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Psalm 2010 – The Obama Version

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 21, 2010

Thanks to Mary Ann for sending in this Psalm. I could not find the original author but apparently it has been around in a Bush version. Below is the current and best rendition. With apologies to King David:

PSALM 2010

Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his party’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.
He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of his life,
And I will live in a mortgaged home forever.
I am glad I am American,
I am glad that I am free.
But I wish I was a dog,
And Obama was a tree.


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Immigration Humor in Song

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 21, 2010

Here’s a little immigration humor in song on a Ray Steven’s You Tube Video. Enjoy. play video

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What a Week for Immigration Reform

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 21, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010: The State Department defended Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, who at a human rights conference in Washington, expressed his regret to the Chinese regarding the recent Arizona immigration law.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010: At a joint press briefing for the Presidents of Mexico and the United States at the White House, President Obama said, “We also discussed the new law in Arizona, which is a misdirected effort — a misdirected expression of frustration over our broken immigration system, and which has raised concerns in both our countries.”

In his remarks, Mexico President Felipe Calderon said, “In Mexico, we are and will continue being respectful of the internal policies of the United States and its legitimate right to establish in accordance to its Constitution whatever laws it approves. But we will retain our firm rejection to criminalize migration so that people that work and provide things to this nation will be treated as criminals. And we oppose firmly the S.B. 1070 Arizona law given in fair principles (sic) that are partial and discriminatory.”

Thursday, May 20, 2010: In a speech to a joint session of Congress, Calderon said, “I strongly disagree with the recently adopted law in Arizona. It is a law that not only ignores a reality that cannot be erased by decree, but also introduces a terrible idea: using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement.” This statement brought a standing ovation from the Democrats.

These words and actions are outrageous. No, they are (EXPLETIVE DELETED) OUTRAGEOUS! Have any of these Democrats cast an objective eye on the situation in Arizona? What part of “illegal” don’t they understand? Have they taken a junket to the Southwest and seen first hand the effects of illegal immigration – the financial burdens on the state and local governments for crime fighting, education, health and welfare plus the human suffering all caused by congressional inaction on controlling the boarders, providing work permits and other immigration reforms? Have they read the damn bill?

If these people are not tossed out of power next November, we will have passed the tipping point from a center-right nation to one of sheep sliding down a slippery slope to socialism. God help us.

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Governor Brad Owen?

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 16, 2010

Lt. Governor Brad Owen will become Washington’s 23rd governor
if Christine Gregoire follows former Governor Gary Locke and former King County Executive Ron Sims to the other Washington. One wonders why it took so long to find her a job in the Obama administration. After all, she was an early supporter of Obama when most assumed she would be on Hillary’s unstoppable presidential train plus two other female governors who endorsed Obama, Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, got Cabinet appointments. Gregoire has said she wants to be Governor and was not interested in a Federal job. Since then, however, she has presided over a mini California style budget crisis, broke a major campaign promise not to raise taxes in a recession with $800 million in new taxes, dropped to 31% approval rating and her older daughter works in D.C. so a two year hiatus back East might now be more appealing.

According to a spokesman for the Secretary of State, there are four scenarios if Brad Owen took over. If Gregoire resigns: 1) By the end of May, there would be a primary and a November general election to choose a new governor. 2) After May but before October 3, no primary but a November election with all candidates on the ballot, top vote getter wins 3) After October 3, Owen remains Governor until 2012 elections. 4) The Legislature calls a special election for 2011. Since the Democrats would not want to give Dino Rossi an early third shot at governor and confirmation votes on Supreme Court nominee and current Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, followed by hearings and votes on Gregoire as her replacement could run into October and beyond, it would be Governor Owen at least through 2012.

Major battles will erupt among various Democrats coveting the governor’s chair in two years. Things will be smoother on the Republican side. By 2012, Rossi will be old news or a U. S. Senator and all but announced candidate, Attorney General Rob McKenna, will be running hard for Governor. Speaking of McKenna, wouldn’t be ironic if Solicitor General Gregoire faced AG McKenna in the coming Supreme Court fight over Obamacare?

Cross posted on Sound Politics

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Counter Battery Fire

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 12, 2010

A friend sent the following You Tube video from November 2007 and his comments; not for the squeamish:

Allah answers the call . . .

This video was ACTUALLY made by the bad guys. The cameraman is filming his friend as he praises Allah and launches mortar shots at American troops. Little does he know that new mortar shell tracking technology can track the trajectory of a hostile round and fire a retaliatory shot to precisely the spot from which the hostile shell was fired. This only requires the hostile mortar to fire 2 to 3 rounds.

Count the number of mortar rounds the masked insurgent fires in the video. See how well it works. If you listen carefully you can hear the single round from the American artillery fired in the distance. It comes just after the terrorist fires his third round – and his fourth round drops down the tube but that’s as far as it gets.

No more Allah Akbar’s from this source!

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Russian Carrier Landings

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 4, 2010

The Russians are working on developing an aircraft carrier navy. Two You Tube videos show how they are doing. The first one demonstrates by a simulator and an actual carrier landing of a SU-35 fighter how it should be done. In the second, the pilot almost “bought the farm” on his shouldn’t be done landing attempt.

How it should be done.

…and shouldn’t.

Here’s a bonus video of air ops on the Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

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