The Long Overdue Post

OK, so I never did get back to my blog that night.  Life is getting crazier around here.

So much has happened since I last posted that I don’t even know where to begin.  I am just going to briefly hit the highlights (in no particular order) and wrap up with some humor.

1)  Today, Governor Soon-to-be-in-jail-ovitch of Illinois decided to appoint someone to fill Obama’s vacated Senate seat, despite the fact that the Illinois Secretary of State refuses to certify his appointee and the fact that the Senate Democrats have refused to seat anyone appointed by the governor.  He chose Roland Burris, the former state Attorney General.  In a not-so-surprising move, immediately after naming Burris, who is black, Congressman Bob Rush (D-Ill) stepped up to the podium to play the race card.  “I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer,” said Rush (emphasis added).  Rush said, “I don’t think that anyone, any U.S. senator who’s sitting  the Senate right now, wants to go on record to deny one African American from being seated in the U.S. Senate.”  Blagojevich claims he made the appointment because the legislature failed to enact legislation that would have allowed a special election to fill the vacant Senate seat; however, the seventeenth amendment to the Constitution states, in part, “When vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate, the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.”  In other words, the states are required to hold a special election – the governor is only empowered to appoint someone until the election can take place.

2)  The Republican National Committee accused George W. Bush of embracing socialism in his bailout efforts.  All I can say is that they are a day late (or months late, as the case may be) and a dollar short (or several trillion dollars short, to be more accurate).  Where was the RNC during the initial bailout vote?!?  Where were they when alarms were going off over Fanny and Freddie?!?  Where was their concern over being the party of smaller government and not nationalizing industries when they were supporting John McCain and his universal health care plan?!?  Hipocrites really tick me off!

3)  Israel finally had enough of the Hamas rocket attacks and began air strikes on military compounds and a tunnel network used to smuggle in weapons and militants into the Gaza Strip.  I keep hearing pro-Hamas people on TV and radio saying that Israel’s response should be “proportional” to the casualties caused by Hamas.  These bone-heads need to look up the word proportional.  One thing can be 3000 times as large as another and still be proportional; it simply depends on the proportionality constant.  You don’t win a war by killing one enemy combatant for every one of your soldiers they kill.  You win a war with an overwhelmingly superior military response that inspires, as George W. Bush put it, “shock and awe” in your enemies.  Also, I would like to point out that Hamas long claimed that they were fighting Israel because there were Jewish settlements in Gaza; those have all been removed.  This is nothing more than Hamas’s desire to inflict civilian casualties on Israeli citizens, so Israel is giving them a taste of their own medicine, just using a much larger spoon!

I was going to include a few more, but it is getting late.  Instead, I will wrap up with a bit of humor.  The Yale Book of Quotations recently released its list of the Top Ten Quotes of 2008.  However, some of these quotes are pathetic and do not rival some potential quotes that could have been used.  Therefore, I present to you my Top Ten Quotes of 2008:

  1. Joe Biden telling Chuck Graham, a parapelegic, to stand up.
  2. Barack Obama visiting imaginary states on the campaign trail.
  3. Biden needs to learn how to count.
  4. I’ll leave this one as it stands:  “It’s not based on any particular data point, we just wanted to choose a really large number.” — a Treasury Department spokeswoman explaining how the $700 billion number was chosen for the initial bailout, quoted on Forbes.com Sept. 23.
  5. Obama sees dead people (long clip, but he makes the statement in the first 15 seconds of the video).
  6. Again, this one is a keeper: “Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.” — the Treasury Department’s proposed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, September 2008 (emphasis added).
  7. Biden rewriting history (FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed – Herbert Hoover was, and television hadn’t been invented yet).
  8. Obama promising skyrocketing energy prices under his energy plan.
  9. For me, number 9 is a tie, but since the original article had a three-way tie for number 10, I feel justified.  For me, it is a toss-up between Jesse Jackson’s statement concerning Obama talking down to blacks and Obama’s medical perscription for asthma (breathalyzers are used to test for alcohol consumption, and there is no such thing as an inhilator – he means inhaler).
  10. John McCain has a Freudian slip that is more revealing than he would like to admit.

In case I don’t post again before Thursday, let me wish you all a Happy New Year.  And yes, one of my Resolutions is to post more often on my blog!  Let’s see how well I do.

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Published in: on December 31, 2008 at 1:18 am  Comments (2)  
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Holiday craziness in my life

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long. Life has gotten very busy in preparation for … dare I say it in this politically correct environment? … Christmas. There has been a lot of stories in the news that I want to point out to you, so I will try to put together an informative post this evening. In the mean time, have a Happy Rama-Hanu-Kwanz-Mas!

Published in: on December 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm  Comments (1)  

Bush Tries Again…

Oh, how my opinion of George W. Bush continues to fall.  I came across a story that deeply disturbs me in the Washington Post.  It is discussing how the Pentagon has trained the first of several brigades from the Army to be used in law enforcement capacities.  This is in direct violation of the 130-year-old Posse Comitatus Act, which specifies that the armed forces of the U.S. may not be used domestically as law enforcement personnel.

President Bush had tried to circumvent the Posse Comitatus Act once before.  In 2007, the President supported the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007.  This bill included a provision that would have expanded the President’s power to declare martial law and take control of state National Guard troops without the authorization of the state Governors.  However, this provision was repealed the following year.

Why am I so opposed to having up to 20,000 U.S. soldiers trained for “domestic peacekeeping” roles?  Why do I feel threatened by the presence of military forces who have been trained, not to fight a foreign enemy but rather to fight angry U.S. citizens?  Let me take you on a hypothetical trip into the not-too-distant future to answer that question.

Imagine, if you will, that the growing loss of personal freedoms that have become prevalent in the last 30 years or so continue.  As our personal freedoms (such as private property ownership, free enterprise system of commerce, right to bear arms, freedom of speech, etc.) continue to be eroded and limited by the federal government, larger and larger segments of the population begin to feel disaffected and disenfranchised.  As resentment grows at this move toward more and more federal control of our lives, eventually civil unrest would likely break out.  Who will the government turn to in order to quell the uprising?  You guessed it…our very own “secret police,” the U.S. Army.  Shades of the formation of the KGB.  We are moving one step closer to becomming the U.S.S.A.

I would like to point out that I am very much NOT anti-military.  I proudly served in the 82nd Airborne Division for three years and have a lot of respect for people who volunteer to serve their country for meager salaries and high risks.  However, I also know that expecting 18-20 year old kids to know the difference between lawful and unlawful orders, and to have the backbone to stand up in the face of superior officer issuing those unlawful orders, is asking an awful lot.  How many times have we heard the excuse, “I was just following orders”?  What happens when those orders involve shooting U.S. citizens instead of Viet-Cong?

Maybe, just maybe, President-elect Obama will reverse this dangerous course when he takes office.  However, given that he is retaining Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense (a move I applaud him for, not because I like Gates, but because continuity is very important during a time of war), I would expect that the program moves forward at least until Gates is replaced.  If he doesn’t, I truly believe we will have taken a major step toward creating Socialism at the point of a gun, literally.  It gives me a very sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Published in: on December 1, 2008 at 11:17 pm  Comments (2)  
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