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TRC – A New Feature – Rabid Conservative Approved

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This week, I want to release a new feature on The Rabid Conservative – a seal of approval for content that I find on the internet that is befitting of Rabid Conservatism.

Today, conservatism has been very timid – emasculated because the liberals squawk every time we say something and telling us how very politically incorrect we are every time we speak out minds. We’re called racist because we dare stand up to That One.  We’re always called part of the problem because we believe that people should stand up for the same values that brought our country together in the first place – Judeo-Christian values, rather than the same mentality that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, that is, doing what is right in one’s own eyes.

It’s time we as Conservatives stop toying with these kool-aid drinkers and start fighting/biting back.

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Macho Sauce Productions – Alfonzo Rachel

So, this week, I present the first seal to Alfonzo Rachel of Macho Sauce Productions. Alfonzo isn’t a big time celebrity or anything, but rather, a simple fellow who is willing to speak his mind and tell liberals what he really feels, not out of hatred or bitterness, but because he, like me, is tired of hearing the liberal noise, smelling the whiffs of kool-aid, and all the faerie dust from Barack Obama that we’re supposed to snort in order to believe in all the hope and change.

Do you know someone who might have just enough righteous froth to qualify as a Rabid Conservative? Shoot me a link in the comments below and our highly trained staff (yeah, OK, me), will give it a look. Alternatively, you can email tzonarin [at] hotmail [dot] com with your suggestion.

Until then, be Rabid – our country may very well depend on it.

-R

Written by Rick

February 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm

In Short – Obama Breaks Campaign Promise After Two Weeks in Office

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Well, that didn’t take long.

In Kaukauna, Wisconsin, June 12, 2008, Barack Obama made the following statement while campaigning:

"If you are a family making less than $250,000, my plan will not raise your taxes – not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." (emphasis added)

But yet, on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, President Obama signed the so-called SCHIP bill which, buried within this legislation that while supposedly ensuring that every kid has health coverage is a…

…a tax increase of 61¢ on tobacco products, upping the Federal excise per pack to $1.

Now I’m not a fan of tobacco and I don’t have anything against helping kids.  However, despite the fact that SCHIP is already a bad idea because it allows for health care for kids up to the age of 25 and creates additional government dependency by creating a way for people to not procure health coverage for their kids (instead deferring to SCHIP), I look at this and say, since the greatest amount of smokers in the US are also making less than $250,000/year, putting an excise of 61¢ on tobacco products increases their taxes.

Liberals seem to have a big problem with the tobacco industry in general, attacking it at every turn on moral grounds, even though they don’t seem to afford the same moral laissez-faire attitude that they do to the gay movement, but I digress.

While this doesn’t directly affect me, since I’m not a smoker and my kids don’t need SCHIP, the thing is, since the value of a campaign promise is equal to that of a used tissue, it means that all the promises of hope, change, etc etc are now on the table.  The Bible is pretty clear about its inference that if one can’t be trusted in little things, than why should one be trusted in big things.

The thing is, Obama said, “not any of your taxes”, that also means a federal excise tax on tobacco.  To me, the word ‘any’ is one of those absolutes that can come back to bite one in the posterior region if used carelessly.

How many broken promises and lies does it take before one becomes a liar?

Written by Rick

February 9, 2009 at 10:51 am

In Short – Will They Be Turned?

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As you may know, the gargantuan porkulus bill is sitting in the Senate and Harry Reid is trying to ram it through.  It secured passage through the House without a single GOP vote, however, the GOP has at least a foot in the door to keep this irresponsible piece of garbage legislation from seeing the light of day.

But that foot can be quickly retracted – let me give you their names:

• Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
• Susan Collins (R-ME)
• Arlen Specter (R-PA)

These three are being heavily courted by the Senate Majority Leader, who is trying to peel off moderate senators to close debate and push the bill towards passage.  These three are being offered quid pro quos in exchange for their favorable vote for the bill.

With a razor-thin cloture vote looming, the porkulus bill could be killed by the Senate.  Similar to the $750B bailout bill, the Senate can kill the largest transfer of cash from the private sector to the federal government in the history of the United State.

So, question, Senators Snowe, Collins, and Specter, are you real Republicans?  Will you stand up for the beliefs of the Grand Ole Party, or will you, for your own political agendas, join Harry Reid? 

If you three vote for this bill, you should just all become Democrats – the GOP shouldn’t want you in the party anymore, because you’re RINO’s now.  But if you get some gumption – if you grow a spine and tell Harry Reid where to stick this porkulus bill, well, then you’re still worthy to carry the mantle of the party of Reagan.

Where will you stand?  It’s come down to this.

We’re watching….and waiting.

Written by Rick

February 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm

In Short – Ouch, that’ll sting a bit – again

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Well, the latest speedbump in the Obama master plan has cost two of his appointees their aspired jobs.  Previously mentioned, Tom Daschle has decided to step aside, noting that the circus surrounding his $100,000+ tax bill was probably not the attitude of change that the Obama Administration had hoped to bring.  Additionally, Nancy Killefer, who was to step up as the chief performance officer, and have a deputy role in the OMB.

For the last couple weeks since Obama has taken office, he’s not doing too good as far as making sweeping changes for the better.  Instead, he’s chalked up a loss about once every couple days:

  1. Telling Reps to stop listening to Limbaugh and get with the program, which has created an ongoing onslaught from the EIB network – an onslaught that only Harry Reid can truly appreciate.
  2. No GOP Reps going along with the Obama $850B Porkulus bill, taking 11 Democrats with them.
  3. Daschle and Killefer out as potential appointments for cabinet/high-level White House postings.
  4. Ticking off the US mainstream media by doing his first sit-down interview with Arab TV, rather than a US journalist.
  5. Drawing the ire from European world leaders, such as France and Britain after nearly sparking a EU trade war with his “Buy American” provisions of the porkulus plan.

Mr. Obama was the one who set the bar nice and high with the golden messages of hope and change.  Yet, I guess the biggest hope now is to see if he gets anything done without running into tax liens at the IRS and irritating those that put him into office.

Ouch….

Written by Rick

February 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

TRC – One’s Own Words

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Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”  – Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998

This week, the news (at least the right-wing news) is all a-twitter about the latest name to the tax offender list – Senator Tom Daschle, President Obama’s pick to head up the Department of Health and Human Services.  This week, it was broke by ABC News that Mr. Daschle had failed to pay more than $100,000 in back taxes as the result of the use of a car and driver which he thought was a gift.  He’s deeply remorseful and will be refiling/paying everything back.  However, he asked for clemency with respect to 30 years of national service.

*taps on the screen next to Daschle’s quote*

Evidently, this problem is pretty pervasive these days. Take a look at this list:

Tim Geithner – Failed to pay payroll (medicare and social security) taxes from income that he received from the International Monetary Fund.  His bill, $17,230 – of course, has been refiled and paid. His title – Secretary of the Treasury…in charge of the IRS. Joy.

Rep. Charlie Rangel – Failed to report $75,000 in rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic.  As reported in September, he refiled his taxes and paid about $10k. He insists he did nothing wrong, blaming the issue on “cultural and language barriers”.

Al Franken – During his Senate campaign, it was outed in May 2008 that Al Franken didn’t pay taxes from 2003-2006 while earning revenue in 19 different states. With all the interest and penalties, the bill comes to about $70,000. He attributes his problems to an accountant’s mistake, a mistake that reputable firms have gone on record to say, is a “rookie mistake”, one that “learned from the first tax class in college”.  The mistake, if you earn money in a state, you pay taxes to that state, not just the state in which you live. Duh.

ACORN – Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center did some poking around into the number of tax liens issued against the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) and found over 230 liens (75 of which have been released – the rest outstanding) of tax liability going back to the ‘80’s. These liens total more than $3.7 million.  ACORN is an activist group that, through affiliates, was paid nearly $800.000 by the Democratic National Committee for ‘get-out-the-vote’ activities for Barack Obama.  This organization has been replete with discovered voter fraud through multiple registrations and such.  ACORN has been granted around $31 million in federally funded grants since 1998.

Keith Olbermann – The liberal hotheaded commentator at P-MSNBC, Keith Olbermann currently has a tax warrant or judgment for $2269 against his personal corporation, Olbermann Broadcasting Empire, Inc. (sheesh…this guy loves himself unnaturally).  Additionally, and even more serious, New York filed another judgment for $21,565 against Olbermann himself in July 2000. Finally, California records show another big judgment, $77, 425 filed in September 2001 brings his tax bill to up around $100,000.  This tax-and-spend liberal loves to talk about raising your taxes, but doesn’t care about paying his.

Whether these knuckleheads made honest mistakes or are lying to all of us, thinking we’re idiots, the point here is that we’re being asked to forgive and forget, yet, I would ask, if Rush Limbaugh was found not paying his taxes, or if John Boehner had a house and land that he didn’t pay taxes on, or if some other GOP/right-winger failed to pay taxes, well, he’s unpatriotic (Right Mr. Vice President Biden?). But since it’s on the left, well, they are ‘honest mistakes’.

There is a new sheriff in town, and if you are part of the D-Team, your tax problems are all good.

Written by Rick

February 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

Tech Mage – In your…Space, MySpace

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Face or Space?  In the war of the social networking sites, the two major players for control of the market share are finding that the gap is narrowing. It used to be that MySpace was dominate and everything else was marginal.  However, according to a recent report from online researcher comScore, Inc. Facebook has doubled the number of unique hits that MySpace has – 222 million last month as opposed to MySpace’s 125 million.  This is huge, considering that just eight months ago, the numbers were at a statistical dead heat.  MySpace is still more popular in the US, 75.9 million to Facebook’s 55 million, but that number is closing.  Facebook can attribute it’s success to the fact that Facebook is more of a global network than MySpace is, notwithstanding MySpace seems stuck in the music culture, rather than the general network culture.

This TechMage enjoys Facebook. He also cannot stand MySpace.  So in seeing the numbers of Facebook’s increased popularity, I’m pleased to write this article and to give a few reasons of why I can’t stand MySpace.

1. MySpace, riddled with wanna-be webmasters who clutter up their pages with so much cyber-bling that the page/profile becomes unwieldy. MySpace’s horrible layouts and the general users overzealous use of every web element ever invented makes MySpace, someone else’s space, rather than mine.  There’s nothing more annoying than to visit someone’s profile only to have to wait for five full minutes while all the DHTML elements load, the streaming music plays, and all the stupid glitter photos appear.  It’s beyond insane.  I don’t think I’ve ever waited for someone’s profile to ever fully load before clicking the red X and going off to do something else.

2. Facebook is far better for business and commercial social networking than MySpace is. Relating to the first issue, Facebook doesn’t spend copious amounts of user time with personal profile embellishment, but rather, focuses on communication with other people.  The people that I talk to, who use MySpace, seem to spend hours making sure their profiles are just right.  Facebook doesn’t get into that.  You have photos and info, but Facebook’s content is built on communication.  MySpace’s isn’t in all points.

3. Facebook requires you to be a real person to use it.  This is far better for me than WhoInTheHeck’sSpace. While many people do use their real identities out there, MySpace doesn’t lend itself to finding people. Facebook is about finding people and linking up with them.  It takes more work with MySpace.

But as much as I like Facebook and abhor MySpace, I do see a few areas where Facebook can improve.

1. Facebook’s support for IE8. I really don’t know if this is a Microsoft thing or a Facebook thing, but Microsoft’s new browser is not Facebook friendly. Chat didn’t work in the IE8 Beta and posting comments in the first Release Candidate is painfully slow.  Right now, I have to use Firefox for Facebook, but I typically am an IE guy – I’m not big on Firefox for my own use.  I hope this is fixed in the final cut of IE8 or FB does something to ensure browser compliance.

2. Install a true blogging tool.  My primary use for Facebook is so I can communicate with friends and work the grassroots politically and socially for my right-wing agenda.  Facebook has Notes, but that’s not as functional a blog tool as I’d like.  Applications like Blog or LiveBlog don’t announce new entries to the News Feed and it’s a crapshoot if they show up on the Wall.  I get visibility to the Wall using WordPress’s Facebook app, but that’s a hack through Notes.  Either way, it doesn’t make a good blog integration; I’m still looking though and hoping FB will fix it.

3. Inability to control the kinds of ads that come through.  While I don’t like all the misleading Obama-will-give-you-free-money ads, I would rather not see any ads with inappropriate content.  However, some of these ads just don’t belong on FB.  They would do well to screen the types of ads that you see.

Facebook has come a long way in a short span of time and it’s my opinion that MySpace will be overtaken in 12 months.  And, at the risk of sounding unbiased in this write-up, I must say, I’m not at all broken up over it.

Written by Rick

February 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

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