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THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

Two Different Versions! …………….. Two Different Morals!

OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long,

building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

And now for the MODERN version…

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC , PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green.’

Acorn stages a demonstration in front of the ant ‘s house where the news stations film the group singing, ‘We shall overcome.’

Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back ofthe grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer. The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ants food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2012.

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I saw this cartoon and though it to be incredibly appropriate. The collective leftist press should be charged with hate crimes for what they did to this family…and for what? Simply because they didn’t have the same background, experienced, beliefs, or convictions. The left continually bashes anything Conservative with the “Hate!” moniker. We could be trying to make every Thursday Twinkie and Ice Cream Day at every elementary school and we would be branded a “hate monger.”

I will not abide by that. Since the left has used the word “hate” so much as a weapon to beat their opponents into submission, it no longer has any meaning. Like an abusive husband who continually promises to never again hit the woman he just beat up, the words just fall on deaf ears. Conservatives, we know they hate us. Not for who we are, or even what we believe. Instead they hate both the myth of Conservatives they themselves created, and their own sins which they project onto us. It’s time to ignore them.

Our prayers go with the Palins. You will be missed.

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I truly never thought this day would come but it has and I’ve been watching the farm next door with quite a bit of intensity and a video camera.  I’m expecting the pigs to lift off at any moment.   I have found myself on the same side of an issue as White House reporter and outspoken, unapologetic left-wing liberal Helen Thomas.   Once the light-headedness passed and I could once again think straight I watched the video of Ms. Thomas and other members of Obama’s “in the tank” press corps demand answers from Robert Gibbs on the laughable Town Hall style meetings on healthcare, the first of which aired on the All Barack Channel June 24th and the second happening via the internet on Wednesday, July 1st.  For just a moment I thought Dana Perino had re-emerged as WH Press Secretary, such was the intensity coming from Ms. Thomas.  Attacking Robert Gibbs on the WH’s lack of transparency, planting and/or pre-screening the questions the President would answer and filling his audience with BO supporters and union members, the reporters seemed to have caught Gibby off-guard.  His nervous laughter, choppy answers, repetitiveness and nervous smirk were a beautiful thing to behold.

“I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency,” said veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas.

“And you haven’t heard the questions,” Gibbs shot back.

“It doesn’t matter. It’s the process,” CBS’ Chip Reid argued. “Even if there’s a tough question, it’s a question coming from somebody who was invited or who was screened or the question was screened.”

Back and forth Gibby and the press went, him not answering any questions and them not giving an inch.  Is this the end of the “slobbering love affair” between Obama and his precious MSM Bernie Goldberg speaks about?  Have Helen Thomas and Chip Reid stopped partaking of the White House’s complimentary Kool-Aid?  Hopefully they’ll perform interventions on all of the press corps and we can finally see some real, unbiased, fair reporting coming out of those crowded offices.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

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Nancy Pelosi has indeed jumped out of the proverbial frying pan, and into the fire. In her recent news conference Thursday, one brave reporter had the unmitigated gall to ask her if she was going to produce evidence of accusations that “the CIA Lied”. Taking a cue from Kabuki Theater and Bill Clinton, an obviously flustered Madame Speaker, dodged and attempted redirection. She stands behind her statement. She is not going to answer any more questions.

Typical of Democrats in trouble, she labeled the questions regarding her accusations as a “distractive mood”. By Monday, this will be considered old news. We might even hear “We need to move past all this divisiveness,” first by the talking heads of the MSM, then by her highness herself. The Democrats are amazing at turning bad news about fellow Democrats into uninteresting old stories, then turning those into myths.

Pelosi, and her fellow Liberals, honestly believe that these kind of statements do not mean anything. Lies are just as valid as the truth, and myths are the equivalent of history. This allows them to insert either lies or truths whenever it suits them politically. Like a child playing with Lego blocks, the mismatching pieces will not deter them from their overall goal – more power.

To say that this is frustrating would be an understatement. How do you argue with someone for which a legend can be supplanted for the authoritative on a whim? Reasonable people would throw their hands up in defeat within minutes. This tactic has allowed the Democrats to win most arguments by default, and it is repeated consistently to their joy. It must not be allowed.

While I do not know the legal details, it would seem to me that there must be some repercussions available to both the CIA and the House Republicans. Bold faced lies, especially those which are so detrimental, cannot be tolerated. Surely this series of events is actionable. Thursday, Representative Steve King (R-IA), read a privileged resolution into the House record. The resolution calls for the Speaker to lose her security clearance. This should be the minimum action taken, and I would add that censure be called for as well.

“If the Speaker is unable or unwilling to provide evidence to support her allegation, that she and Congress have been lied to by the CIA, the American people will be left with no choice but to conclude that she made this allegation for political purposes,” King concluded. “Until her allegations are proven, she should not receive sensitive or classified information pertaining to the national security interests of the United States.”

We can only hope that California’s voters, when next given the choice, remember that their representative in Nancy Pelosi is a known liar, and therefore cannot be trusted. This prevarication cannot be allowed to morph into a myth. Words must mean things and untruths and slanderous statements must have consequences.

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Clueless!

“…those who are watching certain new channels, on which I’m not very popular…” Does he hear himself talking? Most Fox News Hosts just didn’t drink the Kool-Aid Il Duce, and they don’t disparage you (not like MSNBC did to Bush), they just report more of the truth than your sycophantic press core.

“…and you see folks waving tea bags around…” I didn’t see one person wave a tea bag. I did see many wave American Flags though.

“Let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term…” No, you’re not Barry – you are lying. You only want to ram your socialized health care down our throats. You won’t debate it, and Reid/Pelosi won’t debate it either. Cutting health care costs down is easy – let the market work. Allow competition to work. What you are going to do is eliminate competition, which will raise health care costs, and introduce artificial scarcity. And by the way, the Tea Parties had nothing to do with health care costs, although it was one of the subjects discussed.

“…How we’re going to stabilize Social Security…” Again, a flat out lie. Dems, and RINO’s have been lying about Social Security for more than five decades. It is a Ponzi Scheme and you know it. You fix it by eliminating promised benefits, pay out to those who need it, and getting rid of the program.

“…an audit of Federal Spending…” This one made me laugh Barry. I half expected to hear a snare drum and crash after this statement.

“…but let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the Tea Parties I assume] is because of the Recovery Act…” Ummm, yes it is, along with all the other debt you’ve saddled America’s children, and children’s children with. Then there is the socializing of private businesses, and we know you’re just getting warmed up.

Ugh, I can’t watch anymore…

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Americans have a very difficult time relating to other countries. I’m not talking about our politicians, although they are affected as well. The average citizen seems to have a brain-lock and can only imagine other nations as some version of our own country. It’s as if the entire world is just a suburb of America. The bulk of the problem is that few Americans travel broadly, and therefore have no real frame of reference. That week you spent in Italy, or the vacation to the coast of Mexico doesn’t count. American’s insulate themselves in the comfortable areas, surrounded by comfortable things, and haven’t taken the time to really get to know another country.

The other part of the problem is our complete lack of an honest teaching of World History. Past seventh grade Social Studies, or tenth grade World History, most of us don’t give a second thought to our own history – much less that of other countries.

Our Media is no better, and twists every extra-national story until it fits with the American view of the world. We might briefly take notice of suffering or conflict in other areas, but only in passing, like we’re viewing a fender-bender on some heavily traveled road. “Oh wow, that looks bad,” we might say to a fellow passenger. Perhaps a comment to a store clerk we see later on. Then, poof, it’s out of our heads as we consider what size latte to imbibe.

To say this is a dangerous view would be an understatement. It is even more dangerous when our leaders share it. For the last thirty years, at least, the distinctly rosy American view of the world has pervaded our foreign policy. We have ignored those who actually know what is going on in this country or that – because they lived through it. Our leaders have continually failed to seek information from the “boots on the ground”, and instead allow National Geographic to paint the picture for them. It should be axiomatic that not every problem can be solved by talking. Sometimes giving a gift, or aid, makes things worse. And often, military intervention will have unintended consequences.

No place is more suited to teach this lesson than Somalia. Myself, I am no expert on the country. However, I refuse to learn about it solely from CNN. About all the average American knows is that the pirates sail from there, and it can be dangerous, so they should hide their money when visiting. Those who have been to that country and survived just chuckled. Somalia has been, and will continue to be, a completely failed nation.

If you would ever like to know what anarchy would look like, then Somalia is great. Otherwise, it is no place for anyone to be, especially the pale faced American who came for the beautiful beaches, and a taste for the “out-of-the-ordinary.” It is a place to get yourself killed. There is no real government, and the frail government that exists must work from neighboring Kenya. You will not find handy signs in downtown Mogadishu showing the “Art District” or the location of the nearest Starbucks. It is literally a living hell.

Islamic forces battle nationalist forces. Clans fight each other. The U.N. impotently tries to keep peace, but can merely keep peace in their own compound and listen to the sound of gunfire. All for one thing – control of the country. Helping any “side” is taken as a threat to the other factions. In their minds, everyone wants to control Somalia – the thought of humanitarian aid for the sake of helping the people is completely foreign to them. This country has never seen peace. It has never seen prosperity. And we simply have no frame of reference for that kind of life.

Any attempt to “fix” the problem will be received as either hostile or cowardly. It is really that simple. Sending Hilary Clinton will not help, you would literally be better off sending in a sixth grader to fix a nuclear power plant. There is no one in control to negotiate with, there is no Somali FBI to go after the pirates, there is no Legislature to pass laws against piracy. As cruel as it sounds, there are only two options for Somalia: One – Let the country complete it’s collapse, allow it to turn into an Islamic State run by Sharia Law then deal with it after it becomes a stable nation…in about 40-50 years. Two – A complete military take over of the country. Not setting up a base, or sending patrols, I mean a wipe-out-anyone-with-a-gun take over and make Somalia the 51st State.

There is no third solution, but it is doubtful that the Obama Administration will heed my warnings. Personally, I do not want Somalia to become part of our Union. So, dealing with the Pirates can only be done in one way – deterrence. Defend what you have, let Somalia sort itself out.

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tparty

Click here for the latest numbers. Media…we’re still waiting for your report, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Of course, it is possible that the above number does include FBI and DHS agents that were spying on us.

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