Wednesday, December 29, 2010

things you need to read and careys presidential prediction for 2012

Friends this is long but its things you need to read about. So grab some coffee and read it in segments.
If you haven't heard, Cleveland - which usually includes the surrounding suburbs, won the top spot in another top ten list. This one for the fastest falling home values.

Check out this article titled "Home Prices Are Falling Dangerously"
Of America's largest urban housing markets, Cleveland seems to be deteriorating the most. Home prices in Cleveland dropped a frightening 3% in September alone.

And yet the local gov of Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs like Euclid just don't get it that people have little to no money and/or equity in their houses and yet fee's and taxes are continually going up up and awayyyy!!! The cities are broke because the people have no jobs which makes them broke but the city expects broke people to balance their books. Someone explain to me how this is suppose to work? The more taxes are raised the more people flee. You would think that if less and less people are living here, less services would be needed so why the need to raise fee's? It seems simple logic to me but maybe I'm wrong.

I Just received my property tax bill for the two bedroom house I own in Euclid. I bought the house in 2003, taxes were about $965 per year, house was worth $69,500. The new property tax is $1,745 and value is at $61,000 and this is with many improvements in 7 years. Add to this figure the trash, street light, and inspection fee that adds roughly another $300 per year. I should be charging way more than I do for the rental but I know my tenants now are finding it hard to pay the utilities. So even if I agree with these raises and want to pay its the lack of revenue that is the issue. Anyone out there listening?____________________________
I heard something on the news that made me stop what I was doing so I could call a few friends and tell them. This was broadcast on MSNBC. The analyst said: OPEC raised output. This means higher prices for oil. They had to, to decrease global demand for oil. I paraphrased but its very very close to what this person said. Usually when output is increased, prices decrease, now we are seeing the oposit. And who is THEY?

During the Bush years we constantly heard big oil and Bush were causing prices to escalate. Now the truth is coming out it was the liberal, globalist go green movement causing this problem, the Al Gores of this world.

A friend who works for BASF told me they think oil could reach $200 per barrel in a year. Lets do the math. The most obvious is gas at the pump. Double the price. Then everything at the store just about double it also. EVERYTHING gets delivered by vehicles that use oil. And MANY MANY products use oil to make. If this happens you will see chaos. Prices for the average person will not be bearable. Unemployment will skyrocket.

When you keep hearing anything spoken about for years it usually happens. So I am afraid this forecast could be true.

Obama and the rest of the Gore's of the world are pushing hard for alternative fuel vehicles. Nothing wrong with that if done sensibly by allowing the market to work. And until you do find an alternative you don't restrict and interfere with what you have. Think back to 1880 when engines were first be tinkered with. Can you imagine if the president back then declared war on the horse and raised taxes for feed and breeding? It would of disrupted life and caused major financial problems. The horse was still being used in some place until the 30's. So until a viable alternative mode of transportation is found the gov and EPA need to back off. Go back to the thinking of the 50's through 70's when the back yard mechanic flourished and created some unusual vehicles mostly for the track but thats the kind of ingenuity we need. Remember the Crosley King Midget? It wasn't that big of a seller but got up to 50 to 60 sometimes more MPG and it was cheap. How many of us would go out and buy this little tin can today? What killed it? Emision and safety regulations. We need to downsize and restrict government not the people.

Now about the electric car. Its not the cure all we think. In an AP article by J. Fahey I need to point out a few things. Plugged into a socket an electric car can draw as much power as a small house.. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home or even a neighborhood. We are pushing for these electric cars but will our power grid handle it and what about older homes will they need to upgrade fuse boxes? What about our electric rates, will they increase? If the gov backs out and lets the free market work it will, but it will take time, not mandates.

This Christmas seasons sales were way up. Everyone says this is good news. But is it really? I look at things a little deeper. The only way these numbers would be good for America is if everyone gave gift certificates to restaurants, hotels, hair stylist or massages, plumbers, painters etc... in other words services. By buying more products made in China all it did was send more dollars out of this country and lower the value and raise the trade deficit. Sad but true.

From the rumor mill. A friend told me that she ran into a woman from Euclid who was involved with the Euclid Tea Party. She said this woman told her a certain Euclid councilwoman use to write the Euclid Observer, a local paper that was very critical of the mayor and his policies, lots of people read it. They offered the publisher a position on council and her being elected shut down the news letter. Now the new Euclid Observer is just fluff and people don't like reading it.

In case you haven't figured it out yet here is my prediction for the presidential election in 2012. It will be Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee against Obama and Obama wins big. Keep an eye on Hillary, she is jockeying for positition.
I can tell you why later in detail.
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I received two emails with almost the same title this past month, New Boss Same as the Old Boss. How true how true how true!
One was concerning politics in Cuyahoga and the other was the way Ron Paul was being treated by fellow Repubs. I want to add one more to this. Obama signed a free trade deal with korea. Who inititated this? Geo. W..   Obama says it will help our auto industry by removing barriers in Korea. I got news for him. Korea doesn't need our cars. Kia and Hyundai are doing just fine. What this trade deal means is more of their cars dumped here. By By domestic made cars!

Fiat last month was celebrating their return to American shores after a 27 year absence. Thanks to Obama and his brilliant bailout. Chrysler has one of the highest percentage of American parts in their cars, about 65%. That number will fall drastically if they use American parts at all.

My girl Ruth, her friend Fely from the Philippines moved to NJ when she got married. She told Ruth how hard it is in America. And Ruth said she wants to come here because of me, not wealth. She said if she wanted to get rich she wouldn't come to America.

World perception is starting to change. How soon before everyone bails ship

That wraps everything up to close the year. Lets pray I am wrong on all these accounts and things do a major turn around.

Carey Masci

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A vet speaks out about DADT. He is a friend from Pa but wishes to remain anonymous.
I asked: How do you feel personally as a vet and a vet who is still active in vet affairs with this ruling?
His answer:

When I served, there were gays in the military. After time in a duty station... it was kind of common knowledge. I will admit, while I was in Vietnam, the idea didn't really surface. As far as I one was open about it. Here is my problem with this.... I don't brag I am Hetro, Wicken, Hindu, Catholic or Hemorphodite. There are things you need not use as a suffix or prefix to who you are. I was Specialist or Sarge... and I did my job. They have to as well. DADT worked.... There was no need to declare anything but doing what was expected by the military. Now we passed this and with no more thought than maybe "2 down, 2 to go" mindset. Lets run down possible and I do mean possible scenarios..

1) Living in the barracks... maybe 3-4 man rooms.... and 2 are "lovers". Picture the problems with that set up. Do we have separate barracks/showering facilities for the Male and Female Gays?... Budget$$$

2) You are in a squad.... and maybe one or two are gay or even an "item". If you as a squad leader need to send one out on point or not recommend for promotion or awards.... can they say you did it because they are Gay or worse yet.... the "pair" in a firefight, will they be watching just their "backs" or will they step up for the whole squad. Just think of a married couple...a male and female.... in the squad and bullets fly. Do your loyalties lie in the safety of your wife or husband or is it for the good of the whole squad???

3) Only 10 states recognize gay marriage ( according to far ) . Now...if there are bases in those 10 states... and the couple is "married" you deal with "family Housing". And then they get stationed in a state that doesn't recognize.... then what? Even the drinking laws were adjusted to 21... the max age of consuption in Civilian jurisdictions.... We use to be able to drink on post with no regard to age more than you are IN the military and had an ID card. Shortly after that, it was changed to the State Age limit and then...on to 21. ( I don't think an 17 or 18 yearold service person really worries about drinking anyway. Thought comes to mind... old enough to take another persons life and carry/utilize weapons that civilians aren't allowed to and NOT being able to have a beer, just bothers me... S-H-I-V-E-R-S....) Budget$$$$$

4) Military Social activities to include Company parties up to formal Military Balls. Picturing the dance partners. Maybe an officer with his "date"... again... promotion, assignments and award questions.????

5) As far as PDA ( Public Displays of Affection) that is frowned upon in many circumstances of military life beyond the departure and homecoming. Even a uniformed person or persons doing something as simple as holding hands can be a precursor to a verbal admonishment by superiors. There is even no fraternizing between Officer and Enlisted in many instances...although it occurs behind the scenes... I knew several officers who "dated" enlisted.... quietly.

I do believe that marriage is MAN and WOMAN ONLY. Our religious and Biological belief backs that. Straights are nicknamed "Breeders". and " be fruitful and multiply" seems like what God meant. I have a problem with children believing they have 2 Mommies or 2 Daddies. Growing up today is confusing enough IMHO. In the end, this will cause more problems than we have taken the time to actually admit. We will also have to BUDGET$$$$ to address this change and ways to implement it. I refuse to equate this as the same as the race issue or even a civil rights issue. I think we would have been better off following the Clinton Doctrine...asking many who served...there seemed to be no real problem. I DO have a problem with CIVILIANS trying to make the military like CIVILIAN. They are not nor should be.

If they want them to be the same..then have the MILITARY eliminate the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) legal system. The Military system has the only system that ALLOWS DOUBLE JEOPARDY. You can be tried, for the same crime, in both...the military court and the Civilian Court for felonies and sentenced twice. Allow the military to "UNIONIZE". If you don't follow orders, all they could do is "FIRE" you, not charge you and give you Company Grade Punishment or worse yet a Court Marshall with possible Prison time...kinda like that recent officer who refused orders to a Combat Zone and now is serving time. MILITARY is NOT the cross section of society. They utilize people from the Cross Section but...they go to Basic or Boot to be MOLDED into the MILITARY LIFE. They are then expected to follow orders, that at times, can mean harm to themselves and to others. Go ahead and ask a civilian, beyond those trained as police or fire to risk their lives.... or to pick up a weapon and shoot at another human or even be will be separated from your family for LONG periods of time... Yeah Right.

So in closing..... leave the MILITARY BE THE MILITARY and CIVILIANS BE CIVILIANS.... THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AND SHOULD NEVER BE. I talk to many who have retired from the military and MOST if not ALL, are glad they don't have this to deal with. It makes their jobs even more complicated and adds extra milestones to cross, when they just might need to concentrate on living. I see this as a disservice to the uniform. I say, serve if you want to, serve honorably, but your sexual or religious orientation is of no concern to me so...don't flaunt it. These are just my findings and opinions. Call me what you may, I don't care. I served with Gays.... and I have had Gay family members.... they never make it an issue so why make it one in the military. It can create hostility, further prejudices and will cost resources that we seem to NOT have.

" Two down....two to go!"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

another sad day for America

It was another sad day on December 22nd, 2010 for America with the signing of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell which will allow homosexuals and lesbians to serve openly. Sad is putting it mildly.
The Obama administration promised change and we are getting it. By the time he is done so much damage will have occurred that it will take years if ever to put this nation back to where it once was, a Godly nation that was feared, respected and envied by the world. We are now no better then any other nation, maybe worse.
The allowance of sodomites to serve openly is a travesty as far as I am concerned. It is one thing to allow homosexuals a job, everyone needs to earn a living and everyone is entitled to certain unalienable rights but when actions cross moral boundaries and the laws of nature that's where those rights end, the public should not be forced to accept that kind of behavior, especially when representing a nation.
Homosexuality is a behavior problem. You will never convince me otherwise. Even in the homosexual community there are arguments as some say they are born that way while others get upset and say no I wasn't its my choice. And I agree with the later, it is a choice and a choice that should not be forced on me to accept.
All the problems our nation is facing but Obama decides to have our congress and courts tied up with something like this. Even worse we are still in a war, this is not the time to reinvent our military that could unravel our cohesiveness. I thought the armed forces were all about getting the best personal to defend this nation? But now our military is part of all the other social experiments and tinkering that is going on in America. Is this where we want experimentation? What will happen when a homosexual is refused entry or gets a dishonorable discharge, can he scream discrimination like so many others have and win? And what does the term to serve openly mean? Can men now share bunks? I just don't understand this.
All major religions preach against homosexuality and it is the only act mentioned in the bible that it is an abomination to God. If God created people this way then why would he condemn them? Only recently with revisionist fighting to change religion are some churches accepting it. I believe these revisionists are also part of the communist push to do away with religion and this is an avenue to do it. They could never attack our beliefs straight on but they could by eroding the foundation of it. Soon it will be hard to preach what is right and what is wrong. This is nothing more than social engineering at its purest sense. Can a state sponsored church be far off that will tell us what is acceptable to preach and what isn't? We are heading in a dangerous direction.
You wanted the change, I didn't.

I would be willing to bet that none of them ever served in the armed forces. The issue of privacy, actually the lack thereof in military situations, will cause this policy to weaken our armed forces and endanger us if we are ever attacked.
For life and liberty,
David Macko

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lets all send a Christmas card to the Rinos

Some of our fine outstanding moral and social Conservatives, some calling themselves Christian Republicans have voted with the liberal homosexual hollywood and socialist/Deomocratic party.

Since they gave us a Christmas present lets send them a Christmas card saying thank you for making the deviant act of homosexual behavior part of our fighting forces. I am so happy that my nation will now be represented by queers.

So Thank you

Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)

Scott Brown (R-Mass.)

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)

George Voinovich (R-Ohio)

Thank you for a job well done I feel safer now.

Is this what George Bush Sr. meant when he said a kinder gentler nation??

The proud men of the past who served this nation would vomit if they knew what is going on.

As Mike Huckabee said in his bid for the Republican presidential nominee:
"Let me be very clear - what people do in the privacy of their own lives as adults is their business," Huckabee said. "Don’t want to know; don’t need to know.

"If they bring it into the public square and ask me as a taxpayer to support it or to endorse it, then it becomes a matter of public discussion and, I think, public discourse." 

Friday, December 17, 2010

From tax cuts to 2012

Well is everyone having fun watching the game of chess being played in Washington? If you haven't figured out what is going on let me give you my take.

In short, both sides are already campaigning for the 2012 election. Lets take a closer look at this.

Don't you find it a bit strange that the unemployment benefits that were extended ran out the same time the Bush tax cuts were about to end? Some timing huh?

I have to call the Republicans out first because quite frankly I am tired of the games while my country burns. Lets go back at least the last 4 or 5 elections, probably more. What was the battle cry? You have to elect Republicans to stop the homosexual agenda, we kept hearing about Christian/Conservative causes. Did they do anything while they held majority? Nope. Now it seems they got all the mileage they could out of that and its not that big of a battle cry anymore especially when former first lady Laura Bush says she is OK with same sex marriage.

The new carrot being dangled is tax cuts. You need to elect us to keep the tax cuts in place. They used this in the last election and will continue to use it. If not, why aren't the Repubs in power doing all they can to stall until the newly elected reserves will add to the GOP numbers and instead of a two year extension fight to make the tax cuts permanent? Am I missing something?

And on the other side we are now hearing Pres. Obama say we need to work together and compromise. Where was this talk while his socialist agenda was being pushed on us? Now we need to work together?

Furthermore, Obama promised change but he is using an old playbook, even had to call Bill Clinton in to steady his ship. He realized that he lost a major battle in the November elections. So Obama had to back track, surrender and in 2012 will come out as a moderate and say I extended the tax cuts and lengthened unemployment benefits. Brilliant. The dog and pony show the far left is putting on is just that. They need to keep their liberal/ socialist base happy by fanning the flames of class warfare - tax the rich, give to the poor!

They understand the game plan is almost the same one Slick used. Have the president look and act some what moderate but underneath keep the liberal plan in tact. What they will do is hinder, block and try to make life hell for the GOP. If they could make enough Repubs compromise and screw up, the Conservative Right voters will stay home and whamo we are back to square one and the Left will be back with a vengeance. Every time the Dems get in power its a slow tightening of the noose as more of our liberties are weakened or taken away.

So really nothing has changed maybe the new comers will be different but as of now both parties are up to the same old same old. Its all about winning elections and 2012 rather than doing what is right for this country.

Look at the Blue Dog Democrats that lost. Obama trys to spin it as they lost because they were too moderate and not following the liberal agenda. The truth is the Blue Dogs lost because the Democratic Party did not support their reelection. But hold on, the same scenario played out in the Republican Party. The GOP could of won a few more seats if they would of backed some of the Tea Party candidates as Christine O'Donnell. She didn't follow the establishment plan and they didn't back her.

Which brings us from tax cuts to the 2012 election and who the nominees for president will be. But I know you hate reading anything to long so you will have to wait until my next email.

Carey Masci

Obama threatens Internet

What did I tell my friends about the Internet just recently? I said watch what is going to happen with the Wiki Leaks, it will renew the effort of Obama to seize control over the Internet and say its for America's safety.

When Wiki Leaks first happened they didn't do anything about it, they let it go on. Now suddenly its urgent. Another crisis for more government control. Makes you wonder what is going on. Are these crisis's government sponsored?


You best be worried about your freedom of speech. People as myself who blog and try to reveal the truth can be severely censored. Political action and religious groups would also be restricted and only those that are pro-state will be allowed. Trust me.

Grassfire Nation Update
On December 20, President Obama will use the FCC to seize control of the Internet. If successful, the move could have a devastating impact on the U.S. economy, investments and innovation while squelching your freedom of speech!

Click here now to take fast action against Obama's December 20 scheme to regulate the Internet:

President Obama and Elitist liberals want to seize control of the Internet and they don't want you, or your elected  officials to have a say about it!

Knowing they don't have the votes in Congress, liberals are instead relying on the Federal Communications Commission to seize control of the Internet through what is called ""Net Neutrality"" -- a series of rules that would empower the federal government to regulate the Internet in the name of "freedom".

Just a year ago, the Huffington Post's Joseph A. Palermo called on Obama to use the FCC to "lock in this advantage" and guarantee ""progressive social change.""

This was the liberal plan when Democrats controlled Congress. But having lost power in the House, they are more desperate then ever to advance their progressive, socialist agenda and are about to seize the last free-market frontier in the world -- the Internet... Unless we can stop them.

Days before the FCC's December 20 introduction of the new Net Neutrality rules, Grassfire Nation will deliver your petitions to each of the five FCC commissioners including chairman, and Obama appointee, Julius Genachowski.

Not surprisingly, little has been reported about the true nature of Net Neutrality. When the chairman announced to the media his draft rules memo, he did so saying, it would "preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet."

The draft also included an official FCC "NONPUBLIC, internal use only" stamp to assure that no one outside the FCC sees the document until the rules are approved on December 21... So much for freedom and openness!

This is why we cannot delay. We can't allow Obama and the FCC to put this "present" beneath the Christmas trees of Americans.

Click here now to take fast action against Obama's scheme to take control of the Internet:

+ + How many petitions Grassfire Nation delivers depends on you are you ready to have your Internet usage regulated and your free speech rights undermined by the federal government?

Unless Americans respond in force, that could be the holiday forecast. Obama views control of the Internet as an essential step in deciding content and usage.
In other words, he wants the federal government to determine what you see and read on the Internet!

Grassfire Nation is counting on you to help us mount a sensational nationwide resistance against this power-grab.

Click below and quick action now:

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You hold the keys to the kind of grassroots response Grassfire Nation delivers to the FCC, and we are counting on you to take the extra effort required
to make sure our delivery is nothing short of stunning!

We cannot allow these kinds of assaults on our freedoms to go unchecked. Please take immediate action today.
Thank you for standing with Grassfire Nation.

P.S. Again, after signing our petition, forward this message to 30-40 friends alerting them to the FCC's plan to seize control of the Internet. Urge them to add their name to our petition by clicking here now:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Does anyone else see the irony

Does anyone else see the irony of Glenn Beck's actions?

Taken from WTAM 100:
STRONGSVILLE -- Nearly two feet of snow whipped through Northeast Ohio by Monday night, but that did not stop television and radio host Glenn Beck, or his fans.

Hundreds of Beck fans gathered at Wal Mart in Strongsville for his book tour promoting his latest book "Broke". While staff at the Wal Mart said they expected between 600-800 people for the book signing, less were in attendance due to inclement weather.

Surrounded by three of his own security guards, Beck signed books of those who purchased his latest book at participating Wal Mart's and waited in line. One man had waited in line to get his book signed and to meet Beck since midnight the night before.

Other fans stood in line up to six hours to get their copy of "Broke" signed.

Beck's book tour continues Tuesday in Akron. Along with writing books and hosting a television show on FOX, Beck also hosts his own syndicated radio show which can be heard on WTAM 1100 9:00 am - Noon Monday through Friday.

I also heard that Glenn would not sign the book unless you bought it from Wal Mart and had a receipt. Do you see the irony in this? He is all about saving America and yet he chooses to have a book signing at Wal Mart that has done so much damage to little stores forcing many to close and ruining many cities and towns across America. This is the same Walmart that has shelves filled with cheaply made Chinese products. I am not sure if I follow this mans thinking. IF he was the real deal and wanted to save America and help the little man, why not have book signings across America at smaller or independent stores?

Someone explain.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cleveland Sports for December 2010

Hey Gang,
Cleveland may finally get a championship. Yes a new team is coming to our area. We received the OK to have a female lingerie football team play in our community.

They will wear scantly dressed undergarments with all the necessary pads required and helmets. Seven on offense and seven on defense, indoor play league rules. I am wondering would these women be athletes or dancers from a nearby strip club like crazy horse. Would the coaches and referees be male wearing thong striped outs fits. Or would the male cheerleaders be the ones wearing the thongs. What about PSL and season ticket holders, for ticket purchases?

I find this to be completely outrageous. With all the serious problems that we are facing , this is what will save Cleveland and our County.

Whose bright idea was it Dimora or Russo's?
Thanks :
Joe U

Joe I hear and feel your pain. And I am sure housewives will just love lingerie football. Its not bad enough that on Sundays most men are glued staring at the TV screen watching pro-football, now this!

I was asked what pads the women would be wearing. Ummm lets not go there.

This brings new meaning to the term - naked bootleg.

Onto other sports news in our fine city.
Mayor Jackson is already promoting the Gay Games in Cleveland. Nothing like promoting a controversial lifestyle to take our minds off of controversial politics and corruption in the city.

One sponsor they should try to get is Slick 50. After all it is the best lubricant known to man.

Cleveland basketball fans are trying to figure out whats worse, having LeBron here winning 60 games and getting easily knocked out of the playoffs or with him gone and getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first week of the season.

But Browns fans are excited. This has to be the best losing teem Cleveland has had in a long time.

Breaking news... this just in.... Browns are officially eliminated from the playoffs.  No kidding!

The Indians organization aren't going to agressively try selling season tickets, instead they will concentrate on trying to sell - A ticket.

From the land of wait till next year,

Thursday, December 09, 2010

sports talk - politics and Luke Scott

Taken from a Yahoo news story two weeks ago:
The slower-than-expected start for the Heat has resonated all the way to Washington, where President Barack Obama said before the game in an interview with ABC that it “takes some time for the team to come together.”

Even Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, told of Obama’s comments, joined in the fun.
“I know there’s a lot of time in the day, but I’d be more confident if he didn’t know what was going on in the NBA,” Van Gundy said, chuckling about Obama’s remarks. “We got to get some people back to work. I don’t think he needs to be worried about turning the Heat around. Let (Heat coach) Erik (Spoelstra) worry about that, because Erik certainly isn’t turning the economy around.”

At this rate, Spoelstra might contribute to the job losses
Luke Scott for sports figure of the year - a true American!
"Luke Scott plays for the Baltimore Orioles, taken from an interview he recently did"

I'm a big fan of Ted Nugent because he's a "keep it real" type of guy. He respects wildlife, he loves to hunt. I look at Ted Nugent and ... he's an American. He has the core beliefs of what it means to be an American in his heart. He lives by those beliefs and those principles. It's the same beliefs that our forefathers, who fought for our country, have. I'd be real interested in meeting him one day.

First of all, the reason the second amendment was put into place was to keep the government from controlling the people. History will tell you everything. Just look at anywhere else in the world. Look at Russia, look at Eastern Europe, look at South America. Gun control means control. It means control for the government and the government starts controlling the people.

I've spent time in Venezuela. I played down there. I've seen what happens with the people down there. People are in the streets throwing rocks and they're getting mowed down with machine guns. It has nothing to do with crime. Crime is actually less in places where people own guns. Washington, D.C. is a case in point. It has the strictest gun laws, but who has the highest crime rate in the country? Washington, D.C.

Basically, what you've done is, you've told the man who pays his bills and minds his own business, who's trying to protect his family and provide for his family, if you take away his gun [and] you give him a golf club or a baseball bat, or a knife, and if the criminal has a gun, he's going to win that battle 10 out of 10 times.

The real issue behind these people who are gun grabbers, the truth is — based on fact — the reason why is, they want control. They want control of the people. That's what socialism is and communism.

The law is made for law-abiding citizens. The guy who you don't have to worry about robbing you, the guy who pays his taxes, the guy who has a job, the guy who's not interested in hurting people. He's not the rapist, he's not the killer. He's the one who's going to follow the law. Now, the law can say you can't have a gun, but the thug, gangster, rapist and criminal — the thief — they're not going to obey the law anyway. It doesn't even apply.

Obama ... hmm ... Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for. This country is basically built on an attitude. It's a way of life. It's not because you're born here. It's not that you're supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven't. That kills a country. It killed Russia.

I have friends of mine who are in the ministry who [work] in churches in Russia. If they can describe [the country] in one [phrase], it's "messed up beyond repair."

That's what communism does. Cuba, Venezuela. People are trying to escape these lands like a plague. What would make a human being swim 90 miles in shark-infested waters on a raft made of tires and planks? To leave their culture, their family, their language, their way of life. Everything they've ever known. What would make someone do that?

You don't see people in America doing that. There's no one here in America swimming the Pacific Ocean — or the Atlantic, or the Caribbean — to leave this place. The reason why is because of the freedom. Freedom for a man to mark out his own destiny. It's not, "Hey, you have so much." Hey, that person worked for that. That's not to be taken and given to someone who didn't put in the time, the effort, and do his part.

Obama, he doesn't represent that. He represents, "Hey, everyone. Give me votes and I'll give you stuff." And there's even people on TV who [are asked], "Hey, who you voting for?" "I'm voting for Obama." "Why?" "So I can get more free stuff."

That's not what makes this country great. That's what tears down a people, tears down nations. Hence, the problem we're having in this country, where we're experiencing unemployment. We're experiencing all of these negative things that are happening in our land as a direct result of that type of attitude — of too much government involvement, of moral decay, and of people lacking honor and integrity.

Eighty years ago, 50 years ago, a man would walk up to another man and go in for loan. He'd extend his hand, he'd shake it and he'd look at the man and he'd say, "I'll pay this back." He would do it. You couldn't even ... to even mention that [scenario] today ... is that a cartoon fantasy? That's how far we are removed.
DB: Word was bond.
LS: Yeah. We had a bond. That type of attitude has disappeared as a whole. Now, it's OK for me to cheat, to steal, to step on somebody, to cheat somebody, to do something to make someone [else] fall, so I can get ahead in life. And people accept that and they go home and they sleep at night. Whereas, the former attitude of America was, "I'm going to work my tail off, and if it doesn't work out for me ... "

You know, I didn't have the same opportunity growing up, as some people. I also had more opportunity than others. Whatever is given to that person, whatever you do with it is what makes the difference. And that's what has happened in this country: People want the same result, but they don't want to pay the same price. They want equality, but not by earning it — they want it given to them.
It's a recipe for disaster and it will kill the entire nation.

DB: Are you planning on running for office in 15 years or so?
LS: If I ran for office, I would be loved and hated. Because, I've always been this way as a person. I believe what I believe in for a reason. Compromise is not in my blueprint. It's not in my DNA. We've had poor leadership in this country, poor leadership in Congress and positions of authority. People are willing to compromise their beliefs, compromise for votes. I'll say something to somebody to get their vote, but if I have to compromise what I believe in, there's no honor in that. There's no integrity. That's not a leader.

Leaders are people who you follow because they believe in honor, integrity, accountability, responsibility, and they believe in these things. You know what? Their life reflects it through their actions. They're not going to do anything to get ahead. Hey, if I get ahead, it's going to be good for me, personally, but at the cost of what?

DB: You don't think that Obama wasn't born in the United States, do you?
LS: He was not born here. That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, "See? Look! Here it is. Here it is." The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something.

You know what? People who have bad intentions, people that are deceivers or are not of honor and integrity — that's how they act. I've seen it in every — it doesn't matter what level. It can be in politics, it can be in business, it can be in sports, it can be in the construction field. Doesn't matter. It's all the same attitude. It's the same thing.

People who tell the truth, they're very easy to ... their actions prove it. Something as simple providing a birth certificate. Come on. If you're born here, there's plenty of documents. But you know what? There's no documentation of him. No legal documentation of him. There's been lie after lie after lie exposed, but people put it under the carpet. Hence, the problem we have in this country.

LS: There needs to be accountability for the truth. I don't care if you're the President of the United States, you need to be held accountable. If you're involved in treacherous acts, or you're saying things that are against, or are selling out our country, you should be brought to trial.

I mean, no one's above the law. There's a lot of people that fought for their country and that's not something to be taken lightly. They gave their life, everything they had, they gave their lives, to give us what we have. That's why I'm so passionate about my beliefs -- because someone died. They gave their life, their blood was spilled, so I had an opportunity to chase a dream and play baseball for a living.

For me, that's not something, "Oh, thank you." No. "THANK YOU." Let me honor you for that by actions by sticking up for what you fought for and passing it on to the next generation and doing my part.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I added to the original posting:

Can it be, nahhh it can't be, not in Cuyahoga County, there can't be anymore hanky panky going on.

Sad! Third world politics are going on here. But really you can blame the voters, the same ones who put criminal slick back in, charlie wrangler and yes the Cleveland shake down artists.
This happened Monday morning:

There will be a meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council-elect tomorrow morning at 8:00 am at the Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs building in the Bonda room on the second floor. One very significant topic of discussion will likely be the very recent action of a limited number of Democratic members-elect who met in private and at a member's house to select who they wanted to have as their President of Council. If you believe as I do, then you are probably appalled at this display of "corrupt politics as usual" for Cuyahoga county. If you are available to attend this meeting, it would be valuable to have a presence at this meeting to express dissatisfaction at this kind of behavior.

Geoff Rapp
Organizer of the Westlake 9.12 Project
State of Ohio Coordinator, The 9.12 Project

Today my friend Joe sent me his rant about politics as usual in Cleveland.
According to the Plain Dealer and the web, this new county council that was just elected took it upon themselves and held a secret meeting . The meeting was attended by Democrats, that were elected by the people to represent Cuyahoga County to nominate a likely president. I am outraged this new form of government was supposed to bring a new way of doing things, instead we have new faces and the same old mentality going on. Why could not these people wait for the public meeting to occur and air out their problems or issues? No, instead they held a private meeting in the hopes of circumventing the natural process and avoid the transparency that the public was promised when this system was first promoted to us..

We were promise no more closed door deals. These people are acting like the current Euclid Mayor, and doing business in the same manner that he is.

I am glad that I am more of a Populist Democrat vs just a Democrat. I am ashamed at what has recently transpired with this new board. The bonds of promised trust have been compromised ,and now we the people need to be very vigilant of what is happening in the county level.

I wish that the public at large would have voted in more Independents, Republicans, and non political agenda people than what they did. The selection of a leader should have happened during the general assembly meeting, not inside someones home with only a handful of people to the the decision.

Next thing you maybe will see is more of the political favoritism going around that occurred with Dimora and Russo leadership.Or maybe yet this group will take it upon themselves to drop all charges against the guilty.

I ask that all good and decent citizens in Cuyahoga County call, write to, or even write to the newspaper and demand that this highly controversial meeting be rescinded and allow the natural procedures to take place in a public forum.

Both Connally and Miller have done tons of damage that can never be forgiven.

Joe Udovic

To view the heated talk click here.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

feedback - Demise of Christmas

Hey Gang,
I received some excellent feedback once again from you. Thanks. There are other things I hate as you pointed out below. One is the rushing of seasons. Thanksgiving is given less and less importance. Its almost being overlooked. Tree lighting ceremonies in some cities a week before Thanksgiving. Crazy!

But lets try to keep alive the true spirit and nature of Christmas as some of you are doing.

Merry Christmas,

I agree, we're forgetting why we have Christmas -- even worse for Easter.

I particularly don't like the designation "Black Friday". In the German Lutheran tradition Good Friday is "Schwartz Freitag" or translated to English "Black Friday" (from the color of the alter vestments). I find it offensive to use the same term to describe the day on which Christ paid for the sins of all mankind and a day which celebrates hedonistic materialism.

Fortunately, there are still people doing the right thing. Sunday the Messiah was performed at St Gabe's I think it was about the fiftieth time, unfortunately I wasn't' able to attend. Trinity Lutheran on the west side periodically does Bach's Weinachts Oratoriam (don't' know if I spelled that right). Our Church, Zion Lutheran in Painesville, has been doing the Boar's Head Festival (a 600+ year old celebration of Christ's birth) for the last four or five years. So in our Christmas celebration, as well as in politics, the people have some of it right even though the establishment doesn't.

Have a blessed Christmas and New Year

So, I'm going to drag out my soapbox and shout out: "Whatever happened to ADVENT?!?!?" Everyone's complained for years that the commercial establishments start pushing their merchandise earlier & earlier--but I'm afraid that we're all buying right into it.

Our whole street is alit with lights & displays, Christmas trees glowing in picture windows, wreaths & garlands hung & strung. Invitations for "holiday" parties and Xmas cards featuring Santa Claus are starting to arrive.

I find myself well behind the curve then. Relatives and friends think I'm lazy for not having decorations arranged and presents bought & wrapped. By December 27th I'm accused again of being a procrastinator! Why? Because all their Christmas trees will have been dismantled the day before and Christmas music will be considered overplayed. But I've always liked to follow the tradition of my paternal grandma, Myrtle (God rest her good soul), who always kept her tree up till the day after Epiphany. You know, to welcome & honor the Three Kings.

But it's not just a matter of following Gramma's custom, according to my December issue of "Magnificat," December 31st is the 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas for the Roman Catholic Church's liturgical calendar.

I'm really glad for the "Merry Christmas" movement vs. one of the original "politically correct" sayings of "Happy Holidays." As you've pointed out, though, there's still a ways to go. Just saw an ad urging folks to go & see "Burlesque" for the "holiday season." The Smithsonian is spotlighting a special exhibit with "art" such as ants crawling on a crucifix, two brothers kissing, and "Ellen Degenerate" grabbing her boobs. Wikileaks. . .

So, bro, I'll step off my battered, well-worn soapbox (another of my Gramma's sayings, actually!) and hope that all is well with you & yours. I've recently become a volunteer interpreter up at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site and so have been studying intensely on the fascinating people who used to live there (so that's my excuse for not catching up on your trip to the other side of the globe); times change but human beings usually don't! Thank God we can pray! Christmas will always remain in our hearts!

Take care,

Here is something to enjoy and pass along to counteract the tendency which you observed.

For life and liberty,
David Macko

I'm doing my part, no one is going to tell me to take it down, the .357 mag is locked & loaded.