Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Enhanced interrogations

If you follow the news at all you have heard about the witch-hunt in regards to "enhanced interrogations".
I have heard of all the major things that are, according to the White House, cruel.
Rush brought up something today which is not a new idea but still a good one.
When deciding whether something is needed ask yourself if your family was in danger from someone and the person being questioned had information that could save them how far would you go.
Some would say that this goes too far and the government has the responsibility to use reasonable methods for extracting information.
I disagree with this idea.
I once heard Justice Scalia making a point that I think speaks directly to this issue. I wish I could find a text of the speech so I could get it perfect but I will get the basics of it.
The discussion was on a case where new information came out after a person had been found innocent of a brutal rape. This new information and the fact that the person could not be tried again prompted the father of the victim to kill the rapist. Scalia argued that the government had taken away our rights to defend ourselves and our communities. The idea that we are all familiar with now is that the justice system will be impartial and do a better job that the average citizen. In this case the justice system had failed miserably to do its job of protecting the community and this is why it is a good thing we have jury nullification for this man that should not be put in jail. The justice system had failed him so he was forced to into vigilantism.
Great point Justice Scalia. ;-)
Now putting that into perspective, we the people have charged the government or more specifically the CIA to defend us from attacks carried out by foreigners.
If it was YOUR family that commuted every day across a bridge that was the next target of terrorists how far would you go to get information out of a man that you KNOW is part of that terrorist group.
If you wouldn't go as far if not farther than the CIA has gone then I feel sorry for your family.
For me, I think the interrogation scenes in the movie Inglourious basterds would not be going too far.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Questions for Congress

Watched part one of what looks to be a great week of Glenn Beck.
Here are some questions to ask your Congressmen and Senators.

- Our unfunded liability for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is close to $100 trillion. Is there any way to pay for these programs without bankrupting America?

- We are in so much debt, why spend more borrowed money on cap-and-trade and healthcare programs before we stop the flow of red-ink?

- The stimulus package funneled billions of dollars to ACORN. How does giving billions of dollars to ACORN stimulate the economy?

- If it was so important for congress to pass the stimulus bill before they even had time to read it why has only a fraction of the stimulus money been spent 6 months later?

- Bush said he had to abandon free market principles in order to save them, how exactly does that work?

- Why won’t member of Congress read the bills before they vote on them?

- Why are citizens mocked and laughed at when they ask their congressman to read the bills before they vote on them?

- Was the cash-for-clunkers program meant to save the earth or the economy? Did it accomplish either?

- How did Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist become a special advisor to the president?

- Did President Obama know of Van Jones’ radical political beliefs when he named him special advisor?

- The Apollo Alliance claimed credit for writing the stimulus bill—why was this group allowed to write any portion of this bill?

- If politicians aren’t writing the bills and aren’t reading the bills, do they have any idea what these 1000 page plus bills actually impose on the American people?

- If the ‘public option’ health care plan is so good why won’t politicians agree to have that as their plan?

- If town hall meetings are intended for the politicians to learn what’s on our mind—why do they spend so much time talking instead of listening?

- Politicians are refusing to attend town hall meetings complaining, without evidence, that they are scripted. Does that mean we shouldn’t come out and vote for you since every campaign stop, baby kiss and speech you give is scripted?

- Why would you want to overwhelm the system?

- Is using the economic crises to rush legislation through congress what Rahm Emanuel meant when he talked about not letting a crises go to waste?

- What are the czars paid? What is the budget for their staffs/offices?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Communism

I was watching The Good Shepherd and it occurred to me, we used to understand as a country the danger of communism , we used to have our FBI, CIA and other organizations doing everything they could to root out the scourge of communism not only in our country but around the world.
Maybe we went overboard on sticking our nose in other countries business but we certainly were doing the right thing in our own country.
Now we see that we have elected a President who has at the very least communist/socialist leanings. He has appointed czars that are outright communists and for the most part we as American citizens are doing nothing about it.
Say what you will about Joseph McCarthy but it would be nice to see a senator with half of his zeal and patriotism root out these czars, expose them for the danger that they are to this country and run the out of office.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A real conservative on Healthcare/Socialism

Ronald Reagan had it right in 1961. The words were true then and they are still true now. I don't pretend to know if Reagan really firmly believed everything he said in this speech. I know by the time he was President 20 years later he did not stick to them. Give it a listen and tell me what you think ?
A true conservative would be saying these things now, anything less is a RINO.



There are millions of Americans that still believe in these principles and they are screaming now at Town Halls around the country for a leader that will stand by these principles and take them back to Washington !!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bank teller fired for doing his duty

For those of you that have not seen the story a bank teller lost his job for stopping a bank robber.
Yes, I understand that he violated bank policy by doing it.
What really bothers me is why is that bank policy ?
It just makes no sense why a bank or any business would have a policy that says please come rob me I will give you freely anything you want.
I assume the reason for these types of policies is because of lawsuits which is something you will see me discuss in another post later.
What really bothers me is people's attitudes about this type of thing.
My first reaction was great job and how dare this bank for firing him.
After discussing it with others their reactions shocked me.
Let's take a look at a few of them.

1. How dare he do that , he had no right to put other people in that bank in danger.
Seriously ?! The bank robber put those people in danger. That teller had a right to defend himself and a civic duty to stop a robbery in progress.
2. That money is insured by FDIC why put people in danger ?
As far as danger see answer to #1 on the insurance , who do you think pays that insurance ? Do you not realize that every time insurance has to pay out a claim all of our costs go up ? Lets not forget that this guy would have probably done it again or maybe something worse had he not been stopped by this brave employee.
3. Most of the time a robber doesn't want to hurt you it is only when people try to resist that they get hurt. Or along the same lines and this if from the cop interviewed in the article; it is always better to be a good witness.

We are being raised as a nation of helpless cowards. Taught from early on go get an authority figure to protect you.
I have news for you people and this has been upheld by The Supreme Court , the police have NO obligation to protect you and no matter how hard they try there is little chance when you really need them that one will be around in time to protect you.
I always think back to the New York subway killings a few years ago whenever something like this comes up.
A man walked down a crowded NYC subway car killing people stopping to reload and nobody did a thing about it. At least when he stopped to reload you would think someone would have got up and tackled they guy but they didn't.
This type of situation is a direct result of years of indoctrination telling us to just curl up and wait for help.
We are not capable of handling anything ourselves and need the nanny state to come rescue of from every problem.
Stand up people remember your right to defend yourself.
I only hope that Jim Nicholson ( the bank teller ) is recognized for his courage and picked up by a business owner who wants an employee that cares about his job and his community.

Been away too long

Yes I know I have been away too long. No good excuse just been suffering from change blindness but then again I guess we all are.
There has been so much going on lately.
So many things happening and on the verge of happening that go in the category
"Don't be ridiculous. They would NEVER do that in America."
Wake up people things are changing at a very rapid pace.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that we are really going in a differnt direction. Bush was taking us to the same destination and McCain would have as well.
It is just that at the pace we were going we would have been there in forty years , now we are headed there in four.
I will do my best to be better about posting.