Welcome, Santas of All Ethnicities

Welcome to the Gasbagger Blog, where we don’t care about Santa’s lineage.   “Period.”

Every year, for the last one year in a row, I write a special Christmas post.  This year, in 2013, in America, Santa is the issue.

Never mind, Iran with a nuke, NSA, or IRS scandals, Benghazi scandal, Extortion 17 scandal, Fast and Furious scandal, a POTUS who is an habitual and self-serving prevaricator, a failing healthcare plan, and unemployment in double digits, the focus is on Santa’s genealogy.

Over at MSNBC folks are getting lathered up over the atrocity of the audacity of Santa being of Nordic descent.  Now, let’s focus on this issue before he begins his “make-believe” flight of gift giving-emphasis on “make-believe.”

At Gasbagger we don’t give a little tiny mouse’s elbow what color or race Santa Clause is.  In fact, the more the merrier.  And, in the year 2013 in America, no one else cares except, of course, the folks at MSNCB where those folks are still struggling with why their ratings are lower than those of the Fox Network.

At MSNBC they are concerned that some are feeling deprived because Santa is not of their cultural persuasion.

Let’s be honest, anyone who feels deprived or a victimized because Santa is of Germanic descent is merely making themselves a victim by choice.  Or, they have been raised to believe they are a victim.  “Period.”

The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of a Christian bishop and gift-giver Saint Nicholas.  “Period.”

But, if Santa didn’t visit all homes of all colors and races with an equality of gifts, he would be a racist, no matter what his lineage.

The reality is that Santa (who is MAKE-BELIEVE) only discriminates between good and bad little boys and girls.   All Santas, of all nationalities, are welcome at my house at any time of years as long as they have plenty of gifts to leave.   I’ll leave the light on…….and a peppermint stick on the tree.

Let’s move on to my Christmas tale of 2013.

Speaking of honesty and Santa I never imposed the Santa-deception on my children, but they were admonished not to disclose the truth of the Santa Files to their little friends because I didn’t want to create any possible disappointment in those families.

My concern was the loss of trust it might create in future years when I might have to ask my children to trust what I say.  They might respond outwardly or inwardly with, “Yeah, I remember what you said about Santa Claus too.”

Looking back, however, I realize that this fantasy was harmless and I believe I was wrong to have avoided it.  Mark that down; it does not happen that often each day.

I needed a reality check and a swift kick in the arse, and now I’ve had one of each.  If I had just taken time to realize that my parents lied to me about Santa and I turned out to be nearly normal, on most accounts.   Let’s not debate the merits of “normal” just now.

This concept of being “totally” honest, while a good thing for matters that matter, could be better described as “honest to a fault” for things that are just for fun.

“Honest to a fault,” have you ever heard of it?  It’s when you tell someone the truth they asked you for but, in reality they don’t want to hear it.  They just want your support.  For example, “Does this dress make me look fat?”

There is only one correct answer for to that question and that answer is totally and completely irrelevant to the facts of the matter.

I first learned about the Santa-scam at a young age, but was able to leverage it into many more years of gift getting.  One Easter I awoke unexpectedly and surprised my parents during the act of……..hiding Easter Eggs, what do ya think.

“Okay, no Easter Bunny, but, what about Santa,” I asked.  I was not all that concerned about hard-boiled eggs, but when it came to Santa, he carried some real currency.

“Sorry son, there’s no Santa either,” they told me.  I felt like a person who bought stock in Solyndra.

I can remember sitting back on the edge of the couch, being completely deflated and with a lower lip, lower than a bug’s belly, or the President’s current approval rating.  But, like the President, I was an opportunist, so my Grandfather says, and I began to negotiate.

“Okay, I accept it; if you don’t tell anyone, I won’t tell anyone and I won’t whine all over the place as long as can we still have gifts magically appear on Christmas morning?”

My parents were concerned about my disappointment, and as a consolation, they agreed.  To this day, even in our house, my children and their children open most of the presents on Christmas Eve, but we all continue to hang up a Christmas stocking or hold back a gift for a last surprise on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas to all and to all, “get real.”


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What’s Fair?

It is a reasonable approach to ask that everyone be treated equal under the law, is it not?  This is what Conservatives in the House are asking  for.  The President has arbitrarily and selectively already given exemptions to big business, some unions, and Congress.  Why not us?

Every argument presented by Democrats failed in many ways but most obviously it failed the fairness test.

Peter DeFazio representing the 4th District of Oregon seems to need a lesson in the US Constitution and some help in adding up the numbers, not to mention, but I am mentioning it, help with logic and fairness.

His points, more succinctly stated are, “Fund ACA because it’s already a law.”

Then, perhaps in anticipation of an obvious objection to his comment, he sites Gerrymandering as the illegitimate reason for Republicans being elected.  If that was the case, how did they get in office in the first place to practice Gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering, like many other provisions and strategies in politics are there because BOTH political parties have decided that it is beneficial. It is as often used, if not more often used, by Democrats as by Republicans.  This argument is a Red Herring.

More relevant however is the claim that the ACA is already a law.

The ACA barely passed with not one Republican voting for it and 34 Democrats voting against it.  Later 22 Democrats voted to delay it.

As soon as the ACA passed the 2012 elections that followed removed many of those who voted for it.  They were replaced by Representatives who could be counted on to not fund it.

These Representatives are doing the job they were elected to do, which as to mitigate the damages to be done by the ACA and to not fund it.  In other words, they are representing their constituency.

Furthermore, it is by design of the Constitution that the House that holds the purse strings.

Following the Constitutional requirements at this time has left Harry Reid and the Executive Branch with a shut-down as the only cards to play.

Clearly, the House is not in favor of a shut-down in spite of not having a budget.  They are passing Continuing Resolutions (CRs) to fund the functions being shut-down and in danger of shut-down by this Administration.  However, these CRs are not getting approved by the Senate or sanctioned by the President.  The Administration, in keeping with Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, continues to make shut-downs and life as uncomfortable as possible for anyone whom the President sees fit.  He closes open air, no cost, low cost parks, but instead he funds his favorite golf course which is a high maintenance facility.

Interestingly, the House’s passing of single issue CRs to fund specific operations and functions is a kind of de facto “line-item-veto” legislation.

It has long been argued that “line-item-veto” is needed in order to remove “pork barrel” and excessive special interest spending.  Obviously, and consequently, “line-item-veto” has not gotten much traction with politicians.  It reduces opportunity for their personal gain.

The House Conservatives, perhaps inadvertently, are on an equitable course of funding as needed, without padding the budget.

Now, what about fairness?  Why would DeFazio think he is above the American people and not be subject to ACA?

This law is directly and clearly in opposition to the principles set forth by the Federalist Papers 57(5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_No._57 .

Additionally, any Congressman who is voting to exempt himself from laws, to which we must submit, is obviously in office to benefit himself.  He is not representing his constituency.  Such a person should be recalled immediately.

Unfortunately, there is no 28th Amendment, but there should be and we should be calling for it with our Congressmen.


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It May Already Be Too Late

This article is inspired by the article from The Blaze that “Freedom of Religion is a Western Idea.”  See the link below.

We are being attacked from the Left by Marxists and from the right by intolerant Islam, although to call Islam as being “on the Right” is something of a perversion.

There are people in this country who have been blessed by this American experiment, but they don’t seem to realize that the liberties and prosperity they enjoy are possible because of the unappreciated and under appreciated Constitution they would change because they see it as a dynamic living document.
This kind of thinking will only result in a loss of the very values that have given them the kind of freedoms never before enjoyed by any civilizations on earth.  And, this kind of thinking is what the totalitarians are counting on to put them in power.
If the eroding of the Constitution is continued it will be impossible for the people to rise up and regain their liberty.  Something needs to be done NOW to change this trend.  The technology of our time will give the totalitarian state complete control over every aspect of life.
My fear is that it is already too late.  If the government wanted to do it, they could completely shut-down our freedoms today and they could do it under the auspices of unconstitutional laws already in existence in the Patriot Act and the Affordable Health Care Act.
The big question today is what is the loyalty of those who are charged with the protection of the people and the country, those who are armed?


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Just Hand Me Your Liberty and Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Obama  may not always be honest (Har, I made a joke), but unlike the
Administration he promised, he is quite transparent, albeit unwittingly.

How stupid does he think we are, or how presumptuous is he, when  he tells us what to do or not to do regarding the cautions that we could  be in danger of an overreaching government. This is classic con man  strategy, disarming his mark before the strike.

The Left has been smart enough for these last forty years to manipulate  us, and popular opinion in order to put Obama in place in the White  House using these tactics.

Meanwhile, Conservatives have just  been going to work every day with their minds on personal survival and  success. All the while these Radicals have been following Alinsky’s  Rules to take over the nation.

If you read the history and  relationships of all the people in power and position of the current  Administration, and take note of who is no longer in their positions, it becomes obvious that there has already been a complete change in  the ideology that guides our nation or at least the leadership level,  where it counts most. And the leadership is finding every way it can to  circumvent the protections of the Constitution.

Obama’s time  and terms will soon be up and it will be interesting to see what  measures he and his mob will to retain control. Look for radical, maybe  even violent, things to happen. Make a note, here and now, on your  calendar that Obama will push through and sign the UN Arms Trade and  Treaty Agreement (ATT).  Then the Senate will not do their duty to  reject it because Harry Reid will not bring it up for a vote. It will  then automatically go into effect.

The ATT voluntarily  subordinates our Constitution to the rule of the UN and we will have  lost our Constitutional rights and sovereignty as a nation. Folks, do you think this sound radical?  Do you think this is not the  conspiracy that Obama is telling us does not exist? Do you think this is  too big and cannot happen, not here, not in America? THINK AGAIN! It is  big and it is happening.

If Obama signs this ATT, there is  nothing legally or constitutionally that can do to change it. If he does  NOT sign it, our struggle goes on. If he does sign it, the nature of our struggle changes and goes on; there will no longer be a viable,  legal course of action available through only discourse and debate.

I have more on this, but not here, not now.  Suffice it to add, as we  get closer a defining moment and the more I research, the easier it  becomes to project a logical chain of events.  The speculations of a  cataclysmic conflict become a more realistic possibility, even though we  are warned, “You should reject those voices.”

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Stand Down or Bring It On.

We have reached the here-to-fore inconceivable circumstance where the officers and enlisted personnel of the military find their oath of service and allegiance contains self-contradicting elements.  Never before has the Commander in Chief been so diametrically in opposition to the Constitution.  As evidenced by the “Stand Down” order given by the President during the Benghazi crisis the President and the Constitution are in conflict.  Military personnel are also in conflict because they have to make a choice between the two.  Our military is conflicted because we have a President who, whether legally or in spirit, is not an American.  How can we survive with this cancer? 
I am compelled to draw a contrast between two Presidents.  Obama during Benghazi, “Stand down, stand down, stand down.”  Bush at the threats from Saddam, “Bring it on.” 
This is the difference between a hands on American ex-military President and a frigging paper shuffling, community organizing, social worker.  Special emphasis on “frigging.”

Abandoning  our troops in trouble simply does not sit well with Americans who were raised in a land of the free and the home of the brave.  Could it be that we do not have leadership of our own persuasion and upbringing?


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Fox News told to stand down: Obama (video)


Obama hoodieObamas birth certificate has been debated for a while now and here is more proof that this issue will not die. Joe Arpio has led the charge on this refusing to back down, now they have solid proof something is not right. This is a long video (about an hour long), I was watching it when something strange happened that was weird as hell; the video was shut down in midstream.

See if you can watch this video without youtube crashing on your computer, it happened to me and it’s not the first time I have been doing some research when that happened. It was really strange when I was half way through this video the screen went blank, and youtube said it was having technical problems. Although I could still put the mouse on the video bar and see images, but not on the screen, then the whole video…

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Navy forced to hire Atheist Chaplain


navyThe Navy is being pressured to hire a Atheist Chaplain to promote no faith.

This has to be the stupidest thing that I have heard of, but it gets even better.

Protestant Chaplains can only be hired if they are recognized by a religious organization, namely Methodist, Catholic etc… But the Atheist are recognized by – wait for it- the IRS…

It seems the IRS will be more than happy to recognize the Atheist and support them for a position to the military.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Just when you think it can get any weirder the government proves than it can…

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Movie Review: 2016 Obama’s America

This, the second attempt to write my review of 2016 Obama’s America, (2016).  It gets too long, even for me.  Let’s try again.

Love him or hate him, you need to know him.  There is no risk to reading this (or seeing 2016), but there is a risk to not reading it.

I’m still reflecting and am up against a wall.  No doubt, but understandably, my comments will be interpreted as biased, in spite of my conscious effort toward objectivity.

A “MUST SEE” falls short of an accurate characterization, as well as level of recommendation, for 2016.  I fear this recommendation will get lost in the chatter of so many earlier admonishment.  But here is the dilemma, the mainstream media, and even many of the movie ads sections of the newspaper, are not giving this movie the press it deserves.  So, it is up to me, and those like me, as is so often the unwelcome case.

If 2016 was a Left-Wing ideology presentation, viewing it would be mandated.  This movie should be mandated as a civic responsibility.  If you love him or hate him, you need to know him.

Remarkably, and somewhat off-point, it is out grossing the big productions in terms of “per screen” revenues.  Meaning, a butt-load of people are viewing this movie and the statistics on this are incredible.

For brevity’s sake, let me try a bullet point method:

  • Premise: If one (or many)is going to achieve or at least strive for that “Reasonable Society,” it is expeditious to understand the other side’s perspective.  This is not a football game where forceful pounding of an opinion on the other side gains ground.  2016 is not an attack on Obama, it is a definition of how and/or why he is motivated and his agenda.
  • Obama’s practices, policies and actions don’t seem to fit any rational behavior that we understand.  The Right, the Left, and the left-out, Democrats, Republicans and Independents have been scratching their heads.  His actions are not acknowledged by liberals and are given a pass by the Press, but for those who are monitoring life in the Loop, Obama remains an enigma.  Could this be why Hillary said that Obama’s agenda is too socialistic?
  • Consequently, to try to understand what motivates Obama, D’Souza (professor and author of 2016) has taken on the mystery and task of finding an answer.
  • D’Souza’s background mirrors Obama’s background in many ways giving him a unique platform and insight into Obama’s perception of the world and the US.  He gets it when it comes to Anti-colonialism.
  • D’Souza does not question Obama’s citizenship and in fact, he affirms his birth in Hawaii.
  • We, in the US, have little appreciation or even knowledge of Anti-colonialism.  I venture to say that many reading this are going to Google Search right now to find out what it is.  D’Souza and Obama, both grew up under the rule of Colonialist ideology.  In 2016 the case for Anti-colonialism is made in the voice of Obama’s uncle, though it is rejected by D’Souza and embraced by Obama.
  • Anti-colonialism has its points, but they are rather shallow, naïve and, most significantly, without introspect or accepting of one’s own personal responsibility.  There is another side, a positive side, to Colonialism that is rarely conceded.  This realization is better recognized in India than in Kenya, which could explain Obama’s perspective.  I have some other thoughts, but not worthy for this piece.
  • 2016 also presents counter points on itself in the form of comments and criticisms from the Press and some Democrats.  Especially revealing are the comments from Diane Rehm and Joe Biden.  For once, I understand what Biden is trying to say, but he and Rehm have such extreme left hinged imaginations they are not able embrace objectivity.
  • D’Souza makes the case that the Anti-colonialism agenda is Obama’s priority above all other aspects of life.  I would say above life itself.  An Anti-colonial agenda is really the only model that adequately and convincingly explains Obama’s decisions, actions and attitudes.
  • 2016 credits Obama as a quick-study and insightful.  He is not an idiot as he sometimes appears.  He is intelligent and quite shrewd.
  • The fear (at least mine) is that Obama, by following his agenda with blinders on, is sacrificing the American ideal (dream) and way of life, while replacing it with dreams from his father.  In fact, that is part of his agenda.  Let’s make all equal; if we can’t raise them, we lower ourselves.  It is not the American concept of E pluribus Unum, it is the concept of all equal.  All equal leaves out personal responsibility and aspirations for achieving.
  • This is not a part of 2016; it is my Second fear.  Obama’s prioritization of Anti-colonialism has led him to breach and violate numerous Constitutional provisions.  I hope you are not in denial about this fact.  With this kind of record, Obama is no longer an enigma, nor are we in the dark about how far he will go to advance his agenda.  If he chooses to do so, provisions in the Patriot Act and provisions recently added by this administration, will allow Obama to declare a form of national Martial Law.  His administration will be able to deny citizens their citizenship and the due process of law that goes with it.  What does this mean?  Can you say, FEMA camp?


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A Foggy Day in Largo Town.

A fog rolled in off the Gulf and within ten minutes, the scene went from this

to this.

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I disagree!!!  The multi-party concept (more than two) was debunked long ago.  More than two parties fragments the people into ineffective, overly specialized minorities.

Anything more than a two-party system will produce a takeover by a well-organized totalitarian groups.  Please read and understand what happened in 1921 Germany.  It is the same thing all over again.  “Those who do not know (this) history, are doomed to repeat it,” WHO SAID IT?

Please, read this except.

During 1931 and into 1932, Germany’s political crisis deepened. In March 1932 Hitler ran for President against the incumbent President Paul von Hindenburg, polling 30.1% in the first round and 36.8% in the second against Hindenburg’s 49 and 53%. By now the SA had 400,000 members, and its running street battles with the SPD and KPD paramilitaries (who also fought each other) reduced some German cities to combat zones. Paradoxically, although the Nazis were among the main instigators of this disorder, part of Hitler’s appeal to a frightened and demoralised middle class was his promise to restore law and order. Overt antisemitism was played down in official Nazi rhetoric, but was never far from the surface. Germans voted for Hitler primarily because of his promises to revive the economy (by unspecified means), to restore German greatness and overturn the Treaty of Versailles, and to save Germany from communism.

On 20 July 1932, the Prussian government was ousted by a coup—the Preussenschlag, and a few days later at the July 1932 Reichstag election the Nazis made another leap forward, polling 37.4% and becoming the largest party in the Reichstag by a wide margin. Furthermore, the Nazis and the KPD between them won 52% of the vote and a majority of seats. Since both parties opposed the established political system, and neither would join or support any ministry, this made the formation of a majority government impossible. The result was weak ministries governing by decree. Under Comintern directives, the KPD maintained its policy of treating the SPD as the main enemy, calling them “social fascists“, thereby splintering opposition to the Nazis.[58] Later, both the SPD and the KPD accused each other of having facilitated Hitler’s rise to power by their unwillingness to compromise.

There is a solution, get off your backsides and get involved in transforming the party that is already most closely aligned with your own ideology.  I don’t care if it is Right or Left.  Then, work, work, work, to decentralized government.  We cannot have our freedoms taken or be oppressed by a totalitarian state like the one that existed in Germany if we do not allow there to be an overly empowered central government.

Remember, the bigger the government, the smaller the people. This is not just some ideological platitude or mere rhetoric.

Keep governance local, we don’t need snow plows in Miami or surfboards in Denver.  The locals know what is best for the locals.

At this very point in time the Federal (Central) Government is transitioning into an all-powerful authority, while State’s rights are diminishing.  Your rights are next.   We need to understand the issues and pull our collective heads out of that comfortable place where the sun don’t shine.


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