Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama's "We Can't Keep Our Homes at 72 Degrees All The Time" Statement Expires

I'll call the official expiration date as this past Wednesday, as that is when this article appeared in the New York Times, where Obama's chief of staff, David Axelrod, states that Obama is from Hawai'i, and likes it warm, going so far as to say "you could grow orchids in there."

Obama is the same man who, while on the campaign trail, told us we can't keep our houses at 72 degrees all the time and expect the rest of the world to be OK with it, and even said "that's not leadership."

Anyone have the current expired promise count?

Hat tip Not Evil Just Wrong, via Facebook

Monday, January 26, 2009

I've Always Wanted to Be a Spy!

Your International Spy Name is Viper Sparks

Your Code Name: Timberwolf

You Reside in: Rome

Why You're a Good Spy: You're good with gadgets

Hat tip Rustmeister

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama Freezes Some White House Salaries

Saying "families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington," President Barack Obama is freezing the salaries of about 100 White House aides who make more than $100,000 per year, according to Yahoo! News. For as much as I disagree with Obama, this is something I can agree with. Lets hope the cuts and spending freezes keep coming.

H/T: Terrace Crawford (via Twitter)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

House Joint Resolution 5

When I got on Facebook tonight upon getting home from work, I had a cause invitation from a friend to join a cause he had created, opposing House Joint Resolution 5. Being intrigued, I followed the link, and not wanting to be taken in by something that was not in fact real, I did some digging. Rest assured, this is very real, and very scary. Here's the breakdown, with a little constitutional history lesson thrown in for good measure:

The 22nd Amendment (link will take you to the Wikipedia article) states that a president may not serve more than two terms, consecutive or not, unless the president took over for someone else, and has served more than two years of that person's term as president, in which case the person that took over can only be elected to the presidency once, and cannot be re-elected. I highly recommend reading the Wikipedia article.

A search of the Library of Congress' aptly named Thomas site brings up House Joint Resolution 5, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano of New York, currently under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee. The purpose of this resolution is to repeal the 22nd amendment, thereby making it possible for a president to serve as many terms as he or she can be elected to, much the way FDR was, who, by the way, was elected to his fourth term in 1944 and died in office in 1945.

Long story short, if this thing goes all the way, Obama (or anyone else, really), could keep being perpetually re-elected. I don't care who's in office; the 22nd Amendment serves a purpose and needs to stay. As Jefferson said (with apologies for my updated take), if that happens, POTUS could be for life, and would become an inheritance, not an elected position, which flies in the face of why we started this nation all those years ago. We elect a president, not a king.

As of right now, I've sent an email off to my representative (Paul Ryan), and I'm hoping to hear back from him soon. I've also joined the cause on Facebook; if you'd like to do the same, click the link below. I plan to fight this every step of the way and make sure this doesn't happen.

I guess now we know where Obama's "eight to ten years" statement comes into play, eh? (Assuming that one hasn't reached its expiration date)

UPDATE: Join the Cause "Americans Against H. J. Res. 5" on Facebook

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rewriting History

At least, that's what Independent senator Bernie Sanders is trying to do, asking the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to change the text accompanying a picture of George W. Bush. Ironically (second time we've run into that today), he wants it changed to avoid what he calls "rewriting history," but that's exactly what he's trying to do. He objects to the inference that the September 11th attacks led to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, of which Sanders is a vocal opponent. The problem is, it's the truth. These wars have been and are being fought as part of the ongoing War on Terror, which was sparked by 9/11.

Weird News Today

Not sure if this will become a regular feature here at According to Coop, but I ran across a couple of stories on Fox News that I simply had to share.

First, a charity for sexual abuse victims in Alaska had a raffle recently, and the winner (no joke) was a convicted sex offender. I believe that is the definition of "irony."

Second, a couple in Normal, IL, had a wedding that was anything but when they said "I do" at Taco Bell.

You just can't make this stuff up.