May all of the blessings of the holiday come your way.
Monthly Archives: December 2010
An inspirational Christmas address from Ronald Reagan’s first Christmas at the White House. A wonderful speech filled with joy, hope, and Reagan’s undying optimism.
God Bless Ronald Reagan, God Bless America, and may everyone experience the miracle of Christmas this glorious season.
Special thanks to Whitney Z for sending this video our way.
A Christmas message from Sarah Palin:
If you are still looking for a cause to donate to this Christmas, allow me to make a suggestion. Todd, Bristol, Greta Van Susteren, and I recently traveled to Haiti to witness first hand the amazing work done by Rev. Franklin Graham’s organization Samaritan’s Purse. Bristol wrote about our experiences on her Facebook page here.
In an effort to fight a deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti, Samaritan’s Purse has flown over a dozen flights carrying vital medical supplies to the two cholera treatment centers it has been running since the start of the outbreak. These centers, run by medical volunteers from the U.S., Canada, and the UK, have helped save the lives of nearly 5,000 patients.
The cholera treatment centers are part of a larger Samaritan’s Purse effort aimed at restoring the human dignity and economic independence of the Haitian people. Since the disastrous earthquake in January of this year, Samaritan’s Purse has spent $29 million on relief, helping more than half a million people by building 10,000 shelters (more than half of the shelters built in Haiti to date have been put up by Samaritan’s Purse); providing non-cholera related medical assistance (including 250 surgeries) to a total of 43,000 patients; providing clean drinking water to more than 75,000 people; and clearing the rubble from 179 building sites.
None of this would have been possible without the generosity of countless small donors. With all the blessings bestowed upon us in this great country of ours, we also have an opportunity to share those blessings with people who are less fortunate. Samaritan’s Purse is doing exactly that – saving lives one person at a time.
If you’d like to support the great work Samaritan’s Purse does in Haiti and around the world, please visit their website.
Below you’ll find some photos of our Haiti visit taken by Greta Van Susteren. They show what we saw at a temporary housing camp, at the cholera clinics in Bercy and Cité Soleil, and at a meeting where we helped to bring smiles to children’s faces by handing out shoeboxes filled with presents as part of Samaritan’s Purse’s worldwide Operation Christmas Child.
~ Sarah Palin
The people of Haiti are in real trouble. The cholera outbreak is killing them off left and right. The conditions after the earthquake are deplorable. To make matter’s worse, their government is in complete turmoil. This is a good lesson in my depending on government isn’t the best course of action. Even though this is one of the things governments should try to help with, depending on them can be hazardous to your health.
Samaritan’s Purse is doing God’s work down there. They are making a real difference. If you are looking to give to a worthy charity that will actually make a difference, this is the one.
You can help by visiting their website here.
Both Sarah and Bristol have a bunch of photos from their trip to Haiti, taken by shutterbug Greta Van Susteren. They are both heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. Visit Sarah’s page here and Bristol’s page here to check them out.
Have a blessed Christmas
By Gary P Jackson
It just ain’t Christmas with out Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra to get us in the swing of things!
From Brian’s 2005 live Christmas Extravaganza:
Dig That Crazy Santa Claus ….
…. and Zat You Santa Claus?
Last, but not least, Brian and the Orchestra performing Boogie Woogie Santa Claus on the old Conan O’Brian Show.
Here’s wishing everyone a rockin’ Christmas Eve!
By Gary P Jackson
Recently a couple of Washington elites, Republican “strategist” and Fox News talking head Karl Rove and columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer have decided to weigh in on all things Sarah Palin.
Karl Rove “The Architect” [of WHAT I have no idea] has stated that writing books and having a so-called “reality show” just doesn’t display the proper “gravitas” befitting a United States President. Note these GOP elites, just like the dishonest media, refer to Sarah’s travelogue as a “reality show” in the pejorative. It’s a dishonest attempt to compare a show about the beauty and magnificence of Alaska, with a look into the Palin family’s life, with Jersey Shore, or the Real Housewives of wherever.
It’s pretty sad. But it’s all these people have. No ideas, no substance. Just petty snark. Here’s a hint for ya Karl. Snark doesn’t equal gravitas either pal!
Charles Krauthammer, the very epitome of the Beltway elite, who has no idea what life outside the Washington bubble is about, has recently said Sarah’s two best selling books, and her mega-hit TLC show are “distractions” and if she wants to be taken serious she needs to “study up.” I guess that’s an improvement from last year when, after framing the ObamaCare debate with two powerful words,[death panels] Charles declared that Sarah should “leave the room.”
Nothing elitist about that at all. Nope, no way.
With those two little words Sarah changed the entire debate. And while ObamaCare was passed, it was the fight of Obama’s life, took multi-billion dollar bribes to get votes, and will be repealed before it ever takes full effect. Thanks to Sarah Palin firing people up, and keeping them fired up, more people now than ever are demanding this dangerous legislation be repealed. The direct result of her unrelenting campaign against ObamaCare, and other dangerous initiatives, are the recent historic elections.
But Charles is the smart one. Don’t you DARE to forget that.
I guess Charles can’t lower himself to read the dozens of op-eds in many of the nation’s largest and most influential newspapers Sarah has written, on ever major issue of our time. I’m sure it’s beneath Charles to go over to Facebook and read the hundreds of notes, read by millions, on serious issue. Why the man might have to rub elbows [if only online] with us commoners.
For her part, Sarah was invited on Bill O’Reilly’s show, the night after Krauthammer once again made a fool of himself. She was brilliant in her refudiation of these little Washington elites.
In case you missed it, the occasion of Krauthammer’s appearance on the O’Reilly Factor was to handicap the 2012 GOP field. Predictable, for an elite, Charles declared Mitt Romney the front runner, but admitted he was not going to be successful because of RomneyCare. [yeah, that took some real genius to figure out!] So when pressed, Krauthammer professed him man crush on Mitch Daniels.
I haven’t written much about Mitch Daniels, because it’s hard to stop laughing long enough to type anytime he is mentioned as a serious presidential contender.
Daniels was George w Bush’s Director of Budget Management. [let that sink in a minute] Recently, when asked about this by Fox News’ Bret Baier, in the context of how fiscally irresponsible the Bush years were, Daniels kinda did the “wasn’t my job man” dance. You know, because the Director of Budget Management for the President of the United States has nothing to do with all that money stuff!
Daniels has also famously called for a “truce” on all social issues. [because the democrat’s social engineering NEVER costs us any money] Daniels is strongly in favor of a European style value added tax [VAT] on all goods and services. This national tax would be in addition to the income tax.[let THAT sink in a moment]
Just the other day Daniels also said we should ignore the abortion issue, because it gets in the way of the money stuff. I don’t know about you, but to me, the right to life is the most basic human right there is. It’s a fight we should never give up, not for one second.
In other words Mitch Daniels is not a serious candidate. But he’s “smart.”
I’m still trying to figure out why Charles Krauthammer’s opinion, especially on what and who is “presidential” even matters. Krauthammer’s biggest claim to fame is he used to be a speech writer for far left presidential candidate Walter Mondale. [and yet, Charles is allowed to pass himself off as a Conservative]
Mondale was Vice President to mega-failure President Jimmy Carter. He ran against President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
How formidable was Krauthammer’s man, Mondale? Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes. [out of a possible 538] Mondale won his home state of Minnesota and it’s 13 electoral votes by only 0.18%, and the District of Columbia. Literally a hand full of votes going Republican in Minnesota could have given Reagan a 50 state sweep!
That Krauthammer sure can pick em, huh!
These elites who are constantly sniping at Sarah Palin do so, not because they honestly think she isn’t “presidential,” [whatever the hell that means] but because they have an agenda. The Republican establishment fears Sarah Palin. Not the lady, as much as what she represents. Like Ronald Reagan before her, Sarah is a movement Conservative. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. She is the real deal and has put the principles of Reagan Conservatism into practice every day of her 20 year career as a public servant.
Sarah is also a reformer. Has been since her earliest days as a member of the city council in Wasilla. The GOP elites know she sent a bunch of dirty Republicans to the hoosegow over the massive corruption she uncovered. The fact they were members of her own party mattered nothing to her. This scares both parties in Washington, but scares the Republican establishment the most. When Sarah Palin says she would go to Washington to “shake things up” she means it! [and they know it]
Sorry to ramble on, I promised this would be about Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and it is.
You see, I laugh at these little elites like Rove and Krauthammer, who think doing a wonderful show about Alaska, and life living in what is truly the last frontier, is somehow beneath a serious person.
I guess these two idiots never heard of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom!
When I was a kid growing up, millions were glued to the TV on Saturdays to watch this adventure show hosted by Marlin Perkins, of the St Louis Zoo, and sponsored by the Omaha, Nebraska based insurance company. Every week we watched as Perkins and his crew showed us another adventure. Much like Sarah’s show, there was a bit of a “reality” component, as well. These were great shows.
I wasn’t a big fan, but millions also watched the many Jacques Cousteau underwater adventures that featured as much, or more , family interaction [“reality”] as does Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
For the life of me, I can’t recall a single human being questioning whether Marlin Perkins or Jacques Cousteau were “serious people”.
Look, times change, and styles change. OF COURSE Sarah Palin’s Alaska may have a slightly different style than the two celebrated shows mentioned above, but so what? Everything gets modernized and updated for current times. Nothing in the media is like it was 40-50 years ago, including the news media where these nay-saying pundits get to spout off!
I for one greatly enjoy seeing Alaska in high definition!
As for being a serious outdoors woman somehow not being “presidential,” if that was true, why is it “serious candidates” like Mitt Romney and John Kerry [who served in Vietnam] go through such ridiculous kabuki theater to pander to the American people by pretending to be “life long hunters”?
Who can ever forget the pathetic attempt by John Kerry [ a Vietnam vet] to look “with it” when he walks into a shop asking: “Can I get me a huntin’ license heyah?”
These guys, Romney and Kerry, who aren’t sure which end of a gun to point at the target, are “serious people” but Sarah Palin, who has hunted, fished, and lived the frontier life since childhood is not?
Give me a break.
Someone else who might give Rove and Krauthammer’s notions a pretty strong rebuff, if he were with us today, is President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt is just as well known for his love of the outdoors, and his adventures as a hunter and fisherman, as he is for his exploits in Cuba during the Spanish-American war, or as President.
Like Sarah Palin, Roosevelt loved the land and all of the wildlife. Not sure how many people today even know that the “teddy bear” all children grow up loving, was named for President Roosevelt, after an incident involving a bear cub, while the President was in Mississippi to resolve a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. You can read that wonderful little story here.
I doubt Sarah and Teddy would see eye to eye on most politics. Roosevelt was a progressive who believed in big government, and overstepped his authority on many occasions, and Sarah, of course, is a Conservative. But the two share a love for the great outdoors, and a penchant for reform.
I can imagine the President who created the concept of a nation parks system would enjoy the notion of a President today who shares his love and respect for the great outdoors, even if that President happens to be a girl!
Sadly, I doubt little elites like Rove and Krauthammer will ever get it. That’s all right, the American people do.
Let me leave you with this:
Larry Johnson wrote this over at No Quarter. I think it speaks well to the impact of Sarah Palin, and Sarah Palin’s Alaska:
A Sarah Palin Christmas
Don’t kill the messenger. I’m just reporting what I saw. Last night we hosted a Christmas Party at our house for the nurses who work for my wife. My wife is a nurse manager and has a staff of 67 (the fact that no human being should have to write fitness reports on 67 people is another matter for another time).
Among the more than 50 people crowded into our house were a small group of teenagers, boys and girls. I have a pool table in my basement alongside a nice 50 inch flat panel TV. Playing eight ball and watching some tube. Life is good. It is a sort of man cave environment. Three of the teenage boys were eager to play billiards and I obliged them. A fourteen and fifteen year old tandem of Irish twins played me and a ten year old boy.
Now you’re asking, I’m sure, what the hell does this have to do with Sarah Palin?
When the billiards match concluded (yes, I beat up on the 14 and 15 year old boys) the boys decided to sit down and watch some tube. It is not your normal system and the remote is not easy to figure out so I offered to get them the channel they wanted. Imagine my shock when all three–the ten year old boy, the fourteen and the fifteen year old–requested SARAH PALIN’S ALASKA. I have HBO, Showtime, Encore and NFL Network. Although I do not subscribe to the Playboy channel it was late enough at night that I’m sure Showtime had a nude fest on somewhere.
Yet, despite all of those options, the boys wanted to watch Sarah Palin’s show. Hell, I did not even realize it was on. These guys knew where and when the show was on. That tells me something about the Sarah phenomena. She is resonating with a segment of society I never imagined would have a clue about her.
One of the boys did confess that he found Sarah’s daughter, and I’m quoting here, “HOT.” I found that reassuring in that one would expect teenage boys to be thinking about girls.
Democrats beware. All of your attacks on Sarah Palin and your attempts to demonize her or demean her intellect are likely to backfire. You know Sarah is a genuine phenomena when you are confronted with the fact that three boys with a chance to watch anything on TV choose to watch Sarah.
How’s that for a Christmas story?
For those not familiar with Johnson, here’s his bio:
Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department’s Office of Counterterrorism.
He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
This is someone who’s career has been based on making observations and analyzing trends. While Johnson doesn’t say it here, I think we can all see the obvious:
Sarah Palin’s Alaska [and Sarah Palin herself] are more relevant [an influential] than Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer.
By Gary P Jackson
Andrea Pedregon, wife of two time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Tony Pedregon, has created a cool 2011 calender featuring the wives of 12 of the National Hot Rod Association’s top drivers.
Help Support Melanoma Skin Cancer Research
Andrea’s Friend Angi, husband Brian, daughter Brooke & son Hunter This full color calendar featuring the NHRA Wives and Driver Husbands is an effort by the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation to raise funds to support Melanoma research.Driven by the loss of a childhood friend due to Melanoma, Andrea Pedregon, Pedregon Racing Team Manager and wife of two time NHRA Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon pledged to make a difference by helping raise funds to defeat the terrible skin cancer disease.
Andrea’s friend Angi’s story and photo will be included on the calendar, along with the 12 NHRA Drivers Wives and Husbands who are helping with this fundraiser. You too can make a difference by purchasing a calendar or multiple calendars.
The wives featured on this calender, which will most certainly be a prized collectable, are:
Kim Anderson (Greg Anderson – Pro Stock Car)
Tracey Bernstein (Brandon Bernstein- Top Fuel Dragster)
Billie Brown (Antron Brown- Top Fuel Dragster)
Shelley Capps (Ron Capps – Funny Car)
Ali Dixon (Larry Dixon- Top Fuel Dragster)
Samantha Kenny Coughlin (Jeg Coughlin – Pro Stock Car)
Adria Hight (Robert Hight – Funny Car)
Annemarie Krawiec (Eddie Krawiec – Pro Stock Bike)
Cindy Line (Jason Line – Pro Stock Car)
Andrea Pedregon (Tony Pedregon- Funny Car)
Connie Worshan (Del Worsham – Top Fuel Dragster)
Pam Johnson (Allen Johnson, Pro Stock Car)
This is a worthy cause. Skin cancer is a serious disease. You can help out and get a neat calender at the same time.
Order your 2011 Real Housewives of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing from Tony Pedregon Racing here.
Jonah Goldberg Handicaps 2012 GOP Presidential Field: Sarah Palin Has Most Devoted Following Among Actual Voters
Who among us can contain their excitement? The GOP presidential primary season has begun!
By my count, there are 24 people who are beneficiaries of nontrivial presidential buzz: Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, John Thune, Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, David Petraeus, Ron Paul, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Bob McDonnell, Jim DeMint, Chris Christie, Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Judd Gregg, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry.
And, with a heavy heart, I take it upon myself to winnow the field down for you.
~ Jonah Goldberg
By Gary P Jackson
Jonah Goldberg has penned one of the more interesting pieces I’ve read on the 2012 Republican Presidential field.
Two things struck me though. One of them about Mike Huckabee:
Also, there’s growing buzz that Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and a fierce defender of his top-tier contender status, may not run at all because he’s got a big new contract with Fox News in the works.
This is not surprising. Huckabee is a media darling because his support is a mile wide, but an inch deep. The Conservative base wants nothing to do with him, especially when he pulls stunts like this.
Huckabee’s fund raising ability is comical with HuckPAC, his political action committee, doing all it can just to stay afloat. As we get closer to 2012, Huckabee’s record as a Big Government tax and spend progressive is not going to play well. Not in this political environment.
It’s always struck me as a bit hypocritical. The left, their media partners, and the GOP elites always try and label Sarah Palin as “just a celebrity” and “not a serious candidate” and yet, she’s the one out there raising millions of dollars, helping get over 60 Republicans elected to office, and releasing important policy statements on every pressing issue of our time.
Meanwhile Huckabee’s the one with the weekly TV show that’s a cross between Oprah and a 21st Century version of Hee-Haw! If Goldberg’s sources are right, it’s Huckabee, not Sarah, who is just in it for the money.
Tell me, who is the “serious” one is again?
Speaking of Sarah, Goldberg after narrowing things down, and coming up with an interesting field of contenders, has this to say about Sarah Palin:
Palin probably has the most devoted following among actual voters.
That one sentence says it all. While the media has their favorites [the ones who they know will lose to Obama] and the GOP establishment has their boys [who will make sure it’s all business as usual] the American people, the ones who will actually decide the elections, prefer Sarah Palin.
Check out Goldberg’s analysis here.
Why not buy a loved one a gift this holiday season that they really need!
~ Betty Cockrum president and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana
By Gary P Jackson
‘Cause nothing says: “Hey, let’s celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!” like murdering some babies.
Planned Parenthood, the organization founded by racist and eugenicist Margret Sanger, who called Negroes, and other ”undesirables,” “human weeds,” has found a new low to sink to. Sanger, a darling of Klan rallies everywhere, worked tirelessly to legitimize abortion, to make it palpable to Americans as a “women’s health issue.” The real agenda was to use abortion as a way to eliminate the Negro population in America.
If you’ve never visited the website BlackGenocide.org, it’s a true learning experience as you delve into the evil that is the progressive moment in America.
Life News reports an affiliate of Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood of Indiana, is offering gift certificates that can be used to purchase, among other things, abortions.
Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) – In what could easily become the most offensive Christmas offer ever a Planned Parenthood affiliate is offering Christmas gift certificates. Purchasers can use them to give the gift of abortion even though the group claims that’s not its purpose or intent.
“Looking for an unusual, yet practical gift this holiday season? Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) is now offering gift certificates for services or the recipient’s choice of birth control method,” the abortion business says.
The gift certificates can be purchased in increments of $25 online at the group’s web site or for any amount at some of PPIN’s 35 statewide facilities.
While PPIN president and CEO Betty Cockrum says they can be redeemed for contraception, birth control and legitimate medical services like breast exams and Pap tests, they can also be used to pay for abortions.
“Why not buy a loved one a gift this holiday season that they really need,” Cockrum says in a press release LifeNews.com obtained. “The gift certificates are also a wonderful idea for that person in your life who puts everyone else first.”
“Please join Planned Parenthood of Indiana and give the gift of health this holiday season,” she adds.
According to Chrystal Struben-Hall, PPIN’s vice president, buyers of gift certificates can give the gift of death, too.
She confirmed to WISH-TV that they can be used for abortions, even though that’s not the intended purpose.
“They really are intended for preventative healthcare. We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates so it’s for whatever people feel they need the services for most,” she said.
Indiana Family Institute President Curt Smith told the television station he is”appalled” by the gift certificates and thinks a better way to help women is to provide financial support for the dozens of pregnancy centers around the state.
“I think the way to help family planning is to give the money where there’s no agenda. So if somebody wants to help a woman at a time of crisis, they can support the life centers throughout Indiana,” he said.
By the way, your tax dollars fund these abortion mills.
How anyone with good conscience can market the wholesale slaughter of children, in the same manner Wal-Mart markets housewares, is beyond comprehension.
Abortion is one of the most barbaric activities humans engage in.
Of course, these are the same people who lose their minds when someone hunts a caribou to fill their freezer for the winter, or stuns a big halibut with a club before preparing it for market.
You have to wonder what sort of mind processes information in this manner.
There’s a lot to be said for demanding a prohibition of local, state, and federal dollars being used to fund abortion factories like Planned Parenthood, but until we address the diseased ideology that thinks it acceptable to murder an other human being, just because it’s an inconvenience to the mother, [or father … whatever] we will never be the nation we are supposed to be.
A people are judged by the way they treat the least among them. Sadly, when the time of reckoning occurs, we are going to be judged quite harshly.
Nanny State Alert! Mike Huckabee: “On ‘Child Nutrition’ I Must Side With Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin”
By Gary P Jackson
I saw this little nugget over at Hot Air. At first I was going to let it go, but thought it merited some actual commentary, rather than Allahpundit’s inane musings about potential web hits.
For those unfamiliar with this little back and forth, Michelle Obama has been out there shilling for a “food safety bill” that would all but destroy independent farmers, and even has the ability to restrict [or eliminate] home gardens. In other words it’s another Big Government power grab that destroys a significant amount of Freedom and Liberty. It limits choices, and in a pinch, could even prohibit one from growing their own food for their own consumption.
As part of this Freedom and Liberty destroying package, there is an initiative that would try and force “children” to eat so-called healthy food, while banning everything else. I put “children” in quotations because depending on what democrats are selling, “children” can mean anyone up to 30 years old!
This program of oppression, for those keeping score, has a price tag of around $4.5 billion, to start. [just for Michelle’s little pet project] By the way, thanks to Republicans from states where Big Agriculture makes generous campaign donations, this monstrosity, the “food safety bill,” is now the law of the land.
Here’s the deal. This is one more situation where Big Daddy government, [or should I say Big Nanny] is going to tell you how you MUST live your life.
Rather than allowing parents to educate their own kids, and control what they eat, some little elite in Washington is going to control yet one more part of your life, and there will be nothing you can do about it [unless you are wealthy and send the kids to a private school or home school them]
This is where Sarah Palin comes in. While Michelle Obama has been out there preaching her nonsense, Sarah has been having fun with her. There was talk of banning school bake sales, so Sarah shows up at a school where she was giving a speech, cookies in hand! She’s been tweeting about this stuff for some time, just wearing MO out.
This really got going though after this past Sunday’s airing of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. While getting ready to do a bit of camping, after some white water rafting, Sarah is looking for the goodies to make s’mores, and dedicates them to MO because the First Lady “says we aren’t supposed to have desert”
It was hilarious!
Bear in mind now, SP’sAK was filmed in the summer, months ago, when the debate was in full swing.
Of course, there was some buzz around the “cookie incident” at the time, but it seems Sunday’s episode turned into an international story. All one has to do is search Bing to find stories from around the world, mostly progressives losing their minds. How DARE Sarah Palin be against totalitarian rule!
That’s what makes Huckabee’s little “me too” so sad. This isn’t exactly fresh ground.
Look, childhood obesity is a real problem. But it’s not because we have stupid or lazy parents who can’t teach their kids to eat right, and don’t control what they eat at home. The school cafeteria food is no worse than it was when I was in school over 40 years ago. It was crappy then too.
The problem isn’t calorie intake, or “self control.” At least not for most of these kids. The problem is the schools. When I was in school we had exercise every single day. In grade school we had “recess” but that went from kinda hanging out and running around, to playing organized games like baseball and daily calisthenics. By the time we got to Jr High, we were running our butts off, and sweating in gym class every day, lifting weights, playing baseball, basketball and so on. This was everyone, not just those on the organized school teams. Where I grew up, the many Jr High’s were basically a farm system for the city’s one high school, and it’s football team, which was a powerhouse.
In most schools, this is gone. With progressives in control of education …. recess, PE, whatever you care to call it … is a thing of the past. They are much too busy with social engineering and indoctrination to have even the most rudimentary forms of exercise available.
Now I also know video games and other “sit on your ass” activities are an issue as well, but parents are the ones to kick Jr out of the house and tell them to do something physical, not Big Daddy Government.
Probably wouldn’t hurt the parents to get out there as well.
What Sarah Palin was mocking Michelle Obama for was not about wanting to do something about fat kids. Sarah was wearing Michelle out for daring to suggest the federal government take control, stealing Liberty and Freedom, [and spending billions of our dollars] to achieve her goals.
As someone who values Freedom and Liberty as much as life itself, Sarah, like most of us, simply cannot fathom anyone allowing government to continually encroach on our basic, God-given right of self-determination. We have the God-given right to live our lives as we please, as long as we aren’t interfering with someone else’s God-right to do the same.
Now as parents, we are responsible for our children. We do have the right [and responsibility] to control what they do, as we teach them right from wrong, and impart life’s wisdom on them. This is the right of parents, not the federal government. In fact, reaching into someone’s home, and taking over these most basic rights, by force, is as big of a usurpation of the Constitution as it gets.
Will parents screw up and feed their kids junk food instead of whatever is deemed healthy this week? Sure they will. But it’s their right to.
Now if MO and Big Nanny Huckabee were talking about spending money on an eduction initiative to teach parents and children about healthy choices, that would be a whole ‘nuther ball game. Same is true if they were going to double down and require all schools to have a serious physical exercise program available to anyone who wanted to participate. I’m talking requiring schools to offer, not students to participate. Parents could opt their children out at their discretion. I could get on board with that.
But that’s not what MO and Big Mike support. No, these two, and many more progressives like them, think you are too stupid to live your life without the government telling you every move to make. What to eat. What to wear. What to drive. What kind of light bulbs to use. The list of government intrusion into our lives is endless.
Of course, this is not new territory for Mike Huckabee. He’s been trying to sell himself off as a “conservative” for some time now, both on the 2008 campaign trail, and on his lame Fox News talk show.But it’s all an act.
He talks the talk, at times, and has a lot of people fooled, but his record as Governor of Arkansas is one of a Big Government Statist. A Nanny Stater who makes New York City’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, look like a piker.
Michael D Tanner, of the CATO Institute. wrote a scathing assessment of Huckabee called “The Biggest Big Government Conservative.” Besides pointing out his poor record, scoring a “F” on fiscal issues, Tanner delves into Huckabee’s progressive tendencies. What Karl Rove would call “Compassionate Conservatism” …. but on steroids.
This needs to be a warning to anyone thinking Mike Huckabee should be anything but a talk show host with a talent for so-so base playing.
One of the wonderful things about Sarah Palin is she has a knack for exposing phonies like Mike Huckabee.
I don’t think she actually tries to do this, BTW. Sarah is just someone who walks the walk. She’s also someone who says what she thinks. It’s just her nature as she goes about doing her thing.
It’s the reactions that Sarah causes, to her just living life, that are telling. People constantly expose themselves as less than desirable when they react to her. I can’t explain why this happens so often, but it’s fun to watch, and someday it will be interesting to write an essay cataloging all of the folks who were exposed by Sarah just being Sarah. The piece would be quite long.
The bottom line is this: The federal government has absolutely no right to reach so deeply into one’s life, and control so much of it. Every time they do, a big old chunk of Freedom and Liberty are gone. Gone forever. Liberty lost never returns. [at least not without drastic action]
Sarah Palin, in her own wonderful style, is out there advocating for maximum human Freedom and Liberty. The Freedom and Liberty to enjoy life to it’s fullest, without Big Daddy Government looking over your shoulders and questioning your every move, and sometimes outlawing moves altogether.
When government gets so deeply involved in the minutia of our lives, we loose our Freedom to choose how we live our lives. We lose all of our personal Liberties.
Sarah knows this well, and cautions against runaway government on a daily basis. She advocates daily for personal Freedom and Liberty.
On the other hand, here is Mike Huckabee not being able to help himself. He is a life long Big Government progressive, a Statist, and has the record tom prove it. He, along with most progressives, think the average person is too stupid to care for themselves, and Big Daddy Government must step in and do everything for you, lest you make “bad” choices. [as determined by them] It’s an insult to our Founding Fathers, and the American people.
On a personal note, when it comes time to take advice on fitness and healthy eating, I’d listen to Sarah Palin, a superb athlete whose running prowess landed her a cover story in Runners World [a story so popular it crashed their website] and someone who eats healthy, organic food most of the time, rather than a couple of con artists who, when told to “haul ass”, need to take two loads!
One last thing. In case you are wondering, the dog in the Huckabee family photo is NOT the one who received the “Michael Vick” treatment.