Sunday, October 30, 2011

When the debate is lost . . .

. . . slander becomes the tool of the loser.

The theory that Republicans - especially white Republicans - oppose Obama only because of his race, and support Cain to prove they are not racists is simply reprehensible.  I expect lickspittles like Bashir and Olbermann to don their cheerleading panties, but I was surprised at Gregory.

One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy.  – Karen Finney, MSNBC Analyst to Martin Bashir, MSNBC host.
White voters support Cain to show they aren't racist. “I think when [members of the Tea Party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, ‘Well, you know, I can, I support this guy it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive.  – Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D) Maryland to "Meet the Press" host David Gregory.
Cain is popular with Republicans because it "hides the racist element" of the party. – Janeane Garafalo, out of work actress to Keith Olbermann, fired MSNBC host.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On the 99 Percenters:

The 53% Guy presented a rather tough message to the "Take Wall Street" crowd, and a "Confessed Liberal" answered him on "The Daily Kos."  While Confessed is an accomlished debater, and presents some interesting arguments, the end game of his philosophy troubles me.

(In sotto voce:  While I would rather remove my appendix with a dull spoon than provide a link to the Daily Kos, I had no alternative in this case.)

In his argument, Confessed says this:
I want everybody to have healthcare.  I want lazy people to have healthcare.  I want stupid people to have healthcare.  I want drug addicts to have healthcare.  I want bums who refuse to work even when given the opportunity to have healthcare.  I’m willing to pay for that with my taxes, because I want to live in a society where it doesn’t matter how much of a loser you are, if you need medical care you can get it.
On the surface, I agree with a part of this argument.  However, I disagree in the strongest terms to the slippery slope leading to the endgame - pure Marxism.

Perhaps “Confessed” would prefer this: Every employer transfers all employee salary to the Federal government. The ENTIRE payroll. 100%. Then we trust the government to dole it out according to who “deserves” it. Drug addicts, criminals, the “lazy bums” he describes. Everyone.

That sounds extreme, but it is simply a logical extension of the model he embraces. The test of “Confessed's"  philosophy is whether  or not he would agree to that model – especially with his salary.

How about it, "Confessed?"  Are you willing to ante up in toto?  Are you willing to go all in? 

I doubt it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

For Brennig . . .

Yeah, I know they're French, not British, but it's a mind calming couple of minutes.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ethics . . .

. . . and morals

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Those who make statements like this one in order to feed the news outlets have neither.  Unless there is a legitimate legal or moral principle involved, these people are nothing more traitors to their employer.

The true translation of that statement is: "If my boss heard about this, I would be fired."

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Atten . . . HUT!

. . . Hand . . . SALUTE!

Our television watching here is limited to the Armed Forces Network. Since nothing much was on, I watched the changing of command for the Commander, Joint Chiefs of Staff. As you might expect, the ceremony for the highest ranking member of the United States Armed Forces is pretty spectacular. However, when all of the flags passed in review, all of the military on the reviewing stand rendered a proper salute. The civilians did also by holding their hands over their hearts. All but one, that is. Guess who. (Hint: he's from Chicago)


Yeah, I know.  I'm on a single track lately, but with 2012 coming up, I have simply had enough of this empty suit and his minions. 

Up. To. Here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On an AFN "commercial" Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe, reflected on the fact that his father flew a B-27 during the 2nd World War. 

Nevermind that there never was a B-27.  We had the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Martin Marauder and B-29 Superfortress.

Forgotten lines or sloppy script writer?
From Fox News:
A group of corporate and labor leaders advising President Obama is calling for sweeping and urgent changes in government policies, from liberalized immigration and less restrictive regulations to a more business friendly tax system and greater spending on infrastructure.
Of course, the goal of this is to provide some type of stimulus to our faltering economy.

Less restrictive regulations?  Definitely, but diametrically opposed to Barry's desire for government to control all.  After all, the government is vastly smarter than we are - at least in Barry's world.

More business friendly tax system?  Of course, but contrary to Barry's general philosophy of soak the rich, soak those bad corporations, and bring down Wall Street.

Greater spending on infrastructure?  Sure.  We need it, but can we afford it?

But how does liberalized immigration help mitigate the problem of one million unemployed construction workers?

In Brad Thor's new book, "Full Black," he repeats an observation of undetermined parentage: "A democracy can exist only until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury."

Sadly, we seem to be travellers on that path.

Monday, October 10, 2011

News . . .

. . . flash

Al-Qaeda joins those questioning legality of U.S. killing of citizen Anwar al-Awlaki

Question away.  In the meantime, keep looking up.
Governor Moonbeam . . .

. . . strikes again.
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill giving illegal immigrant college students access to state-funded financial aid, the second half of two-part legislation known as the "Dream Act."
The oft-used "we're a nation of immigrants" argument is irrelevant here.

 Yes, we're a nation of immigrants.  I am not a Native American.  However, my ancestors - all of them, as I can best determine - entered this country legally.

The word "illegal" has a meaning.  It means we should be compassionate.  It does NOT mean that we should offer up the keys to the homestead to everyone who sneaks in the back door.

And we wonder why we're going broke?