Monday, July 18, 2011
Limits exist everywhere. It's interesting that this month the debate has been over a single limit, and how we as a world, not just a nation, can't afford to let it stop us. CAFE standards give us a bottom limit of how many miles we get from a gallon of gasoline. Yet, that limit is too important to get rid of or make it more user friendly. There are speed limits that police hope you'll go beyond so they can fine you.
The debt limit however, is apparently too limiting. First question, how did we get a debt limit? Answer, we decided we were spending too much money, and needed time to examine the budget, and find things we could eliminate to reduce our expenses. The debt ceiling was passed to give Congress the time needed to adjust our finances to a more sustainable pattern.
That adjustment never happened. Not under Democrats, nor under Republicans. Today the same Democrats who are complaining that it's irresponsible to vote against raising the debt ceiling, voted against the debt ceiling in 2006. The same Republican party that objected to raising the debt ceiling today, voted for it in 2006.
Yet not once have we ever reduced spending. NOT ONCE have we managed to reduce the size and scope of Government.
When President Obama was Senator and Candidate Obama, he objected to the Patriot Act, Guantanamo, and many other things. That is until it became his secret police, then it was all right. He voted against raising the debt ceiling, and now calls those who threaten to do so unpatriotic.
Harry Reid voted against it in 2006, now chastises those who oppose it as irresponsible. Which is what they said when they voted against it in 2006.
The point my dear friends is this. If a Republican is elected next year, then raising the debt ceiling will be a patriotic duty to the Republicans, and a irresponsible action to the Democrats, again.
In this whole debate, the original purpose was lost. To get a handle on the bloated federal budget.
I'm starting to think that we need to change the message on the Statue of Liberty. It should now say. "Abandon all hope ye who enter here."
Monday, July 04, 2011
I wonder if Ignorance is an excuse for the Police
For the record, I think the basic premise of Ignorance being no excuse for breaking the law, is the second dumbest thing ever. Let's say you are legally allowed to turn right on a red light in your state. You visit another state, and make a right turn on red. The police pull you over, check your license, and you explain you didn't realize it was not allowed. "I'm sorry officer, we're allowed to in Georgia."
"Ignorance is no excuse." The officer says. Actually that is incredibly stupid. It's impossible to follow the rules, if you don't know what they are. A smarter action would be to issue a warning to the driver, and put it into your computer system, showing that he'd gotten a warning for this action.
Then if he does it again, he can't claim ignorance.
I mention this, because of a news story that is being roundly ignored. Dayton Police beat, tasered, pepper sprayed, and then hog tied and put into a police car a Retarded 17 year old boy.
Yes, you read that right. The cops threw a beating on, blasted with the taser, and then pepper sprayed a retarded boy. A copy of the Complaint is here.
Now, the predictable response from the police will almost certainly be that the Officer didn't know the boy was retarded. The officer didn't know that his actions were way over the top.
I say to them, what they love to say to everyone else. Ignorance is no excuse. Another example of fine law enforcement in Ohio last summer. Police dog dies in the back of police car from excessive heat. I think the Police should be charged when they violate the law, don't you?
Friday, July 01, 2011
Harvard University has released a study that has Republicans laughing, and Liberals scratching their heads. I say they are scratching their heads, because nobody is talking about it on Democratic Underground, Daily Kos, or Huffington Post. Generally speaking, that means they don't know how to spin it yet, and are awaiting their marching orders from the party masters.
The study says that Patriotic Celebrations like the 4th of July turns kids into Republicans.
The question none of them answer is why the Democrats don't see a boost from participation, assuming they do, in Patriotic celebrations.
Independence Day, the celebration of the founding of the nation. For most people this means something painfully obvious. The stories of people who risked life and limb, family and fortune to create a new nation from a previously undefeated colonial master. For Liberals, this is when the racist homophobic evil people fought a war to own slaves. Next war, the war of 1812. Same thing, The Americans were stealing from the peaceful loving Native Americans, and slaughtering innocents to get enough materials to continue slave ownership and their racist homophobic hate filled agenda.
Mexican American War. Evil Racist America fought a war to steal land from the innocent peaceful brown people to our south.
Civil War, obvious one here. Racist Homophobic hate filled evil nasty Republicans (I know, Republicans were in the north and Democrats were in the south, but you can't expect Liberals to get these kinds of things right) fought a war to prevent the great Democratic (I know, I know) President Lincoln from freeing Slaves.
Are you noticing a pattern yet? Spanish American War, we stole land and created virtual slaves of the people of the Philippines and Cuba from the Spanish.
World War One. Greedy bankers got rich on the backs of the people creating war materials that the uneducated morons who didn't know any better like the poor ignorant Alvin York murdered his fellow man.
World War II. American Imperialism and strong arm tactics forced the innocent Japanese to take arms to defend themselves.
The pattern is fairly obvious now isn't it folks? Liberals denounce everything that the nation has done, while claiming that doing so is absolutely patriotic. It was patriotic to disagree and debate President Bush. But when it's a Democrat in office. The question is "Who's side are you on?"
So why would Democrats celebrate the 4th of July? If they show up, it's to wave signs or educate the poor ignorant morons on how awful the nation really is.
So wait for it. Soon the Democrats will see this as a chance to start to participate in the celebration. I can see it now. A float in next years local parade on Great Contributions by Gay Patriots. Another float educating the people on Horrible people who founded the nation in the name of freedom while they owned slaves.
Perhaps they can have a float where they burn an effigy of Bush and dance about throwing pies at the stupid Conservatives shouting "Bush Lied, Kids Died."
Probably not, but I wouldn't put it past the nuts to think they just have to explain to the ignorant hicks how stupid the aforementioned hicks are to think the country is great.