Thursday, July 31, 2008

Is it Inflate my Tires? Or, I'm Tired of the Inflated...

The OWata MESS (we are going to be in if we vote for this guy) I ah... says,

"There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!"

Bush said a couple of weeks ago,

"It's a little presumptuous on my part to dictate how consumers live their own lives," the president added. "I've got faith in the American people."

That was our President's reply to a reporter who asked him why he hasn't told the people to conserve more.

President Bush trusts us, the American People. He thinks of us as equals. He may have the highest rank in the country but he's not looking down from a pedestal.

On the other hand, what does the Senator from the land of Ill-Noise (pun intended) think of us? First off, he establishes that we the people caused this problem by driving around with under inflated tires. Second, we just need to follow his instructions to resolve this issue. That's why we need him as our president and why his Mrs. can finally be proud of this country.

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 NKJV)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Explain this Mess - I - ah....

It seems teleprompter OB-wannabe-president-see can say the wrong thing even while using the teleprompter.

What is this, "Citizen of the World" crap? He did claim to be a proud American first (Michelle is now proud so he can be proud too) but to expand his territory to the world? Not that he plans to be over the world but, I think, more likely to bring the USA under submission to the rest of the world. That ought to appease the Europeans. We can all be one big happy socialist family, sharing each other's wealth, and love, and wealth, (did I say wealth yet?) with and for each other. Man! That sounds grand. We can tap into all the money from all of those rich 2nd and 3rd world counties. Count me in. I want my fair share. I am sure our standard of living will go way up then.

That reminds me, whatever happened to that young guy that made his own "Citizen of the World" passport and tried to get into another country? Is he still in jail?

To know Obama is to NĂ˜-Obama.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Algorithim of Fear

Libs seem to have captured the bumper sticker phrase market. In trying to understand liberals, I thought I'd try to think like one and create some bumper stickers of my own. I didn't do too well thinking like a lib (still feels kinda creepy) but I did come up with some bumper sticker ideas I liked.

A friend coined the phrase "Al-Gore-ithim" while we were discussing an Australian kid website where you can figure out how big your "Carbon Footprint" is. Turns out that if you don't eat meat, have kids, or do anything, you should be able to live forever. However, if you live a normal life, they want you dead by age 4. The earth would be a better place then. He figured that the program must be using a left leaning Al-Gore-ithim.

This one is shorter

A more truthful paraphrase of a popular liberal phrase.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

In Defense of Defense

A Senator was recently castigated for embellishing his military service record, claiming that he had been in a certain conflict when he had not. It turns out that he served during that time frame but in a different area and he never saw any action. Is he any less significant in that he did not see any action? Untested, maybe. But no less significant. He served and I respect that. He lied and I cannot respect that.

I recently toured one of the three Army forts that had been established in 1900 to defend the Northwest's Puget Sound: Fort Casey, Fort Warden, and Fort Flagler. These three forts created a "Triangle of Fire" for any enemy ships that might try to attack the Sound. The forts were not cheap to build or maintain. Hundreds of soldiers were stationed there during the first half of the 20th century. The enemy never came and the forts never saw any action. Was this a waste of resources?

Just think of the money and manpower we could save if we could only deployed troops where they would be needed? No "useless" forts or ships. No military personnel that have never seen combat. Target the enemy where they are and let everybody else go about their business. But, that is not the nature of war. Is it?

If any enemy realizes that all of our troops are committed to a specific area, instead of sending reinforcements there, they could just send a much smaller force to attack where we have no troops, causing greater damage and more casualties. With no reserves, our flanks are exposed.

Our defensive shield consists of more than just our troops committed to any immediate action:
  1. Ready airmen, marines, sailors, and soldiers are deployed around the world providing a first line response to any possible aggression. In the absence of aggression, they provide a fine deterrence.
  2. The National Guard and the Reserves provide a ready and able pool of Americans willing to step in and fill any gaps on short notice.
  3. If the gap widened, most of the veterans I know would gladly stand shoulder to shoulder again. Branch rivalry aside, all Civil Servants, Grunts, Puddle Pirates, Jarheads, and Squids* would gladly serve with each other.
  4. Last but not least, is our Second Amendment. A recent news report I heard said we have more guns per capita than any country in the world (They said this like it was a bad thing). Our armed citizenry is the ultimate poison pill for any future Napoleon or Hitler that is somehow able to breach the first three lines of our defenses.
No! Freedom isn't free. Nor does it come cheaply. It requires constant vigilance and an able defense. Some will pay the ultimate sacrifice. Hopefully and prayerfully, most will not. But it also requires that we have troops, forts, equipment, and weapons that may never see any action. It requires that we have men and women ready to serve wherever they are needed. It behooves those of us who have served to support those now serving and share with them why they are needed. It's a team effort, true patriotism.

I heartily thank all of those that have served, are serving, and will serve. For those of you who would rather see us become more like Europe: ready to appease the enemy, avoiding any aggression, and obliterating our Second Amendment right; I would like to wish a pox upon you. But that would not be right. You have the freedom granted in our First Amendment to say what you believe. I just don't like you because your are going to get us killed.

* For the uninitiated: Civil Servants = Air Force; Grunts = Army: Puddle Pirates = Coast Guard; Jarheads = Marines: and Squids = Navy.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Congress should pay, otherwise the taxpayers will have to foot the bill

Congress should pay, otherwise the taxpayers will have to.

Oh my gosh! I wonder if this guy is a Democrat or a Republican? (any odds on either?) Was he educated in a public or private school ? Was he educated at all? Does TV count? Does NPR give out diplomas?

Senator John McCain damaged his campaign when he admitted he didn't know anything about economics. I think Senator Barack Obama has shown us that he knows even less then the senior Senator.

It's bad enough when these two fine members of Congress are Econo-Ignorant (I suspect they are not alone) but I seem to remember we also had a President once who was afraid to let taxpayers have more of their money back because they (the taxpayer) may not spend it correctly. That's awful? We cannot be trusted to spend our own money? Well! Who made the money in the first place? Who made these rules anyway? How is it that a person who doesn't produce anything tangible can tell a person that trades what they did produce into money what they (the producer) can do with that money?

As bad as the Executive and Legislative branches sound, if the general populace (and I suspect that Mr. Guess is not alone either) believes that Congress has some pool of money they use to pay for everything before they tax the taxpayers, then we can only expect more taxes. Almost makes you to want to stop producing just to see how long NPR can survive.