Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

No data, no help, no money

If you remember a few weeks ago there was coordinated attack in Mumbai that killed at least 170 people. Now the Indian government in political play has decided to not give any of the terrorist data to Interpol. Mr Noble said, "To date, India's government has not authorised India's police agencies to enter any data relating to the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai into Interpol's databases.

You have made a 'sovereign choice'. Now the UK may have to make one of they're own when the 2009 budgets start in few days.

Monday, December 22, 2008

How to get the most out of #TCOT

If you're not familiar with #tcot, here's the skinny.  #tcot is a hash tag for 'Top Conservatives On Twitter.'  A hash tag is either one or two words or a group of letters that represent a group or common interest.  Other common hash tags include #bacon and #peta (People Eat Tasty Animals).  #tcot is a group of conservative Americans who think that the Republican party has lost track of its core values.

So how do you get the most out of #TCOT?
  1. Setup a Twitter account.  I would recommend you setup on just for #TCOT because of step 3.
  2. Go to the #TCOT hub website (http://www.topconservativesontwitter.org/) and look over the general announcements.
  3. Request to be added to the #TCOT (http://www.topconservativesontwitter.org/index.php/get-added)
  4. Invite everyone you see on there to become your friend.  Currently it about 1,500 people which is why I said you may need a special Twitter account just for this.
  5. Now follow the conversations going on by following them at either http://hashtags.org/tag/tcot or http://tweetchat.com/room/tcot
  6. Post conservative topic or questions on Twitter with the hash tag #TCOT at the begining or the end of the conversation.
  7. Start a blog.  You can use a service like http://twitterfeed.com/ to post the title and link to your Twitter account.  Make sure that include the hashtag #TCOT somewhere in the title.
Rules the road:
  • Be civil.
  • Be conservative and the values we portray.
  • Take flamewars to @private or d direct messages.
  • Don't post everything to #tcot.  We don't need to know what Aunt Mable did at the family's Christmas party.  That something should posted with #AuntMable
  • Hash tags are not case sensitive.  Rule of thumb, is lowercase is better.  UPPERCASE IS CONSIDERED SHOUTING.
  • If you use http://tweetchat.com/room/tcot, remember you're not seeing what someone is saying unless you're following them.
BTW: If you want to follow me on Twitter, you can find me at http://twitter.com/tekrat

Obama: Bush Not so bad

Today I saw two stories cross over Reddit that made me smile alot.

1. Obama & Biden To Protect Bush Administration Criminals

2. Slot Machine VS Voting Machines

It appears that the members of Reddit, a linking and discussion website whose members are predominately liberal, are saying that Obama's election was invalid and the new administration is just as corrupt if not more so then the previous administration. Why else would the look the other way on 'crimes against humanity and the state.' The alternatives are that the Obama-ites are incompetent or Bush DIDN'T do all the horrendous thing they were accused of.

One of the posters said, "I'd challenge you [members of Reddit] to name a crime that the Bush administration is guilty of for which Obama and Biden, were not either directly involved, voted for or at very least complicit in."

Friday, December 12, 2008

#TCOT Gas Prices Will be Going Down Because of the Lack of an Auto Bailout

Yeah, I was scratching my balding head when I read the original article as well. It turns out that people who invest in oil futures see the lack of an automotive bailout as a bad thing. The fear that almost every factory in the US will shut down and thus use less energy. Yes if the bail out had went through our country would be stuck with vehicles that use almost no gas. Less gas, less oil.

What really has my scalp itching is the fact that the Treasury Department now wants to lend funds to the auto industry. Isn't that illegal? If it isn't, can someone tell me how it isn't illegal for the Treasury to give out money without congressional approval?

Oh well, OPEC is about to cut off a lot of our oil soon anyway so we can look at prices rising.

#TCOT Tell your kids they can't eveything they want

In a fit common sense Reuters interviewed Steve Rhode from the Myvesta Foundation where said "Be honest. It's not a matter of them getting a job to help pay the mortgage, but rather not asking for things all the time, or when you say we can't afford it, they understand why you're saying no."

Some children will not understand. Others will not like it. All will have to learn to deal. We can't wipe out the credit card every five minutes to get what we want. Congress is already doing that, and most, if not all of our GDP and spoken for by other countries. If don't say no now, another country will say no for us.

Bad Economy Keeps Bad Employees at Work, Making More Bad Employees

Reuters has a piece on how a bad economy is making more people go to work then stay at home. That sounds great on the surface but think about it. If you have more bad employees in the office, people who don't want to be there, then how are they gonna act? Productivity will be down and they're gonna make your good employees feel like crap.

Ultimately businesses will have to face a decision: Keeps the grumpy employees so you at least have bodies filling the seats in emergencies, or thin the herd and pay a butt-load of overtime. Thinning the herd seems to be the path most employers are taking. They feel that they can reward a few good (happy) employees more then pay to for whole bunch of people, many of who loath being at work.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

#TCOT 'Day without a gay' project falls flat

If you haven't heard in California a gay rights group wanted to have a demonstration for gay rights Proposition 8.  There idea: have anyone gay call off sick yesterday to prove how important gays and lesbians are in daily life.  Unfortunately the whole thing fizzled.

Here are the given reason(s):
  • It costs to much
Yeap, that it.  It wasn't persecution for there beliefs; it was the money.  Wow, if you're that adamant in your beliefs that they couldn't afford a day off it kinda makes me wonder how strong your beliefs are.

Towards the beginning of the article the reporter talks to a man who wouldn't shut down his shop, even though he was gay.  I can understand in these economic time why he wouldn't shut down his shop.  But if his convictions are so strong, why not release you name and you place of business.  At least you would get free publicity out it.  But no, he doesn't and he lets his husband do all the talking for him.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

#TCOT States with higher illegal aliens has poor quality emergency rooms

If you look at the map in the middle of this article you can click through and see how the states rank in emergency room care. The one thing you'll notice is that the lowest emergency room quality can be found in the southern coastal regions.

While the article doesn't come out and say anything about the country of origins of the people using the emergency room as their personal doctors, it does have a section entitled, "Too many patients; too few resources." Within that section it says, "The organization said rising costs were forcing hospitals to close emergency departments at the same time that demand for their services was skyrocketing, thanks to a rise in the number of Americans who seek treatment in the emergency room because they have no health insurance."

So who are these people who don't have health insurance? For the most part illegal aliens. You can use a map that MSNBC put together showing where the uninsured are. Now overlay this map of the concentration of the concentrations of illegal aliens are and you see a disturbing trend.

Illegal aliens who don't have insurance or pay taxes don't pay for emergency room visits. They tend to wait until they're on death's door before going to an emergency room which drives up the costs even more.

#TCOT Team Obama lying again?

Yesterday I posted that David Axelrod said that Obama has talk with Blagojevich, but no decisions have been made yet about Obama's replacement. Now Axelrod has says that he was mistaken in the interview. Why has it taken so long for him to come out to 'correct' his statement? If the Blagojevich scandal hadn't come out, would Axelrod's statement stood as is? Something a smelling worse every day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

#TCOT SF Gate is making excuses why Obama will not follow immigration promises

San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com) has started blaming the economy for why President-elect Barack Obama may not deliver on his pledge to overhaul the nation's illegal aliens laws. You see the current logic is that when there's a bad economy, you can't anything else.  Sounds more like CYA to me.

The only real plan the Democrats have for dealing with illegal aliens is to force employers to verify it employees as being legal. Of course there are laws and mechanisms on to the books to force to employers to check an employee's legal status. But hey, the government has screwed up several times already, why not again?

My question is why? Obama ran on a ticket of hope and change, yet he's already saying he's unable to make any effective in immigration. My questions is with all the recent scandals, will Obama make ANY effective changes.

Ohio Could Get More Jobs By Giving Out Less Money

Right now most of Ohio, especially northwest Ohio can only get new businesses here one: pay them.  Recently we just approved a $13 million dollar loan to help build a solar panel start up.  This is on top of another $5 million dollar loan.  This is a low interest loan that can be defaulted on the second the solar energy craze goes south, as in sending manufacturing to Mexico.

So how do we get more businesses to Ohio without paying them?  Ohio need to go on a diet.  We need to get ride of the sugary tax goodness and starchy carbs or red tape.  We have some of the highest tax rates of the state and the highest unemployment.  In Toledo the mayor can stop any building project for up to six months if he doesn't like your name (see the United Way project).  It take 10 permits to get approvals to fix your windows and paint your building.  And they wonder my we have all our problems?

Why would a business come here unless we make it easier and cheaper for businesses to come here? The only reason Perrysburg is getting the new businesses is because they did just what I suggested.  Now if the rest of Ohio could get the hint and cut back.

#TCOT Obama may have had contact with Blagojevich

Since the scandel errupted sentor Obama has commented to Rueters, "I had no contact with the governor or his office and so I was not aware of what was happening. But as I said it is a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that I don't think it's appropriate to comment."

Heres the gotcha, his advisor David Axelrod said on Fox Chicago Sunday (November 23, 2008) that Obama has talk with Blagojevich, but no decisions have been made yet. Ouch. It sounds like Obama's presidency is over before it begins.

Obama Statement on Blago Arrest

Axelrod: Obama has talked to Blago about replacement

#TCOT RE: What is the difference between conservatives and libertarians

Wow, quick lunch time post has generated a ton of mostly positive comments on Twitter. Here are few of them:

ScottSanz: Nice analysis. I think that's one of my big hangups with more die-hard Conservatives. Not a big fan of policing others' morals.

joshbaltzell: If I were conservative I'd explain it this way: err on the side of god(s) in the social issues & people (not government) in fiscal.

apackof2: I agree with your blog most Libertarians see themselves as their own god Depending they also favor legalizing drug & prostitution

benhainline: Also libertarians aren't big on strong national defense. Their views on foreign policy differs greatly with conservatives #tcot

Thanks for the comments. Here a re couple of my

To ScottSanz, I have to say a 'conservative' who is policing someone else's morals is not a conservative, they would a facist. True conservatives and libertarians show their beliefs through thier daily actions and peaceful debate. The only time any kind of agressive action should be used is when there is a direct threat to life.

To benhainline, libertarians are huge on national defence, but only on US shores. The views on foreign policies could be arugued either way. But a general rule of thumb a forgeign policy in a libertarian republic would focus more on trade then on defense.

#TCOT What is the difference between conservatives and libertarians

What is the difference between conservatives and libertarians? They both believe in freedom for all. So is the main differences? The answer is: religion.

Libertarians believe in a freedom created for by man. They belive has complete freedom over thier body to point of suicide and abortion. The only limiting factor of libertarians view on freedom is if it infringes on another individual's right to freedom. In other words, you can poison your own water, but don't posin my water.

The Western Conservative believe in a freedom created for by God. They're belief system is based around the Judeo-Christian values of the ten commandments. Actually it more like 14 commandments if you read it throughly (see below), but you get the idea. They believe the individual should always be striving to better themselves and they're family through becoming closer to God. Beyond the ten commandments charity for the weak and poor is also belived.

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”

Monday, December 8, 2008

Take Back Toledo Hit the Ground Running!

Take Back Toledo is a citizen initiative to get common sense and the voice of the people back into The city of Toledo's government. Since the announcement last week of the formation of this group the core members of this group have recieved several hit peices by the Toledo Blade, a local newspapper that thinks it own the town. 'Facts' in most of those article had to be retracted.

The first step that the members of TakeBackToledo.com is to remove the mayor. The mayor, who is know for doing stupid things like trying to put death by the airport because they won't hear anything, did a press release at 7:00 PM on a Sunday night saying saying he's going to have press event at 1:00 today (Monday).

Why 1:00? Simple: Non-governmental workers will have to return from they're lunches and would not be able to attend. Only supportive union and governmental workers will be able attend. Also, the mayor is know for showing up 45 minutes late so those who take a late lunch will have to return because the lunch hour will be over.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Perrysburg, Leave TARTA

We will get to vote!  Our town is paying $1.3 million dollars a year to busing service that gets use by a couple dozen people a day.  That outrageous and I'm glad we finally get a vote on this.  

TARTA has done nothing but cut services while increasing the price to ride on a bus.  They have had the gall to say its cheaper to run big diesel bus all around the city carrying a couple of people then to use a half bus.  Now smaller cars use less fuel, why not smaller buses?

Democrats Pay Off Auto Unions For '08 Elections

Has it occurred to anyone why the US automakers need the money?  The answer is simple: the automakers have been so afraid of bad press over recent year that they gave in to every demand the union had.  This have brought them to the point that the automakes can no longer operate as a business. 

So has does the paying off the automakers pay off the unions?  The unions get they're power (read money) from, wait for it, autoworkers.  If they don't have anyone paying union dues the cash reserves will dry up in about.  However, unions are a very vindictive lot.  Remember the mob connections of the Jimmy Hoffa?

Another example is locally in Toledo a judge legally kicked out a union of her court because they weren't doing they're jobs.  So what happened?  Her son's tires were slashed, she was slandered on a local tv station and daily paper, and she had brick thrown through a window.

How is this relevant to the original point of the unions being vindictive?  In they're death throws of the cash drying up they would unleash a torrent of reprisals against everyone they gave money to in the last decade for not getting them the money they think they deserve.  This kind of arrogant attitude would possibly crush over half our congress and the incoming president.  

I personally think would be a great thing.  Show us your corruption.  We know it exists on both sides of the aisle. I think US politics needs this kind of cleaning.  This kind of honesty we haven't seen in decade.  Congress, just say no to the bail outs.

What is Common Sense in Ohio

What is Common Sense in Ohio?  It a restart of an older blog I use to have.  My life is getting a little more stable so I figured I would start posting again.  Its time common sense returns back to Ohio.  If you don't believe me, do a case study on Toledo, Ohio compared to Perrysburg.

So look forward more commentary on the stories coming out Toledo, Ohio, and the nation.