Monthly Archives: June 2010

Cognitive Dissonance

Ed Martin asked the question today on Twitter, “Why are economists “shocked” when socialist policies fail to create jobs? #TCOT #TeaParty”

Knowing he was being facetious, I played along and made the quick reply — Cognitive Dissonance. He already knew the answer I’m sure.

Defined, Cognitive Dissonance is the is the feeling of uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time.

So, economists who follow socialist policies…

  • Increase spending
  • Increase government control
  • Increase debt

…all while knowing that the massive size of the spending, government control, and debt will lead to disastrous consequences of financial failure of the U.S much like Greece… …feel shock when they see the policy failing.

This is much like the smoker (which I was for 28 years).  You know its wrong and it’s bad for you, but it feels good at the time so you keep doing it.  Only 40 years down the road you are stricken with cancer and pay the price of your 28 years of cognitive dissonance.

America will surely pay the price for the policies of the socialist.  Unsustainable debt, hyper-inflation, high unemployment, vast realignment of the public sector, stagflation, unbearable energy costs — all in our imminent future as we continue down the socialist path.  The only chance for America is if, when returned to power, the Republicans listen to the Tea Party and make drastic and massive cuts to government spending and taxes.  If you’re on the public dole at any level, you better be looking for a way to get back into the private sector.  It’s America’s only shot!

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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in Miscellaneous


I Own A Cannon!

When the Founding Fathers considered weaponry during the creation of the 2nd Amendment, the primary items of combat were the Musket, the Flintlock Pistol, the Sword, the Sabre, and the Cannon.  When you read the 2nd Amendment, you see the Founders carefully chose the following words:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Note that the word Musket, Pistol and Cannon are not listed in the Amendment.  The Founders purposefully chose the word Arms to indicate that the people shall have the right to carry the same Arms as those that would be carried by the Army and Navy.  Why?  The Founders knew that the only way for people to be free was for the people to be able to protect themselves from other people AND the government!  They Founders knew, in every land where there is tyranny under a despot, the citizenry had been stripped of its right to protect itself through the confiscation of Arms.

With the recent Supreme Court decision, the 2nd Amendment has received a bit of new life, but the battle is not over.  However,  as the criminals in Washington DC, Chicago IL, and St. Louis MO continue to be shot dead by law abiding gun toting patriots, we will see the level of crime in this country and innocent death continue to decrease!

Ask the folks in Kennesaw


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Toronto Rocks

Spent a couple days in Toronto, Ontario Canada last week starting with a 3-hour Southwest flight delay and ending in an 1-hour Southwest flight delay.  In between, it was an assault on the senses with new and different experiences.

Arriving in Buffalo, Jim met me at the Airport and we raced to Toronto and directly to the Rogers Centre for the main purpose of the trip:  Cardinals vs. Blue Jays baseball games!  The tickets found on Craig’s List fell through, so we were at the mercy of the scalpers… …or the scalpers were at the mercy of Jim!  Having watched the prior nights game on TV, we knew that there were a plethora of available tickets and the demand curve was in our favor!  It’s funny to hear a scalper talk about the popularity of the night’s game with a 3-inch stack of tickets in his hand – irony?  Maybe.

Chris Carpenter pitched a gem with 8-innings 3-hit shut-out baseball even though he did not look as sharp as he did at any time in 2009.  Ryan Franklin came in for the save, and the Cardinals won 1-0 by scoring in the top of the 9th.  Good night for the Cards fans!  Rogers Centre Sippy-Cups were a fan favorite:

At the Rogers Centre, the imminence of the G20 Summit in Toronto was vivid — with police and dogs investigating railroad tracks, overpasses and underpasses.  There were police in water taxis, on wave runners, on bikes, standing, sitting, riding, being fed from a cart driven by what would be called the “beer wench” at the golf course.  They were in good spirits and glad to be profiting from the $1,000,000,000 that the government was spending on the G20 Summit.  Once officer told us she would be getting at least 100 hours of overtime for the event… …and that she had been called in from her ‘holiday’ – ‘vacation’ in American English.

After the game, we chatted with locals at Shoeless Joe’s restaurant near the shore of Lake Ontario!  Beautiful full moon to add to the ambiance of the evening.  As Mike Shannon would say, “I hope you can see this full moon back in St. Louis.”

On Thursday, a crappy breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express was followed by a crappy pie at Mamma’s Pizza on Yonge St.  Food was not the highlight of the trip!  We walked up to Eaton Centre and hung out at Yonge-Dundas Square for a bit.  Smoke and Java are two Ontarian favorites as the smell of cigarettes and coffee filled the air wherever you went.   The European influence could be seen in the attire of the folks on the street.  The corner at Yonge-Dundas Square was reminiscent of Times Square in New York City with giant billboards and enormous active media screens.

A call from the office interrupted the people-watching and work ensued.  We headed back toward the coast (as it were) and ran across the St. Lawrence Market – Soulard on steroids!  120 specialty merchants with everything from Apples to Zinfandel on sale.  Two floors of fresh foods and other shoppes to browse.  Oh, and all of the outside activity was closed on the week day.  Talk about KING CRABS!

After a stroll through the market and a coffee, we stopped at the pub for a couple lagers, watched a bit of the Spain/Uruguay (I think) soccer game.  No one hates the vuvuzela more than me!

Back to the area near the Rogers Centre, we visited a couple drinking establishments, had some dinner and relaxed near the Lake Ontario shoreline… …readying for the night’s ballgame.  More and more police (G20) seemed to be arriving on the scene.  Even the police men and women teased us about our Cardinals attire.  Tonight’s game was a disappointment as the Cards couldn’t complete the sweep.  Adam Wainwright was serving meatballs and the Blue Jays looked like they were enjoying some batting practice.  Cardinals bats were cold.

Time to head back to Buffalo.  Stopped for more diet cheating and grabbed a Wendy’s Frosty.  It may be frozen ‘stuff’, but it’s delicious frozen stuff. It was nice to see Jan, and it may be the first time in 6-8 years that I’ve seen her!

Up and at it on Friday, Jim made pancakes and eggs — probably the best meal of the trip.  We dressed for a wet ride on the Niagara river and off we went to the Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jet Boat Ride.  What a rush… …of cold.  We dressed in yellow ponchos and orange life jackets and boarded the Jet Boat with 7000 Horsepower to drive our ride up and down the rapids.  It was not warm at 11:00 in the morning on the Niagara river with the spray of the cold water flying over the boat as it careened up and down the river.  The captain executed a few 360’s in the calmer waters and then headed for the Level 5 Rapids up toward the Falls.  Further up river, we powered up through the rapids and watched as other boats navigated back down for their joyrides.  It was our turn and we took 5 ‘named’ runs at the rapids.  One was called the ‘Nasal Flush’ and it lived up to its name.  The water poured over the front of the boat, pounded our faces and blew up my nose as the boat bounced up and down through the rapids.

Before the final run, we powered a bit further up the river to see some Level 6 Rapids and the Whirlpool itself.  God given beauty!  Just a short 12,000 years ago, the Niagara Falls were 2 miles further down the river.  We headed back toward the dock, knocked out another 360, and disembarked, wobbly, from the boat.

After a quick lunch at Wegman’s deli counter, we headed towards the Niagara Falls proper and enjoyed the beauty there!  What power the water has as it flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.   We visited Goat Island and the 3 Sisters on our walks.  Then, we went down to the Falls ‘proper’ to enjoy it’s beauty there!

Time to head back to Buffalo, enjoy an hour-delayed flight back to St. Louis and home again.  Thanks to Jim and his family for the hospitality, and thanks to God for the gifts He gives me and the beauty He created!

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Posted by on June 28, 2010 in Cardinals


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Freedom Fights – St. Charles, MO – Live Blog

Brought to you by I Heard The People Say.  You can watch it live at A Traditional Life Lived

It’s time for a change in politics as usual, because it’s no longer politics as usual!

Freedom Fights, Missouri’s largest candidate fair, will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2010, 12 noon – 5 pm, at the St. Charles Convention Center. You will not want to miss this event! Informative and engaging? Yes! Boring and stuffy? No!

We will be broadcasting LIVE all day from this event starting at noon CST. JOIN US!

Paul Curtman leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance; Jackie Smith sings the National Anthem

Kevin Jackson, emcee, gets things rolling!

1st round:

Round 1A: Gary Fuhr, Marsha Haefner, Dan Johnson, Jerry Little, Rich Magee, Cindy McGee, and William Spaits

1. What is 1st Priority of legislation if elected!

  • Jobs
  • State Sovereignty
  • We’re not stupid in Missouri; we KNOW how to live w/o government interference

2. Should science classes in MO include competing theories including intelligetn design

  • In many areas of science we don’t exactly know all the answers, so we must explore all answers
  • Give the children ALL information
  • We need to learn both
  • Need guidelines and parameters for teachers so we’re not just teaching what the one teacher happens to believe
  • Global warming is a prime example of  ‘settled’ science that is debunked; much like we don’t have all the answers on Evolution!

Lots of Yes/No Questions and the end of Round 1A

Round 1B: Sue Allen, Richard Blowers, Patrick Brennan, Kathie Conway, Paul Curtman, Dave Evans, Kurt Bahr, Curtis Farber, Al Faulstich

1. Do you think illegal immigrants already working here should be provided health care

  • No, deport illegal immigrants and wipe out unemployment
  • Illegal means illegal; root out folks here illegally; enforce existing law
  • Enforce border security
  • Only enough to stabilize them to send them where they came from
  • Undermines rule of law; would just subsidize more illegal immigration

2. Why are you running for office?

  • I value freedom, liberty, and small government… …even Republicans
  • Inalienable rights; life, liberty and happiness
  • Involved in campaigns since 12yo; not a politician nor career politician; come home and live under laws I help pass
  • I grew up w/ opportunity; I don’t see that being there for my kids and grandkids
  • Running for re-election because we haven’t finished the work; I am a citizen legislator serving all citizens of Missouri
  • Fed up w/ what’s going on in Federal government for years, and maybe I can make a difference in Missouri

More Yes/No Questions for Round 1B

Intermission:  Jay Stewart talking with the crowd and giving away prizes.  1st ticket… …702249.  WINNER!

Round 2: John Wayne Tucker, Candice Britton, Robyn Hamlin, Edward Crim, Martin Baker, Scott Rupp, Cynthia Davis

1. Why are you running for office?

  • We want our government back
  • Tired of calling representative and not hearing back… …decided to take the calls herself
  • To ensure we Audit the Fed!
  • State problems mirror Fed problems in the Senate

2. Would you favor a law similar to AZ SB1070

  • Yes, we’ve passed a law similar to SB1070 already and banned sanctuary cities
  • Sponsored laws to require drivers license test in English only
  • Stop anchor babies.
  • Stop the student visas that stay past their visa expiration
  • An illegal alien has invaded our country.  No amnesty.

Senate Lightning Round

After the intermission, Senator Jim Lembke now speaking on State Sovereignty!  Jefferson, Adams, Franklin vs. Pelosi, Reid, Franken?!?!?  How have we let our standards fall so low!  Carries the MO State Constitution and Paul Curtman’s Don’t Tread On Me.  How many people knew there was a Preamble to the Bill of Rights?  (very few)

“THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.:

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.”

Health Care Freedom Act:

Some asked if it was a waste of the Taxpayers time!  Part of my job is to protect your freedom to have or not have private / public insurance!

Round 3: Charles Baum, Allen Icet, Tom Schweich, Tony Laszacs, Hector Maldenado, Joe Martenello, Kristi Nichols, Chuck Purgason, Cisse Spragins, and Mike Vontz!!

First, 2 minutes for each candidate to give their name, office candidacy, and give a bit of a stump speech!

1. Would you rather go hunting with Cheney or driving w/ Ted Kennedy!

Now the real first question…

1. What is the best way to create jobs

  • Government doesn’t create anything but government jobs.
  • Cut taxes / Cut regulation
  • Country built on idea that hard work makes you money that you get to keep
  • Get rid of H1B visas that take away U.S. jobs
  • Fair Tax / Eliminate IRS / Jobs
  • If you don’t cut spending, you don’t solve the problem!

2. How do you feel about the AZ law and how would you apply it to Missouri

  • Stop the Welfare and you stop the Magnet
  • MO already passed some bills and went beyond what AZ has done.  Columbia was a sanctuary city and eliminated those.
  • The Federal government needs to do their job and follow the Constitution
  • Salute to Jan Brewer for standing up against the Federal Government.  Hope it catches on.

Time for the lightning round

And, that’s a wrap.  We have a few prizes to give away, and we’ll call it a night.

It was a great event; thanks to Annette, Margaret, and all who helped organize the event!

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Posted by on June 27, 2010 in Conservative, Election, Republican


Democrats To Cut Taxes

Knowing that Democrats care about getting elected FIRST and the American People, the Deficit, and reality LAST, we know that they will vote to extend the Bush Tax Cuts well in advance of the elections this fall.  They will traipse around the country declaring that they care about the deficit and keeping the tax burden at a minimum for the middle class.

In the past 4 years that the Democrats have been in control of Congress, they have talked  constantly about the need to raise revenues (taxes) and little (if any) about cutting spending.  Steny Hoyer confirms the Democrat mantra here. In fact, the increase in the DEFICIT (amount borrowed)  from 2007 – 2011 will be 5 TRILLION dollars.

The lack of responsibility in the Democrat Congress is astounding and completely ignores the will of the people — with or without the Tea Party.  The electorate for the 18 months that is the Obama presidency have shown time and again that they intend to elect Fiscal Conservatives to get our spending under control (including Social Security and Medicare), keep taxes low, and retire the country’s debt.  The electorate has told Congress and the President that it is time for Americans to be responsible for themselves, protect their borders, return illegal immigrants to their country of origin, and return to the Constitution’s intent of a small Federal Government.

Yet, those in the Democratically controlled government continue to tell us that we need more government.  That’s the same things as the vacuum cleaner salesman telling you that you need a stronger vacuum cleaner.

America’s not buying what they’re selling, and while the Democrats move to the Center to run for re-election, let all voters stay alert to the big government gods and high tax goddesses that the Democrats truly serve.

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Posted by on June 22, 2010 in Conservative, Democrat, Tea Party


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Can You Tune A Fork?

A tuning fork couldn’t help the Obama Administration’s tone deaf policy towards illegal immigration.  As 2/3 of America supports the Arizona Illegal Immigration Law, as more and more states move to enact similar legislation, as Oklahoma strengthens its laws, the Obama Administration distributes a PSA to give out a hot line number — not to report on Illegal Aliens — to allow them to call and complain if they are not being fairly paid…

Hotair Hotline

Last week, they were setting up Club Fed for the Illegal Alien detention centers with hanging plants and movie nights.  This week, BHO wants to make sure they’re getting paid fairly while they are illegally working in the USA.

Next week’s headline… …SEIU Accepts 20,000,000 Illegal Aliens Into Their Union Rolls

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Posted by on June 21, 2010 in Illegal Immigration, Obama


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O’Reilly / Beck

On Saturday night, we enjoyed Pat Gray, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly in the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University.  Glenn spent some time reviewing the latest chalkboard entry on George Soros, his investment Petrobras, his investment in Obama, and Obama’s $2,000,000,000 loan to… …Petrobras.

O’Reilly spent most of his time making fun of Beck.  He was also noticeably spry for his age but desperately in need of a turkey-neck reduction surgery.

The most poignant portion of the show came when Glenn and Bill were on stage together after the intermission.  At some point in your upbringing, your view of the world is formed, and if you are a free market capitalist, you were probably taught that free market capitalism was a good thing.  So, the discussion turned to Obama’s upbringing.

Glenn listed that…

  • His mother went to Indonesia to study Socialism
  • His father wrote about Socialism and the need to 100% tax the rich
  • His teen mentor was Frank Marshall Davis… a member of the Communist Party of the USA
  • Obama’s Brother Roy and Cousin Odinga are Marxists
  • His Grandparents were socialists, and…
  • His friends at college were Socialists, Maoists, Marxists, and other radicals

If, during your upbringing, you are surrounded by NASCAR enthusiasts, it’s very likely that you will be a NASCAR enthusiast.  Obama, surrounded by Marxists, Maoists, Communists, and Socialists during his upbringing… …you do the math.

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Posted by on June 21, 2010 in Obama


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