Monday, September 22, 2008

Dems vs. McCain/Palin, Dems vs. Terrorists

Here's something to ponder as we near the election:

What if the Democrats were as bent on destroying the terrorists as they are toward McCain/Palin?

Do you think our troops would be home from Iraq enjoying the summer with their families? Dang straight they would.

Compare the hatred, the vitriol, the massive amount of time spent trying to destroy a war hero and a conservative woman versus how they go after the terrorists that attack our troops and allies daily.

One more thing to ponder: When will conservative Democrats realize that their party has long left them? When will they listen to speeches from JFK and realize how Republican he sounds?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Economic Turmoil 101 - An Easy-to-Follow Guide for Market Uncertainty

Neal Boortz has written a brilliant article to help everyday shlubs like myself understand the "economic crisis" that's currently being blown out of proportion to help Obama.

Remember: If it's bad news for America, it's good news for liberals!

Here's a good chunk of the article:

OK .. so we all know that a lot of really bad real estate loans were made. The political class would sure love for us to believe that the blame here rests squarely on “greedy” (try to define that word) mortgage brokers and lenders. The truth is that most of the blame rests on political meddling in the credit decisions of these mortgage lenders.

Twenty years ago the buzz-word in the media was “redlining.” Newspapers across the country were filled with hard-hitting investigative reports about evil and racist mortgage lenders refusing to make real estate loans to various minorities and to applicants who lived in lower-income neighborhoods. There I was closing these loans in the afternoons, and in the mornings offering a counter-argument on the radio to these absurd “redlining” claims. Frankly, the claims that evil mortgage lenders were systematically denying loans to blacks and other minorities were a lot sexier on the radio than my claims that when credit histories, job stability, loan-to-value ratios and income levels were considered there was no evident racial discrimination.

Political correctness won the day. Washington made it clear to banks and other lending institutions that if they did not do something .. and fast .. to bring more minorities and low-income Americans into the world of home ownership there would be a heavy price to pay. Congress set up processes (Research the Community Redevelopment Act) whereby community activist groups and organizers could effectively stop a bank’s efforts to grow if that bank didn’t make loans to unqualified borrowers. Enter, stage left, the “subprime” mortgage. These lenders knew that a very high percentage of these loans would turn to garbage – but it was a price that had to be paid if the bank was to expand and grow. We should note that among the community groups browbeating banks into making these bad loans was an outfit called ACORN. There is one certain presidential candidate that did a lot of community organizing for ACORN. I won’t mention his name so as to avoid politicizing this column.

These garbage loans to unqualified borrowers were then bundled up and sold. The expectation was that the loans would be eventually paid off when rising home values led some borrowers to access their equity through re-financing and others to sell and move on up the ladder. Oops.

Right now this crisis is being sold to the American public by the left as evidence the failure of the free market and capitalism. Not so. What we’re seeing is the inevitable result of political interference in free market economics.
The lesson? Capitalism good, government bad. Government interference in capitalism really, really bad.

Read the entire article here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tri-County Clears DEP Hurdle for Grove City Trash Mountain

Hat Tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):

Tri-County offered up a new plan to keep birds that could pose a danger to airplanes at the nearby Grove City Airport away from the trash being buried, DEP said in a news release.

That plan, which includes a professional bird watcher and fireworks, satisfied the agency’s objections to the company’s latest attempt to re-open the landfill in Liberty and Pine townships outside Grove City, DEP said.

The state’s decision doesn’t mean the landfill can re-open. It closes out the first phase of approval, the permit review, and allows Tri-County to seek a technical review of the landfill plan by DEP, the agency said.

I think everyone understands that garbage has to be placed somewhere. What I think is so confusing is why anyone would want to make a trash mountain so close to a town. Why would anyone want to place a trash mountain in an area that has become a tourist destination? Why would anyone want to place a trash mountain in the flight path of a growing airport?

We’ve worked very hard the last three years to build up Grove City Regional Airport. It may be small, but it receives thousands of flights per year. We receive propeller and jet aircraft and we are only expanding. We now have STATMedivac based there – and it has already become its busiest hub.

I’m skeptical of their plans to keep birds away from the mountain. The DEP may be satisfied, but I imagine the FAA may want to take a closer look.

A trash mountain simply isn’t good for our area. It’s terrible for tourism and it’s terrible for the health of the citizens as well as the safety of those who use our airport.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Terrorist Attacks, Seven Years Later

Has it really been seven years? I still remember the day - when I was sitting in an office building in the flight path of the Pittsburgh Airport. I remember scanning news sites around the globe because the Web sites of American media were being slammed by others looking for any bit of news. I remember the eerieness of an empty sky. Working next to the airport, there were always planes in the air, but at that time the sky was totally vacant. I remember coworkers crying or sitting in stunned disbelief.

I remember the seething anger. I remember a president, transformed by a single event. I remember a country that was unified for about a day or two - before liberals turned it into an opportunity to bash the president, the troops, and the country.

We call it "September 11" or "9-11" when we talk about it, but make no mistake, it's more than just a date. We were attacked by terrorists. Islamic terrorists. For political correctness, we don't even mention that. If we do, we strive to make sure that people know we are talking only about extreme radicals. Yet I remember the footage from the streets in the middle east. Men, women, and children were dancing, cheering, and handing out candies when they heard of the attack. We aren't talking about a few wackos when we say Islamic terrorists. We're talking about millions of muslims around the world and in our own country.

We are justified when we take a second look at the muslim in the airport, on the bus, or in the delivery van. We've seen the action and the reaction of the muslim population. We've also seen the inaction. We've heard about how most muslims love America, yet we've never seen the "Muslims for Peace" or "Muslims for America" rallies. When was the last time you saw a "Muslims for the Troops" rally?

Yes, there are lots of muslims - most of them American - who do love this country. There are many who serve in our communities and our military. That's a really good thing. But we cannot forget our enemy. And it isn't the granny in a wheelchair that's getting frisked at the airport.

Seven years later and we still haven't learned. We're looking for weapons so we don't upset anyone. Isralies look for terrorists. Huge difference. Perhaps we'll learn someday.