leadership.

Father Hunger—guest blogger

“In America’s families, much has been made about the effect on boys whose fathers are not around to help raise them, but Dee Louis-Scott, co-chair for the Black Family Technology Awareness Association’s Youth STEM Fair, says the consequences are very tangible in the lives of girls, too.

“Even though my father was in my life until his passing, I did not understand him, and it was always an emotionally distant relationship,” says Louis-Scott, author of “Believe in the Magic,” (

“The men I married were emotionally distant; much of my time was spent chasing their love, time and attention. The problem was that I never experienced a true partnership between a husband and wife as a girl.”

New polls suggest “father hunger” is continuing to alter the family structure in the United States. A recent Associated Press poll finds 42 percent of women would consider having a child without a partner. Additionally, more than 24 million daughters and sons in America live in homes without their father, according to the U.S. Census data.

“I know fathers and mothers who are unmarried, yet both are very proactive in their children’s lives and are by all accounts doing a great job with their kids,” Louis-Scott says. “Unfortunately, the number of fathers living outside the home of their children often reflects a lack of participation from most of those fathers.”

A girl’s first love is her father, and if he has abandoned her, she will find herself in romantic relationships that are similarly unhealthy later in life, she says. While writing the book on the extraordinary life of her mother, Mattie Fisher, who was married five times and who didn’t have a relationship with her father until midlife, Louis-Scott realized just how formative a father’s role is in his daughter’s life.

“If a father treats his daughter like a princess, she will demand better treatment in her romantic relationships,” she says. “But if he treats her poorly, she will come to expect that and even seek it out in future relationships.”

For women whose fathers have provided a poor example, Louis-Scott offers these relationship tips for women who want to break the cycle of unhealthy partner-seeking:

• Consider your relationship with your father: Ladies, what kind of chemistry do you have with Dad; do you even have a relationship with him? How might this be influencing your romantic decisions? Take an in-depth look at the relationship between you and your father. A painstaking review will help you avoid sabotaging a current or future romantic bond.The first (and probably the hardest thing to do) is to recognize and define the problem, if any.

• Take time for you: Get up every morning with the thought that you are rebuilding your life. Reward yourself, perhaps with a massage, a good book or a long bike ride. While reflecting in your solitude, think about the role you played in the failure of your relationship. Consider your past relationship mistakes, and be honest. Remember, as long as you make it the other person’s fault, you will remain a victim.

• When you are ready, ease back in to new relationships: Take a little longer than you normally would to get to know someone. Enjoy the dates and learning about each other. See your potential partner as they are and not how you want them to be, because when we are in a low place it’s easy to put a high value on a person’s potential. Trying to change a man is a bad idea; relax and enjoy getting to know more about him to decide whether you’re compatible just the way he is.

About Dee Louis-Scott

Dee Louis-Scott is retired after working 30 years as a federal employee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Scott has co-chaired the Black Family Technology Awareness Association’s Youth STEM Fair for nine years; its mission is to encourage studies in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum in urban communities. Twenty years since the death of her heroic mother, Mattie Fisher, Louis-Scott honors her life, which was experienced in a time in American history when it was a double-curse to be a black woman. “

The speech at Knox College


I have rarely heard or seen such a tepid audience.  Even hand picked they’ve heard it all before.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

On the road again with Obama

In a speech in 1963, John F. Kennedy (who incidentally cut taxes to goose the economy) said, "a rising tide lifts all boats," and he used that saying several more times. In 2013, President Obama who never met a tax increase he didn't love, denied it.

Obama can't point to a single success in his 5 years in the 21st century, but he can point to the 1950s as the golden era of the middle class. Go Conservatives!

Obama is clueless about the middle class. All his speeches say that (they are reruns). But he's added a new paragraph of blame to add to Bush and the GOP--the sequester. It's the drag, not Obamacare, not over regulation. He's added 7.2 million jobs, and twice that on food stamps.

I’ve never seen less enthusiastic more lack luster audiences than those on this campaign swing.  Some don’t even bother to clap.  The only ones clapping are those that didn’t hear this speech in 2008.

Tip for the president: Homeownership doesn't lift anyone into the middle class. Clinton and Bush tried that and we got the 2007 mortgage melt down. Obama's refinancing of their administrations' defaults have already defaulted. He is economically impotent.

Allen West on Stand your Ground in Florida

“In a sure case of foot in mouth disease, seems US Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking in Florida, may want to study up on Stand Your Ground use in the Sunshine State, my home. Based on data maintained by Tampa Bay Times, approximately one-third of Florida Stand Your Ground claims in fatal cases have been made by black defendants, as a defense with a 55% success rate. Blacks used Stand Your Ground defenses at nearly twice the rate of their percentage of Florida's population (16.6% in 2012). As well, it seems the majority of victims in Florida Stand Your Ground cases have been white. Either Attorney General Holder is incompetent or ignorant, regardless, we all await his clarification, or correction, of his comments before the NAACP in Orlando.”

What does Al Sharpton have against this white family?



They were an automobile accident in Florida.  George Zimmerman came to their rescue and pulled them out of the car.  Now they fear for their lives lest they be targets for the hate Sharpton, Obama, Holder and Jackson have helped whip up.  Sharpton’s campaigns over the years have contributed to many deaths and injuries.

He’s on the campaign trail again


7.2 million more jobs, 15 million more on food stamps than 2009.

It made me laugh


Didn’t know Geraldo was sending pics . . . he’s just one who is the balance on Fox.

Sometimes the New York Times gets it right—calls for Weiner to drop out of mayoral race

"At some point, the full story of Anthony Weiner and his sexual relationships and texting habits will finally be told. In the meantime, the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.
When the first texts were revealed two years ago, Mr. Weiner lied about it, saying he had been the victim of hackers. Then he owned up, tearfully abandoned his office and retreated into private life. Then he was back, telling the world that therapy and his wife’s forgiveness had turned him around and that he was ready to begin a new chapter. That turned out to be the mayor’s race, which he entered in May. What he did not say then, and what voters did not realize until Tuesday, was that his resignation had not been the end of his sexual misconduct.

The timing here matters, as it would for any politician who violates the public’s trust and then asks to have it back. Things are different now, he insists. “This behavior is behind me,” he said again on Tuesday. He suggested that people should have known that his sexting was an unresolved problem well into 2012.
That’s ridiculous and speaks to a familiar but repellent pattern of misleading and evasion. It’s up to Mr. Weiner if he wants to keep running, to count on voters to forgive and forget and hand him the keys to City Hall. But he has already disqualified himself."

Why they think it’s worse on the internet than in the Oval Office, I don’t know.

Gay marriage

Carlos Danger and wifey Huma Amedin have made the best case for same sex marriage I've ever heard/seen.

Holy Hannah! She’s dense.

Just got an e-mail from Hannah who is urging me to support the Dream Defenders plan to honor Trayvon Martin in Florida, and getting rid of Stand your Ground.

I wrote back:

"Let’s honor the lives of all those killed during the trial that never got any publicity. Let’s examine the factors that whipped up racial hatred by our politicians. Let’s look into the story of the guy in a hoodie who came in the convenience store in Dearborn during your riots, killed the male clerk, kidnapped the female manager, then killed her. Has that been on the national news? Lots to investigate here. Illinois has tougher Stand Your Ground than Florida—strengthened by a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Barack Obama."

Maybe she'll take me off her list--I think they scoop up every dot edu and assume they're mush brains for liberal causes.

Pathologizing childhood

CDC claims that 20% of children and adolescents in the U.S. have a mental disorder. (JAMA, v. 310, no.1) Wow. So I skimmed the article. 2/3 of those were hyperactive/attention deficit, about 1/6 were behavior problems, and 1/6 alcohol or drug problems. Talk about pathologizing childhood! This is a gift to Big Pharma to push legal drugs on your kids. But it gets worse. The "health care" costs? $247 billion. No wonder our health care costs exceed those of other industrialized nations if this is how it is figured.

From a mother who was talked into drugging her child:  If “accelerated” has become the new normal, there’s no choice but to diagnose the kids developing at a normal rate with a disorder. Instead of leveling the playing field for kids who really do suffer from a deficit, we’re ratcheting up the level of competition with performance-enhancing drugs. We’re juicing our kids for school.

We’re also ensuring that down the road, when faced with other challenges that high school, college and adult life are sure to bring, our children will use the coping skills we’ve taught them. They’ll reach for a pill.

Al Sharpton, race agitator who never accepts responsibility

From Wikipedia, with sources.

In 1995 a black Pentecostal Church, the United House of Prayer, which owned a retail property on 125th Street, asked Fred Harari, a Jewish tenant who operated Freddie's Fashion Mart, to evict his longtime subtenant, a black-owned record store called The Record Shack. Sharpton led a protest in Harlem against the planned eviction of The Record Shack.[37][38][39] Sharpton told the protesters, "We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business."[40]

On December 8, 1995 Roland J. Smith Jr., one of the protesters, entered Harari's store with a gun and flammable liquid, shot several customers and set the store on fire. The gunman fatally shot himself, and seven store employees died of smoke inhalation.[41][42] Fire Department officials discovered that the store's sprinkler had been shut down, in violation of the local fire code.[43] Sharpton claimed that the perpetrator was an open critic of himself and his nonviolent tactics. Sharpton later expressed regret for making the racial remark, "white interloper," and denied responsibility for inflaming or provoking the violence.[15][44]

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

School choice for the poor; private schools for the rich

The Obamas send their daughters to a toney private school, as do many politicians who come to Washington.  It’s their choice—they love their kids and want the best for them.  However, in 2012 he dropped that same choice (charter schools) for other Washington, DC families, mostly black.  It’s not that he doesn’t care that black children succeed (because they do in those schools), he’s just more afraid of the unions who helped elect him.

The Opportunity Scholarship Program offers vouchers to low-income students to attend private schools. A 2010 study published by Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas found that the scholarship recipients had graduation rates of 91%. The graduation rate for D.C. public schools was 56%, and it was 70% for students who entered the lottery for a voucher but didn't win.

Because the president's teachers union allies are opposed to school choice for poor people, Mr. Obama ignores or downplays these findings. He repeatedly has tried to shutter the program, even though it is clearly advancing his stated goal of increasing graduation rates and closing the black-white achievement gap.

Feeling crabby?


1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Combine all of the ingredients in a casserole dish and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve hot.
Serve hot, with hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy.
Makes about 1 1/2 cup


Because we all need a break from Obama’s scandals.

Weiner wags again


"New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted on Tuesday to sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online — correspondence she says began months after he resigned from Congress for similar behavior." (WaPo).

Happy now?

Not all Obama's independent and Republican supporters were voting from white guilt--some were tired of war in 2008 and apparently had missed history class on how to spot a socialist.  Well, not only do we have the two he was handed, he's expanded them to other middle eastern countries and Africa, and added uncountable scandals then lied about them.  Happy now?

The Obama administration is arming Syrian terrorists. The groups within the rebels are squabbling with each other, but we know who will come out on top—al-qaeda.  Christian Syrians are being killed by the rebels, not Assad’s forces. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey said, "It is no less than an act of war."

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers said Monday that his panel agreed to the administration's plan for military aid despite reservations about its chances for success.

"After much discussion and review, we got a consensus that we could move forward with what the administration's plans and intentions are in Syria consistent with committee reservations," the Michigan Republican said.”

I’m disappointed in the gutless Republicans who seem to think if someone says “war” they need to fund it.


Violent crime drastically reduced since 1993, many African-American lives saved

Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011 according to the Department of Justice.  About 50% of those not killed were young, black males.  There were over 1.5 million firearm non-fatalities in 1993 compared to about 478,000 in 2011. Let’s assume over half of the non-fatalities were also black.  School related homicides also declined from about 29 a year to 20 a year. 

Violent victimization rate per 1,000 persons, by annual household income, location of residence, and region, by race/Hispanic origin of victims was higher for poor whites and Hispanics than for poor blacks. 

There was a huge outcry in the late 1980s and early 1990s about black on black crime, and tougher measures were taken in response. The decline in violence came about because of improved policing and tougher sentencing which took hardened criminals off the streets.  It resulted from more drug busts, and more illegal guns removed from the streets.  Also, the baby boomers were aging, and homicide tends to be a crime of young males.   Since 93% of blacks were being killed by other blacks, if the killer were arrested, over half the people being  tried and imprisoned were also black.  That might please the victims’ families, but now the poverty pimps and racialists are crying out over the disparities among the races in prison populations. 


Source of graph: U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics, Wikipedia

So which do they want?  More blacks killed by leaving criminals on the streets or out early, or their assailants in prison?

8 lbs, 6 oz of hypocrisy


Our media lauds a woman’s “right” to kill her baby—right up to term, yet fawns over one who is in line to be king.

Maybe it’s not hypocrisy, but just a way to keep from talking about all the scandals of this administration, any one of which is worse than Nixon’s Watergate. And he at least had the decency to resign.

The economy isn’t exactly a scandal anymore—it’s just same ol’ same ‘ol.  Huffington Post reports, "The address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., will be the first in a new series of economic speeches that White House aides say Obama intends to deliver over the next several weeks ahead of key budget deadlines in the fall." Except it won't be "new"--it will be the same speeches he gave before he was elected and during his first term. What can he say? Tax the rich more; pass more regulations; it's all the GOP's [Boehner] fault (the Bush meme got old); the children are hungry. It's the summer rerun season—no wonder it’s fun to watch for a baby.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Paula Priesse on the quacking IRS scandal

“The White House appoints only two IRS positions, the commissioner and the IRS chief counsel, currently William Wilkins. In 2008, Wilkins defended the tax-exempt status of Jeremiah Wright’s church and did so pro bono. What a guy, no wonder O gave him the IRS gig! So check out this timeline from the IG report in the Daily Caller today: 1) April 23, 2012 - Wilkins meets with O in the WH. Arrived 3:54pm, departed over 7 hours later. 2) April 24, 2012 – IRS Commissioner Shulman meets with O. 3) April 25, 2012 – Wilkins sends IRS official Lois Lerner & former IRS lawyer Carter Hull “additional comments on the draft guidance” for accepting or denying Tea Party applications. So we have Lerner taking the Fifth, Cincy agent Liz Hofacre & Carter Hull testifying that denials of DC involvement are pure BS and now this. Forget walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, this has been a duck since day one. And this big fat duck is starting to point directly to O! The media’s reaction? Oh goody goody gumdrops, Kate had a boy!!! P” [from her Facebook wall]

Summer reruns

"The address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., will be the first in a new series of economic speeches that White House aides say Obama intends to deliver over the next several weeks ahead of key budget deadlines in the fall." (HuffPo)

Except it won't be "new"--it will be the same speeches he gave before he was elected and during his first term. What can he say? Tax the rich more; pass more regulations; it's all the GOP's [Boehner] fault (the Bush meme got old); the children are hungry. It's the summer rerun season.

We got an eyeful at the coffee shop

We all stared as she walked by at the coffee shop. She was over 6' tall. She wore high heels. Blonde hair in a pony tail. But the dress was a tight sheath, with short sleeves and the hem was just about at the knees. “Very revealing,” I thought. Then thought again. We all wore that look in the late 50s, early 60s.


Looking at Martin through black eyes

Name change for Zimmerman?


Don’t feed the trolls

The definition of a troll is rather fluid and subjective.  After one or two comments from an anonymous commenter who has read one or two points but didn’t finish, and almost 10 years of blogging,  plus 5 years on Usenet Forums, I can spot them.  No explanation satisfies a troll, s/he usually just proceeds with the whining, accusations, name-calling, so I don’t give them cheese with their whine and I don’t call them a troll if I know their identity.  Trolls usually don’t bother with my recipes, book reviews, health reports, etc.  Abortion, Obama, and environmentalism seem to bring them out from under the bridge.  Most recently deleted have to do with their not reading the evidence on the Martin Zimmerman trial.  From Wikipedia:

As noted in an OS News article titled "Why People Troll and How to Stop Them" (January 25, 2012), "The traditional definition of trolling includes intent. That is, trolls purposely disrupt forums. This definition is too narrow. Whether someone intends to disrupt a thread or not, the results are the same if they do.[3][4] Others have addressed the same issue, e.g., Claire Hardaker, in her Ph.D. thesis[4] "Trolling in asynchronous computer-mediated communication: From user discussions to academic definitions",[9] and Dr. Phil. Popular recognition of the existence (and prevalence) of non-deliberate, "accidental trolls", has been documented widely, in sources as diverse as the Urban Dictionary,[10] Nicole Sullivan's keynote speech at the 2012 Fluent Conference, titled "Don't Feed the Trolls"[11] Gizmodo,[12] online opinions on the subject written by Silicon Valley executives[13] and comics.[14]

Sunday, July 21, 2013

If it weren’t for low class, she’d have no class at all


No wonder MSNBC has low ratings. . . Melissa Harris-Perry.


Life was tough in private schools . . .


West on Obama as a victim

Sometimes I think Obama tries too hard to get street creds.  The maudlin victim response to the Zimmerman verdict takes me back to the days when Sharpton and Jackson thought he wasn’t black enough because he didn’t make a racial incident part of his campaign, and he talked down to black audiences.  I always thought he had a really poor “black accent,” and had to fake the walk, the talk, and the emotion. He was raised white in a multi-racial culture and attended private schools.  Some kids have it tough. 


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Yes, we can blame Bush for this—the ethanol mess.

In 2007 the Bush Administration and Congress [Democratic] mandated how much ethanol the oil and gas industry must purchase each year to be blended into gasoline. . . but gasoline consumption went down, not up and if the blends get any higher, they destroy engines.  So now we’ve got a ridiculous, complicated system of buying renewable energy credits, plus we’re damaging the environment and burning corn when people are hungry while raising the cost of gasoline.  The smartest thing to do is repeal it—and now we can blame Obama, because we know he never does the smart thing.

“By dramatically raising the price of corn, the federal corn ethanol mandate has, in just the last four years, contributed to the conversion of 23 million acres from wetland and grassland – an area the size of Indiana – to cropland. In fact, thanks to the corn ethanol mandate, we have lost more than wetlands and grasslands in the last four years than in the previous 40.

By encouraging farmers to plow up wetlands and grasslands, the mandate is causing more carbon to be released into the atmosphere, consuming more water to irrigate crops, causing more fertilizer to wash off farm fields and destroying more habitat that supports wildlife – and millions of jobs.

What’s more, burning corn ethanol in gasoline releases more benzene, a known carcinogen, and other toxic air pollutants that have been linked to asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments.”

What happened to Detroit?

Kevin D. Williamson writes at National Review, comparing Chattanooga and Detroit.

“[Detroit] has for years proved unable or unwilling to provide the basic services people expect from municipal authorities: While political cronies got fat, the people of Detroit were left with some of the worst schools in the country, some of the most dangerous streets in the country, and a mass-transit system that is a non-functioning mess. Not that you’d want to start a business there, but if you did, its licensing and regulatory agencies run the gamut from incompetent to corrupt.

So the people of Detroit went on strike. They did not picket city hall or demand a sit-down with the mayor. They packed up and left, taking their businesses, their innovation, and their tax dollars with them. The powers that be in Detroit can rob people blind, but they cannot make them stay.  As a result of this, Detroit has lost nearly two-thirds of its population. . .

Of its $11 billion in unsecured debt, the great majority — $9 billion — is owed to pensions and health-benefit plans for the same public-sector incompetents who helped bring the city to its knees in the first place. Detroit’s ruling class is a parasite that has outgrown its host.“

On the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots, from which the city never recovered.

I’m too busy to discuss these others


Detroit has run out of other people’s money


You’re next Illinois.  Thank the Democrats.

The government sponsored Zimmerman protests

I have seen such awful, scary, racist violent posters at these demonstrations in various cities about the Zimmerman verdict I am really fearful that everything that has been done to improve and better race relations in the last 50 years has been undone by Holder and Obama forcing this to come to trial when there was no crime. With their henchmen in the media they have created a terrible situation just for their own justification.

Thanks to Rachel Jeantel’s interview with Piers Morgan we now know "bad ass cracka" is not a racial insult it means the local police; that nigga isn’t nigger, but means any man of any race; and black teens fear gay men because they might rape them. So it seems, Mr. President, the fear and misunderstanding swings both ways. Perhaps you could address that next time?

If Obama had a son . . .


Friday, July 19, 2013

The family resemblance


"Is the president suggesting if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it wouldn't look like him?" Gingrich said Friday on Sean Hannity's radio show. "That's just nonsense. I mean, dividing this country up, it is a tragedy this young man was shot."

But who’s counting?


How to throw away your expensive PR campaign

"Planned Parenthood’s many years of expensive, positive image building seem to have been tossed out with the dead babies over the past three weeks, as it engaged with extremist factions, professional agitators, and volunteers in unleashing a barrage of terroristic threats and unlawful tactics intended to block legislation that it obviously fears more than anything it has feared in the past. Pro-life groups were asked by police to remove themselves from the rotunda during the second special legislative session, and were hidden in senators’ offices for their own safety.
... Planned Parenthood lost more than the vote. The story hit the mainstream media and, for first time, many people were exposed to the truth about Planned Parenthood: It is not a healthcare organization. It is a ruthless abortion and sex business that will stop at nothing to push its agenda and ensure its livelihood.

Planned Parenthood brought in paid agitators to disrupt the political process, but it did not pay off for them to mess with Texas."


First president ever to endorse or be endorsed by Planned Parenthood.  First politician to vote to let a born alive aborted baby die without medical assistance.

Liberal profiler visited my blog to announce my opinion doesn’t matter because I’m white

Someone left a comment on my blog about the Zimmerman verdict claiming I had no right to an opinion because I was white, lived in a white community, yada yada.  I’m not an artist but I attend a lot of shows where I see the award winner needs my husband’s perspective class.  I’m not a doctor, but I can see the struggle my friend with ALS is having and know she was misdiagnosed for a long time.  I’m not an athlete, but I can see that many of them are suffering from celebrity morals and arrest records. This liberal profiler would have never told a black person she didn’t have a right to comment because Martin and Zimmerman were men, nor would she have even paid attention to the case if both had been black and I commented on it.

“. . . I find it interesting that you protest all things that would see TM as a young kid, but then you grew up in an all white neighborhood, went to an all white college and live in an all white area and attend an all white church. It is not surprising, I guess, that your all white blinders keep your bias firmly in place. You protest too much.”

But, she was wrong.  I have lived in an all-black (except for one house) community when I was 17 and in Brethren Volunteer Service in Fresno, California.  This was 1957, and I think most of the residents owned their own modest homes, and were probably second generation Californians whose parents and grandparents came as agricultural workers from the south during the Depression. (Remember, none of FDR’s work programs were for blacks.)  I didn’t know any teen-age boys who weren’t finishing high school, who weren’t well-dressed, polite and pleasant to be around. There were no gangs.   I didn’t see any girls or young women barely dressed—all were modest, wearing the full skirts, crinolines and flats of the 1950s even to come to the recreation center. I saw married couples, and three generation families, with babies who knew daddy would come home every night.  It was a quiet, pleasant community.  I heard no Ebonics, only southern accents.


Our four room house, very similar to others in the neighborhood.  We had a garden and there was a laundry room on the back with clothes line for drying close by. No air conditioning. Two bedrooms, one bathroom.  Four women and five men, the women cooked, the men did the outside work, and we all kept things clean.

The first home we bought in 1962  was in a mixed race, aging neighborhood, two blocks from the all-black area of Champaign, Illinois, which is why we could afford it ($14,000).  We rented half our double to a bi-racial couple, who were better renters than the white college girls, but still not as responsible as the Whittenbergs, a pastor and his grad student wife.  As for an all white college, nope, never attended one.  Profiling is such a headache for liberals.  Usually they are wrong.

Our duplex on White Street, Champaign, Illinois.

Detroit Bankrupt


Friday Family Photo—chartreuse socks

I ran out of white socks and found some chartreuse in the back of the drawer—then had to find a shirt to match.  A very hot day.

chartru socks

Laundry has been a challenge this summer.  I’ve been going to the laundromat 3 blocks away.  The advantage is that in 1.5 hours I’m all finished.  But this week our neighbor gave us his old used washer and helped remove the one he gave us 2 years ago which only worked a brief time. He and his son-in-law hauled out the old one (very steep stairs) and carried down and hooked up the “new” used one.  I’m quite pleased with it—so now I have white socks.  We then called Marblehead which sent someone over to pick up the old washer for recycling.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Out of control Holder

Has there been a more oppressive and out of control executive branch where minorities are concerned since Democrat FDR rounded up Japanese, German and Italian Americans in the 1940s?  Race hustler Holder is asking for snoops after the FBI found nothing racist on Zimmerman, a multi-ethnic American (Great grandparents were black and South American Indian.)  Obama’s attorney general is contributing to riots and property damage and disrespect for the legal system. Where are the spineless Republican Congressional representatives? At least in the Jim Crow and KKK days, they spoke out and tried to stop the Democrats.

Larry Elder vs. Piers Morgan

Liberals treat black people like children; Morgan refuses to see it. Elder nails it. Snooty liberal vs. a man who has lived it.

Did Paula Deen ever call for the deaths of children?

Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown professor and talking head for NBC, said more white children would need to die, and apparently some rioters took him seriously and attacked a car of whites taking their child to the hospital, blocking them. Too bad his hate recipes can't be pulled from the shelves and he removed from TV.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Refrigerator Jam


For dingy whites

I haven’t tried this yet; but I will the next time I assemble white things (I’m using my new “used” washer).  Mix these ingredients in the smallest amount of water—just enough to cover the items.

  • HOT HOT HOT water—just enough to cover
  • 1 cup of laundry detergent
  • 1 cup powdered dish washer detergent
  • 1 cup bleach
  • 1/2 cup borax

Let the items soak. Then run through the wash


Shame on you, Piers Morgan

There are so-called celebrities who use African-Americans for gain by ridiculing them--their speech, manners, fashion, culture, hair, baby daddies/mamas. Piers Morgan, a European non-citizen, used Rachel Jeantel that way on national television--egged her on to show her racist, homophobic, narrow view of humanity so he could goad other ignorant people into finger pointing. This is how the left bullies.

“On his show last night, Piers Morgan asked Rachel if there was anything that she wished she’d said when testifying at the trial. She answered with one word: “Nigga”.

That’s correct. She wished she’d said “nigga”. We doubt very seriously that this would have influenced 6 jurors to return a “guilty” verdict against George Zimmerman, but apparently it would have made Ms. Jeantel feel better. She would have loved to use the national platform she was given to educate people that “nigga” is not a racist word.

Did you get that? According to Ms Jeantel, you can call Al Sharpton a “nigga” and you’re not a racist. Get with the program, you old fogies!

Ms. Jeantel also provided us with a pleasant history lesson during the course of her clarification about what is and is not a racist term. According to her, it was “around 2000″ (as in the year 2000) that “they” (whoever that is) “change [sic] it around”. What that means is this: if you had called Jesse Jackson a “nigga” in 1999, then you were probably going to be viewed as someone who burned crosses every weekend. But, in 2000, that all magically changed. “Nigga” is cool now.”

She also clarified how to spell “cracker.”  It’s “cracka.” Thank you NEA and AFT for the outstanding education of Miami’s students.

Racism on TV and Academe

Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC called for the killing of more white children before America "will see" its problems with race. I'm wondering when his buns and muffins get pulled from Wal-Mart shelves. Oh wait. He's not a TV chef, he's a professor at a Catholic University (Jesuit) who is paid handsomely by MSNBC and NBC to whip up hatred instead of cakes. I would never deny him his first amendment rights to be stupid, but isn't this like shouting fire in a crowded theater since riots had already begun? MSNBC deserves ratings even worse than they currently are, its advertisers should abandon it, and the Jesuits need to go back to the drawing board on how to educate young people.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dyson the racialist

Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson on MSNBC called for the killing of more white children before America "will see." See what? Most black children are killed by other blacks--often their mother or her boyfriend. Violent crime has plummeted in the last 30 years. Could it be lower? Of course, but then racist alarmists and poverty pimps like Dyson, Jackson, Sharpton and hundreds of academics on the government grant teat would have to cut back on their extravagant life style.

From his agent’s PR:

“His books provide some of the most significant commentary on modern social and intellectual thought, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection, and gender studies. Works such as Making Malcolm X; I May Not Get There with You; Holler if You Hear Me; Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye; Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?; Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster; and the recent Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, deeply probe social themes and cultural politics.”

Whipping up race hatred makes him a good income.  Why call for calm? It’s money from his pocket if people don’t riot.

Racists exhume Emmett Till for whipping up the protests

Emmett Till? Lynched about 60 years ago? When Republicans were trying to pass anti-lynching laws and Democrats wouldn't support them. Apparently there will never be any progress, never a black president or black mayors or black middle class, black PhDs, black CEOs, because the Racialists like Sharpton, Jackson and Holder will always up the ante. Come on professional racists--get with the 21st century and start revolting against the 93% of black male murders caused by black males who don't have a father in their home to love and discipline them. Slavery is more common today, mostly children and female sex slaves, than during the 18th century. Stop with the ancient victim stuff and playing the race card--it leaves you without a full deck.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Race and justice

In the census, or in applying for college, or in a company/university diversity count for government perks, George Zimmerman is Hispanic (1/2), if he and all descendants married European Americans, his children (1/4), and his grandchildren (1/8) would all be Hispanic. But for political purposes and media ratings, he is suddenly white, not because of his mother's ethnicity, but because of his father's surname. Obama, meanwhile with a black father and white mother, remains black.


I was  appalled at the racist black commentators on NBC (9 a.m.) this morning who have to reach back 60-70 years for examples (to Democrat Jim Crow and Democrat KKK) of blacks on trial and injustice for blacks. No concern at all about the majority of murdered blacks who are killed by blacks, and no faith in the evidence where the prosecution said "go with your heart," (and not the evidence). Where are the calls for justice for black murder victims in Chicago and DC? No concern from these two guys that they are willing to railroad a Hispanic into a jail term. But then, it was NBC that altered the 911 tape to bias its reporting, and then got caught.

According to the Bureau of Justice, most of the black murder victims — 93 percent — were killed by other black people, whereas about 85 percent of white victims were slain by other white people. This would not influence the two NBC men stuck in the 1940s--it wouldn't fit their argument. And among young (17-29 year olds) men, the difference is about 20 percentage points.

Update: On NBC Georgetown professor and professional race-baiter Michael Eric Dyson made the comparison that the reaction by those who advocated for a guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is like Americans’ reaction to terrorism after 9/11.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A complicit, complacent media


On the political manipulation of blacks by the president and the media

On Aug. 9, 2012, two toddlers were shot at the Moody Manor Apartments in central Toledo. One later died from her injuries. On June 24, 2013 the trial began and it ended 11 days ago. Keshawn Jennings and Antwaine Jones were found guilty and James Moore accepted a deal. It was gang related; the little girls were black and the shooters were young black males. That's why their names are not headlines like Trayvon Martin, even though those families grieve. We only know about it because it was reported locally in the Toledo area. Is their parents' loss less than the Martin family?

Question: Where is Al Sharpton? Obama has daughters; why didn't he comment like he did in the Zimmerman case?

Answer: no benefits for politicians or ratings for media.

The race card


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Someone needs to stir up race hatred


A new book by David and Elise Meyers

“A book due out Tuesday, July 16, by local history writers David Meyers of Clintonville and his daughter, Elise Meyers Walker of Worthington, along with James Dailey II of Kettering will take readers to a place where most people never wanted to be: Inside the Ohio Penitentiary.”

I was inside many times.  Even in the 1970s it was a very sad, haunting place. Rest in peace, Richard.

Their co-author, James Dailey II, actually did time there. "He was fantastic," Walker said. "He brought different experiences from what we were familiar with. He definitely brought more empathy for the prisoners than we would have had ... especially their stories. “

Buy the book!  History Press, Charleston, S.C., 2013. $19.99.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Democrats are so classy

They have a child holding this poster in the Texas capitol where they also threatened to show their “lady parts” and toss used tampons and sanitary napkins.  Wow.  These women are desperate to kill babies after 20 weeks gestation.



DOMA, the border, Obamacare, 4th amendment


When the President decided on his own to delay enforcement of part of Obamacare, it was a violation of Article II Section 3 of the Constitution. But since he's pretty much ignored the Constitution for the last four and a half years, why bother obeying it now?