Is This the America I Want?

Ten years ago, I read a book by a little known author named Dinesh D’Souza. The book is “What is so Great About America?” I know what is good about America because I live it, but I wanted the perspective of a young man who came to America from India. He had to learn what is good the hard way. In my mind, he would re-educate me on that which I take for granted.

D’Souza’s book did not disappoint me. He learned very quickly the basic reasons the people of the world admire America, and why some want to destroy us because of our success. I won’t get into the details of the book except to say the word “LIBERTY,” plays a huge role in why America is great.

Yesterday, Peggy and I met up with a group of friends at the AMC movie-theater for the 11:45 a.m. showing of a film titled “2016: Obama’s America.”  The movie is an excellent documentary based on D’Souza’s more recent book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”

Dinesh D’Souza is expert at unraveling Obama’s background from Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father,” and Obama’s flowery speeches designed to mask his true intentions.  Throughout the film D’Souza explains from where Obama derives his ideas. D’Souza then ices the cake by showing us how Obama’s actions comply exactly with his policies. There is no doubt left in the viewer’s mind that the stated policy and the action are congruent.

There are some amazing scenes in the movie taken in India and Africa, in villages where people live in extreme conditions. My mind’s eye saw these scenes evolving in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and every  city in America. It is not a pretty picture to imagine yet our current direction under Obama will lead us there.

D’Souza interviews Obama’s half brother George in Africa. George seemed like a nice man although somewhat shy about answering questions. George is the antithesis of Barack who answers questions endlessly as though his goal is to run out the clock. George answered in short concise phrases. George’s answer to one question in particular stayed with me. The question asked if Kenya was better off after it broke the colonial ties from Britain. George answered by citing other African countries like South Africa where whites have led longer, and who are better off than Kenya.  (I’m sorry George, but isn’t that a bit racist?)

Another policy exposed is Obama’s desire to level the USA with the rest of the world in nuclear weapons. D’Souza displays a map of the world showing the number of nuclear warheads Obama is leading us to. The revealing graphic showed Russia with 1500 and the USA with zero.  The Muslim countries had more nuclear weapons than America.

Near the end of the film we are sitting in a classroom full of first or second graders reciting and singing praises to Obama’s greatness.

The most shocking fact came near the end; a graph of the debt America will carry in the future. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that so much debt will lead us into a standard of living equal to that of the hovels and tin shanty villages of India and Kenya.

After the movie we went to lunch where eight of us discussed the film and its messages. Some thought the movie was long others like myself thought it went like the speed of light. After our discussions I concluded those who thought it long leaned toward the hope and change concept.

If you care about America, you must see this film to learn for yourself  how Obama defines Hope and Change, then ask yourself is this the America I want?

What Makes Obama Tick?

A few years ago I came across a book titled What’s So Great About America.” That title intrigued me. It begged me to find out what it is this author thinks about my country. The author, Dinesh D’Souza, was unknown to me. His name sounded different.  Perhaps, he is a foreigner who would see America from a different perspective.  I read his book and concluded that this man was my hero. Dinesh is a foreigner, but also an American citizen. He immigrated from India, and he does have a different perspective. It is the view of someone who sees America as a place of opportunity.

D’Souza is a conservative, and worked for the Reagan administration as an advisor. He skillfully explains in his book why the muslim world hates America, and thus points out the good things about America. It seems that the Muslims hate us because we have what they dream about, LIBERTY.

My purpose today. is not to review that book, but rather his new book titled “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”


In this work, D’Souza logically, and skillfully analyzes available data, and also Obama’s own writings. He compares the president’s actions to his words. D’Souza makes a logical analysis of the data to learn what makes Obama tick. He explores several directions before making a final conclusion about Obama’s mindset. He then superimposes Obama’s words to his action and compares these to his conclusion.  The actions and words support D’Souza’s theory one hundred percent thus making it completely plausible.

Throughout the 2008  Presidential  campaign, Obama challenged the Republicans to come up with new ideas to compete with his own new directions. He kept repeating, in a negative way ,”don’t come to me with your tired old ideas that don’t work.” Dinesh D’Souza has unraveled Obama’s vision and has convincingly  revealed that Obama’s ideas are not new. They are based on ideas dating back to the sixteen hundreds, and from his father’s thesis.

Regardless if you are liberal or conservative, if you are curious as to how Obama’s associations affect his thinking, or why he apologizes to foreign powers, or why he is bent on reducing America’s military power, or why he wants to transform America, you will find it in this inspiring analysis by Dinesh D’Souza.

Slum Dog

I never thought in my lifetime that I would see my country turn into a beggar nation. For some reason the “Blame Bush crowd has taken it upon itself to punish us by outspending the Bush Administration. In order to show us who is boss, they have outspent W by four to one in two very short years. All they have to show for it are two  car companies, several unions, a defunct medical industry, a ruined housing industry, a crippled banking industry, nine and a half percent unemployment, and a seriously divided country. What a bargain. Aren’t we glad that we got all this hope and change?

Crash, Crash, Crash

I have lost all of my confidence in computers. In the last twenty seven days, I have had to reload the operating system on this miserable lap top three times. Each time, I began to recover and make forward progress when it would happen again. Needless to say, I’ve lost a lot of stuff. I have a back up from before the first incident, but have you ever tried to recover data from a Microsoft formatted back up? I thought all I had to do was to perform a restore function, and all would be sweet. I learned that restore only restores the program stuff. Data is excluded.

After a month, I found my contact list with all of my friends e-mail addresses. Yesterday, I worked for four hours to learn how to recover them. After that amount of time, I had successfully recovered ten contacts. Because they were entered in Windows Vista, and I am now on Windows 7 there is a problem. If I still had Vista loaded on my PC it would have gone smoothly, but I don’t even want the Vista disk in my house any more. Windows seven does not know how to accept data from a Vista back-up file.

I found a work around and can now transfer the addresses, but it might still be easier to retype them all. Has anyone figured out how to print a list of contacts from the Windows Mail Contact List? If so, I would like to know how to do it. I need a paper back-up to circumvent another dilemma.

1.)    My problems began immediately after I downloaded several security updates. The key board began skipping characters. I spent six hours on the phone with a nice guy from Dell computers in India. It cost $130 to learn that I had to reload the operating software. The pc began to work good again.

2.)    A week later, after I had begun to rebuild my e-mail contact list and learned that restore does not recover the data, I turned on the computer. I left as I usually do to have breakfast. On my return, the machine was downloading updates. I had forgotten to turn off the automatic update feature.   The key board began sticking again. This time I made up my mind not to spend another $130.00 to fix the problem. I read web site after web site trying different approaches to fix the problem. There are hundreds of reports about this defect since Vista first came out. After a week, I was really demoralized when it came to me in a dream.  I would simply uninstall every update since all the trouble started. It took over an hour of continuous button pushing to do it, but I uninstalled one hundred and twenty five updates without restarting the computer. That is a mistake, a very big mistake. When I restarted, the pc began starting up, and shutting down automatically. I figured this to be normal since I did uninstall 125 updates, and it needed a restart to activate each one. I just thought it would have to do this routine one hundred and twenty-five times to take effect. I let the machine run over-night. It was still looping in the morning.  I let it run another ten hours before I killed it.

3.)    I restarted the machine, thinking the problem would resolve itself with a reboot. No such luck. I performed all the diagnostics I could through DOS. All the components were sound.  The machine kept booting up into the start-up, shut down loop.

I called my son Mike for help. He confirmed all the same things I did. He tried re-loading the operating system from my original disk. It wouldn’t boot. Then, the disc would not eject. Mike played with it until he finally got the disc to come out.

Mike talked me into installing Windows 7. We did, and I lost my e-mail list, and what little work content I produced, again.

That is the story of why I haven’t posted or cartooned very much in September. One of my cartoons is titled “A Very, Very, Very, Sad Song.”  The gypsy is playing the violin for me now.

Another old problem has returned with Windows 7. I had a problem with the touch pad in Vista which I fixed by downloading a new driver which allowed me to disable the touchpad. The problem is back. Does Microsoft or Dell learn anything? Ever?

I know why Bill Gates is being so charitable. He is feeling pangs of guilt about creating Window

Intelligent Design?

Is it just me, or am I wrong in thinking that Congress is supposed to author the bills? The content of bills they have recently passed without any understanding of them  wouldn’t be so foreign if they had authored the bills in the first place. So, who is writing the bills for them? Have we reached the point in our economy where it is cheaper to oursource  law writing to India, China, or Venezuela? I have tried to read HR 3200, but I am too illiterate to understand it. I think the supposition that they were written by a foreign entity is a plausible reason.

Here is another version of what might have happened:

Intelligent Design

Outsourcing Health Care?

The trend toward outsourcing in business has not peaked yet. I am sure that outsourcing will become a major part of health care reform. It has been evident for several years now, that where it is possible, outsourcing is the name of the game. Physicians send us to a vendor for cat-scans and MRIs. That one is obvious, it takes allot of money to pay back expensive imaging equipment. The vendors can make money if the volume of tests is high enough to make it work. My own primary care doctor outsources stress tests. He has a company come into his office once a month to do all of them on one day. The patients line up like birds on a wire to wait for a turn on the tread mill. Outsourcing makes good sense for the right kind of procedure.

 Out Sourced Colonoscopy

It occurred to me that another valuable opportunity to outsource  is a service that costs every community tons of money; i.e. 911 calls. It won’t be long before we dial 911 for our personal emergency, and we will reach an unintelligible source on the other end of the call, most likely in India. Can you imagine the fun we will have with that one?

Wild and Crazy!

slumdogWhat a great day! The sun shined brightly when  finally I got out of bed. The day before I had worn myself out by working on my new bathroom. The physicality’s of the job took it’s toll on my body, and I slept long.

“We have to do something wild and crazy today,” I said to Peggy. “Why not go to the movies in the middle of the day?” To my surprise she agreed.

We arrived at Show Place 14 in time for the 2:10 p.m. showing of “Slumdog Millionaire.” A synopsis of the movie peaked my curiosity. I love to travel, and this film promised to take me to India. The story takes place in Mumbai (Bombay).

The film didn’t disappoint us. The plot has the principal characters choosing between good and evil, overcoming adversity, and searching for love. All of the actors gave superb performances and made the story believable. The editing kept the story moving along without leaving questions unanswered. It also teaches the kind of life lessons that can only be learned by growing up as an orphan  in the slums of Mumbai. Some of it is downright sad, and most of it is hilarious.

Go see this picture to make up  your own mind. For each negative there is an equal or greater positive. The challenge is to find the good that comes out of the bad. This film clearly shows goodness evolving from the badness of growing up in adversity.

Peggy and I give it five stars *****

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