Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Irresponsible American Parents Cause Death and Disease

There they go again: sending high-school teens to foreign resorts for “spring break”, where kids can indulge in barbaric activities, while risking kidnapping, disease and even death. Like the parents of the teenage girl who disappeared in Aruba, these New Yorkers thought it was chic to allow under-age kids to go gallivanting about in tropical climes. For all their purported sophistication, none among these geniuses received the memos about kidnapping, the white slave-trade, and rampant murder in Mexico. And now, because of their mindless allegiance to convention, which dictates that even the quite young should be allowed to participate in this increasingly toxic “spring break” tradition, these ridiculous parents have imported a deadly flu. We all remember the imbecilic attitude of the Columbine murderers’ parents, and what that lax bunch spawned….

The authorities tell you to use hand-sanitizer. That’s a good idea. Maybe that little precaution taught to President Obama by President Bush when they shook hands, and which was castigated as “racist” by vicious left-wingers, has possibly saved the president’s life. After all, Mr. Obama shook hands on April 16th with a Mexican official who died from the new influenza just a few days later.

My husband and I have always gone out in gloves. We hate germs of all stripes. I’ve never gone grocery shopping without gloves. For one thing, the carts are filthy, and carry spittle from little kids, a population that seems to often be sick. Once we are home, I wash every item to the best of my ability to kill whatever exterior bacteria they carry; the possibility of surface germ-transference is something I never ignore.

Don’t be afraid to wear gloves. People wore them all the time forty or fifty years ago, and had done so for centuries. Would you rather get a look that could kill or acquire a disease that may kill you from some boorish cad who goes out into the public to spread virulence for sport? And while you’re at it, you may consider following the new fashion embraced by our Mexican neighbors and wear a matching mask; this thing is airborne, as well as communicable through surfaces. Of course, wearing stylish gloves with today’s inelegant hip-hugging pants and skirts will look silly. I recommend dumping these muffin-top-inducing clothes, as well, and covering up your skin to the waist (unless , of course, you are planning a belly dancing career and wish to serve as your own best advertising gimmick). Well, I always look for a silver lining: maybe this outbreak of worrying disease will cause people to wear actual clothing, shoes, gloves and hats…. No, I’m just dreaming–even the threats of economic ruin and dread disease haven’t mitigated the self-destructive behaviour of Americans.~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Cheddar Cheese Stands Alone at Elegant Survival

Cheddar Cheese Stands Alone at Elegant Survival

2009 April 25, by M-J de Mesterton
Cheddar Cheese and Rock Painting by M- de Mesterton, Photo Copyright 2009

Cheddar with Rock Painting by M- de Mesterton Copyright 2009

California Cheddar by Albertson's, Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009

Cheddar by Albertson's, Copyright M-J de Mesterton

My three favourite cheeses are Cheddar (named after the town in England) and Parmesan (named after Parma, Italy). Of course, I am fond of other cheeses from around the world, such as Swedish Farmer’s Cheese, Danish Havarti, Kashkeval, feta, halloumi, mimolette and brie, but these two cheeses seem to have many more applications.

One of the nice things about Cheddar cheese is its versatility: it is always welcome at a cocktail or drinks party, and melts well for nachos and other American dishes.

The charming host of America’s Test Kitchen, Christopher Kimball, also of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, has written about Cheddar cheese in its latest number, and has also conducted a taste-and-quality test of various Cheddars offered in most American supermarkets. I have always depended upon the quality and taste of Tillamook (Oregon) and Cracker Barrel brands. The test results bore out my choices. Another great Cheddar from the U.S.A., available in several western states, is Albertson’s supermarket brand California Cheddar (pictured here), costing about four dollars per pound, a price which is commensurate with that of the two aforementioned selections.

Here is the article about Cheddar cheese from this month’s Cook’s magazine.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009

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Cheddar Cheese and Rock Painting by M- de Mesterton, Photo Copyright 2009
California Cheddar by Albertson's, Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009
California Cheddar by Albertson's, Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2009
My three favourite cheeses are Cheddar (named after the town in England) and Parmesan (named after Parma, Italy). Of course, I am fond of other cheeses from around the world, such as Swedish Farmer’s Cheese, Danish Havarti, Kashkeval, feta, halloumi and brie, but these two cheeses seem to have many more applications.
One of the nice things about Cheddar cheese is its versatility: it is always welcome at a cocktail or drinks party, and melts well for nachos and other American dishes.
The charming host of America’s Test Kitchen, Christopher Kimball, also of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, has written about Cheddar cheese in its latest number, and has also conducted a taste-and-quality test of various Cheddars offered in most American supermarkets. I have always depended upon the quality and taste of Tillamook (Oregon) and Cracker Barrel brands. The test results bore out my choices. Another great Cheddar from the U.S.A., available in several western states, is Albertson’s supermarket brand California Cheddar (pictured here), costing about four dollars per pound, a price which is commensurate with that of the two aforementioned selections.
Here is the article about Cheddar cheese from this month’s Cook’s magazine.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2009

Monday, 20 April 2009

Massad Ayoob on Columbine

April 20, 2009

My husband was called-in to speak at Columbine High School the day after the massacre. Someday, I may get him to write down what he said. Meanwhile, here is our friend, Massad Ayoob, who writes about the insane killings in his April 19th piece.

Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Ché Bello Caffé

Making a pot of coffee with the fragrant Mokka Jubileum roast from Finland that my mother-in-law gave us, reminded me of this song (Finnish coffee is really superb). I have the original 33 1/3 RPM album by Domenico Modugno that I bought at Tower Records by Lincoln Center long ago, but it's great to find this on youtube:
coffeemoves


My Modugno album also has the following number on it, which is a precursor to Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World:

Thursday, 16 April 2009

How to Stop Sea-Piracy

My husband came up with the following idea this morning: put a transponder aboard every legitimate vessel in the crucial waterway, track them with AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), and blow every boat that doesn't have one out of the water.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Presidential Playschool Sets Perilous Precedent

Is the new U.S. national symbol a chicken instead of the traditional eagle? The current administration has promised a priori “no use of force” against brigands such as the Somali pirates, North Korea and Iran. They arrogantly and ignorantly engage in hollow posturing and endanger our national security, while dismissing the sage advice of Ambassador Bolton and the Honorable Henry Kissinger. It’s a sure-fire recipe for diplomatic failure. The precedent set by this “progressive” declaration will open the floodgates to further terroristic acts that threaten and harm not only the United States but other countries as well.
Protecting the world against terrorism and murderous sabotage just got a little bit harder for all concerned, thanks to the cavalier attitude of experimental dabblers and wet-behind the-ears neophytes in the 2009 U.S. administration.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Italian Easter Pie: Torta di Pasqua

8 04 2009

Happy Easter

Torta di Pasqua


Puff pastry or pie dough, enough to line and cover an 11-inch pie-plate

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 lbs. of ricotta cheese, well-strained to remove all liquid

1/2 lb. mild or hot Italian sausage, sliced and lightly fried in olive oil

8 to 10 slices of prosciutto ham, coarsely chopped

1/2 lb. of diced mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons of chopped or dried parsley

Freshly ground pepper, and salt, to taste

Prepare your pastry. Beat the eggs into the ricotta cheese, and add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the pastry or pie dough, and line the pie-pan with one-half of it. Pour filling into the dough-lined pan, and lay the rest of your dough on top of it, sealing, trimming, and crimping the edges. You may wish to brush the top with an egg-yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water. Make pretty slits in the top of the crust, and bake in a moderately hot 350* oven for forty-five minutes to an hour, until the top of Easter Pie is golden. Serve Torta di Pasqua either warm or at room temperature. This recipes serves 8 people.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton

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Italian Easter Pie: Torta di Pasqua

Torta di Pasqua


Puff pastry or pie dough, enough to line and cover an 11-inch pie-plate

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 lbs. of ricotta cheese, well-strained to remove all liquid

1/2 lb. mild or hot Italian sausage, sliced and lightly fried in olive oil

8 to 10 slices of prosciutto ham, coarsely chopped

1/2 lb. of diced mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons of chopped or dried parsley

Freshly ground pepper, and salt, to taste

Prepare your pastry. Beat the eggs into the ricotta cheese, and add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the pastry or pie dough, and line the pie-pan with one-half of it. Pour filling into the dough-lined pan, and lay the rest of your dough on top of it, sealing, trimming, and crimping the edges. You may wish to brush the top with an egg-yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water. Make pretty slits in the top of the crust, and bake in a moderately hot 350* oven for forty-five minutes to an hour, until the top of Easter Pie is golden. Serve Torta di Pasqua either warm or at room temperature. This recipes serves 8 people.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Italian Easter Pie: Torta di Pasqua

Torta di Pasqua


Puff pastry or pie dough, enough to line and cover an 11-inch pie-plate

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 lbs. of ricotta cheese, well-strained to remove all liquid

1/2 lb. mild or hot Italian sausage, sliced and lightly fried in olive oil

8 to 10 slices of prosciutto ham, coarsely chopped

1/2 lb. of diced mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons of chopped or dried parsley

Freshly ground pepper, and salt, to taste

Prepare your pastry. Beat the eggs into the ricotta cheese, and add the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the pastry or pie dough, and line the pie-pan with one-half of it. Pour filling into the dough-lined pan, and lay the rest of your dough on top of it, sealing, trimming, and crimping the edges. You may wish to brush the top with an egg-yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water. Make pretty slits in the top of the crust, and bake in a moderately hot 350* oven for forty-five minutes to an hour, until the top of Easter Pie is golden. Serve Torta di Pasqua either warm or at room temperature. This recipes serves 8 people.

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Elegant Survival's New Favorite Iron

I was looking for a new model of a Panasonic iron that I recommended on Elegant Survival three years ago. I wasn't able to find it. Instead, I found this, with which I am very happy:

First Impressions by Black & Decker

The Black & Decker First Impressions Iron

The Black & Decker First Impressions Iron

M-J de Mesterton, 26 10 2008

Happy Easter

The Latest Elegant Survival Posts

Potage Printanier aux Petits Pois: M-J’s Spring Pea Soup
28 03 2009
Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008
One 16-ounce bag of frozen petits pois, or tiny green peas (be sure to use the frozen variety for their intense colour)
Three cups of hot water
Herbs: savoury or herbes de Provence
1/3 Cup of sour cream or crême fraîche
Salt to taste
In a blender, mix together the hot water and frozen small peas until they are like soup. Pour the
mixture into a pot and heat it to simmering. Add a half-teaspoon of savoury or herbes de Provence, and a third-cup of crème fraîche or sour cream. Stir with a wire-whisk until the bits of cream are fully incorporated into the green soup. Heat again till just boiling, and serve. This recipe will make four bowls ofPotage Printanier aux Petits Pois. Double the recipe by repeating the first step and adding the results to the pot, while repeating the other ingredients as well. Add salt to your own preference. I use Himalayan salt. This soup may be served either hot or chilled. A small spoonful of sour cream or crême fraîche in the center of each bowlful will act as a garnish.



M-J’s Still Life with Fruit Smoothie
27 03 2009
M-J de Mesterton Still Life with Fruit Smoothie, Copyright 2009
M-J de Mesterton Still Life with Fruit Smoothie, Copyright 2009
Ginger, Chilean black grapes, plain yoghurt, bananas, apples, oranges, frozen blueberries, strawberries and a bit of honey are blended in an Osterizer for a health-enhancing morning drink.
~~M-J

Elegant but Rustic Decorating
27 03 2009
Bright Colors Enhance a White Room
Colors in the general space reflect those in the artwork.
Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton
The Poster, Produced by the Aberbach Gallery in 1979, Commemorates
Photo Copyright M-J de Mesterton
Photos Copyright M-J de Mesterton

Inexpensive Hair-Care, a Reprint from Elegant Survival Summer 2008

22 03 2009
Elegant Survival Hair-Care
Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008
It’s been many years since I visited a beauty salon to get my hair done, or for any other purpose. There are several reasons for this, foremost among them is that the hair stylists I had, no matter how much money I paid, paid no attention to what they were doing. They were more interested in operating an inquisition into my private life than in the usual beauty operator’s line–cutting my hair in a straight line. Going to Bergdorf Goodman’s salon didn’t make a whit of difference in the quality of my final result. Hair dressers blow-dry and style cut hair with a curling brush in order to conceal the bad job they’ve done. Once you wash the hair, the signs of neglect and poor craftsmanship appear.
My husband enjoys cutting my hair. He uses some very good scissors from France. And he doesn’t spend his energy asking about my private life–he is my private life! Train your husband, wife, or trusted friend to cut your hair, and return the favor. Remember, the higher the quality of your scissors or shears, the better the haircut.
There are many brands of hair color on the market. Target and Wal-Mart carry Revlon Colorsilk, usually for three dollars a box. It is just as good as the more expensive brands. If your hair has already started to turn gray or, as in my case, white, choose lighter colors. I remember bumping into Tony Bennett back in 1980s Manhattan. He was dying his hair black then to look younger, but the effect was reminiscent of a wax museum replica. Now that he has let his hair go naturally white, he looks so much more healthy and attractive. The same is true for ladies. If you are fortunate enough to go white instead of gray, it gives a platinum blond look. White hair is usually much more delicate than gray, and thus is easier to color. Hair that hasn’t yet turned, but is mixed in with white hair, will also dye or lighten more easily. If you have naturally black hair, lightening will be difficult. In your case, blending gray and dark hair with a shade just a bit lighter than your original one will be better than going to the lightest shade, because attempting to bleach black hair usually produces an orange result. What you ought not to do is try to dye your hair as black as it was when you were young. Nothing is more difficult to keep up than dark hair with white or gray roots. Black hair that is graying can sometimes be successfully enhanced with a natural dark henna. Slightly lighter colors of hair dye will blend with the new growth of hair and give you an evenly pigmented coiffure. At three dollars a box, it is wise to stock up on your shade, because at times they are sold-out, and you don’t want to be caught dead with the wrong color on your head!
Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008


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18 03 2009
Beautifully Made English Shoes at an Accessible Price
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The Sonya Apple, an Elegant Survival Favorite

7 03 2009
Sonya, Elegant Survival's Ideal Apple (photo copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008)
Sonya, Elegant Survival's Ideal Apple (photo copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008)
The Sonya apple originated in New Zealand, and has been internationally available since 2002. Its unique flavor is owed to its two parent-apples, the Red Delicious and the Gala.
The Sonya apple is pleasantly sweet and crisp, with an intense, fresh apple-juice flavor. Sonya apples are perfect for snacks, and the ones available now are small and perfectly shaped for packing in lunches. In my recent experience with Fuji apples, Elegant Survival’s former favorite for pie-making as well as eating, they have become less crisp, juicy and flavorful. Though that anomaly may be only temporary, I intend to make pies with Sonya apples henceforth. M-J’s Fuji Salad will now be called “Sonya Salad”–stay tuned for the recipe.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, March 2009

Monday, 6 April 2009

Time for Outrage against the Trillions

Time for Outrage against the Trillions…

22-03-2009

… of Your Money Grabbed for Political Payback Pork by Profligate Government

Now that a few people have awakened and wrapped their minds around the bail-out money misused by AIG, I must ask: where is the outrage about the trillions of dollars of your money that are going to be spent by a profligate congress and an unwitting senate? The Princess of Pork, Nancy Pelosi pushed through a spending bill against the wishes of anyone with a brain, and any entity that didn’t want a payback for electing President Obama.

The administration wrote in the AIG bonuses themselves while crafting the insurance company’s bailout. Now that the general public has discovered that scam, the Obama administration is feigning outrage and flattering the passion of the masses, just like any third-world dictatorship does. This farce is being staged so that the populace will focus on the AIG bonuses instead of on the mega-trillions that will be borrowed, which will cause hyperinflation and cripple the U.S. economy and future generations of Americans till the end of time. The demagoguery just gets more diabolical, and if you thought the Clinton administration shape-shifted, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

20-3-2009

The president was on the Jay Leno show last night. Why does he waste the public's resources gallivanting around for publicity when we are in the midst of an economic crisis? Compounding the mystery is how Mr. Obama could make such a hideous, mean-spirited, stupid remark, disparaging the Special Olympics, especially just a day after being graciously hosted by First Lady Maria Shriver and Governor Schwarzenegger in California. The Shriver family founded Special Olympics. Pres. Obama made a similar vicious, vacuous crack during the first day of his presidency, gratuitously alluding to Nancy Reagan, saying he wasn't "going to do a Nancy Reagan and hold a seance" (he confused her with Hillary Clinton, who had been "in communication with the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt" during her husband's presidency). The ailing former First Lady, Mrs. Reagan, had done nothing to deserve that nasty, intrinsically erroneous quip. It was tasteless and incorrect--as was his joke at the expense of innocent people last night. I wonder, does Barack Obama shoot at ambulances, too? An intelligent, tactful person would never have invoked the Special Olympics in such a negative way. The new president suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, and has a tendency to be nasty when not standing in front of a teleprompter. So does his vice president, Joe Biden. But, these bumblers are the suave sophisticates that the brainwashed populace have elected, and only those who didn't drink the Kool-Aid will recognize just how inept and uncouth they and their cabinet truly are. President Obama wouldn't know grace if it came up and slapped him in the face. Of course, when you have two faces, it doesn't matter much.

~~Copyright M-J 2009

Left-Wing Legerdemain Revisited

20 02 2009
Drawing Credit Goes to Schwartzkopf Shampoo

Drawing Credit Goes to Schwartzkopf Shampoo

Some more examples of what I like to call, “Left-Wing Legerdemain”:
Pretending that Republican presidents outlawed stem-cell research, when all they want to do is not provide federal funding for it.

Pretending that the Social Security Reform proposed by President Bush was involuntary. I don’t know who was responsible for the message not getting out properly, but I know this: the AARP had a vested interest in making the American public believe that your social security money was going to be invested in the stock-market, whether you liked it or not. The plan simply gave people the option to make a part of their SS dough work as investments.

Pretending that the resistance to birth-control and abortion is only philosophical–it is actually another federal-funding issue. We don’t want to pay for it when one’s issue is terminated. Old-time Republicans want as little government interference in people’s lives as possible, and it works both ways. I am a former (I moved), long-time elected Republican official and Republican Association press writer in Princeton, New Jersey, home of the G.O. P. dinosaur–original party people who stuck to their guns about rights and responsibilities. Those who believe that government ought to legislate what doctors and patients do just don’t understand the principles upon which the Republican party was founded. And I’ve had it with the donnybrook of “What would Reagan do?”–a great portion of that speculation is incorrect. It is the Democrat party that wants to micro-manage everyone’s lives–as a sick, slick vote-getting ploy. As I’ve been saying for two years now: you will give up freedom for “free stuff” by voting Democrat. They want absolute power, and will do things against the wishes of the majority. It is happening now….

And now, the 500-pound gorilla in the room: the so-called “stimulus package”, which economists everywhere say will do NOTHING to boost the economy: it was designed to give monetary payback to Obama supporters, and contains enough wasteful giveaways to guarantee votes for him in 2012.

This is an incomplete, growing list. More left-wing legerdemain is coming your way.

NEXT: the inaptly named FAIRNESS DOCTRINE, which is anything BUT fair–it belongs in red China! We don’t “need” a policy that robs Americans of their rights to freedom of expression. National Public Radio is paid-for with your taxes, but they were allowed a screed-a-minute against the Bush administration, no-holds-barred. There is no balance there whatsoever, but I didn’t hear anyone on the left crying about it….


Those Responsible for the Financial Meltdown

4 02 2009
This video shows that President George Bush tried to warn Congress in 2002 that this economic crisis was coming, if something was not done. But congress refused to listen, including entrenched Massachusetts congressman, the very vocal but vapid Barney Frank. This video says it all. The left-leaning U.S. media did not want this video on You Tube, so they had Time Warner threaten a law suit (proprietary rights) if it was not taken off the internet. The following is the controversial video exposé, now routed through Canada. Everyone in the world needs to see this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4qEXNM&NR=1

The Video:

Culture of Corruption

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home district includes San Francisco.
Star-Kist Tuna’s headquarters are in San Francisco, Pelosi’s home district. Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi. Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa, employing 75% of the Samoan work force.

Paul Pelosi, Nancy’s husband, owns $17 million dollars of Star-Kist stock.
In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25,
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not
have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less expensive than those of their competition.

When the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added an earmark to the final bill, adding $33 million dollars for an “economic development credit in American Samoa”.

Pelosi has called the Bush Administration “CORRUPT”, and blamed the financial crisis on them, even though he warned of it and congress threw out his remedial proposal. Now she wants the American people to pay THIS, as part of the economic stimulus package!

How do you spell “HYPOCRISY” ? “Culture of Corruption”, one of Speaker Pelosi’s favorite slurs against others, has just been defined.

Let Me Get This Straight: Industry Is Supposed to Survive and Support the Economy WITHOUT Making Profit?

30 01 2009
Excoriating EXXON-Mobil for “making a profit” is the trendy thing to do this week. All industries must profit. That’s how they stay in business. That is how they are able to provide jobs. The oil that is needed to run commerce and the general economy–and which many citizens use to heat their homes or drive cars–is produced because the oil company makes a profit. Does the nonsensical blather in the news today herald the end of civilization?

Hugo Chavez, dictator of Venezuela and Big Oil chief, is poised to become Pres. Obama’s good buddy. I wonder when the Exxon-Mobil haters are going to start bashing him for making huge oil profits? When Hell freezes over.
They would rather stay dependent upon the worst regimes in the world in order to run their Hollywood mansions, limousines and Hummers, while conveniently ignoring the truth. Exxon-Mobil pays taxes that enable lots of the little people they “care about” to get benefits and welfare. The dumbing-down of America has manifested itself in a leadership that knows nothing about economics. America’s chickens are indeed coming home to roost. The coterie of clowns who mindlessly follow fashion are oblivious to the fact that while Wall Street salaries and corporate bonuses are high, and their favorite president will communistically “cap” them, the dizzying heights to which Hollywood salaries and bonuses have soared and remained will continue. How’s that for hypocrisy? With the New Age Head-in-the-Sand Syndrome at its most virulent,the lop-sided double-standard they promote will go unacknowledged.

Sacrificing for Biased ACORN; Will U.S. Ever Recover from Obama Economic Recovery Plan?

30 01 2009
Why is the so-called “stimulus package” being resisted by the Republicans? Because it is not what it claims to be. In this economic disaster, the GOP members are shielding the American people against wasteful spending. The 500 pound gorilla in the room is the 5.2 billion which the Democrats want to give to ACORN, the organization that helped elect Obama to the presidency through questionable vote-garnering practices. ACORN is under investigation for fraud, and Obama’s stance against “Special Interests”, earmarks and lobbyists in his campaign now rings hollow with this new development. Yes, as the biased ABC Radio News reporter said in an unprofessional dig against Republicans, “so much for unity”. President Obama, contrary to his initial campaign theme, has been extremely divisive since he became the official Democrat candidate. He continues to try to silence talk-radio and, by extension, the American people who participate in it. I fail to see how giving taxpayers’ money to a private left-wing organization is anything but divisive and dictatorial. The ACORN billions-grab is a cynical ploy to get re-elected, and Obama is only in his second week as president. Millions are rioting in France for less egregious government policies than that. Even the state of California hasn’t asked for more than 3 billion. Why should ACORN, a shady organization that is nothing but “special interests” receive 5.2 billion of citizens’ money? Speaker Pelosi has no answer, nor does President Obama, whom the Democrat-Only, anti-Republican entity, ACORN went to great lengths to elect. Giving taxpayers’ hard-earned money to ACORN is not just wasteful, it’s unethical. And what does it have to do with “the economy, Stupid”?

Letter from Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.

28 01 2009

A Note from Ed Feulner on the So-Called Stimulus

Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 4:00pm
Dear Friend,
President-elect Barack Obama is heading to Bedford Heights, Ohio, on Friday to lay out his plan to resuscitate the economy.

He has said the only way to rescue the economy is for the government to spend hundreds of billions of your tax dollars. This is simply not the case. Instead, we need economic policies that encourage long-term growth, and with your help we can spread this critical message.

Here’s what you can do to help make the case for common-sense, pro-growth economic policies:

· Get Out the Facts.
Warn your family, friends, neighbors, and whoever else you find appropriate about the dangers of “stimulus” spending.

· Alert Your Community.
Speak out in your community by sending letters to the editor of your local newspaper or calling in to local talk radio programs to explain the conservative alternative to big government spending.

These are the facts compiled by The Heritage Foundation’s experts:

· No New Jobs or Money.
The proposed $800 billion “stimulus” package would not put any new money into the economy. Every dollar lawmakers “inject” into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy. Robbing Peter to pay Paul will not make us wealthier or create jobs.

· The Numbers Don’t Add Up.
President-elect Obama claims that spending $800 billion would create 3.7 million new jobs. That means taxpayers pay $217,000 per job! Even the average pediatrician or lawyer does not earn nearly as much as these new jobs would cost. It would be cheaper to mail each of these workers a $100,000 check.

· We Need a Plan That Works.
Policymakers need to pursue stimulus policies that work, not ineffective policies that push our country further and further into debt. An effective policy should extend tax cuts or make them permanent for individuals. It should also help businesses create jobs by reducing tax rates on employers so that they can better compete against foreign firms.

All of us at Heritage are doing everything we can to impress upon the President-elect and Congress the importance of resisting the temptation to blindly turn to big government as the answer, and we need your help to get that message out to your community. To find out more and to get Heritage’s latest work on economic recovery proposals, click this link:

http://www.heritage.org/news/economic-stimulus.cfm

Thank you for your support of The Heritage Foundation.

Sincerely,

Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
President


Save Our Corn

21 01 2009

CORN is KING!

To produce one gallon of ethanol, fifty gallons of water must be used. How exactly is this “helping the planet”, especially since the automobile emissions from ethanol are equal to those of regular gas? And the ethanol craze has caused the price of corn to go sky-high. Derivatives of corn permeate the food-supply, thus its high price trickles over to innumerable food products. Corn is the food staple of poor nations in the western hemisphere. The Obama plan of eschewing gas and oil in favor of ethanol has devastating consequences for nations dependent on corn, not to mention those addicted to Cheetos!

Welcome, President Obama

21 01 2009
Echoing Senator McCain’s gracious sentiments in his self-funded television broadcast honoring your first night as presidential candidate last year (which you didn’t acknowledge), congratulations! I am hopeful that you will execute the office of President with integrity and to the best of your ability. I’m happy to know that you wrote your own speech yesterday, and am in accord with much of what you said. There is one thing in your inauguration speech that I must call attention to here, and that is the divisive insinuation that the U.S. has not worked to alleviate the suffering of people in other countries.

“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it. “

Does this mean that you will recognize and be grateful for the billions given by President Bush to fight AIDS in Africa, and that you are now glad the U.S. and its allies stopped Saddam Hussein from putting people in meat-grinders…that you agree with the North American Free Trade Agreement, which opened up opportunities in Mexico?

Does it also mean that the U.S. ought to start producing and consuming its own resources, rather than those of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and other tough regimes?

Do you really think that punishing the coal industry (you said lately that even cleaner coal ought to go bankrupt) is going to help the American economy, given that most of the power grids in the United States are operated by coal? And your executive order to prohibit oil-drilling on federal land leases, which are traditional way of the country getting revenue and affording the American people some energy-independence, is not right for these times. Yes, alternative sources of energy, one of which, wind-power, I have promoted here for years, are a good goal, but they are not ready for the show. The U.S. still needs oil, gas and coal. You were in Hawaii when the power went out for twelve hours. That ought to have been a wake-up call for you. I lived through a famous outage on the east coast in summer 2003. These power-grids need to be updated, and ought to have been during the Clinton administration. The importance of clean coal, a system which brilliant American chemical engineering departments developed, is underlined by the immediate dependence upon coal for American life, industry, and even the internet. How are you going to rebuild the infrastructure and create jobs when you kill the industries that have a great hand in creating them? Do you know what it takes to run a country, besides hot air? Oil, natural gas, and coal. Do you realize that France depends 80% upon nuclear power? Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Francophiles in the U.S. who hate nuclear power.

God bless and keep you and your family. May the presidency cause you to grow in wisdom day by day.
May you truly cause change, and discourage continuation of the bitter political tone of the past eight years. Sure, you have united the Democrats, but it is time to reach out to the other side of the aisle with a new tone of civility and true acceptance of diversity. The crowds at your inauguration were particularly ungracious and rude to the arriving Republican dignitaries, including Presidents Bush 41 and 43, Barbara and Laura Bush. These two presidents support you and have magnanimously paved the way for a smooth transition into your White House, which is something the Clinton administration savagely sabotaged for the Bush incumbency, costing the nation millions in repairs and re-organization. If you wish to have a unified nation, please consider setting an example of tolerance and gratitude that your followers will heed. Otherwise, the United States will see more of the same hatred and divisiveness that is witnessed on bumper-stickers to this day, which “peacefully” call for the extermination of Presidents Bush 41 and 43. Yes, change must work both ways, or any attempt to promote it will ring hollow.

President and Mrs. George Herbert Walker Bush wore purple scarves to your inauguration yesterday, with the expressed purpose of symbolizing unity by blending both blue and red. The ball is in your corner now, President Obama!


Tuesday, September 25th, 2007: Re-posting

13 08 2008
¡Qué Valór! by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
President Ahmadinejad Lifts the Veil from the Left’s Eyes

…and when it’s not to their liking, they register surprise!

Somewhat untoward in philosophy, the people they lionize….

Tough-talking cowboys, over whom they fawn–

From Venezuela, Moscow and Tehran–

Prove that the Napoleon Complex lives on!

~~M-J de Mesterton,
Copyright September 2007