Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Boehner on today's White House meeting

It seems there are a few who are concerned about the statements from House Majority Leader-elect John Boehner following today’s White House meeting. I contacted Cory Fritz, from Boehner’s office. This is his response:

Bob – on background…

I know there were a few today who criticized Boehner for saying he was willing to work with the President.  But Boehner has made it very clear on a number of occasions that while we are hopeful that we can work with the President to cut spending and help create new jobs, we will not compromise on our conservative principles or on the will of the American people.

Newsmax... Smithsonian Christmas

Copyrighted story from Newsmax…
Smithsonian Christmas: Ant-Covered Jesus
Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 08:55 AM

The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution is presenting a yuletide showing of such images as an ant-covered Jesus, Ellen DeGeneres clutching her breasts, naked male genitalia — and a painting the Smithsonian describes as "homoerotic" in its catalogue.

CAGW... Voinovich named a Porker of the Month

From Citizens Against Government Waste
Porkers of the Month

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) Porkers of the Month for proposing a gas tax increase for infrastructure improvements, when tens of billions of dollars in gas taxes have repeatedly been wasted on frivolous infrastructure projects.

DBJ... Wright-Patt Ohio's biggest employer

From Dayton Business Journal…
Wright-Patt overcoming budget challenges
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Budget constraints will be among the biggest challenges facing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the coming years.
However, that won’t stop the base from completing its missions or working to add more missions, said Col. Amanda Gladney, who took command of Wright-Patt in June.

Booker's Look, by Alan Booker 11-30-10

Ya know it's just no fun writting these when everyone jumps the gun......Well my old Vulcan pal came home this past weekend and put on face book that he was at or near the treaty city airport.... That as I hope you all remember is now an extension of Russ Rd. Man that little airport had a lot of little memories; back way back they had an event called penny a pound day, where you could go up in a plane for a cent for every pound you weigh.

Stegall... 30 things on facebook

30 things about me you may not know, or want too!!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4:24pm

1.   I am a smart ass to everyone, so don't be offended, just laugh with me.
2.   I totally enjoy people
3.   I love football and golf.
4.   I have yet to find a food that I do not like!

Shawnee... Walkin in a Winter Wonderland

THIS Saturday - Dec.4th

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland
3rd Annual Luminary Walk

Shawnee Prairie Preserve

This Holiday Season, join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our Winter Wonderland!  On Saturday, December 4th from 6-9pm, there will be over 300 beautiful luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails of Shawnee Prairie Preserve, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature.  As you hike along the illuminated trail towards the Log House, you can enjoy the crisp air and bright stars of an early December eve.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Virginia's Obamacare challenge

From a reader… The Cuccinelli Compass. Definitely worthwhile reading.

Dear Fellow Virginians and fans of first principles,

This is a very belated Compass regarding the October 18th hearing in our healthcare case, but it took all the way to the Thanksgiving break for me to get enough time to write such a detailed Compass.  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Of course, it goes without saying that you all know that the first Thanksgiving was held in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619, and the second Thanksgiving was held in Massachusetts in 1621.  Just thought I should point that out for those readers not blessed enough to be Virginians.

Rasmussen... Most flyers okay with new security

From Rasmussen Reports…
Most Flyers Okay With Full-Body Scans, Pat Downs
Monday, November 29, 2010

Most voters who fly appear comfortable with the federal Transportation Safety Administration’s new airport security measures.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, taken Sunday night at the close of the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend, finds that 51% rate airline security as good or excellent, while just 16% view it as poor.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Morris... GOP Primaries on Fox News

The GOP Primaries of 12 will be held on Fox News
By Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Published on DickMorris.com on November 29, 2010

The Republican nominating process of 2012 will be totally different from that of other years. In fact, it will be the opposite of what we are used to.
Since the procedural reforms initiated by Democrat George McGovern - that carried over into the Republican Party as well - primaries have determined the winner of the nominations in each party.  Iowa and New Hampshire - the first caucus and the first primary in the nation - have tended to sort out the candidates for us.  They narrowed down the field and left the rest of the nation with two or three alternatives in each party.

DCEDO... OJT National Emergency Grant

The Darke County Economic Development Office received the following information from The Department of Job & Family Services.  Please note that businesses needs to have application approval prior to hiring the employee or grant is null. 

OJT National Emergency Grant
At-A-Glance Summary of Policy Requirements and Program Design

Ohio's OJT National Emergency Grant aims to place prolonged unemployed Dislocated Workers in permanent jobs by reimbursing eligible employers for the costs of training the individuals they commit to hire based on a percent of the trainee's wages.

Bears Mill... Candlelight Walk Dec. 3

Historic Bear's Mill
Candlelight Walk
Friday, December 3, 2010
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Rd., Greenville

Fair Tax... from Darke TEA Patriots

Richmond Tea Party
Fair Tax Explained 
When:   Tuesday, November 30, 2010 
6:30 p.m.
Where:   Central Christian Church 4511 West National Road
Richmond, Indiana
(across from the old NATCO Building just west of Round Barn Road)

Rasmussen... Voters prefer "Merry Chistmas"

From Rasmussen Reports…
Most Prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ to ‘Happy Holidays’
Sunday, November 28, 2010

As Americans crowd stores nationwide, most still prefer being greeted by signs that say “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays.”
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, just one-out-of-four Adults (24%) like “Happy Holidays” instead. Sixty-nine percent (69%) prefer that stores use signs that say “Merry Christmas.” (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These figures are consistent with surveys during the holiday season for the past few years

Newsmax... Seeking to defund Planned Parenthood

From Newsmax.com…
Rep. Pence Seeks to Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards earned more than $397,000 in 2008 as president of the organization whose Health Centers performed 324,008 abortions that year.
Richards received $385,163 in salary and $11,876 in benefits and deferred compensation in the fiscal year ending in June 2008, the latest for which the organization has publicly released an annual report.

Newsmax... Teddy Bears cheer ailing children

From Newsmax.com…
Teddy Bear Giveaway Cheers Ailing Children

For more than 20 years, the Theodore Roosevelt Association has been bringing smiles to sick children by delivering teddy bears to those hospitalized for serious medical treatment.
The giveaway has expanded to hundreds of hospitals. And this year, Internet technology analyst Case Hicks became the program’s No. 1 fundraiser.

Rasmussen... Voters fear too much government help

From Rasmussen Reports…
Voters Fear Too Much Government ‘Help’ For Economy
Sunday, November 28, 2010

Despite continuing concerns about the economy, most voters still worry that the federal government will do too much in trying to turn things around.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 39% of Likely U.S. Voters fear that the government will not do enough in reacting to the country’s current economic problems. Fifty-one percent (51%) worry instead that the government will do too much. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Redstate... White House expedites wind farms, stalls drilling

From Redstate.com…
Thursday, November 25th

Interior Secretary Salazar has decided that America has serious energy needs - needs which must be addressed through an emergency effort to activate new sources quickly. Is this a sudden move to expedite offshore drilling - and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil? Not quite.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Embarqmail blocking my updates

Hi everyone,

Embarqmail has again kicked in to block my daily updates. More than 50 recipients have been affected. If you have this service, please contact your service provider and ask them to correct it. I will attempt to get it corrected from my end over the next couple of days.

In the meantime, please know that new articles, new reports and opinions are posted here daily.

Thanks for your patience,

Special Opinion - Both sides of the story

Both sides of the story
That’s My Opinion – Special Edition
By Bob Robinson

How many of you noticed a couple of new additions to my blog yesterday? A couple of my readers did and sent me an email questioning my sanity.
Well, not really.

Townhall... The Good Life in Jesus Christ

The Good Life is Found in Jesus Christ
By Ken Connor

"...I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:11-13)

Americans spend a lot of time and energy pursuing "the good life," and thanks to the "Mad Men" of the advertising world, we have a pretty good idea of what the good life looks like: A state-of-the-art home with all the amenities, a garage full of luxury automobiles, a closet full of designer clothes, all the latest technological gadgets, a well-diversified investment portfolio, an upwardly mobile career with cushy benefits... the list goes on and on. In a nutshell, we are told that the good life consists of feeling good, looking good, and having lots of stuff.

Townhall... A Time to Remember

A Time to Remember
By Salena Zito

GETTYSBURG – On a crisp November afternoon, people line the sidewalks of Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue, waiting for the annual Remembrance Day Parade to begin.
Hundreds and hundreds of Civil War re-enactors somberly line-up, unit upon unit, behind the town’s high school, to march the same path that President Abraham Lincoln traveled the day he delivered the Gettysburg Address.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Townhall... Coming Home

An incredibly warm and uplifting Christmas message from Townhall.com…
Coming Home
By Mike Adams

Dear Eric:
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of coming home for Christmas every year. When you walk in the door and smell the candles and the aroma coming from the oven you know you’re home again. And the memories come flooding in until you feel like you were never really gone.

Townhall... More debt never a solution

More Debt Is Never the Solution To a Debt Problem
By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

During this Christmas season of cheer and good tidings, a universal message is going forth. They are all united from Barack Obama to Martha Stewart to Wall Street Banks, the Federal Reserve and even your local mall agrees: please borrow to spend more this Christmas.

Townhall... The Borrowed Buck Stops Here

The Borrowed Buck Stops Here
By Bill O'Reilly

Be thankful this holiday weekend that you don't live in Ireland or Greece. Those countries are in very bad economic shape and have to take bailout money from other countries just to survive. There are riots in the streets, and fear and loathing are on display. The luck of the Irish has run out, and Zorba the Greek is broke. What happened?

Rasmussen... What they told us this week

From Rasmussen Reports…
What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, November 27, 2010

The holiday season is upon us, and Americans are off to races when it comes to shopping. But even as many will be watching their own spending, another opportunity to say something about how the government spends our money is on the horizon.

Balderdash... They walk among us

“Verity - the quality or state of being true or real; Balderdash – nonsense.”
Miriam-Webster Online Dictionary

They walk among us
Verities & Balderdash
By Bob Robinson

Everyone knows about the awesome power of mind over matter, however few may know about the awesome power of a wife's love…

A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death's doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs.

Guest Opinion... Getting back to Basics!

Editor’s note… this was sent by a friend who said “this man should be in charge of all education in this nation.” While we are sometimes on the opposite sides of the political fence, not this time!

Getting back to Basics!
Speech by new high school principal in Florida

Food For Thought!

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

Progressive... Identifying protesters as terrorists

From Progressive.org…
FBI Report Shows Ease of Identifying Political Protesters as Terrorist
By Matthew Rothschild, September 21, 2010

I just plowed through the FBI’s 191-page internal investigation of its spying on domestic political groups.
What I read does not reassure me.

Sojourners... Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely

From Sojourners, sojo.net…
Thanksgiving Alone is Not Lonely

It had been a busy semester and the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I arrived back home from an exhausting American Academy of Religion meeting. I picked up my dog, and I decided on my plan for Thanksgiving. Walk the dog early and spend the rest of the day with Turner Classic Movies. I was mind, soul, bone weary.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cleveland Plain Dealer... When failure is a habit

From Cleveland Plain Dealer…
When failure is a habit
Guest column by Michael Gerson
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WASHINGTON -- The closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and civilian trials for terrorists were more than policy changes proposed by Barack Obama as a presidential candidate. They were presented as a return to constitutional government -- a dividing line from an uncivilized past.

Rasmussen... Voters say who runs Congress is important

From Rasmussen Reports…
Voters Say It’s Important Who’s In Congress, Who Runs Congress
Friday, November 26, 2010

Voters are overwhelmingly clear: they want to believe that elections make a difference. But they remain deeply skeptical about the new Congress.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 81% of Likely U.S. Voters think it matters who represents them in Congress. Just nine percent (9%) say that it’s not important who their congressional representative is. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Opinion - We have to find a way

We have to find a way
That’s My Opinion
By Bob Robinson
Nov. 26, 2010

“Telling an addict to stop using drugs is like telling us to stop breathing.”
Darke County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker made it clear in a presentation to the Darke County Republican Men’s Club last weekend that while two county Sheriff’s deputies are once again working full time with a Greenville city officer to tackle the drug epidemic in the county, he alluded to the fact that we aren’t solving the real problem.

Advocate... Whittaker on CAD and drugs

Top photo by Lyn Bliss. Bottom, Left to right: Darke County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Whittaker, Darke County Republican Men’s Club President Joe LeMaster, and Treasurer Ken Wombold.

Whittaker talks to members and guests at Saturday’s Darke County Republican Men’s Club meeting. See story, “Countywide CAD, drug efforts goal of Sheriff,” in today’s Daily Advocate…

Townhall... Calling a Shamrock a Shamrock

Calling A Shamrock A Shamrock
By Howard Rich

As the European economy grapples with yet another bailout of a bankrupt sovereign state, a storyline is emerging that seeks to frame this latest instance of government interventionism along deliberately disingenuous lines. According to this misleading narrative, Ireland’s abysmal fiscal condition did not come as a result of chronic state overspending, but is instead due to the island nation’s comparatively-low corporate income tax rate.

Townhall... Is Illegal Immigration Moral?

Is Illegal Immigration Moral?
By Victor Davis Hanson

We know illegal immigration is no longer really unlawful, but is it moral?
Usually Americans debate the fiscal costs of illegal immigration. Supporters of open borders rightly remind us that illegal immigrants pay sales taxes. Often their payroll-tax contributions are not later tapped by Social Security payouts.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Columbus Dispatch... DeWine's skillful hand

DeWine's skillful hand will keep Republicans in driver's seat
Sunday, November 21, 2010  03:01 AM
The Columbus Dispatch

Driving home to Fairborn after speaking to college Republicans at Miami University on a night last January, Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine called Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, who was en route home from the Clermont County GOP's annual dinner.

John Kasich, the party's endorsed candidate for governor, had just selected state Auditor Mary Taylor as his running mate. Yost, the former Delaware County auditor, was headed for a May primary election showdown for attorney general against former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine, Kevin's second cousin, although they are not close.

Townhall Thanksgiving offerings... Thomas

From Townhall.com…
Still Thankful
By Cal Thomas

As millions of us gather at tables to offer thanks during this uniquely American holiday (OK, Canada has one, too, but without our Pilgrims), most will express gratitude to God for freedom and material blessings. This year, as in every year since 1989 when she escaped with other "boat people" from communist Vietnam, Kim Vu will offer thanks borne out of a deep gratitude for what America has meant to her since she and so many others risked their lives for something they regarded as even more valuable: freedom.

Townhall Thanksgiving offerings... Fields

From Townhall.com…
Counting Our Mixed Blessings
By Suzanne Fields

The Thanksgiving holiday offers mixed blessings that run from anxiety to celebration. When the different generations gather together to mix memory with desire (as the poet sayeth), we recognize differences as well as affinities, angry feelings along with the affectionate. We hasten and chasten our will to make known.