I can fix all the problems with one change

What problems?  Unemployment, juvenile delinquency, crime, spousal abuse, poverty, illegal immigration, divorce, illiteracy, childbirth out of wedlock, and obesity.

“All” that has to be done is to foster personal responsibility — in all aspects of our lives. How to do this?

Get people to work — MAKE them work and earn their way. Truly reform our welfare system and require every able-bodied person to work or be performing public service of some sort (a’la WPA). In the process, the people with their hands out will come to have a feeling of a stake in the community.  And in the reform we must take into account the fraudulent notion of “earned income credits” whereby people get a tax “refund” of taxes they did not even pay. If deserving citizens need a hand up, then fine.  But don’t disguise it as a “refund.”  It’s welfare, pure and simple. Change all of that and people now undeservedly on welfarre will rise to the occasion and begin to become responsible for themselves and their families. Hopefully.

At every step along that path we must make certain that folks who truly need and deserve help get it. The problem is that our public benefit systems have failed to discriminate between those in need and those who are committing fraud. We’ve reached the point where the number of people who are takers are about to exceed the number of givers.

For many, and you hear this repeatedly, the incentive to work does not exist.

Then there is the dichotomy of how our “entitlement” system (of which welfare is but a part) draws illegal immigrants to this country, but for the most part, they work!

So here’s how the “fix” works:  Everyone is working, they’re too tired at night to commit crime and no longer have a need to; they can afford to get married and raise a traditional family; the financial pressures that foster many divorces are lessened; they eat better and are more active thus lessening obesity; people seek better education because now they need it; and the entitlement magnet that draws people across our borders illegally is disengaged.

OK, of course I’m stretching the point somewhat, but the fundamental argument is sound:  engender, and require, personal responsibility and much of our societal pathology takes care of itself.

And the practical result is that the gut-wrenching, crippling national debt is lessened because we’re no longer spending so much money on foolishness.  Bottom line: a hand UP betters the human condition and is cheaper than the hand OUT.

Pres. Obama’s Ice Cream lie

This from a former law school lecturer in constitutional law:

“You can imagine, if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona …” the president said Tuesday at a campaign-style appearance in Iowa, “suddenly, if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed.” On the same day, Attorney General Eric Holder said he was considering a court challenge.

(emphasis added)  via How Obama could lose Arizona immigration battle | Washington Examiner.

That is a scare tactic, class warfare engendering statement and one that is totally irresponsible.  Is it possible that the President simply misspoke?  It’s hard to imagine that by late April when this statement was made that both he and the Attorney General (see YouTube link below) did not know the language and meaning of the AZ law.  If not, then both of their statements were tantamount to gross negligence.  If they DID, then those statements were made purely for political scare tactic purposes, and tantamount to a fraudulent misrepresentation.

Look at my analysis and tell me if the President and Attorney General could justify the “ice cream” statement based on that law.  No way.  It’s quite clear that there first must be a lawful contact with the citizen.  So, if you and your kid just robbed the ice cream store, then upon police contact you might be asked for ID — no matter where it appears you might be from.

(edit 5/15/2010) Just discovered this video where AG Holder acknowledges that he has not read the AZ immigration law, but still has an opinion on it. It thus becomes indelibly clear that his remarks about the bill are simply politically motivated.  The United States Attorney General is not a position where you want politics to motivate. He is the top law enforcement official in the country and there is no room for politics in the types of decisions the AG has to make.

The F-14 Tomcat

Occasionally we had civilians (usually dignitaries) get a ride in a jet off of the Kitty Hawk.  The story in the snippet below was a frequent description upon their return.

F-14 Tomcat

Click the link and read the whole thing. It’s a hoot.

Below is an article written by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. He details his experiences when given the opportunity to fly in an F-14 Tomcat. If you aren’t laughing out loud by the time you get to “Milk Duds,” your sense of humor is broken.

Now this message is for America’s most famous athletes: Someday you may be invited to fly in the back-seat of one of your country’s most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have … John Elway, John Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity, let me urge you, with the greatest sincerity…

Move to Guam.

Change your name.

Fake your own death!

Whatever you do ..

Do Not Go!!!

via The F-14 Tomcat Association..

F-14 Fly-by. Don't try this at home.

Here is a pretty interesting shot of a fly-by that is NOT recommended procedure. We had a few similar events while I was aboard the Kitty Hawk, and the result was always some discipline of the pilot … then put him right back to work.

Black Balls. Yes, we must talk about it.

We do need to talk about black balls — don’t worry guys, not that kind!  This is a “sea story” and like sea shanties, such stories are often full of fantasy … but this one is true.

The setting is 1968, sometime roughly around the time of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and we’re on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin. Yankee Station is merely a dot on a chart in the Gulf, some 35 miles in diameter and marked into three equal pie-shaped operating areas for aircraft carriers.  We’re aboard the Super Carrier, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk — the last of the conventionally powered carriers, and which was decommissioned in 2008 after 49 years of service. (details on the ‘Hawk here) Continue reading “Black Balls. Yes, we must talk about it.”

Roger L. Simon » Times Square: It’s the jihad, stupid

That statement seems so obvious. And it is, in my estimation.  Yet the attitude you see discussed in the following clip (and you should read the article) is the same attitude that has the United States of America revealing to the entire world the number of nuclear warheads we have!

So let’s tell them all of our military strategic information, scrub perfectly descriptive words from our lexicon, and assume that our enemies place the same value on life as do we, here in America.  They do not.  And quit apologizing for being America!  “They” are our enemies because of the GOOD in America, not because of a damn thing for which we must apologize.  Have we as a nation erred on occasion?  Heck yeah, and so have every one of us individually.  But with these attitudes we would have lost WWI and WWII and the attitudes are the same that caused us to walk away from Korea and to lose Vietnam.  That’s right, lose it.  My 18 months at sea during that time was not lost because I and all of us were doing what our country asked us to do.

But the wrong-headed thinkers lost it, just like they’re losing America’s might in the world — the might that is the only thing standing between you and a jack-booted thug.

Read the article.

[Shahzad is probably a jihadist]  Yet only months after the Ft. Hood massacre, our government and leaders refuse to name our enemy. In fact, as a recent PJTV video reminds us, they are running the other way. Words like “jihad,” “Islamic fascism,” etc. — the very ideologies cited by the 9/11 Commission as the causes of September 11 — have now been expunged from the lexicon of our government and even our military.

Times Square reminds us how dangerously self-destructive that is. Were it not for our concerned citizenry and smart law enforcement, our civilization would be on its way out. Many of our leaders are evidently ready to hand it over.

via Roger L. Simon » Times Square: It’s the jihad, stupid.

Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution – Robert Lowry Clinton – National Review Online

Concisely, in one article, you can read an excellent analysis of the power of the Supreme Court, and the source of that power. Given the increasing impact of Supreme Court decisions on our lives, understanding the origins and nature of the Court’s power is an important consideration. I take no position on the major premise of the article, but it is thought-provoking and interesting.  National Review Online has this insightful piece.

Many Americans are puzzled and angry about the judicial assault on religion, morality, and common sense that has been going on for the past few decades. People wonder, for example, how the First Amendment (which guarantees freedom of religion as well as separation of church and state) could possibly require the expulsion of religion from public life, or outlaw prayers at high-school football games and graduation ceremonies. To answer questions like these, one must understand how federal judges got the power to make such controversial political decisions in the first place, and how the judges used that power to bludgeon the American citizenry into believing that their power was legitimate.

via Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution – Robert Lowry Clinton – National Review Online.