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Austin City Limits Hall of Fame: A look at the 2015 class

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Asleep at the Wheel kicked off ACL's current 41st season with a taping in February. Photo by Scott Newton/Courtesy of KLRU-TV Asleep at the Wheel kicked off ACL’s current 41st season with a taping in February. Photo by Scott Newton/Courtesy of KLRU-TV

Thursday brings the second annual Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to ACL Live. Check out our full story in today’s American-Statesman, with comments from Gillian Welch, one of the guest performers, and “Austin City Limits” executive producer Terry Lickona. Here’s a quick look at this year’s five inductees and their history with the show:

Asleep at the Wheel

Ray Benson’s venerable Western swing outfit was the most obvious inclusion in this year’s class, having been part of the show’s very first episode in 1976 (following the 1974 Willie Nelson pilot). They’ve made 10 more appearances since then, including guest spots with Manhattan Transfer in 1998 and Willie Nelson in 2009. Benson also appeared as a guest on Clint Black’s 2000 episode.

The band kicked off…

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Ayers Admits Anarchist and Marxist Views just days before a conference with State Senator Barack Obama in 2002

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Barack Obama and Bill Ayers had a long association, but why should we care? Do you hang around people that you not only don’t agree philosophically with, but people who HATE the government of your country? People who are advocating anarchy and Marxism? You really shouldn’t… ESPECIALLY not while you are a State Senator… Unless you are the untouchable Barack Obama.

In this video, Ayers openly admits anarchist and marxist views, and states, “I’m very open about what I think, and nobody here is surprised by what I think…

It matters very much who Barack Obama chose to associate with. For the same reason your mother didn’t want you to hang around with “those kids” in the neighborhood, we shouldn’t want our future president to have been in “bad company”…

Stop being deceived: “Wicked friends lead to evil ends.”
(1 Corinthians 15:33 International Standard Version (C) 2008)

Obama-Bot Terminator Machine Takes Aim At Joe The Plumber – Obama’s Tax Plan Completely Ignored

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The Obama campaign was so incensed about “Joe the Plumber” exposing Barack Obama’s socialistic agenda for his adminstration that they’ve begun the chase… but Joe’s not running away from this hypocritical crowd, even though they are doing to him now exactly what they decry in others – invading his privacy.

So far, the Obama-Bots have “uncovered” that Joe owes back taxes on his home, they’ve tried to dig into his divorce papers, they’ve investigated his plumbing career, and before we know it, they’ll probably corner his kid and start grilling him for information, too.

But then, this is how the Obama-Bot Truth Squads work.

So the same party that loves the “right to privacy” SOoooooo darn much that they’ll allow millions of children to be sacrificed on the altar of convenience… uh, er, PRIVACY… now wants to know the minutest detail of Joe’s life, love and how he earns his living. Why not also require the poor man let you give him a colonoscopy to check for his plumbing contractor license cheat notes?

All because Joe asked Obama a simple question about his tax plan.

It’s really not that he asked the question – it’s that Obama told him the answer, and what his answer WAS that bothers me the most.

According to Steven Malanga of Real Clear Markets, he thinks that taxing those who seem more well off to “spread the wealth around”, as Obama so glibly put it, will be a disincentive for business owners and the inventive minds to contribute too much of their efforts toward our society as a whole. After all, they’re just going to be penalized for it in the end…

Malanga notes in a September 3rd, 2008 article, “… as fascinating as the discussion has become, we seem to be drifting away from the important question of what impact do taxes have on work and productivity (and hence the economy), especially among our most industrious and innovative citizens–those whom Ayn Rand once said powered the “motor of the world”…”

It is these citizens who provide many of the jobs in this nation, through smaller companies which employ fewer employees than their larger competitors. But though they employ less people per business, they also provide a very large chunk of Americans with jobs, which keep all of us ‘bottom dwellers’ (me included) with lights on and food in the freezer and a roof over our heads.

Tax our employers at a higher rate than they already are taxed, thus increasing their outgo and decreasing their ability to expand, do repairs, do upgrades, and give incentives, and what do you think will happen?

Yup, you guessed it. They’ll either have to cut your pay, or they’ll have to cut your job in order to not have to pass on the cost to the consumer. OR they’ll have to pass on the cost to the consumer…

So, which sounds better to you – lower pay or higher prices on consumer goods?

But you’ll get a really nice “tax refund” (welfare check) once a year after you file your returns.
That is, if you have any income to report.

Good luck with that.

The larger companies will get taxed at a higher rate and guess what will happen then? They’ll either feel forced to send their business operations overseas, OR in order to avoid having to increase their prices to consumers, scores of employees jobs will be forfeit.

So, while Obama’s “tax relief” may sound great on the surface, you need to know what it is and what it isn’t.

I’ve always gotten a pretty good tax return check back every year, if I handle my finances well and file the right way and take all the deductions that are legally available for me. It’s not tax relief if you effectively don’t have any income tax liability – If the wealth the government DOES collect is given to someone who doesn’t HAVE any tax liability, (like me), then it’s wealth redistribution – or in other words… GOVERNMENT WELFARE.

Now is that really fair? I don’t think so. Regardless of if Joe owes back taxes, or has his plumber’s license yet, or why he got a divorce… Joe the Plumber is right – That’s socialism.

Oh, say it ain’t so, Joe.

If you want to know what your tax “return” will be, fill in your general info here:
Obama Tax Cut Calculator.

This calculator is provided by The Tax Policy Center, an independent, non-partisan group.


Obama keeps trying to get people riled about the financial mess we’re in by asking you, “Who’s been running things for the last 8 years?”

Want to blame someone for the financial crisis we’re in?

Check out my other article on this subject (with You Tube video so you can see and hear for yourself who you should really be mad at!):

Republican Hearings on Illegal Book Keeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2004.

How would Barack Obama Fix the economy other than taxing the crap out of our bosses? Take a look at another proposal he recently… uh, proposed.

(Be sure to visit the links provided in the article above… otherwise you won’t know what I’m talking about! Have a good day – Sincerely, The Administrator.)

(P.S. – in case you are wondering, the link that says “his tax plan” is really an Abbott and Costello comedy routine… just in case you’re wondering. His tax plan is posted on His site. I think you can find it without my help…)

Book Publishers for Obama – Politically Indoctrinating your Children One Textbook At a Time

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Since when is it ethical for a school book publisher to indoctrinate children for political purposes?

Obama Textbook Title Page - "Out of Many - One"

Check out this blog out of Wisconsin –

Racine, WI Schools LOVE Obama… Blog post link

A Racine mother wrote in with information about a textbook that was the required reading in her son’s 8th grade advanced literature class… which contained 15 pages all about Barack Obama and his “life of service”, while not one page was devoted to John McCain and the fact that he risked his very life fighting for our country and spent years in a prison camp at the hands of torturous enemies bent on destroying us. Not one page was devoted to McCain’s 26 years in the U.S. Senate, not one page was devoted to President Bush or the fact that Al Quaeda is now scattered and on the run due to his war on terror.

If you follow the links in the blog post, you’ll see that the publisher is a pretty devoted Obama lackey, as evidenced by the frequent use if his checkbook to pour funds into Obama’s campaign machine.


Yes, We Can.

Race Based Voting – So, WHY are you voting for (insert candidates name here)?

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Since I started caring enough about my country to vote, which was when Reagan ran for president, I’ve always assumed that when you pick your candidate that you pick him or her based on their positions on the issues. It never entered my mind to vote for someone because they were white or black or hispanic – or whatever.

I’ve heard the insinuations of voting based on race on all the talk shows and on TV, and I guess I’m more naive than I thought I was, but I like to give more credit to people than that… you know, the notion that anyone would vote for a person based on the color of their skin rather than the political positions they take on the issues – it’s just ludicrous.

Now I don’t normally listen to Howard Stern – my sensitive nature just can’t take all those F-bombs and filthy innuendo – so naturally when I heard a You Tube audio clip from a Howard Stern show yesterday, I was in total shock. Not because of the filthy language, but because of the implications of how many people may actually be voting based on race.

After the clip, I literally had trouble breathing so profound was my dismay. I never would have believed it had I not heard it…

And now – the clip. Get your inhalers and oxygen tanks out if you’ve got them. You’re going to need them in about half a minute.

See what I mean? C’Mon people… get a clue!

Full Transcript of the Biden Palin Debate

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I ran across the full transcript of the Biden Palin Debate at Dennis Miller’s Radio Website and thought my readers might like to have access to it…

Check it out Here:
Transcript – 2008 Vice Presidential Debates

Current Bailout Bill – CNNMoney Link

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Here is a link to info about the bill as it currently stands.

What’s In The Bill? CNN Money

Good luck wading through it.

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October 2, 2008 at 1:43 pm