To The Daily Sun,
Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Tricks, brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity, where we strive to keep the best of the stupid in the news. This week, we would like to introduce some our newly elected Tea Potty Party clowns to the U.S. Congress.
First up is North Carolina's Mark Walker. In one of his debates he said he wants us to place the National Guard on the Mexican border. Baptist Pastor Walker says shooting the immigrants is okay. At one debate, the good reverend stated, "We got to go laser or blitz somebody with a couple of fighter jets for a little while to make our point." The moderator then asked if the U.S. should start a war with Mexico. "Well, we did it before, if we need to do it again, I don't have a qualm about it." Isn't he just gushing with the love of the Baby Jesus!
And how about Georgia's 10th district's Pastor Jody Hice? As a radio host he has been speaking bizarro-world for many years. In great news for godly women, Hice says it's okay for a wife to run for office as long as it's with her husband's authority. Hice is against church and state separation and claims Islam doesn't deserve First Amendment protection. Hice also contends "part of the gay manifesto is to prey on children," and "homosexuality is a choice that can be cured with prayer." Pray the gay away! He also believes in no limits to the firepower a citizen can own because "you cannot defend yourself with a BB gun if your opponent has cannons and bazookas and missiles." The stupid, it burns!
Wisconsin's 6th is 95.3 percent white, so Glenn Grotham was easily elected after mocking the African-American holiday Kwanzaa and stating that Martin Luther Day is "an insult". He also claims Wisconsin's protesting teachers were slobs and that federal programs like food stamps encourage sloth. And of course, crying in his beer, Grotham claims there is a war on men.
Down in Eric Cantor's old seat in Virginia, libertarian economist David Brat supports slashing Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He also wants to dissolve that mean ole IRS. He's called for drastic cuts to education funding and insists that "rich" nations have nothing to fear about climate change. Welcome to the United States of Stupid.
Atlanta's northern suburbs keep sending extreme right-wingers to Congress. The district's latest wild-eyed fanatic is Barry Loudermilk, a Tea Party brigand who wants state-run Medicaid to be repealed. Sounding like a lobbyist for a 19th century robber baron, Loudermilk claimed, "We need to start in the direction to where we don't have a Medicaid system, but we turn it back to the way it was before Medicaid, where there were non-profit hospitals that provided indigent care to the people, that were run by churches and religious organizations." Um, Barry, Churches and religious organizations are dying in America and could never have handle the numbers anyway. Gongs for the dumbest ideas.
Congressman-elect Rick W. Allen wants to scrap environmental regulations, jack up military spending, and like every right-wing nutjob, decrease the federal oversight of education and ship undocumented immigrants home. He also thinks Wall Street could do a better job for seniors than Social Security. Anyone home in there?
Ken Buck is back! Colorado's Buck is one of the far-right lunatics that Tea Party Brigands nominated in 2010 for U.S. Senate seats. That extremist strategy ultimately guaranteed another Democrat controlled Senate. Now a member of the U.S. House, Buck was a prosecutor who refused to go after confessed rapists (must have been legitimate rapes!), called homosexuality a lifestyle choice and asserts that climate change is not a man-made problem. Buck wants to privatize the Veterans Administration hospital system, says Social Security is "horrible" and he seeks to repeal Obamacare.
From Arkansas we have millionaire banker J. French Hill, who appears to have dual citizenship in libertarian la-la-land and funds a state-based "free market" think tank, the Advance Arkansas Institute. He hates Obamacare. Hill also worked for America's most unhinged Christian Ayatollah, Mike Huckabee and of course, wants more Bush era tax cuts. A smashing success that was.
Mia Love of Utah's first black (Haitian) Republican elected to the U.S. House. A Mormon, Mia favors phasing out Social Security and ending federal student loan and work study programs. The United States of Stupid beckons us backward.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to comment on the Department of Education's Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
I became involved in this program as a client in October. It is to the say the least a magnificent instrumental organization for people with disabilities.
This program offers hope and helps disabled people who, in spite of disabilities, wish to remain active and productive in the community.
As in my case, I have worked physically hard my entire life. I tried to maintain a good work ethic, even when work was being a physical challenge for me. The worst insult a person could tell me is, "You are not capable of doing anything." If that is not a ludicrous statement, I don't know what is.
Vocational Rehabilitation offers a rainbow of hope for a person with a disability, such as myself. It works. The staff and counselors are incomparable.
With age comes changes. I embrace my disability as a notion that I can be productive and be of service to community and help others.
Vocational Rehabilitation inspired this philosophical ingenuity to me. I am better for seeking the services of Voc Rehab.
Remember, in this free society we have control over our own destiny. No individual has the right to control it for you, or to even mention it. Arrogance for sure.
I greatly encourage any disabled person to seek out the services of Voc Rehab. They are located at Employment Secuirty and they are there for you, as they were for me.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:47
To The Daily Sun,
A library is one of the cornerstones of a healthy community, together with schools and churches. Those in the Gilmanton community who are familiar with the resources and programs that the Year-Round Library provides are more than likely to say that our library is important. It reflects the diversity, character and the needs of our wonderful town, while at the same time building community and supporting local culture in exciting ways.
Most know where the library is located, a gem hidden in plain sight. Those who have visited and have used the library, describe it as a positive experience, and observe that it is "a welcoming, friendly place," a "nice, pleasant space to be." People often go to the library looking mainly for information, but there they connect with neighbors or make a new friend.
Our library's most important asset is the wonderful staff of Tasha, Pam and Jean. They go out of their way to answer questions, assist, and help those exploring the library to have a comfortable, pleasant experience. The library is open to the community; the only entrance requirement is your interest.
As a community, we are fortunate that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library has become a dynamic place which actively seeks to engage all segments of our diverse town. Each year it injects a healthy dose of vitality by expanding its mission with the introduction of new programs. These activities span the gambit from Lego Club and Story Time for the youngest, after-school programs for elementary school students, to adult evening speakers discussing topics ranging from Field & Stream, to our own infamous resident, Herman Mudgett.
Although the Year-Round Library collects a percentage of its operating revenue from fundraising activities, private sources, and grants, these revenue streams can never fully support the many functions the library performs. I ask the Budget Committee, selectmen, and most importantly the voters of Gilmanton, to please make a commitment to our library and to the many services it provides for all.
Our Year-Round Library communicates to the public our underlying values: that strong community connections, information, education, and shared community space matter.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:44
To The Daily Sun,
Walking into our home and seeing it now was a dream come true. I am one who says great creations come after disasters. The thousands of emotions that ran through this family as we watched the fire in disbelief. We never could have imagined the blessings and miracle that would come after.
From the bottom of our heart we want to thank Steve Hanser for getting all the volunteers together, coordinating everything to bring this house back to a home. Also, Alex Ray from the Common Man. He helped raise money, donated food, painted, etc. There were many people who came and worked day and night so we could move back in. It really shows there are great, exceptional people out there.
We were able to go from a home that they called uninhabitable to a warm and complete makeover in two weeks. This would never had been possible without the help from every person and business that came here. They did not get paid, but by only from the kindness of their hearts. We cannot say thank you enough to everyone who made this possible for our family.
The Batchelder Family
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:41
To The Daily Sun,
We learned the consultant for the proposed Meredith roundabouts had designed enough width for emergency vehicles to pass in the event of a traffic accident in the area. We learned there are planned emergency vehicle turns through the median barriers. What if a pedestrian is inside the barrier?
We learned the dividers mean that the entire area will allow right turns only. We learned that no one knew what impact having people from the bank, the shopping center and other businesses in the area, having to travel to the next available roundabout in order to reverse their direction of travel would add to the traffic burden.
We learned that it was assumed that the business in the area will not be impacted by the change in the traffic pattern. We learned that Manchester, Vt., has two roundabout systems, which the presenter stated they love. We learned the local administration in Manchester, Vt., would not talk with the Meredith town manager about it.
We learned that the project will cost $5 million for construction only. We learned that there will be additional land acquisition costs. We learned we do not know what those costs are? We learned the "town will not be contributing to these costs."
We learned the committee believes the money will all come from the federal and state governments and apparently we don't pay taxes to those organizations. We learned that the committee believes local property taxes will not go up as a result of the project?
I recommend that everyone do your homework on this project. The presenters stated: road project construction is scheduled to take place in 2017 and 2018, the project will not solve the congestion issue, the proposal will beautify the area, and there will be over $5 million spent, but it will not cost you anything. The inference is government is giving free money which we can either take or reject. Kind of makes you wonder where they get their money, doesn't it?
You are encouraged to go to the public hearing on Jan. 26 and find out what's going to happen to you, the taxpayer. It would be better if you did a little homework and can lend an informed voice to the discussion.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 11:36