Lucrezia Borgia's Salon

An Atlanta woman's thoughts on random topics like relationships, politics, religion, food, wine, music, art, and pop culture.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Here's a REAL economic stimulus package ... and just in time for Tax Day!

Please sign up, pass it on, and join in your support of the FairTax ... something needs to be done, and fast, to counteract the horrendous "stimulus package" being rammed down our throats by our President and the United States Congress!

The FairTax plan is by far the most workable solution, if not the *only* solution, to what our economy is facing today, and it has been endorsed by a long list of highly respected American economists.

The principles of the FairTax plan are sound, time-tested economic principles that transcend ideology and party lines, so the plan is something most of us can get behind, no matter which side of the political fence we're on.

If you don't know a lot about it, take the time to read up on it at the website. I am sure you, too, will be convinced that it is the only way out of the heinous mess our "leaders" in Washington have put us in!!!!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Atlas Shrugged - from fiction to fact in the Age of Obama

Don't say you weren't warned by this blog before he was voted into office.

"In January, Stephen Moore caused a stir by arguing, in the Wall Street Journal, that the current crisis is turning Atlas Shrugged 'from fiction to fact.' And those who are warning that increased government restrictions will cause the nation's most productive workers to withdraw their talents have taken to calling this the 'John Galt Effect,' a reference to the hero -- and the main plotline -- of Atlas Shrugged. It is no coincidence that the strongest resistance to a government takeover of the economy is coming from people influenced by Ayn Rand. She has long functioned as a stiffener of resolve and as the fountainhead of pro-free-market ideas. ...Ayn Rand's contribution to the philosophical defense of capitalism can be summed up in one central idea: individualism. Ayn Rand demonstrated that the ultimate source of all wealth -- everything from steel mills to microchips -- is the individual reasoning mind. Thus, a society that wants to prosper has to ask what is required by its thinkers and producers, the 'prime movers' who originate and implement new ideas. And the first thing that is required for these thinkers to function is that they be free from coercive interference by bureaucrats, by blowhard legislators, or by federal 'czars.' ... Ayn Rand's ideas are the mostly unnamed fuel giving fire and confidence to people like [CNBC financial analyst] Rick Santelli. ... If we're going to have an ideological Boston Tea Party, a declaration of independence from the whole theory behind state management of our lives and wealth, then Ayn Rand is the ideal philosophical hostess." --editor of The Intellectual Activist and Robert Tracinski

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

A look out windows across the United States asked people across the United States to submit photos of the view outside their window.

Check out their responses here.

In these troubled times, it's nice to see and participate in projects like these to force ourselves to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Washington is an out of control crack whore.

According to Campbell Brown's latest commentary on the financial crisis,

1) over 1/3 of the $700 billion in the September bailout package has already been spent with no oversight;
2) the so-called "oversight" that Congress had demanded as a condition for doling out the money has YET to be appointed by the White House and Capitol Hill;
3) Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is now saying he doesn't believe that the money has been spent in the right way, and he wants to re-direct the remaining 2/3;
4) ... and the inspector general of the Treasury Department, according to the Washington Post, has admitted: "It is a mess. I don't think anyone understands right now how we're going to do proper oversight of this thing."

Yes, Washington is a crack whore. And the crack rock she WILL and MUST have, come hell or high water, is our money. Billions and billions of dollars of our money.

So why do we continue to allow the crack whore to smoke billions of our money into oblivion?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Un-effing-believable! The corporate bailout feeding frenzy intensifies

At first I was so mad I couldn't even think straight, but at this point I am beyond enraged, beyond sick, beyond disgusted.

I happen to be an AMEX cardholder, so upon hearing this unconscionable news about AMEX, part of me was tempted to stop paying my American Express bill (which for the past two months HAS BEEN MORE THAN MY MORTGAGE!) so as to keep from paying them twice: once through my bill and a second time through my taxes. (As one dismayed Michelle Malkin reader noted: "I've been paying them money for years. Now I have to pay them twice?") But alas, defaulting on my AMEX bill would affect my credit. And if I chose to go the tax evasion route instead, I'd have the IRS after me.
So, really, there's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. These corporations WILL have your money whether you like it or not, and guess what, neither they nor the federal government believe that you have the right to know where it's going. It's taxpayer robbery at gunpoint.

And as if that weren't enough to make you sick, here's why pork projects thrive in the Democratic Congress's spending scam. Turns out the "paygo" principle that helped them take back the majority in 2006 has been quietly dropped from their central platform and has been wantonly trampled upon ever since by both spend-happy Democrats and Republicans alike (e.g., Ted Stevens). Nice, huh?!

The only thing we can do at this point is to take note, and REMEMBER the Senators and Congressional representatives who have gone hog wild and then vote every last one of those spend-happy a-holes out in 2010. And give your local Congressional representative no peace, no rest until he or she agrees to support the Fair Tax. We MUST do these things to ensure that our country and its citizens survive this economic crisis.

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Legendary South African songstress Miriam Makeba dies on stage at 76

Miriam Makeba, the legendary South African songstress known as "Mama Africa" and "The Empress of African Song," died after collapsing on stage during a concert in Italy.

Makeba, who gained fame and renown worldwide, was exiled from her own country for 31 years during apartheid. In exile, she sang for such leaders as President John F. Kennedy and performed with such musical greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte, and Paul Simon.

In a statement issued after her death, Nelson Mandela said, "Her haunting melodies gave voice to the pain of exile and dislocation which she felt for 31 long years. At the same time, her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all of us."

He further noted that "Whilst this great lady was alive, she would say: 'I will sing until the last day of my life.' "

She was the first African woman to win a GRAMMY Award for Best Folk Recording in 1966, along with Harry Belafonte, for "An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba." The album voiced the plight of black South Africans under apartheid.

Makeba's exile began when she starred in the anti-apartheid documentary Come Back Africa in 1959. The following year, when she attempted to come back to South Africa to attend her mother's funeral, she found that her passport had been revoked. She would not be allowed to come back to South Africa until the end of apartheid and Nelson Mandela's release from prison 30 years later.

Makeba's life in exile was not without controversy - in the early sixties she married black power activist Stokely Carmichael and decades later, supported dictators such as Togo's Gnassingbe Eyadema and the Ivory Coast's Félix Houphouet-Boigny, performing at their political campaigns even as they were brutally suppressing the democratic movements that were sweeping West Africa in the early 90s.

We played "The Click Song," one of Makeba's most famous songs, at our wedding.

Now, not just one but two famous female singers have died recently, within a week of each other. It MUST have something to do with the moon being in Scorpio ...

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Friday, November 07, 2008

And now, for some word fun!

No matter who you voted for in this election, I think everybody who appreciates words can get a chuckle out of this one …

The ones with an asterisk were taken from “OBAMAMANIA!: The English Language, Barackified” by the editors of Slate Magazine. The others were collected by me in my reading.

BARACKLAMATION: Executive order issued by President Obama.*

BARACKSPLOITATION: The practice among editors of putting only Barack Obama on the cover of their magazines.*

BARACKUMENTARY: Any Obama video.*

BARACTOGENARIAN: Any elderly Obama supporter.*

BIG BROBAMA: Kindly big brother Obama who wants to look out for the people behind us to give them a chance, too.

DALAI ‘BAMA: A spiritually evolved President-Elect who will lead us all to the dawn of a new spiritual age.

NOBAMA: What those who do not support Obama think of his platform.

OBAMA CLAUS: What Obama has become now that he has promised us all these goodies under the Christmas tree.

OBAMAFUSCATE: When Obama engages in a smokescreen of verbal dodgery at tough, probing questions about his associations and background.

OBAMAGANDA: Any pro-Obama news coverage.

OBAMAGASM: What Obama supporters experience when they swoon under his spell.

OBAMALOT: The utopian Obama White House, where peace, hope and change converge and there is happiness ever after.

OBAMANIAC: Any zealous Obama supporter. A/K/A OBAMANITE.

OBAMANOMICS: Obama’s proposals to turn around the U.S. economy.

OBAMA-RAMA: A flood of Obama coverage in the media, or any large show of enthusiasm by pro-Obama supporters.

OBAMATON: Any mechanical Obama supporter who, though expressing unwavering support for him, cannot name a single one of his policies. A/K/A

OBAMAZON: Any zealous female Obama supporter.*

OBAMERANG: The tendency for any criticism of Barack Obama to bounce back and result in the downfall of his opposers.* (I would suggest the verb BARACKFIRE. Hehe.)


OBAMIFICATION: The process whereby a significant number of red states and counties suddenly turned blue on Election Night.

OBAMINATION: What McCain supporters see Barack Obama as.

OBAMINATOR: The man who was seemingly unstoppable in his campaign and rolled to victory in the election.

OBOMENON: The Barack Obama phenomenon.*

O-ZONE: The vital ether that Obama devotees must breathe in order to survive.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Random Thoughts on the 2008 Election Results

Obama's supporters can now change their slogan from "Yes, we can!" to "Yes, we DID!": Winning by the biggest Democratic margin since the mid-60s, and taking many states and counties that had been staunchly red for years if not decades, Barack Hussein Obama is now the President-Elect of the United States of America.

I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to the African-American community on this occasion for this monumental achievement which, as NPR political commentator Juan Williams put it, was inconceivable for many African-Americans, including himself, even as recently as a year ago.

With Obama holding distinct margins in many significant voter segments - young, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics, new/first-time voters, undecideds - and with the post-racial, let's-bring-the-country-together approach he has used toward the general voting public, it is clear that this country as a whole has indeed begun to move beyond race and is starting to become a post-racial society. Thus rendering race warlords like Jesse Jackson completely obsolete. (As Booker T. Washington wrote: "There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well.") Jackson has known for some time that the end was near - hence his muttered comment this summer that he wanted to "cut [Obama's] nuts off," unaware that the lapel microphone he was wearing was still very much on.

Now, it will be very interesting to see exactly what kind of President Obama will be - what stuff he is truly made of. While I would agree that he is definitely untested, he is not unknowable, an unknown quantity as pundits on both the left and right have argued. His background and history have been there for all to see, from the reminiscences he shares in his books about the Marxist, Communist, Socialist and Radical mentors he had and friendships he cultivated during his teenage, college and law school years, to his voting record, which has been the most liberal in U.S. Senate history - even left of Bernie Sanders (S-VT), a Socialist. We all know exactly what we're getting there, or at least we should. But if, as the chief executive of a country that is largely moderate/centrist to center right, he insists on imposing his hard-left ideologies upon it, he's just going to alienate a whole lotta people: that large minority of people who voted for McCain and who could easily vote Repubs back into Congress in droves in two years if he screws up. And he knows it. He'll have to refrain from over-reaching, no matter how loudly the firebrands who support him on the far left in Congress and elsewhere scream at him to do this or that. Because even though the Repubs got their clocks cleaned, there are still enough of 'em in the Senate to block any legislation that is over-the-top. If they ever absorb the lessons learned, find their brains and balls again and decide to return to the basic principles they abandoned when they started acting like the Democrats in abandonment of all fiscal and governmental restraints, that is.

But whether Obama actually WILL move to the center, like Clinton wisely did during his 8-year administration, or, at the left's behest, ram through onerous and ill-conceived policies that nobody would agree with continuing once their ruinous effects are felt, remains to be seen.

As concerned as I am about what the Obama Administration will do domestically, there are at least some saving graces there, like the ones I listed above, that will hopefully soften the blows. I am even more concerned about what the Obama Administration will do (or fail to do) abroad, because there's no safety net there. His artless, naïve comments about invading Pakistan and meeting dictators "without preconditions," the fact that he has OVER THREE HUNDRED foreign policy advisers, etc. the fact that our enemies - our enemies! - are endorsing him, should have been enough to give anyone pause. But with the economic meltdown, it's all about the economy now. The American people are no longer thinking about how the Chief Executive-Elect will be handling (or not) the War on Terror, Islamic radicalism, or any of the other issues raging around the world right now. Their fear over what will become of their wallets has drowned out all other concerns, so that they no longer care about what's going on in the world beyond their borders, except, perhaps, what foreign countries "think" of us. But these issues are still there, and must be addressed; and whether our new President will be coming at them from the left, right, or center, they must be addressed in a consistent, coherent, decisive fashion to promote national and world security, prevent further chaos, and strengthen our partnerships among our trusted allies. How will someone with OVER THREE HUNDRED foreign policy advisers come up with the strong, consistent, coherent, decisive foreign policy that the United States needs??

Don't know? Me neither. I certainly hope Obama will be able to enlighten us and show us how it can be done.

Anyway ... we will see.

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