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No Christmas in July

July 30, 2011 by  

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • http://naver sook young

    This one was very hilarious Ben! So another liberal representative was charged with having sex with someone? I didn’t think liberal meant that kind of liberal. Obama sounds like everything is about him and nothing else, but isn’t that the wrong kind of attitude for him to have as the president? Doesn’t the country and the people come first? This one singer died? I’ve never heard of her, but she sounded like a lost soul. Have a good weekend everyone! Thank you.

    Sook Young
    Wife of the Samurai

    • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

      You folk have missed the minor 1000% error Green’s and Liberal’s made in the earth’s heat losses. Something more good from NASA science studies. True science facts! Not green pipe dreams.

      Wonder if this truth found out is why NASA’s missions are suddenly moved far away from the earth?

      Wonder how many truth tellers will be fired quietly bit by bit?

      • Violet

        I too wondered if the reason NASA is defunct now is because it proves that Global Warming is a lie.

      • jondar2

        All of Al Gore’s buddies are under indictment or at least suspicion of lying to the world, skewing test results and projections about global warming, and now the supposed “scientist” that claimed Polar Bears were dying because they had to swim so far because of global warming, is also being accused of lying about that, too. Al Gore made million selling carbon credits that did not exist in the first place, he flies around in a fuel guzzling jet and his home in Memphis is on of the most costly in the state to heat and cool. What a lying hypocrit.

        • Penny Fuentes

          Very few people know the money that is going to be made on “global warming” Glenn Beck put out “detailed” and authentic information on who would be making billions on this fiasco. In this country to name a few…..Gore, obama, clintons,Pelosis,etc.etc.etc…they and their select few will prosper decandently. When obama said under his plan, cap and trade, power rates would “NECESARILY SKYROCKET” he was not kidding.The average family will have to pay at least $3,000.00 more per year on their power bills..

          • USAF VET

            Two years in a row, 2008 and 2009, I got hit with bills of $1000, and it took most of the year to pay them off. By the time one was paid, it was time for the winter bills to go sky high again.

          • Andy

            It appears that it was the only true thing he said.

          • Greg Jones

            There are things you can do to save on energy, things I have done for a few years now and they work.
            1. Stop driving your BIG car or van every where. I have a van, a truck, and a compact car. For “running around” I drive my compact car. In the city it gets 25 to 30 MPG and on the hiway it gets 33 MPG. Neither my van nor truck will ever get close to those numbers. They are used on special occasions.
            2. Stop heating or cooling your whole house ALL the time. I live in the south. It doesn’t really get that cold in the winter here. But the summers are really bad. Today AGAIN it will be in the 100s! But it doesn’t matter if it cold or hot, it cost $$$s to stay comfortable. So, I cool and heat the rooms I am IN INSTEAD of the whole house AND I close off the rooms I’m not using. THIS ONE THING ALONE SAVES ME OVER $100 A MONTH ON THE UTILITY BILL. At night and during the day when Im at work the thermostat goes up to 85 on the central AC. In the winter it goes down to 60. If Im in my bed sleeping in my bedroom, why heat/cool the rest of the house? And I use a very small AC in my bedroom at night and in the wither a very small heater with a 45watt electric blanket. AGAIN, it saves $$$s on my utility bill.
            3. Put plastic film on all your windows, even if they are double paned like mine are. That saves me another $75 a month. Leave it on all the time unless it’s nice weather and you want the windows open. If you are running the heat or AC you NEED film on your windows.
            4. Try not to use the clothes dryer. It’s a big electricity hog. SO is your hair dryer. Look at the watts they consume. Put up a clothes line in your back yard. It works and the sun is free. And where I live, it only takes 3 to 3 hours for even heavy clothes to dry.
            Just these 4 things WILL save you $100 a month or more. Try it. If you don’t save any money then go back to what you’ve been doing, but it has worked for me for years. Besides. YOU need your money, not the power company!

        • gman4691

          Yeah…he’s so worried about rising ocean levels that he bought a $9,000,000.00 mansion on the beach in California…can you say, “Credibility problem”?

          • http://naver sook young

            So that is what he is doing with the $300 million dollars he made on these global warming lies. Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

    • bob wire

      “Obama sounds like everything is about him and nothing else, but isn’t that the wrong kind of attitude for him to have as the president? ”

      Before he was elected , He say point blank, “it’s not about him”

      But people do try Sook, they do try.

  • Tom Talbert

    Ben: Like the report, but whoever is telling you to look to the side of the camera…That is for the interview not while anchoring. Look directly in the lens. This is from a 35 year tv pro. Otherwise love it.

    • bob wire

      Good input Tom.

      Don’t try to reinvent the wheel Ben. It’s almost like trying to talk to someone with a wandering eye. It demands concentration that would be best spent elsewhere,~ like listening to what you are talking about.

  • Jay

    Recently, in symbolic fashion, spectators of Mexican ancestry in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl did not merely cheer on the Mexican national soccer team in a game against the US national team — such nostalgia would be natural and understandable for recent immigrants — but went much further and also jeered American players and, indeed, references to the United States.

    Which was the home team?


Was America to be appreciated for accepting poor aliens, or resented for not granting them amnesty? Is the idea of the United States to be conveniently booed or opportunistically thanked — depending on whether you are watching a soccer match or, for example, entering a Los Angeles emergency room with a life-threatening injury?

    This otherwise insignificant but Orwellian incident reminds us that illegal immigration in the 21st century is becoming an illiberal enterprise.

    Consider the prevailing myth of Mexico as America’s “partner.” Aside from the violence and drug cartels, an alien from Mars who examined the relationship would instead characterize it as abusive. Close to a million Mexican nationals annually try to cross illegally into the United States, aided and abetted by a cash-strapped Mexico — in a fashion that the latter would never permit on its southern border with Guatemala. Indeed, if Guatemala had published an illustrated comic book instructing, in pictures, its presumably illiterate emigrants how to enter Mexico illegally — as Mexico actually did — the Mexican government would have been outraged. So is the surreal logic of Mexico City summed up by something like, “We value our own people so much that we will help them break laws to go elsewhere”?

    In the old immigration narrative of the 1960s and 1970s, affluent, profit-minded white American employers often exploited cheap workers from Mexico. But that matrix has been largely superseded. So-called whites are no longer a majority in California, where large Asian and African-American populations often object to illegal arrivals from Mexico who cut in front of the legal-immigration line, tax social services, and raise costs to the detriment of American citizens.

    Even the notions of “white” and “Latino” are becoming problematic in today’s intermarried and interracial society. Does one-quarter or one-half ethnic ancestry make one a member of the “minority” community? And, if so, by what logic and under which convenient conditions? For the purposes of hiring or college admission, should we apply one-drop rules from the Old Confederacy to measure our racial purity?

    Poverty is no longer so clearly delineated either. In an underground economy where wages are often in cash and tax-free, and entitlements are easier than ever to obtain, well over $20 billion a year in remittances are sent southward to Mexico alone — maybe double that sum to Latin America as a whole.

    Something here once again has proven illiberal: Does a liberal-sounding but exploitative Mexican government cynically encourage its expatriates to scrimp and save in America only to send huge sums of money back home to help poor relatives, so that Mexico City need not? In turn, do an increasing number of illegal aliens count on help from the American taxpayer for food, housing, legal, and education subsidies in order to free up $20 billion to send home?

    The paradoxes and confusion never end these days. Do today’s immigration activists work to grant amnesty on the basis of a legal philosophy and principled support for open borders, or just because of shared ethnic identity? If there were now 11 million East Africans in America illegally, would today’s Hispanic immigration lobbyists seek amnesty, bilingual services in Swahili, and yet more illegal immigration from Kenya and Uganda? Would they ever seek racially blind legal immigration into the US, based on education and skills rather than point of origin?

    The yearly arrival of hundreds of thousands from Latin America, mostly without English-language skills, high-school diplomas, or legality, has also challenged old ideas of everything from the assessment of US poverty rates to affirmative action. Once an impoverished resident of Oaxaca crosses the border, does his lack of education and his modest income immediately help cement the charge that the American Latino population has not achieved economic parity?


    • sid

      around 1980, i went to a friendly match, where the US team, hosted greece, at giants stadium. watching the game, and the crowd, you’d have thought the game were being played in athens. the difference, was when the national anthem were played, all stood and sang, and no disrespect for any “AMERICAN”, at any time!!!

    • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

      I hope you get to the crime and violence against American Citizena. I will probably always limp after being pushed down a steel stairs by illegals. INS said, “Tough”!!

      • Ret

        Sorry to hear what happened to you. However, when you have an anti-American, Immediate Nationalization of Scum Federal Dept, unfortunately that’s one of the results.

        • Harold

          The Obama Admin is also pushing for more Mexican illegals to buy their votes with our money. The man is plainly Anti-American and should by impeached

    • Penny Fuentes

      Jay, you are 150% correct, my heart broke as our soccer team and Country were disrespected in such a manor by a bunch of “human parasites” who are only in this country to suck off any wealth they can. They do not want to be AMERICANS,they do not love The United States of America, they love their country, first and foremost. Anyone trying to give amnesty to these people are traitors and should be dealt with as such! By the way, don’t start calling me racist, I am an “AMERICAN” of mexican, Irish, and Cherokee descent. First and foremost I am an “AMERICAN”, Tea Party Republican and Love God, the United States and Israel more than I can say.

      • s c

        Penny, which team do you think would have complained more if blood tests were required before the start of the game and at the end? Call me a pessimist, but the idea should have crossed many minds when it was obvious that the American team should been somewhere else.
        Even sports have to be played on a level playing field. It’s bad enough that our ‘leaders’ want us on our knees via “global business” [which keeps us from using true free market expertise]. Does that same mentality pervade international sports too?

      • http://naver sook young

        My sentiments exactly. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

    • Vic

      Money influx to Mexico from illegals in USA is second only to drug trafficking.

      All illegals are lawbreakers, they all should be rounded up and deported. At their own expense. Should they have no money to pay for airfare, they should be sent walking back to Mexico.

      Anyone, who obtained US Citizenship but makes no effort to adopt American culture and lifestyle, or keeps loyalty to his/her former country above his/her loyalty to the USA, obtained US Citizenship fraudulently. Those have to be stripped of Citizenship and deported.

      • michelleo

        Vic, if the USA would stop giving these Illegals Free Rent, Food and Medical Care, we would not have to deport them, they would leave on their own……

    • HHH

      Jay,your attempt to ask rhetorical questions lead one to believe that you are an intellectual direlect !

      • Penny Fuentes

        better that, than a liberal spelling derelict wrong.

      • Jay

        HHH, you actually managed to put a whole sentence together. Good for you, and well done! Btw, did your mommy help you out with that?

        • http://naver samurai

          I think he is here just to cause trouble. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

      • http://naver samurai

        I guess that liberals never stop with personal attacks. Shows signs of low self esteem. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

    • C. R.

      Just to clarify the imported worker program of the ’60′s and ’70′s. It was the Bracero Program and it worked well, the only fault being agricultural owners (including those who are trying to poison us now) treating the like slaves at least here in CA which brought about Chavez and reform. The Program was great. I was living in Mexico at the time and my co-workers and friends were part of the Bracero Program and loved it because they could work in Mexico and draw unemployment from the U.S. They got to travel in the US while working, have “wives??” here too, etc. The Program provided the U.S. with proper documentation of the workers, so they were not illegals. Many did come later to the States, got proper papers and are great here and detest Obama! How about that liberals? Today, since our country has become a laughingstock, people come illegally for the freebies and goodies and have no real desire to be American. Sad for this country. And then, Mexico’s government has the gall to deride the U.S. Hell, they have made more of a mess of their country than ever. Loved living there (but legally) and left when things really started downhill and it hasn’t stopped there yet. I always fear from friends and families in the Mexico of today. But, hey, we are on the same road down aren’t we because lots of talk to change but nobody moves to change here.

  • Vagabond

    I dont realy give a crap about amy winehouse or anyone else who dies of an overdose. all dopeheads should be so lucky. look at the money we could save on treatment and law inforcement, there should not be any treetment centers for them,

    • Karolyn

      Mr. holier-than-though. There but for the grace of God go you! It could have been anyone. Even one of your relatives! Have you never had an alcoholic or addict in your family? I would imagine, if youddid, you would have probably disowned them. I will never understand such hatred as I see here spewed against fellow human beings. Of course, you are perfect, right?

      • Vic

        Karolyn, freedom is not an impunity. Choices have consequences. And choices have to have consequences, otherwise bad choices are as good as good one are, until there’s no way to sustain that madness.

        Anyone who used his/her freedom to become an addict has to face consequences, otherwise the country will be overrun with drug addicts.

        ”The ultimate result of shielding men from the results of folly is to fill the world with fools.“ Herbert Spencer

      • Gary Gerke

        You are a pitiful human being, your idea of helping a down and out druggy is having the American people take care of the bill. Get over it, you liberals are almost done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://naver sook young

        Sorry Karolyn, but we have to take responsibility and the repercussions that come back on us for our decisions. A person who says “I can do what I want” usually doesn’t take the two points I’ve made. Like I said before, I don’t know who this singer was, but she should have gotten some help and gone back to church to seek God and his forgiveness. If she would have come to our CBM unit, we would have helped her as much as we could to help her overcome her addictions. Maybe we can try to do the same for the president. Since he seems to be self centered, arrogant, and an ego maniac, maybe we should give him some help also. He really needs to put the people and the nation first. It’s the right way to do things. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        P.S. Karolyn, you need to calm down before you post. It makes better reading for us.

        • HHH

          There is no god and it is unfair to push your agenda !!

          • http://naver sook young

            Sorry, but you lie. There most certainly is a God, Jesus, and everything said in the Bible is true. I’m not pushing any agenda, as it seems your pushing your childish atheist antics on me. This is not the subject at hand. Please stay on subject. What proof and evidence can you provide that proves atheism is accurate and correct? Please do no use science, as it only deals with the physical relm. As I said before, I don’t know who the singer was. I do feel sorry for the way she chose to live without God. Also, it is very true that Obama has all the mental symptoms that I have posted and you cannot prove me wrong. Please, let’s not be immature and try to act like a mature man/woman OK? Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

          • http://naver sook young

            Oh, I forgot. I’ll pray for you to meet God and get to really know him and Jesus. Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

          • Jay

            HHH, since you brought up the issue of agenda, which is worse? The agenda that there is a God, or the agenda that there is no God? Since you accuse someone who believes there is a God, as pushing an agenda, than logically, you are just as guilty with pushing an agenda, your own, which is, there is no God! How can you not see your own hypocrisy and double-standard? Have you been so indoctrinated, and so brainwashed by the anti-Christian sub-culture, that you have all but lost any semblance of critical thinking, and have been reduced to an emotional, and snarling, non-thinking puppet?

        • Penny Fuentes

          Amen Sook, could not have said it better.

          • http://naver samurai

            Thank you Jay and Penny. I guess HHH is just another lost soul. I’ll have to pray for him. Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

    • TreadFree

      I agree with Karolyn that addicts need help and treatment.

      Who are you to assume that she meant it to come from the government at taxpayer expense?

      Karolyn does NOT mention government treatment centers.

      Treatment could come from many non-government sources. Charities and other not-for-profit organizations, churches, and even treatment centers run as for-profit businesses.

      Are you against businesses discovering a need and profitably serving it?

      Don’t assume. (That’s from high school, Day One.)

  • dan

    nice report ,Ben….I keep waiting for people to OD on their self-righteousness , but compassion and humor are typically outweighed by ego-centrism and mean spirited vindictive…and careless spellin’,lol’s

  • Bailey

    A little harsh, Vagabond. Drug addiction is a real problem to treat. There was a time when some mental hospitals had their own farms in which the patients worked to supply their own food. So much publicity is given to these addicts, completely ignoring their plight, that it has almost become a status symbol. If their admission to rehab included some supervised work in the fields hoeing and harvesting crops, raising and slopping hogs, raising chickens, and other farm animals, it might take on a more beneficial nature and meaning. It does a person good to get his or her hands dirty, and a little sweat from the brow might help to cleanse their systems. All addicts need detoxing and psychotherapy….and any publicity to glorify their problem should be banned. What better way could this Marxist Socialist nation use their resources. LOL

    • AndyZ

      BUT! Why should it be our responsability to rehab them they did it to themselves

      • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

        We should just ship them back to border, take a pic and fingerprints, and tell them in Spanish to never come back…or else.

        • http://comcast the fisherman

          thy will continue to cross the borders as long as we offer them jobs for less then we pay our own people. You can not blame them. They are looking for their moment of glory. the home of the free and the compassion to live that way. blame our selfs and except the problems that come with it. you offer them the opertunity to do so. they love their contry as you love your state where you were born.

          • Penny Fuentes

            I can see some compassion in your blog, but, THIS country did not drop in our laps perfectly( or imperfectly)formed, WE worked hard, DIED easily,and praside God until NOW, Why don’t the people of Mexico spend their time instead of scaling walls, climbing thru tunnels,devote their energy to “their” country. If they want to live like Americans, maybe they should give us control of Mexico, We can takeover the country, run it alot better than they seem to be able to.

          • http://naver sook young

            Good post Penny and thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

          • steve in AZ


            would you mind trying that again,in English?

      • Karolyn

        Because they are our fellow human beings, and as such, need our help. You are another perfect human?

        • Vic

          Karolyn, if you think so, nobody keeps you from doing this, go ahead. You might be raped and robbed in process but that’s your choice.

          I don’t want to be part of it and you cannot command my tax money to your ‘holier-than-you” cause. Go ahead and spend your own.

        • http://naver sook young

          I understand what you are saying Karolyn, but we should help them voluntarily and not from the government. Don’t you think we pay enough taxes? Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

        • Penny Fuentes

          We give ample help and money to Mexico. In addition to the billions, un-taxed monies) sent to Mexico on a daily basis.

  • jim

    I like the comments but would rather see less humor being imposed with laugh tracks. Let us determine the level of humor and laugh ourselves.

    Short sound bites are not conducive to truth in reporting. We deserve a thorough evaluation of the issue being commented on. How about a “60 Minutes” style video instead. With all due respect, these are some of the most serious issues facing our culture and deserve better.

    • sid

      they’re copying the e-channel!!!

    • Harry Pool

      I originally thought the laugh tracks detracted from the monologue, but then I heard a monologue without the laugh track. Without the l.t., these monologues would just seem dead.

  • http://none Scott Ezell

    I like that. Its accurate. I like to ironicly/accuratly look at Obama as a updated version of Ebeneezer Scrooge. In this case however its 365 days a year not just on Christmas. Obama scrooge.

  • Palin12

    Rest in peace Amy Winehouse. I love you and miss you.

    • Penny Fuentes

      What is this infatuation with celebrity? A drug induced alcohlic that had more than enough money to spend on drugs, but not to rehabilitate herself, I am sorry for her perents, and only her parents who I truly belive loved her…..but some person who “falls in love” with amy winehouse, get a life.

      • Palin12

        I worked as a musician for many years and feel a loss to our community, that’s all. It’s a special bond we have that non-musicians may not be aware of. I hate hard drugs more than ever.

        • Penny Fuentes

          Well good may some good will come out of this horrible iincident aferall.

        • JPUNLTD

          I work as a musician today and I don’t see her as a loss at all. I see it as, people like her are giving the music industry a bad rep. One down . . .

  • jopa

    Tom Talbert; I believe Ben is looking at a teleprompter improperly located.He doesn’t look bright enough to remember those lines.

    • Dan az

      Hey jopa
      I think ben has your address if I’m not mistaken :) Good luck :)

    • Jay

      jopa, rather harsh criticism coming from someone who can barely put a sentence together. But harsh criticism delivered from those who can’t do, at those who can do, is to be expected! Your jealousy betrays you!

    • Vic

      jopa, I guess you aware that in russian your nick means a$$hole, right? Rightfully so.

    • http://naver sook young

      Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were talking about the president. If you were, then you would be right. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai


    Jopa, Ben isn’t in the same class as Obama. Ben doesn’t need a teleprompter to tell it like it is.

    • bob wire

      He doesn’t command the same attention, make the same money, wrestle with the same enormous problems or concern himself with the same degree of success or failure either, does he?

      In either case, both men put their pants on one leg at a time and both answer to someone else.

      “Compare / Contrast” works best when you “similar things” to similar focus and review.

      • Jay

        We can always count on jopa to make inane observations, such as someone’s need for a teleprompter, while never commenting on the issues presented. I’m rather surprised he made no mention of Ben’s tie, or perhaps Ben’s hair style. Interesting how the least little thing amuses jopa. But then again, the mentally impaired are always visually obsessed!

        • http://naver sook young

          I agree with you, Jay. By the way, I like the Tazmanian Devil. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

  • Thinking About

    History provides ones in high places who was recovering addicts. Perhaps better performances could have resulted had those addictions not been present.

  • Len Nourse

    Were a team, be that government, a sport, a business. We pick the captain (manager) to head the team, hopefully by democratic means. There are always two or more vying for that position and the captain is chosen, usually with an vice captain (captains). The captain’s job is to guide that team to be tops and in doing so he will consult with his vice captain(s) on certain decisions, come to a decision and they apply it. Now imagine in a sporting team (or business team) if the one candidate not chosen as captain continually works against the captains decision what the outcome will be. Well that is what governments are doing, especially noticeable in the US government. The downfall of this is horrific to observe. Come on America stop wasting time and money by continually squabbling, mainly seen as trying to bash the captain in power. Try to work as a team, you are the world leaders just start behaving like one.

    • Thinking About

      This very true, we are one nation and we must stop the divide and pull this wagon together. It is time to halt those who pull against this great nation I love. Long live the USA

  • chuckb

    len nourse, your captain has the ship heading for the rocks, he doesn’t know how to navigate rough waters. he got his captains papers by fraud.
    so we either replace him or drown, take your pick, of course you voted for him so i would suggest you grab something buoyant.

  • Penny Fuentes

    I want obama GONE. I hate this man, I have never hated anyone as much as I do obama. He is evil, vile, manipultive,vindictive, untruthful, oh heck is an out and out lying thug!.

    • Jay

      Chukb and Penny, my sentiments EXACTLY! But let’s not forget the organizations that aided, conspired, and were complicit in the installation of obama! These organizations must be ejected from the ship as well!

  • Dan az

    The purpose of the UN was originally to stop war and end transgression by nations. That purpose quickly morphed into world economic and political control over sovereign nations. Then the objective immediately became creation of one world government under control of the wealthiest global political elite and their global corporations.

  • jopa

    Vic; I was just talking to the chief of the Dakota Indian tribe and he informed me a “Vic” was a genital wart.I often wondered what you looked like.Back to the subject.Why do the Conservatives think it is so funny when someone dies.This Winehouse was a kid messed up on drugs and alcohol, dies and you think its funny.I have often said the Republican party was the party of death and here is another example of of their morbid ideology.They want seniors to die so they wont burden the Medicare system,want to take away funding for disabled veterans and children, and the list goes on.One thing I do agree with is the problem of our borders.We not only have a problem with Mexico but also I noticed there seems to be an awful lot of Orientals here lately,Koreans. Japanese and Chinese.I doubt very much if they are all tourists and are here legally and I think we should start checking their papers.

    • libertytrain

      It’s interesting that one of the new features to PL has comments appearing right on the website as they get posted…

    • TreadFree

      Jopa, you are confusing Medicare with Obamacare. It is Obamacare that wants old people to die. The Obamacare administrators will cut off medical services to them because, in their “medical” opinion, it will not be worth the cost to keep them alive for the short time they have left anyway.

      They will be better off as Soylent Green for the rest of us.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Mimi

    Mr. Crystal, I really enjoy your columns, and would prefer to read them rather than watching & listening to a video, mostly because I like to send them to my liberal friends, whom I’m certain if they watch you instead, they’ll find an excuse to delete, because of the “tone”. I enjoy and appreciate what you say and how you say it, but they’re too closed- minded to. Also the written word seems to be a faster time saver for me. Sorry to be a wet blanket, I mean it in the most constructive way.

  • chuckb

    is anyone paying attention to the republicans in the debt crisis, just as i suspected, boehner and mcconnell are selling us down the river, they probab;y made the a deal on the golf course and had to put on this show so it wouldn’t look too obvious. these two guys are weak kneed sisters and political to the core.

    after the last election i felt the conservatives had scored a major victory and would lead this country out of the mess barry and his bo;lshevik troops have made. now after watching boehner and mcconnell operate, we are still at the starting gate and we are riding a lame horse.

    • Jay

      Progressive-Socialist-Communists control the US Senate. In both Houses of Congress, RINOs (Republicans who behave like Socialists or who are Communist Sleeper Cells) aid Democrat and Independent Socialists.

  • Jay

    Our President, Barack Obama, was a member of a radical communist party, called the Illinois New Party and/or the Chicago New Party, which has Chicago Mob and Black Communist Activist roots. He admits receiving Marxist training (Marxism is the ideology of using law as a means of oppression and control).

    Obama has friends whose terrorist organization bombed the US Capital, the Pentagon and the State Department, killed policemen and plans to kill 25 million people. These people may be agents of Cuba or Russia. Obama has surrounded himself with socialists-communists of similar backgrounds and has built and is building a shadow government of communists-socialists-progressives-radicals to bypass Congressional and Citizen control.

    As elected leader of our country, he regularly meets with large labor unions led by known communists. He worked for an international communist organization, ACORN, now under investigation by the FBI and others. As a marxist-trained socialist and apparent narcissist, Obama’s primary goals are to eliminate capitalism and replace it with a socialist-marxist-communist program, perhaps under the direction of the Soviet Union who has been our enemy for over 50 years.

    Obama’s policies are leaving our nation open to attack and infiltration by communists and terrorists of dictator countries and his initiatives will collapse the US financial system as it forces us to obtain huge financial loans from other countries like communist China. Obama made the Top Ten List of Corrupt Politicians in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, with “Dishonorable Mention” on the 2006 List. Without any doubt, Obama is a Communist.

  • Jay

    The 111th Congress’ US House of Representatives was led by a majority of Progressives and most remain in the 112th Congress. Its Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, was also a Progressive-Socialist-Communist who made the Top Ten List of Corrupt politicians in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Of the 435 House members, at least 80 were Progressive (Socialist-Communist) Democrats, about 59 are members of the New Democrat Coalition, and about 52 are Blue Dog Democrats. Some identified as non-Progressive Democrats were actually socialists bringing the total to over 100.

    Progressives attempted to enter and refocus our US census and voting process via ACORN. Many of these socialist/communist US House of Representatives members travel to Communist Cuba frequently and meet with the Castro brothers and associates of a US-convicted Cuban spy ring. They have changed US laws to allow enable money transfer, travel and better communications with Communist Cuba and many openly praise mass murderers Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

    They are working to make it easier for illegal immigrants to enter our country so they can expand their control of America via labor unions. The goal is transforming tens of millions of illegal aliens into communist union members who will vote as a block and increase communist transition funding via annual union dues. Their policies are not “freedom of religion”, but rather “no religion”. They are implementing budget-busting initiatives to redistribute wealth and convert the USA to communism. Their current policies can collapse our US financial system.

  • chuckb

    and we have great leaders like mcconnell/boehner. reid/pelosi/barry steering the ship, doesn’t that give you a feeling of confidence.

    i have seen a lot of politicians in my lifetime and lots of crooked ones, i have never seen such incompetence as these five, never!
    if i have to hear harry reid speak in that muffled condescending voice and the whining. squeaking of pelosi much more i’m going to regurgitate.

  • Jay

    Obama isn’t spending our money to help improve the lives of America’s poor, seniors, veterans, homeless, minorities or others we care deeply about. Here’s just a taste of his real priorities… where he’s been spending our money and what our kids and grandkids will be expected to repay for decades to come:


    $63 billion – US Global Health Initiative.

    $665.7 million – International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Programs.

    $1 billion – to Mexico so that they can drill in the Gulf (while Obama caused 23,000 Americans to lose their jobs because of his ban on US drilling in the Gulf).

    $2 billion – to Brazil for OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING!!!!

    $147.3 million – US pays Brazil each year in cotton subsidies to keep its mouth shut.

    $30 billion – of the $100 billion per year for UN Climate Change Policy; the UN admitted global warming is about wealth redistribution, not climate change policy.

    $430 billion from TARP that Timothy Geitner stated will be recovered by January 2011 – of which the Fed spent $350 billion in taxpayer funds to save 35 foreign banks.

    $8 billion – US pays to IMF for Greece Bailout.

    $1.9 billion – International Agriculture Programs.

    $54.1 billion – USAID to other countries for FY 2011 – President Obama already sent $173.5 billion for international/foreign assistance ($90.6 billion in 2010 – a 60% increase compared to FY 2008; $82.9 billion in 2009 – a 47% increase compared to FY 2008).

    $5.96 million – U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2010 Awards (i.e. mosque restoration overseas). NOTE: Section 205.1(d) of title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations prohibits USAID funds from being used for the rehabilitation of structures to the extent that those structures are used for “inherently religious activities.”


    $80 billion to Apollo Alliance (socialist/communist George Soros group) to expand community agitation; see this video too.

    $422 million – Funding for Public Broadcasting/NPR – a private company that doesn’t need taxpayer funds.

    $161 million – NEH anti-American group which targets our military.


    $44 billion – This represents a 28% pay increase for Fed employees (Fed pay increased 36.9% since 2000 while private worker’s pay increased only 8.8%.)

    $148 billion – loaned to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – these are government operated organizations that are taking control of 90%+ of U.S. home mortgages, and these are the organizations who contributed to the housing meltdown.

    $1.416 billion – Serve America Act FY 2011 to recruit our children at school and get them into “volunteerism” (i.e. recruit and train community agitators).

    $1 billion – Dead people to whom our Federal government sends our money.

    $1.4 billion – FDA to take over our food supply and hire 17,000 more taxpayer-funded government employees.

    $400 million – Michelle Obama’s Food Deserts to open government food stores that are closer to urban areas to save residents the 5 extra minutes of driving time that it takes to get to their existing, privately owned store.


    $1.741 billion – INCREASE for “critical efficiency and renewables programs” – this is just the amount of increase to their existing budget.

    $2.4 billion – “clean tech” for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, a $2.287 billion increase from $113 million in the previous budget [ID:nN01180827].

    $6 billion – clean energy technologies.

    $535 million – Global warming money for a politically-connected private company, Solyndra, to lay off workers and build a new plant.

    $611.4 million – Bureau of Labor Statistics to gather data on ‘green jobs.’

    $123 million – DoE’s wind program, a $43 million increase over current spending.

    $300 million – the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.

    $880 Billion is being spent on these items alone in 2011. Are these discretionary expenditures worthy of collapsing America’s economy at a time when we need to reign in spending? If Obama continues to refuse to cut spending, that’s just what will happen.

    Don’t be fooled by the propaganda coming from Obama and his regime – to include his pals. They’re doing George Soros’ bidding. If you haven’t heard, Soros wants a ‘managed decline’ of our dollar and an economic collapse is exactly what he wants. Obama’s actions are clearly leading to what Soros wants.

    It’s dangerous to raise the debt ceiling without significant cuts and caps on Obama’s spending and a legislative balanced-budget amendment to prevent future Presidents from doing what Obama’s doing to America.

    • MANNY


    • Master Gunny

      Ya just ruined an already perfectly lousy Monday. Knowing how the government spends the money I paid in taxes makes me nausous. Going to jail for failing to pay them is looking more reasonable every day.

    • TreadFree

      Jay, Thanks for the list!

      If we immediately eliminated these government “investments,” we would nearly balance the budget! And then we wouldn’t have needed a debt limit increase!

  • Wiggler

    What happen to this great health care every one can aford. I had it one year and they raised it $ 45.00 now 9 months later they rasied it $38.00 I an disabled and on a limited income. WHATS UP WITH THAT /////////////////THANKS MR OBAMA//////////////

  • Bob Henderson

    One question. Important. If Ron Paul gets into office. Do you think he can help us. Can he fix this mess we’re in.?

  • JoMama

    About Amy Winehouse – I thought it was a little too soon to pick on her. She just died. And with her – alot of great talent.
    May Amy Winehouse rest in peace.

    Shame on you, Ben Crystal. It was too soon for that.


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