Starbucks at Town Hall Meeting?

Well, this has cured my desire for Starbucks.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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Whoopi Goldberg: It Wasn’t Rape Rape

The only time I watch The View is when clips like this come up. 

The discussion on this particular day was about the extradition of Roman Polanski.  If you don’t remember or don’t know, Polanski was an excellent Hollywood director until he drugged and raped a 13-year-old in the late 70’s.  He’s been on the run ever since.

I’m not easily offended and I can’t remember the last time I have been offended by something someone has said.  I think I’m offended by Ms. Goldberg.  I have a daughter and I can tell you that if some adult, let alone some Hollywood scumbag, drugged my 13-year old and had relations with her I would hunt him down and drag his but into the police station.  Rape is rape. 

When Sherri Shepperd and Joy Bahar look like the smart ones things are off kilter. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Do Words Matter Mr. Obama?

 One of our great local radio hosts, Jamie Allman, from 97.1 FM Talk, put up a well done video that I just had to share.

It’s good to see we haven’t had the massive loony protests calling President Obama war monger or worse.  For the most part it has been pretty peaceful and pointed.  We don’t have to like Mr. Obama and his direction he is taking the country, but a little civil discourse is healthy for the country. 

Like Dalton says, I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.  I think we’re heading towards the not nice phase. 

You can catch Allman in the Morning online here.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The Indoctrination of our Children

Maybe it’s just me, but the groups of children singing praises to Obama are just a tad creepy.  I wonder what would have happened if the reverse was going on – singing praises to Bush. 

Where are the parents here?  If this was going on at my childs school I would be up there asking, “Why?”

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Axelrod Blitzed on Health Care Competition

Wolf Blitzer swerved into the truth about breaking down barriers to the insurance companies to complete across state lines.  Interesting stuff.

As Axelrod said, this is not endemic to the kind of reforms that we’re proposing…. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

UC Berkely Students Fail History Test

Alright, it wasn’t exactly a full blown history test but they didn’t pass anything with flying colors.

One of my favorites, Steven Crowder, hit another home run.  He traveled to the #1 institution in America – UC Berkeley to ask some questions of the smartest students in the land.

My favorite part is around 8:45 asking the single payer option students if Mary Jo Kopechne was in support of the public option (they were using Ted Kennedy’s image to promote the group.)  Also, I was a little surprised that none of these “enlightened” students indicated that Barack Obama was their favorite president.  Very interesting.

Aren’t they just priceless!

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The House Votes to Take Over Student Loans

Since I work in the field of higher education I am more tuned into the news regarding student loan funding.  We have been tracking the funding bills that have been coming up and this one seems to smack of too much government involvement.  An interesting article was posted this morning at Redstate.com on this very subject in regards to HR 3221. 

From RedState.com:

If you want an indication of just how radical the Democrats in Congress have become, consider the vote on H.R. 3221. The legislation, which I wrote about yesterday, shuts down all private lenders for higher education student loans, requires that colleges and universities adhere to a new federal bureaucracy, creates a new Green Schools Czar, and hints that any school not complying will see its students denied federal student loans.

Last year, Congress passed the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act (ECASLA). The bill passed in the House 388-21, including 221-0 among Democrats. The Senate passed it by unanimous consent. President Bush signed it. The legislation was a bi-partisan piece of legislation that allowed private sector involvement in student loans without a new federal bureaucracy.

This year, the Republican substitute to HR 3221 would extend ECASLA programs through 2014 and create a commission to develop a new private sector model for student lending. The amendment failed 165-265. 257 Democrats unanimously voted no.

Final passage of HR 3221 was 253-171. 4 Democrats voted no, 6 Republicans vote aye.

The Democrats have now rejected the same legislation they unanimously supported last year in favor of a new, expansive federal bureaucracy.

Some of you may say, “so what, the government is already involved in backing funding for the Stafford program.”  This may be true, but what this will do is give total control of the student loan system to the Fed eliminating any choice by students.  Why was the original legislation a good idea last year but all of a sudden the previous vote meant nothing?  Ahh, you have to just love politics!