Month: May 2010

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...

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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...

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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. 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.. 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. Like this:Like...

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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) It’s a sunny afternoon with a totally clear, deep blue sky. Many of the days here are like that. The Captain is not on the bridge so as the Officer of the Deck I have full tactical command of the ship.  To understand the full import of this story you need to know something about the ‘Hawk.  While some of the published statistics vary, here is what I remember 41 years later. She’s 1,085 feet long and almost 200 feet wide at the beam. In full battle dress — that’s with all hands (about 5,000) aboard, around 100 airplanes, 3,000,000 gallons of Navy special fuel oil (remember,...

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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] ...

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