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And it has brought us to this trainwreck called ObamaCare and we have bankrupted our kids and grandkids!

We are now headed into the 2014 Election Season and common sense and conservatism are on the rise. Please stand-up and be counted!

Reading Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election is a great place to start!

The Founding Father's Real Reason for the Second Amendment

And remember the words of Thomas Jefferson "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." See Video of Suzanna Gratia-Hupp’s Congressional Testimony: What the Second Amendment is REALLY For, below (u-tube HERE).

The Leaders Are Here... Palin, Cruz, Lee, Paul, Chaffetz....


Can You Really Still Believe That None of These People Would Have Done a Better Job???

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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results

JoshuaPundit on Nov 30 2012

Alea acta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

The Obama Administration’s empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood has had some interesting ramifications, among them the changes in the status of long standing U.S. clients and allies in the region.

This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s The Next Islamist Domino – Jordan takes a look at a very under the wire U.S. client that could very well be the next state to fall to Islamist..perhaps even with the Obama Administration’s encouragement. Here’s a slice:

Jordan and King Abdullah appear to be next on the Islamist hit list. And the Obama administration seems to be sending signals that it tacitly approves.

Jordan has been at a tipping point for quite some time, partly because it’s a U.S client state (which doesn’t sit well with a significant part of its population whom consider King Abdullah an American tool) and partly because of its peculiar history and tribal aspect.

There have been protests with Muslim Brotherhood participation for two years now, but the most recent outbursts were large riots across the Kingdom that spread across the Kingdom and called openly for King Abdullah’s ouster. In spite of brutal suppression by the King’s security police and numerous arrests, the unrest, referred to as the “The November Intifada” is only growing.

Adding to the turmoil were remarks on November 19th by Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark Toner, who stated at a press conference that there was “thirst for change” in Jordan and that the Jordanian people had “economic, political concerns,” as well as “aspirations.” Needless to say, this sent a clear signal to King Abdullah’s foes and to America’s remaining allies in the region that just like Egypt’s Mubarak, the Obama Administration is willing to cut Abdullah loose in favor of an Islamist regime.

The unrest was ostensibly over an end to government subsidies that have led to increases in fuel prices and other staples,but it’s been festering for quite some time. Here are the two main factors involved.

Jordan, like the other Arab nations of Egypt, Tunisia and Syria without oil wealth had been keeping things quiet by subsidizing the price of food staples and cooking oil. The skyrocketing prices of these items on the world market combined with the rising economies of countries like India and China have made this an impossible solution to continue. Where it used to be Indians and Chinese who suffered when food prices rose dramatically, now it’s the Arabs without oil wealth who are at the bottom of the chain because of their dysfunctional economies, and it’s no coincidence that with the exception of Bahrain and Libya where there were tribal issues involved, all of the Arab Spring revolts have been in countries without oil wealth. It’s also worth noting that in the only the two countries with oil resources that experienced Arab Spring unrest, the Bahrain revolt failed miserably, and that the one in Libya only succeeded because of extensive U.S. assistance.

To cut it down to one a short paragraph, no matter what you’re hearing from the usual suspects, the Arab Spring isn’t about a hankering for democracy. It’s about the price of goods and food.And the Islamists are capitalizing on this (with the help of an Islamist-friendly American administration) by telling the Arab Street that all it’s going to take to fix things is a return to hard line Islamism and sharia.

The second factor is similar to the one operating in Syria, longtime rule by a privileged minority caste. In Syria, it’s the Shia Alawites ruling over a predominantly Sunni population. In Jordan, it’s Bedouins ruling over Palestinians, or Qurayshi Arabs, to give them their proper name.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish with War Is The Answer submitted by The Noisy Room.

OK, here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners
Non-Council Winners
Honorable Mentions

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Red Kettles & Bell Ringers

The holiday season is fast approaching.... So, Just a reminder... 

Red Kettles & Bell Ringers


As you open your pocketbooks for the next natural disaster, or the Christmas season, please keep these facts in mind:

The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans' salary for the 2011 was $951,957 plus expenses.

The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $675,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits .

UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,900,000 per year (158K) per month, plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE.

Less than 5 cents (4.4 cents) per donated dollar goes to the cause.


Salavation Army Bell RingerThe Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only$13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion National Commander receives a $0..00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0..00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth! 
The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a$0..00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth! 
The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a$0..00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a$0..00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

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There are more people in need this year than ever before since the Great Depression and the so-called safety is pretty thin and contains lots of holes for people to fall through.  Please dig a little deeper and perhaps skip some of the excessive activities and gifts this year and donate the savings instead.  Sometimes we get side tracked in the commercialism and forget the true meaning of Christmas… of the season?!? Become part of the army of patriots and good neighbors which will be the real answer to saving America.

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Beginning December 1st (tomorrow), AskMarion will start their own version of ‘the War on… The War on Christmas’, Hanukah and American traditions and religion series.  Joins them or us here, at Knowledge Creates Power where it will be reposted, daily throughout the month of December.

God Bless America, Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Today… A Car That Takes Your Pulse, Tomorrow A Card or Implant That Controls Your Life

WSJ – Cross-Posted at AskMarion and at True Health Is True Wealth: What the car of the near future will sense about your biology. Auto makers are researching technology that could feed your heart rate, blood pressure and other biometric responses into the car's computers, the better to determine when you're drowsy or overwhelmed with distracting media. MIT researcher Bryan Reimer and WSJ's Joe White has details on Lunch Break. See Video

A Car That Takes Your Pulse

Designing Vehicles To Monitor Brain Waves, Sleepiness

Could a car that knows when you are stressed or ill save you from having an accident? Auto makers are stepping up efforts to find out.

A number of big car manufacturers are accelerating research into equipping vehicles with so-called biometric sensors that would keep tabs on a driver's vital health signs, including pulse, breathing and "skin conductance," aka sweaty palms. When that information is fed into the computers that manage a car's safety systems, it could enable a vehicle to better react to whatever challenges the road and traffic dish out.

The move comes amid major advances in mobile medical-monitoring technology, as well as growing concerns about meeting the needs of an aging and increasingly distracted population of motorists.

It also reflects another step in the industry's broader move toward self-driving cars, a brave new world in which computers could all but eliminate the potential for driver error—whether it's due to a distracting phone call or a sudden drop in blood sugar.

Already, some Lexus models use in-cabin cameras and some Mercedes-Benz vehicles have steering sensors to detect drowsy-driving behavior. The cars sound a warning beep or flash a coffee-cup icon to suggest that it's time for a break. Luxury brands are promoting these accident-avoidance technologies as examples of what sets their expensive vehicles apart from cheaper, mainstream models. The Mercedes system, called Attention Assist, comes as standard equipment in a wide range of its vehicles, from the smaller C-class sedans to the more opulent, and high-tech, S-class models.

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Separately, car makers and federal safety regulators are working on in-vehicle systems that could reliably detect when someone is too drunk to drive.

The new body monitors could, if a driving hazard appeared imminent, trigger the car's safety systems to tap the brakes, turn off a radio, block a cellphone from ringing or take other actions. Some of these advances may be in cars in three to five years. Others depend upon whether researchers can crack the challenge of designing health-related sensors that can work flawlessly in a vehicle for up to a decade.

Sports car maker Ferrari SpA, for one, has filed a patent application that indicates the company is evaluating technology that would embed wireless electrodes in a car seat's headrest to monitor drivers' brain waves for stress as they pilot machines capable of roaring up to 200 miles per hour. Depending on what the sensors detect, the car might try to mitigate the driver's risk by cutting power to the motor or automatically stabilizing the vehicle. As Ferrari researchers put it in the patent filing: "drivers tend to miscalculate—in particular, overestimate—their driving skill and, more important, their psychophysical condition."

At Ford Motor Co., F +1.26%researchers are looking at connecting information from medical monitors, like seat-belt-based respiration sensors and steering-wheel heart-rate trackers, to its cars' in-dash multimedia systems.

Ford's prototype system aims to lessen distraction by taking readouts from biometric sensors and combining the data with information from the car, including speed, steering-wheel angle, and data from radar sensors or cameras used in blind-spot obstacle detection or cruise control. All the data are run through software that can gauge the driver's overall stress level. If it is high, the system could automatically engage a "Do Not Disturb" function for the driver's phone.

Jeff Greenberg, a senior technical leader involved with the Ford research, says the broad goal is to minimize driver distraction and stress. This may involve keeping people engaged and alert on a boring drive to work or helping them stay focused in more difficult driving moments. If a truck looms out of the blind spot during a high-speed freeway merge, for example, a driver would be better off if his phone's ringer was disabled at that moment, he says.

Mr. Greenberg says phone-disabling technology could come to showrooms "relatively quickly." Adding the biometric sensors, he says, "is further out." Ford classifies those technologies as research projects that typically are at least three to five years from being offered to consumers.

One reason: The technology is evolving faster than issues such as medical privacy and regulatory oversight can be resolved. Ford, like other auto makers, is loath to add the Food and Drug Administration to an already heavy regulatory load.

Car makers hope that vehicles with medical monitors will appeal to an aging population that wants to keep driving.

"If we want to keep people in their vehicles, it's key we integrate systems to support them," says Bryan Reimer, a researcher with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, which focuses on innovations for an aging population. AgeLab has worked with Toyota Motor Corp., 7203.TO -1.56%Ford and other companies to test how biometric sensors could be used both to guide the design of vehicles to make them easier to operate and as onboard systems to help people drive more safely.


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A number of big car manufacturers are accelerating research into equipping vehicles with so-called biometric sensors that would keep tabs on a driver's vital health signs.

Dick Myrick, a 63-year-old retired electrical engineer from Arlington, Mass., participated in AgeLab experiments in biometrically monitored driving. His says he would be interested in a car that kept tabs on his condition as part of its safety technology, but only if he was in control of the system. "I need to know that the function is on, and have it not on when I want," he says.

Others see the new technology as yet another thing to keep track of behind the wheel. It's "a further distraction" for drivers, says Gabrielle Lucci, 60, a Farmington Hills, Mich., retiree.

Devices that collect data about an individual's physical condition are getting cheaper and smaller. Many are designed to connect to smartphones using the same Bluetooth technology that connects smartphones to cars. This provides a gateway for wirelessly connecting devices like glucose or heart monitors into a car's multimedia displays.

"The same sensor you are wearing for your weekend warrior stuff…is the sensor you could slap on your mother" to monitor her heart, says Leslie Saxon, a cardiologist who leads the University of Southern California's Center for Body Computing. Dr. Saxon's project recently formed a research alliance with German luxury car maker BMW BMW.XE +0.72% AG.

Daniel Grein, a BMW designer, says the USC research could help determine how to connect a Bluetooth-equipped blood-sugar monitor to future BMW models. In Munich, he says, BMW engineers are also investigating how to design a car that could automatically stop if the driver suffered a heart attack.

Dr. Saxon says he sees a time when biometric monitors in a car could feed data, not just to onboard safety systems, but also to doctors and patients looking to better manage health care. "My car calls me when it needs something," Dr. Saxon says, referring to vehicle-service alerts generated by the car. "I want patients' cars to call them when they need blood-pressure medicine."

Sound interesting? Might increase safety? But as Founding Father Benjamin Franklin said, “He who trades security (or safety) for freedom" usually gets (nor deserves) either!!” Wake-up America, Europe, Christians, Patriots, lovers of freedom… this is Big Brother 1984 style all the way! Today it is a smart car… tomorrow it will be a smart card. Be sure to watch the video below and then you be the judge!

Video: Smart card (made 2005)


Now Big Brother is REALLY watching you

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Line In The Sand Edition

JoshuaPundit on Nov 28 2012 at 2:25 am | Nominations

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Council News:

This week, Right Truth, The Pirate’s Cove, Maggie’s Notebook and Ask Marion took advantage of my generous offer of linkage and earned honorable mention status with some excellent articles they sent our way.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then just return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions
Honorable Mentions
Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Islamic Pharaoh Rises


By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton  -  The NoisyRoom

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader, Morsi, last week played the propagandized diplomat abroad for the masses. He claimed he was the one who created the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas with Hillary Clinton whimpering at his feet. All the while gaining political power and gravitas, which he did not waste upon returning to Egypt. Morsi basically declared himself Pharaoh last week:

But the ink had barely dried on the international paeans before Egypt’s first democratically elected Islamist president made a domestic move replete with ideology.

In a presidential decree announced on state television Thursday afternoon, Morsi stipulated that any challenges to his decrees, laws and decisions were banned.

“The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution,” said the decree, which further stipulated that, “The constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal.”

The decree also stated that no court could dissolve the country’s Constituent Assembly, which is drawing up a new Egyptian constitution.

The rewriting of the new constitution has been a controversial issue, with most non-Islamist members quitting the Constituent Assembly – including representatives of the Coptic Christian Church and the April 6 Youth Movement, which played an influential role in the 2011 ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Reacting to the announcement, prominent Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei accused Morsi of usurping authority and becoming a “new pharaoh”.

Morsi declares himself “Pharaoh” – because, hey, the Arab Spring was all about democracy… or something. Democracy has pharaohs, right? And make no mistake, Barack Obama and his minions are in lock step with the Islamic Pharaoh.

Morsi says he is only claiming his new found powers until their new constitution is ratified. Right. Obama, on the other hand, here in the US will be able to now ‘stack’ the Supreme Court which will give him full power over the judicial branch. He already controls the executive and legislative branches. Say it with me – DICTATOR.

While Morsi pretends to call for peace, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is calling for Israel’s extermination. Morsi is using diplomatic speak while planning the death of the Little Satan and the rise of the caliphate. The Brotherhood this morning started calling for protests in support of Morsi’s power grab, while judges in the country are calling for strikes against Morsi’s massive power decree. Thousands are protesting in the streets on both sides of the ideological chasm. The Brotherhood wants the death of anyone standing against Morsi. While Obama, Clinton and a host of others continue to snuggle under the sheets with the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi has become a true despot and is silencing Egyptians in the name of national security. Something to which Obama also subscribes.

While all these power struggles play out in dramatic color in the news, off camera Iran is busily rearming Hamas. The Sunday Times cites an Israeli official who claims Tehran is shipping Fajr-5 rockets through Sudan to the Gaza Strip. There is no real ceasefire. There is a lull for regrouping and then escalated violence and everyone knows it. There is speculation that Iran could be moving longer-range ballistic missiles into Sudan, which could be aimed at Israel from the African country. All of this is in preparation to attack Israel before or after they attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. Islamic terrorists also destroyed part of an Egyptian security building at Rafiah Saturday night, sticking their thumb in the eye of Morsi as a challenge to Egypt’s control in the Sinai. The Jihadists don’t like the ceasefire – they want to get their Jewish genocide going and fast. And when I say Jihadists, I’m including Morsi and the Brotherhood. Russia doesn’t buy the truce either and they have sent ships to Gaza just in case. They are the true puppet masters in all this. Egging on Iran and Hamas, while surreptitiously waiting in the shadows to clean up the spoils of war and claim world power. Who needs Pinky and the Brain?


Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!”

Iran was very quick to congratulate Hamas on their victory over Israel – sort of like telling themselves, ‘well done.’ Iran is also whining to the UN (which is controlled by Islamic despots) that the US Navy is guilty of illegal and provocative violations of their airspace etc. All for show.

Morsi’s ascension to dictatorial status caused their stock market to plunge 10%. With a false front stock market here in the US, what do you think will happen as Obama makes his power grabs? The market is built on a sink hole and will vanish in a flash. It will make a depression look like a walk in the park.

The US is now entwined with Egypt. You simply can’t be ‘with’ Egypt and ‘for’ Israel. These are incompatible stances. While America played and slept, the Progressives and the Muslim Brotherhood seized control of our government. Most Americans just don’t seem to realize this yet, but that’s where we are. And just as Morsi is telling his people that his power decree is for their own good, Obama is telling America his executive orders and decrees are for our own good. It’s to keep us safe, don’t ya know.

The whole dust up between Israel and Hamas and then a ceasefire has the feel of a setup. Something cooked up between Morsi, Obama and others. As Sultan Knish so aptly puts it:

Good luck finding out if Morsi and Obama traded tyranny in Egypt for a ceasefire in Gaza. We’ll get the answer to that right after we get the situation room report from Benghazigate.

So, while our president is now the ‘BFF’ of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi, the implementation of the worldwide caliphate continues right on schedule. Next on the docket, the eradication of Israel. Look at the events of the last few months including Benghazigate. All of it ends in the same result – Islam and global power and control. In an Islamic turn of the worm, the whole Gaza conundrum buys Obama time to let Benghazi die out as a topic.

As the fall of America continues its obvious track under Obama and the Marxists, the Islamic Pharaoh rises. Will a complacent America allow her ‘democratically elected’ tyrant to disarm us and force our submission to the caliphate? Ask yourself, what side will America stand on in the coming world war? We have turned our back on Israel and God. Now we stand in the dark with a nuclear bomb for a night light.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Atheists intimidate Santa Monica into eliminating Nativity… And So the War on Christmas and Freedom of Religion Continues

nativity_scene-300x180LOS ANGELES (AP) - Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.

The atheist's anti-God message alongside a life-sized nativity display in a park overlooking the beach ignited a debate that burned brighter than any Christmas candle.

Santa Monica officials snuffed the city's holiday tradition this year rather than referee the religious rumble, prompting churches that have set up a 14-scene Christian diorama for decades to sue over freedom of speech violations. Their attorney will ask a federal judge Monday to resurrect the depiction of Jesus' birth, while the city aims to eject the case.

"It's a sad, sad commentary on the attitudes of the day that a nearly 60-year-old Christmas tradition is now having to hunt for a home, something like our savior had to hunt for a place to be born because the world was not interested," said Hunter Jameson, head of the nonprofit Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee that is suing.

Missing from the courtroom drama will be Vix and his fellow atheists, who are not parties to the case. Their role outside court highlights a tactical shift as atheists evolve into a vocal minority eager to get their non-beliefs into the public square as never before.

National atheist groups earlier this year took out full-page newspaper ads and hundreds of TV spots in response to the Catholic bishops' activism around women's health care issues and are gearing up to battle for their own space alongside public Christmas displays in small towns across America this season.

"In recent years, the tactic of many in the atheist community has been, if you can't beat them, join them," said Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and director of the Newseum's Religious Freedom Education Project in Washington. "If these church groups insist that these public spaces are going to be dominated by a Christian message, we'll just get in the game - and that changes everything."

In the past, atheists primarily fought to uphold the separation of church and state through the courts. The change underscores the conviction held by many nonbelievers that their views are gaining a foothold, especially among young adults.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released a study last month that found 20 percent of Americans say they have no religious affiliation, an increase from 15 percent in the last five years. Atheists took heart from the report, although Pew researchers stressed that the category also encompassed majorities of people who said they believed in God but had no ties with organized religion and people who consider themselves "spiritual" but not "religious."

"We're at the bottom of the totem pole socially, but we have muscle and we're flexing it," said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. "Ignore our numbers at your peril."

The trouble in Santa Monica began three years ago, when Vix applied for and was granted a booth in Palisades Park alongside the story of Jesus Christ's birth, from Mary's visit from the Angel Gabriel to the traditional crèche.

Vix hung a simple sign that quoted Thomas Jefferson: "Religions are all alike -- founded on fables and mythologies." The other side read "Happy Solstice." He repeated the display the following year but then upped the stakes significantly.

In 2011, Vix recruited 10 others to inundate the city with applications for tongue-in-cheek displays such as a homage to the "Pastafarian religion," which would include an artistic representation of the great Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The secular coalition won 18 of 21 spaces. The two others went to the traditional Christmas displays and one to a Hanukkah display.

The atheists used half their spaces, displaying signs such as one that showed pictures of Poseidon, Jesus, Santa Claus and the devil and said: "37 million Americans know myths when they see them. What myths do you see?"

Most of the signs were vandalized and in the ensuing uproar, the city effectively ended a tradition that began in 1953 and earned Santa Monica one of its nicknames, the City of the Christmas Story.

The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee argues in its lawsuit that atheists have the right to protest, but that freedom doesn't trump the Christians' right to free speech.

"If they want to hold an opposing viewpoint about the celebration of Christmas, they're free to do that - but they can't interfere with our right to engage in religious speech in a traditional public forum," said William Becker, attorney for the committee. "Our goal is to preserve the tradition in Santa Monica and to keep Christmas alive."

The city doesn't prohibit churches from caroling in the park, handing out literature or even staging a play about the birth of Jesus and churches can always set up a nativity on private land, Deputy City Attorney Jeanette Schachtner said in an email.

The decision to ban the displays also saves the city, which had administered the cumbersome lottery process used to award booths, both time and money while preserving the park's aesthetics, she said.

For his part, Vix is surprised - and slightly amused - at the legal battle spawned by his solitary act but doesn't plan anything further.

"That was such a unique and blatant example of the violation of the First Amendment that I felt I had to act," said the 44-year-old set builder. "If I had another goal, it would be to remove the `under God' phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance - but that's a little too big for me to take on for right now."

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and religion, but also states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." That has been interpreted by courts as providing for separation of church and state, barring government bodies from promoting, endorsing or funding religion or religious institutions.


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

What Movies in History Best Captures the Spirit of Thanksgiving?

It's a Wonderful Life - The annual ritual of watching Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday movie classic on Thanksgiving, kicking off the Christmas season, didn’t gain currency until the 1980s

Yahoo: “In the last 40 years, if you said a character named Captain Christopher Jones would be a figurehead in a movie about the first Thanksgiving, those born within that time frame would think it was the name of the protagonist in a romantic comedy taking place on Thanksgiving. Such is the shift of themes in Hollywood over the decades in movies that represent the meaning of Thanksgiving or the days surrounding late November. However, finding one Thanksgiving movie that captures the true spirit of the holiday is ultimately based on your personal cinematic perceptions.”

One thing we can say: There never has been a movie set on Thanksgiving that doesn't have some kind of discord or other tribulation for the sake of watchable plot. This doesn't necessarily mean that those plots didn't eventually include some type of comedy before arguably becoming sentimental at the end to remind you it's the holidays. Yet what about those early movies I referenced above that depicted the meaning of Thanksgiving?

Earliest Hollywood didn't make movies taking place on Thanksgiving, perhaps because there was a contentious political battle over when the holiday took place. For those seeing "Lincoln" this weekend, (Team of Rivals – Lincoln Film Tie-In Edition.  Also Killing Lincoln is a must read) consider the irony in Honest Abe once setting a long precedent for Thanksgiving being recognized during the final Thursday of November. In 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt unofficially moved Thanksgiving to the previous Thursday. At the eve of World War II, FDR's more commercial stance led to a (surprise!) bitter battle between Republicans and Democrats over when Thanksgiving should officially be celebrated.

Yes, that Congressional story could be a Thanksgiving movie on its own in the future. But after that initial political event was federally settled in 1942, Hollywood only briefly took Thanksgiving commercial with "Miracle on 34th Street" five years later. By 1952, Hollywood went sacred with "Plymouth Adventure [Remaster] {VHS}", starring Spencer Tracy as Captain Christopher Jones of the Mayflower. As you'd expect, it was partially fiction, though set a reverent cinematic tone for Thanksgiving that didn't change until the 1980s.

What was it that changed in the 1980s that led to a few films finally being set on Thanksgiving? Perhaps it was the greed mentality of the era and the beginnings of Black Friday as we know it today. Doing so romanticized this time of year to the point where many romantic comedies started being set on Thanksgiving or around the holidays. Just take a look at how it influenced Woody Allen with 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters."

Hollywood even toyed with an odd horror movie genre where something slightly morose takes place on Thanksgiving weekend. That genre has recurred periodically since the 1980s with such films as “Home Sweet Home" and more recent "Boogeyman." However, these didn't provide one particular magic formula for audiences: Comedy.

Those wanting a more cheerful diversion should go for this Steve Martin and John Candy comedy. When finding one movie that represents Thanksgiving better than any other in the modern era, it has to be 1987's "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." In fact, it set a comedy pattern that's been copied right up through the 2010s with much less success. Martin stars as Neal Page, a highly strung advertising man who's forced to go on an adventure with Candy's Del Griffith, an easygoing talkative curtain ring salesman due them trying to get Neal home to Chicago from New York in time for Thanksgiving.

If you call it holiday black comedy, it still represents travel during the Thanksgiving in a way that forever brings guffaw communion. And it has a relationship story, plus a sentimental ending. Hence, it officiates this film as capturing the full spirit of a modern Thanksgiving.

Then again, that love triangle among Captain Jones, William Bradford, and Dorothy Bradford in "Plymouth Adventure [Remaster] {VHS}" comes close to unintended holiday romanticism.

1995 brought us the modern Thanksgiving reality themed movies The War at Home and Home for the Holidays.  The War at Home is a real family affair, with Emilio Estevez and his legendary father Martin Sheen. Estevez directed the film, served as co-producer as well as co-starring with his dad. Estevez plays Jeremy Collier, a Vietnam War hero who struggles to return to civilian life in a small town after his experiences in a war zone. Home for the Holidays stars Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Cynthia Stevenson with Claire Danes, 'Home For The Holidays follows Claudia Larson, a single-mom who's just lost her job and flies home to meet her family; crazy antics, lessons learned and newfound relationships make this a turkey-filled classic.

Then there is The Ice Storm (1997) set during Thanksgiving 1973, Ang Lee's 1997 movie, based on the novel by Rick Moody. Starring Kevin Cline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood, the movie follows two interlinked Connecticut families breaking apart as the children discover adulthood and the adults regress to childhood. This angst ridden classic may not be one to cheer you up if the turkey's gone awry but it's thrilling delving into suburban disintegration, sexual experimentation and the titular weather disaster make it a dark holiday classic. The film also featured Katie Holmes screen debut.

Pieces of April (2003) starring a pre-TomKat Katie Holmes,  follows April Burns, a young woman from a dysfunctional family who invites her estranged folks over for Thanksgiving. There follows a variety of misadventures, but all learn that whatever happens, at this time of year it's family that matters.

Sometimes watching an old movie with relatives or your kids is a great place to start a conversation about society, changes in our culture, history, tradition or even faith that can lead to future conversations, the reading and reviewing of books and expanded conversations.


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Friday, November 23, 2012

More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before and TANSTAAFL Is About To Become A Common Term

More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before

By Elizabeth Flock - November 20, 2012 RSS Feed Print

More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before, according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation.

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The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal. In other words, a family on food stamps must buy an entire meal per person for less than the cost of an average cup of coffee.

Usage of food stamps among low and no-income families has spiked since the collapse of the U.S. financial system four years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has increased 70 percent since 2007. And economists have warned that usage of food stamps won't go down until unemployment improves.

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This Thanksgiving, 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps, according to the Economic Policy Institute. This is roughly the size of the populations of California and Connecticut combined.

Not surprisingly, feeding millions of Americans isn't cheap. The cost of the SNAP program last year reached $72 billion, the highest to date, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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Those costs are a source of major contention in Congress, which stalled on a bundle of legislation known as the farm bill this summer because it could not agree how much money should be spent on food stamps. The farm bill, which directs the nation's food policy, devotes about 80 percent of its budget to the food stamp program.

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TANSTAAFL Is About To Become A Common Term

The disintegration of an economy and a society can take two courses. One course is like rust. It is slow and barely perceptible. The other is a sudden collapse. The first course, if left untended, eventually  turns into the second.

The US economy is now rusting away. Arguably it has been for decades. For anyone interested in looking, the signs are there. They will soon become unavoidable for even the most disinterested of our citizens.

Dan Amos correctly described what is happening as a result of Washington’s overbearing involvement in the economy:

All government-directed economic activity grows at the expense of the private sector. And the election suggests that government coercion will drive even more U.S. economic activity in the future. This is a shame, because freely adjusting prices, competition, and innovation elevate living standards. Mandates, price controls, and subsidies — coercive actions — depress living standards. Quality falls. Shortages develop and persist.

Mr. Amos is correct but does not forcefully convey the reality of a dying economy. These effects are beginning to appear.

Many businessmen hung on, hoping for a change in the madness that passes for economic leadership and policy. These hopes were dashed with the re-election of the ideologue driving the madness. Obama won the electoral college, but not the confidence of business. They are just beginning to cast their votes and it does not bode well for the future. Here is a partial list of the business reactions to the outcome of the election:


  1. Abbott Labs 700
  2. Activision 30
  3. Adventist Health 48
  4. Airlines SAS 6000
  5. AMD 400
  6. American Cotton Growers 110
  7. ArcelorMittal 20
  8. American Independence Museum 4
  9. Ameridose 790
  10. American Airlines 4400 + 800 leaving voluntarily
  11. American Coal 54
  12. Atlantic Lottery Corporation 16
  13. Assc Milk Producers 130
  14. Aveo Oncology 45
  15. ATI 172
  16. Bankia 5000
  17. Bechtel Power Corp 277
  18. Bigpoint Games 47
  19. Boston Scientific 1200
  20. Brake Parts LLC 75
  21. Brattleboro Retreat 31
  22. Bristol Myers 500
  23. Career Education 900 + Closing 23 Campuses
  24. Cigna 1300
  25. Citigroup 100
  26. Commerzbank 6000
  27. Consol Energy in W.V. 145
  28. Covidien 595
  29. Crouse Hospital Syracuse NY 70
  30. Cummins 150
  31. CVPH 27
  32. DEP in Tallahassee FL 15
  33. DuPont, Co. 64
  34. Eagle-Tribune, Andover 21
  35. Emanuel Medical Cente 24
  36. Energizer Holdings 1500
  37. Ericsson 1550
  38. Exide Tech, Laureldale 150
  39. City of Findlay, OH 39
  40. First Energy 400
  41. Gameforge Berlin 20
  42. Gamesa Energy 92
  43. GenOn Energy Inc 33
  44. Glen Falls Hospital 29
  45. Groupon 80
  46. GT Advanced Tech 165
  47. Harris’ Broadcast 17
  48. Hawker Beechcraft 400 + Facilities closing
  49. Hill Rom 200
  50. Hills Holdings 300
  51. HMX Group 567
  52. Hostess 627
  53. Iberia Airlines 4500
  54. ICM of Colwich 25
  55. ING 2350
  56. Judson University 21
  57. Juniper Networks 500
  58. Kaiser Permanente 84
  59. Kinetic Concepts 427
  60. Kratos Defense Security 125
  61. Lackawanna County PA 11
  62. Lightyear Network Solutions 12+
  63. Lonza 500
  64. Majestic Star Casino/hotel 80
  65. Major Wind Company 3000
  66. Martha Stewart Living 70
  67. Medtronic 1000
  68. Mills Manufacturing NC 68
  69. Momentive, Inc. 150
  70. Monitor Group 235
  71. Montco Behavioral Health/Dev 58
  72. NBC 500
  73. Nebraska Medical Center 38
  74. Neovia Logistics Services 52
  75. New Energy 40
  76. Ormet 200
  77. Panasonic 10000
  78. PayPal 320
  79. Penn Refrigeration 40
  80. Penske Logistics 50
  81. Pepsi 4000
  82. Philips Electronics 218
  83. Pierce Mfg 325
  84. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne 100
  85. Research in Motion 200
  86. Rheem Manufacturing 50
  87. Sentry Foods 70
  88. Shaw’s Supermarket 700
  89. Shawano foundry WI 90
  90. Smith & Nephew 770
  91. Smithfield Packing Co. 125
  92. Solel Solar Systems 140
  93. Southeastern Container 15
  94. SpaceX 100
  95. SRA Intl Inc 222
  96. St. Jude Medical 300
  97. Stryker 1170
  98. Sulake 60
  99. Sun Media 500
  100. TE Connectivity 620
  101. TECO Coal Corporation 90
  102. Texas Instruments 1700
  103. The Providence Journal Co 23
  104. TMX Group Ltd. 100
  105. Turbocare 220
  106. Turkey Point Nuclear Plant 277
  107. Oce North America, Inc. 135
  108. Turbocare OCE 220
  109. UBS 10000
  110. US Cellular 980
  111. UtahAmerican Energy Inc 102
  112. Volvo Trucks Pulaski County 300
  113. Wake Forest Baptist Medical 950
  114. Welch Allyn 275
  115. West Ridge Mine 102
  116. Westinghouse 50
  117. World Media Enterprises Inc 105
  118. WPS Health Insurance 600
  119. Wright Patterson AFB 115
  120. Wyodak Coal Mine 11
  121. Xerox 2500
  122. Yakima Reg Med Ctr Washington 10+


  1. Bakers Footwear closing 150 stores nationwide, including 21 in California
  2. The SCA plant in Barton – Plans Staff Reductions
  3. Handy Hardware to close its 2-year-old Meridian, Miss. warehouse
  4. Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna Minn.
  5. Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro Maine
  6. Zac’s Place in Hinsdale IL
  7. Lone Star Steakhouse at 70th and O streets and Ruby Tuesday at 56th Street in
  8. Lincoln NE
  9. Career Education Corp – Closing 23 Campuses – 900 Jobs Lost
  10. Handy Hardware to close its 2-year-old Meridian, Miss. warehouse
  11. Shamrock Bar at Payne City’s Rose Avenue. in GA
  12. Monitor Company Group LP
  13. ThinkEquity LLC
  14. Homer City Funding LLC
  15. Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna Minn.
  16. Mount Pleasant’s Albrecht Sentry Foods
  17. The Target store at Manassas Mall Va.
  18. Millennium Academy in Wake Forest NC
  19. Target Closing Kissimmee FL Location
  20. Calgary’s iconic Rideau Music store ( International )
  21. The Andover Gift Shop in Andover MA
  22. Grand Union Family Markets Closing Storrs Location CT
  23. Movie Scene Milford Location NH
  24. Update: TE Connectivity Closing Greensboro Plant – 620 Layoffs Expected
  25. Gomer’s Fried Chicken in South Kansas City
  26. Kmart in Homer Glen
  27. Fresh Market on Pine Street in Burlington
  28. AGC Glass North America to permanently close its Blue Ridge Plant in Kingsport Tenn.
  29. The Target store at Platte and Academy in Colorado Springs
  30. Island Colors – A Carolina Beach Clothing Store
  31. The Roses store on Reynold Road in Winston-Salem NC
  32. Meanders Kitchen losing its West Seattle location at 6032 California Ave
  33. Bost Harley-Davidson at 46th Avenue North and Delaware Ave. in West Nashville TN
  34. Townsend Booksellers in Oakland
  35. The Kmart store in Parkway Plaza off University Drive in Durham NC – 79 Jobs Lost
  36. Guarantee Shoe Store in Beaumont Texas
  37. Associated Milk Producers Inc. Closing manufacturing facility in Dawson Minn. – 130
  38. Jobs Lost
  39. FacadeTek Inc Closes Whitestown Facility – 72 Jobs Lost
  40. Comet Market in Punxsutawney Pa.
  41. JC Penney store in Miracle City Mall Titusville FL
  42. TurboCare Inc Closing Manchester CT Facility – 88
  43. The United Colors of Benetton store on Armitage Avenue IL
  44. Update: Bicycle shop Ten 27 Cycles 1027 Davis St. in Evanston IL
  45. Two Sears Product Rebuild Centers in The Woodlands Texas
  46. FesslerUSA Clothing Maker Closing in PA
  47. Ralph Lauren’s plans to close its 14 stand-alone Rugby locations
  48. Nashville Sash & Door Co. Inc Tenn.
  49. First Portuguese church in North America in Bedford Mass Closing?
  50. International Fashions in Carbondale’s University Mall IL
  51. Harper’s Old Army Surplus Store in West Monroe La
  52. Nova Financial Holdings
  53. The Party Warehouse in West Springfield Mass.
  54. TLC Wine and Liquor at 1205 W. Main St in Kent Ohio?
  55. The HAPPY Place 1042 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA
  56. Air Carrier Accessory Services – Chapter 7
  57. SOW Inc. shelter on South Broad Street GA?
  58. Systemax Inc., Closing Miami County Ohio Computer Plant – 120 Jobs Lost
  59. Textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Cos. Closing 2 Distribution Centers – 166 Layoffs
  60. First Place Financial Corp
  61. Nash Finch Closing Cedar Rapids Iowa Food Distribution Center
  62. Johnnie’s Foodmaster MA Closing all 10 Locations
  63. Rainbow Foods will be closing its Forest Lake location MN – 59 Layoffs
  64. Berry’s Camera Shop Inc. in Downtown Lafayette
  65. Schreiber Foods to close their food packaging plant in Ravenna – 70 Jobs Lost
  66. Kmart store at 5300 Salem Ave. Trotwood Ohio
  67. Mr.Christie plant in Toronto ( International ) 2013 – 550 Jobs Lost
  68. Coffee with T cafe in Stevenson Village business MD
  69. Minas Basin Pulp and Power are closing a mill in Hantsport ( International ) – 135


  1. The Colonial Country Shoppe on Park Street in Adams MA
  2. Vestas Wind Systems Closing R&D; Office in Louisville – 60 Jobs Lost
  3. Dollar Castle in downtown Ferndale MI
  4. Bistro One West in St Charles IL
  5. Sun Dog Diner in Neptune Beach FL
  6. Jim’s Builders Hardware in Wichita, Kansas
  7. Madeleines Bakehouse in Fort Wayne Indiana
  8. Barnes & Noble plans to close its doors in Union Station Dec. 31
  9. The Semiahmoo Hotel in Blaine Washington
  10. Highland Curves CA
  11. The Salem Sport Shop in Salem Ohio
  12. Navistar International Corp. to Close truck assembly plant in Garland, Texas – 900
  13. Jobs Lost
  14. Divine Mercy Catholic Books & Gifts Denton Texas
  15. Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford IL
  16. Garelick Farms Ends Production at Bangor Maine Facility
  17. Fashion Tech Window Coverings in Portland?
  18. Custom House Tavern Chicago IL.
  19. Jim’s Builders Hardware in Delano
  20. Lone Star Steakhouse at 1801 22nd St. in West Des Moines
  21. Sears to Close Woodlands Product Rebuild Center – 117 Jobs Lost
  22. Whitehead Inc Rockford Real Estate Company
  23. Robert’s Mens Shop in Downtown New Philadelphia Ohio
  24. Fort Tecumseh Olde Fashun Store in Ohio
  25. Lakewood Beginnings Child Development Center in Lakewood Ohio
  26. Green Fields Seed & Feed in Grand Junction Colo.
  27. The Army and Navy Store in Melrose Mass.
  28. Vitalistic Therapeutic charter school PA
  29. Diamond Foods Inc Closing a plant in Fishers Indiana
  30. Old Town Alehouse 5233 Ballard Ave in Seattle
  31. Space Aliens restaurants in Minot and Grand Forks ND
  32. DeWaay Financial Network LLC
  33. Sears at Quail Springs Mall Oklahoma City OK.
  34. Fashion Bug in O’Fallon MO is closing in January
  35. Kmart Store in Oak Hill W. Va
  36. Update: Jett & Hall men’s clothing store in Richmond KY
  37. D.C. school List of Possible Schools Closing to Be released Later today
  38. Dunkin’ Donuts in Holly Hill FL
  39. Hostess Brands Inc Permanently Closing 3 Bakeries Following a Nationwide Strike
  40. Philips Electronics subsidiary Lightolier will close its local fluorescent light
  41. fixture manufacturing plant in Willington
  42. Smithfield Packing Co. will close in 2013, laying off a total of 400 employees
  43. SuperFresh outlets in Marlton and Westmont NJ
  44. The Bagel Shoppe in Katonah NY
  45. Ben Franklin and Homestead House Gifts in the Kimball Ridge Center in Waterloo IA
  46. Several West Virginia Suzuki dealerships Being Forced to Close
  47. Kowalski Cos Closing All 4 of its Metro Detroit Delis but to Continue Food
  48. Production
  49. Three Memphis charter schools and one in Nashville Tenn. Could Close Due to Poor
  50. Test Scores
  51. The Custer School District SD – Closing 2 Rural Schools
  52. The Dressing Room, on North Lincoln Avenue IL
  53. The Utica office of IBOPE NY


  1. AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc
  2. Aletheia Research & Management Inc
  3. Omtron USA
  4. Helmkampf Construction in Olivette
  5. Clear Light Publishers
  6. Monitor Company Group LP
  7. ThinkEquity LLC
  8. Homer City Funding LLC
  9. US Suzuki Distributor – Chapter 11
  10. Revolt Technology

This list should frighten every thinking American. It is a huge warning regarding what lies ahead. These changes are coming to an economy that is already unable to provide jobs or sustain living standards.

Decline is a slow process, until it becomes fast. It is not easy to see at first. It should be obvious to most that our economy is approaching a critical stage. When you have destroyed the trust and confidence of business, there will be no job creation.

Some parting words are in order for those responsible for the decisions reflected above. Shutting down and giving up is anathema to the spirit that built this country and is now only found among our entrepreneurial class. It goes against the very fiber that drives success. It is a last resort for entrepreneurs.

The decision to quit is lonely, involves guilt, self-doubt and remorse. It is the last act for someone that has tried everything to avoid it. Giving up and withdrawing is not an act of retribution. People do not willingly choose to go to Galt’s figurative gulch. They are forced there.

While the masses exult in the continuation of their  food stamps, cell phones and other booty, the real story of this election is yet to be told. The nation is about to find out that policies and elections have consequences more important than free stuff.

The war against private enterprise can no longer be denied. President Obama’s re-election ensures that it will continue and likely accelerate. The makers are beginning to give up. The takers don’t have a clue. Soon the country is going to get a real-life lesson in economics. TANSTAAFL (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch) is about to be learned.

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