Sunday, September 29, 2013

IS There Such a Thing as a Double Standard?

Is Michael Moore ugly and fat? The answer to both questions is YES!

Let’s define what we mean: A double-standard means that there are two sets of rules for the same situation. There is one set of rules for a favored group and a set of unfair rules for other groups.

We’ve all heard the expression of “do as I say, not as I do”, which is a pithy way of describing it.

In politics, it is quite evident that a double-standard exists. For instance, President Obama has a penchant to criticize the large corporations as not paying their fair share and exploiters of the poor and middle class, but he seems to have no qualms about receiving political donations from his “fat cat” corporate friends from Hollywood and Wall Street. It seems like every other sentence he utters, the words “middle class” seems to tumble out of his mostly scripted mouth. Being an “evil” 1%’er himself, you’d think his conscience would bother him from taking that “blood money” from the wealthy liberal elites he associates with, but after listening to him for the past 5 years, it looks like he doesn’t have much of a conscience. In fact, he shows his gratitude by giving his “evil” corporate friends waivers and subsidies (ex. Solyndra) as a payback for their largesse.

Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (all Democrats) are complaining about the various states passing voter laws that require potential voters to prove who they are before casting a vote. They claim that is “voter suppression”, even though those laws apply to Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Blacks etc. Since the Congressional Black Caucus are all Democrats, it was amazing that last year during the Democratic National Convention, all people entering the arena or convention hall, had to show a picture I.D. to be able to enter, regardless of their race, color, or ethnic identity. Where was the outrage? That’s a double-standard.

Another example is in racial language. It is widely considered that it is O.K. for ethnic minorities to use racial epithets about their own race while other races are not allowed to use those same words, under penalty of social ostracism (blacks can use the word “nigga” but Paula Deen or whites cannot). That’s a double-standard.

In gender situations, women are treated far more leniently, most of the time, than men for committing the same acts. An adult male having sex with a minor (female or male) will most likely be treated more harshly than an adult woman doing the same act to a minor. That is a double-standard.

Just in the last few years, in politics, the Democrats used pejorative terms to describe President George W. Bush. Terms like idiot, fascist, baby killer, drunk etc., etc. were common. There was no outcry by the left (or very little) for this incivility toward the President, but today, if you criticize President Obama, the Democrats and the people on the left, call those Obama nay-sayers “racists”, “bigots” etc. That’s a double-standard if there ever was one.

We could go on and on in this age of “political correctness”, to point out all the types of double-standards that exist, but space is limited, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Yes Virginia, there is a double-standard and it is alive and well, here in the good ole U.S.A. (unfortunately).

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

MORT's meanderings

Unqualified. Unsuited. Unfit.
Our country is being driven on a fast-track toward certain destruction by an unbelievably large percentage of our elected officials.  This includes the currently-serving President, his  entire administration and an overwhelming majority of those currently serving in the U. S. Congress.  I state without equivocation, that there are far too many who are unqualified, unsuited and unfit to hold their offices.  Moreover, they are by extension, unqualified, unsuited and unfit to govern our affairs.  
Furthermore, these people are enabled and assisted in their misguided efforts, by multitudes of  appointees and advisors who are equally unqualified, unsuited and unfit to advise.
After a seriously considered assessment of the most common motivations that could possibly be driving  those whom I accuse - I've come to the conclusion  sadly, that the endemial spread of corruption and malfeasance is directly attributable to a large majority of politically-motivated and patently self-centered, elected officials.  This assessment extends also, to a large majority of their appointees and the descending chain of associated enablers.  It is all simply, too staggering to contemplate. The reality is embarrassing to admit and so, therein lies a big part of the problem.
There are exceptions, of course.  There are many men and women of principle who are totally dedicated and completely committed to thoughtful and honest service, not only to their own constituencies but also, to the entire citizenry of the United States.  This goes as well, for those men and women to whom we owe so much - those who serve in our Military - our Armed Forces. They are to be honored, revered and given our maximum support for their adherence to the tenets of and to the original intent of The Constitution.  These are true representatives of the people, who believe in the value of the principles and traditions that have made this nation 'exceptional'.  Let me state without reservation, my strongly-held opinion that anyone who does not share these principles and these values, cannot be considered as a worthy citizen of this great nation. Is that clear enough?
Elections have consequences.  We've been through five years of our nation being  convulsed by the imposition of many-times failed ideologies and the unprecedented application of extremely tyrannical regulations & controls set upon all aspects of our American life.  We've been brought to the brink of economic collapse by egregiously irresponsible spending policies that are unique to this President and his enabling Democrats.  Plus, some reckless Republicans in the Congress.  We've been brought to a condition of such ineffective border security, that our national sovereignty is not longer valid.  Crime, terrorism, racism, street violence and the widening encroachment of vehemently anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-American Islamists have been permitted to take over our nation.  These forces are now, right now - operating freely and unfettered; they are completely out of control.   
It is the obligation of every single citizen to face up to these abhorrent  situations, educate themselves regarding practical solutions and then, set about making the changes necessary to save our nation. Don't ask, 'What can I do?'  It is your civic duty to investigate on your own and then, take appropriate action that is within your capability. You can do it.  If not you - - then who?
MORT KUFF  © 9-6-2013

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Sell the Sizzle”

When I taught marketing during my teaching career at Syosset High School, I used some of the sales techniques of a well-known guru of master salesmanship, named Elmer Wheeler. One of his famous sales points and the full sentence of the above headline was; “Don't Sell the Steak, Sell the Sizzle”. This phrase referred to the sales point that people don't buy the product itself (the steak), they buy what the product will do for them (the sizzle).

That's what Obama and the Democrats tried to do (and succeeded with the Democrat controlled Congress) in selling that monstrosity of a health care plan called Obamacare. They completed the sale by using the “sizzle” to claim that Obamacare would do great things for millions of people. Through manipulation, bribes, cajoling, and backroom deals, they got a willing Democrat Congress to pass it. No Republicans voted for it.

Meanwhile, as more and more information came out (no one actually knew what was in the bill because no one read the 2,700 page bill - Speaker Pelosi even said that “we will know what is in the bill after we pass it”), the people turned against it back in 2010 and even more so today, as over 60% of the people now think that it should be repealed. The “sizzle” points of lower medical costs and lower premiums, the claim that you could keep your own doctor regardless, that premiums would go down, and that Medicare wouldn't be affected etc., were all found to be not true. So after the people were sold on the “wonderful” benefits of this health care proposal, the people decided the product didn't meet the standards they were told was in the bill.

I guess the old adage of “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time” really applies to this boondoggle.

The representatives in Congress are now in the process of trying to repeal the bill in total even though it does contain some worthwhile provisions. The Republicans, knowing that we need some reform of health care, want to repeal it and start over from scratch, and craft a new bill with true bi-partisan input, which was totally lacking in the legislation that was passed only by a the Democrat vote in Congress and signed by the President.

The efforts by the present Congress might become moot if they let the provisions of Obamacare go forward without a fight. Since that disastrous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which validated Obamacare by saying that the government has the power to tax its citizens for health care (when Obama and the Democrats said it wasn't a tax, but a fee). Chief Justice John Roberts should be ashamed of himself for casting the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare (a 5-4 vote).

Let's hope the Republicans don't fold like a cheap camera by compromising their principles and acceding to the cajoling of the Democrats. Rather, go down to defeat (if need be) with your head held high rather than to meekly give in to that monstrosity of a job killer called Obamacare, an insidious piece of legislation if there ever was one.

So, many people were sold the “sizzle” of Obamacare, but later on found that the “steak” was unfit for consumption, and they demanded their money back. I think they'll get a refund. At least, I hope so.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Aren't you glad you voted for Obama?

It took decade upon decade to try to erase racism. Much progress was made
since the 60's toward this end.

Many bloody battles were fought toward worker rights that gave us the
40 hour week, before unions over stepped their purpose.

The American dream was to own your own home and build equity and pass it
on to your children, for them to built from your sweat and toil.

Naively the politically unsophisticated thought by voting for a black,
smooth talking politician like Barack Obama, with promises that a new
America will rise for prosperity and equality for everyone, and that
it will finally bury racial prejudice forever.

During his tenure in the presidency we can approximate 46 million people
on food stamps, 14 million unemployed...about 1 in 13, and 1.4 million
losing their homes.

White against black is becoming more apparent with the gap becoming wider
each time he opens his mouth.

The 40 hour week will vanish because of the nonsensical demands made by
unions in the past and the Affordable Care Health Act, a.k.a Obamacare
criteria. Most of the work force will become shifts of part time workers.
The middle class has been caught between big government and greedy
corner office executives.

The middle class is fading as is the dream to owning a home, where
construction for rental properties is increasing in many cities and home
town America. The bank barons make it impossible for the individual to
secure a loan leaving venture capitalists to gobble up many of the
foreclosures with cash.

Are these the changes Barack Obama promised you for your vote and
hoped you would get?

To sum up this president's administration, "I'm paying more for less,
while others pay nothing for more!"

Conservative opinions from George Giftos

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Is “Obamacare” Good for the Country?

If you’ve listened to President Obama and the Democrats since 2009, you’d think that “Obamacare” was the greatest invention since sliced bread. Well, is it?

First off, ever since it has been written (and even though no legislator had read it all), and the public has been made aware of its provisions (which is over 2,700 pages long), the public seems to think it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. Today, approximately 60% of the public thinks it is not what it wants and many of those want it to be repealed. Even one of the architects of Obamacare, Sen. Max Baucus (D), thinks that it’s a “train wreck” ready to happen. His words, not mine.

In addition, many of its early supporters now seem to have second thoughts and want to be exempted from its provisions. Even many of the legislators who voted to pass “Obamacare” (only Democrats voted for it) want waivers from it’s provisions as well as for their staffs; the workers at the I.R.S. (those who will be charged with enforcing the law against the rest of us) want no part of it; some of the big unions (ex: the Teamsters and the S.E.I.U.) want waivers and want the government to subsidize their members; and many young people, those between the ages of 18 and 34 (who Obama needs badly to sign up, to make “Obamacare” work), will be hit with higher premiums to help fund the older workers who will need more medical care. Maybe Nancy Pelosi was correct when she said, “We’ll find out what’s in it (Obamacare) after we pass it”, well, it seems that the public doesn’t like what they’ve found out upon further examination of the myriad of provisions forced down their throats by the Democrat controlled Congress.

What is it that people don’t seem to like? Here’s just a few. People were told or it was suggested to them that “Obamacare” was FREE. But, health insurance is not free under the “(Un)Affordable Care Act”. Even if your income does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level, meaning those at the top of the scale receive less subsidy than those at the bottom of the scale, but it is not FREE. Additionally, you cannot accept your employers insurance and have your spouse and children go the exchange, if your employer offers a “qualified” plan.

Many people are under the delusion that “Obamacare” is going to lower the cost of their health insurance. That is totally false, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) estimated that individual market premiums are going to be between 27-30% higher in 2014. In addition, “Obamacare” is not good for business. Aside from the hospitals and medical providers laying off personnel, we also have examples of major companies like Kohl’s, which has cut the majority of its full-time employees to part-time (working 29 ½ hours or less) in order to fall below the new 30-hour definition of full-time employment, so it does not have to offer health insurance. Multiply that by many more companies doing the same thing.

And, contrary to what Obama and the Democrats say, they have included in the act, the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” (made up of un-elected government bureaucrats) which will make decisions about who, what, when or where a person can or cannot get treatment. That is what many opponents of the law are calling “Obama’s Death Panel”. What else would you call it?

Well, we could go on and on, but I think you get the drift that “Obamacare” if far from giving us the health care reform that we all seem to want or need. Maybe Obama and the Democrats should include the Republicans in any future changes, so that a truly, more bi-partisan law can be enacted that will benefit all the people, not just a select few of the Obama and Democratic cronies and fat-cat campaign contributors and corporations.

Therefore, our decision is that “Obamacare” is not good for America. And so the world turns!

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

MORT's meanderings

The  ObamaDEVIL made me do it.
After talking tough a year ago, drawing a red line in the sand and trying to make the world believe that he had a strategy and actually knew what in hell he was doing, this pretend-President was caught up in his own web of deceit.  
Some lunatics in Syria used nerve gas recently, killing hundreds of people - and so, they tossed the ball right back into Obama's court, thereby, causing him the extreme embarrassment of having to 'put up or shut up'. Damn - that shouldn't  oughta have happened.  So, he opened up his big yap again, wide enough so that he could put his foot in it again, and said that he'd shoot-em-up over there in Syria land - - not to get rid of Assad as he had called for doing, a while back - but, just to let them know that we don't cotton to nobody using such an ugly weapon of war.  After all, Barack Hussein Obama, who never served in the Military - or served anything else except his own selfish interest,  but who somehow knows a thing or two about weapons of mass destruction - draws a red line when it comes to using nerve gas.  I mean, the guy has his principles - y'know.
Well the nasty stuff hit the fan and our Allies (meaning Great Britain) decided that they weren't having any part of this stupidity - Parliament said, "No, nothin' doin".   So, Obama, leading from the rear again, checked into his bible ( 'Basic Narcissism #101 ) and came up with a brilliant idea - - "Hey, let's dump this one onto the Congress - - of course, they'll never go for my idea but, I'll be able to blame them for road-blocking me, one mo' time".
Well Folks, here's my 'direct order' to all congressional Republicans - Vote against sending any of our missiles, drones or firecrackers to Syria. Let them gas each other into Islam-Jihad heaven.  But, let's keep our fleet off-shore just to let Russia, China, the Saudis and other vermin states know that we are there to protect and defend our ally, Israel and if it comes to that - to bomb the daylights out of Iran.
So, all Congressmen and women of character who proudly wear the (R) after their names, should make it a point to contact their constituents to explain their vote and to place the blame for this dangerous maneuver to set fire to the Middle East and cause Israel to disappear - directly onto the head of Barack Hussein Obama.  Every Republican worthy of the Party affiliation,  should dump a full load of blame & shame onto Obama.  He should be dumped on and dumped on until he is totally buried in blame for this mess.  Obama is the one who is directly responsible for these acts of treason. He should never be permitted to recover politically, from this travesty.  
The world should know that we recognize the terrible mistake our nation made, in hiring this agent of Diablo to be our President.  We should show the world that flag that says, "Don't tread on me."
MORT KUFF    © 9-1-2013

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Slouching Toward Gomorrah

That phrase was the title of a book by the late, much maligned jurist, Judge Robert Bork, which he wrote in 1996. (Gomorrah was a city mentioned in the Book of Genesis that was considered a place or society marked by evil and promiscuousness).

It was quite evident in 1996 that our culture was under attack, but has since escalated today, in the year 2013. The assault on traditional values can be seen all around us in every aspect of life. Look at some of the areas of life that has seen a “coarsening” of that life, the role of marriage between a man and a woman (the traditional family), the violence and unbridled sex in our movies and in the arts, the senseless killing of innocent people “just for the hell of it”, the worsening of race relations fueled by a lack of leadership at the highest levels and by the “race merchants” (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the NAACP), the lack of respect for authority by our youth, the uncompromising attitude on the part of our elected officials who seem to believe that “the end justifies the means” just to get elected or re-elected, the “dumbing down” of the school curriculums, and the spectacle of our sports heroes using PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs) to get a leg up on the non-drug using athletes and then lying about it.

Never before has our country been confronted with such blatant, disastrous attacks on our culture and in all aspects of our lives. The rhetoric being used by certain people and groups in our country has escalated in recent years to a point where truth is subjugated by falsehoods and vituperation, all cloaked under the banner of “good intentions” and “compassion”. It seems that the phrase, mentioned before, “the end justifies the means” is the rule rather than the exception in many areas in our society.

Where are our leaders? Weren’t we supposed to be in a “post racial” period in our history with the election of the first black president? It seems race relations have gotten worse rather than better. The liberal “feel good” programs of trying to help the so-called less fortunate, has created and atmosphere of more animosity, among the have’s and have not’s, rather than having a unifying influence among the various groups that make up our population. We’ve tried “social engineering” using such programs as “affirmative action”, gender and sexual orientation equality, a government takeover of our health care, the watering down of our school curriculums, the emasculation of our of our penal and judicial systems by “weak kneed” judges and spineless politicians (for example, NYC’s “stop, question, and frisk” program being shot down by a left-wing judge). All these programs were instituted with “good intentions”, but all seemed to be lacking in good old common sense. They were “doomed to succeed” because they were feel good programs that made the authors and politicians feel better about themselves, and the hell with the consequences that these programs brought about.

It has been estimated that the “War on Poverty” (instituted in 1965, with all good intentions) has cost us over $7 trillion, and still things haven’t gotten any better. In fact, many of those “feel good” policies have had a detrimental effect on our families whereby today, we have caused the breakup of many families and have encouraged the proliferation of single parent households and families. Today, the unwed mother syndrome has had the effect of 30% of white women, 50% of Hispanic women, and a whopping 73% of black women giving birth to children out of wedlock. Many of those families are destined to grow up in poverty and, in many cases, a life of crime and anti-social behavior.

These happenings have amplified Judge Bork’s admonition that we are “Slouching to Gomorrah”. Let’s hope that the powers-to-be, our clergy, politicians and community leaders, can reverse this harmful advance into degeneracy by bringing back virtue and moral responsibility as the guiding principles in our lives.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

That Boob's Poop

When Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated President, for those who
voted for him, his rhetoric was like a welcome breeze. As it happened,
it turned out that breeze was nothing but a big bag of wind from a blow-

In the last four and a half years we have listened repeatedly to the same
failed proposals, with some being erroneously claimed successes, with no
new ideas to replace those failures blamed on everyone and everything,
except himself.

The Boob in the Oval Office asks America to follow him on his path to
glory; but that glory path is proving to be the road to destruction.
Starting with the Affordable Health Care act, a.k.a. Obamacare. This
program is an autoimmune disease by its very nature, that will destroy
itself from within while destroying the medical profession. It is a
political gimmick, not a public service.

I credit the President for one spoken truth....."Trayvon Martin could have
been me 35 years ago!" Isn't that the time when he was an irresponsible
teenager, sowing his wild oats and smoking pot, among other mind altering

Before his justice department tried to railroad George Zimmerman, Obama
said if he had a son, he would look like the slain Trayvon Martin. Oh really!
Would he allow any of his daughters to date somebody like Trayvon? Would
he accept somebody like Trayvon as a son in-law, now that he knows the
truth about his background? Be sure the executive liar will be mum to
answer this last question.

Conservative article from George Giftos

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Good Intentions, Bad Results!

Liberals are always touting how compassionate and caring they are (as compared to Conservatives) toward the poor and under-privileged, but their “good intentions” don’t always lead to good results. Actually, some of those “good intentions” have caused more grief than of being of assistance to the one’s they desired to help. You could say that the proverb of, “The road to hell is sometimes paved with good intentions”, applies in some cases. In other words, people, with good intentions, often mean to do well, but do bad things as a consequence of those “good intentions“. In addition, intending to do good without actually doing it, is really of no value whatsoever. As the saying goes, “talk is cheap”.

In modern times, you could say that the “road” started during the Hoover and FDR Administrations, as we were mired in a deep depression. The Hoover/FDR Administrations tried to ease the pain of its citizens by instituting various programs intended to help out the people in need. During the 1930’s, the government instituted various programs that addressed problems such as unemployment (the W.P.A.), union organizing (Wagner Act), old age and disability programs (Social Security), and some other programs, some of which are still with us today. You could say that FDR initiated versions of the “nanny state”, a major principle of Marxism/Socialism. Most of the “good intentions” were intended to be helpful and honorable, but as they evolved over time, it has caused our country great financial and personal hardship. Marxism and Socialism was somewhat popular during the 1930’s and beyond. In parts of the Democratic Party today, Socialist policies are still very popular (especially among the Congressional Black Caucus).

When LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) came into power, after the death of JFK, he expanded on the FDR programs by creating more government programs “intended” to help the “poor and needy”. Again, the intentions were meant to be honorable, as is the case most times, but when the government bureaucracy takes over a task, inevitably, fraud, waste, and corruption takes hold to make the program overly expensive and sometimes unresponsive to the needs of the people who the program was set up to help in the first place.

Over the past 60 years or so, we have seen a burgeoning of these government programs with dubious results. Both Social Security (FDR) and Medicare and Medicaid (LBJ) are now approaching bankruptcy due to the faulty cost and demographic projections at their inception. In addition, we provided welfare programs to many needy people, but the bureaucratic rules and regulations have caused some major social problems. Some experts have concluded that the requirements to get government assistance has caused the break up of many families, mainly black single parent families, who have a 73% out-of-wedlock birth rate caused mainly by giving more monetary assistance to unwed mothers who don’t have a husband or father at home to help care for the family. Some families have had three generations on the “government dole”. Was that the intention of the “do-gooders”?

Another “good intention” Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, which tried to prevent the exploitation of workers doing government jobs, actually became the means of “de facto” discrimination by requiring construction employers to pay “prevailing” union wages on all government construction jobs, and since many unions were “closed shop” unions (you couldn’t join unless a family member was a member), minorities and migrant workers were excluded from many jobs because they weren’t union members.

These are just a few of the many instances, too many to mention here, where the “good intentions, bad results” syndrome came into play.

So yes, you could say that the proverb, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, is alive and well in our society today with, unfortunately, the help of Our President Barack Hussein Obama, and the leadership of the Democratic Party.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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