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Census 2010…Counting By Zeroes

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:46 pm - April 1, 2010.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Random Thoughts

Got an email yesterday from my Congressman, Diana DeGette, imploring me to return my Census form. This is on the same day I returned from the Mountain Lair to find the second Census form delivered to Headquarters. (I had already sumitted my form; more on that in a second.) I called the 800 number and asked, Should I fill out another form? The brain scientist who represents one of the billions of new jobs saved or created replies from the script (paraphrasing):

The Census department has determined that to save millions of dollars, additional forms were sent to addresses of those from whom we’ve not yet heard back [clearly I’m paraphrasing, as this proper grammar would never have been written into the actual script]. If you’ve already submitted your Census form, you needn’t reply again and may discard this additional form.

Fortunately, the rocket surgeon got the irony after I pointed it out. Anyway, yes, I have replied to the Census, and so should you. It is Constitutional…Article 1, Section 2:

Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

My emphasis added…although who knows? Perhaps they had bold back then? Their insistance in knowing your race, however, is pernicious and meddlesome. I followed Mark Kirkorian‘s advice and wrote in “American”. Eat that, CRD!

And Now For Something Completely Different (And, Non-Political)

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 11:07 pm - April 1, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Make me fries, Potato Wave:

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, has not been drinking at HQ)

Obama Now As Unpopular As Bush Ever Was During His Entire 1st Term

ROFLMAO.  Again, I say… “welcome back to reality, America.”   Your Obama cocaine high is over.

Wonder Why That Is

U.S Rep. Bart “Stupak [D-MI] had no events planned over the recess to discuss healthcare.”

(H/t:  Instapundit)

Global Warming Crippling The Arctic

This is devastating news…. for Al Gore.

Barring an about face by nature or adjustments, it appears that for the first time since 2001, Arctic Sea ice will hit the “normal” line as defined by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) for this time of year.

Uh oh.

On the good side of Global Warming, here’s the forecast for Charlotte, NC this week.  Lots of sunny GW coming my way!  Yaaaay!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Hypocrisy Is Disease of the Socialistic Left

Wow.  This is rich.

No, Ma’am, We’re Not Nearly as Grumpy as You

“In one of the first television interviews of her 2010 campaign,” California’s outgoing junior Senator says, “These are tough times we’re going through in American and California and I’m not going to sugar-coat that…Because people are grumpy and they have a right to be grumpy“.

And the times sure got tougher since your party took charge in Washington, with the state losing 700,000 jobs in the past year alone.  Now, one in eight California is out of work–after Boxer promised 400,000 new jobs if Congress passed the president’s “so-called stimulus.”

And maybe, Ma’am, you’d be less grumpy if instead of trying to fit reality into your imaginary world drawn from Democratic talking points, you tried to face reality and adopt policies to meet it.  But, instead on she spins about how Democratic policies are wonderful . . . and working!

Boxer said when the voters realize the health care reform plan actually will benefit most Americans and that the administration is working hard to create jobs and stimulate the economy, that mood might change again.

Ma’am, you keep hoping that people will come ’round to your way of thinking, but one thing we’ve seen after nearly a year debating health care reform is that opposition has been steadily increasing.  It’s one thing to work hard to create jobs, it’s quite another to implement policies that make it easier for employers to create them.

Seems, Ma’am wants to make this her campaign song:

Good One From the NRSC

Up here in Colorado we call today Gaper Day:

(h/t, The Corner)

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

Yikes (Take II).

Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 10:04 am - April 1, 2010.
Filed under: Congress (111th),Random Thoughts

April Fool’s Joke? Don’t I wish it! Here is an actual Congressman (Hank Johnson from Georgia), elected by actual Americans, who had an actual choice, and were allegedly cogent at the time, questioning in an actual committee meeting, the commander of the Pacific Fleet if the island of Guam is in danger of capcizing.

(h/t, Michelle)

These are the people now in charge of your health care. Good night and good luck, America.

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)


Posted by ColoradoPatriot at 9:49 am - April 1, 2010.
Filed under: Random Thoughts

Here’s something that ought to scare the crap out of you. Check out this list:

Joe Biden
Nancy Pelosi
Robery Byrd
Hillary Clinton
Timothy Geithner
Robert Gates
Eric Holder
Ken Salazar
Tom Vilsack
Gary Locke
Hilda Solis
Kathleen Sebelius
Shaun Donovan
Ray LaHood
Steven Chu
Arne Duncan
Eric Shinseki
Janet Napolitano

This, according to U.S. Code, Title 3, Chapter 1, § 19, is the list of succession for the President of the United States.

You know, in spite of the hyperventilation on the Left about supposed threats coming from the Tea Partiers and the Right, have you ever been more hopeful for the health, safety, and general well-being of our government representation, specifically the president himself?

-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)

To Many Gay Activists, Obamacare Is Good because it’s a Democratic Priority (even if Dems zapped provisions benefiting gays)

Last week, I received a dewy-eyed e-mail from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, all misty because Congress had just passed health care reform.  You see, when it comes to items on the Democratic agenda, they just have to be good for gay people, you see, because, well, they’re on the Democratic agenda and the Democrats are good people.

And anyway, Republicans opposed it and those nasty obstructionists are meanies!

The last time Miss Kendell got all misty-eyed was last September 11, when ignoring the anti-gay animosity of Islamicists, you know, those folks who had orchestrated the attacks eight years previously on that very day, she insisted that LGBT people, need health care reform “as much as anyone, and because [Obama’s] entire national agenda of greater inclusion, security, and humanity for all of us hangs in the balance.”  And anyway, those who oppose it are Republicans who are meanies who hate gay people.

Yep, she devoted her 9/11 letter to attacking and vilifying conservatives for opposing Obama’s agenda.  (Wonder if Barney’s gonna ask Democrats to “differentiate themselves” from Miss Kendell.  If not, we can deem her a spokesperchild* for his party.)   You see, for her (and folks like her toiling for the national gay organizations), the Obama agenda is the gay agenda because she so closely ties her politics to left-wing ideology and Democratic partisanship.

Doesn’t bother her Obama’s health care reforms will likely make it easier for government bureaucrats to gain access to our medical records.  It doesn’t matter “that a provision giving” same-sex partners “the same tax exclusion” as different-sex “spouses on the value of employer-provided health benefits was also removed.”  What does does matter to her that this was a big bill high on the agenda of a Democratic Administration.

As Charles Winecoff put it in his most humorous must-read post on folks like Miss Kendell, ever faithful to “their religion (D-ism)”:  “Domestic fairies enjoyed many fetishes, but none was so great as their fetish for the letter ‘D.’”  It’s all about that “D” and because of that (D) after Obama’s name, any provision he supports must needs be most excellent.

* (more…)

Army Secretary Won’t Pursue DADT Discharges of Service Members Who Told Him They’re Gay

It now appears most of the forward motion in the Obama Administration on scaling back Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell comes from appointees with Republican backgrounds.  Last week, we reported that the only Bush appointee in the Obama cabinet, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, had approved new rules making it harder to discharge gays from the military.

Now, we learn that

The secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, said Wednesday that he was effectively ignoring the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law because he had no intention of pursuing discharges of active-duty service members who have recently told him that they are gay.

Mr. McHugh, the Army’s civilian leader and a former Republican congressman from upstate New York, said that he had initiated the conversations with service members in recent months as part of the Pentagon’s review of how best to carry out a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which requires that gay service members keep their sexual orientation secret or face discharge.

Seems if Obama wants to get something done, he turns to a Republican.

While this is a step in the right direction, it appears only to apply to conversations openly gay soldiers have with the Army Secretary.  Still, that he will allow such exchanges indicates he’s willing to listen to such service members, a necessary step toward understanding the concerns and learning how best to allow their service while continuing to maintain the army’s effectiveness.

The New York Times headline, Secretary of the Army Says He Will Not Pursue ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Discharges, does seem to miss the mark, not accurately summarizing the article’s content.