Thursday, April 30, 2009
President Obama put on a national press conference last night and received the usual softball questions from his adoring mainstream media supporters. Not one reporter/"journalist" asked how this administration intends on paying for the largest budget ever passed in U.S. history.
This thread is not finished...........I have to cool down a bit.......do some fact checking, and return in a calmer mode........
Friday, April 10, 2009
The first round at this years Masters is filled with past champions at the top of the leaderboard.
The back nine at Augusta yesterday was where most players scored, especially after they left amen corner. Chad Campbell was an exception with his phenomenal string of five straight birdies out the gate to a first round lead of 7-under 65. Had Campbell not pulled his tee shots off the last two holes, the course record 63 might have very well been achieved. But, while Campbell’s round was impressive, 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk played his round to a bogey-free 6-under 66, just one stroke back. Hunter Mahan had nine birdies and two bogeys to tie Furyk and also remain one stroke off the lead. Shingo Katayama and Larry Mize were just two strokes back posting 5-under 67’s, with both players recording only one bogey on their cards. The next eight players scored 4-under 68’s, just three strokes off the lead, that included 2007 U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera, 2004 British Open champ Todd Hamilton, 2003 Master’s champion Mike Weir, 1987 Master’s winner Larry Mize, and the ever dangerous Kenny Perry. 2007 British Open champ Padraig Harrington scattered five birdies and two bogeys for a 3-under 69, just four shots off the early lead. Other notables that shot 2-under 70’s, five shots back, include Lee Westwood who recorded 13 top 10 finishes in 2008, including runner up four times at the US Open, World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time British Open champion Greg Norman at the age of 54, along with two-time Master’s winner and also a World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention four-time Master’s champion, and still the worlds number one ranked golfer Tiger Woods is also in the field at 2-under carding four birdies and two bogeys in keeping with his “tradition” of never scoring a first round at the Masters in the sixties. Defending Masters Champion Trevor Immelman opened his title defense with 71, six shots off the pace.
Disappointments included Michelson, Garcia, Ogilvy, Villegas, and V. J. Singh, (who are in the top ten in the world rankings), all shot one over par 73’s, eight shots off the lead. Past Masters champs Ben Crenshaw and Freddy Couples were also at one over. Seventy-four year old legend and three-time Masters Champion Gary Player shot a six over par 78 in what he says will be his last full performance at Augusta.
Needless to say, there are a lot of Champions and past Champions at the top of the leader-board after the first round of the 2009 Masters. Bobby Jones would be in good company.
Friday, April 03, 2009
It was an historic day yesterday. While our President made nice around the world trying to say there should be more participation from other nations in shouldering more of the financial burden, he makes no comment, (present again), about Nancy Pelosi grinning from ear to ear as she gaveled down the largest spending budget in this nation's history, (3.55 trillion in pure debt), and New York Times editor in chief Bill Keller says the fate of his newspaper is considerable to the devastation in Darfur, one has to question what are the priorities of the liberal left.
While the daily struggles continue for the average American just trying to make ends meet, your government spends money at a pace of a billion a day. And it's not over yet:
So Harry Reid thinks saving Americans "under water" is necessary while drowning the next two generations in debt. 3.6 trillion and the democrats say spending on health care, energy, and education will come later this year after the shock has worn off on the enormous debt this government has bestowed upon every American. No, Mr Reid, this is not an inherited debt. This is a debt created and owned by your party, your President, and your own drunken lunacy.
WASHINGTON -- Acting in quick succession, the House and Senate approved budgets Thursday night drawn to President Obama's specifications and pointing the way toward major legislation later this year on health care, energy and education.
On a long day and night, the House was first to vote, and approved its version of the budget on a 233-196 roll call that fell largely along party lines. It calls for spending of $3.6 trillion for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, and includes a deficit of $1.2 trillion.
The Senate acted a few hours later, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding. The vote was 55-43 for a slightly different blueprint that calls for spending $3.5 trillion and forecasts a deficit of $1.2 trillion.
"It's going to take a lot of work to clean up the mess we inherited, and passing this budget is a critical step in the right direction," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said. "Staying true to these priorities will help turn around the economy for the many Americans who are underwater right now."
Republicans in both houses accused Democrats of drafting plans that would hurt the recession-ravaged economy in the long run, rather than help it, and saddle future generations with too much debt.
"The administration's budget simply taxes too much, spends too much and borrows too much at a moment when we can least afford it," said the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Link (emphasis mine)
2010 cannot come soon enough.