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Why O Ran from Iran.

Published June 26, 2009 by glaumland

In the days since the Iranian election, it has been thrilling and terrifying to watch the people of Iran take to the streets to voice their resentment. It has become, sadly enough, too easy for us as Americans to take our voting rights for granted. To see the Iranians who have been beaten and murdered for daring to voice their disagreement with their rulers should make somber Americans think back to all of the men and women of every color who fought, and some died, so that we have the right to have our votes count.

So why was the Obama administration so late in coming out to support the Iranian people. His ‘non-response’ appeared to condone the sham elections and support the present theocracy. The problem with Obama is that he has been so ingrained with Alinsky’s ideologies, he doesn’t have the capability of dealing with the world as it is, only how he thinks it should be.

You only have to look at a passage from Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals to see this to be true.

“As for Vietnam, I would like to see our nation be the first in the history of man to publicly say, ‘We were wrong! What we did was horrible…There is nothing we can ever do to make it up to the people of Indo-China- or to our own people – but we will try. We believe that our world has come of age so that it is no longer a sign of weakness or defeat to abandon a childish pride and vanity, to admit we were wrong.’ Such an admission would shake up the foreign policy concepts of all nations and open the door to a new international order.” Vintage Books/Random House, NY, 1989, p. xxiv.

That’s why Obama has gone on his world tour touting how much America has done wrong and why we should apologize. He believes that it is the only way to open doors  of diplomacy with those people and countries who dislike us. Have there been mistakes? Of course there have. To say otherwise would be folly. Should we be contrite and try to learn from them. Of course we should, otherwise we’re doomed to repeat them.

But what Alinsky, and Obama, fail to understand is that rational arguments do not work with irrational people. Alinsky’s Rules are effective because when you manipulate rational people, you can predict the outcome. All creatures, from lowest to highest, move away from discomfort to a place that is more comfortable. But irrational people can’t be counted on to act ‘normally.’

Irrational people don’t behave in rational ways – duh! One only has to look at the suicide bombers to understand that. So why try to interact with them as though they are rational? It just doesn’t make sense, and this is the lesson that Obama needs to learn: that no apologies or acts of kindness or contrition are going to be enough to keep those who hate America from trying to destroy her.

With respect to Iran, Obama needs to understand that darkness can’t live in the light. We need a president who doesn’t bow to the Muslim world in penance or inferiority, but one who stands tall as a leader and a beacon of freedom. Is he learning that lesson? It’s hard to tell at this point. But his upcoming dealings with North Korea will tell us if Obama finally “get’s it.” Sadly, it doesn’t look like he’s making any progress: http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/26/us-wont-use-force-to-inspect-noko-ship/trackback/.

Until next time…

Obama’s Fantasy Island

Published June 26, 2009 by glaumland

So many people probably don’t remember this TV show so let me clue you in:

Someone (say Gina, the librarian) paid for a vacation at Fantasy Island. Mr. Roarke (played by the wonderful Ricardo Montalbon) created their fantasies for them to live out (let’s say Gina wanted to fall in love with a rock star). Someone from their real lives end up with a surprise vacation (like Ed, the janitor, who’s always had a thing for Gina). Gina goes on to find out that the rock-n-roll lifestyle isn’t her cup of tea and that rockers may be hi-fi but usually not fi (that’s fidelity for you youngsters). So Gina hooks up with Ed, and the guy who had a fantasy about being a rocker gets his vacation…get the idea?

Anyway, I think Obama needs a vacation on fantasy island. We all know what his fantasies are: instant healthcare reform, instant banking reform, instant car reform, instant diplomacy with rogue nations, instant power reform…many with price tags in the trillions.

Anyway, on Fantasy Island Obama would have as much money and cooperation as he needed to see his goals accomplished. He would see the people dying because they were too risky to spend precious government medical dollars on. Obama would see the financial world in a bigger mess because poor policies leads to more poor policies (oops – are we there yet!). He would see that by-passing the bankruptcy system doesn’t create a brand new healthy auto industry. He would see that the nations who hate us won’t change just because he wears an “America Sucks!” button. And he would wear a CO2 monitor to see just how much of a carbon emissions problem he is, especially when he’s speachifying..

Would Obama then see the light? Would he convert to conservatism? No, I doubt it. He’d probably be one of those odd screwballs who got sucked into Fantasy Island and never got out. Now THAT’S my fantasy!

Until next time…

Can’t Sleep ‘Cause My Toes Keep Tappin’

Published June 26, 2009 by glaumland

Thanks Fibromyalgia! Thanks Restless Leg Syndrome! Just what I was looking forward to tonight, missing a nights sleep. But guess that means I’ll be sleeping all day tomorrow. And not getting done what I had planned. Grrrr…

On the good side, I’m sitting here with my cup of chamomile tea in hand and doing some blogging.

And speaking of FM and RLS, this Obamacare stuff has me VERY worried. I’m not sure how I would do, because I’m not rich, so I really depend on my healthcare to keep me on my feet. Especially since my symptoms continue to evolve regularly. Plus since I’m getting to mid-century, would I be eligible to receive any help? Don’t know.

That’s why I am NOT in favor of Obamacare…just too many unknowns that the Dems are trying to shove down our throats once again. And it seems like Obama doesn’t even know the answers, calling it an evolving process or something.

My thought is, if the Dems want to do something, take a couple billion (yikes!) and fix the areas of healthcare where government is already involved: Medicare and the Veterans Administration. Once they’ve proven they can fix what’s broken in their own home, maybe then I’d let them work on what isn’t broken in mine.

Until next time…

Goodness, Gracious…Great Balls Of Goats!

Published June 24, 2009 by glaumland

I have the best Dear Hubby in the world, and I’m sure the kids think he’s the best Dad in the world, too. I didn’t know what to get him for Father’s Day, so left it up to him to find something that he wanted.

And that something was a four-month-old LaMancha buck.

Well, I guess financially it makes sense. We paid for the buck what we would pay for two breedings for our girls. That seems pretty smart. I’m just not sure the girls see it that way.

Little buck, now call Peanut, rode home on my lap for 2 hours and was a pretty sweet and calm boy. But he is interested in girl goats (my kids  – my children – were exposed to some new body parts). Ginger and Mozzarella, on the other hand, wanted Peanut to only get out of their way and leave them alone! Already a match made in heaven!

But from the size of his ‘tenders’ (as Little Boy calls them) and his obvious interest in the does, I think Peanut will be a very effective buck. So I’m looking forward to more babies and more milk next year.

Until next time…

I LIKE Obama’s Weenie Diplomacy – But Can I Provide The Weenies?

Published June 24, 2009 by glaumland

It’s been a while since I’ve posted…life has been really busy. Hoping to get back to a somewhat quasi normal schedule. But I just couldn’t pass this topic up!

Frankly, as our nation’s Independence Day approaches, I’ve been giving alot more thought as to how we should celebrate. We generally have great fun at our house every year, either spending time with family or friends, but always the evening ends with a BANG – literally.

And as I heard Obama’s invitation to the Iranian Ambassador’s world-wide to visit the American Embassies on July 4th for a celebration, I was certainly bemused. OK, I celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but more for the Corona than any sense of Mexican Independence. And I’m mildly interested in Juneteenth, but mostly because I can’t quite figure out what day it is. I go green for St. Paddy’s, and sign me up any time of the year for Oktoberfest. We always try to eat Chinese around the Chinese New Year – again not for any indepences or political reasons but only to see if it’s the year of my critter. You might say I have a very worldly view when it comes to drinking and eating.

But I wondered how exactly the Iranian Embassadors would react to an invitation to eat hotdogs and apple pie. I’m pretty certain that they don’t eat pork, but how do they feel about mystery meat? Do they do condiments? I mean, trying to plan this meal could get very complicated for an administration that doesn’t have a Party Planning Czar.

So I figured I would help Mr Obama. First, I get some Swine Flu infected pork (sorry piggies for the misinformation, but it IS just too funny to pass up) and make up a bunch of weenies. Then find some E-coli infected tomatos for ketchup. And surely there’s someplace to find Salmonella laced mustard (probably that Grey Poopon kind). Finally, I’d get a bakery to make some hot from the oven white anthrax buns. Now that’s a meal I’d be happy to serve those Ambassadors. Why I’d even be so generous as to invite all of the Ambassadors from North Korea and Venezuala as well. No reason to leave out any of our former enemies. I mean, come on now, this is the new, lovey-dovey weenie diplomacy at its finest.

Plus, I was a little concerned about planning for seating. Do you think they’d even show up? I mean, they’ve been trying to destroy Americans in the Middle East for 30 years. It hardly seems reasonable to think that they would change their views after a little back yard party. So I’ve decided that the parties should be served buffet style, so everyone can mingle and chittychat. And if a really sweet apology is also served up, maybe the Iranians would consider bringing the fireworks to end the evening.

Oh Darn! Now I see Obama rescinded the invitations for a weenie-fest. Just because they hadn’t RSVP’d or anything. Guess we’ll have to go for plan B…

Halloween Trick-or-Treating with the Iranian, No Korean, and Venezulan Ambassadors. Come as your favorite Dictator or American President. Carter & Obama masks given out at the door for anyone without a costume.

Until next time…

A Gem From Glaumland

Published June 4, 2009 by glaumland

Little Boy has been very full of wisdom this week.

In a conversation with Gma, he asked: “Grandma, now that I’m six, do I know everything?”

During his sister’s softball game, when the attention was on her and not him, he pointedly got my attention to show me an ow-ee. It was a very small scratch on his little finger. When I asked him how it happened, he told me he got it from boringness.

Until next time…

The Man & His Friends Have No Class

Published June 2, 2009 by glaumland

Watching Obama on NBC tonight. Some show about a day in the White House. I guess the idea was to catch him in the ‘unofficial’ moments. Excuse me, but when you are on the clock, and especially in front of the camera, you don’t act the way you do when you when you aren’t on the company dime and in the privacy of your own home.

Did you see…

a world leader on camera in front of press slouching in a limo with his feet up on the seat across from him?

a celebrity who had the condecension to remember and buy lunch for the guy who rode with him to the burger joint? (By the way, who paid for all those lunches?)

a gentleman whose hands were full so he stuck his face in the fry basket to get a fry?

an assistant who couldn’t pull his attention away from his blackberry long enough to give his guest by appointment his full attention?

a staffer lay a greasy bag of burgers straight on a  conference table? (I hope the cleaning staff at the WH have gotten a great big raise to clean up after these slobs!)

I don’t know about you, but if this is what it takes to be a president, I hope my children never aspire to it. They will have manners!

I can hardly wait until the next installment.

Until next time…

It’s update time!

Dear Hubby and I are in the  process of reviewing and reorganizing our investment and retirement plans. Things have gotten tighter, and we are feeling a crunch, just like so many US citizens. So we’ve had to make an adjustment to our lives, just like Obama asked us to do.

Forget about buying a new car: we’ll drive the ones whe have (averaging 10 years old) until they die. And we won’t buy from Government Motors.

Forget about having a date night: we’ll be going to Sonic tomorrow night for their free rootbeer floats. We especially won’t be heading anywhere with a large entourage to note our together time (doesn’t that make the WH Press Corps voyeurs?) or to protect us.

Forget about keeping our temperature at a comfortable level: we burned wood in the stove all winter and won’t even think about AC until July. We pay the electric bill out of our pocket, so all of that sweat and work to get firewood seems like a good trade-off.

Forget about family vacations; the kids will be camping in the backyard this summer with the 19 year old tent, hand-me-down play fort, and the goats. No trips to a resort whenever we want, no $14K play fort, and purebred romps for us.

Would I like to have some extravagances in my life? You betcha! Do I disdain those who have them? Absolutely not! Not, unless, I’m missing out on all those extra’s while paying for someone else to have them (while he’s telling me how much I should sacrifice).

The simple life is a good life; more politicians should try it. It might keep them from getting into so much trouble.

Until next time…