Monthly Archives: July 2009

On Obama’s Birth Certificate

I have been following the Obama birth certificate thing since John McCain was still busy throwing away the election, and I really don’t know what to think.  I find it imminently believable that a party that believes in a living constitution would have absolutely no problem covering up something like that on the grounds that it’s an “anachronistic law and has no place in modern society”.

Ann Coulter seems to think that it’s a non-issue.  I’m inclined to think that it’s probably not an issue that we’re going to be able to use against the Hope and Change.  I have a few thoughts…

1)  It is possible that Obama could be intentionally yanking the chains of conservatives in order to misdirect them and keep them from looking for things that could really hurt them.  It is possible that he’s merely waiting for the moment that the birth certificate folks gain enough momentum and then authorizes it’s release and pulls the rug right out from under them causing a significant credibility hit.

2)  For somebody who has promised the “most transparent administration in history” the way he’s handled the questions about his birth is certainly NOT transparent (amongst all the other things he hasn’t been transparent on…).  One would have to give Obama some grudging respect if he actually governed in the open and transparent way that he had promised to.  Thus far, this is certainly not the case.

3)  The media has absolutely not done their due diligence on Obama.  Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN have not asked Obama to release certified copies of the certificate to them so that they can interview experts about it on the air.  It’s not like it’s a terribly expensive thing, and it’s not like it should be that hard to tell the story of Obama’s birth.  If we know exactly where when and how George Washington was born, why not Obama?  Why can’t these major media people with all their big money do a biography on the life of Obama and interview people from his life, starting at his birth and moving forward to the present?  It’s legitimate news and it would settle the issue once and for all.   Why isn’t there a one stop shop for a all the information you could ever want to know about Barack Obama?  Surely there’s a book or a DVD or something that actually investigates and documents his life?   A quick search of Amazon reveals precious little, and what is there appears to even be panned by supporters of Obama as lightweight fluff.

Bev Perdue torpedoes fine for paying taxes on time.

Thus speaketh WRAL:

A tax package crafted by House and Senate Democrats fell apart Thursday afternoon after Gov. Beverly Perdue said she wouldn’t support a provision calling for an extra tax on individuals and businesses that didn’t pay enough income tax during the year.

Credit where Credit it due.  The provision of the budget that would have charged a “surcharge” on people who pay their taxes WHEN THEY WERE DUE instead of early and giving an interest free loan to the State is unconscionable in a free republic.  Bev Perdue certainly deserves credit for ending this nonsense even as the State faces an increasingly crushing budget shortfall.

You Can’t Fix Stupid

It has come to my attention that the Concord Mills Mall is ousting a Conservative Kiosk.  Obviously, I’m upset that the mall is behaving in such a manner, I am more upset over the letter to the Charlotte Observer that is being cited in this instance.  It is a prime example of Stupid.

“Free Market Warrior, a kiosk located adjacent to Bass Pro Shops, specializes in memorabilia embellished with pro-confederacy statements as well as those opposing both the government and President Obama. In addition, these products support ideas such as racisms, sexism, and even slavery. While freedom of speech is a Constitutional right it’s difficult not to believe that something just isn’t quite right here.

“I find it appalling that Concord Mills, North Carolina’s #1 visitor attraction, would condone such a message to be portrayed by their vendors and can’t imagine how the outside visitors’ perceptions of North Carolinians have been skewed by such an establishment.

“It’s hard to stay open-minded when such uncivilized and outdated ideas are endorsed on a daily basis. It’s 2009; please, let’s at least try to put this type of bigotry to an end.”

Concord Mills is not North Carolina’s #1 Visitor Attraction.   It’s not in the top 10, probably not even in the top 25, I wouldn’t even put it on a list of visitor attractions.  The last time I checked, NOBODY came to North Carolina for our Malls.  Our beaches, yes.  Our mountains, yes.  Our historic landmarks, yes.  Our malls?  People laugh at our malls.   This has got to be one of the stupidest things I have ever heard.  I find it hard to believe that a college graduate could say something this stupid.  (according to the article, this letter was written to the Charlotte Observer by Jennifer Ibanez, recent UNC-Charlotte graduate.  UNC-Charlotte must be so proud!)

I’d rant for a while about the allegations that believing that the South was right in the Civil War somehow amounts to racist bigotry, but she doesn’t even cite what the store says, so it’s hard to make a judgment about what exactly she means by this.  There were a lot of reasons other than slavery that the Civil War was fought, and I would point out to recent graduate Jennifer Ibanez, who apparently didn’t take any history classes while at UNC-Charlotte, that North Carolina seceded from the Union after Lincoln tried to call up troops to invade the states that seceded on his election.  And I would further point out to Miss Ibanez the text of Lincoln’s first inaugural address.  Here is what Lincoln had to say about abolishing slavery in his first inaugural address:

I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution—which amendment, however, I have not seen, has passed Congress, to the effect that the federal government, shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States, including that of persons held to service. To avoid misconstruction of what I have said, I depart from my purpose not to speak of particular amendments, so far as to say that, holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express, and irrevocable.

There are many arguments to be made, some good, some bad, but what is happening at the Concord Mills Mall is nothing short actively persecuting those who disagree with your point of view.  It doesn’t violate the first amendment because the government isn’t doing it.  But I am still free to boycott anything owned by The Simon Property Group, which in and around Raleigh, is:

  • Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield
  • MacGregor Village in Cary
  • North Ridge Shopping Center in Raleigh

Had Enough Yet?

The Democrats that control the NC General Assembly are poised to continue to tax and spend our way to oblivion.  According to WRAL

House and Senate Democrats agreed Wednesday to a plan to raise the state sales tax, so-called “sin taxes” and implement a surcharge on income taxes owed at year-end.

And here’s the money quote…

“We all have heartburn about this, but what are our options? What are our alternatives?” said Sen. David Hoyle, D-Gaston, one of the Senate’s chief budget negotiators.

HERE’S A HINT.  QUIT SPENDING MONEY THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE!

Step 1: AUDIT THE SCHOOLS.  I mean it.  Every last one of them, from the UNC System down to More at 4.    We shovel tons of money into the schools in this state and we get precious little to show for it.  After all, wasn’t the lottery supposed to solve all our budget woes?  How’d that work out.  A crook and a liar shoved that through the General Assembly with an ILLEGAL vote (An illegal vote that was decided and supported, by the way, by our current Governor).

Step 2:  Start canceling government programs that don’t work.  It’s time to scale back on a lot of things.   I’d start by requiring some proof of taxpayer status for use of public services.

Step 3:  We the People absolutely must start throwing the bums out.  They steal from trust funds for their pet projects AND WE LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT!  That’s the root of the problem.  They lie, they cheat, they steal, and then they use creative accounting measures to cover it up.

A prudent government would have spent the good years preparing for the inevitable bad times.  Instead, our government has squandered all the plenty from the good years and left us with NOTHING during the bad years.  And it’s high time for them to pay for it.