Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thanks America, Love Michelle

This came to me by email today and I couldn't help but post it since my husband has been out of work for over a year and we haven't taken a vacation in over 5 years. While obviously a parody it smacks us all in the face with the truth that this administration really does breathe rarified air.

Subject: A Thank you from Michelle

For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand dollars plus additional expenses for my vacation in Spain . My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed in a $2,500.00 per night suite at a 5-Star luxury hotel. We only booked 70 rooms for our friends, staff and family. Thank you also for the use of Air Force 2 and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.

Air Force 2 only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. It costs only $11,500 per hour to operate Air Force 2 and each additional plane for the other members of our party group. These are only rough estimates, but they are close (who's counting?). That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.

I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet. I do appreciate your sacrifice and do hope you find work soon. I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago. I just had to get away for a few days. Will write more from Martha's Vineyard where we will spend our sixth vacation this year with more of our family and friends.
M. Obama

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sharia Law Comes To Anaheim

It's no wonder Disneyland is being sued by a Sharia-Compliant employee. Right here at the corner of Lincoln and Brookhurst in Anaheim, California (behind the Jiffy Lube facing north) is this billboard promoting Sharia-Compliant Home Financing with GuidanceResidential. Sharia Law does not allow paying interest, therefore this company becomes a co-owner instead of a lender. See How It Works. While this seems rather innocuous, and perhaps appealing since we would all rather not pay interest, the problem with Sharia Law is you don't just get to abide by the parts you agree with. It is all or nothing. Here is an article that explains why Sharia Law must be stopped.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Called Disneyland NOT Ramadanland

Headline: Amish Man Refused Employement At Happiest Place On Earth
Peter vonVoren was refused employment at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA because of his religious beliefs. Amish men follow the law of the Hebrew scriptures with regards to beards. VonVoren has worn a beard since he married and refused to comply with the dress code at Disneyland (The Disney Look). He requested a special dispensation from Disney corporate office regarding his beard but has been told that Disney has a zero tolerance for beards.
Suppose the position my imaginary amish man was applying for was a character part as Prince Charming. Must we allow a bearded man to play Prince Charming? Doesn't Disney have a right to have a dress code? Disney has been known for its strict dress code, called the Disney Look, which has been in place since 1957. Anyone not wanting to comply with the dress codes need to look elsewhere for work.
In June, Disney for the first time allowed women to have bare legs when wearing skirts or dresses. Moustaches were banned until 2000. Beards are still banned.

Compare this story with that of the female employee insisting on wearing her hijab to work at Disney's Storybook Cafe. She was also made aware of the policy and complied until recently when she was advised that she didn't need to comply. (CAIR) She went to all the trouble to become an American citizen and instead of complying with Disney's dress codes as millions of other Americans have, she is filing a Federal lawsuit on the matter. Welcome to America. In Afghanistan she could have her nose and ears cut off for running away from an abusive husband under the strict interpretation of Islam , yet Disney is evil for having a dress code. Only in America...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Obama Gridlocks Los Angeles for Fundraiser

President Obama brought Los Angeles to a stand still yesterday and today. Was there an emergency?
Was the State of the Union in danger? No, the Democratic party needed money so our tax dollars were used to fly and protect Obama on a fundraising junket to Los Angeles. Parents could not get home to their children, employees could not get to their jobs, all in the name of Democratic fundraising. See the following You Tube videos. Obama L.A. Gridlock P.1 Obama L.A. Gridlock P.2 Obama L.A. Gridlock P.3 
Just another example of a president who is out of touch with real people.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What President Obama Should Have Said About Building The Ground Zero Mosque

"And although our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable, what better way to prove to the American people that Islam really is the religion of peace than to recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of Lower Manhattan and NOT build the mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero. This would indeed exemplify that one rule at the heart of every great religion, including Islam --- that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Federal Workers Earning Double Their Private Counterparts

As if the salaries of the City of Los Angeles workers weren't enough to send me over the edge, we have USA Today reporting the salaries of federal workers DOUBLE the salaries of their counterparts in the private sector. My favorite quote from the story is that of Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, who says "The data are not useful for a direct public-private pay comparison." Really! The article also states that "public employee unions say the compensation gap reflects the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs".  When was the last time you interfaced with a federal employee and experienced that "high level of skill and education"?

Bottom line: Federal compensation has grown 36.9% since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8% for private workers. How about that!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Feel Better Now?

The goal was to make the taxpayers feel better by listing the salaries of Los Angeles City employees, For me it only brought to light the fact that I should not have wasted my money on college but concentrated on getting a job in the City of Los Angeles. I could be a janitor and make more money than I do now. Scroll through the 547 pages and see why taxes are so high.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sophie's Choice in California-"Vague" Whitman or "Scary" Brown

"Putting the foot on the other shoe", Meg Whitman's interview yesterday on KFI640 with John and Ken exemplified the bob and weave that politicians go through when asked direct questions. Listening to the interview was one thing, watching the video is something else.  John and Ken put her through the wringer. It showed as she was unable to answer anything without the word "So..." prefacing her reply. It was as if she needed to reset her brain in order to select the pseudoapplicable talking point. John and Ken really earned their paychecks as they attempted to pry answers out of her. Yesterdays answers. Who knows what the answers will be in the future? Today is another day, and tomorrow is too. What this interview highlighted is that, as with the presidential race, we are have been given 2 unacceptable candidates to choose from, a Sophie's Choice.