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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The State of My Understanding of The State of the Union

I'll confess up front, I didn't watch the entire SotU, and what I did get to see was influenced by the scotch I was drinking. That said, I have kept an eye on twitter and the blogs and I think I have the gist of it. To those asking WTF!?!, I hope to provide you with an adequate summation of the President's SotU speech.

The President plans to inspire hopeful salmon by sending them to space with solar shingles in what has been dubbed: "Project Sputnik - Failure is an acceptable success".

Aaron B. Gardner.

P.S. Yep, I crawled out from under my rock for that. Just read the links, they're worth it.

P.P.S. Since I tagged this with "Sarah Palin", maybe someone would like a book of hers? No pressure, it's just ... well, filthy lucre!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Olivia Gets Her First Johnny Cash CD

"The Johnny Cash Children's Album" circa 1975.

Here is Olivia's favorite song from the album, "I got a boy and his name is John"

It wasn't simpler times back then, but people sure found simpler ways to be happy. I hope I can spend plenty of time listening to this album with my family.

Aaron B. Gardner

Friday, January 14, 2011

A few things to round out your day. * Update*

I am trying something new, I am going to put together a set of links at the end of the day with a few quotes lifted from each. This will be focused on candidates or potential candidates for either the 2012 or 2016 Presidential election.

Tonight, we'll start with ...

Chris Christie

"Muslim Picked For New Jersey Bench"

Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that one of his seven nominees for Superior Court judgeships would be a lawyer who represented many detainees swept up by the government in the post-9/11 dragnet.

The lawyer, Sohail Mohammed, worked in the aftermath of the attacks to try to foster trust between American Muslims and law enforcement, particularly federal officials. He is a board member of the American Muslim Union. Mr. Christie, a United States attorney, was a regular guest at that group’s annual Ramadan dinner and spoke highly of Mr. Mohammed’s work.

Mr. Mohammed was on former Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s short list of potential judicial appointees, but he was not nominated. He would serve on the court in Passaic County. His appointment requires confirmation by the State Senate.

I did a quick search on Sohail Mohammed, and from what I read, I am not impressed.

*Update* As a friend noted in an email, the real red flag here is Jon Corzine's blessing.*/Update*

Now on to ...

Haley Barbour

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Two Minutes Hate
Ok, it's FOUR minutes, double your pleasure, err, hate.

Via Gateway Pundit

Palin Death Wish Tweets Re Tucson Shooting from Legal Insurrection on Vimeo.

The sad/maddening thing? This behavior is, for the most part, the norm. On any given day you can peruse twitter, facebook, the left wing blogosphere, and various other news sources and find statements like these. They are not always this blatant, but it is there none the less.

The greatest disinfectant is still sunlight, I hope, in my own small way, that I have drawn back the curtains to let the light in.

Aaron B. Gardner

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Heh, Kittens

I got this in an email today, I figured I would share. ;)

A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man.

"Hi there little girl, I'm President Obama. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.

"Kittens," little Suzy said.

"How old are they?" asked Obama.

Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet."

"And what kind of kittens are they?"

"Democrats," answered Suzy with a smile.

Obama was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.

Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that the president should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of "FREE KITTENS," when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Obama got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

"Hello, again," he said, "I'd love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."

"Yes sir," Suzy said. "They're Republicans."

Taken by surprise, the president stammered, "But... but... yesterday, you told me they were DEMOCRATS"

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know. But today, they have their eyes open."

Aaron B. Gardner

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tax Cheat Expresses Need For More Morality In Congress

Maybe we should create a new Morality Committee and install Rep. Rangel as the chair.

The total lack of shame here would be stunning, but then, he *is* a democrat.

Aaron B. Gardner

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Cure for HIV?

That's what some Germans are saying and have been thinking since 09:

... during the process of immune reconstitution, we found evidence for the replacement of long-lived host tissue cells with donor-derived cells indicating that the size of the viral reservoir has been reduced over time. In conclusion, our results strongly suggest that cure of HIV has been achieved in this patient.

Did you get that? No? Ok, here is a breakdown.

In 07 a German doctor and his team were working with an HIV patient who was also suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. The doctor decided to not only go after the leukemia but also the HIV. The way they did this was with a stem cell transplant, two actually but I am getting ahead of myself.

To try and cure the patient, this team of doctors went and found a specific type of stem cell. The type they were looking for comes about when both parents of the stem cell donor have a genetic defect called CCR5 delta-32 deletion. The defect, when found in both parents, results in the absence of the CCR5 receptors. This makes one highly resistant to HIV.

So now they have the proper stem cells, what's next?

Nuke the immune system then drop in the stem cells. That brings us to the quote above.

What happened next is that the new stem cells, minus the CCR5 receptors, start replacing the old HIV infected cells. At this point the patient is off his HIV meds and not showing signs of HIV.

His leukemia did come back and the docs did another stem cell transplant. Since then, clear sailing. No leukemia and no HIV.

Simply amazing. I thank God for the genius he has left imprinted on his creation.

Aaron B. Gardner

P.S. Adult Stem Cells, not embryonic. Them's the breaks lefties. You laid your wager on death being the path to life. You were wrong.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Individual Mandate Gets Struck Down

Judge Hudson has made his ruling, and the individual mandate didn't pass muster. This isn't the end of Obamacare, but it could be the beginning of the end. For a full rundown of the decision, the good and the bad that may arise from this imperfect ruling, I suggest reading this article on RedState.

I would be remiss if I didn't include a quote from the opinion. This one seems to sum up the tone and end result rather well.

Despite the laudable intentions of Congress in enacting a comprehensive and transformative health care regime, the legislative process must still operate within constitutional bounds. Salutatory goals and creative drafting have never been sufficient to offset an absence of enumerated powers.

Aaron B. Gardner

Thursday, November 25, 2010

“We have many things for which to be thankful. None is more important than our liberty.”
Happy Thanksgiving

h/t Jim Hoft

In a minute and a half Reagan managed to instill hope by acknowledging the blessings we've been given and recognizing Him he gave us those blessings.

By comparison, Obama took just over four minutes to say the same things he says everyday with nary a mention of where our blessing come from or who exactly we should be thankful too. Essentially, President Obama just politicized Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful that God gave us the wisdom to limit our Government.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Aaron B. Gardner