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  • just a conservative girl 11:10 AM on 09/24/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charitable giving, , values,   

    About Those Values, Mr. Vice President 

    This truly cannot be said enough so I decided to cover this information again.  Last month Vice President Biden made the following comment:

    “And, by the way, I’ve been saying this for 30 years. And I’m glad to see that Congressman Ryan likes his dad, too, and quotes his dad. I mean that sincerely. But my dad [had] a lot of wisdom. Every time someone tells you, say, ‘Look, let me tell you what’s important to me, what I value.’ My dad would go, ‘No, no. Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value.’”

    So lets take a look at how The Vice President values charity:

    Gross Income              Charity

    1998             $215,432                      $195

    1999             $210,797                      $120

    2000             $219,953                      $360

    2001             $220,712                      $360

    2002             $227,811                      $260

    2003             $231,375                      $260

    2004             $234,271                      $380

    2005             $321,379                      $380

    2006             $248,459                      $380

    2007             $319,853                      $995

    2008              $269,256                      $1885

    2009               $333,182                      $4820

    2010                $379,178                     $5350

    2011                 $379,035                     $5540

    Total             $3,810,693                    $21,285

    For a grand total of .005%

    The average for the Romney family is 13.45%.

    So what is it that you value Mr. Vice President?  It certainly isn’t charitable giving.

    The Obama’s were very stingy with charitable giving as well, that is until he decided to run for public office on the federal level.  They could afford a $2 million home, but not too much for charity.  I hope that his charitable giving stays at current levels or increases once he leaves the presidency, as he will be making millions and millions per year once he does.

    • MS 2:30 PM on 09/24/2012 Permalink | Reply

      You do know, right, that VP Biden is the least wealthy member of Congress?
      You do realize right, that unlike many other members of Congress, Mr. Biden has always turned down paying board/consultancy jobs, and as a result, his salary constitutes the majority of his income?

      As far as I can recall, his only external income was from his book.
      Discounting the value of his home, Mr. Biden actually is still in debt.

      Funny you should criticize Mr. Obama, when his charitable record has been steadily increasing over the years, and who, while wealthy, still have to work to pay his bills.

      Especially when you consider the fact that Mr. Romney’s record of charity is only seen from his last two partial filings (yes, partial, because he omitted the release of the details of his 21 – at least – blocker corporations/form – and we know these corporations exist because he did not file the 990-T), and no one knows how much he actually gave to charity prior to his presidential bid. Even his trustee acknowledged that his 2011 filings were engineered to fulfill an earlier announced objective.

      • just a conservative girl 2:49 PM on 09/24/2012 Permalink | Reply

        yes because when you make only $200K per year you are the “least wealthy”. Did you read that after you typed it? You are justifying him giving $195 out of a salary of $215 because other members in congress make more than he does. He lives in DE. The cost of living is not that high.

        He is well below average for charitable giving. The majority of the country (who generally will make far less then him) gives much more in Charity than the Bidens. As soon as he is done with the Vice Presidency, he will go back to giving next to nothing again.

        That is who is he is. He would rather that the government take money from you and I to help the needy. He has little desire to do it for himself.

    • MS 7:53 AM on 09/25/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed. In his social circle, Mr. Biden is effectively a pauper. He even took loans to pay for his children’s education when he could have easily accepted one of the many paying jobs that members of Congress are routinely offered (and accepts).

      Instead of sitting on your high horse and arbitrarily making judgements about the ‘values’ of others, and conveniently ignoring his and his wife’s volunteer work over the years and service to the nation, I have a question for you.

      What values were you, along with the majority of your party members, exhibiting as you watched in silence as a segment of your base go on a four-year character assassination campaign against Mr. Obama? What kind of value does it show when you dispute the identity of his father, the morals of his mother, his childhood memories/history, his allegiance to the country, his religious belief, his education – all without a single piece of credible evidence, and in the face of a ton of evidence to the contrary?

      While we’re on the subject of values, how do you feel of the government sanctioned torture of innocent Iraqis and Afghans? What do you feel about our soldiers and contractors smashing the feet of a taxi driver (as his mother and three sisters stood outside the prison) until he died from shock? The doctor who conducted the autopsy said his feet looked like it was run over by a truck.

      What about the man who had his penis sliced dozens of times in one of the famous rendition exercise, until the doctor who did his autopsy said it looked looked like butchered meat?

      Things became so bad, even the military prosecutors assigned to Guantanamo resigned after seeing the level of torture we inflicted on innocents, whose only crime was that they were easy fodder for the warlords to sell to the American forces (at $5,000 each). Even Rumsfeld had to resigned after the German threw a fit after receiving a batch of evidence (including, reportedly though unconfirmed, a video of an interrogation). Until today, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld have to remain cautious of their travel arrangement as several countries are eager to arrest them for war crimes.

      Where are your values here? Why are none of you demanding justice for these people, or holding the guilty responsible? Instead, you pick on the poorest member of Congress to show your values.

      Col Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, had this to say about the matter.
      ” You compare Bill Clinton’s peccadilloes for which he was impeached to George Bush’s high crimes and misdemeanors or Dick Cheney’s high crimes and misdemeanors, and I think they pale in significance.”

      You should read Col. WIlkerson’s court affidavit – which no one from the Bush administration had dared to challenge – and then speak about values again.

      Click to access Wilkerson.pdf

      • just a conservative girl 8:11 AM on 09/25/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Yes because all paupers make $200K per year. That is five times the national average. Millions upon millions in this country wish they were that poor.

        Speaking of rendition, where you were when Clinton started the practice? Where are you that Obama is continuing the practice? I have spoken out about it from day one. Waterboarding is nothing compared to what happens to people when we leave it up to countries who could care less about human rights.

        As usual you confuse issues to try and take away from the issue at hand. Biden is a cheap. He holds unto his money, but spends ours like it is going out of style. There is nothing moral about putting our children into some much debt that their quality of life will be lower.

        I have spoken out about the spending regardless of party. You, on the other hand, seem to have no problem with Obama continuing the practices in Afghanistan. He has even picked up the level of drone strikes. Killing al-Awaki without any due process was unconstitutional. The man was an American citizen and his rights were violated. So when you start screaming about it when it comes from both sides, I suggest you ask yourself why your outrage is only when it someone you don’t agree with is in office.

        I could care less about the republican party. I care about my principles. You should try it.

    • MS 2:01 PM on 09/25/2012 Permalink | Reply

      So let me get this straight.
      Mr. Biden’s honorable decision of rejecting private sector positions and monetary gains should be completely discounted, and instead, we should judge his ‘values’ solely based upon the amount of money he donated, regardless of the fact that that may very well be all that he could afford? Nevermind his distinguished public service career and volunteer works.

      As for rendition, it was an unofficial practice that first came into being during the Reagan administration, and subsequently put into law during the administration of former President George H.W. Bush. However, it took a turn for the worse when it devolved from a strategic tool to something sinister when the George W. Bush administration green-lighted the torture of suspects, many of them who were sold to American forces by its ‘allies’.

      And the extent of the torture goes far, far, beyond waterboarding, as I have previously indicated. There are other documented cases of tortures as well – truly horrifying torture that brings into question the sanity of the people conducting them. I was traumatized just reading about the inhuman brutalities these people were subjected to.

      As for Mr. Biden spending ‘your money’, please do not confuse rhetoric with facts. I continue to hear charges that President Obama increased our debts by a further $5 trillion dollars with his reckless spending. But here are the facts: under the Obama administration, the federal government has shrunk for the first time in 50 years. The growth of federal spending is also the lowest in over 50 years. So where did the $5 trillion come from?

      Well, $1.2 trillion came from former President George W. Bush’s last budget. Another trillion came from the two unpaid wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (btw, these two wars were the first time the United States has entered into a war without raising its taxes to pay for it). Another $800 billion (approx) came from welfare net to protect the ten million new jobless Americans (almost five million in President Bush last year in office, and over for million in President Obama’s first year in office). The automatic stabilizers also kicked in 2009 to prevent a systemic national economic collapse. There is also the interest payments for the debts incurred by previous administrations.

      The only major spending President Obama was responsible for, the January 2009 $800 billion stimulus (ARRA), immediately stopped the job market crash. (http://static8.businessinsider.com/image/4bb614577f8b9a1667ae0100/chart-020510-update.jpg)

      As for drone killings, murder is murder, and should always be avoided. However, if there is a need to engage enemy combatant, then using a drone is always preferable to using our soldiers.

      As for al-Awlaki, a high-ranking al-Qaeda operative with dual citizenship (Yemeni and U.S.), you do realize that he has declared a holy war on the United States and was declared an enemy combatant long before his death? He was an American in name only. His allegiance has long shifted, and he was actively involved in terrorist activities. While still in U.S., he was also linked to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the soldier who killed 13 people at Fort Hood.

      Listen to him making the declaration: http://youtu.be/zhjD5J1KC8Q

      “America was my home. I was a preacher of Islam involved in non-violent Islamic activism. However with the American invasion of Iraq and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the U.S. and being a Muslim, and I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding on every other Muslim.”

      How do you even begin to defend him, I do not understand. For the record though. the kill order was made by the CIA, and was approved by the NSC, ODNI, and Senate Committee on Homeland Security. Only after that was it sent to the White House for final approval. Considering the legal steps taken here, how could you say it was unconstitutional? Even the judge who presided over al-Awlaki’s father lawsuit makes no mention of it being unconstitutional.

      “Here, plaintiff asks this Court to do exactly what the D.C. Circuit forbid in El-Shifa — assess the merits of the President’s (alleged) decision to launch an attack on a foreign target. Although the “foreign target” happens to be a U.S. citizen, the same reasons that counseled against judicial resolution of the plaintiffs’ claims in El-Shifa apply with equal force here. Just as in El-Shifa, any judicial determination as to the propriety of a military attack on Anwar Al-Aulaqi would “‘require this court to elucidate the . . . standards that are to guide a President when he evaluates the veracity of military intelligence.

      Indeed, that is just what plaintiff has asked this Court to do. See Compl., Prayer for Relief (d) (requesting that the Court order the defendants to “disclose the criteria used in determining whether the government will carry out the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen”). But there are no judicially manageable standards by which courts can endeavor to assess the President’s interpretation of military intelligence and his resulting decision — based on that intelligence — whether to use military force against a terrorist target overseas.”

      Finally, on your claim of not caring about the Republican Party and following your principles. Look at your posting history. You are, for all intents and purpose, a cheerleader for the GOP. If you truly are guided by your principles, then you should be fair in your criticisms, questions, and commentary.

      You should question why Mr. Romney is so secretive about his tax returns. You should ask why his office shredded thousands of documents when he left the office of Governor of Massachusetts. You should ask why the Heritage Foundation did a 180% turn on individual mandates within the space of less than a year (yes, they were actively supporting individual mandates up to 2007). You should question why Mr. Romney’s small donors only constitute 14% of his donor base, and why his campaign is being financed by a small group of wealthy elites.

      You should also ask Mr. Ryan why, after four years, his multiple budget proposals still do not contain details of budget cuts. Or how he intends to give tax cuts worth accumulatively over $5 trillion, and an increase of $2 trillion in defense spending, yet still fully balancing the budget.

      Finally, you should also ask why tax cuts/trickle down economic, a concept that has no documented, empirical economic merits, continues to be the central dogma of the GOP economic policy.

      Once you do these and more, then you climb on your high horse and question me about my principles.

      You see, truth is not easy, and is not kind.

      • just a conservative girl 4:18 PM on 09/25/2012 Permalink | Reply

        First, who did I vote for in 2000? It wasn’t President Bush. I started no wars. I was against going into Iraq. You keep up bringing up party. I don’t care which party does the spending, I want it stopped so the next generation has a chance to live in country with the same chance to fulfill their dreams as the people who came before them.

        I will go after people who are republicans. I don’t care what party they come. It means nothing to me. President Obama has done more deficit spending than any other president in history. That is a fact, it can’t be disputed. The gravy train is over. We can’t keep spending money we don’t have and expect our kids and grandchildren to have a decent shot at a future. $1.293 trillion in 2010, $1.300 trillion in 2011, $1.327 trillion in 2012, and $901 billion in 2013. No other president has ever spent a trillion dollars of borrowed money in one year. He did three times. He also added to Bush’s spending on 09 with a stimulus that had little effect on the economy. The recession technically ended in June of 09. None of the money was spent before then. Deficit spending actually went down under Bush. Money into the treasury increased for the majority of his presidency. Another fact that the left likes to forget about.

        If a democrat is running who is a fiscal hawk, I will vote for him/her. I have voted for many democrats over the course of my life. We cannot sustain 47% of people not paying taxes in this country for much longer. We need to flatten the rates and get rid of the loopholes. My taxes will increase by doing that and I am perfectly fine with that. What I want in return for my higher taxes is a more responsible government that isn’t throwing my money away willy nilly. It is criminal the amount of waste our government allows to occur.

        People don’t have citizenship “in name only”, they are citizens or they are not. It is a legal thing, not a state of mind. They had plenty of time to go into a court to have him stripped of citizenship and did not. The same thing with Adam Ghadhan. No American citizen should ever be put on a hit list without having due process in court. I don’t care what they have done. The fact that al-Awaki made all those videos declaring his intention to wage war on the US and its citizens made the fact that they didn’t go into court worse, not better. They clearly had the evidence to back up the government claims. The constitution doesn’t cover some people, it covers all Americans. Plenty of people in this country do horrific things, they still have the right to due process. What is stopping them from putting you or I on a hit list then? Closing your eyes or making excuses about allowing the federal government to kill someone without due process is a slippery slope that no one should be wanting to go down.

        I could care less about Romney’s tax returns, I don’t care about anyone’s tax returns, I think it is stupid that they are released by anyone. I also could care less that he has money in foreign investments. Until recently I had some of retirement savings in foreign investments. I took them out because it seems more likely then not the Euro is going to go south. Many people across the country have investments in foreign countries. It is actually a good strategy generally, especially considering that many foreign currencies are stronger than ours at the moment. Where he puts his money is his business. As long as he claims it on his tax returns and pays the taxes that are legally due, it means nothing. Most 401K’s in this country have options for foreign investments, why should you and I be allowed to partake in them, but someone who is running for president not be able to?

        If someone can’t live on $200K per year, there is a problem. People who make far less money give more of a percentage of their salary to charity. I gave a larger percentage of my income to charity when I was in college and living hand to mouth. It is something that I have always believed in, If he couldn’t “afford it” in the year before he was tapped as VP, why could he all of sudden afford it? He gave it because of how it looked. The man owns a home that is worth several million dollars. He isn’t poor by any stretch of the imagination.

        You do realize that our tax dollars are going to pay rent on his second home that he rented out to the secret service right? While it may be perfectly legal, it shouldn’t be. He shouldn’t be making money off secret service protection that we are paying for. I would say that no matter who they are.

  • just a conservative girl 3:24 PM on 08/13/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: budget, , values,   

    VP Biden Tells Us That Democrats Don’t Value Anything 

    Today, the brain trust that is Vice President Biden said that his father told him this:

    “Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value”

    It has been something like 1195 days since they last passed a budget.  My math may be a little off, I found a number from last summer and added the days to today as best as I could.

    Obviously they don’t value anything.

    Apparently no one on the Obama campaign bothered to find out what he was going to say.

    What a twit.

    • SignPainterGuy 6:14 PM on 08/13/2012 Permalink | Reply

      “What a twit” ! You are so kind and generous, jacg ! Sometimes I think he`d have to double his IQ to come up to “Moron”.

      Not passing a budget is actually quite a smart move by the libs in congress, especially the senate. If they DID pass a budget, spending measures would be enumerated, thus exposing their agenda. CAN`T HAVE THAT !! Plus, by having no budget, they get to spend like crazy, adding to the base-line each cycle, guaranteeing spending increases.

  • just a conservative girl 2:21 PM on 07/27/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Liberal Logic – Rahm Emanuel Edition 

    Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, has put his liberal logic on full display for all the world to see. You see, the mayor decided to weigh in on the Chik Fil A non-controversy by announcing Chik Fil A doesn’t share “Chicago Values”. Really? It wasn’t all that long ago that the mayor admitted that some in his city have the wrong values.

    Now this same man has decided that the city needs the help of The Nation of Islam to patrol the streets to help cut down on the unending violence in the city now being dubbed “MurderTown”.

    So this idiot liberal would like to keep Chik Fil A from expanding in the City of Chicago, which of course violates our laws, because they believe in traditional marriage. This belief, held by millions around the country, is simply that marriage is between one woman and one man. It in no way wants to see discrimination against homosexuals. Gay people can do what ever they want to do with that one exception. That is it. We don’t call for violence against people, we don’t call for the death of anyone. We are simply stating that the institution of marriage is something that is held sacred and by redefining marriage we are being asked to accept beliefs that violate our religious views and conscience.

    Islam, however, is a very different story:

    The Sunan Abu Dawud, named after its editor, is another reliable collection of hadith. Ibn Abbas reports the following about early Islam and Muhammad’s punishment of homosexuals: . . . “If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done” (vol. 3, p. 145, no. 4447).

    The next one from the same collection says that an unmarried man who commits sodomy should be stoned to death: “Ibn Abbas said: if a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death” (vol. 3, p. 1245, no. 4448).

    Thus, these two passages in Sunan Abu Dawud go further than merely rejecting and banishing homosexuals or sexual sinners, as we saw in Bukhari’s collection. Rather, Ibn Abbas says that Muhammad and the early Muslim community commanded their execution.

    The hadith editor Timidhi repeats Ibn Abbas’ narration: “Ikrima reported on the authority of Ibn Abbas that God’s messenger [Muhammad] said: ‘If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’” (Recorded in Mishkat al-Masabih, trans. James Robson, vol. 2, p. 763, Prescribed Punishments). In the same hadith collection, the Mishkhat al-Masabih, a compendium that brings together other hadith collections, are found the punishments of being burned to death and having heavy objects thrown on the guilty homosexuals:

    The Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan also have such a good record when it comes to your faith, Mr. Mayor:

    “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man. He wasn’t a great man for me as a black person, but he was a great German. Now, I’m not proud of Hitler’s evils against Jewish people, but that’s a matter of record. He raised Germany up from nothing. Well, in a sense you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.” — Louis Farrakhan, radio interview, March 11, 1984

    “Jews have been conclusively linked to the greatest criminal endeavor ever undertaken against an entire race of people … the black African Holocaust. … The effects of this unspeakable tragedy are still being felt among the peoples of the world at this very hour.” — The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews (NOI book), 1991

    “Who are the slumlords in the Black community? The so-called Jews. … Who is it sucking our blood in the Black community? A white imposter Arab and a white imposter Jew.” — Speech by NOI national official Khalid Muhammad, Nov. 29, 1993

    “These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. … It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews, that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!” — Louis Farrakhan, Saviours’ Day speech, Feb. 26, 2006

    So these are Chicago Values. Good to know. With values like these, it is no wonder the murder rate is so high.

    • SignPainterGuy 6:59 PM on 07/27/2012 Permalink | Reply

      A curious thing, this islam; on the one hand, homosexuals are to be executed, but as reported a couple weeks ago, a muslim had agreed to be voluntarily sodomized by 5 or more guys so that his rectum would be stretched large enough for the insertion of explosives. He wanted to become a human bomb. Would whittling down a length of closet rod deprive his buddies of some deviant sexual pleasure ? It`s permitted to have sex with goats, ya know !

      We know that it is OK in islam for the muslims to lie to infidels in the furtherance of the islamic cause, is it also OK to be sodomizer and sodomizee in the cause of islamic jihad ??

      Sorry ladies, I realize this is not standard dinner table fare, but the glaring hypocrisy of the ROP and what some, too many, on the left want to support or at least give appeasement to is just a bit disturbing to me ! And NO, I don`t normally spend a lot of time thinking on such subjects ! This one kinda “mooned me” as it were !

    • Don 2:15 AM on 07/28/2012 Permalink | Reply

      But it’s such a “peaceful” cult, er uh, I mean religion.

      • SignPainterGuy 12:29 PM on 07/28/2012 Permalink | Reply

        “Peaceful”; they keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means !

  • just a conservative girl 10:38 PM on 01/18/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Reason 15,893 to Home School 

    The NEA among others have come out with new guidelines for teaching sex education to our children.  While the report doesn’t specifically say this, I doubt that this will be opt-in.

    Lets begin with what will be taught to your 5-7 year-olds:

    They should be able to properly name both male and female anatomy, they should be able to talk about all different types of families, and show respect for these families.  They also need to be able to talk about and demonstrate how media influences how boys and girls think and act.

    7-10 year-olds:

    They should be able to define sexual orientation, and be able to name parents or adults that can help them understand sexual orientation.

    Apparently, the worry is that right now, only about 3.1 hours is spent talking to elementary school children about HIV/Aids, pregnancy, and STD prevention.  Silly me, I didn’t think I needed to talk to a five-year old about STD prevention.  I am so out of it.

    Here is one of my favorites:

    By completion of the eighth grade, the report says, students should be able to “[d]ifferentiate between gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” “[e]xplain the range of gender roles,” and “[d]efine emergency contraception and its use.”

    Upon completion of middle school, students should be able to “[a]nalyze external influences that have an impact on one’s attitudes about gender, sexual orientation and gender identity”; “[a]ccess accurate information about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation”; “[c]ommunicate respectfully with and about people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations”; “[e]xplain the health benefits, risks and effectiveness rates of various methods of contraception, including abstinence and condoms”; and “[d]escribe the steps to using a condom correctly.”

    I am not naive enough to think that kids don’t have questions about sex or are not tempted to experiment.  Their bodies are changing and many kids hit puberty in the eighth grade and they start to have sexual feelings.  I get that.  I also get that kids are much more advanced in many areas then I was at that age.  But I will tell you, the very last thing I wanted to talk about, let alone participate in at that age was the down and dirty details of sex.  I was horrified whenever anyone brought it up.  I wasn’t ready at that age, plain and simple.  I get that not all kids will be like that, but there will be children who are just not ready for these types of conversations and to force it upon them is abusive.

    And by the time they graduate from high school students should be expected to “[d]efine emergency contraception and describe its mechanism of action” and “[a]ssess the skills and resources needed to become a parent.”

    Also included in the guidelines are the following: “Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of abstinence and other contraceptive methods, including condoms”; “Access medically-accurate information and resources about emergency contraception”; “Compare and contrast the laws relating to pregnancy, adoption, abortion and parenting”; and “Describe potential impacts of power differences (e.g., age, status or position) within sexual relationships.”

    Well, at least they are willing to talk about adoption over abortion and abstinence.  I guess I should take some comfort in that.  But never fear, the NEA, in all of its infinite wisdom, has partnered with Planned Parenthood and GLSEN to help write these guidelines.  Thank heavens, they contacted the experts in giving our children moral guidance.  /sarc.

    You can read the report here to get a gander at the glossary they provide.  Ooh, can’t wait.   Bedtime reading.

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