By John W. Lillpop
San Francisco is a city governed by arrogant and foolish "progressives" who delight in pursuing policies that defy common sense while trashing the best interests of citizen taxpayers.
Adding insult to injury, city leaders brazenly refer to such policies in glowing terms like "Proud tradition."
That is the term used to describe San Francisco's deliberate violation of federal law when to comes to shielding illegal aliens, especially juveniles convicted of serious felonies.
Under five months ago, San Francisco law enforcement refused to cooperate with the federal government by turning illegal aliens over to the care of Uncle Sam. Instead, San Francisco taxpayers paid $2.3 million dollars (since 2005) to house criminals who actually belonged in federal retention centers.
Adding stupidity to arrogance, city bosses spend another $40,000 to fly illegal alien felons home when the thugs should have been removed from polite society by placing a free call to federal authorities.
San Francisco's "Proud Tradition" backfired last June as described in the following report from Spero News***:
"It was a Sunday afternoon last June and Anthony Bologna and his sons Michael and Matthew were almost home from their family picnic. Anthony, driving the family car, briefly blocked another car from completing a left turn down a narrow San Francisco street. Angered by this momentary delay in his trip, according to police reports, Edwin Ramos got out of the car and opened fire on the Bologna’s car with an AK-47, shooting all three men. Tony Bologna, 48, and his son Michael, 20, died at the scene, and Matthew, 16, died a few days later in the hospital.
"Now charged with three murders, the 21 year-old Ramos was previously found guilty of two felonies as a juvenile: attempting to rob a pregnant woman, and as part of a gang-related assault on a city bus passenger. By all accounts, Ramos is a vicious animal who has no business being in the United States, and no business being in San Francisco."
Just how much "Pride" can one take in a policy that shields a convicted felon from justice so that he can murder three innocent citizens in cold blood?
There are other victims of this town's goofy politics.
Although not nearly as serious as the Edwin Ramos murder spree, 400 city employees are about to lose their jobs just in time for Christmas. The firings are the result of a huge budget deficit.
It would be illogical and incorrect to blame the deficit entirely on the manner by which illegal aliens have been mishandled by Mayor Gavin Newsom and his misguided associates.
Nonetheless, city workers forced to join the ranks of the unemployed during the most severe economic downturn in 80 years are completely justified in asking the following question:
How many American citizens are being dumped on the streets of San Francisco just before Christmas because "progressive" politicians foolishly chose to pamper illegal alien felons at
Posted by John W Lillpop at 4:31 AM
By John W. Lillpop
With only about five weeks remaining in his presidency, George W. Bush is not going to change his legacy as the most liberal "conservative" president in history.
He does, however, have a couple of opportunities in which to leave office in a blaze of, if not glory, at least somewhat muted mutiny.
To begin with, the president can refuse to continue playing the game of Monopoly with taxpayer funds as Democrats are want to do when it comes to the auto manufacturing industry.
Spending any amount of taxpayer money to buy an interest in the Big Three is a fool's mission. Until Detroit sheds it's outrageous cost of labor commitments and makes products that are truly competitive, money sent there is nothing except "good money chasing bad."
This president must make it clear that American taxpayer money should not be used to bail out Detroit; he should enforce that position with a veto if need be.
One of the major disappointments of the W. presidency has been his refusal to secure our borders and support the brave men and women who serve America in the Border Patrol.
W.'s shameful performance in the overall area of immigration is particularly wretched when it comes to his refusal, so far, to pardon border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean who have been prosecuted and persecuted for defending America from invading criminals from Mexico.
It will be remembered that Ramos and Compean chased illegal alien Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila back across the Mexican border, thereby preventing the thug from smuggling drugs into America.
Davila left American soil sans a few grams of brown buttocks blasted off his criminal being by a single shot from Ramos or Compean.
However, Davila was not injured too gravely, as he attempted to smuggle a “second load” of drugs into the U.S., an indiscretion for which he was arrested.
Unfortunately, the Bush administration was able to convict Ramos and Compean based on testimony provided by the drug smuggling illegal alien himself, the insufferable Davila.
That conviction led to sentences which cheated Ramos and Compean out of twelve and eleven years of life, respectively.
President George W. Bush must not leave the White House without having executed a full and unconditional pardon for Messrs. Ramos and Compean.
In order to show even a modest respect for conservative values, W. must veto any additional bailout bills and pardon Ramos and Compean before leaving office on January 20.
Posted by John W Lillpop at 11:53 PM
By John W. Lillpop
The list of people that Barack Obama has converted into road kill continues to grow with each passing day. It started with the likes of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, and convicted felon Tony Rezko.
In each instance, when the person's weird or un-American behavior and or crimes became publicized, Obama immediately claimed to have no real knowledge of the individual. He then quickly moved to disassociate himself by shoving the culprit under the Obama Bus and ordering the driver to move with full speed ahead to escape the glare of uncontrolled light.
Obama's list of folks thrown under the bus increased big time today as federal agents showed up at the home of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich at 6 AM, CST, with an arrest warrant in hand. Blagojevich was taken into custody for, among other things, attempting to sell Barack Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder.
When made aware of the unbelievable arrest, the president-elect said, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening" concerning any possible dealing about Blagojevich's appointment of a successor to Obama's vacated senate seat. ***
Not even an inkling, inspired by natural curiosity, Mr. Obama?
Then just what in the hell is going on, President-elect?
Millions of gooey-eyed moon bats actually fell for your "change" double talk and bologna, and are expecting big things from you.
Many expect the government run by you to make their mortgage and car payments, lower gasoline to a dollar a gallon, provide everyone with a cushy job paying at least $85,100 a year with free health care and no restrictions on pre-existing conditions, and are counting on you to end all of the foreign wars that George W. Bush started by not later than Valentine's day!
The big question of the day: What will Barack Obama do when there is no room remaining under the bus?
Posted by John W Lillpop at 6:21 PM
Without knowing better, one could easily mistake Greg Alan Maddux for an average, work a day sort of guy.
Slight of build, bespectacled, and of modest demeanor, Maddux hardly fits the stereotype of a high-powered athlete with fame and fortune at his beckon call.
In fact, however, Greg Maddux is an icon in major league baseball history by virtue of a professional career that spanned 22 years and graced four different ball clubs. He owns one of the most excellent pitching records compiled in baseball history, as evidenced by the $10 million he earned in 2008 while pitching for the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Now, at the ripe old age of 42, this super-star has officially retired from the kid's game that made him rich and famous. He did so on December 8 in his hometown on Las Vegas where major league baseball is holding its winter meetings.
Among Greg Maddux's major accomplishments:
*World Series champion in 1995
*Eighth on the all-time list of career wins with 355 to his credit. (Passed Roger Clemens in 2008.)
*Earned Run Average of 3.16
*10th in career strikeouts
*Four consecutive Cy Young awards, given annually to the best pitcher in each league.
*Eight appearances in baseball's All-Star game.
*17 consecutive seasons in which he won at least 15 games
*Eighteen "Gold Glove" awards for fielding excellence
Maddux credits his wife, Kathy, for allowing him to become one of the greatest pitchers in history.
"I had everything taken care of for me away from the park, so the only time that I had to worry about anything was when I was out at the park," Maddux said in a tribute to his spouse.
The following quotes about and from Greg Maddux from the link below attest to his mastery:
Quotes About Greg Maddux
"He's like a meticulous surgeon out there, he puts the ball where he wants to. You see a pitch inside and wonder, 'Is it the fastball or the cutter?' That's where he's got you." — Tony Gwynn
"Every pitch has a purpose. Sometimes he knows what he's going to throw two pitches ahead. I swear, he makes it look like guys are swinging foam bats against him." — John Smoltz
"Maddux is so good, we should all be wearing tuxedos when he pitches" — scout Phil Favia
"Greg Maddux could put a baseball through a life saver if you asked him." — Joe Morgan
"(He has) talent I've never seen anyone else have. He has a back-door sinker and wisdom to actually outsmart anybody in the game. I'm so glad somebody small, someone looking like me, actually did it. I'm very happy for him and I wish him all the best and I hope he doesn't stop there." — Pedro Martinez, on Maddux's 300th victory
"He was the smartest pitcher I've played with or against." — Ozzie Guillen
"Any pitcher on this team should have the pleasure of parking their butt next to him on the bench during games and learning whatever you can from him and then watching him when he is pitching." — Cubs teammate Ryan Dempster
"He's the definition of pitching. He's not overpowering, he doesn't have tremendous stuff, but he gets it done every day, day in and day out. It's good that I can tell my grandkids that I had the chance to play behind Greg Maddux, the Hall of Famer." — Juan Pierre
Quotes From Greg Maddux
"I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they're in a jam, a lot of pitchers try to throw harder. Me, I try to locate better."
"You play the game to win the World Series. Cy Young Awards are nice, they really are. They're great and I'm proud of them...but easily the biggest thing I've accomplished is getting that World Series ring."
Greg Maddux Team Affiliations
Chicago Cubs (1986–1992)
Atlanta Braves (1993–2003)
Chicago Cubs (2004–2006)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2006)
San Diego Padres (2007–2008)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2008)
Next Stop for Maddux: Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux will be eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in five years.
Because of his remarkable record, Maddux will most certainly be inducted during his first year of eligibility.
Posted by John W Lillpop at 7:39 AM
By John W. Lillpop
In the first election since Barack Obama was swept into office on November 4, the good people of Georgia gave a huge THUMBS DOWN to the notion of a super-majority by Democrats in the United States Senate.
With 89 percent of the vote counted, Republican Saxby Chambliss was winning over Democrat Jim Martin by a margin of 58 to 42 percent in the special runoff necessitated by the failure of any candidate to garner at least 50 percent of the vote on November 4.
Chambliss was projected to be the winner less than two hours after the polls closed in Georgia. His win guarantees that the Democrats will not hold 60 seats in the new Congress; thereby denying the party the coveted "filibuster proof" majority.
Key facts in the election were appearances by Governor Sarah Palin on Chambliss' behalf and a repudiation of Obama policies even before the President-elect was officially sworn in.
Republicans were delighted with the results and pointed to Chambliss' conservative record on issues like illegal immigration and taxes as the reason for his huge win.
In the larger picture, the Chambliss victory signals a rebirth of the conservative revolution and public disdain for Marxism.
God Bless Saxby Chambliss, the state of Georgia, and America!
Posted by John W Lillpop at 7:11 PM
By John W. Lillpop
After getting scalded for cruising into Washington, D.C. on a private jet in order to beg for billions in corporate welfare, Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company, has finally seen the light and is thinking straight.
His latest offer to Congress: Give me $9 billion in bail out dough, and I will work for $1 a year!
What a deal!
Other "concessions" include selling the five corporate jets and canceling management bonus pay for 2009. SOURCE***
What about 2008 bonuses, Mr. Mulally?
In fact, why would bonuses be contemplated at all when Ford management has reduced the once powerful corporation to a gaggle of pitiful beggars seeking to feast at the public trough?
Here's a counter-offer: The U.S. Treasury keeps that $9 billion, and you can earn whatever you are worth in the free market!
Now THAT is a better idea!
Posted by John W Lillpop at 9:52 AM
By John W. Lillpop
Just last Friday, mainstream media were celebrating five consecutive days of positive results on the stock exchange. Some of the more liberal and less lucid venues even went so far as to credit Barack Obama for the "change" in direction.
By naming his economic recovery--NOT bail out!--team, the lefties argued, Obama had restored a semblance of confidence on Wall Street and Main Street. Socialist leadership and a few trillion dollars is all it takes to fix the Bush mess, according to the left.
Obama also earned high praise for promising to send a "jolt" to the economy with another massive economic stimulus bill that will involve hundreds of billions of dollars of additional taxpayer money. Demanding that Congress have such a package ready for his signature at 12:01 PM on January 20, added to the illusion that President-elect Obama knows what he is doing, and is in charge.
Marlin's beard! After a week to digest the totality of Obama-nomics, today Wall Street dropped nearly 700 points, in one bloody session! ***
Of course the left has an immediate answer: The loss of 700 points is the result of eight years of fiscal mismanagement, if not down right thievery, by George W. Bush!
It is all quite simple: When things go well, it is because of the Golden Touch of Barack Obama.
When things go poorly, it is another lump of coal in the stocking of middle class Americans, courtesy of the anti-Santa Clause, George W. Bush!
Posted by John W Lillpop at 2:41 PM