Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Specter's Spectrum

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania (former Republican) has swung to the other side of the political spectrum and morphed into…a Democrat. Americans have watched with amazement as he slinked over to the opposition’s side and voted with them well over fifty percent of the time, yet some still seem surprised. I for one am glad he has decided to end the charade and come out of the political closet. After all…he has gotten where he is today masquerading as an elephant when he is actually a…well…you know. Specter’s political career was waning as he faced trailing poll numbers (around 20 points). Competition was going to be fierce from individuals like Congressman Pat Toomey (real Republican) and so…he made a deal with the Democrats…which most likely includes funding from the Democratic coffers during his next election. WE THE PEOPLE are going to have to keep our eye on the ball during the next election…if there is one. We are dangerously close to a filibuster proof Congress and our last line of defense just may be the United States Supreme Court…which sits silently watching until we approach the bench.

Note: When the odds seem stacked against you…go around the stack.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 4-28-09

Monday, April 27, 2009

Don't Allow The Tea Parties To Return To The Back Burner!

With the TEA PARTIES still etched in the memories of millions I have a question for the millions. What have you done post-party? When a tea kettle comes to a boil it whistles and draws attention. Have we removed it from the burner only to find it cooling and virtually silent? WE THE PEOPLE have a two party system which is made up of problematic politicians who are either too corrupt or too fearful to make the “right” decisions for their constituents…Americans who stand for freedom and decency. In these times, when the pillars of society are crumbling around us, we hope for someone with wisdom to take the lead. I started writing this blog back in September, when the AIG debacle made my blood pressure rise. It was either vent or take medication. This blog was one of the ways I chose to get involved. The more Americans participate, the better their chances to get America “BACK ON TRACK”! Currently, many are all floundering only because there is not an officially ordained “GO-TO-GUY”, someone who will be the voice for the masses who see all too well the big bleak picture. I have a news flash…We all have to be leaders now! You can and must be the catalyst for reform according to your talents and on whatever scale you feel most comfortable, however, don’t feel like you cannot venture out of your comfort zone! And please, don’t sell your talents short. Some people plan for their leadership roles; others are thrust into their positions. Governor Mike Huckabee may not have been the President this go-round, but he is primed and ready to be the voice of reason with the media coverage to back it. That does not let Americans off the hook. If you cannot lead then try writing…which is merely another form of leading. On the most basic level…become “pen pals” with your congressional representatives and encourage your friends, neighbors, and relatives to do the same. When dealing with Congress…Don’t let one note be all she wrote!

The following are the website for congressional delegates:
To write your U.S. Representative https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
To write your U.S. Senator http://www.senate.gov/

Note: When dealing with Congress…Don’t let one note be all she wrote!

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 4-27-09

Friday, April 24, 2009

With Regard To Interrogation Techniques...Pelosi Can't Take Credit And Not Take Blame

Nancy, Nancy, Nancy...You cannot be a tigress one minute and reduce yourself to a kitten the next. Everyone in Washington knows that you have your heavy-hand in all major workings of the nation, so do not try to pull the innocent (uninformed) victim routine, with regard to interrogation tactics shortly after 9-11. You were briefed...for an hour! A Washington Post article written in 2007 (December) had quotes from two officials saying that you and three other lawmakers received briefing on interrogation tactics...which included water-boarding. The Post article did note that there were strict rules during secret briefings (I’m assuming this was one) prohibiting lawmakers from taking notes or seeking legal advice because it could hinder lawmakers’ challenges to information they are being presented—interrogation tactics in this case. Never are lawmakers prohibited from asking vital questions. Hedging, you implied that the briefing could have been incomplete. Pelosi: We only know what they choose to tell us, and the manner and timing which they tell us.” Are you saying that with a straight face? I’ll repeat myself… Never are lawmakers prohibited from asking vital questions. We were at war on our soil. They had just killed or injured a multitude of U.S. citizens. Did you think we were only going to send the terrorists to bed without supper? "I saw a partial list of the number of members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, who were briefed on these interrogation methods, and not a word was raised at the time, not one word," said House Minority Leader, John Boehner, on Thursday. Ah...the selective recollection of the Democrats. But why all of the Republican fuss? The “selective-service” Democrats are now “OPEN” to investigating...and possibly prosecuting...lawyers and officials who were involved in the harshly choreographed interrogation techniques. Nancy, you can’t share in the credit and not share in the blame. Now, in your defense…this decision saved further American lives from being lost and gave insight into future acts of violence. Its outcome instilled confidence in Americans who were shaken or shattered while we sifted through rubble for the dead and battered. Believe it or not…the majority of Americans will support you on this one. Don’t back down just so critics will back off!

Note: There is only one way to win a war...decisively.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 04-24-09

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Second Amendment Right...The Right To Bear Arms!

What exactly does the 2nd Amendment say? It reads as follows: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. A militia is a nation’s military force composed of citizens called forth to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrection, and repel invasion. By definition the word infringe means to encroach upon in such a way that it violates the law or the rights of any individual(s). Encroachment occurs when either by gradual increments or by stealth one acquires the possession(s) or right(s) of any individual(s). In order to gain clarification we must look to the past...to the birth of the U.S. Constitution and our Bill of Rights. James Madison is considered by historians to be the “Father of the Constitution”…and less well known…a major promoter of the Bill of Rights. Madison had vowed to push for a bill of rights while campaigning against James Monroe for the newly formed United States House. He announced to Congress on May 4, 1789, of his intentions to formally introduce the topic on May 25th. Unfortunately, Congress was debating import duties (taxes) on that calendar date so he waited until June 8th. His presentation was blocked by other members of Congress who felt there were other, more important matters to address. Madison undeterred, rose from his seat and presented his list of amendments to Congress anyway. Now, let’s switch gears. No one wants to think about the term “urban warfare”, warfare conducted in towns and cities. That was exactly how our nation was born back in the Revolutionary War era and that could very well be the way we will hold on to our nation down the road. Throughout history many nations have had conflict in their homelands, but Americans are, for some reason, oblivious to the possibility. Pearl Harbor, 9-11, and now the borders of Mexico should be enough to keep us historically vigilant. Unfortunately, many U.S. citizens could see foreign troops marching down the streets and taking over our towns and simply look puzzled before they continued with their morning activities. We must ask ourselves… Could we do anything if a siege attempt happened? Well, how bad do you want your freedom? WE THE PEOPLE could (one day) have to make a split-second decision to get involved and not just wait for the military to swoop in and save us. This is a big country and they can’t be everywhere! If we were taken hostage at a bank or on a cruise ship we would not have a SWAT team or a military battalion right there…we would have to fend for ourselves until help arrived. Let’s look to history for a worse case scenario. When Hitler invaded Leningrad (Operation Barbarossa) urban warfare lasted approximately 900 days and was long, destructive, and unsuccessful. Yes, unsuccessful because civilians took up arms and to the streets to fight side-by-side with their military. How bad did they want their freedom? Currently, the border with Mexico and the United States is teetering on the brink of catastrophe with drug cartel wars, kidnappings, drug smuggling, and illegal alien trafficking occurring daily. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by those who think the government should tell “law abiding” citizens to give up their weapons; then only the undesirables will have them. We need to think seriously about our 1st Amendment Rights “before” we are forced to defend them…or lose them.

Note: Gun control is in the eye of the beholder…and I’m beholding to no one.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 4-14-09

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tea Parties Are Making A Big Splash On The Internet!

Involvement...no matter how great or small...is never something to scorn, but rather to praise. For the first time in many of these American lives they are not apathetically sidelined...There is too much at stake! The unifying phrase "WE THE PEOPLE" is holding new meaning for AMERICANS who watched irresponsibility become commonplace from their supposed representatives in Washington and on Wall Street. No longer are they going to let micromanagement of activities be a one-way street. After the Pearl Harbor attack (December 7, 1941) Admiral Yamamoto gave a quote which I feel is worth "recycling" for the Tea Party effort: I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.-- Yamamoto. Tea parties have sparked an online insurgency, with independent media sites driving coverage of the protests, suggesting that conservatives may be catching up with their liberal counterparts in building a Web-driven, grassroots campaign to push their agenda.--Judson Berger, FOXNews.com. Leslie Marshall (syndicated radio host) insisted the mainstream media coverage wasn't there because of its insignificance. "It's not sexy. It doesn't bleed," she told FOX News. She even suggested that protesters were operating under an American Revolutionary disservice scenario using the "Tea Party" title. Whether or not anyone feels drawn or repelled by the appropriateness of the title is of no consequence. What is of the utmost relevance is the placement of their activities on a parallel course of thought with the Boston Tea Party. Taxes and representation of both periods in history, present and past, reeked of injustice. Think of this movement as a restructuring of the pillars of society...especially since the ones we have currently sit as crumbling monuments to failure. We need to remind Washington that "High Tea" is best served with humble pie.

Note: When a government is wrong they need to take their lumps like everyone else.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 04-13-09

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Medical Doctors Face-Off Against Obama And Conscience Clause

Approximately thirty organizations have come together, with written correspondence, urging President Obama to meet with them prior to his decision to repeal (or not repeal) the ‘Conscience Clause’, a federal regulation which gives protection to medical workers who choose not to perform certain types of medical procedures if they object to them on moral grounds. Let me just start off by saying that there are many versions of the Hippocratic Oath, taken by physicians today, and that the more modern versions have been “tweaked” to convey the liberal morals of modern times. I would like to present two segments of the “classic” version which was translated from the original oath.

“…I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. …What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.” This writing is presumed to be written by either Hippocrates (father of Western medicine) or one of his students.

Now, I have highlighted in red the part that this whole President Obama “re-look” issue is really about...so we can cut to the chase! There is never a hurry for any woman to get an abortion; they can actually get one up to (and through) the ninth month if they so desire. Additionally, there is no shortage of clinics to perform the procedures. So what is the reason for the amateur theatrics? Could it be that President Obama is on a socialistic "Power High" with his comrades? He has after all hit the ground running, flexing his muscles at every turn (literally). Periodically he will throw a bone to the moral majority...but not before he rubs our noses in the fact that "HE WON". If that is it, President Obama, you've had your fun. But, what if it has to do with stem cell research and genetic testing and the extremes to which he is actually willing to let this endeavor expand. Surely he is not suggesting that we only seek doctors and nurses without a conscience to occupy our medical schools and infiltrate our hospitals and clinics. Didn't Hitler do something similar? There are enough "secret spaces" to do their bidding without isolating the population from good, competent health care providers of all creeds. Let's just leave the unsavory "choices" to the health care professionals who have no conscience... I know for a fact that there are plenty of those.

Note: Show me a physician with a conscience and I'll show you a physician who worked hard in Medical School.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 04-11-09

Monday, April 6, 2009

The More Illegal Aliens A State Harbors, The More House Seats That State Stands To Gain!

United States Representative William Clay (Democrat-Missouri and Chairman of a House oversight committee on the Census) wants to request that President Obama suspend illegal immigrant raids, over this next year, so that “illegals” who are fearful of exposure and punishment (AKA deportation) won’t worry about sharing information with 2010 Census workers. Supposedly the “halt” is to ensure an accurate census count and all he wants law enforcement to do is “slacken” immigration laws…not to sanction illegal immigrants. How exactly does that work, Representative Clay? "We're not talking about one day of not doing raids. We're talking about a period of time. Is that a week, a month or a whole year? We cannot suspend law enforcement," said Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif). We have ongoing threats to our national security which should preclude asking law enforcement agents to “stand down” when they need to “step up”. Let’s just be honest here, shall we? The Census is used to distribute the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. These seats are divided among the fifty states according to population. In essence, this means that the more illegal aliens a state is harboring the more House seats that state stands to gain…IF the Census Bureau finds them and counts them. The balance of power in Congress can virtually be altered for a decade since the Census is conducted only once every ten years. Remember, members of the House of Representatives are chosen every two years and the Democrats are pandering to "illegals" for that very reason. They are choosing political gain over national security. Don’t expect “legal” Americans to dip into their pockets, yet again during these tough economic times, and spend literally tens of millions just to spread a message to “illegals” that they should share information with the Census Bureau. We need to send them packing…along with a considerable number of Congressional types who apparently are lacking in good judgement.

Note: Sometimes individuals cannot see the forest for the trees because they choose to look the other way.

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 04-06-09

Sunday, April 5, 2009

With The Confusing Tone Of America...Its Time For New Leaders To Bring Harmony!

During Spring Break teachers, students, and school staffers make a beeline for the door and some much needed R&R (Rest and Relaxation); I was part of that ritualistic migration. I went to church on Sunday and visited a tiny congregation, in a very small town, where they were plagued by low member numbers due to their own "break" situation. The minister was having to say the opening prayer, help with communion, preach, and...unfortunately...lead singing. Now, even if he had used a pitch pipe to start us off, it wouldn't have mattered. Once the "short" song started, he changed pitch four times, thus it was virtually impossible to make sense of the melody...and I knew the song! Needless to say, the stronger singers in the church (many who were just visitors like myself) stepped up to the plate and salvaged the rest of the song service with our voices being heard over the primary leader. I draw inspiration from everywhere for my blog and this "Pitch Problem" just seemed to fit right in with that of America today. We cannot follow the tune if our political leaders cannot consistantly stay "on pitch". Vagueness and contradictions of the leadership make it virtually impossible to plan for the future on any level whether it be on a national, state, community, or individual one. It is time for new leaders, even if they did not get their party's nod for the main presidential candidate, to step up to the plate and help us stay in tune. Now, that does not let the average citizen off the hook! Let the "four levels" I mentioned previously be the Sopranos, Altoes, Tenors, and Basses. You may not be ready for a solo so start with a duet or quartet if you need to, but start. We can no longer afford to let this economy sit stagnant while the leadership spoon feeds us their secret agenda hoping it will not hurt our ears in small measures. Quite the opposite is happening. As they edge toward their crescendo their opus is disjointed and deafening! WE THE PEOPLE are the are the most industrious and creative people in the world and we are not about to let this economic situation be our SWAN SONG!

Note: We cannot follow the tune if our political leaders cannot stay on pitch!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 04-05-09

Thursday, April 2, 2009

America's "Main Street" Commitment Is Vital To Economic Recovery...And Freedom

Pick a side and stay there! If you believe the Obama stimulus is going to advance America to its former glory (almost) and, in essence, be a good thing…then spend. If you believe that it is going to tank the U.S. and cause an economic collapse… then save. Right now Americans are lacking commitment and certainly getting no confidence assistance from our Commander-In-Chief. He is truly one President who can talk out of both sides of his mouth…simultaneously. If we are going to go down an inflationary path, then spend while your dollar is worth more. Take that vacation you’ve always dreamed of or buy that car you know you really need, but do it in America! You will have memories to talk about from the vacation and someone will surely be carrying your replacement parts… mechanics are everywhere. You want hope? Then give hope? Let American merchants see us purchasing instead of hoarding so they can start hiring. I’m not talking about irresponsible spending… like Washington…I’m talking about our own MAIN STREET stimulus. Let’s realize that people are losing their jobs because we are losing our nerve. It has never been a better time to be an American because at least we can see the real enemy…Washington. WE THE PEOPLE cannot afford to let our communities wither away. An irresponsible government has taken our money, but let’s not give them our country too. The sweetest revenge would be for Americans to emerge victorious through our own recovery efforts devoid of Uncle Sam. Remember: “What goes around, comes around”.

Note: If we don’t invest in America then I know a few undesirable countries who will…and that’s not a good thing.
Another Note: The start of a better life is the acquisition of a backbone!

May God bless America…and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 04-02-09