The World According to Mike
One redneck's political and current event rants with a certain amount of just plain venting. Basically, it's my blog and I'll post whatever the hell I want!
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
In recent days I've been criticized for my pride in being a redneck.For some reason alot of folks (most of whom are city-slickers) seem to think the term is automatically derogatory. Quite the contrary, it is in fact something to take pride in. Foxworthy's definition is probably the closest to the way I mean it: The glorious absence of sophistication. This is not to say I'm taking pride in being stupid as one individual alluded to. While my formal education is indeed quite limited with only a high school diploma and 37 units from a junior college, I have an MBA from HKU (Hard Knocks University). Most of what I've learned in my relatively brief 38 years I've learned by living life and busting my tail for every single thing I own.
In summary, if the ability to work with one's hands, think on one's feet, etc, etc are bad things, color me bad!
What this world needs is a few more rednecks
Some people ain't afraid to take a stand
What this world needs is a little more respect
For the Lord and the law and the workin' man
We could use a little peace and satisfaction
Some good people up front to take the lead
A little less talk and a little more action
And a few more rednecks is what we need.
Singer, Songwriter, Patriot, Redneck
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - Don't dare to morn your loved one lest his killer go free...
In a recent decision by my favorite communist courthouse in San Francisco a murder conviction was overturned because the victim’s family wore badges with the victim's picture on them! Are you kidding me?
In 1995 Mathew Musladin was convicted of shooting Tom Studer to death. During the trial Struder’s family wore small buttons with his picture on them. Musladin was ultimately sentenced to life in prison without parole. Now, 10 years later, the Ninth District Court has ruled (2-1 decision) that the buttons, worn by a grieving family, may have biased the jurors. This is an outrage! Hopefully, the district attorney will be able to salvage the case but the bottom line is we shouldn’t have to convict a man by a jury of 24 of his peers when the law says 12!
In my opinion this is the only reason a person should need to vote conservative. Imagine what would happen if we had a longer run of liberal presidents appointing judges like this!
Friday, April 22, 2005
Dastardly, Distasteful, Disrespectful Dean At It Again
(Does that qualify him to be one of the Girls of the Triple D?....just curious)
This past Wednesday Howard Dean gave a speech in Minnesota filled with his usual rhetoric about how he got into politics to make great changes and bring the country out of the sewer, yadda, yadda, yadda….. He even threw in a nice little impression of Rush Limbaugh snorting cocaine complete with the appropriate sound effects. He then admitted that this wasn’t very dignified, adding “…but I’m not running for president anymore” as if this somehow made his reprehensible remarks acceptable.
Without even getting into the fact that Rush was addicted to prescription pain killers that were prescribed legally, a condition which happens to millions of Americans with serious illnesses and injuries every year, Dean’s remarks were more than just undignified. I would say they were borderline libelous but then I’m not an attorney so what do I know?
Note to Democrats: As long as your party elevates radical idiots like this to it’s highest positions and allows the Michael Moores of the world to sit at it's tables the right side of the aisle will continue to grow.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Slow Speed Yo-Yo Operator:
The job G. Gordon Liddy says any prison guard would qualify for if he or she wasn't a prison guard. This is based on his opinion that prison guards have the intellect of half a glass of water.
(source: Hannity and Colmes show, Fox News Channel)
If my intellect is that of half a glass of water your's is that of an amoeba within said glass. You sir are living proof that law degrees were once available in a box along with caramel pop-corn and peanuts.
Disclaimer: The preceding has been the opinion of the author and is not intended to be published as fact. It is quite possible that G. Gordon Liddy does in fact have the intellect of two amoebas combined.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Los Angeles Seal - The ACLU strikes again
Well, the ACLU has struck again. Fearing a lawsuit from these radical socialists, the County of Los Angeles has removed the cross from it’s official seal. The ACLU claims that by having the Judeo-Christian symbol of the cross on it’s seal Los Angeles County was violating the First Amendment provision on separation of church and state. Interestingly enough, they made no mention of the huge pagan goddess in the center of the seal which dwarfed the cross.
Even Dennis Prager, a very prominent jew, disagrees with this decision.
This is just one more example of how liberal groups who preach freedom of choice and tolerance are some of the most restrictive, intolerant individuals in the world.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it many more times, I’m sure: The ACLU is not our friend.
1)adj : being historically related to both Judaism and Christianity; "the Judeo-Christian tradition"
2) the value system by which the United States of America was founded
Hannity and Colmes, Fox News Channel
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Free for all space.
I've decided to create a little spot for anyone who doesn't necessarily have an "on topic" comment but wants to say something about the blog or, heaven forbid, me in general. Have a random comment or a shot to take?(within blog rules of course) This is the place to do it.
Here's an example. This comment was originally posted by Hellenbach in my Hanoi Jane Rides Again post:
LOL...You know, I had a sinking feeling that I was misquoting the great Kenny R. when I weas doing that piece. However, the only thing that I could have thought of that would have been more silly then the tounge-in-cheek attempt at plagarism would have been to actually spend time researching the lyrics to "The Gambler". But I trully appreciate the comment, and whether you approve or not, you now have a new reader!
It's not relevant to the topic but it was a welcomed comment and I didn't want to be a jerk and just delete it outright. Hence the creation of this free for all zone.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Hanoi Jane Rides Again
Well, everyone's favorite communist activist turned successful capitalist has released a new book. This means she's in the news once again and the debate over whether or not she's a traitor to the United States of America is back in full swing. Now, even as opinionated as I am I do believe in being fair. There are many different stories circulating about Barbarella's conduct durning the Vietnam conflict. Most of these stories are completely false i.e. the story about Jane passing the notes that GI's gave her to their Vietnamese captors. Those of you who have given weight to the email legends going around, don't (The top 100 women of the century one has gotten new life after 5 years).
Now, let's take a look at some things that really did happen. Here's a few pieces of the transcript from her infamous broadcast on radio Hanoi:
....I cherish the memory of the blushing militia girls on the roof of their factory, encouraging one of their sisters as she sang a song praising the blue sky of Vietnam--these women, who are so gentle and poetic, whose voices are so beautiful, but who, when American planes are bombing their city, become such good fighters......
.......As I left the United States two weeks ago, Nixon was again telling the American people that he was winding down the war, but in the rubble-strewn streets of Nam Dinh, his words echoed with sinister (words indistinct) of a true killer. And like the young Vietnamese woman I held in my arms clinging to me tightly--and I pressed my cheek against hers--I thought, this is a war against Vietnam perhaps, but the tragedy is America's........
(complete transcript available here)
And let's not forget the pictures of Jane sitting on the Vietnamese anti aircraft gun wearing a Vietnamese helmet.
Ok, now just exactly what is a traitor? Here's our founding fathers' take on it:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
~United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3, Clause 1
Since this is the World According to Mike I will now give my view. If the propaganda photos and radio broadcasts didn't give aid and comfort to the enemy, I don't know what would have. Jane Fonda is a traitor to the United States based on the facts.
Disclaimer: I was 5 years old in 1972. I cannot possibly have the passion about this subject as someone who'd reached adulthood at that time. I can only read history books and watch documentaries to form opinions on anything relating to this volatile time in our history.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Michael Jackson Trial
On one hand I want to say where there's smoke there's fire. However, in the case of someone as wealthy as Jackson greed can be a big motivator. It has to be very tempting to jump on the bandwagon so to speak for anyone who's been associated with Jackson over the last few years.
If I had to lay money on it I'd say he's guilty as sin but that's going strictly on gut instinct. The guy is obviously not right in the head. Just look at the freakish things he's had done to his own body. This case certainly brings up some interesting questions, however. In this age of 24 hour news, internet, etc will there ever be such a thing as a fair trial for anyone even remotely famous?
Monday, April 04, 2005
The Minuteman Chronicles
As I mentioned in an earlier post there is a group of people down in Arizona who have begun patrolling the U.S./Mexican border there. This is interesting to me so I'll use this post to sort of chronicle the events that will surround this. Even though it is mostly a P.R. stunt, the stage is set for a certain amount of drama
The first thing that stands out to me is that the ACLU is already standing by to protect the civil rights of the illegal immigrants who are apprehended. Wait a minute! Doesn't the A in ACLU stand for American? Shouldn't the illegal aliens (er, excuse me, undocumented workers...wouldn't want to offend) contact the MCLU?
Expatriate your country. - Vote in it anyway!!!
How many of you are aware that a person can leave the United States to reside in another country yet still retain their voting rights here?
Don't like things in the U.S.A? No problem. Just move to Canada, let the CBC poison your mind worse than CNN already has, and continue to cast a U.S. ballot in all key elections.
Don't think this is significant? Keep in mind that there are in excess of half a million individuals residing in Canada while retaining U.S. citizenship. Thank god they didn't all come to the polls last november or we'd have president Kerry in the Whitehouse now (just typing that last sentence sent a chill down my spine).
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Health Care/ Pharmaceutical Debacle
Let me get this straight; Daimler Chrysler can go to Mexico to build my Dodge pickup but I can't go to Canada if i choose to for my medications?!?!? Anyone else think the pharmaceutical lobby has gotten just a tad big for it's britches? I feel terribly sorry for anyone with serious health problems in this country today. I'm basically healthy aside from a weak Thyroid and high cholesterol and just the medication for those 2 things cost me a couple hundred bucks per year in co-pays (I don't even want to know what my insurance is kicking out). This combined with a litigious society gone wild and it's no wonder my health insurance premiums are a thousand bucks (!) per month for what amounts to an 80/20 plan.
Now before those left leaners among you start to scream about those mean old fascist Republicans, keep in mind this problem goes way back to the '80's or earlier. Translation: the Clinton administration dodged it too. Although, if Hillary get's her way we'll have socialized medicine by the end of her Presidential term. Ask the Canadians how well that's going.
If ever there was an issue that needed to transcend partisan politics this is it!!! Unfortunately, I don't see an end to it.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Social Security - Private Accounts
Here we have another rather heated subject. I'd be interested in hearing some real folk's take on this one. From where I'm sitting it seems on the surface to be a reasonably good idea. Inject some Federal bureaucracy into the mix however and I fear it will turn into what I call a soup sandwich (translation: mess).
I for one have made plans to be 0% percent reliant on Social Security if at all possible. If you're under 40 you'd be foolish not to do the same in my humble opinion. I'm fortunate enough to not pay into it anymore. However my wife is self employed and therefore has to pony up the entire 12.4% herself so indirectly I do have a personal stake in this.
Here's sort of a laymen's pro/ con breakdown I came across: