Sunday, June 10, 2012

Random Shots - Obama's America's Goat Herder, Bill Press Is A Fool, Armed EPA Agents, And More!


FIRST SHOT!

Obama's Become America's Goat Herder!

These days Obama seems to be a little nostalgic for his roots in Kenya. He has become America's goat herder - America's scapegoat herder!

With more that 3 and a half years in office, Barack Hussein Obama has blamed Bush for the bad economy. He has blamed Wall Street and the banks. Last year he even blamed Democracy.

Yes, he did. It is a fact that last year Obama actually blamed "big, messy, tough" American Democracy for the bad economy.

This month? Well, this month he's blaming the Republicans in the House of Representatives. No kidding!

Obama's said Friday morning that the private sector is "doing fine" and that the Republican Congress is slowing down the economy. Of course it was immediately pounced on by Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders, resulting in the president backpedaling by the afternoon.

Obama said late Friday it is "absolutely clear" that the U.S. economy is "not doing fine." Imagine that! What a revelation!

He went on to say that there has been some "good momentum" in the private sector but Congress needs to act to help boost jobs in the public sector.

But wait, besides blaming the Republicans in Congress - he went even further and blamed bad economy on state and local governments.

Obama said, "If Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is how do we help state and local governments."

Mitt Romney responded within minutes from a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"He said the private sector is doing fine," Romney said. "Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality as to believe in an America where 23 million Americans are out of work."

Obama also said economic recipes being promoted by Republicans are "basically the kinds of policies that would add weakness to the economy, would result in further layoffs, would not provide relief in the housing market, and would result, I think most economists estimate, in lower growth and fewer jobs, not more."

I'm sort of surprised that he left out his belief that Republican economic policies will raise tides, increase floods, start wild fires, starve us all, and move us toward the worst economy since the Great Depression.

The president’s first statements marked at least the second time he has turned the focus on Congress since a Labor Department report released a week ago showed the U.S. jobless rate increased in May from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent, amid a string of recent downbeat economic reports.

"The president must be on another planet," Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Fox News. "You saw job figures last Friday, completely disconnected from reality."

In the morning press conference, Obama also thanked Congress for passing the payroll tax cuts in his proposal but urged them to reconsider tax breaks to small businesses that hire and his plan to help homeowners take advantage or historically low mortgage rates.

Of course he has conveniently forgotten to mention that Republicans have tried to give tax breaks to businesses, small and large, to spur the economy - but both he and the other part of Congress which is controlled by the Dumicrats, the Senate, have either stalled or stopped Republican attempts to get the America working.

Then he gets in front of the camera and attempts to divert the attention away from his failings and onto a new target. Blaming Bush has gotten old, even for his loyal liberal news media and late night lefties, now he's blaming anyone he can.

You might be next!

SECOND SHOT!

Orlando man given George Zimmerman's old cellphone number bombarded with death threats

Just for the record, I don't own a cell phone. That information won't surprise people who know me, or have known me. Must know that I don't do moder technology well.

But, in this case, my not owning a cell phone has everything to do with where I live. Cell phones just don't work up here. In the mountains, it's sketchy at best.

So when I hear about an Orlando, Florida, man who at the age of 49, finally got around to buying his first cell phone - I can understand why it took him so long.

Junior Alexander Guy finally bought his first cellphone, and within days he wished he hadn't.

At all hours of the day and night, the phone would ring and callers would insult and threaten him. Yes, that lynch mob mentality brings out the worse in the worse of people.

He quickly found out that the number he had been given by T-Mobile previously belonged to George Zimmerman. And as everyone knows, George Zimmerman is the Devil incarnate for defending himself against the bigger stronger Trayvon Martin as George was getting his head bashed into the concrete.

Believe it or not, this is one of those things that happens The Orlando Sentinel reported, and was the number Zimmerman gave to 911 dispatchers the night of his fatal clash with Martin.

When his 911 call was released, his phone number -- 407-435-2400 -- became widely known. Zimmerman got rid of the number and it was reissued to Guy.

"At two o'clock, three o'clock in the morning I kept getting these [calls]," Guy said.

In all, he got about 70 threatening calls between May 7, when he bought the phone, and May 16, when he gave it to a lawyer - who is petitioning T-Mobile to pay damages to Guy.

T-Mobile refused, saying it gave Guy a new number and provided an account credit. It also made the sensible decision to retire the number to prevent another innocent party ending up on the receiving end of death threats.

So goes the world of hate!

THIRD SHOT!

Man visited by armed EPA Agents not satisfied with answers, wants agency changes

OK, before we go on, I need to ask: Why are Environmental Protection Agency Agents armed?

Why are they carrying guns? Why do they need to carry guns? This seems way out of line. It seems that every horseshit government agency out there has their own set of Gestapo with guns, and frankly I don't understand why?

Larry Keller is a North Carolina man who was visited by armed EPA Agents after sending an email to a controversial agency official. He now says he is not satisfied with the explanations about what he considers an excessive response. He wants changes to agency policies and procedures.

"This isn't over," Keller said.

He told Fox News that Environmental Protection Agency officials have said the agency followed procedures and that the agents acted appropriately during their visit last month. However, Keller is still invited to come to EPA headquarters to discuss the situation.

Keller said he's not willing to come to Washington without knowing what will be discussed.

The incident unfolded after Keller sent an email on April 27th to the EPA to try to reach Al Armendariz - the EPA regional administrator who was seen in a YouTube video post days earlier in which he said his enforcement strategy was to "crucify" executives from big oil and gas companies.

Armendariz, whose region included oil-rich Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, resigned April 29th after his comments became public and the reeled back from the sight of a government official using terms like "crucify" to describe how they treat legal lawful American businesses - just because they have the power and authority to do so.

Many people across our nation were angered by such a display of government arrogance and disdain for the public. A public that they are supposed to be serving, helping, assisting, working with,  - not attacking hatefully, vindictively, as if they that is their job.

The EPA got an ear full. The public voiced it's opinion of such a person, and now he is out of that position. Authority has a way of making even the small government official feel superior. Now Armendariz can just feel unemployed. 

Keller's letter to an EPA external affairs director read "Do you have Mr. Armendariz's contact information so we can say hello? - Regards- Larry Keller."

Obviously Keller wanted to voice his reaction to Armendariz personally. So what's wrong with that? It's his right as an American citizen, a taxpayer, a consumer, to voice his feelings and concerns - whether dissatisfaction or otherwise -  with any government official.

He should not have been "visited" by anyone.

Keller said he was just asking as a Taxpayer - and yes, he denies being part of the Tea Party. As if that is some sort of reason to be approached by armed government agents.

Sure he acknowledges supporting the Tea Party movement's calls to defund the agency in part because it has outreached its intended mission. But really, since when is that a crime?

"We are a customer of them," he said.

Armed Government Agents visiting your home is pretty scary stuff! 

Keller is no different than you and me. He is just an ordinary Taxpayer wanting to give his voice to some issue out there that happening in OUR government. So what the hell is wrong with that? Nothing!

But that didn't stop armed EPA agents from visiting Larry Keller's home in Ashville, N.C. on May 2nd to ask him about the email, which Keller acknowledged sending.

He said after a brief, very tense discussion about whether the written message sent to an official might have seemed suspicious, the agents left. The agents were escorted by the local police, and despite Keller asking them to stay so his wife could witness their visit - they left.

"The charter of the EPA is to protect the environment and public, not to act as a quasi federal police department," Keller said Saturday.

Keller appears to have some support in Washington, D.C., as Republican Senator Richard Burr's office has agreed to look into the matter.

According to Fox News, the North Carolina Senator could not be reached this weekend - but a staffer told the Carolina Journal.com that Senator Burr's office has initiated an inquiry with the EPA and that he "intends to pursue this matter vigorously."

A regional EPA official told Keller the agency was following up on his email, considering its timing and the number of threats against Armendariz.

After reading this part of the news story, my bullshit detector went off!  If they consider the small note that Keller wrote as being threatening - they don't know what real threats are!

Real threats are when people talk about "crucifying" others. That's a real threat! That's the sort of threat that needs to be dealt with.

"I want a change of policy and procedure," Keller said. "They've got big problems."

Yup, they do!

FOURTH SHOT!

Minnesota Student banned from wearing Rosary Beads to school

Jake Balthazor, age 15, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has been told by local school officials that he can no longer wear the black and silver rosary honoring his grandmother - who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, his father told Fox News.

The Minnesota high school student was ordered to pocket them by school district officials. Coon Rapids High School officials told him that he could no longer wear the black and silver rosary honoring his grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Their reasoning is that the Catholic prayer beads could be a symbol of "gang membership."

Imagine that for a moment. It reminds me of those people who want something but need an excuse for it, so they pass it off as something else.

"He was told not to wear it again," said Chad Balthazor. "He was upset when he came home from school. A teacher sent him down to the office, but the reason he was wearing it was for his grandmother."

The school district’s policy forbids any "apparel, jewelry, accessories or matter of grooming which by virtue of its color arrangement, trademark or any other attribute denotes membership in an organized gang," Mary Olson, director of communication for the Anoka-Hennepin School District, told Fox News.

Olson said Coon Rapids police informed the district in early May that some local gangs, namely the Latin Kings and the Surenos, do use rosary beads as affiliation symbols.

"He was told [Wednesday] by staff not to wear it to school and they were not told he was wearing it because of his grandmother," Olson said. "He was told not to wear it because it’s a gang symbol. He may not think of it as a gang symbol, but other students at the school may."

Balthazor was told he could bring the beads to school if kept in his pocket, Olson said.

Sue Thompson, Balthazor’s grandmother, told Fox News that she disagreed with the policy as she was traveling to a local hospital for surgery early Thursday.

"I think it's pretty bad," Thompson said. "I'm really upset with the district."

And yes, believe it or not, the Police are involved.

Coon Rapids Police Department Capt. John Hattstrom confirmed to Fox News that a memo was sent to local school officials advising them that some gangs use the beads as a way of identifying members. The memo did not contain a directive to ban the beads, he said.

"They make their own decisions on policy," Hattstrom said.

Balthazor said his son told him he'd wear the beads around his neck to school Thursday and that he’d put them in his pocket if asked. He also called upon the district to review its policy.

"Jake is just doing it for his grandmother," he said. "He’s not in a gang."

I really believe that any teacher can any reason at any time to haul a kid off to the Principal's Office. I really believe that good kids are being punished for things they wear, and things they do, in the very same way they are these days being punished for their beliefs.

If a teacher is a devout liberal and Atheist, they may in many instances attack a kid's religious beliefs in the same way as they would their political beliefs. It's a shame, but I know it happens.

I really believe that their are more teachers with agendas than there are not. Maybe it's a matter of simply being human and having our own biases, but I saw it when I was in school  - and I've seen it today in cities and small towns.

About ten years ago, a friend's son got in for drawing a cross on the cover of his text book.

A few years later, I had a teenager feed my horses everyday after school. One afternoon she came to feed my horses and she was crying. When I asked her why she was crying, she told me that a teacher picked on her - ridiculed her on a constant basis - in front of the class - all over her Christian faith.

I felt bad for her, but other than talk to her mother about it - it was really out of my hands.

If the teacher in question is not on some personal anti-Christian campaign, then it seems that Coon Rapids, Minnesota - with it's small population of 61476 - has allowed gangs and criminals to direct their lives.

If Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is only slightly safer than 11% of the cities in the United States, than their town of  61476 has bigger problems than just some teenager wearing a rosary for his cancer stricken grandmother.

FIFTH SHOT!

Wife hits husband with SUV after fight over Wisconsin recall election

Back in May, in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, a woman sent her husband to the emergency room after she hit him with her car during a heated argument over the Wisconsin recall election.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 36-year-old Jeffrey Radle was hospitalized with head, neck and back injuries after he tried to prevent his wife from leaving their Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, home to vote in the Wisconsin recall election Democratic primary.

Radle tried several times to block Amanda Radle, 30, from leaving their home in her Dodge Durango, at one point even climbing onto the hood of the car. After being nudged several times, Radle was struck when he tried to stop his wife from swerving around him.

Mike Radle said that his brother was in stable condition and would remain in the hospital overnight.

"These crazy liberal nuts are always pulling this crap," he told the Journal Sentinel, noting that both he and his brother were supporters of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Amanda Radle later reported the incident to police, though it was unclear if she did so before or after voting.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy L. Stelter said the couple is believed to be separated and had had previous run-ins with the cops.

"This certainly raises it to another level," Stelter told the paper. "To think that people would become that distraught over an election is very concerning."

SIXTH SHOT!

Liberal Talk Show Host Bill Press: National Anthem Is an ‘Abomination’

Liberal talk show host Bill Press, might be best known for comparing Glenn Beck’s "Restoring Honor" rally to "allowing Al Qaeda to hold a rally on September 11 at Ground Zero."

But now, the fool has gone one step too far!

This time, Bill Press has targeted nothing less than the United States National Anthem - "The Star Spangled Banner."

According to this clip from his show, Bill Press dislikes The Star Spangled Banner for several reasons:

First Bill Press stated that The Star Spangled Banner is what he calls "un-singable" - and that's no big deal because Press probably can't hold a tune in a bucket anyways.

But then, as the transcript provided by the Radio Equalizer shows, the liberal jerkweed quickly descends from strictly complaining about it - to a nasty dig at the lyrical content of the song, and especially its positive attitude towards Americans:

PRESS (11:31:) … But it's an abomination! First it ranges two octaves most people can only do kind of one octave. I mean when you think about it, it's bombs bursting in air rocket’s red glare it all kinds of, you know a lot of national anthems are that way, all kinds of military jargon and the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know.

OGBURN: I mean I get that part.

PRESS: Are we [Americans] the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.

If he's so embarrassed, then should leave and turn over his spot to someone who understands and appreciates the freedoms this land of the free grants us. This land of the free that millions try to come to each year. This land that remains free through our diligence.

The jerkweed should understand what the home of the brave means before he criticizes us for being such. We are a nation unseen in the history of the world prior to us trying to do what we have accomplished. If he doesn't understand that that took brave men to step forward and be known - than he is a fool.

Bill Press, like most liberals, is an idiot when it comes to understanding the basic tenants of who we are as a nation. Like most liberals, they use our hard fought freedoms and rights as one would use the air around them - as if it would be there in any case - when in fact, the opposite is true.

They dodn't understand that without the brave there will be oppression and tyranny - and all that does is sufficates the people. 

Freedom and our right to liberty is not easy to come by, it has taken brave men wanting to be free men to make it so. Even today, they stead-fast guard our liberty and freedoms so that even jackasses like Bill Press - who do not understand a thing about what freedom cost - can drink at its well.

SEVENTH SHOT!

A Hiker takes a picture of an animal in California that's not supposed to be in California

Supposedly, the last wolverine was seen in California back in the 1920s.  Since then, there have been all sorts of claims of sightings - but no solid proof. 

Then on February 28th of 2008, a Oregon State University graduate student's remote-sensing camera appears to have photographed a wolverine, making it California's first substantiated wolverine sighting since the 1920s. Katie Moriarty was trying to get a shot of the American marten, but her research project probably is getting more attention now, thanks to the accidental grainy shot.

Here's how the U.S. Forest Service describes the wolverine, and the photograph:

"The North American wolverine is the largest member of the weasel family. Adult males weigh 26 to 40 pounds, while females are 17 to 26 pounds. It resembles a small bear, with a bushy tail and broad head. Its diet includes carrion, small animals, birds, insects and berries.

U.S. populations are found largely in the Northern Cascades in Washington, and Northern Rockies in Montana and Idaho. The nearest known resident population is about 900 miles north of the Tahoe National Forest in Northern Washington."

Attempts have been made for decades to photograph wolverines in California, according to Bill Zielinski, a Forest Service scientist with the Pacific Southwest Research Station and an expert at detecting wolverines, marten and fisher. He said periodic sightings have occurred, but never scientifically confirmed using detection methods that produce verifiable evidence.

Scientists will now conduct further detection analysis on the Tahoe National Forest using remote-controlled cameras and barbed wire snares that snag hair. They may also use dogs trained to find wolverine scat. Scientists have found dogs to be three and a half times more successful at detecting rare carnivores than remote-controlled cameras in forested areas like the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Zielinski said hair and scat samples would contain DNA that can be analyzed to determine where the animal originated.

Wolverines have large home ranges that vary greatly depending upon gender, age and food availability. In order to avoid interference with ongoing studies, Forest Service officials are not releasing the exact location where the wolverine was photographed.

The agency’s regional forester for California has listed the wolverine as a sensitive species, and the 2004 Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment directs the Forest Service to conduct an analysis to determine if activities within 5 miles of where a wolverine was detected will affect the species.

Back in 2008, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn said, "This is an exciting research discovery, both for its scientific value, and as a demonstration of our success in forest management. For now, we on the Tahoe National Forest have more questions than answers. We have initiated discussions with researchers about where this sighting occurred and how this could affect management of the National Forest. We are also consulting with wolverine experts and forest managers where wolverine populations occur, and gathering current literature and studies. As we learn more, we will assess which projects and activities, if any, might be affected."

This week, June 7, 2012, it was reported that a Hiker photographed another wolverine.

Despite a long career studying animals and looking for wolverines, biologist Tina Mark says she would only get close to the stuffed one in her office.

"The fact that one showed up in our backyard, not too far from human habitation to me is a miracle. It's like finding a needle in a haystack," said Tina Mark, Tahoe National Forest biologist.

That's what mark has to say about the find David Messa made in May, during his own three-day quest for solitude - a solo hike near Lake Spalding in the Sierra.

"You know, the first day, I actually saw a bald eagle. I thought well, is the trip gonna get any better than this?” said David Messa.

It did get better, with a snapped image of a wolverine now confirmed as such by the California Department of Fish and Game.

For Mark, Messa’s find may help validate a hunch.

"My hope long-term is to find out if more wolverines live in California. I've long thought they lived in California," said Mark.

For the rest of us it's a tangible piece of the majestic mystery that draws so many out into the wilderness in the first place. To see first hand, all of nature's wonder.

But still, be careful. A real wolverine’s ferocious claws are just one of its distinctive characteristics along with the light-colored stripe that wraps around its body.

Wolverines are big, secretive weasels with bad attitudes, but that doesn't stop some people from getting awfully excited about them. And yes, I can understand why -especially since we haven't seen one in California in over 80 years!

LAST SHOT!

Get Ready For Remake of The Magnificent Seven

It's being reported that actor Matt Damon is the latest star to sign on for the newest remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven.

Tom Cruise is said to have agreed to appear as one of the gang of gunslingers in the remake of John Sturges' 1960 film, and Damon is set to star alongside him as Vin, the character Steve McQueen played in the original.

A source tells Britain's The Sun, "MGM are throwing big money at the film and wanted some top names to fill the main parts. You can't get much bigger than Cruise and Damon."

I know a lot of folks who just want to see Hollywood make Westerns. Some say it doesn't matter who is in them as long as they are being made again. Some say it doesn't matter if the actors in the new westerns aren't exactly what you would call "western cowboy types".

I honestly think that that was the reason that the remake of True Grit came out so horrible. They didn't use "western cowboy types" to portray old western cowboy ways.

Seeing some of the actors in True Grit try to pull it off was just too much of a stretch. Most just didn't fit their character.

People can accept Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott in westerns because they are believable. Tom Cruise and Matt Damon aren't. That's part of why the True Grit remake bombed in the theatres. The other thing is that most westerns celebrated what it took to endure and prevail in the Old West. They celebrated the American spirit.

I don't know if Hollywood has it in them to even pretend that they believe in the American spirit. Hollywood isn't very pro-American these days, and like it or not - that's what great westerns are all about.


Story by Tom Correa

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