“AP,” or Arnold Praver is a good friend of mine. AP is in his nineties, a WWII veteran, a very successful businessman, and a great guy to boot.
His intention with his weekly column is simply to help other American citizen’s to know and understand the political goings on in our great Country today. AP, like so many others, the Canada Free Press with Judi and Brian come to mind, has decided to take the time, put in the research, and put onto paper his findings, and I for one am grateful to him for doing so!
He started the column off as The Revolution, but after the Republican takeover of the House, and near majority in the Senate, ole AP became optimistic and changed the title of his column…he dropped the “R” and it became Evolution.
Well, I see this week he has titled his column Evolution/Revolution. Let’s all see what he has to say…
Notable and Quotable “Well, I think the president has to recalibrate his message. You don’t get people to like you by attacking them or demeaning their success. You know I grew up in a family of 10 kids, first one to go college, and I have earned my success. I’ve earned my right to fly private if I chose to do so, and by attacking me is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy….I sort of take the Ethel Merman approach to life, I tried poor and I tried rich and I like rich much better. It doesn’t mean that I am a bad guy.
I didn’t go into business to create a public-policy success for either party, Republican or Democrat; I went into business to create jobs, to create opportunity, to create value for myself and my investors. And that is what the President should be praising, not damaging us simply because Warren Buffett says he pays more than his secretary. Maybe he should be paying the secretary more and she will pay more.” ……Robert Johnson……Black Entertainment Television founder
The Constitution of the United States has endured over two centuries. It remains the object of reverence for nearly all Americans, and the admiration of peoples around the world. Unfortunately, the assault by the 20th century liberal theorists and activists judges has seriously undermined respect for America’s core principles, denigrating some constitutional rights they disagree with and making up others.
Fortunately, there has been a renewed interest in the Constitution in recent years, as American’s seek to understand the founding principles and enduring truths that form the bedrock of our chosen form of government. Clearly, the future of liberty depends on America reclaiming its constitutional first principles.
President Reagan in his inaugural address in 1981, echoed the preamble of the Constitution, calling on “We the People” to do whatever needs to be done to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom”. Eight years later, in his farewell address to the American people, the President said that the American Revolution was “the first revolution in history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words” WE the PEOPLE”, and these three words should remain a guiding light for government today.
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubts”………Abraham Lincoln
KEY SYRIAN CITY TAKES ON TONE OF WAR……….The resemblance of a civil war has erupted in Homs, Syria’s third largest city, where armed protesters call themselves revolutionaries, gun battles erupt as often as every few hours, security forces and opponents carry out assassinations, and rifle costing as much as $2,000 apiece flood the city. Homs is a microcosm of Syria, with a Sunni Muslim majority, where President al-Assad draws much his leadership. Tension has grown so dire that members of one sect are afraid to visit other neighborhoods, populated by other sects. Unlike the uprisings of earlier days, when the uprisings where the government exercised a near monopoly on violence, fear is starting to spread in other directions, as insurgents kill government supporters and informers…….
“JUST WIN, BABY” …The legacy of Al Davis 1929-2011……….Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis died at the age of 82……He was the George Steinbrenner of the football owners, bullying, arrogant New Yorker”…….he was one of the original upstarts of the American Football League, who challenged the NFL at every chance he had. In 1989 he handed over the coaching role to a 32 year old linebacker, John Madden.
By 1970, after many lawsuits, after trying to force the owners to build better stadiums, and the Oakland Raiders went on to win three Super Bowl games, the two leagues merged. Love him or hate him, Al Davis’ impact was undeniable. Before Oakland’s last Super Bowl in 2003 (Tampa Bay beat the Raiders 48-21), a reporter interviewing Lomas Brown, a Tampa Bay lineman, was asked about Davis. “Al Davis …..C’mon man, AL’ Davis is the Man…..he is like the Godfather of the NFL. He is a legend, and I wish I could get his autograph”
OBAMA’S BUS TRIP……..One of his main topics is his latest stimulus plan known as the “JOBS BILL”…in a test vote, the President became aware that the bill would not pass, although the members of Congress indicated there were some parts of the bill might be acceptable. Grasping at this string, at one of his stops, he accused the Congress of not being able to understand his bill, and acting like a school teacher, said he would sectionalize the bill, featuring the parts that Congress hinted he might pass, and once he got the crowd behind him, he mentioned the parts of the bill that weren’t included in his “dumb people we could understand the bill in its entirety……..and they called Bill Clinton “slick Willy”….wonder who is left at the White House to do the shopping……
FREDDIE as VICTIMS……….With the government’s lawsuits against 17 big banks, we say that we’ve seen it all. The suits attempt to argue that Fannie and Freddie, the government crated mortgage giants at the center of the of the financial crises, were in fact, unwitting victims.
One has to laugh, or cry, when examining the complaints crafted by Fred’s and Fain regulator Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHA) As the conservator of the two mortgage monsters, the FHA is suing most of the financial industry on grounds that the banks miss-represented to Fan and Fred the quality of the loans inside mortgage-based securities bought during the housing boom. Yes Fan and Fred are now shocked to discover they were buying low-quality mortgages.
“If I was two face, would I be wearing this one”….Abe Lincoln
THE NBA’s MONEY PROBLEMS……….With 25 million Americans unemployed, under-employed or too discouraged to seek employment, why should anyone care that fewer than 450 are being jeopardized by a labor dispute? Those 450 jobs are those of America’s highest paid professional athletes. NBA players “average” salary is $5.1 million, and even those receiving the minimum, $474,000, are in the highest tax bracket.
The owners want players to receive much less their current 57% of “basketballs- related income”. A 50-50 split has been suggested; players are insisting on 53%, every point means $40 million spread over 30 teams. Basketball is a booming business. Almost one player in five is not an American, and when the U.S. team played China in the 2008 Olympics, ONE BILLION WATCHED. Selling one percent would mean serious money for everyone to fight over, which is a great American Game, which has caused the league to postpone the opening games.
REVERSE RACISM, HALLMARK of HOLDER and Obama……..Among those who have been disappointed by President Obama, none is likely to end up so painfully disappointed as those who saw his election as being, in itself and its consequences, a movement toward a “post racial society. Those people of good Wii who want to replace the racism of the past with a post- racial have too often overlooked the fact that there are others who instead want to put racism under new management, to have reverse racism as a racial payback for past injustices.
Attorney General Holder has become a key figure when viewing the government’s role in to be an impartial dispenser of equal justice for all. He has been politically savvy in so many words but his actions have spoken much louder than words. The thugs who threatened white voters in Philadelphia. One of the lawyers, J. Christian Adams, who was supposed to prosecute this case, retired and a wrote a book titled “Injustice Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department”. Even in the counties where the votes exceeded the number of registered voters, the Justice Department sees no evil, hears no evil, and speaks no evil…..if the election results in favor of a black candidate.
Nobody at the upper level of the Justice Department, including the President were “not aware of the weapons being given” to certain Mexico gangsters.
“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea, but if this is tea, please bring me the coffee”…………Abe Lincoln
OCCUPY WALL STREET?….GROW UP………..it’ worthwhile to draw attention to “The Occupy Wall Street” movement, Orit’s demands that would not pass muster in an average kindergarten. Since the President and Vice President chose to talk about it, it’s news. According to Joe Biden, demands such as free college, pay independent of work, a $20 minimum wage and a nation with open borders. The President sees these demonstrations against corporate America, as reasonable protest toward the “ same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to crack down on abusive practices that got us. In this situation to begin with”
Once government simply becomes a playpen for those who believe they run the universe and make its own basic laws, and also believe in that the rest of us must submit to their hallucinations about what is just. Sample being “government programs, which are pure monopoly are, driven by political power. Not by efficiency, or whether they are serving the real needs. Occupy Wall Street is about lust for political power, after defining what others should have and redistributing the spending what belongs to someone else.
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues”
OBAMA BLAMES REPUBLICANS…for the collapse of his latest government Jobs Bill. After hyping TARP, ObamCare, Stimuli’s #1 and EduJobs, spending huge sums of money as economic saviors, Obama just could not over-sell his half-trillion dollar Jobs Bill. The Pinocchio of Pennsylvania Avenue told reporters this story, “I had a chance to meet a young man named Robert Baroz. He as two decades of teaching, has a Master’s degree and histories of helping his students make huge gains in reading and writing. In the last few years he’s received three pink slips because of budget cutting. Going into the “heart string-tugging, KILL, Obama lamented “why wouldn’t we want to pass a bill that puts Robert back in the classroom teaching his kids?” because he already has a job. The facts are that the two never met although Baroz attended a Rose Garden rally in September, but the two never shook hands, never took photos and never communicated with the President. Guess this stands next to the speech at the Ohio Bridge, promising jobs with the passing of his bill, when actually this project is scheduled to receive some maintenance money in 2015, when the bridge is obsolete based on today’s traffic, and a new bridge, or a new addition, is the required solution, in either case it would be years away……
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”…….Abe Lincoln
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING AMERICA…….Following September 11th, questions rose about the proper balance between Congress and the President, as well as the role of the courts, including issues about capture and treatment of prisoners, interrogation techniques, surveillance, the Geneva Convention, wiretapping, Guantanamo. Or the role of the courts during war time all became intense debate during the 2008 presidential election.
The question dates back to the Declaration of Independence, which announced the sovereignty of the United States and, with it, ‘the full power to levy war”. The Framers viewed the security of the nation to be the government’s foremost responsibility, and devise a series of checks and balances to ensure the powers reside neither in committee alone nor in the hands of one person. The President has the power, and bears the responsibility to make decisions at a moment’s notice. These decisions are not subject to legislative check or veto. In an age where a rogue state or stateless group of terrorists may threaten the lives of millions of Americans, could they be, if the safety of the nation is to be maintained. JAMES Madison wrote, “Security against foreign danger is one of the primitive objects of a civil society. It is avowed and essential object of the American Union.”
OBAMA HEALTH CARE BILL……Judge Vinson, a federal judge from Florida wrote, “I note that in 2008, then Senator Obama supported a health bill reform that did not include an individual mandate, because at the time he was strongly opposed to the idea, stating that “If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating that everybody to buy a house”. He added this important footnote, in which he said the “principal dispute in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but rather whether it has the power to compel individuals to purchase insurance” (added a footnote, that under the Obama Administration’s legal theory, the government could mandate that all citizens eat broccoli”)
“No man has a god enough memory to be a successful liar”…….A. Lincoln
With that news worthy item, there is history being made in the Middle East, Africa, and the UNITED STATES, THAT HAS MADE ME DECIDE TO COMPLETE THIS ISSUE FOR WHAT IT CONTAINS, AND START TO DIG IN TO THE MORE CURRENT EVENTS……
Hope y’all are well, see you in the funny papers……..AP