How Do We Choose What To Write About Now?

August 17, 2010

You may have noticed that we have only two posts during the past week. Worse, this is after a two-week hiatus. You may be asking yourselves, “Why so little content when so much is happening?” That’s just the point. Where to begin?

If you think it’s easy choosing a topic to write about here at Grand Rants, think again. No, seriously. We have to think again and again ourselves. And it’s only getting more difficult because of the sheer volume of potential rants that occur every day.

Since the inception of “GR” two years ago, the intention of the writers has been to focus on our motto of “Our World Discussed.”  By that, we meant current events, politics, social issues, society in general etc.

Hard work has borne fruit as Grand Rants’ readership quickly exceeded our expectations.  And we’ve been proud of that, even if some of our work would have been better left on the editing room floor.

But as the weeks and months unfolded,  our focus gradually morphed into mostly following the exploits (and exploitation) of the Obama administration as their actions pretty much took over current events, politics, social issues, society in general etc. Acorn. Van Jones. Czar after Czar, avoiding any possible vetting by Congressional approval process. Stimulus packages.  Never in the history of this country has one administration done so much to so many, so quickly as to “fundamentally change” America.

But not for the better.

And it’s not just the Obama administration. It’s our society as well. We seem to have arrived on the corner of Chaos Street and Anarchy Drive because  not only do we suffer from a dearth of quality leaders in the politico who “lead (positively) by (good) example”  but, as a society, we seem to have lost our moral compass. As for our leaders, all they give us are examples of how to rid yourself of any shame for any wrongdoing. Congress (and not just the Democrats) has become Gordon Gecko on steroids. And make no mistake: The American public have been good students.

So then: What DO we write about now? The list is so long… But then, like clockwork, just when I think I”ll have to spend half the day trying to determine which topic is the most urgent, good ol’ Barry Sotero (aka POTUS) says or does something to negate my need to prioritize.

We have a POTUS who has done his best to be all things to all people on both sides of the fence. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo that stated you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

This was most vividly illustrated over the last few days beginning with a White House dinner, celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

In his speech at that dinner, he defended the rights of Muslims to build a mosque within several blocks of Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. By all measures, using carefully worded phrases and emphasis, it appeared he was giving the building of the mosque his blessing, scoring points for himself amongst the Muslims gathered to feast in the White House.

But he followed this a day later by insisting he wasn’t endorsing the project at all. Just the right to build it. The target audience hearing the back-spin was of course, NOT the Muslims who had attended the dinner the night before, but an outraged America.

All things to all people. 

And the President has the chutzpah to think he can still pull it off – or, perhaps, the ego to simply not care.

Mr. President:  You’ve already had you shot at fooling most of the people some of the time: You got elected President.  But you’re not fooling anyone anymore with the exception of those who want to be fooled,  and those too gullible to know the difference.

Perhaps the bigger issue for Obama is how this is unraveling the Democratic Party. On Monday a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader (and tourist sniffing hound) Harry Reid broke ranks with the White House saying the Senator thinks the Mosque should be built elsewhere.

It’s all ’bout them polls, isn’t, Harry?  As the mid-term elections grow closer, look for more Democrats to abandon the Obama Express in favor of saving their own careers.

Rumor has it that Nancy Pelosi is even looking for a new word and it doesn’t rhyme with Obama.

I hope people will see through these self-serving gestures and simply look at the voting records of each of these self-serving turncoats. There, you will find the truth: They HAVE supported virtually every step Obama has taken. And they are largely responsible for the state of the country being where we are today.

The best we can do is remember our values, and hold on to them. And I hope each of you will “remember in November” just who put us where we are.

In the meantime, what would YOU like to see in Grand Rants? More political coverage? Less? More coverage on other day-to-day issues and human interest? 

See? It’s not so easy to narrow down that list, now, is it?

Let us know…

Gerry Ashley


Remember In November – Billboard #2

July 18, 2010

Here’s number 2 in our series of suggested Billboards to help people “Remember In November.”

Click to view full size. You are free to download and circulate as you like.

If you missed our first billboard, you can see it by clicking here.

I would only point out that, although the Billboard is a display of satire, please don’t become complacent regarding the significance of this mid-term election. It’s one of the most important and decisive elections this country has ever faced: America is under attack from within. We’ve seen the evidence mounting:

  • After only days in office, President Obama and the Democratic Congress (backed by a few traitor Repubicrats) teamed up to ram through Congress and sign a stimulus package we were told had to be done immediately in order to cap unemployment at 8.5%. The bill was never posted for the 5 days Obama assured the American public (during the Presidential Campaign) on the Internet for us to read before he signed it. To date, unemployment has gone as high as 10% (much higher in areas of the country) and currently sits at about 9.5%. It was recently reported that only about 1/3 of the money has been spent, yet the lame duck congress (after the election and before the new congressmen take their seats in January 2011) is expected to pass yet another stimulus package. Many think Obama is using this money as a slush fund to buy support from legislators.
  • Barack Obama and Congress teamed up to shove health care reform down our throats, against the will of the majority of Americans. In doing so, the government has taken control of over 1/6th of our economy in one fell swoop. Implementation begins with new steep taxes in 2011, but actual benefits will not be provided to the masses until 2019.
  • In a stunnng accusation,  former Department of Justice employee J. Christian Adams details how the Department of Justice (under Obama appointee, Eric Holder) is racially biased against whites claiming that Holder was told by officials in the Obama administration to back off prosecutions of blacks who commit crimes against whites, but aggressively prosecute cases where white(s) allegedly have committed crimes against blacks. A black elected official in Noxubee agreed, during a deposition,  that racially discriminatory behavior against whites occurred. “But you got to understand,” he explained, “now it’s payback time.

No, what we need to understand is that we have a chance in November to START turning America’s ship back to a democracy. But we can only do it if everyone legally eligible to vote exercises that right.

Gerry Ashley


Time To Add “Recall” Provision To Constitution!

May 17, 2010

“Where’s Your Shame? You’ve left us up to our necks in it…”
                                                “Changes” as sung by David Bowie

It’s a process normally found in Parliamentary governments such as England, Canada or Australia. But given the actions of the Obama administration over the past year and a half (as well as some of the decisions made in previous administrations), one could make a good argument that it’s time we modify our Constitution to add a Recall provision or “Vote of No Confidence.”

Sure, our democracy has the rules of impeachment. But, as we’ve seen, a sitting President can take sexual liberties with a female intern young enough to be his daughter and still walk away holding onto his Presidency simply by smiling and winking at the cameras as he says, “Ah did not have sexual relations with that woman…”

Another sitting President surrounds himself with radicals – including some who are self-avowed communists – for the sole purpose of “fundamentally changing America.”

In the past, when we have elected politicians only to discover some of their biggest campaign promises were lies (surprise, surprise!), it meant an elongated period of war (Nixon’s 1968 campaign promise that he had a plan to end the war within 6 months), new and higher taxes (Bush 41’s “Read My Lips” pledge), or any number of promises of job creations and/or economic upturns.

But when Barack Obama began his Presidential campaign (which is now seemingly in it’s 4th year – and continuing), he promised “Hope and Change”… just the words an America weary with war in the middle-east wanted to hear. 

Obama’s finely tuned campaign sailed through the campaign waters creating a wake the Republicans couldn’t respond to and robbing their sails of enough wind to prevent them from mounting much of a response.

As a result, a majority of Americans, who had sub-contracted thought, reason and any vetting of political candidates to the mainstream media saw and heard only the Obama spin from the likes of commentators who stumbled all over their own metaphors in an attempt to anoint “The One.” In short, it was nothing less than the biggest packaging and selling of media hype since four young men named John, Paul, George and Ringo landed on our shores in 1964. As Limbaugh would say, “For those of you in Rio Linda, that would be The Beatles…”

So like Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43, what’s the worst that could happen under Obama? Wait 4 years and if he turns out to be a loser, we can vote him out, right? Uh…

 Let’s review just some of the damage Obama has managed to accomplish over the past 18 months:

  • The biggest pork-filled bill voted on by a Democratic Congress and quickly signed by the President without the promised “72 hours for the American People to review it.”  It has since been discovered that much of that funding was earmarked for special interest projects and very little of it has actually had any positive impact on the economy… but added nearly a trillion dollars to our debt.
  • Obama has increased our nation’s deficit many times more than the size of the one passed on to him by the previous administration… 
  • While spending non-existent government funds at the fastest rate of any President in history (with the least amount to show for it) Obama has done so while blaming the Bush administration for fiscal irresponsibility (and any other problem we’re facing).
  • Nationalized auto makers with principal ownership going to the government and the unions, totally screwing stockholders in the process.
  • Nationalized banks 
  • An unsustainable Healthcare Reform system that the CBO is only now coming forward with the real costs (over $1 Trillion) which will, if fully enacted, probably bankrupt the United States, throwing us into a Greece-like scenario of strikes and riots (if we can hold out that long from his other spending).
  • Thoroughly embarrassed us around the world, sucking up to people like Hugo Chavez (who openly mocks Obama) and alternating between kissing the ass of Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and criticizing him.
  • Grabbing White House control of the US Census in a failed attempt to allow ACORN to handle the resulting redistricting of representation. Only ACORN’s self-destruction from corruption prevented the plan from moving forward (but who knows WHO is handling this now?)
  • A long list of Czars (over 30 of them) who have been empowered by Obama although only 6 of them went through any Congressional approval process. These include “Czars” who will be deciding what kind of pay we should receive for our jobs, how much energy we will be allowed to have (IF we can still afford to have it), WHAT we can eat, what kind of sexual educational materials our children will be exposed to in school… for a complete list of them and what they do, click here
  • Coming soon… A Value Added Tax (VAT) similar to what European countries use in lieu of an income tax. One difference here in America: It will be IN ADDITION to our Federal, State and local taxes. Still believe Obama won’t tax the middle class, folks? Oh, and then there’s a little thing coming up called
  • CAP AND TRADE. Definition: TAXES on energy use by ANYONE using energy. That would cover just about all of us, wouldn’t it?

And, I wouldn’t limit the recall vote to just the Presidency.  Here’s a few others I think deserve to be recalled:

  • Nancy Pelosi  (Speaker of the House) – “We’re going to pass healthcare whether they like it or not.” Oh, and “We’ve got to pass healthcare to see what’s in it.”
  • Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader) is there any explanation really needed here? Shouldn’t we be able to fix it so he doesn’t have to “smell the tourists” any more?
  • Barney Frank – “”These two entities—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—are not facing any kind of financial crisis.”

The point is, why should we have to wait to see how much more damage these arrogant and incompetent individuals can do in their full terms?

It’s time that a RECALL provision and Vote of No Confidence be added to our Constitution. One problem: Guess who we would have to turn to in order to get it implemented?

Oh, goody.

Gerry Ashley


The Abject Failure Of The Obama Presidency – Part 8

April 28, 2010

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.”   
– White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel  

Note to our readers: This the 8th installment of a series called “The Abject Failure Of The Obama Presidency.” Intended to illustrate just how Obama’s policies fail us, and the Constitution he swore to uphold, it is based on The 10 tenets for establishing and maintaining democracy, written by William J. H. Boetcker and originally published in 1942. To read previous installments, just type or copy “The Abject Failure” into the search box to the right of this article, then click “Search.”  

The more research I did to support this particular tenet, the more I realized that this tenet is, perhaps, the most complex to explain and properly cover:  

8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.  

Photoshop by Josh Johnson

 Let me be clear about this: The United States is teetering on the edge of financial oblivion and it would be both factually incorrect and misleading to suggest the blame for this lies at the feet of the Obama administration.    

Neither the mainstream media nor Congress, nor most of the Presidential administrations over the past 40-50 years have been totally honest with the American public about this. But the numbers don’t lie, even if the politicians do: The amount of money the United States is committed to in either social programs or entitlements over the next decade is well over $100 Trillion (yes, with a “T”). Our own Alan Speakman of Grand Rants has written about this on a number of occasions. For a harsh look at the truth, read these pieces by Alan:   

This debt is principally the result of entitlements funded by Congress while you and I were not paying attention.  “Who’s going to win the playoffs?” became more of a concern to us than “What is Congress doing with our tax dollars?”  “What’s the number one song on the hit parade this week?” surpassed “Can we, as a nation, afford to do this now?” in importance. So, in a way, if you want to know who is most directly responsible for the economic crisis, we can all start by looking into a mirror.  

Even in years when administrations claimed to have a balanced budget, the deficit was, in fact, building in the background. Both political parties share the blame for this.  

In order to fully understand the nature of the beast preparing to devour our entire economy, here is a “quick-start” video to help get you up to speed. I urge you to watch it in its entirety.  When the video has finished, then please click on the link to read the rest of this installment to see how the Obama administration is heading in exactly the wrong direction… and why they are doing so intentionally.  

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Why the 2010 Census Ticks Me Off

February 25, 2010


When it comes to the census, forget about the cheap politics involved. (As you may recall, one of the first things Obama did when he took office was to snatch the power of the U.S. Census from the Commerce Department and pull it directly into the White House… To control the Census is to control how state populations are counted and therefore how representation is doled out.)

But just forget about that. That’s the kind of crap we’ve come to expect from D.C…

Here’s the math that drives me crazy…

In 1970 it cost $1.22 per person to count every person in the United States – all 203.3 million of us.

In 2010, it’s projected to cost $45.31 per person to make the count.

Why such a vast difference? Well, there are two main factors: inflation and population growth. Fair enough. In today’s economy, a 1970’s dollar doesn’t buy much. In fact, due to inflation, it would take $5.58 to equal that old single-buck buying power.

Add to that the fact that our population has grown by a factor of 1.5, and you should start to see a Census cost per person count (in today’s dollars) of $10.25 [$1.22 *5.58*1.5]. Heck, let’s completely ignore the phenomenal efficiency of 40 years of technological revolution and call it an even $15 per person. This nets out to $5 billion for the entire Census count (and that’s an extremely generous estimate).

Instead, the actual projected amount for the 2010 Census is actually about $14.3 billion.

And why do you suppose it will cost $45.31 per person (just toss in a sleaze factor of three) in 2010 for a system that will no doubt be crooked as hell? You do the math.

Yeah, I’m ticked. You should be, too.

Alan Speakman


Obama Minus Teleprompter: Making Joe Biden Sound Good

February 4, 2010

  

We’ve all seen it before: Take away Barack Obama’s teleprompter and it’s not long before Joe Biden starts sounding pretty impressive as a public speaker. 

Another such moment occurred earlier this week at a town meeting in Nashua, NH. But the real story is not so much in what he said, but the supreme irony of how POTUS managed to stuff so many feet into his mouth at once. 

Supreme Irony 

Obama was trying to convince those in attendance that in tough economic times, it’s important to cut back on wasteful spending.  As he spoke those words, I couldn’t help but wonder how many in the crowd appreciated the supreme irony and utter hubris: the American taxpayers, backbone of the United States (and source of all money being wasted by the federal government) were being lectured about wasteful spending by the man: 

  • Who just submitted a federal budget that is the highest in history – at a time when America can least afford increases in government spending
  • Who signed the most pork-filled and irresponsible stimulus package legislation without even bothering to read it — or allow us, the taxpayers, time to read it  — before  he signed it
  • Who is bound and determined to pass an equally mysterious health care reform bill that will, in all likelihood, put the final nail into the coffin of our economy (while killing what has been the world’s premiere medical system including research for breakthroughs in numerous diseases)

The hubris was staggering… but wait! 

As embarrassingly bad as that was, it was about to get a lot worse. Obama stopped just long enough to switch feet in his mouth. 

In an attempt to explain the need for fiscal conservatism (something that Obama clearly knows nothing about), he decided to forgo TOTUS and test the waters of Ad-lib Bay… only to get sucked out to sea by the undertow of Stubris as he pontificated: 

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” said Obama . “You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” 

The president’s comments come nearly a year after he criticized companies that received federal money for taking corporate junkets to Las Vegas. His comment back then: 

“You can’t go take that trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime.” 

Keep those words in mind for a moment. We’ll get right back to them. 

Las Vegas business leaders said Nevada tourism suffered last year in part because companies canceled trips to Las Vegas in the wake of the president’s comments. The sting had only started to fade, but Las Vegas continues to suffer more than most cities in this recession. 

Let The Bashing Begin 

The backlash from Harry Reid’s state was instantaneous. From the AP

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said during a hastily called news conference that Obama is no friend to Las Vegas and would not be welcomed here if he visits. 

“I’ll do everything I can to give him the boot,” Goodman said. “This president is a real slow learner.”… 

Nevada’s tourism has been hit hard during the past two years as consumers everywhere tighten leisure spending and companies spend less on meetings and conventions. 

Reid, one of Obama’s closest allies, issued a statement headlined “Reid to Obama: ‘Lay off Las Vegas”‘ and was unusually blunt in his reaction. 

“The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid said. “I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas.” 

Perhaps… just perhaps… if we could all take a step back and look at the big picture, we could see that this is also what Obama is doing to the entire United States economy… not just Las Vegas. It is unfortunate that the city was singled out, but Obama’s words and actions since taking office are doing to the US economy what his latest hoof-in-mouth disease incident has done directly to Vegas for a second time. 

In response to the all the outrage, Obama dutifully dashed off a letter of pseudo-apology to Harry Reid: 

Click to read President's Apology

From Stubris back to Hubris 

Nowhere in this letter will you find an actual apology,  for to do so would be an acknowledgement of having made a mistake. And Obama still believes he is never wrong. 

And back to Stubris Once More 

What he should be doing is writing a much longer apology to the citizens of the United States for the way he is trashing what is left of our economy with his reckless spending. But the chances of that are… well, you don’t need the boys in Vegas to give you the odds on that. 

Read the President’s letter and he implies he’s looking forward to his “next visit to Las Vegas in about two weeks.  Wanna bet he  takes that trip to Las Vegas or goes down to the Super Bowl on taxpayers’ dime?” 

After this latest verbal gaffe-cum-teaching opportunity, you just know that somewhere Dan Quayle and Joe Biden are having a toast, shouting out, “We’re finally off the hook!” 

Gerry Ashley


Uh, Mr. President? Let’s Re-Visit That “B-Plus”

January 21, 2010

America Celebrates Obama’s First Anniversary As President
But For A Very Different Reason

"Good, Solid B-Plus"? Not From THIS Writer.

Well, it’s been exactly a year since President Obama took office as I write this. And, as an anniversary present Tuesday night, Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts – and doesn’t that sound good?) gave the nation a real present: “Change” that brings us real  “Hope” for the future.

But today, it’s time to look at Obama’s first year in office. Recently,  Oprah Winfrey interviewed President Obama (re-defining the term “softball interview”) in which she asked the President how he would grade himself on his first year.  Here (with corrections where appropriate) was his response:

POTUS: Good solid B-plus. I think that we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Uh, Mr. President, the truth of the matter is, you have done little more than created the biggest set of challenges of any other president… since George Washington. Consider the following: Read the rest of this entry »