Pushback: Michelle Obama unwanted at HS graduation

From the UKDailyMailOnline:

High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation ‘because it would overshadow the students’ big day’

  • Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation
  • Obama’s speech is tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools
  • Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem

If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.

As with most politicians at public events, they will find a way to make every speech about them or their craven agendas and about no one else.

Let the kids have their day, Mrs Obama, and go the hell away.  Your intrusion is naked, unwanted, presumptive and self-serving.

It’s not all about you.




Easter: Church or Heart?

DSC02229[I wrote this originally in January of 2010.  I find it is equally applicable for me, now, as then. -BZ]

Sunday Reflection: Church Or Heart?

I was listening to a radio program last week — it really doesn’t matter which one — and a caller indicated that religion was a matter of heart. The host indicated the opposite: that it was necessary to hold, yes, your religion in your heart but it was additionally and equally, if not moreso, necessary to hold your religion in a church.

That made me think, for a moment, about my place and how I hold my own personal religious feelings.

I very rarely speak or write about my religion or my beliefs. I’m of the opinion that my relationship with God primarily involves myself and my Lord. Individually, I’m not a “joiner” per se; my life doesn’t quite revolve around the approval of other humans and it never has. I tend to be a loner by nature and my friends — I’m not quite sure that I really have even one very close external friend at this point in my life. I have many acquaintances; that is true. I’d have to say my wife is my best close friend, amongst other roles.

It’s only within the past, say, five years or so that I’ve even taken time to consider my relationship with God. Predominantly, prior, He didn’t even really “factor.” Time and events will do that.

But perhaps my eyes were most recently opened when one of my friends at work, now retired, came back from a European vacation and presented me with an object he’d acquired at the Vatican. It was a cross, pictured above, blessed by Pope John Paul II in May of 2004. Since the moment he gave it to me, I’ve worn it every day. Not because I’m such a pious or sanctified or good man; but instead because it forces me, it reminds me, every morning when I look in the mirror, to remember my place in the grand scheme and to actually try to be a good man.

I don’t belong to a church nor do I attend weekly. But neither did Jesus, per se. Wherever he went, he carried his Father.

Where do you carry your beliefs? Church or heart?



Homeland Security purchases 141K sniper rounds

Joker -- Why So SeriousHomeland Security — that innocent bastion — has solicited for 141 THOUSAND custom sniper rounds for long rifles.

And it has couched that request in as buried a fashion as possible.

I haven’t posted about this because I was conducting background investigations, subterranean.  I have sources.  Period.

I discovered that: despite rising unemployment, and despite an actual record number of people on public assistance via Mr Obama’s foodstamps — the US Government via the Department of Homeland Security’s ICE has placed a solicitation for more sniper ammo.

They are requesting 141,160 rounds of ammunition (7,058 boxes) of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP Ammunition.

Not being immediately familiar with the origin and source of that ammo, and its accuracy, price and availability, I made some personal inquiries.

I found this:

These are match bullets.  They are not common rounds found on the shelves of the typical gun store.

Hornady themselves write:


Top Performing Hornady Match Bullets

Hornady match rifle ammunition is loaded with the most accurate, consistent match bullets in the world: our sophisticated boattail hollow point match bullets and our technologically advanced A-MAX Match bullets.

Specially Selected Cases

Cases are hand selected based on strict criteria: wall thickness uniformity, internal capacity, case weight and consistent wall concentricity. We get proper bullet seating, consistent charges and pressures, optimal velocity and repeatable accuracy.

AMP™ (Advanced Manufacturing Process) Bullet Jackets

These jackets represent a technological advancement in design, tooling and manufacturing. Developed by Hornady technicians, AMP Bullet Jackets feature near-zero wall thickness variation, resulting in unprecedented concentricity and uniformity throughout the jacket.


Powder is matched carefully to each specific load for optimal pressure, velocity and consistent accuracy.


Like the powder, the primers we select are the highest quality available, perfectly matched to the load.

The Activist Post.

And as the Joker asks: “why so serious?”

Because of the .308 round, for one.

And the .416 and the .50 as well.


And to whom shall these bullets be delivered?


Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle 43, Denver 8

Manning in Super Bowl 48I WILL BE LIVE BLOGGING

Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks.

An absolute beautiful and stunning singing of the National Anthem by American soprano Renee Fleming.

Seattle will kick off, Denver will receive.  It is 49 degrees.

The first play, a snap over Manning’s head by center Ramirez for a Seattle safety of 2 points.  Not a good way to begin.  An omen for Seattle?

Seahawks 4th and 1.  Do they go for it or kick a field goal?

Field goal.  Seattle 5, Denver 0.

Seattle looking good on defense, Denver not so much on offense.

One thought through Peyton Manning’s head: “Is this my last football game?”

Seattle Seahawks now 1st and goal.

Challenge by Broncos: did Wilson actually throw a forward pass?  Referees rule: yes, a forward pass.

Each side has only one more challenge left, this half.

Field goal successful.  Seattle now 8, Denver 0.  First quarter.

A Manning pass now intercepted!  Seattle gets an immediate subsequent first down.

First Quarter ends: Seattle 8, Denver 0.

Seattle within 5 yards of a touchdown now.

Pass interference by Broncos.  First and goal.

Touchdown Seattle.  Seattle 14, Denver 0.  PAT = 15 to 0, Seahawks.

I liked the Tim Tebow commercial.

Screen set up by Manning.  Poorly executed.  Blitz by Seattle.  Now Manning got his 1st down.

Denver finally makes three conversions on 3rd and 1 to go.

Malcolm Smith intercepts Manning, takes it back for a Seahawks touchdown.

Seattle 22, Denver 0!  They are up 22 unopposed points.

Cute VW advertisement.

Seattle strips the ball from the Broncos for a turnover.  Being reviewed by Refs.  Ruled that it’s still Denver’s ball.

Manning just isn’t looking himself; not relaxed.

Thomas catches a longer Manning pass.

Two minute warning.  Another pass caught by Denver.

Manning just overthrew a receiver again.

Broncos desperately need at least ONE score before they go into the locker room at the half.

Broncos can’t even convert on 4th and 2.

Seahawks just let the clock run out on the half — 22 to 0, Seahawks.

Couldn’t care less about Bruno whomever.  Here’s a REAL halftime show:



Because Jesus Just Left Chicago — for obvious reasons:

Yes, Hard Times In the Land of Plenty:

I just love hard, slow, electric blues:

Ever feel like you’re wearing Battleship Chains?

Sometimes my Head’s In Mississippi.  ‘Cause the blues is gots a hold on me.


TOUCHDOWN SEATTLE ON THE RUNBACK!  29 to 0 on the first play of the second half!

The Seattle Seahawks have now effectively won Super Bowl 48.  29 points are now unrecoverable for the Denver Broncos.

Manning is tired of being down and just threw a bomb.  Bomb was a bust.  Second pass broken up by Seattle.  Running play didn’t even achieve the line of scrimmage.

Seattle calls for the fair catch inside the 10.

Chobani yogurt commercial with Bart the bear was amusing.

His second year in the NFL and 5’11″ quarterback Russell Wilson is in the Super Bowl.  Nicht schlecht.

8:00 to go in the 3rd quarter.

Denver receives the punt and runs to their 45.

Nice Kia commercial with Larry Fishburne on a Matrix theme.

Close-up of John Elway in a box.  Not happy.

Demerius Thomas receives a nice pass from Manning, but fumbled, and it is recovered by Seattle.  Seattle takes over 29 to nothing.

And a very nice Budweiser commercial honoring our soldiers.

Vaio laptop battery starting to get a little low.

Easy first down for Seattle, from Wilson to Wilson.

Kearse just spins FREE from TWO Bronco tacklers and picks up a touchdown, now 36 to 0, Seattle.

The Bronco defense is terrible!  The game is one-sided and in the time left, absent a miracle from the heavens, there is nothing left for the Broncos to do.

The Broncos now can’t even gain a yard from a small Manning pass.

Finally, a first down at the Bronco 43.

FINALLY, Demerius Thomas catches a Manning pass, for the first Bronco score!  It’s Seahawks 36, Broncos 8, from a 2-point Bronco conversion — which they desperately needed for a modicum of confidence.

The Jack In The Box Bacon Insider won’t be a popular burger with our Muzzy friends.  Looks like I’ll have to order a number of them.  Yes, I have just injected politics into the Super Bowl.

Who do you think is the MVP of the Super Bowl?

Bronco linebacker Lennon is down.

13:00 left in the 4th quarter.

1st down completion from Wilson to Baldwin.  Seattle stomping on.

Kearse puts Seattle within 10 yards of another touchdown, with his pass completion.

TOUCHDOWN by Baldwin.  Seattle now 43, Denver 8.

I wanted at least a close game, since I don’t much care about the outcome as my Green Bay Packers aren’t present.

This is nothing more than a Seattle blow-out.

Don’t be a guy whose last name ends with -man.  Thurman and Sherman are down.

Ever notice how large Troy Aikman’s hands are?

The Seahawk defense is simply all over the Bronco offense.

Computer telling me I have 15 minutes left on the battery.

24: Live Another Day?  Is Kiefer Sutherland BACK as Jack Bauer on Fox??

Six minutes left in the game.  Time to do some wash or balance your checkbook or clean your fish tank?

This ends Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl, obviously.  But does it end his career?  Does he have another year left in him at age 36?

Literally, there isn’t one position at which the Broncos performed better than the Seahawks.  Not one.

Manny Ramirez’s crappy snap seemed to doom Denver from the start.  And Seattle’s runback in the first play of the second half was another clear indicator.

Russell Wilson just checked out of the game.  Another obvious indicator.

Two minute warning.  Two minutes to delay the clear and obvious.

That the Seattle Seahawks literally kicked the raggedy ass of the Denver Broncos all over the MetLife stadium field in New Jersey, this day, Sunday, February 2nd, the year of Our Lord, 2014.

Russell Wilson’s late father told his son: “why not you?”

And so it was.