Bill Cosby: I’m 83 And I’m Tired

Bill Cosby

“I’m 83 and I’m Tired”

I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired!

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Sharia law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia, New Zealand UK, America and Canada, while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves un-employable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m tired. But I’m also glad to be 83… Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in; there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!
This is your chance to make a difference.

“I’m 83 and I’m tired.

PS. This was actually written by Robert A. Hall Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts state senate. It was created and written by Robert A. Hall in 2009.

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Where Loyalties Lie by Victoria_29

It has been a bit since I have written a blog, mainly because I only write them when I moved by the heart to do so. I have also been staying off twitter out of disgust for watching so called conservatives judge not by past deeds but only by words that a candidate is spinning today-sorry I don’t tolerate fools easily. Sorry, I am more into judging by actions, the character of a man does not change they just learn to hide it better (& no that was not a veiled swipe at Newtie & Mittens it was a direct hit).

I would imagine by now anyone that has known me over 10 minutes knows that I am a Rick Perry supporter, but let’s talk about why. I bet you can’t find many people that have supported Romney, Newt or even Paul (even Paul bots sometimes grow up) for 20+ years. Yet, in the next 2 weeks not just a handful but close to 2000 TEXANS plan to descend on Iowa. We are talking about a very long drive in dead of winter-many of us abandoning our own families shortly after Christmas, spending New Year in lonely hotel rooms. Have you heard of 1000s or even 100s of Georgians braving the Iowa winter to support Gingrich? How about 100s of MA rushing to Iowa for Romney? And they are used to frigid weather. So what is it about Rick Perry that brings that undying loyalty? No, it is not because I have always agreed with him-been times over 20 years that I would like to have choked him. His answer on in-state tuition sucked he should have just told the truth & blamed us Texans & not tried to explain our in-state tuition to a bunch of anti-10th Amendment RINOS. First off-what Gov. Perry should have said is, “I was governor a few months when that was enacted, it was passed by 99.6% of the legislature & was veto-proof, so there was nothing I could do, veto would have been over-rode.” That is the FACTS but unlike other candidates that would have been quick to pass the blame Rick Perry is a Man & a Texan-this law was supported in 2001 by 80% of Texans so he took his stand with us & said hey Texas made a decision & I stand with her. REASON #1 In 20+ year I have never heard Rick Perry play the blame game. Right or wrong he accepts responsibility period, the buck stops with him. REASON #2 Rick Perry has always listened to the people of the state of Texas, even his enemies admit this. REASON #3– When Rick Perry is wrong he is enough of a man to say I was wrong, I made a mistake. (& yes direct attack here to be clear-not like Newtie & Cain who constantly claim they are misunderstood or we are too stupid to understand what they really meant, or they play semantics which Newtie is excellent at & suckers buy).

I first met Rick Perry when he was running for Agriculture Commissioner; he came to Crockett, Texas. For those of you that do not know Houston County where Crockett is located is farming, ranching & timber land-it is the heart of the area known as the Piney Woods. Now, 90% of us were registered Dems-we never even considered voting for a Republican (not local or state)-this still had a bad stigma in Texas. In fact, I don’t think face to face I had ever met anyone that admitted to being one. But Perry won us over-he was a cotton farmer, he actually “got it”, he told us what he would do, how he would do, his values of work, God & country matched ours-he was a Vet-he was a Christian, he was just like us & most important of all he was an Aggie. (Where I am from you go to A & M or Sam). I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that campaigning for a Republican in conservative but blue Houston County was sort of an embarrassment (but that is personal issue). However, as is history now Rick Perry prevailed – & trust me this was my 1st experience with nasty campaigns & as his opponent will assure you Rick Perry can play hardball with the best of them. REASON #4 Rick kept his word on everything (under a Dem Governor btw) that he campaigned on & easily re-elected by 67% of the vote (& remember Texas was STILL primarily conservative Democrats at this time). Quick education here-do not confuse how southerners vote nationally with how they vote local/state-2 very different things. Rick Perry helped open up Texas products to other markets outside our state & as the daughter of a rancher-with farmers & ranchers in family-he made a difference. Iowa as a farm state should not even be considering another candidate if you care about family farms surviving-Rick Perry believes in land & family farms-they are as much a part of him as breathing. A family farm is what made him who he is. Somehow I can’t picture Romney or Gingrich even knowing how to start a tractor much less plowing, but Rick Perry can.

Slam, Rick Perry all you want for being a Democrat at 1 time but understand this his votes as a Democrat in Texas were more conservative than the votes Newtie cast in DC (i.e. Newt voted to create Dept. of Ed, he voted to nationalize land in multiple states, he voted for every increase in foreign aid, he voted against every decrease in foreign aid & I could go on & on). Unlike others Rick Perry says what he means & lives his beliefs. Reason #5 Rick Perry has never quibbled about being a Conservative-he was a pit bull in Texas legislature, he has always been very pro-life-REASON #6, he has always been pro-defense-REASON #7, pro-2nd amendment, pro-Israel-which brings us to Reason #8 as a Christian Israel is extremely important to me. Rick Perry has been & is the ONLY candidate that has in reality stood with Israel consistently & openly-that is why the Nation of Israel has bestowed on him the highest Honor of Israel. The others talk about it but obviously Perry made a difference.

This is a history of Perry’s stand on Israel-NOT just what he is saying in an election year.

REASON #9– Rick Perry got the Castle Law passed in Texas & is a very big supporter of the 2nd Amendment to the point he personally carries. Both Newt & Romney are anti-2nd Amendment-very weak in this area. Sorry, y’all call me a hick but I like the idea that my POTUS is not a wimp that I could beat up & that knows how to lock & load.

REASON #10– Rick Perry is a Veteran-he had the guts to put his life where his mouth is. While he did not have to Rick Perry stood ready to defend this piece of ground we call America with his life…..Newt & Romney BOTH took deferments-that to me sums up their whole lives. As the mother of a son that has served in the US Army during a war-while I don’t want my son in a combat zone I damn sure what his commander in Chief to have been in his shoes, not a coward that avoided serving his country (& yes deferments are exactly that).

For those of you that still don’t get it, then I am sorry but please keep one thing in mind as you elect either Obama or Obama-lite. When things keep on keeping on-please don’t come to Texas. Nothing personal but you have a choice to make & if you choose to stand with conservative hating Newt or RINO Romney then please don’t expect my Governor & my state to bail you out when it all goes south for you. We have the best economy, best cost of living, best healthcare, best overall life for a reason & Rick Perry has played a large role in that as often by what he hasn’t done as what he has done. This brings up #REASON 11-Rick Perry knows when to butt the hell out. I know this is way too long & the sad part is that I could list another 20 reasons just off the top of my head. But what you really should think about is why 2000 Texans are willing at their own expense (NOT 1 of us are being paid a dime or any expenses this is ALL on us) would make this trek to Iowa (we are not exactly snowbirds you know).

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Get A Grip People

This was written by @victoria_29

It has been nearly a year since my last blog, so as you can tell I rarely get motivated to write them but when I do they are passionate. Something happened on twitter today that has my blood pressure all in a tizzy & furious. I do apologize for the length once I started my rant it just flowed. First, let me make a couple of things clear I am a conservative-have always been my entire life-I attended private Baptist Schools & grew up on a ranch-we learned hard work & responsibility as well as right from wrong. We owed nothing to any one nor did anyone owe us anything but to leave us alone to reach our potential. However, this was in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods so I also grew up a Democrat. Texas in 1980s when I started college was a Democrat state-at least on a state level, we might vote Republican on a national level but our state politics were all Democrat. My dad was what I call today a JFK Democrat-if you aren’t familiar with that term it is a Democrat that still believed in America, that we were the best country on earth & while might not agree on every issue there was little doubt most Democrats also loved this country-most were WWII vets like Kennedy. Regardless of the liberal loon Teddy was JFK was not a liberal loon-he wasn’t about abortion, same-sex marriage, he believed in God & said so. People tend to forget that this type of Democrat ever existed-but they did all over the south & to some extent some do still today.

The other factor to the Democrat/Republican issue that many in other areas over look is that until last 30 years in the south the very word Republican was repugnant. It was associated with Lincoln & Reconstruction-while obviously none of us lived through this period, my grandfather’s dad did & he grew up with this still hanging over the south’s head. Was he a Democrat, yes he was, did he ever vote Republican, yes he did-he voted for Ronald Reagan. Was he a Democrat registered until the day he died yes he was, as was my grandma, daddy, mom, etc. Now what has set me off on this rant is the absolute stupidity of some people about Governor Rick Perry being a former Democrat & Al Gore campaign manager.

First since so MANY consider Reagan a hero let’s talk about Reagan was a Democrat, was OLDER than Rick Perry when he flipped parties. About that time this very ignorant person @Gopthinking said well Reagan was a Republican a long time before became President. News Flash guys!!! Do your research. Reagan was a Republican for 16 yrs when he was elected President. Rick Perry has been a Republican for 22 years.

As for Al Gore, many like this @Gopthinking person have no clue of Al Gore of that time period. It was not the Al Gore of today (about 5 yrs ago Perry pretty much called Gore of today a loon himself). Either you weren’t born, forgot, didn’t participate in politics or are just flat too lazy like @Gopthinking to research before running mouth. Al Gore the year that Gov. Perry was his campaign director in TX-ran on defunding Planned Parenthood, voted against banning hand gun sales across state lines (in other words was pro-gun) putting prayer BACK in school, a family values platform-anyone else recall Tipper’s initiatives towards music/television/movies? Gore lost the primary to Dukakis because he was too conservative-this is about time that the Democrat party that granted had been slanting more & more left took the hard left turn. Rick Perry left the Democrat party at this time. Also worth noting during the 2 yrs prior & 2 yrs after so did a lot of other prominent politicians that are today respected as some of the most conservative out there. Anyone want to call Judge Roy Moore a liberal? How about Gov Bob Riley? Maybe Senator Shelby (he is rino not liberal)?

While we are on the subject of that old election. Please don’t anyone try to sell Herbert Walker Bush as the Conservative in that race-even then the GOP was all about Moderates. Dick Gephardt & Al Gore were considered the Conservatives by everyone.

The facts are clear, Governor Rick Perry was KNOWN do your research to be a conservative when he was a Democrat. It seems that the ONLY thing anyone has to use against him is stuff that silly liberals & RINOS have been trying to use for years & that has already been debunked-not just once but over & over. Since I am addressing stupid statements I’ll go ahead & address a couple of more although they are so ridiculous hardly worth my time.

The Bildenburger (or however you spell it) speech, just because you give a speech to an international organization ONE time very much out in the open (it wasn’t like he sneaked off duh), the speech was on energy-not really odd for Gov of largest energy producing state to give a speech. He has given 100s of them over last 11 years all over the world.

Guardsil he did the executive order because-the CDC highly recommended, I am sure his wife being a nurse played a role in it & that he truly believed it was good for girls. HOWEVER, what people try to spin is a LIE. From the start, the original executive order is posted as law requires on Texas Govt. site-Gov Perry INCLUDED opt out option for parents. So, please get off the “forced” crap it is way too easy to debunk & makes you sound dumb.

He is not for Amnesty-has always been against, will always be against. He did say AZ Bill is NOT for Tx & I agree with him-read the thing, it is a convoluted law that was badly & confusingly written that is still causing problems for AZ law enforcement in understanding. Yes, he is against a Fence, as a rancher’s daughter I am against the fence. One it is a waste of money that would be ineffective they are already tunneling under in placed & 2 the terrain in many parts of Tx does not lend itself to a fence. Gov Perry knows the answer is boots on the ground, drones & things of this nature. Yes, we have to deal with immigration however, we have to close borders first.

Yes Gov Perry signed the Texas Dream Act-with support of 100% of the legislators & senators & majority of Texans. It is NOTHING like what Reid & Democrats want. It is very limited & very restrictive applying only to school. First, they have to be able to prove have lived in Texas 3 years, 2nd they have to have GRADUATED a TEXAS (not any other state) high school & 3rd they have to applied for citizenship FOR in-state tuition-not free tuition, just plain in-state tuition. BTW the Supreme Court ruled you cannot use legal status to deny education.

No Gov Perry did NOT threaten for Texas to leave the Union. What he actually said when asked about it was that you never could tell if what would happen if the Federal Govt kept on. (that is not precise quote but the gist of the comment) He also clearly stated that we had a very good Union & that he saw no reason to leave the union.

Under Gov Perry my state has thrived. I first voted for Rick Perry when he ran for Ag Commissioner-his 1st state office & my 1st chance to vote . I may not have had the best reasons at that time but the women will understand this-he came to our county fair to campaign & my goodness he had a wrangler butt & had me from hello. Have I agreed with him every single issue since that time, no I haven’t. But what I do know is that he has been good for this state, he cares about the people, he is a veteran who loved this country enough to lay his life on the line. No candidate is going to be perfect. What we have to do is be & I know this is hard for some that are so emotionally invested in a candidate is rationally as well. Rick Perry has every advantage that no other candidate has against Barack Obama. When Obama whines about inheriting Bush’s economy well so did Rick Perry. Both also inherited Bush’s credit rating-Obama decreased his, while Perry raised his. As far as being tough enough, he hasn’t backed down from Obama, Holder, the UN, or Mexico yet & besides that is not something any Texan is really good at doing. Yes, he is a 10th amendment supporter, life time member of NRA, if you haven’t read Fed-Up you should, it is his governing philosophy. Many say well is US ready for another Texas president-facts are we have only had 2 – Lyndon B Johnson & Dwight David Eisenhower. Rick Perry has created jobs when no one else has been able to. When Romney was Gov of Ma there is not only Romneycare but his job record is poor, the economy of MA was flat during his time & jobs were not added-& this was during the up time in economy-same with Pawlenty in WI. We have to elect a fighter, & that is what Rick Perry is. Another Texas Tweeter @scottbraddock said the other night, “Texas is littered with the bodies of political opponents that have underestimated Rick Perry.”

“I’m 63 and I’m Tired”

By Robert A. Hall

I’m 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honour”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offence; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America and Canada, while no American nor Canadian group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I’m damn tired . But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.

Robert  A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

I am going to add a few things to what Mr Hall had to say. I am tired of people believing Marxism is an answer to their problems. I am tired of people who don’t want to get an education, and work for a living. I am tired of the victim mentality, which is nothing more than an excuse for being lazy. I started working at age 12 while going to school. I worked 50-80 hours a week for over 30 years as an adult, and I refuse to give lazy people what I have earned.

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1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu-Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Ladies…..Quit Laughing.

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If Bush Was an Idiot

If Bush Was an Idiot ~ 100% Verifiable Facts

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder whose side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk?

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word “advice” would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush’s administration had OK’d Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 15 months — so you’ll have two years and nine months to come up with an answer.

Every statement in this email is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

A little scary isn’t it?

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Patriotism And NASCAR

This was written by a Patriotic Tweeter friend. She asked me to post on my blog, and I am honored to do so. Great read. Patriot1249.

First thing I need to say is I am not a blogger or a writer, but about 10 days ago I attended the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway-in Tn. What I observed there & to be honest didn’t observe I had an urge to write about. This is not meant to be a slam or brag on NASCAR, BMS or the RNC-although in parts will be all 3, it is mainly about the folks & what I saw happening. I was lucky enough to meet several people there that I tweet with & I was thrilled to have this opportunity. If you have never been to BMS I strongly recommend that you go, not because the racing is awesome-which it did used to be but since they repaved BMS the racing sucks to be blunt about it. But BMS is still awesome-there is a magic & a special “NASCAR” feel that you won’t get at most of the other tracks on the circuit today-they are too dog & pony show. At BMS you feel like your transported back in time to the “real” days before NASCAR got stupid with their phony politically correct crap. Being raised in Texas & living in AL I have spent a lot of time at both TMS & Dega-both have their charms (TMS is the best being run today IMO) but BMS is a different world-it’s like a time machine. The entire city of Bristol-which is really cool because half is TN & half is VA is wonderful, the residents, the businesses, even the police officers are great. Now being used to Talladega I am used to rude, hateful police officers (granted at Dega they put up with a lot) that I was shocked by the friendly, laughing, welcoming attitude in Bristol-this was city (both sides), state, county-all great. I know most of you aren’t interested in this but I am trying to set a mood-have patience told you not a writer.

On Thursday the city of Bristol had all sorts of things via Food City going on. At about 9 PM that night they shut down one of the entire main roads (Veterans) & here came the haulers-one by one. People lined the streets & when I say line the streets I mean in the middle of the road in the median-on foot of course. The haulers drive from mall to track, there was fireworks going off all over, there was fun, laughing, no one had an attitude, people were making sure that smaller kids could see. It was like a great big family get together only one that everyone liked each other at.

Friday & Saturday was practice, qualifying & all sorts of other stuff going on at track. I wandered around all day exploring the booths, talking to everyone-if you have never been to a NASCAR race or aren’t a fan you probably won’t get this-but imagine 100000 that come together to basically live together for 3 days (if you camp or hang out at track), there is no such thing as a stranger. Everyone talks to everyone-there is like a brotherhood, we understand each other, no matter which driver you support is there is a unity. As I roamed through the booths being a political person I was thinking there is something wrong here seriously. Being a nosy redhead I decided to sort of do an unofficial little poll. I was able to find out that 43 states were represented-now that is not saying that there was no one from other states, these are states that I directly talked to someone from, from CA to New Hampshire. Hmm, that was interesting. I bet I talked to 4000 people over the 3 days I was at the track & hanging around BMS. I’d say 65% of these told me that they were Independents (I heard a lot of well I am registered so & so because state makes me but I vote for the candidate). Heard a lot of negatives even from people who did identify self as Democrats about Obama & wait for it…not healthcare but his bowing to other leaders, terrorists, gun rights & lack of support for our military-this easily ranked number 1 with NASCAR fans….this is NASCAR guys not a prissy sport. But I digress back to what was missing. I do not know who does the marketing for RNC but they suck at it. If I was any candidate I would FIRE immediately my staff. Not one single booth, period, no RNC, no local candidates, no state, no federal. I am thinking are these people morons? Here is a few facts for you non-NASCAR people (& obviously whoever is running marketing for RNC & a lot of other campaigns over the country have no clue). Why do you people believe that sponsors spend millions & yes I said millions to sponsor a car? Do you really think it is ego to watch their name go around & around track. Wrong. NASCAR fans are the most brand loyal fans in the world-& smart marketers know this. Example I know a kid that has not eaten at McDonalds since they fired Bill Elliot, she not only quit eating there, she arranged for the entire Franklin County, AL school district to boycott the McDonalds in Russellville. Think it didn’t have an impact? Wrong, McDonalds sent someone to negotiate with a 2nd grader. I know another fan who when Tony Stewart drove for Home Depot lived 2 miles from a Lowes but drove 60 miles to buy at Home Depot. I myself have never bought any gas but Shell since they started sponsoring Kevin Harvick. It is an unwritten law-if a race fan is faced with choice-2 companies-1 support NASCAR & 1 doesn’t guess which one gets business. And companies know this. There were residents of almost every state present at this race & it isn’t even one of the larger tracks…..but no RNC. And yes, BMS would have sold them a spot. So to me this was a BIG FAIL on part of RNC & another reason Michael Steele needs to go-not only does he have no clue but I guess his PR department is too busy fixing his gaffes than recognizing where 60000+ voters are that are perfect for conservatives (oh yeah that is assuming we are talking conservative rather than RINO RNC).

Now, to the part that actually moved me to try & write this. I have been to a lot of races & have never seen a track do a more patriotic display (& remember this was not for the “big” race). BMS was about 80% full (which I am sure track won’t like me reporting), but there was everyone standing. I was sitting on the front row in Allison (the best section on start/finish) surrounded by a group of kids that I can only describe as your typical hard-partying, fun-loving 24-25 yr olds-3 couples, they were really awesome too. The cool thing about BMS is you can see clear across track it is so small. (By the way I am combing what I witnessed over Fri & Sat night) They did a “tribute” (I don’t know what else to call it) before the Anthem a mother/wife-I missed a few seconds getting to my seat-talked about military. By the time she was done, I was wiping tears from my eyes-I quietly looked around (now please remember this is at a race track with probably 80000 people), there was dead silence & saw people all around me wiping their eyes. They introduced some wounded warriors-you could have heard a pin drop. Then the cheers started as 4 sky divers carrying the American flag came onto the track I saw people set down their beers, snacks, scanners, etc & to cheer that flag (all were already standing). And we are not talking a quiet little rah, I am talking about a cheers-it was deafening, it echoed. When they sang the National Anthem & reached land of the free-the world moved, I would have given anything for Obama, Pelosi, Reid, & Holder to have been there-it might have been eye opening for them. I watched older men & women & was able to see in their faces their fear for this country & where we are headed, I looked in the eyes of the kids (& yes 25 yr olds are kids to me) next to me & saw a pride in being an American. I glanced over to the pits & saw drivers, crew members, wives all cheering & wiping their eyes. I heard the roar of jet engines above my head as our military provided a fly over (think F-14s-they were cool looking but I don’t know planes) & I thought cheering was loud before, the crowd went nuts. I looked down by the fence, there stood 3 bikers (& I am not talking the nice older gentlemen biker, I am talking badass bikers) & every one of them was saluting that flag & cheering our military. In all my years of racing I have never seen anything like the display of patriotism put on at BMS & the people present at that race.

I learned something that weekend, for the last 2 years we have been fighting against the destruction of our country & it at times has seemed an unwinnable battle, not to be surrendered but just seems to wear you out because every day it is some new attack. You get discouraged; you sometimes feel that we can’t ever win. Yes, Obama, Holder & his Muslim friends believe they have us on the ropes, but they are wrong. I saw an American spirit come to life, in all the years (& I refuse to tell you how many but trust me over 20) of going to races, I have always known that NASCAR fans rank as the most patriotic, independent block of Americans there is but this was different. There was a special energy, a special challenge in the air; it was almost as if there was a gauntlet thrown out. Usually at races you will see people that don’t stand, some that don’t salute, that talk through the prayer, that basically ignore the opening ceremonies-that didn’t happen this week-end at BMS. I saw a bunch of people that didn’t give a damn if it was politically correct to cheer that flag or not. I didn’t see one damn “other” country flag waving. America may have stumbled but she will not fall, not while she has Americans like the patriots that were present at BMS & there are millions of us around the country. NASCAR fans may not be the tea party people (in fact I don’t know but maybe 1 or 2 NASCAR fans that attend them & I mean true fans not take or leave) but I don’t believe you can make one run or bully them too far, I had forgotten this. Someone recently (it was a RINO TROLL) made fun of me for being a NASCAR fan-insinuating this made me stupid, a redneck, illiterate, hick. While all that might be true I’ll take my stand with other NASCAR fans-because my guess is we’ll be standing when others aren’t, that type of love for country can’t be killed that easily. On Saturday when I was talking to people, a tweet friend I was lucky enough to meet said to me, “I hope when push comes to shove I am at a NASCAR race.” You know he was right, if God forbid push ever does come to shove for my country I hope I am at a NASCAR race too, I’d be proud to stand with my fellow race fans for my country-at least I know they have my back.

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