Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

It's that time of year again. Time for picnics and parades, a nice three day weekend. But let's not forget what today is really for. Let's not forget as we sit around the picnic table enjoying the company of family and friends, quaffing a cold brew and waiting for the steaks to be done, that there are sons and daughters in harms way. They are there to protect us, to preserve our way of life, to take the fight to our enemies, rather than fight them here. They are there out of a sense of duty, honor, and love of freedom and all our country stands for. They are there voluntarily, not drafted. These men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today joined up well after 9/11, knowing full well what may lie ahead. Despite your feelings on the war, you owe them more than you can ever repay.
And let's not forget those who came before them. The brave men and women who served in Vietnam and Korea, two highly contested wars on the home front, yet these selfless individuals fought and died to aid others. The remainders of the WWII vets, possibly the bravest men to have ever walked the earth. The scarifices these men made in order to halt Fascism and Imperialism from decimating our world are beyond description. WWI and beyond are but a twinkling in the memory of our young nation, yet the consequences of the actions of a brave few molded and shaped our country into what it is today. Take a moment and remember. Reflect on where we might be had it not been for their altruistic gifts of themselves. Thank a vet for his service, welcome them home and let them know you appreciate them. Not just today, everyday.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Random Ranting

Every time I think of a topic to write on I either get sidetracked or another even bigger issue comes to light and I have to scrap whatever I was thinking about or or it doesn't get done. In order to keep current I have decided instead to just write a few lines on several issues as often as possible.

Immigration Reform - The latest news has the feds doing exactly what they say they are not doing. The new bill they are floating has "Amnesty" stinking from it's pores. and yet the entire asshat assembly trying to push it through, including Senor Bush, are adamant about the fact that it is not an amnesty bill. Bush said the plan "will help us resolve the status of millions of illegal immigrants who are here already, without animosity and without amnesty." It goes without saying that if you allow someone to commit a crime, then reward them for it, there is no animosity. However, the definition of amnesty is to forgive past wrongs. I'm sorry, Mr Bush, it seems as though your definition is wrong. As Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said this year, "My definition of amnesty is when you forgive and reward lawbreakers with the objective of their crimes."
Hear, hear Mr. King

Hypocrisy reigns - State Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco was involved in a 3-car collision this past Friday. "So what?", you ask. OK, involved may be a little easy. How about "caused" a 3-car collision? Still just kinda making it for you? How about if we add that she was driving her state-paid for SUV while chatting on her cell phone when she struck another vehicle, driving the 1t car into another? Still not enough for ya, huh? OK, one more addendum to the story. This was the very same Migden who last year voted for a new law that takes effect in July 2008 that will impose a minimum fine of $20 for anyone caught using a cell phone while driving without a headset, ear bud or other technology that frees both hands. 'Nuff said.