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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, April 27, 2009

More Evidence That The Kids Are In Charge

An Obama Administration photo-op gone awry. Apparently they wanted to update the file photo of Air Force One. The dumbasses in charge of this thing buzzed the New York City skyline in this giant jet, flying at low altitude with an F-16 fighter jet in hot pursuit.

This video, seen at Breitbart.com, shows how low Air Force One was flying and you can feel the panic in the air.

They didn't even have the decency to inform Mayor Bloomburg. In this article, found at WSJ Online, it was said that "People watched in horror as a massive aircraft, trailed closely by an F-16 fighter jet, banked and roared low near the city, in a frightening echo of the events of Sept. 11, 2001."

Just another hash mark to put in the column of 'minuses' when we take stock of how the Obama Administration has conducted itself.

It's a shame. The people of New York City have been through enough, for Gawd's sake. Some dickwanker wants a cool picture of the pretty plane, so who cares? I can't even imagine how the people who voted for Obama are feeling right now - perhaps a bit embarassed? Ashamed of the asinine choice that they made?


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Have I Been Radicalized??!

Perhaps I'm being watched, as I seem to fit under the new definition of Right Wing Radical Extremist. A new Department of Homeland Security report (link to PDF file below) claims that rightwing groups are gaining numbers, but has no numbers to give - or even evidence that this is actually happening. There is no specific information that rightwing groups are planning acts of violence. Here are some of the new qualifications for being slapped with that unseemly label of Right Wing Radical Extremist:

If you

* "reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority"
* "are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration" (no distinction between illegal and legal immigration is made)
* "have applied for criminal background checks in order to buy weapons"
* are a "returning veteran"
* are concerned about the US Government as being "either complicit in a foreign invasion or acquiescing as part of a “One World Government” plan"
* wonder about things "such as the loss of U.S. manufacturing capability to China and India, Russia’s control of energy resources and use of these to pressure other countries, and China’s investment in U.S. real estate and corporations"

The thing that concerns me, and seems to concern others, is the general nature of the assessment. Past assessments seem to me to be more specific, naming groups, or characteristics of groups such as the KKK or the many known militias.

I looks to me as if the report (PDF file) is basically smearing half the citizens of America with the Right Wing Extremist accusation. There is a difference between questioning the federal government's authority, challenging it, debating it - and being a member of one of those crazy frigging militias. When Americans start bringing up the constitutionality of an issue, it's because we believe in defending the constitution - not because we're dangerous. We believe that we should all abide by the definitions and limits of our government as spelled out in the constitution. Why is that bad, and why does this administration believe that we are dangerous?

I'm just shocked that homeschoolers were not named in this report as being dangerously right wing. The foundation is laid - as homeschoolers were the choice of 'terrorist' groups threatening a school in an emergency preparedness drill recently. Uh-Oh. That makes me paranoid, and subject to the 'conspiracy theory' rule for being a dangerous thug, doesn't it? If I disagree with any policy - be it immigration, stem cell research, how involved the federal government should get with abortion or education - anything really, then I am subject to scrutiny by law enforcement agencies?

We all know about the militias, the neo-nazi groups, the islamist terror cells. THEY are extreme. Not the law abiding citizens who just happen to disagree with the policies of the current administration.

Maybe these guys are Right Wing Radical Extemists, too?


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

We all received a gift today - Captain Phillips is safe. Thanks to our military, the Navy Seals, the snipers. Thanks to the crew who resisted and refused to give up their ship - and to Captain Phillips himself for embodying everything that is right about American values. He sacrificed his own safety for the safety of his crew, and the military who rescued him sacrificed their safety as well. It came out right this time, the bad guys are dead or captured. The good guys are safe and heroes in my mind. God bless them and their families and God bless America.

This problem of pirates is one that will have to be dealt with harshly. Too many countries have paid millions to these criminals, pirating and kidnapping has become a lucrative operation. Too easy to make millions - and yes, they have been paid millions - to jump on a ship brandishing weapons and threaten those aboard. I am shocked that the crews of all of these large vessels are unarmed! The waters in that area have been dangerous with pirates for a long, long time.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

And Now For Something Totally Different

I received this in an email the other day. Don't know if it's true, but I have been privy to what goes on in the mind of the little ones - it wouldn't surprise me at all! Kids are awfully clever. They see things differently than we do.

A first grade school teacher presented each child in her classroom with the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are 6-year-olds! The first half presented by the teacher is in red - their responses are in blue.

1. Don't change horses

until they stop running.

2. Strike while the

bug is close.

3. It's always darkest before

Daylight Saving Time.

4. Never underestimate the power of


5.You can lead a horse to water


6. Don't bite the hand that

looks dirty.

7. No news is


8. A miss is as good as a


9. You can't teach an old dog new


10. If you lie down with dogs, you'll

stink in the morning.

11. Love all, trust


12. The pen is mightier than the


13. An idle mind is

the best way to relax.

14. Where there's smoke there's


15. Happy the bride who

gets all the presents.

16. A penny saved is

not much.

17. Two's company, three's

the Musketeers.

18. Don't put off till tomorrow what

you put on to go to bed.

19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and

You have to blow your nose.

20. There are none so blind as

Stevie Wonder.

21. Children should be seen and not

be spanked or grounded.

22. If at first you don't succeed

get new batteries.

23. You get out of something only what you

See in the picture on the box

24. When the blind lead the blind

get out of the way.

25. A bird in the hand

is going to poop on you.