Friday, March 30, 2012

I Support George Zimmerman

There has been black rallies, calls for "A Million Hoodie Protest," black Civil Rights activist have been sounding the alarm that the White and Hispanic devils are at it again, black folks from everywhere are going to Washington, D.C. to testify about something or another to Congress - even if they don't know anything.

President Obama has stirred the pot some by saying that if he "had a son - he would look like Trayvon."

Heck, even Oprah Winfrey has come out and said her piece on the matter as if she knew what she's talking about.

Yes, Trayvon Martin supporters are in the streets protesting, they're pack churches, swarming rallies, wearing hooded sweat shirts in solidarity, even a Congressman went on the floor to give a speech in a hooded sweat shirt - and was escorted out because of their dress code, but still they are everywhere where they can find a TV camera to show their so-called "outrage."

While this media circus is going on around the country, friends and family of George Zimmerman who was the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the teen, remain silent.

Zimmerman, 28, has gone into hiding.  And I don't blame him for doing so!

Among other threats, the New Black Panthers black-supremacist group has put a "bounty" of $10,000 on Zimmerman's head - which of course is literally soliciting the man's murder.

And no, I don't see or hear anything from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about investigating the New Black Panther black-supremacists for infringing on George Zimmerman's Civil Rights by soliciting his murder.

The few who have defended Zimmerman have done so reluctantly, most fear some sort of public backlash. Maybe they're worried about being investigated by the Obama Justice Department because of association?

Zimmerman's version of what happened on the rainy night of Feb. 26 has only trickled out from the Police and his attorney. Zimmerman said, he was pursuing the 17-year-old Martin because Martin was acting suspiciously.

He said, he lost sight of the teenager and Martin attacked him as he headed back to his sport utility vehicle.

Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense and Police must have seen just cause to release and did not arrest him. Of course that touched off widespread public outrage and protests across the country.

Martin's supporters are eager to make this a Black versus White incident.

They believe race is at the root of everything that befalls them and they "know" it played a role in the shooting. After all, Martin was black.

Like Obama, Zimmerman is not all white. Zimmerman's father is white, but his mother is Hispanic.

"The family has had death threats, the father and mother, George has had death threats. Anything related to George is a target," said Miguel Meza, who identified himself as Zimmerman's cousin.

It wasn't immediately clear if Meza had talked to Zimmerman since the shooting, but he said other relatives are afraid to comment publicly, even though they think he is being treated unfairly.

"The media has been quick to demonize George, but Trayvon Martin was no angelic boy walking," Meza said.

Trayvon Martin was at least 6 feet tall, several inches taller than the 5-foot 9-inch George Zimmerman. Meza said Martin was not the child as he appears to be in photos flashed across television and newspapers.

The picture that the Martin family picked when asked for a picture of Trayvon Martin is one when he was much much younger than he was when he was shot.

Another picture of Trayvon Martin has surfaced, it is more current that that well circulated picture. It depicts a much older Trayvon Martin with the making of a moustache wearing a tank top.

"George was in a fight for his life," Meza said.

George Hall, a retired Presbyterian minister, said that he was Zimmerman's neighbor for 20 years in Manassas, Virginia, until about 2001. Hall said, Zimmerman and his brother attended church - and Hall actually wrote a recommendation for Zimmerman for a Police Academy in 2004.

"Their parents taught them to treat everybody with respect. I'm tired of hearing about this race thing," Hall said.

"It could be an element in it ... but I never would have thought of him as being a racist. His father was in the Army and was a white American and his mother was Peruvian. That makes him 50 percent Peruvian. A lot of stuff I hear, it irks me because people are drawing their own conclusions with very little evidence."

Zimmerman's father in an interview airing Wednesday night on WOFL FOX 35 in Orlando reiterated what his son's attorney, Craig Sonner, has said about the confrontation with Martin.

Robert Zimmerman, 64, said the teen confronted his son when he got back to his car that day.

When his son started reaching for his cellphone, Martin "was punching him in the nose, his nose was broken and he was knocked to the concrete."

He said Martin, "continued to beat George, and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did."

The Orlando Sentinel, citing anonymous sources, has reported that Martin grabbed Zimmerman's head and banged it several times against the concrete sidewalk.

A statement from Sanford police said the newspaper's story was "consistent" with evidence turned over to prosecutors.

George Zimmerman said he began crying for help, which his father said his family believes after listening to the 911 tapes. Martin's family says it was their son who was crying out.

Witness accounts differ and 911 tapes in which the voices are heard are not clear.

Robert Zimmerman said several break-ins had happened in the neighborhood and his son became suspicious that someone would be walking on a rainy day between the town homes.

His father said that when George called the police, the 911 dispatcher asked for an address.

He wasn't sure what street he was on so despite police advising him to stop following Martin, George Zimmerman continued so he could get an address - that's what his father said.

Trayvon Martin's supporters, including a host of outspoken Liberal Celebrities and Civil Rights activists who have appeared on television for the past two weeks, all don't believe George Zimmerman's story - even if he did in fact pass a polygraph test right after the incident.

They act as though they were present during the altercation. And yes, they remind me of a lynch mob.

They want him arrested and prosecuted, and his parents think their son is being painted in a negative light by a police department leaking information to the News Media.

The 17 year old teenager, Martin, was suspended from school three times this year. In October, he wrote obscene graffiti on a door at his high school.

During a search of his backpack, campus security officers found 12 pieces of jewelry, a watch and a screwdriver that they thought could be used as a burglary tool, according to a School Police report obtained by the Miami Herald.

But wait, I thought Trayvon Martin was a Saint! This must all be a plot of some sort by evil Whites and Hispanics - I say with tongue in cheek!

Actually, the truth is that Trayvon Martin was probably on his way to being a Grade A Criminal instead of a small time hood in a hoodie.

When campus security confronted Martin, he told them a friend had given him the jewelry, but he wouldn't give a name. The Sanford Police Department said Tuesday that the jewelry could not be tied to any reported thefts.

Trayvon Martin had previously been suspended for excessive absences and tardiness and, at the time of his death, was serving a 10-day suspension after school officials found an empty plastic bag with marijuana traces in his backpack. 

Another of Zimmerman's friends said, Zimmerman would tell Martin's parents that he's "very, very sorry" if he could.

Speaking Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Joe Oliver said, Zimmerman is not a racist and has virtually lost his own life since the shooting.

"This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time, and it's turned out horribly wrong" said Oliver, one of the few black people who has actually come forward in support of George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was doing his job in the Neighborhood Watch.

After listening to the evidence that they have given to the public, I can tell you from my many years in Security, as a guard, then a Field Supervisor and later as a Consultant, that it is not easy to just "watch and report" sometimes. Sometimes the person you are watching sees you.

Hopefully when that happens, he leaves the area. If that's the way it works out, than yes, in those instances your job as a visual deterrent with a radio as backup actually worked.

Other times though it is a whole different story.

That person you're watching may become absolutely pissed that he can't carry out his plan to rob or steal or vandalize - and you are the one he blames.

When that happens, he may confront you.

And he will find a sense of bravery because he's angry, but also he may find it and want to confront you if he sees that you are just Security and not a Cop.

Being Security makes you fair game because bad guys know that many Security Guards are under-trained, usually unarmed, and not Cops. 

Bad guys know real well that kicking a Security Guard's butt won't get you in the kind of trouble it would if he tried attacking a Cop. 

It's been my experience that those are the times when you hope that your radio is working real well and a Police car with lots of officers in it are nearby - or at least not too far away so that they can back you up when the punk comes at you.

I've been there on more than one occasion. Each time, I got lucky by putting them down quickly so that I didn't get hurt - but I've known Security people who were not as fortunate and were in fact shot, stabbed, and beaten to the point of being laid up in a hospital for days.

The gunshot wound, the bruises and other such marks, should tell a lot about what went on that night. 

That sort of evidence tells the story of who was the asssailent and who was the victim - no matter how hard the black community tries to spin the truth.

The evidence should instantly show how far away Trayvon Martin was when George Zimmerman fearing for his life fired that shot.

Fact is that evidence is easy to ascertain in those types of cases where it is a fight and two people struggle and one person fired a pistol.

I'm pretty sure that since the Sanford Police Department arrived on the scene and looked over everything and saw what took place, and with that - along with their interviews and the Polygraph that George Zimmerman took and passed that night - they made the determination that George Zimmerman was being stradled beaten and acted because he believed his life was in mortal danger.

I trust that the Sanford Police Department did their job. And if so, and the evidence is correct, then I understand fully how this situation could have taken place.

And that, my friends, is why I openly support George Zimmerman and the work of the Sanford Police Department. I've been in similar situations, and if I were in his - I would have done the same thing if assaulted and had to fight for my life.

If I were in fear of losing my life, I too would shoot.


Story by Tom Correa

Thursday, March 29, 2012

RANDOM SHOTS! Obama Subpoenas, Democrat Rule, Marines Disarm, and More!


FIRST SHOT!

The House of Representatives Sends Subpoenas To Obama Administration Over Possible Fraud 

A House Committee voted on Wednesday to clear the way to subpoena the Obama Administration over two separate probes.

The first Congressional investigation is concerning allegations dating back to the BP spill that the Obama Administration may have lied on reports about the temporary offshore Drilling Ban. That investigation centers on an Obama Administration report on oil production following the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast.

A panel of experts said it recommended that drilling in the Gulf resume.

However, the final report from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to President Obama called for a six-month moratorium and was edited to suggest the panel's support of that recommendation.

Friends, that's called lying - also known as Fraud!

Ken Salazar apologized in June 2010, saying he and President Obama made the decision to impose the moratorium.

House Democrats said Wednesday the change was a result of hectic deadline editing by multiple authors.

But Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said the incident was tantamount to "fraud."

The second Congressional Investigation concerns Obama Administration officials rewriting Coal Production Regulations to hamper coal production in the United States and subsequently put Americans out of work.

Republicans are charging the Obama administration tried to squelch a report that showed a proposed regulation on coal mining would destroy jobs.

Republicans claimed Wednesday that political appointees tried to get the firm that did the study to change its numbers to reflect more of what the Obama White House wanted them to reflect - and told them not to release their estimate of job losses to anyone.

The Obama administration has contested these claims.

But since trusting the Obama Administration is not very wise, Republican members of the House are going forward wanting subpoena power to obtain documents and audio recordings that could make clear what happened in both cases.

Hastings said before the hearing that the Interior Department “has not met a single deadline for producing all of the requested information and continues to withhold the vast majority of requested materials.”

“When I became chairman, I made clear that one of my priorities would be oversight of the administration,” said Hastings, R-Wash. “Both investigations have been ongoing for over a year.”

He said the requested information includes more than 30 hours of digital audio recordings of meetings and conversations between the agency and contractors regarding the rewriting of the coal production regulation, specifically regarding stream-buffer zones.

“If there’s nothing to hide, then why are these recording being withheld,” Hastings asked at the hearing.

In a statement given to Fox News Wednesday night, the Department of the Interior denies they have not cooperated with the two probes, saying they have numerous times testified and produced documents to comply with the Committee’s legitimate oversight interests.

But if so, then why are subpoenas being issued? The Obama Interior Department must have some information that they are keeping hidden, if not than how were the subpoenas justified? Subpoenas are not easy to obtain. There has to be a reason proven to justify its issuance.

In the case of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Department of the Interior says that Secretary Salazar set stronger standards for safety soon after the incident and they were quickly adopted by the industry.

But if so, then why did Obama political appointees try to get the firm that did the study to change its numbers to reflect more of what the Obama White House wanted? Why did the Department of Interior under Obama tell that firm not to release their estimate of job losses in the coal industry to anyone - espcially if that's what was going to happen as a result of the new Obama coal regulations? 

The 23-17 vote along party lines allows Republican Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, to issue the subpoenas, which will go to such agencies as the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Democrats were upset by it passing.

Oh well!

SECOND SHOT!

Theirs Is An Oligarchy!

Its just my opinion, but really, its no big surprise that Democrats object to the approval of the subpoena request.

After all, if you are a Democrat and realize that the President who is a member of your political party may be in trouble for breaking the law - then really, the last thing Democrats want to see right now are subpoenas. And yes, especially in an Election Year where not only the presidency - but also a number of House and Senate seats up for grabs.

The Democrats are terrified of subpoenas being sent to their own party because it focuses on their powerful hold on the Federal Government among other things. They have been in power for so many years in one capacity or another, that they feel like a subpoena is an attack on their right to "rule."

Not govern, but "rule."

The Democrats control the News Media, Television, Movies, Hollywood, Universities, the Federal Government, Labor Unions, the majority of State Legislatures, the majority of the State and Federal Courts - yes, they are a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique called the Democrat Party.

Democrats believe themselves to be superior to the American people. They see themselves as the government, a government "ruled" by the few. They are an Oligarchy.

An Oligarchy who sees their power being challenged by Republicans and Conservatives. Democrats see Republicans, Conservatives, and those not in their party as just low class American peasants.

I see the Democrat Party as power hungry and ready to do anything to keep their position of authority over us all. I believe that is one of the reasons that they believe in over-regulating our lives as much as they do.

What Democrats don't understand about over-regulating Americans is something that Winston Churchill said, "If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law."

The man was right!

THIRD SHOT! 

Dulles Airport TSA Manager Arrested For Running A Prostitution Ring

Forget frisky pat downs! Forget touching some one's junk! Forget security! A TSA Manage at one of America's busiest airports has other things to do.

A manager at the at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in charge of our security and safety needs at the Dulles Airport has had a side job that has now landed him in jail.

Bryant Jermaine Livingston, 39, was arrested while on the job as a supervisor of TSA agents at Dulles International Airport. The Manassas, Virginia resident, said by phone he is innocent of the charges - but declined to discuss the details of the case.

Bryant Jermaine Livingston
Bryant Jermaine Livingston has been arrested for allegedly running a Prostitution Ring out of a Maryland hotel.

According to court documents, the agency had received a complaint of "very similar" activities back in 2009.

According to charging documents, on February 15th, Livingston used cash to rent a room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on Georgia Ave., in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The hotel manager recognized Livingston as a previous customer who, on earlier occasions had "groups of males and females frequently entering and exiting Livingston's room," according to a court document.

Similar activity was happening on February 15, so the manager called Montgomery County Police to report possible prostitution at his hotel.

Responding officers offered to accompany the manager as she went to evict the people from the room. At the doorway, Bryant Jermaine Livingston denied prostitution was occurring, and invited the manager and police into the room.

Responding officers reported that they arrested Bryant because of what they saw. It is called probable cause. According to reports, they saw, "11 people inside the room [including] three naked females and four males attempting to get dressed. Multiple people were laying on the two beds and other people were sitting in chairs and standing in the room."

That my friends, is called an easy arrest.

But now let's see what happens, since President Obama likes to wade in on police activity that involves Black people in America, I can't help but wonder if we will see President Obama going on television saying, "If I had a son, he'd be just like Bryant."

A Pimp? Who knows, it could still happen!

FOURTH SHOT!

Elderly Couple Forced Out of Their Home because of Spike Lee Tweet

There is nothing like stupid when it comes from Liberals. Unless it is the stupid that comes in the form of their Racial Hatred.

In this case it is the racial hatred that came from black movie director Spike Lee. What an ass!

You see, it is now being reported that an elderly Florida couple by the name of McClain has been physically forced to move into a hotel after their home address was wrongly tweeted as belonging to the man who shot black teenager Trayvon Martin.

The tweets were traced back to a man in California and the address was also reportedly re-tweeted by director Spike Lee who was so filled with hate that he tweeted George Zimmerman's address to his almost 250,000 followers.

The McClain couple, aged 70 and 72, have been harassed with hate mail, been hassled by media, and had scared neighbors questioning them since the tweet was circulated, their son Chip Humble told the Orlando Sentinel.

Fearful for their safety, and hoping to escape the angry mobs outside their door, the couple has temporarily moved to a hotel.

The confusion seems to stem from the fact the woman's son is named William George Zimmerman and he lived briefly at the address in 1995. Absolutely no relation to George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin after being attacked.

When William Zimmerman pleaded with the man who tweeted the address, the man responded, "Black power all day, No justice, No peace" along with an obscenity.

Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in a Sanford gated community on Feb. 26, with emotions and anger running at fever pitch while he remains free.

William Zimmerman said he used his mother and stepfather's address to register a car, get a drivers license and vote when he lived there after college.

"This is really scary, and I'm concerned for my family," William Zimmerman said. "It's scary because there are people who aren't mentally right and will take this information and run with it.

"To endanger people who are innocent because people are angry is not the answer. That's not how we're going to heal. It's not [going] to help the Martin family for someone else to be hurt."

For me, I've done a lot in my life that I wish I could un-do. Some things were so stupid that I now look back and ask, what was I thinking? But there's the problem, most dumb things are done without thinking things out thoroughly enough.

I can honestly say with pride, I have never ever been so un-thinking, so absolutely stupid, so ignorant of the ways of life, that I would do something so hateful as to give an angry mob the whereabouts of someone who has not been convicted of anything - and for all practical purposes is innocent of doing anything wrong.

It amazes me that Spike Lee can live with himself after giving out the wrong address and having the effect it has had on that old couple. Racial hatred is a horrible thing. Spike Lee demonstrates that it is not just whites who hate, he proves without a doubt that blacks also have racial hatred.

I can't help but wonder how he would have felt if the McClain family were attacked and hurt somehow? I can't help but conclude from his actions that it wouldn't have meant anything to him - after all, they're not black!

Why would it matter to Spike Lee if they were attacked and injured or have had to leave their home in fear because of his stupidity and hate for whites - they are white people and mean nothing to a racist like him.

That's how I see it!

FIFTH SHOT!

California Police Chief sends Sergeant to Reporter's Residence Over a News Story

When I was living in the Bay Area in the city of San Leandro, I remember one night when a Police Officer knocked on my door at about 2am to let me know that they were looking for a shooting suspect in the area.

On March 12, 2012, Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley said he was shaken by the 12:45am knock on the door of his Berkeley home. Oakley said he and his wife initially thought something was terribly wrong, perhaps that a relative had died.

No, that wasn't the case. Instead, it was pretty near to a case of Police Intimidation as folks want to get to at that hour.

Berkeley California Police Chief Michael Meehan ordered one of his Sergeant's to go to the Reporter's home and insist on changes to a News Story that the Chief perceived to be inaccurate.

The Oakland Tribune reports that Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan ordered the sergeant to the reporter's home minutes after reading the report online, a move First Amendments said "reeked of intimidation and attempted censorship."

Jim Ewert, general counsel of the California Newspaper Publisher's Association, characterized Meehan's alleged actions as "totally despicable," he told the newspaper.

"It's the most intimidating type of (censorship) possible because the person trying to exercise it carries a gun," Ewert said.

Of course Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan apologized, saying, "I would say it was an overzealous attempt to make sure that accurate information is put out. I could have done better."

Well now, there's a classic understatement - "I could have done better."

Police Intimidation is not new. It has been around a lot of years. Intimidation itself means to make fearful or to put into fear.

Generally, courts have said that proof of actual fear is not required in order to establish intimidation. It may be inferred from conduct, words, or circumstances reasonably calculated to produce fear.

Props always help when trying to induce fear. The New Black Panthers sat outside of some Voting Places back East carrying clubs. They were carrying riot batons like the police use. Dressed all in black, leather jackets, berets, and carrying those was all meant to induce fear. There mission was to ward off voters who were voting for someone other than Obama.

In the case of a Policeman, dressed in uniform on official business, knocks on your door to talk about a News Story that you just wrote. The officer is there to point out the error of your ways. I can see how that can induce fear and intimidation.

It should not happen in America, but the fact is that it does happen more than most realize. Whether it's an overzealous new officer, or an officer who was told to go "talk to" someone, intimidation happens.

It shouldn't, but it does.

LAST SHOT!


Marines told to disarm before Defense Secretary's Visit

During the recent visit where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke to over 200 Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, the more than 200 Marines were told to take their weapons outside and leave them there before Panetta spoke.

Afghan troops had already been told not to bring their guns in.

"Something has come to light," Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall told the troops. It was a highly unusual order, and some in the audience said they had never seen that happen before.

Asked about the order, Sgt. Maj. Brandon Hall said, all he knew was that "I was told to get the weapons out."

A defense official said that the request was not a reaction to an immediate threat. Speaking on condition of anonymity to describe security procedures, the official said, the base commander made the decision that no one would be allowed to bring in weapons.

The official said, the decision was made "out of respect for troops from other countries, such as the Afghans," who are never allowed to bring guns into an event. He went on to say that it was certainly not a request from Panetta or his security team. 

If that is true, then it does make me wonder though, this the same administration whose Homeland Security Chief issued warnings about our military personnel returning home and becoming terrorist threats. So is it too far a jump to think that Panetta was in reality worried about his own safety from the Marines there? I think it's very possible.

I can't help but wonder how many of those Afghans kept pistols or knives on them? And honestly, knowing how strained things have been in Afghanistan, I can't help but wonder how many Marines left "all" of their weapons outside?

I can only hope not too many "completely" disarmed, orders or not!

Semper Fi!

Story by Tom Correa

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE - The Cowboy's Choice!


AQHA Registration Number One
The Perfect Quarter Horse

Yes, Wimpy is the perfect example of what the American Quarter Horse is supposed to look like. His conformation is the ideal for American Quarter Horses.

He was built to excel!

The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse that excels in so many ways that it's just hard to know where to start. They are just amazing horses.

The American Quarter Horse got its name from its ability to out-distance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less. Some have been clocked them at speeds up to 55 mph.

The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the United States today, and the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest breed registry in the world. It can celebrate the fact that it has more than 5 million American Quarter Horses registered.

The American Quarter Horse is well known as great working ranch horses, a race horses, cutting horses, reining horses, roping horses, barrel racing horses, trail riding horses, police horses, to name a few.

This wonderful breed of horse has shown an amazing ability to adapt to different training methods, riding and working conditions, outside influences, and an assortment of different situations. This has allowed this breed to be used in other occupations such as using them in "dude ranches" for trail riding by people who have never been on a horse, to being used by many urban mounted police units during Occupy protests and riots.

Part of the reason that they do so well is their disposition. The breed as a whole has an even temperament. This makes them a great animal for both the novice and the veteran rider. It is the reason that the American Quarter Horse is by far the most popular breed in America.

Traditionally, this breed has a compact body well-suited for intricate and speedy maneuvers required in working cattle, cutting, reining, roping, barrels, gymkhana, and other western riding events.

But don't think that American Quarter Horses are only for Cowboys, they are also shown in English disciplines such as dressage and driving - as well as many other equestrian activities like say being good hunter jumpers.

Back in the late 1700s, the Colonists came across a horse breed that combined the English horses with the Chickasaw breed. The Chickasaw horses were direct descendants of the Arabia and Barb horses that were brought into the Southeast United States by the Spanish Conquistadors.

What they had was a small, sturdy horse that was quick and nimble and showed signs of superior intelligence and a willingness to work. As flat track horse racing became popular, this fast small horse, achieving speeds of up to 55 miles per hour over short distances soon dominated the quarter mile track. It was properly named "The Quarter Miler" or "Quarter Horse."

As the breed continued to gain popularity, its gentle nature led it to be used as a riding horse. Its adaptability soon had it working on early farms. But because this breed has a natural instinct for working cattle, it excelled in ranching.

When pioneers and settlers started coming West in the 1800’s, these settlers encountered horses that descended from the Spanish stock Hernán Cortés and other Conquistadors had introduced into the vice-royalty of New Spain. Today this area is called the Southwestern United States and Mexico.

These horses of the West included herds of feral animals known as Mustangs, as well as horses that were domesticated by Native Americans, including the Comanche, Shoshone and Nez Perce tribes. Of course the Nez Perce tribe is famous for saving the Appaloosa.

As the Colonial "Quarter Horse" was crossed with these western horses, the pioneers found that the new cross-breed horse had innate "cow sense," a natural instinct for working with cattle. This made the "Quarter Horse" extremely popular with cattlemen on ranches.

Like today, the Quarter Horse was the horse of choice of the early Cowboys. Because of its speed and agile maneuverability, they quickly became the horse of choice during cattle round-ups and gatherings.

As with most activities undertaken by the early cowboys, the duties performed by them and their horses, quickly turned into competition. That in turn set the stage for rodeo riding, and the quarter horse excelled at calf roping, team roping and barrel racing. Today, the American Quarter Horse is still the horse of choice for rodeo events.

The main duty of the ranch horse in the American West was working cattle.

Even after the invention of the automobile, horses were still irreplaceable for handling livestock on the range. Because of that fact, major Texas cattle ranches such as the King Ranch, the 6666 (Four Sixes) Ranch, and the Waggoner Ranch played a significant role in the development of the modern American Quarter Horse.

The skills needed by cowboys and their horses became the foundation of today's rodeo, a contest which began with informal competition between cowboys and expanded to become a major competitive event throughout the West.

As I said before, still to this day, the Quarter Horse dominates the sport both in speed events and in competition that emphasizes the handling of live cattle.

But, back in the early days, sprint races were also popular weekend entertainment and racing became a source of economic gain for breeders as well. As a result, more Thoroughbred blood was added back into the developing American Quarter Horse breed.

And yes, the American Quarter Horse also benefited from the addition of Arabian, Morgan and even Standardbred bloodlines.

Then in 1940, the American Quarter Horse Association was born at a meeting in March in Fort Worth, Texas.

It happened when a group of 75 horsemen and ranchers from Texas decided to dedicate an organization to preserving the pedigrees of their ranch horses. They decided to form the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) with the intent of preserving the breed.

Since the American Quarter Horse formally established itself as a breed in 1940, the AQHA "Foundation" stud book has remained open to additional Thoroughbred bloodlines via a performance standard.

Foundation bred Quarter Horses are a distinct part of our American heritage, which can only be maintained by the careful selection and line-breeding of the legendary lines.

Some of those lines are Joe Hancock, King P-234, Skipper W, Driftwood, Joe Reed II, Oklahoma star, Old Sorrel, Wimpy, Poco Bueno, and the legendary Three Bars.

These lines are irreplaceable and are being carefully maintained and promoted by AQHA members.

One of the great AQHA Foundation horses was Poco Bueno. Foaled on April 10th, 1944, he was purchased by E. Paul Waggoner in 1945 for $5.700 and he stood 14.3 hands and weighed 1,150 pounds. 

His conformation was as good as it gets, the Poco Bueno line is that of the true American Quarter Horse.

When you put Poco Bueno in a cutting arena - he became a blur of lighting-fast speed. As a 4-year-old, in 1948, Poco Bueno started his performance career as a cutting horse, and his amazing ability helped him to quickly acquire an impressive record - and a legion of fans. He was the first quarter horse to be insured for $100,000.00. 

In 1953, Poco Bueno was the AQHA National Champion. In 1957, he was the ROM Performance Champion. In 1990, Poco Bueno was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

There is a reason for my fondness of Poco Bueno, he was the pedigree that my horse Murphy whose AQHA registered name was Tivios Lacey originated from. I lost Murphy last year, and yes, I'm still not over losing him.

Murphy's conformation was outstanding. It was helped by the fact that his lineeage also included Poco Tivio - who was known for both his conformation and his cow sense.

Poco Tivio was a true cow horse. He was the first foal of Poco Bueno and one of the first horses to bring the blood of King to the West Coast. He became a legend in his own time and left us with the legacy of his ancestors. PocoTivio was a pure cow horse.


My boy Murphy was a great example of what the American Quarter Horse lineage looks like when it is carried on.

An "Appendix" American Quarter Horse is a first generation cross between a registered Thoroughbred and an American Quarter Horse or a cross between a "numbered" American Quarter Horse and an "appendix" American Quarter Horse.

The resulting offspring is registered in the "appendix" of the American Quarter Horse Association's studbook, hence the nickname.

Horses listed in the appendix may be entered in competition, but offspring are not initially eligible for full AQHA registration. If the Appendix horse meets certain conformational criteria and is shown or raced successfully in sanctioned AQHA events, the horse can earn its way from the appendix into the permanent studbook, making its offspring eligible for AQHA registration.

Since Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred crosses continue to enter the official registry of the American Quarter Horse breed, this creates a continual gene flow from the Thoroughbred breed into the American Quarter Horse breed, which has altered many of the traditional characteristics that typified the breed in the early years of its formation.

For some, like me, who argue that the continued infusion of Thoroughbred bloodlines is beginning to compromise the integrity of the breed standard, favor the earlier style of horse, some have created separate organizations to promote and register "Foundation" Quarter Horses.

Today, the American Quarter Horse has also been exported worldwide. European nations such as Germany and Italy have imported large numbers of Quarter Horses. Next to the American Quarter Horse Association (which also encompasses Quarter Horses from Canada), the second largest registry of Quarter Horses is in Brazil, followed by Australia.

With the internationalization of the discipline of reining and its acceptance as one of the official seven events of the World Equestrian Games, there is a growing international interest in Quarter Horses. Countries like Japan, Switzerland and Israel that did not have traditional stock horse industries have begun to compete with American Quarter Horses in their own nations and internationally.

The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the United States today, but even more impressive is the fact that the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest breed registry in the world

As for their colors? Well, their coloring varies. Fact is, the American Quarter Horse comes in nearly all colors.
 
The most common color by far is sorrel, a brownish red, part of the color group called chestnut by most other breed registries. Other colors include bay, black, brown, buckskin, palomino, gray, dun, red dun, grullo which some also refer as blue dun, red roan, blue roan, bay roan, perlino, cremello, and white.


In the past, spotted color patterns were excluded, but now because of the use of DNA testing to verify parentage, the registry accepts all colors as long as both parents are registered.

The American Quarter Horse is known for its small, short and refined head and straight profile as well as a strong, well-muscled body, a broad chest, and powerful rounded hindquarters.

Standing between 14 and 16 hands, they are bred with two main body types in mind: First we have the "stock type," which is more compact and muscular yet extremely agile, and then we have the "racing type" that are usually taller with smoother muscles typically trained for running quarter mile races.

One common denominator is that all Quarter Horses have speed, power and are more than willing to please their owners. It's their stamina, endurance, and temperment that make them the cowboy's choice. And for a working cowboy, a good quarter horse is worth it's weight in gold.
 
I love American Quarter Horses. And honestly, looking at this wonderful breed of horse, its no wonder that the American Quarter Horse is the favorite of folks far and wide. 

Story by Tom Correa

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RANDOM SHOTS! Oil Is More Than Gasoline, Trayvon Is At Fault, Teachers Cheat, $26 Hot Dog, and More

FIRST SHOT!

The Consequences of Not Drilling Right Now!

Domestic Oil Drilling Advocates Warn Of Increased Global Demand As Oil Supply Dwindles

An article in the news reported that more people are buying cars and using more gas around the world than ever before. This growth in the global economy increases the demand for fuel, while oil supplies are projected to get tighter.

"China was at 5 million barrels a day in 2005. Today, they are at 10 (million). By 2015, they are going to be at 15-million-barrels-a-day demand," said John Hofmeister, founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy. "That's 10 million new barrels over 10 years. India is going from 4 to 7 (million) in the next three to four years."

President Obama seems to recognize the coming explosion in demand, but has a different solution for the problem of more demand and less oil. He wants to do nothing in the way of more drilling to tap into our abundant natural resources.

He argues that more drilling is not the way of the future. Instead, he wants to wean Americans off of oil entirely by turning to alternatives energy options like electric and hybrid cars, solar and wind power - and what I call his "ATOTO" philosophy.

No matter how high gas prices at the pump go, "ATOTO" is the mantra from the wealthy Liberal Left. "ATOTO" is the acronym for "Any Thing Other Than Oil."

The problem with Obama's thinking, according to most analysts, is that the transition from oil to alternatives takes far longer than more drilling would.

"And we have a capital stock of hundreds of million of vehicles," Guy Caruso of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said. "So these types of transformations take decades and maybe even 50 to 60 years."

Lately, obviously because its an Election Year, Obama talks about oil drilling as if he were for it. Imagine that! Like a true politician, Obama is telling Americans that he is cutting red tape and issuing all sorts of oil permits for companies to get to work on Federal lands.

The problem with Obama lying to the American people these days is that he might get a few to believe him - but the majority won't. The data speaks for itself. Official government figures show that Obama is issuing far fewer permits on Federal land than George W. Bush did while he was president.

At the end of his two terms, George W. Bush issued 6,000 to 7,000 permits a year. Under Barack Hussein Obama the numbers have dropped significantly to a range of 4,000 to almost 4,500 a year.

Since it can take seven to 10 years for a permit to turn into an actual producing oil well, that means less oil will be coming from Federal lands in years to come. That combined with a rise in global demand for oil is a recipe for disaster for the United States.

Yes, all thanks to Obama's attitude of doing nothing to prepare for the future now.

Advocates of more domestic drilling say we know a crunch is coming, so we should be drilling more right now - otherwise, the result could be ugly.

"The reality of the situation, with respect to global supply is that Americans can find themselves in gasoline lines, with gas rationing by 2015 or 2016 by us not producing more of our own oil," Hofmeister said.

Obama is either purposing neglecting the facts, or he's just too dumb to understand the facts. Either way, he should understand that the facts clearly point out that even with alternatives, the U.S. Energy Department predicts that in 2035 we will still be relying on oil for 83% of our transportation needs alone.

And yes, those figures are not taking into consideration all of our other needs for oil. For some reason, Obama and the Democrats who support him only think oil is for gasoline and transportation.

But folks, Obama can't get it in his head that it's not just about gasoline and cars!

One 42-gallon barrel of oil creates 19.4 gallons of gasoline. The rest, over half, is used to make things like:




And friends, this is only about 150 of the approximately 6000 items made from oil. This is only a partial list of products made from petroleum. As we can see, it's not only about gasoline and cars.

So ask yourself, as I have asked myself lately, when the President of the United States talks about not drilling for more oil - just how many manufacturing jobs is he talking about putting at stake by not drilling right now?

How expensive will these oil based products become if they can't be made easily made here?

How many companies are going to have to relocate their manufacturing facilities overseas because they make one or a few of the thousands of oil based products?

How many companies will want to take their manufacturing jobs somewhere else because oil is not readily available in the United States and may also be cheaper in other countries than it is here?

Ask yourself, how many Americans are going to suffer because of Obama's arrogance or ignorance? Maybe he should look around and maybe take a long look at how many products that we depend on comes from oil?

Fact is, there are reasons to drill for oil that have nothing to do with just cars and transportation.


SECOND SHOT!

Texas Rangers to sell a $26 Hot Dog!

So OK, I'll take a shot at the silliness of the Texas Rangers who are now putting out a new menu item which is supposedly designed for heavy hitters.

It's really surprising to me that in today's world with a lot people out of work and the cost of a Major League Baseball Game almost out of reach for the average American, that a ball club would do what the Rangers are doing.

Instead of dropping ticket prices to draw more attendance, instead of lowering the price of a soda or a hot dog to make it more affordable for people to have something to eat and drink at a game, this season when fans show up at the stadium and decide to go to a concession - they will be able to buy a one pound hot dog priced at $26.

That's right, a one pound hot dog for $26.00!

Sportservice, the club's concessionaire, introduced its new Champion Hot Dog on Friday. Officials say the dog can feed three to four people and will be topped with chili, sauteed onions and shredded cheese. It comes on a two foot bun.

Now, just so folks know that I'm far from trashing baseball, this shot is all about a club wanting to sell a $26 Hot Dog. You see, I like to eat. When I go a game, I look forward to a soda or a beer and hot dog.

But let's face facts, the prices have been going insane for years. To me, well, it takes is real cojones to sell a 16 oz hot dog for that much money! Twenty-six dollars, that's nuts!

My favorite place to have dinner is Cattlemens Steakhouse, they have a "Cowboy Steak" which is to die for. It is a thick and juicy 20 ounce bone-in Rib Eye steak. They sell it for $24.99!

Cattlemens' also sells a steak they call "The Sheriff".  Friends, this is a big mouthwatering 2 pound Sirloin steak. They sell it for $24.99!

The ingredients in a hot dog is usually some amount of mechanically separated turkey, pork, water, corn syrup used to add texture and sweetness, salt, potassium lactate as preservative, sodium phosphates as food preservative and to also add texture, flavorings, beef, beef parts, beef stock, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, maltodextrin, sodium nitrate, and extractives of paprika.

The ingredients in Rib Eye and Sirloin steaks are the same - just U.S.D.A approved 100% Grade A Beef. 

For me, if I were going to a game these days, I'd have dinner before ever getting to the game. And yes, if I were in the mood to spend $26 on something to eat - it sure wouldn't be a one pound hot dog when I can have a bigger steak for less money!


THIRD SHOT!

Trayvon Martin Death: Police Say Witnesses Backs Zimmerman's Story

Just a few days ago, President Barack Hussein Obama used extremely personal terms to speak about the shooting death of a black teenager in Florida.

I couldn't believe it when I heard Obama go so far as to say, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

My first reaction was remembering his stupid statement about a situation where a police officer was accused of being a racist because he arrested a College professor who - if I remember right - was a friend of the President.

I don't know why exactly, but the Justice Department and the FBI have gotten involved in the shooting case and have opened a Civil Rights investigation into the case.

Local authorities have convened a Grand Jury to determine whether to charge the shooter, George Zimmerman.

The Republican presidential candidates had their say, some comments better than others. Referring to the Florida law that gives people latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight, Rick Santorum says: "Stand your ground is not doing what this man did."

Considering all of the facts about the case are not in yet, I really don't know how Santorum came to that conclusion.

Newt Gingrich said people should have a right to self-defense. Mitt Romney calls the shooting a "tragedy," and echoed the president's call for a thorough investigation.

For me, I would have like to hear the three Republicans say, "I have no comment until all of the facts are in."

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin in late February, has avoided arrest so far by evoking the Stand Your Ground law in Florida, which allows individuals broad latitude to claim self defense in wielding a firearm.

Florida is one of 21 states with such laws, which have since come under intense scrutiny even by previous supporters. Prior to that law being passed in Florida, there were 13 "justified" killings in the state each year.

Since then, there have been 36, as reported by the Associated Press.

The case has attracted widespread media attention, given the broad spectrum of issues it covers. Geraldo Rivera's comments that Martin made himself into a target by wearing a hooded sweatshirt sparked controversy last week.

Now witnesses have been found that backs George Zimmerman's story as to what happened.

That's right, the kid was at fault!

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Trayvon Martin decked George Zimmerman with one punch and then repeatedly slammed his head into the sidewalk, according to a newly released version of the events that led up to the 17-year-old’s death.

The neighborhood watch Captain was left “bloody and battered,” according to the version Zimmerman told investigators.

According to what authorities have told The Orlando Sentinel, witnesses have now corroborated the version Zimmerman told investigators.

Zimmerman, 28, shot Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida, resulting in the teenager's death.

The case has become a lightning rod for Liberal activists who claim the killing was racially motivated. Activists, including Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and NAACP leader Ben Jealous, have addressed rallies in the Orlando suburb.

Another is planned for Monday afternoon attended by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and basketball legend Patrick Ewing.

Zimmerman claimed self-defense, but his version of what occurred has been slow in coming out. Both Republican and Democratic politicians have joined the activists querying why Zimmerman has not been arrested, especially as a 911 dispatcher specifically told him not to follow Martin.

Zimmerman told police he got out of his SUV, but lost sight of Martin. As he walked back to his vehicle, he said Martin approached him from behind and asked him if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, the Sentinel reports.

Martin said something like "well you do now," and punched him in the nose, Zimmerman told police. There has been no report of witnesses to that alleged initial blow until now.

As the older man fell to the ground, Martin jumped on him and started slamming his head into the sidewalk.

In a 911 call from a neighbor, a man can be heard calling for help. Police say they believe it was Zimmerman’s voice, although Martin’s attorney insists it is the teen’s.

The Sentinel reports that one witness told police he was certain he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Martin on top of him pounding away at him.

Zimmerman shot Martin once in the chest "at very close range," police told the Sentinel. When they arrived, they found Zimmerman bleeding from the nose and head. He was treated at the scene but refused to go to the hospital.

The case has caused a national furor centering on race and on Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law that allows a person to use deadly force if he feels he is being threatened. Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee has stepped down temporarily.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed a task force headed by special prosecutor Angela Corey to investigate whether Zimmerman’s case should go before a grand jury.

Zimmerman has been in hiding since the debate about the killing ramped up.

There should be a law against it, although if there is I really don't see the Obama administration doing anything about it - but Hashim Nzinga, who is one of the leaders of the radical black-supremacist group the New Black Panthers, has put out a $10,000 Bounty on Zimmerman’s head.

That's right, incrediable as it sounds, the Black militant leader says he'll pay $10,000 for someone to kill George Zimmerman.

Black movie director Spike Lee has publicized Zimmerman’s home address in a Twitter message he tweeted to his quarter of a million followers over the weekend.

So where is the Obama administration on this? Why hasn't the Justice Department arrested both Hashim Nzinga and Spike Lee for inciting violence or soliciting murder? Could they be getting a pass because of their color?

I can't help but believe that the double-standard is getting worse! 

And yes, there are those who will say that Zimmerman is wrong before that facts are completely in. It is the modern day version of a lynching!


FOURTH SHOT!


Atlanta Newspaper finds "Suspicious"' Standardized Test Scores at Schools across the Nation

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found "suspicious" standardized test scores in roughly 200 school districts nationwide.

"It looks like we have trouble all across the country," said AJC Editor Kevin Riley.

The AJC investigation analyzed standardized test scores from 14,000 school districts, looking for fluctuations that four independent academic experts determined were too dramatic to be explained by demographic shifts, chance or even good teaching.

One example that the AJC cites is the Patrick Henry Downtown Academy in St. Louis, where 42% of their fourth-graders passed the state Math Test in 2010. Most would find this a great report, but in reality the report threw up all sorts of red flags,

The reason is that the following year, just 4% of their students passed math when they took the test as fifth-graders, according to the AJC. The newspaper points out that while the 2011 tests were administered, the school was under intense scrutiny by state investigators looking into cheating allegations.

According to the AJC investigation, this sort of thing is taking place in large urban school districts as well as in small school districts.

One speculation is that Federal and State programs are putting pressure on struggling schools to boost test scores. The newspaper's findings suggest that, in thousands of schools across the nation, increased scores took precedence over actual academic achievement - and that may have prevented under-performing students from receiving tutoring or other remedial services.

"Testing of students has become the cornerstone of national policy," Riley said. "That's how schools are evaluated, school districts, principals, teachers. It's absolutely crucial that we can trust those tests because this comes back to schoolchildren."

While the analysis stops short of proving cheating, the newspaper found a pattern of test score fluctuations similar to those uncovered by a local AJC investigation of Atlanta Public Schools in 2009. The newspaper's findings prompted a state probe, which found 180 educators at 44 Atlanta schools were involved with test-tampering.

The AJC's investigation was extensive as it looked at all 50 States, which provided them with standardized testing data, 14,743 districts from across the country examined, 69,000 schools administered the tests, 13 million students took these exams in 2010, 1.6 million records were analyzed, and 2,400 statistical models were used to identify unusual scores.

According to the port, the findings represent an unprecedented look at the integrity of school testing which has seized center stage in national education policy.

While the analysis doesn't prove cheating, it found troubling patterns in hundreds of cities. Those patterns resemble early indicators in Atlanta that ultimately led to the Atlanta cheating scandal which culminated in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation listing the names of 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in American history.

So why would Teachers and Administrators look the other way, or be directly involved in cheating?

Well, money is the biggest reason.

Many districts have incentive programs for teachers and administrators willing to shell out big bonuses and other monetary incentives such as raises if they can show a marked improvement in their students test scores.

It seems that the very same programs to try to get teachers and administrators more involved in student performance - may be the biggest factor in contributing to the rise in cheating - their pay!


LAST SHOT!

Wow! Do they know how to catch fish in New Zealand!

Nathan Adams' 738-pound Pacific Bluefin Tuna may be the biggest ever caught!

On March 5, 2012, it was reported that a 738 pound Pacific Bluefin Tuna was caught off of New Zealand.

Angler Nathan Adams with fishing rod
The monster fish that was described by angler Nathan Adams as a "Fish of a Lifetime" just may also be the largest Pacific Bluefin Tuna ever landed on a rod and reel.

The catch was made aboard an 18-foot boat during a recent competition off Houhora in New Zealand.

That's right, imagine that for a minute, while in an 18 foot boat the man may have caught the biggest fish on record using a rod and reel.

I'm sorry, but I can't even imagine it! I've been in 18 footers, and I would not consider that a big boat. This just impresses me to no end!

According to reports, if it's approved by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), it will set the new All-Tackle World Record.

It would replace the old record which was a 716-pound 8-ounce Pacific Bluefin Tuna which was reeled in off of Westport, New Zealand, back in 2007.

The IGFA usually takes several weeks before deciding on record submissions, but since Adams was in a competition and presumably complied with strict tournament rules, there's a strong chance he'll become the record holder immediately.

It seems that Nathan Adams is just one of the greats when it comes to fishing. Come to find out, his World Record Pacific Bluefin Tuna was one of two incredible catches for Adams who is a member of the Muriwai Sportfishing Club in Kumeu, New Zealand.

You see, Adams also landed a 788-pound Black Marlin to set a club record, and his group battled 12 Billfish in 11 days as part of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals competition.

To show folks how its really done right in New Zealand, a 16-year-old girl accounted for five of those Billfish during that competition.

As usual in tournament competitions these days, most of the fish caught were released. But Adams' giant tuna and marlin were kept and will be sent to the taxidermist to be mounted.

Adams told the local newspaper Auckland Now, that he'd like to place the tuna on the wall of his home - replacing a 30-pound snapper.

His wife isn't sure she wants something so large as a wall decoration, "She says it will be like mounting a sofa," Adams said.

This man is truly a Great Fisherman!


Story by Tom Correa

Friday, March 23, 2012

RANDOM SHOTS! High Gas Prices, Hanks, De Niro, Houston, Going Broke, and More!


FIRST SHOT

Historic High Gas Prices Because Economy Is Doing Better?

Right, and my horse can make a root beer float!

My favorite subject just keeps getting worse. Gas prices are going through the roof. But now, the latest twist from the Liberal controlled News Media is that they're trying to make Americans believe that the reason for the high gas prices is that it's proof that our economy is getting better.

I really believe that the Liberals think we're just stupid and will believe anything they come up with. Sort of like their whole, Obama is our savior thing that they have now stepped back away from.

As most folks know, usually the demand for gas spikes during the summer when lots of people go on vacation, holidays, and basically winter hibernation has ended. The other reason that gas prices typically spike in the summer months is that that is the time of the year that refineries shut down production on certain types of gasoline and go through the process of getting ready to produce gasoline for the summer months.

Less availability means a higher demand, and that usually translates into higher gasoline prices. Cleaner-burning summer-grade fuels which are more expensive to produce increase the price as well.

So what happened between July of 2008 and January of 2009 when gasoline prices dropped by more than half from $4 to $1.83 a gallon at the pump?

Our economy had a 5.4% unemployment rate, and yet the Democrats declared it "The Worse Economy Since The Great Depression" - of course they say that every time they run and there's a Republican Administration in the White House. Don't believe me, well friends, it is just a matter of remembering history.

Some folks think Obama was the first to come along with the catch-phrases "Hope" and "Change" and "The Worse Economy Since The Great Depression" - Heck, Bill Clinton used those very same catch-phrases against George H. W. Bush when he ran against him back in the 1990s. 

Gasoline prices at the pump when Barack Hussein Obama took over the reins from George W. Bush were $1.83 a gallon. Just a few months before, George W. Bush was faced with over $4 a gallon gas prices at the pump. So again I ask, how did he do it? How did he cut gasoline prices in half?

Well Obama says that great Obama Bumper Sticker line, "We Can't Drill Our Way Out Of This Problem!" He believes that we can "Green Our Way Out Of This Problem!"

Well, I think he's full of himself, but that's only my opinion. You see, I really don't have any malice toward the President. Fact is, I just think the man is not very bright. man.

Why not drill in America? Or at the least, the minimum, do what Bush did!

Friends, when gasoline prices hit $4 the summer of 2008, Bush opened up Federal Land for further oil drilling lease and exploration. The Oil market found out what President Bush had done and realized that there would soon be more oil available. Subsequently, within 6 months gas prices were half of what they were.

So far, President Obama has hitched his wagon solely to what is called Alternative Energy. It seems that he has completely limited himself to only Alternative Energy as a way of bringing down gas prices and helping you and me.

It seems to think that he owes his political fortune to the Environmentalists, Wealthy Liberals, and Foreign Oil, who support the abolition of the production of American gas and oil in America.

It is a shame that he is not smart enough to understand that sometimes you have to break from those who you think you owe to truly be your own man. It's a shame to say that slavery is alive and well in the Democrat Party.

SECOND SHOT!

Actor Tom Hanks apologizes for making Racial Slurs during "Blackface" Skit at 2004 Democrat Party Fundraiser

Now friends, I don't usually go around quoting Plato, but I have to agree with him that, "The mask which the actor wears is apt to become his face!"

It seems, these days the mask that has become the real face of Hollywood is a racist Blackface!

March 2011 will go down as a bad month for some of Hollywood's most highly paid Millionaire actors.

Multi-Millionaire Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks is apologizing for appearing in a fund-raising skit along with a person in Blackface in 2004. 

Hanks said in a statement to The Daily Caller that he "was blindsided when one of the parents got up on the stage in a costume that was hideously offensive then and is hideously offensive now. What is usually a night of food and drink for a good cause was, regrettably, marred by an appalling few moments."

Well if he knew it was "hideously offensive" back then, they why use the Blackface actor as a prop and keep the skit going for as long as he and Glenn Frey did? I really believe it became "hideously offensive" to him only recently when the video surfaced showing that he was caught on camera doing such a ignorant thing. 

But Tom Hanks doesn't have to worry too much, he's in the same company as other Liberal Democrats who have done skits and routines in the same way. 



In 1993, white actor Ted Danson ignited a firestorm of controversy when he appeared at a Friars Club roast in Blackface, delivering a risqué shtick written by his then girl-friend African-American comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

In the picture that I posted here, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to be enjoying the skit that her then boyfriend was putting on.

Again, I can't help but think that she would have become completely infuriated if it were a Republican doing a "Step 'n Fetch it" Blackface routine like that. But because of the double-standard, it's OK if Democrats are racists.

Blackface Actors encourage and endorse Racist Black stereotypes based on bigoted portrayals of blacks as stupid, lazy and dishonest.

White actors dressed in "Blackface" goes back a long time, for an example, te term Jim Crow originated in 1830 when a White minstrel show performer, Thomas "Daddy" Rice, blackened his face with charcoal and danced a jig while singing the lyrics to the song, "Jump Jim Crow."

White wntertainers started to blacken their face as characterization of plantation slaves and free blacks during the era of minstrel shows from the 1830s to 1890s.

The famous Al Jolson was one of the first great white-singer actors to do did on film. The blackface caricatures took such a firm hold on the American imagination that audiences expected any person with dark skin, no matter what their background, to conform to one or more of the stereotypes that the entertainers help spread.

As another website put it, "Blackface is more than just burnt cork applied as makeup. It is a style of entertainment based on racist Black stereotypes."
 
Well, time haven't changed all that much for Democrats?

The Daily Caller published a video made at a charity event emceed by Hanks and Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey. In the video, a white man in "Blackface" and an "Afro" wig appears in stage in a Tarzan-like costume holding a giant stuffed gorilla that was up for auction.

On the video, taken from the audience with a handheld camera, Hanks says to the man: "A celebrity in our midst. Who would have thought Bill O'Reilly would have joined us?"

The Daily Caller website said they were sent the video following Hanks' latest narration of a 17-minute campaign video for President Barack Obama.

Congress of Racial Equality representative Niger Innis called the skit "an orchestrated, heinous, and racist ‘Step'n Fetchit’ routine" in an interview with The Daily Caller. Innis has called for Obama to replace Tom Hanks in his re-election campaign video.

Frey tells several of what seemed to be prepared, off-color jokes about the man as he roams the stage.

THIRD SHOT!

More Racism From Hollywood This Time Actor Robert DeNiro Shows He Has No Class!

"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?"

So where does such a classless statement come from? Well, this one came from another ultra-Liberal multi-Millionaire hypocrite.

Fact is, that extremely classless, just plain dumb statement came from ultra-Liberal multi-Millionaire famed Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro at a Star-studded 85-person big dollar Obama Re-election fund-raiser at Locande Verde in Tribeca on Monday night.

Robert De Niro took the mic at the beginning of the night, saying “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

The crowd made up of other multi-Millionaires Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Beyonce, and Liberal Hollywood types, collectively answered loudly "No!" - after which De Niro asked, "Too soon, right?"

While tickets to the event hosted by Robert De Niro started at $5,000 for a photograph with the First Lady and a cocktail, they soared to $25,000 to mingle with her - according to the Obama campaign.

Yes, the hypocrites call the Republicans "The Rich!"

On Tuesday, the White House was quick to react to Robert De Niro's racial insensitivities, saying in a statement, De Niro’s jokes about the wives of Republican presidential hopefuls and America’s readiness "for a white first lady" were in bad taste,

The controversial quip was made when De Niro took the stage at a New York fund-raising event featuring Michelle Obama who was there for President Obama.

"We believe the joke was inappropriate," Olivia Alair, Michelle Obama's press secretary said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Obama administration acknowledgment came after White House hopeful Newt Gingrich ripped De Niro, calling his joke “inexcusable” and demanding that President Obama apologize.

Newt Gingirch blasted the Actor on Tuesday in Louisiana, saying, "I do want to say one thing, both on behalf of my wife and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong.!"

Then Gingrich went on to say, "I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms."

Ginrich also took a personal hit at the multi-Millionaire De Niro, saying he was "rich enough he probably doesn’t notice the price of gasoline," in addition to being "successful enough he probably doesn’t notice the unemployment rate."

Just as a thought here, can any of you imagine how absolutely outraged everyone would be if a Conservative Celebrity would have taken a mic back in 2008, saying, “Michelle Obama. Now do you really think our country is ready for a black first lady?”

Can you imagine the reaction from the National News Media, if a crowd of Conservatives collectively answered "No!" at which point a Conservative Celebrity would have asked - like Robert De Niro did to the Liberal crowd -  "Too soon, right?"

The News Media would have called the event a KKK rally, and accused everyone there of being nothing but a bunch of Racists. When I hear of things like this, it just enforces my belief that the true Racists are those Liberal Democrats who worship at the alter of bigotry - praying for racial divisiveness.

This sort of thing is done by the Liberal Left all the time, but they feel that they can get away with it because they have friends in the Liberal News Media.

This should not be tolerated by any candidate, and especially the President who should be plenty aware of those trying to divide America on racial grounds.


FOURTH SHOT!

Santorum suggests He'd pick Obama over Romney

Just to show folks that stupid comments aren't limited to Liberals, Republican presidential candidate former senator Rick Santorum said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn't the GOP nominee. 


That's a dumb as it gets! But then the not so bright former Senator went on, for a second day in a row, to compare Mitt Romney to an "Etch A Sketch toy."

Santorum reiterated an argument he has made before that Mitt Romney is not Conservative "enough" to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast.


"You win by giving people a choice," Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there."

The he got his jab in by adding, "If they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future."

Santorum was referencing Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's comment Wednesday that "everything changes" for the fall campaign. "It's almost like an Etch A Sketch," he said on CNN. "You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."

The adviser's dumb remark reignited criticism of Romney as the type of politician who will say or do anything to win.

Romney issued a statement expressing disappointment "that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican. This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America. Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure."

Newt Gingrich tweeted: "Rick Santorum is dead wrong. Any GOP nominee will be better than Obama."

All of this has had a negative effect on a lot of Conservative voters. It has also had a real damning effect on Republican and Independent voters.

The real harm that this is doing, it's giving the opposition comfort that we who are committed to getting Barack Hussein Obama are divided. And friends, after hearing crap like this coming from a so-called "Conservative" Rick Santorum is really troubling because I thought he was better than that.

Romney is trying to stay about the mud slinging, but still he can't help but put his foot in his mouth. Newt Gingrich just scares most Independent voters into looking somewhere else, and friends - whether we like it or not, we need Independent voters to beat Obama.

Rick Santorum might be a "Conservative" but he too is alienating a lot of folks these days, and honestly I don't think he can draw enough votes to beat Obama.

What these candidates don't seem to understand is that they are educating the public as to who they are and what their personalities are. What they don't seem to understand is that "friendly" gets the votes, "mean spirited" doesn't.

Guys like Santorum don't understand really what's at stake here. Does he want Obama in office another 4 years to make Supreme Court nominations, create more regulation, of course try to completely Nationalize our country in an open effort to turn the United States into a Socialist nation where the people are ruled by the government and not the other way around?

The mistake for all of us to make is a simple one. If you are committed to getting Obama out of Office as much as I am, then I cannot make the mistake of thinking that Rick Santorum is right and that Obama should stay in Office if he runs against Mitt Romney.

I really believe that Obama did not win the race to the White House in 2008, we lost it.

Why? Well, simply put, many "Conservatives" could not find it in themselves to hold their nose like I did and vote for John McCain. To them, John McCain was just "Too Liberal."

I for one still think John McCain is too Liberal and very surprised that he was re-elected in Arizona, but I held my nose and voted for him for the good of the country. I really believe that if others had put aside their dislike for McCain and really took a look at the threat from Obama that they too would have voted for McCain - too Liberal or not.

The problem in 2008 may recreate itself in that Mitt Romney might be advertised as being "Too Liberal" and folks might stay home instead of voting for him if he is our candidate.

We need to get it in our heads that Newt Gingrich is right, any Republican nominee will be better than Barack Obama.

FIFTH SHOT!

Can a Black School Superintendent be a Racist?

Nine employees of the Tukwila School District in Tukwila, Washington, have filed complaints of Racial Discrimination against their Superintendent. Their attorney filed the complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

They each have a story about the comments they've endured. The stories are from Vice Principals, to Teachers, to Dispatchers, you name it.

"She said to me you have to stop being a big, black man scaring our white drivers," says Doc Fells, driver trainer and dispatcher for the district. "And it numbed me."

Imagine that for a moment! But friends, it gets worse than that!

A group of female staffers at Showalter Middle School says their Superintendent once referred to them as "Slaves."

"I was pissed," says Marva Harris, School Security Officer.

"I couldn't believe my ears, she would refer to professional African-American women as slaves," says Teacher Sandra Goins.

The problem that a Liberal state like Washington has is that the schools have been recognized as the most diverse school in the country. Seventy percent of the kids are non-white.

But, the allegations are even more shocking because the Superintendent Ethelda Burke. is Black herself.

It wasn't until coworkers started talking to each other that they realized there was a widespread problem. And they admit their Superintendent's race made them reluctant to put a stop to it.

Wait a minute! Can that be right? Just because of the Superintendent was Black, they didn't want to put a stop to it? Well, it's true!

"For me, I feel a sense of betrayal," says Harris. "That I'm betraying her, because she's a black woman."

"If she wasn't a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now," says Ritchie Coleman, a bus driver.

The district, the Superintendent, and the board declined to comment citing personnel issues.

No word on whether the Board will treat this the same way as it would if she were a white woman! Does make me wonder if they will?

SIXTH SHOT!


Obama debt hole deeper than George W. Bush's in less than half the time

So OK, but does he give a damn? I don't think so!

Back in 2008, well that was different, President Obama once asked a campaign crowd what to do when you're trying to get out of a hole. Uniformly, the crowd responded: stop digging.

But in only three years, Obama is digging a deficit hole that is a whole lot deeper than the one he complained President George W. Bush had dug during his eight years in office.

From the time Bush took office in January 2001 to his departure on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt increased $4.9 trillion - from $5.73 trillion to $10.63 trillion. The debt now stands at $15.57 trillion, up $4.94 trillion since Obama took office less than four years ago.

When Obama was campaigning, he called the debt increase under Bush "irresponsible" and "un-patriotic."

He told voters back in 2008, "The way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents -- number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child."

The federal budget Obama sent to Capitol Hill last month projected the debt to reach $16.3 trillion in 2012 and $25.9 trillion in 2022.

Reporters grilled White House press secretary Jay Carney about the administration's criticism of GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, wondering if that's fair while having a perceived credibility problem of his own.

"We put forward a very clear plan that achieves over $4 trillion in deficit reduction," Carney responded..

Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government, criticized the president for adding "more debt in a single term than any president in American history."

"By the time his fiscal year 2013 spending has fully gone into effect, Obama will have added a full $5.823 trillion to the debt," he said. "Obama cannot blame his predecessors. By his policies alone, Obama will have increased the national debt by 46.9% by the end of calendar year 2012."

So much for taking care of business.

Between his golf games, vacations, expensive trips, running around the country fund-raising, fund-raising, fund-raising all the time for more and more millions of dollars - its no wonder we are in the shape we're in - we have no President!

SEVENTH SHOT!

Report: US government spent at least $945M on advertising in 2010

On July 30th 2010, the Obama administration released an ad featuring Andy Griffith extolling President Obama's new health care law.

I can't help but wonder if Andy Griffith made a bucks in return for his that endorsement of Obama in 2008. I sure hope not. I remember seeing that campaign ad with him and Ron Howard, and it made me wonder if either of them understood what kind of "Change" they were endorsing?

Federal agencies spent at least $945 Million on contracts for Advertising Services in fiscal year 2010, and that sum doesn't include all public communications expenditures in the agencies reviewed or even all of the executive branch, a congressional report out last week shows.

Congressional Research Service reported that the calculation was incomplete since the total sum may never be fully known.

"It is unclear how much the executive branch, let alone the federal government as a whole, spends on communications each year," the CRS report found.

Of that total that was calculable, more than $545 million was spent by the Defense Department, much of it on ads to attract recruits, CRS noted. Recruiting is important, so I can see spending money on that sort of thing if it is wisely and not foolishly on advertisements that aren't attracting new personnel.

The study, first published by the Federation of American Scientists, was done as the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight reviews 11 federal agencies.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., chairwoman for the subcommittee, issued letters to the heads of the federal departments last month asking for a reply by Friday with a list of contracts since October 2008 for radio and television spots, public relations contracts, direct mailers or other advertising services.

The report found that the agencies are also engaging in using new and social media to communicate -- the government hosts 1,504 federal government domains that carry thousands of websites on them.

Imagine that! They Federal Government has 1,504 domain websites! Why? Why are we spending our money on 1,504 websites? I guess if they can get away with it, they will!

In addition, a Government Accountability Office report of June 2011 found that 23 of 24 Federal agencies surveyed had a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and all 15 of the president's Cabinet agencies have at least one Twitter account.

The justification for this is that "new media" is said to allow for prompt and more intimate communications, but social media may lead to agency employees making misstatements of fact or unsanctioned comments, and oversight can be complicated because communications can be easily deleted, altered, forged and made untraceable.

The report says that advertising serves many purposes, including informing the public of its rights and entitlements, telling the public of the agency's activities, inviting public comment on proposed rules, warning the public of perils, and discouraging harmful or dangerous behaviors.

Agencies "often speak to the public because doing so generally is considered essential to the functioning of representative democracy. If government is to serve the people, then the people must be kept well-informed of the government's activities so that they may judge its work and alter its policies through elections or other means (e.g., advocacy)," reads the report.

According to CRS, over the last 100 years, Congress has enacted three statutory restrictions on agency communications with the public - one to limit hiring of publicity experts, another to prohibit using budget money to lobby Congress, and one to ban using budget money for "publicity or propaganda."

Congress has criticized government spending on advertising on recently House Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee faulted seven agencies for engaging in propaganda to promote the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obama Care.

Spending millions on propaganda is banned. But yes, you know as well as I do that some in a shady Administration like the Obama White House will tell you that their's is not propaganda but "educational."

I really believe that this is the White House that will piss on your leg and tell you it's raining on a sunny day!

LAST SHOT!


L.A. Coroner finds Whitney Houston died from drowning and cocaine use

The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that the final cause of Whitney Houston's death was drowning as well as cocaine use.

According to Chief Medical Examiner Anthony T. Hernandez's report, there was no foul play involved in the Feb. 11 death of Houston.

Toxicology reports found metabolites also contributed to her death. Traces of marijuana and the prescription drugs Xanax, Flexiril, and over-the-counter Benadryl were also found in her system. But, accord to the report, did not play a role in her death. 

The report also says that Whitney Houston suffered from effects of atherosclerotic heart disease. while drowning was Houston's main cause of death, it was aggravated by atherosclerotic heart disease.

Atherosclerotic heart disease occurs when the arteries going to the heart and other organs are hardened because of plaque build-up within the arteries. Atherosclerosis can lead to stroke, heart attack and death, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute explains.

Symptoms of atherosclerosis can be hard to spot, since mild atherosclerosis typically doesn't have any signs, the Mayo Clinic reported. However, if the arteries are seriously clogged and hardened, the blood clot that forms in the artery can break, thereby leading to a heart attack or stroke.

When you have more serious atherosclerosis, you may experience heart attack-like pain if the hardening is in the arteries leading to the heart. If the atherosclerosis is in the arteries leading to the brain, you may feel sudden arm or leg numbness, or drooping facial muscles, the Mayo Clinic reported. Atherosclerosis in the arms and legs can manifest as pain while walking.

Chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and carotid artery disease are other conditions that can be caused by atherosclerosis.

And yes, contrary to what those anti-Smoking Ads on television might try to make you believe, atherosclerosis which can develop into coronary heart disease really is the No. 1 Killer of American men and women according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Houston was found submerged in a bathtub filled with water at the Beverly Hills Hilton just hours before she was due to perform at Clive Davis' Grammy Party. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive quantities.

L.A. Coroner spokesman Craig Harvey says the results indicate that Houston was a chronic cocaine user. Too bad that's no surprise. 

Supposedly, days before her death, Whitney Houston had spent thousands of dollars on cocaine. That's the story from Houston’s drug dealer who was found and questioned regarding his recent dealings with the fallen star.

Whitney Houston ruled as pop music's queen until her and physical appearance were ravaged by drug use. She died at the young age of 48, though looking at her pictures in recent years she looked pretty worn.

But then again, drug abuse will do that. Fact is that drugs have wiped out the promise and potential of many people in all facets of life - not just the Entertainment Industry, although they do get the headlines when they hit bottom or die.

I can't help but wonder what our society would be like if the Federal Government would take just a small fraction of the money we spend on curbing legal substances like say cigarettes and fatty foods - and instead spend that money in a real effort to curb illegal drug use?

I find it interesting that Liberal Hollywood thinks they are smart enough to tell the rest of America how to live when they are so screwed up!

Story by Tom Correa