Seriously, when did CNN’s Piers Morgan become relevant? I mean this guy is a complete moron, who is fascinated by guns and gun control. Recently, Morgan interviewed Jay Laze, who owns All Around Pizza in Virginia Beach. All Around Pizza is offering discounts to those who carry firearms or have a concealed carry permit. Laze got the idea from an ice cream shop in Utah that offered the same discount. During the interview, Morgan berated Laze calling the discount stupid and saying that lives are put at risk. Well, Morgan must not know how to operate or store a firearm safely, because the risk of injury is minimal if a firearm is safely stored. Additionally, we are granted the right to bear arms, and in Virginia, concealed carry permits are allowed. Kudos to Mr. Laze and All Around Pizza for being a good friend to liberty and gun owners.
I think it is time to start a new CCC tradition. One that may find many of you laughing at my list of complaints. You see, I have always had a goal to limit my complaints, eye rolling, and of course, my “bless his heart” type of moments. In the five year history of CCC, I have never had a chance to really reflect on what truly grinds my gears, as it might drive away readers. However, the loyal of my fifty or so followers may notice that I rarely complain about personal stuff on this site, partially because I want you to continue reading. With 2012 drawing to a close, I want to start a new tradition of a top ten list of what truly grinds my gears each year.
1. Laundry. Okay, it may sound like a common complaint of what grinds the gears, but it is hard to contain the number of clothing items that enters the basket by the end of a week.
2. Talk Radio. Listening to other people complain (i.e., Mark Levin), only drives me to complain much more…especially when it comes to politics. It may be great for the blog, but for my husband and others, it only drives them closer to the escape route. When it comes to sports, it always spurs conversation of a different variety. At this point, I’ll stick to 106.7 The Fan for Redskins sports and WTAM 1100 for Cleveland athletics.
3. Wedding Spam. If I didn’t use your services in planning my wedding, then I’ll never use your services. So, David’s Bridal and The Knot should leave me alone. There are millions of brides you can bother now.
4. The Fiscal Cliff. They knew about this a long time ago. Instead, they decided to play musical chairs and forget about the pain this was going to cost the taxpayers. Congratulations! You go on with your bad self, Congress.
5. The Battery Life on my Samsung Galaxy SII. Yes, I traded my iPhone 3GS in for a Samsung Galaxy SII, and now, I regret it. Why? The battery life sucks. I can charge my battery and fifteen minutes later, it will be dead again. A trip to Sprint is now in order and hopefully, I can come back to the Apple iPhone again soon.
6. The Disarray known as my Closet. Okay, I have not seen my closet floor since I moved into my place two years ago. It may not seem like something that might grind someone’s gears, but for someone who prides herself on being organized, it made me feel like I was walking on the set of “Hoarders.” It is now clean, especially since my husband needs some room for his belongings.
7. Bad Drivers. Need I say more…
8. Facebook asking you questions. Okay…Facebook must be the extension of big brother. Although, it is one of the commonly used social networks, Facebook still finds a way to exude creepiness by asking “How are you doing?”; “What’s going on?”; and “How are you feeling?” I say, “Stop the insanity,” and I’ll tell you how I feel about you prying into my privacy…geez.
9. Receiving multiple emails per day from political candidates. Need I say more…
10. Tareq Salahi for Governor. There’s a reason why Journey is so popular, eh? Come on, you crashed the White House party, and expect to be elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s quite a resume…NOT!
Happy New Year! Please let me know what grinds your gears in the comments, and may you have a wonderful 2013.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) went on the House floor yesterday to deliver his farewell remarks. He is retiring after 23 years in the House.
Rep. Paul is one of my political heroes, and there is no doubt that he is one of the strongest defenders of liberty. His legacy will last for years to come in Congress. I only wish more people would have listened to his arguments on ending the Federal Reserve and reasons to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Below are his remarks, and you can read the transcript here.
Normally, I would focus on the 2012 election recap, but this video only proves we have a strong leader for the 2016 presidential race (considering the Mayans aren’t right). Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) makes an interesting analysis of how America is becoming more Orwellian and has parallels to A Brave New World.
At first, he wanted you under his thumb by ramming his health care law down your throat. He has been effective at destroying your liberties and better yet stomping on the Constitution.
Now, his own supporters are doubting he has the chance to win, and he is begging for your donations to his campaign. If you and your significant other are planning to get hitched, forget registering at Target or Crate and Barrel…because you can register with Barack Obama’s campaign. Desperation has at an all-time low with the Obama campaign.
Let’s just say this…my fiancé and I will not be registering with Obama. We would rather have the Kitchen Aid stand mixer from Williams Sonoma…thank you very much.
Yesterday, a perfect defeat happened in Indiana, as Dick Lugar was defeated by Richard Mourdock. Mourdock ran a great campaign and really drove home the point that Lugar was an outsider. Lugar resides in Virginia, and he was mostly out-of-touch with his constituency. Now, it will be interesting to see how Mourdock will fare against his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly in the General Election.
In the meantime, we bid good bye to President Obama’s favorite Republican. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
Check out Ron Paul’s recent appearance on Bloomberg regarding the economy. Ron Paul did a good job making everyone’s favorite Keynesian hack, Paul Krugman, look bad.
I wished I could still vote in the 11th District. After all, I now live in the 8th District, where we have a Congressman more interested in getting himself arrested or screaming at constituents (including a 27-year Army Veteran).
In the 11th District, there are two Republicans running for the nomination: Ken Vaughn and Chris Perkins. I have had the opportunity to look over the materials for both candidates, and I believe that Ken Vaughn is the better candidate for the nomination.
Vaughn is a strong defender of the Constitution, and will defend/protect our liberties. After all, Vaughn understands the fiscal issues facing our country and has a plan to get our budget back in order. Additionally, Vaughn is solid on the issue of protecting life (where his opponent has been largely silent). The real issue that completely persuades me to support Vaughn is his positions on liberty. Vaughn realizes that both the PATRIOT Act and TSA have been an infringement on our liberties. With the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, we need someone who will fight to make sure we are within Constitutional means of declaring war (Congress formally declaring, not just following the leader).
After listening to Perkins speak at a YR meeting, I gathered he is not a big fan of Ron Paul (and his supporters). He admitted that to a few of us, who inquired about his positions on SOPA and some economic issues. Rob at The Liberty Zone even added that he is not very interested in Second Amendment related issues and that he will not end entitlements.
As a strong Ron Paul supporter, I am not too keen on Perkins after talking with him about the issues that should concern many in the 11th District. Vaughn offers a refreshing change and could provide Connolly with a strong challenge, if he gets the nomination.
While it is a shame that I am no longer in the 11th, there is no doubt that this primary will be one to watch.
Remember the days when you could take a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, along with a snack bag of Doritos and a Twinkie to school for lunch. Well, those days are gone like the wind.
Welcome to the Nanny State, where state officials can take your lunch and replace it with what they feel is the healthier option. Recently, a student at West Hoke Elementary School in North Carolina had her lunch removed, because a government inspector thought her lunch was not healthy enough.
According to the John W. Pope Civitas Foundation, the student brought a lunch packed by her mother, which contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice, and a snack bag of potato chips.
What is so unhealthy (maybe with the exception of potato chips) about the rest of the student’s lunch? The real question that should be brought up: Whatever happened to parental rights? Is it not the right of the parents to pack a lunch that best fits the nutritional needs of their children, without government intervention?
So, what did the government give the child in return for the so-called unhealthy lunch? Chicken Nuggets. They are supposedly healthier than a turkey and cheese sandwich, apple juice, and a banana. I wonder where the government official and school system took their nutritional courses.
Welcome to the Nanny State…where parental rights are assaulted every day and a freedom destroyed.
On Capitol Hill Tuesday, the Preserve Community Pharmacies Access NOW! (PCPAN) coalition and other local groups joined with Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Ct.) and Thomas Marino (R-Pa.) to voice their opposition to the merger of Express Scripts, Inc. and Medco Health Solutions, Inc., two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits management companies. There is a push to urge Congress and the Federal Trade Commission to oppose the merger.
This merger could go into effect, if approved, in early 2012. Several elected officials, attorney generals of dozens of states, pharmacy service providers, consumer advocates, and patient advocacy groups have questioned the merger.
During their visit, the coalition expressed concerns that the merger would mean that the new mega-PBM would control the supply line of brand-name and generic drugs, as well as hurting health care quality and limiting access to community pharmacies driving prices through the roof.
Kelly Williams, past president of the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association said, “The merger would make it difficult for smaller community pharmacies to keep their doors open, resulting in reduced competition, and reduced competition means cost increases for the public.”
Joining Williams to express concern about the pending merger was William Towler, who owns Grove Avenue Pharmacy in Richmond. If this merger goes through, there would be a detrimental impact on Towler’s business and other small community pharmacies across the Commonwealth of Virginia.