Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My weekend holiday is starting, now. So I will see you guys in a couple days. Please play nice. And for the love of Christ, Mud, will you please start posting some ideas.

 Anyway, I hope you all have a safe, and Happy New Year.

                 See ya in a few days,
                       The O'Bloggins

Johnny O'Bloggin's Funny Ass Friday..................

"What Liberals & Conservatives Generally Do In Certain Situations"

If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't` eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
If a liberal sees a foreign threat, he wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he's "offended".

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Religious Speak (Separation of Church and State)

 I never thought I'd be doing homework at the age of 35, on the United States Constitution. And this homework is self-inflicted. My 16 year old self would call me a Beat-Off. So, here is what I've come up with. On the subject of "Separation of Church and State", I have come to the conclusion, that the statement is nowhere to be found in our constitution. In my research, I found that the phrase was first used by Thomas Jefferson in 1802.[As originally commented on by EOK]

 His original text in the letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, read like this,  "... I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.".

 Another early user of the term was James Madison, the principal drafter of the United State's Bill of Rights. In a 1789 debate in the House of Representatives regarding the draft of the First Amendment, the following was said.
 August 15, 1789. Mr. [Peter] Sylvester [of New York] had some doubts...He feared it [the First Amendment] might be thought to have a tendency to abolish religion altogether...Mr. [Elbridge] Gerry [of Massachusetts] said it would read better if it was that "no religious doctrine shall be established by law."...Mr. [James] Madison [of Virginia] said he apprehended the meaning of the words to be, that "Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of it by law."...[T]he State[s]...seemed to entertain an opinion that under the clause of the enabled them [Congress] to make laws of such a nature as might...establish a national religion; to prevent these effects he presumed the amendment was intended...Mr. Madison thought if the word "National" was inserted before religion, it would satisfy the minds of honorable gentlemen...He thought if the word "national" was introduced, it would point the amendment directly to the object it was intended to prevent.
(Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (Washington D.C.: Gales & Seaton, 1834, Vol. I pp. 757-759, August 15, 1789)

  So, that is what I've found through some research. But I'm still a little confused on how some ordinary everyday things are deemed unconstitutional by some. For example, how can Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow, say that the reference of God in the Pledge of Allegience is unconstitutional and infringes on his religious beliefs? I suspect, I would have to ask him. However, from what I've read and studied, I believe he is wrong. At the same time, he is obviously guilty of the crime of Douchebaggery. Maybe the ultimate Liberal mind at work. But, instead of trying to figure out  why he made this accusation, I will attempt to explain why I think he is wrong.

  Dr. Newdow argues that the term, "Under God" in the Pledge offends him as an Atheist, and violates his constitutional rights. Maybe if the pledge said, One nation, under Jesus Christ, would I buy into his statement. But in my opinion, his arguement holds no validity. I interpret the Freedom of religion too mean that the government can not tell you what God to believe in, what faith to practice, or what church to go to. Not to mention, as a sworn Atheist, you do not believe in a God, nor are you any part of a religion. So freedom of religion would not pertain to you in the context you are trying to use it. You obviously picked this "Pledge of Patriotism" to push forward an agenda.

  What I find most interesting about my research is this. "Thomas Jefferson reflected his frequent speaking theme that the government is not to interfere with religion."..........................................
  So when any Government agency tries passing a law, banning a Nativity scene on your front lawn. Let them know how unconstitutional, their new law really is....................................................

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Something to talk about...........

Due to my hectic work schedule, and upcoming New Years plans, I will not be able to post anything of great substance. So until next year, I give you this.........................................................

Now let the comments fly, about this down right piece of shit.............................

The winner of my first poll is................

It's a wonderful life. I love this movie also, but I voted for A Christmas story. Both movies make me feel good, but Christmas story makes me laugh more.

But It's a wonderful life, definitely deserves this hard fought victory.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Coming in 2012..................................

I will be taking my blog in new directions. I never intended to become a political blog, but alot of my local friends stopped blogging, and turned to Facebook (Fags). All I have left now are some new friends, that are scattered throughout the United States, and this upcoming year, hopefully some new foreign friends.

I guess I might as well talk politics, since the Presidential elections will be in 45 short weeks. I have been studying the constitution, to try and find the best solution to my curiosities. But in the long-term, I will still be asking questions. I'm sure we'll still get into some debates. And I'm sure we'll still have a few laughs and alot of fun............

I will also be getting a little bit more personal. It just seems like I've been communicating with you guys for so long, that there are a few things you might like to know, and find interesting. Probably give us something to talk about too.........

I hope everyone had a wonderful and Merry Christmas.

Oh, I'm glad to receive the feedback from my pictures. I'm hoping to learn how to take pictures on my new phone and download them onto my blog. But I will apologize in advance, for the lack of Queen O'Bloggin pictures. She has threatened me with divorce. She's worried about backlash at her job, for her husband's views. Oh well, I can tell you that she is beautiful, and lights up my life.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

In about 2 hours, the hectic Christmas holiday will begin. So, in case I don't get a chance to post, I would like to take some time now.

I would like to wish all of you, and your families, a very safe, and Merry Christmas.

                                                        Lots of holiday love,
                                                                    The O'Bloggin's

Johnny O'Bloggin's Funny Ass Friday.....................

A man sat down at a bar and told the bartender, "I bet you three hundred dollars that I can piss into the cup all the way over there on the other side of the bar and not miss a single drop."
The bartender said, "There is no way you can do that. Sure, I'll bet you three hundred dollars."
The man then begins to undo his pants and begins pissing. He starts pissing all over the bar, spraying on the bottles and the bartender, not making a single drop in the cup.
The bartender starts smiling and laughing and says, "That's it, you owe me three hundred dollars."
The man then gets up and walks over to the pool table and starts laughing and shaking hands with the men standing there. He walks back to bar, sits down and starts laughing at the bartender and hands him the money.
The bartender asks, "Why are you laughing? You just lost the bet."
The man said, "I'm laughing because I bet those guys over there one thousand dollars that I could piss all over you and your bar and you would still be laughing when I was done."

Maybe Christmas miracles do exist.

Sam Schmid, an Arizona college student believed to be brain dead and poised to be an organ donor, miraculously recovered just hours before doctors were considering taking him off life support.
Schmid, a junior and business major at the University of Arizona, was critically wounded in an Oct. 19 five-car accident in Tucson.

The 21-year-old's brain injuries were so severe that the local hospital could not treat him. He was airlifted to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Phoenix, where specialists performed surgery for a life-threatening aneurysm.

As hospital officials began palliative care and broached the subject of organ donation with his family, Schmid began to respond, holding up two fingers on command. Today he is walking with the aid of a walker, and his speech, although slow, has improved.

Doctors say he will likely have a complete recovery. He even hopes to get a day pass from the hospital to celebrate the holidays with his large extended family.

"Nobody could ever give me a better Christmas present than this -- ever, ever, ever," said his mother, Susan Regan, who is vice-president of the insurance company Lovitt-Touche.

"I tell everyone, if they want to call it a modern-day miracle, this is a miracle," said Regan, 59, and a Catholic. "I have friends who are atheists who have called me and said, 'I am going back to church.'"

Schmid's doctor, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Spetzler, agreed that his recovery was miraculous.

"I am dumb-founded with his incredible recovery in such a short time," said Spetzler. "His recovery was really remarkable considering the extent of his lethal injuries."

Hospital officials are crediting Spetzler with having a "hunch" that despite an initially dire prognosis, the young man would make it. But he said it was "reasonable" for others to consider withdrawing the patient from life support.

"It looked like all the odds were stacked against him," said Spetzler, who has performed more than 6,000 such surgeries and trained the doctor who operated on Congressman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot at the beginning of this year.

During surgery, Spetzler clipped the balloonlike aneurysm in the blood vessel -- "as if I were patching a tire," a procedure that eventually worked.

For days Schmid didn't seem to be responding, but what puzzled his doctor was that he did not see fatal injuries on the MRI scan. So he decided to keep Schmid on life support longer.

"There was plenty wrong -- he had a hemorrhage, an aneurysm and a stroke from the part of the aneurysm," Spetzler said. "But he didn't have a blood clot in the most vital part of his brain, which we know he can't recover from. And he didn't have a massive stroke that would predict no chance of a useful existence."

So while the family was given a realistic picture of Schmid's poor chances for survival, Spetzler ordered one more MRI to see if the critical areas of the brain had turned dark, indicating brain death.

"If not, we would hang on and keep him on support," he said. "But I didn't want to give the family false hope."

Schmid's mother said no one "specifically" asked if her son would be a donor, but they "subtly talk to you about quality of life."

"At some point, I knew we had to make some sort of decision, and I kept praying," said Regan.

The MRI came back with encouraging news during the day and by evening Schmid "inexplicably" followed the doctors' commands, holding up two fingers.

"It was like fireworks all going off at the same time," said Spetzler.

Today, Schmid -- his speech clear and sounding upbeat -- told, "I feel fine. I'm in a wheelchair, but I am getting lots of help."

Sam Schmid Has No Memory of the Accident

He said he remembers nothing of the accident nor coming around after being in an induced coma. "It wasn't until I woke up in rehab," he said. "But they told me about afterwards."

Schmid was returning from coaching basketball at his former Catholic school when a van swerved into his lane. The Jeep in which he was riding went airborne, hit a light pole and landed on its side.

Schmid's left hand and both of his femurs broke and required surgery. But the worst were the traumatic head injuries, which were complex and nearly always fatal.

All those involved say the support that Schmid got from family and friends -- and especially the care at Barrow -- may have made the difference. His brother John, a 24-year-old IT specialist, took a leave of absence from his job in Chicago to be at his brother's bedside.

Family flew in from around the country, and Delta Chi fraternity brothers made regular visits, even creating a mural for their friend.

"It seems like we were being led down a path to plan for the worst and that things were not going to work out," said John Schmid. "The miracle, to put it bluntly, was that in a matter of seven days, we went from organ donation to rehab. What a roller coaster it was."

He said his brother's speech is slow, but he understands what others are saying. Sam Schmid's athleticism -- as a basketball coach and snowboard instructor -- probably helped, he said.

"Honestly, I am at a loss for words," said John Schmid. "I am just so proud of Sam. He's got a strong constitution and he's very determined. But it's been quite an eye-opener for me -- a real learning curve. You can't take anything for granted."

Sam Schmid's surgeon agrees.

"You get incredible highs when you save someone facing neurological devastation or death," said Spetzler. "That is counter-pointed by the incredible lows when you fail to help someone."

"In a way, his recovery was truly miraculous," he said. "It's a great Christmas story."

Ever the scientist, Spetzler wasn't willing to speculate what a comatose patient hears. But he admits, "There are so many things we don't understand about the brain and what happens at the time someone is near death."

"The whole family was at his side during the day and at night hovering over him, then to see there was a chance after being ready to let go," he said. "But I am very much a big believer that positive thoughts and positive energy in a room can only help."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Keep America working this holiday season.....(And beyond)

Watch this.............................These televisions also come on variuos sizes...............

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A True challenge to Mud_Rake..............

Mud- Now I have a challenge for you. I will be arriving in Columbus on 01-13-12. I will be there for 3 weeks, maybe 4, depending. I would like to meet you, so that you can explain to me in person, why you posted lies about me on your blog. I can drive to you. I know it will take awhile, but I’m just that damn curious. I just want to know why you would do what you did. I never treated you with such disrespect and I always tried treating you with the utmost fairness. We may have disagreed, but I never made up lies about you. I’m just curious as to why you would make up lies about me.
So their is the challenge. If you accept, we’ll figure out how to contact each other. Closer to 1/13/12

Half Ton Motherfucker !!!!!!!!!!!

I'm only posting this because of an interest shown towards Powerlifting. My most recent feet? 3 weeks ago, I half squated 1150 LBS. for 2 reps @ 287 LBS. It was the ultimate reality. I always wondered what 1000 Lbs. felt like on my shoulders.............Suck my dick Arnold...........

I'm slowly trying to get back into the sport. My ultimate goal is to compete at 275 LBS. I will try to make a statement W/O steroids, but we'll see. I'm scheduled to lift with Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell after the Holidays. My ultimate goal is a 2200 natural series, at 275 LBS.

Let's talk about it. Whether you have interest in the sport or lifting weights in general. The conversation really keeps my spirits up.

 An added benefit to my Winter of hell. Westside Dumbell is located in Columbus, OH..........Probably not to far from Toledo. Maybe I can meet our resident Piece of Shit, Fuck_PILE, and he can explain in person, why he completely made up lies about me, and what I said.

Mud- You like challenges, I got one for you. I will be arriving in Columbus on Friday 01-13. How about we meet in person? Here is my FORMAL challenge. I will drive the 2 1/2 hours to you. Just tell me where to go. I'll meet you, and we can discuss President Obama, and maybe you can explain to me why you lied on your sight...........Who knows, maybe we can become friends again.

Sepp- If this post finds you, I wouldn't mind meeting over dinner and drinks.

In closing, let's talk weights everyone. The HEALTH benefits are fabulous.

Keep America working this holiday season............(And Beyond)

For all your clothing needs...................................

Check them out. I have a few pairs of jeans from them, along with hoodies and socks. Remember,,,,,,,We ARE the front line. Let's keep America working.

A True Atheist's beliefs VS. A beat-off Atheist's beliefs

A good friend recently asked me about my daughter's first Reconciliation. I meant to do a post about it, but honestly forgot, until my friend reminded me. So anyway, here's my point.

For those of you who do not know, My daughter is being raised Catholic (Against my wishes), and First Reconciliation is basically her first confession. I took her to a "special" lunch after this event. Over lunch, she asked me a question that I was not prepared for, but yet made me proud. The question? "So Dad, I can do anything wrong, and Jesus will forgive me so I can go to Heaven?"..............

I found myself in quite the conundrum. Do I break off the truth about Catholicism, at least how I see it? Or do I bite the Bullitt.

I've always looked at Catholocism, as bullshit. Come on, here's a book, and here's our own take on it. So says the guy in the big funny hat. Not too mention my Paternal Grandfather's involvment in the NRA. Do you Liberals really want to debate religious Freedom with me? Anyway, I could have pounced on it.

So what did I do? I looked at her adoringly, and said, "Just follow the Ten Commandments, and you'll do just fine."

In closing, My Atheism is learned, not taught. I will let my daughter exercise her own Freedom of Religion.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The welcoming voice, of the Southern drawal.

Since my Mother passed away, I have not spent alot of time with my cousins. My entire family somehow made their way to Kentucky, back in the early 20th Century. Everyone stayed, except for my parents, who preceeded to have four children here in Chicago. For the First 8 years of my life, I would be brought down to Kentucky, during my Spring Breaks, and a great deal of my Summer vacations. I hated it, but then again, I was just a retarded kid.

I remember thinking, Where are the big buildings? Where are the big Malls? Where are the Baseball Card shops??????? Kentucky didn't have much of any of these.

But what Kentucky had, was character, and spunck. I hated it then, but I miss it now. How Fucked up is that. My Uncle is a retired state trooper down there. He is somewhat famous. In Chicago, everyone and everything has a publicist. In Kentucky, no such thing exists. So you may have seen my Uncle Chuck on MSNBC years ago. He was on T.V. giving details of "The West Paducah High School" shooting.

As much as I would like to look at them as uneducated HILLBILLIES, it just isn't true. In fact, on paper, They are more educated than my family and I. My Uncle has a Master's degree in Communications, while his sons hold a PHD and MD respectfully. But they are the Rednecks?

So, I don't get to speak with them as much as I would like. For the last 5 years, this has made me sad, but I realize that everyone evolves, and has their own life to lead.

But the other day, I found something extraordinary. I found that just an accent, a twang, a southern drawal, can bring about a worldwind of emotions.

Because of a new friend's voice, I now remember just how important family is. That's the best gift I could ever ask for..............................................................

I will continue to keep it local, but thanks to CS. We can now take it National..............

Remember one thing. The only thing these kids need are a kind Thank You. Let's get out there and show these kids how much we appreciate what they've done.

Thanks CS, Let's get out there................................................

Welcome home soldier...............................

Angel and Savannah Valdez cried Monday afternoon as they sat on the floor of the gym at Glen Oaks School in Hickory Hills.
Their stepfather, Army Spc. Vincenzo Volpe, away in Afghanistan for the past year, was appearing on a big screen for a video conference with them and their fellow students.
They all had been told they would participate in a video conference with a soldier stationed in Afghanistan, but they hadn’t been told it would be Volpe.
Whatever overwhelming emotions Angel and Savannah were feeling would intensify shortly thereafter, as a much bigger surprise was in store for them.
Moments after the assembly ended and students returned to their classrooms, Volpe walked into Savannah’s classroom and embraced his stepdaughter, a third-grader.
“It’s me,” said Volpe, a native of Chicago’s Bridgeport community. “Don’t cry.”
But Savannah continued to cry tears of joy, as did many of her classmates.
Volpe explained to his daughter that he had been in the school’s main office for the video conference.
Next, he left her classroom, walked down the hall and surprised his stepson, a fifth grader.
Like his sister, Angel was shocked to see Volpe walk into the classroom. He placed his head on his desk and cried until Volpe walked to the back of the room and embraced him.
“You got punked,” Volpe kidded Angel.
“I’m surprised, very surprised,” Angel said. “I’m so glad that he’s here for me.”
Angel’s classmates joined him in shedding tears of joy.
“I was happy for Angel,” Pete Corasis said. “I felt like I was going to cry.”
“Oh, my God, this is so exciting,” William Shufflebarger said.
Volpe got home Saturday, but his children had been told he would not return until this Friday.
Their mother, June, was in on the hoax and even comforted the kids when they first saw it was their stepfather on the video conference call.
Volpe, who regularly Skypes with his wife and children, said nothing can replace holding his children in his arms.
“It’s nothing like wrapping your arms around them. I can’t explain it. It was so much happiness, joy and relief,” said Volpe, a member of the 170st Infantry Brigade.
After a month of leave, Volpe is to be stationed in Germany for two months and then return to the United States to continue his service.

Welcome home Spc. Volpe. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.............


Johnny O'Bloggins Funny Ass Friday.........(Redo)

Sorry everyone. I failed to realize that the joke I posted Friday, was posted a month ago. I will do my best to make sure this doesn't happen again.

A man walks into his house with a duck under his arm.
He walks up to his wife with it and says, "This is the pig I've been fucking'."
His wife says, "That's a duck."
He quickly replies, "I wasn't talking to you."

Crisis adverted.......Thank God

I know my opinion on Unions differs from everyone else, but a strike was settled. Just in time for the holidays. 100's of working men's jobs have been saved. Let's rejoice!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Keep America working this holiday season.......(And beyond)

Our friend, CS, has recently brought this to my attention. I feel it should be brought to yours. Thanks CS, and have some DNA on me.........

It’s a true quaff for a locavore: a beer made mere yards from the table where it’s served, using ingredients sourced within a 45-mile radius.
Brewed at Dogfish Head’s brew pub in Rehoboth Beach, DNA (Delaware Native Ale) contains barley milled at an 18th-century mill in Milford, peaches and pears from Fifer Orchards near Dover and hops grown by the brewery’s purchasing manager, Chad Collier. Dogfish President Sam Calagione fermented the beer with a wild yeast he cultured from the orchard with help from University of Delaware microbiologists. He even persuaded Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) to declare the strain, Kloeckera apiculata, the official state yeast. “Everyone has a state flower, but I’m pretty sure that’s a first,” Calagione says.

(Flying Dog Brewery/FLYING DOG BREWERY)
State-centric brews such as DNA are setting standards for what it means to be a “local” beer. In Grandy, N.C., brew master Nick Williams of the Weeping Radish Farm Brewery brewed his annual Christmas Beer, a German-style doppelbock, with barley and hops grown in-state.
AC Golden Brewing, a specialty division of MillerCoors, is marketing Colorado Native, an amber lager that’s brewed (so AC Golden’s president, Glenn Knippenberg, asserts) “99.89 percent” from Colorado-grown ingredients.
Local Acre, an imperial pilsner from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, one-ups that: It’s made 100 percent from Wisconsin barley and hops. Brewery President Russ Klisch says he’ll offer Local Acre to Washington-area distributors who already carry his gluten-free beer, New Grist.
Meanwhile, a few breweries in the Free State are approaching the goal of an all-Maryland beer.
In August, Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick released a harvest ale called Secret Stash, using Cascade and Chinook hops sourced from Stillpoint Farm in Mount Airy and Black Locust Hops in northern Baltimore County. “It was difficult finding malted barley, but we did use local corn, wheat and potatoes,” recalled brew master Matt Brophy. He says he will release a new version of Secret Stash in 2012: “Our goal is to increase the proportion of local ingredients every year.”
For more than a decade, Tom Flores, brew master for the Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, has been working with dairy farmer Greg Clabaugh to establish a local pipeline for malted barley. Clabaugh said he harvested about 14,000 pounds this year from five or six acres of his SC Willow Lane Farm in Detour. Clabaugh has improvised a malt house using milk tanks and parts from a hay elevator. “It looks like one of those junkyard wars you see on TV, but by gosh, it does the trick,” he laughs.
So far, Brewer’s Alley has crafted three Amber Fields beers using the local barley, including an English-style mild now on tap.
In Berlin, Md., a recent start-up called Burley Oak Brewing plans to begin distributing kegs throughout Maryland by early 2012. They will include an IPA spiked with rye grown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The farmer, Brooks Clayville of Snow Hill, is experimenting with a new variety of winter barley that he hopes will be suitable for brewing.

Welcome Home Sergeant !!!!!!!!

Marine Sgt. Nicole Chickerillo gave personal meaning Saturday to the familiar tune “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for approximately 100 family members and friends awaiting her return from military duty.
Chickerillo was surprised by a crowd of welcome-home supporters at Midway Airport followed by an escort of Warriors’ Watch Riders, family and friends and Oak Lawn police and fire department vehicles to Krauss’ Gaslite Lounge in Oak Lawn, where a flag line awaited her.
Chickerillo was presented with a certificate of appreciation, a challenge coin and mission beads by representatives of the Warriors’ Watch Riders. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) presented Chickerillo with a U.S. flag.
“We’re very proud of her and glad she’s home safely,” Chickerillo’s parents, Jack and Lisa Chickerillo, said.
The Chickerillos said their daughter’s safety wasn’t something they wanted to have to think about, but the reality of her seven-month deployment to Afghanistan made it a concern.
“I thought about her every day, but I didn’t think about where she was,” Lisa Chickerillo said.
At 17 years old, in the spring of her senior year at Marist High School in 2008, Chickerillo enlisted in the Marines and left for boot camp at Camp Pendleton, Calif., shortly after graduation.
She was responsible for radio communications during her deployment in Afghanistan with her unit, the 1st Marines 7th Engineer Support Battalion.
In November, Chickerillo was promoted to sergeant.
She has re-enlisted for another four years and will be a combat instructor at the Marine base in North Carolina after a short rest at home with her family in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.
The emotional family celebration reunited Chickerillo with her 97-year-old great-grandmother, Anna Chickerillo, and her grandfather John “Chick” Chickerillo, who said he thought the turnout was “unbelievable.”
“Anybody today who joins (the military), you got to give them credit during a time of war,” John Chickerillo said. “We’re very proud of her.”
Chickerillo said she intends to “make a career” out of her military service.
“I was looking for a physical challenge, and the Marine Corps had that to offer,” Chickerillo said. “It’s the most difficult challenge of all the branches, and I got through it with the support of my family and my dedication.”
Jack Chickerillo, a captain with the Chicago Fire Department, wasn’t surprised at his daughter’s decision to challenge herself.
“She’s small, but mighty,” he said.

Small, but mighty indeed. Welcome home Sgt. Chickerillo. Hoping you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Sounds about right............

An Oak Forest man falsely claimed that three men robbed him Dec. 13 at Orland Square Mall because he needed to cover up his spending $200, according to Orland Park police.
Joseph Renardo, 23, of the 5800 block of Charles Lane, was charged with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.
Police Cmdr. John Keating said Renardo called police about 7:30 p.m., saying three men had robbed him as he was walking to his car in the mall parking lot.
He told police that one of the men had a baseball bat and asked him, “what do you have? Give it to us.” Renardo said he gave the robbers $200 and they walked away, according to police.
Keating said Renardo told police he left the mall and didn’t immediately call them because he had a “prior engagement.” Renardo called about the robbery from his house, and the dispatcher told him to fill out a report at the police station, which he did, Keating said.
He said that during the investigation, Renardo came to the police station for a follow-up interview, in which he admitted fabricating the story because he needed an explanation for $200 he had spent. Renardo did not say what he spent the money on, Keating said.
When contacted by a reporter Thursday, Renardo declined to comment on his arrest.

Am I the only one that thinks Renardo sounds alot like Retardo............................

Keep America working this holiday season.....(And beyond...Vol III)

Wrap your ears around this.....................................

The Bose Corporation (play /ˈbz/) is an American privately held organization, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, that specializes in audio equipment.[2] Founded in 1964 by Amar G. Bose, the company operates 5 plants, 151 retail stores (as of October 20, 2006) and an automotive subsidiary at Stow, Massachusetts. With respect to sales in the U.S. for home audio retail and portable audio retail sales, Bose was ranked third for the period of November 2008 to April 2009.[3] Bose is known for the 901 speaker series

Bose Corporation develops and manufactures audio devices (including speakers, amplifiers, headphones, automotive sound systems [4] for luxury cars), [5][6] automotive suspension systems, and performs some general research (such as debunking cold fusion.)[7][8][9] The company was founded in 1964 by Amar G. Bose, a professor of electrical engineering (who retired in 2005) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bose has contracts with the U.S. military (Navy,[10] Air Force[11] and Army[12]) and NASA.[13] He is still the chairman and was the primary stockholder until he donated the majority of the firm's share to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011. [

Johnny O'Bloggin's Funny Ass Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A man escapes from prison where he has been for 15 years. He breaks into a house to look for money and guns and finds a young couple in bed.
He orders the guy out of bed and ties him to a chair, while tying the girl to the bed he gets on top of her, kisses her neck, then gets up and goes into the bathroom.
While he's in there, the husband tells his wife: "Listen, this guy's an escaped convict, look at his clothes! He probably spent lots of time in jail and hasn't seen a woman in years. I saw how he kissed your neck." If he wants s*x, don't resist, don't complain, do whatever he tells you. Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you. This guy is probably very dangerous. If he gets angry, he'll k*ll us. Be strong, honey. I love you."
To which his wife responds: "He wasn't kissing my neck. He was whispering in my ear. He told me he was gay, thought you were cute, and asked me if we had any vaseline. I told him it was in the bathroom. Be strong honey. I love you too!!"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Keeping America working this holiday season...(And beyond)....Vol. II

I would like to thank CS for a wonderful link he posted. If you did not catch it, please go to "Keep America working this holiday season...Vol. I)". It is in the comment section.

So, How about those Bears. No, not the ones from Chicago(DAMMIT). Thoes cute littls bastards from Vermont. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

I bought a bear for My daughter 2 seasons ago, and a Teddy for Mrs. O'Bloggin last year. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. The bear you perverts, my daughter loves it, get your minds out of the gutter............................:)

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is one of the largest producers of teddy bears and the largest seller of teddy bears by mail order and Internet. The company handcrafts each of its teddy bears and produces almost 500,000 teddy bears each year. The company was formerly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol BEAR, but was taken private by The Mustang Group, a Boston-based private equity firm, on September 30, 2005, partially to avoid the reporting requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
The company was founded in 1981 by John Sortino, who sold handcrafted teddy bears in an open-air market in Burlington, Vermont. Sortino happened upon the idea of packaging and selling bears through the mail when a tourist visiting Burlington wanted a bear mailed to her home. The concept was called the "Bear-Gram", which features the customized teddy bear placed in a box (complete with an "air hole") and stuffed with other goodies.
By 1995, the company moved into its new headquarters in Vermont's Champlain Valley. The company has two factories: one in Shelburne and one in Newport. The Shelburne factory is an especially popular tourist destination, and also served as a concert site for the annual Vermont Mozart Festival. The company also maintained two retail locations in Vermont - Shelburne and on the main road between Waterbury and Stowe.
VTB acquired Calyx & Corolla, an upscale flower company headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida in 2003. Ironically, one of Vermont Teddy Bear's marketing slogans claimed that sending a teddy bear is "a creative alternative to sending flowers." In 2005, the company launched a new sister company, Gift Bag Boutique, which offered handbags and purses along with many make-up accessories. Along with PajamaGram, which sold gift pajamas, and TastyGram, which offered gourmet food gifts, the creation of this sister company brought the total number of companies under the Vermont Teddy Bear umbrella to five. Gift Bag Boutique and TastyGram stopped accepting orders as of June 26, 2008.[1]

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thanks DSLC

Keep America working this holiday season.....Vol I

I will be publishing regular posts, to help with gift ideas. They are all American companies employing American workers.

Forget those Nike & Reebok sneakers.  Go with New Balance..............................

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (NBAS), best known as simply New Balance, is a footwear manufacturer based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. It was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company. Eschewing expensive advertising campaigns, it has, nevertheless, grown to be one of the largest makers of sports footwear in the world.
New Balance is notable in that it has continued to maintain a manufacturing presence in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom for the European market—in contrast to its competitors in the same market space, such as Nike and Adidas, who design products in the US and Europe but outsource the majority of their footwear and apparel to manufacturers in China, Vietnam, and other developing nations. The result of this corporate decision is that the shoes tend to be more expensive than those of New Balance's competitors. To offset this pricing discrepancy, New Balance differentiates their products with technical innovations, such as a blend of gel inserts, heel counters, and a greater selection of sizes, particularly for very narrow and/or very wide widths.

I own a couple pairs of NB, and I love them............................

My bid to become President of The United States of America......

Well, the one thing I have learned since I started blogging back in July, is that I have no chance of becoming POTUS. There are several reasons for this. I will go through them in a nice long mini-biography.

The political machine would tear me apart. My life hasn't been very presidential-like. I am a high school graduate who attended 1 semester of college. The machine would spin this into the fact, that I didn't even have the patience to seek higher education. The PILEs would tell you that I am an idiotic LIV. Here is what the machine wouldn't tell you, and the PILE's just don't know.

I was on the National Honors Society 3 out of my 4 years in high school. What makes this even more amazing, is that 2 of the years was my Junior and Senior year. Those 2 years, I had my own apartment, a full time job, and even had to pay my own registration fees. That probably wouldn't make any political adds. Mama O'bloggin passed away towards the end of my Sophomore year, and Papa O'Bloggin had lost all control of himself, and went back to Kentucky that Summer.
So anyway, I graduated with a 3.5 GPA, and sought out college. I couldn't receive any athletic scholarship, since I quit football my Senior year. I couldn't receive an academic scholarship, because of some behavioral stuff in school. They also brought up my extra-cirricular school activities, or lack thereof. I informed them about my 40 hour work week. but that didn't matter. So, I was able to receive some grants, and started out at Community College. But then something happened, I started working construction, and I loved it. So when it came time to apply for student loans (ICK), I made a calculated decision, to stay in the construction field. Not for total fear of being in debt at 18, but I like construction. I like building things, I like creating. By the age of  24, I was in the Union, I was making $50,000 a year, and I didn't have massive student loan debt.

I would be murdered by the Machine. I am not PC and never will be. I will never say African American, Irish American, Italian American, or Caucasion. These are all just bullshit terms in my mind. The term Hate-Crime is fucking retarded. Anyone ever hear of a love crime? ASSAULT WEAPONS? You have to be kidding me. I can commit an assault with a steak knife. Better outlaw those too.

The debate moderator would ask me my opinion. My answer is simple, Fuck 'em, I'm worried about this country, everyone else will have to take a back seat.

It was nice to hold onto that dream, but I guess now is the time to let it go. Oh well, since I'm not a Lawyer, or Business leader, I probably wouldn't make a good President............

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The winner is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Drumroll Please...........

Mud_Rake (The Pile) is the Beat-Off of the month for December.

I saw something tonight that caused me to do two things I never thought I'd do. I never thought I'd close this contest early. And I never thought that starting a blog, trying to learn different opinions and ideas, and passing on my own opinions, would lead to me being disgusted with another Human being, without even meeting him. So, without further ado, here is the happenings.

Even though I found out about my banning last night, I still checked out his blog today. I must admit, I don't learn too much from him and his posts, but I do like some of the people who post comments, and feel like I do learn something from them. Commentors, such as  Dottie, UTF, and EOK. I like those guys, because it seems like, even if you disagree with them, they will explain their point without resulting in name-calling. They may also end up proving their point, or learning from yours. But, they definitely seemed open-minded, and most importantly, not judgemental.

So, here is what I found while looking through Mud's blog......................................................
These are all comments from a post titled: The Annual Christmas Canard. It was posted on 12-09-11

"I also received a comment from JOB asking if he could post more comments on this blog. I placed him in my ‘verification’ folder along with the other members of the RBP- Right-wing Blog Posse.
When I changed the background color of the blog to brown, it was to remind me, us, of the bull that these right-wingers have heaped on to us over the past few months. One can only tolerate a certain amount of lying and spinning before nausea consumes them.
Northwest Ohio Native and I attempted to bring the light of truth to the RBP, but we were summarily laughed-at, ridiculed and dismissed as ‘ass holes.’ It became clear to me that it was a great waste of my time attempting to counter their idiocy.
I have not looked back on any of those blogs in the past week. One can only imagine what it’s like there without the babysitter.
On this blog about a week ago, JOB challenged me on this blog and his blog to come up with ‘a single campaign pledge that Obama kept.’ And so I did, and gave a reference to a website where there were 8 pages of ‘promises kept.’ Yes, 8 web pages.
Well, of course, the truth really annoys the RBP, and so, on his blog, he continued to post only promises NOT kept, and there are several, of course, as if to conclude that Obama never kept campaign promises.
That type of nonsense, idiocy really, is what prompted me to unplug the RBP and come home and take an hour shower, using an entire bar of Dial.
Now, JOB wants to post more of his idiocy here. The last post I saw on his blog ended with calling President Obama a “co*ksucker!”""""""""""""""

1st- I didn't ask if I could post more comments. My comment was, are you seriously moderating me dude.....
2nd- I never laughed at you, ridiculed you, or dismissed you. I only attempted to correct your bullshit accusations.......
3rd- I never challenged you to come up with a single campaign pledge that Obama kept. Not on your blog, and not on mine. I am fully aware that he made 'Campaign' promises that he kept. I think I'm a little bit more enlightened than you. Also, over the coarse of events while commenting, I included Obama's promises kept, on my own blog.........I even published a post with such.............
4th- Three times, he refers to me as an idiot. Once he out right calls me an Idiot. But yet, I'm the intolerant LIV?
5th- I did call President Obama a cocksucker. I do not like him, and never pretended to like him. I wasn't referring to him being gay, I just call people I don't like, cocksuckers. I beleive I explained this thoroughly in a comment on one of my own posts directly written for Mud.

"JOB’s latest comment to me is a single word: “cu*t”""""""

This is 100% Bullshit. The simple proof is this. Anyone who read these comments from Mud's blog would ascertain that his accusations must be true. But ask yourself this, why wouldn't Mud let my comments post, with my e-mail address "SHOWING" . Instead, he moderates me, then informs(?) everyone of what I said. If that's not enough proof of his assnine behavior, I have more.........

These are comments from his Post, titled "It's Obama 2012: No doubt about it."

“Forget the dog and pony show, the G.O.P. nod will go to Mitt Romney. And I can almost guarantee, that his running mate will be Marco Rubio. If anyone thinks the Democratic party will walk away with the 2012 elections, they are sorely mistaken.”
That was a quote from Thom Hartmann on his show Thursday...........This is my comment........
 Here's his reply.....I know, JOB, just how much you dislike Obama and would really like to see him go down, you can click your Rubio heels three times all you wish, but, as I explained above, Obama wins. By the way, what type of political guru is Thom Hartmann?
Further, JOB, play around with the link I dropped on the post to see where Obama’s strengths lie. Then work the Electoral College numbers and see what you get........ How about more...........

"Mud- Thom Hartman hosts the talk radio spot on Chicago A.M. 820. He’s on from 2-5P.M. And he’s a Liberal. You are correct, I do not like our president. But you seem to get a kick out of twisting things around. I have no problem with him on a personal level. It’s professionally, that I dislike him. And unlike your claim on my blog, I do not “hate” him on either level. I just want him to leave office. I think he’s a horrible President, and he’s done a 180 on so many campaign promises, that hit close too home.
I do not like this years crop of G.O.P. candidates, but Obama leaves me no choice. I will vote for whomever is running against him. Plain and simple. It might sound LIV, or hateful to you, but I seem to look at things a bit differently than you.
Now, if Obama were to leave office, and a certain Secretary of State were to run, then we could end the discussion here and now.
Dottie (“Such an obvious smear”)- I don’t see how Newt could get the nod. Since the G.O.P. regards itself as the holder of the utmost moral standards. Isn’t their something in the Bible about coveting thy neighbors wife, or something? But then again, it didn’t say anything about wives, so he may have us there."........This is a comment from me. I will explain the Dottie thing in a bit. Here's Mud's reply.
  "JOB- What does Thom Hartman’s political position on the political spectrum have to do with his credibility?
Sorry that you cannot see ANYTHING positive in what Obama has accomplished. You must have been clearly devastated during the 8 long years of the GW Bush administration. Did you find anything positive about the Clinton administration?".............Here's my reply to this.............
   "Mud- Thom Hartman’s credibilty in the Democratic party as well as his thoughts in this political spectrum are alot more credible than yours, in my opinion. And I’m pretty sure he wasn’t endorsing Romney. He was only giving his synopsis on the 2012 Presidential race, which again, I find more credible than yours.
I think the first term of Bush was good, the second, not so much.
I voted for Clinton in ’96. It was the first time I was allowed to vote. Politically speaking, I was happy. Personally, I was disappointed. If ’96 was his first term, and he ran as incumbent in 2000, I would have voted against. I don’t care what you and Laci think, the man committed perjury, end of story. Therefore, in my opinion, would not be fit too be President.
Honesty goes a long way with me."........................

But wait, Mud had more......."So, you’ve been unhappy with the Presidents pretty much except for GW Bush’s first term. Do you mean the first term when he initiated two wars that were not paid-for? The specious Iraq War with those vacuous WMD’s and the “mushroom cloud” as well as those “mobile biological weapons and “aluminum tubes” as well as the “uranium form Africa”?
That pile of shit? You BELIEVED all of that crap?
But then, you were young and impressionable and awfully wet behind the ears. Has your wisdom grown any since then or has it been pretty much stagnant?".....

  Maybe it's just me, but I thought I said,"Politically speaking, I was happy with Clintons 2nd term." Somehow, my reply turned into, you only approved of Bush.......But wait, how about one more, from another persons' blog?...........................

  From TGP's post "Back in the running"........................Mud's 1st comment............[Rick Perry] Notice he pulled the Constitution out of his pocket.................Too bad that he didn't read it before he made his moronic comment about the voting age- the age that was amended in 1972............
  TGP's reply/............"Mud, Have you ever "mis-spoke"? How about every time you open your mouth?"

 Here's Mud's 2nd comment............."I'm not running for the Office of President of the United States."

  Here is my comments...........1st-............"When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia..." -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011.
Mud- That was a quote from President Obama, 3 weeks ago. They must not teach Geography at Harvard...................
  Here is my second............................"BTW: He is running for public office"...

In closing, the argument between Mud and I seems to have started because of our President. I dislike him, and Mud is enamored. Maybe that's because they have two things in common........One, they are both liars..............................Two, they are both BEAT-OFFS of the month.

Johnny O'Bloggin's Funny Ass Friday (Belated as always)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just to prove my point.............Vol. IV

Tenth Generation Patriot said...
I think it was more to Johnny's credit. Mud seemed to have some belief that Johnny was as liberal as Mud. Johnny has some liberal tendencies, but I think he's curable. Mud must have finally realized Johnny is on the path to enlightenment and will never turn back.
I'm curable TGP? As If my Liberal tendencies were like a cancer. Well, maybe you are correct, except for this..................................................................................................................
 "Will provide the CDC $50 million in new funding to determine the most effective approaches that assist not only navigation of cancer patients through diagnosis and treatment processes, but also provide easy-to-understand information on the necessary follow-up steps to ensure continued lifelong health.".......................................................................................

Funding nowhere near $50 million

Updated: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 | By Angie Drobnic Holan
President Barack Obama's campaign promise was to fund more help for cancer patients navigating through treatment. It's a move to pair cancer patients with non-medical health care professionals whose job is to help patients navigate the maze of tests, procedures and specialists that cancer patients face. Navigators also help patients find community resources to support them as their recovery continues.

Obama's promise was to fund programs under the Centers for Disease Control, but his most successful actions on patient navigation have fallen under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Health Resources and Services Administration. (We don't see any meaningful difference for Obama's promise if a different agency oversees the action promised.)

The health care law Obama signed in 2010 authorizes (but does not appropriate) funding for patient navigation programs through 2015. (That means the program has legal authority but doesn't have actual funding yet.) An official with HHS told us the program has not received proposed funding of $50 million at this time, but the department hopes to work with Congress to secure funding in the future. In September 2010, the department announced its latest round of grants totalling $3.8 million. For fiscal year 2011, the program is funded with $4.93 million, but appropriations bills pending in Congress show the programs would receive no funding in 2012.

We should note that the economic downturn has reduced funding for many government programs, and Obama's call to fund patient navigation to the level promised seems unlikely. We will look for any change in funding levels in the future, but for now, we rate this one Promise Broken.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Awards $130 Million to Boost Health Professions Workforce, Sept. 17, 2010

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Patient Navigator Outreach & Chronic Disease Prevention Demonstration Program, accessed Oct. 13, 2011

E-mail statements from Erin Schields of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Section 3510, Patient Navigator Program

E-mail interview with Steven Weiss American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

No CDC money for cancer care

Updated: Monday, December 14th, 2009 | By Angie Drobnic Holan
The Obama administration has sent more money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the stimulus package passed earlier this year included more money for immunizations, among other things. But we haven't been able to find new funding to determine the most effective approaches for cancer patient care. We checked in with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; a spokesman said the money might come later, but didn't provide any other details.
Because there has been no action yet, we rate this promise Stalled.
Various checks that revealed no results.

I've been banned!!!!!!!LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

I tried leaving a comment on Mud's blog and found out I was banned. At first, I was wondering why, and almost insulted. I've never been nothing but polite on his blog. I try to be polite to everyone on their blogs. So to say the least, I was confused. But then I thought of something Mama O'Bloggin told me when I was 9. She said to me, "Honey, it's mind over matter, you shouldn't mind, because they don't matter.".................................................It was nice knowing you Mud_Rake.............................

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Just to prove my point.........Vol III

No family making less than $250,000 will see "any form of tax increase."

"I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

We were willing to give President Barack Obama a Compromise rating on this promise when a new cigarette tax went into effect. But the latest health care bill includes more broad-based taxes that are pushing us toward Promise Broken.

We should state at the outset that if you think Obama only meant he would not raise income taxes on people making less than $250,000, then you might think Obama is keeping his promise. The Bush tax cuts expire at the end of 2010, and Obama said he would extend those tax cuts for those making less than $250,000. We still have that promise rated In the Works. People who make more than $250,000 will likely see their taxes go up, just as Obama promised during the campaign.

But Obama's campaign rhetoric took him beyond just income taxes. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes," Obama said. It's that "not any of your taxes" that is the sticking point.

The health care law that Obama signed on March 23, 2010, raises taxes on some things regardless of income. Two taxes in particular stand out. A tax on indoor tanning services begins this year. And in 2014, people will have to pay a fine, levied through their income taxes, if they don't have health insurance. Neither of these taxes are pegged to income.

Obama has made the case that the tax penalty for people who decline to buy insurance should not be considered a broken promise on taxes. If that tax, better known as the individual mandate, were the only new measure we were considering, we might be inclined to rate this a Compromise. But the fact is, if you're a happily uninsured smoker who likes to tan, you are facing a triple whammy.

Obama made many other tax promises that are rated In the Works, and may ultimately move to Promise Kept. But this promise was so broadly phrased that almost any type of revenue-generating measure could have contradicted it. We're now willing to rate it Promise Broken.
Thomas, HR 3590, (health care legislation), became public law March 23, 2010

Kaiser Family Foundation, Summary of New Health Care Reform Law, March 23, 2010

Thomas, SCHIP legislation, became public law Feb. 4, 2009

Cigarette tax for SCHIP nips at Obama tax promise

Updated: Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 | By Angie Drobnic Holan
When we launched the Obameter to track President Barack Obama's campaign promises, we identified 38 on taxes covering everything from repealing the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes to supporting tax deductions for artists .
Then, on April 1, 2009, a new cigarette tax went into effect, and we got lots of e-mail from readers saying it violated a promise Obama made on the campaign trail not to raise any taxes on people who make less than $250,000 a year. Lots of people who smoke make less than $250,000 a year, so Obama broke his promise, these readers told us.
We confirmed the quote that many readers sent us. On Sept. 12, 2008, while on the campaign trail in Dover, N.H., Obama said, "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
We didn't have a promise like this in our database. We had separate promises that Obama would make the Bush tax cuts for lower incomes permanent and that he would raise capital gains taxes only on higher incomes. We decided to add this new, more broadly stated promise to our database.
On April 1, cigarette taxes went up. Certainly many people who smoke make less than $250,000. Should we rate this Promise Broken?
This launched an interesting debate here at PolitiFact. Was the final part of Obama's statement "not any of your taxes" intended as a sweeping declaration against any tax, or was he speaking only in the context of income-based taxes? We noted that his statement began with the phrase "Under my plan ..."
We looked to our coverage during the campaign for greater clarity.
Obama has long been on record supporting the cigarette tax increase. During the campaign, Obama often said he supported legislation to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program. At the time, that legislation was in Congress, and even then it included higher cigarette taxes. By saying he supported the SCHIP legislation, Obama was supporting the increased cigarette taxes to pay for it.
SCHIP was among the first pieces of legislation to come to Obama's desk, and he signed it Feb. 4, 2009. We rated it as a Promise Kept .
Another part of our deliberation was that when Obama was on the campaign trail saying that " no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase," his examples were all federal income or payroll taxes. Cigarette taxes are a federal excise tax, which is a tax on goods. (Other federal excise taxes are levied on things like alcohol, gasoline and firearms.) These are not taxes that affect people based on income level, but rather based on whether they purchase certain goods. So while some families who make less than $250,000 a year will be affected by cigarette taxes, the taxes are based on their decision to buy cigarettes, not based on their income.
Obama's promise on the campaign trail may have been a bit of rhetorical excess based on his income tax plan, which seeks to exempt lower incomes from tax increases. Obama has taken specific steps to change that tax code, such as creating capital gains taxes that only apply to higher incomes, that are aimed at protecting the middle class from new taxes. Also, the cigarette tax does not hit all families that make less than $250,000 a year, but only those who choose to smoke. Finally, Obama clearly stated during the campaign that he supported legislation that would raise the cigarette tax, and he never mentioned any form of excise tax when making the promise.
Still, it's a tax increase. People who smoke will pay higher taxes under the measure that Obama signed. We added this promise to our database and rated it a Compromise.

Federal News Service, remarks of Sen. Barack Obama in Dover, N.H., Sept. 12, 2008
White House Web site, SCHIP , accessed Feb. 4, 2009
Thomas, SCHIP legislation , accessed Feb. 4, 2009
Thomas, SCHIP legislation , 2007
Senate vote, SCHIP legislation , Aug. 2, 2007, The SCHIP debate , Oct. 15, 2007
The Tax Foundation, Federal Excise Taxes , 1944 - 2008



After years of proclaiming his innocence, demanding that “all the tapes” be played and practically challenging the top prosecutor to a duel, Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday learned in the end that what really mattered was what he had to say to an audience of one.
But by now, he had largely lost that audience.
Even taking into account the somber apology from the former governor, U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentenced Blagojevich to a crippling 14 years in prison, two years more than the term the same judge gave a cooperating mobster who killed 14 people and one of the stiffest sentences imposed for political corruption in Illinois history.
“When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily or quickly repaired,” Zagel said in announcing Blagojevich’s punishment for 18 corruption convictions that included attempting to sell Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. “You did that damage.”
Blagojevich, who was seated with his feet crossed and hands clasped as Zagel read his sentence, slightly lowered his head after learning his prison term.
His wife, Patti, put her hand up to her mouth, but did not cry, as she had at previous hearings.
Zagel delivered the harsh term even after factoring in that Blagojevich had accepted responsibility through an apology that many doubted would ever come.
Over 20 minutes, Blagojevich in a low voice sometimes cracking with emotion, said he took responsibility for his crimes.
“I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions and the things I did and I thought I could do. I’m not blaming anybody. I’ve accepted all of it,” Blagojevich said in a voice low and devoid of its usual animation.
The courtroom fell quiet as Blagojevich spoke. At times, it grew so hushed all else that could be heard was the scribbling of pens on paper.
“The jury convicted me,” the former governor continued. “They convicted me because those were my actions ... I caused it all. I’m not blaming anybody. I was the governor, and I should have known better.”
Blagojevich apologized to the state, to his onetime codefendant brother, to his two daughters, 15 and 8, and to his wife, Patti who he said stood by him through the worst of times.
“[Because of] my stupidity and my mistakes and things I’ve talked about and discussed, my children have had to suffer,” Blagojevich said. “I’ve ruined their innocence. They have to face the fact when they go out into the world that their father is a convicted felon, and it’s not like their name is Smith, and they can hide.”
After learning his fate, a red-eyed Blagojevich whispered to his wife: “You OK? Stay strong.”
The two later embraced in the courtroom and Patti Blagojevich buried her head in her husband’s chest.
The once-popular Illinois governor who promised reform after seeing the scandals of his predecessor George Ryan now faces more than twice as much time in prison as Ryan, who received a 6 ½-year term.
Prosecutors wanted more.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar had asked for 15 to 20 years in prison, saying Blagojevich was manipulative and spent seven days on the witness stand during his trial earlier this year perjuring himself.
“He tried to lie his way out of a guilty verdict,” he said. “He is incredibly manipulative, and he knows how to be. To his credit, he is clever about it.”
Schar asked Zagel to send a message by sentencing Blagojevich.
“A message must be sent to the people of Illinois that when they are victimized by corruption, their frustration, their disappointment, their cynicism their disenfranchisement from political process, they’re being heard,” Schar said. “The people have had enough. They have had enough of this defendant. They have had enough of people like him.”
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said that having two Illinois governors convicted of crimes in the same century would be too much.
“We’ve seen it happen twice in five years,” Fitzgerald said, calling it “profoundly sad.” “The public has had enough, and judges have had enough,” Fitzgerald said of the 14-year sentence. “This needs to stop. To put it very, very simply, we don’t want to be back here again.”
After the sentence was announced, dozens of people stood still throughout the federal courthouse lobby staring toward the elevators, hoping to catch a glimpse of the former governor.
News helicopters followed Blagojevich from his Northwest side home to the courthouse and back.
One defense lawyer said he was shocked Zagel gave Blagojevich a break off his sentence for acceptance of responsibility.
“In most cases you automatically don’t get acceptance of responsibility if you went to trial, and he went to two trials,” said Larry Beaumont.
Zagel also said he believed Blagojevich sincerely cared about children and credited him for his programs, such as All Kids, an insurance program Blagojevich passed while governor.
“I do also believe what he did for children’s health was motivated by a true concern for the welfare of children,” Zagel said.
Legal observers say the punishment was a combination of Illinois judges having had enough and Blagojevich’s own actions.
Bruce L. Ottley, a professor at DePaul University College of Law, said Blagojevich was not punished for the sins of the state of Illinois, but for his own, and it was his lack of genuine contrition in the face of two trials and mountains of recorded evidence that cost him.
“Even in his request for clemency, all he seemed to say was, ‘I made some mistakes,’” Ottley said.
Blagojevich becomes the fourth governor convicted of a felony. Operation Greylord — in which judges took bribes —remains in the public’s memory, too, he said. So 14 years is, Ottley said, about right this time.
“We’re an embarrassment,” he said.
But another legal expert was shocked by the sentence.
“I think it’s outrageous,” said DePaul Law Professor Len Cavise, likening it to “cruel and unusual punishment.” “The judge and the prosecution went off the deep end on this one.”
Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, who prosecuted Ryan, said judges are taking a more serious look at public corruption cases.
“Judges are now looking at these corruption cases like guns and drug cases,” Collins said, referencing the 10 ½ years former Blagojevich fund-raiser Tony Rezko received. “That should send a sobering message to politicians everywhere. For Mr. Blagojevich and his family, that’s a very sad and terrible burden to carry, but it is one the judge said he brought on himself.”
Double-digit prison time may staunch future corruption, but it won’t halt it altogether.
“Just like you can’t indict your way to public integrity,” Collins said, “you can’t sentence your way to public integrity.” ..........................................................................................

So, Rod's daughters read letters to the judge, and a DePaul University law professor thinks the sentence is to harsh. Well, everytime I want to agree with the professor, and everytime I want to express sympathy for Rod's daughters, I can't help but think of one thing........................
I think of Children's Memorial Hospital. I think about the 10's of thousands of kids that this hospital helps every year. Then I think how this piece of shit threatened to withhold millions of dollars designated for new construction from this hospital. Unless he received campaign contributions, and minority contractos were hired..
Former Govenor Blagojevich, I hope you are raped and shanked, by an illegal immigrant hired by one of your minority contractors. Enjoy your time away, FUCKO.....May you rot in Hell.