Well, it's New Years Eve again. Time for everyone to look back on the past year and try to take in all the major events in our lives both personal and public. Did we have a good year? A bad one? Perhaps, it was a balance? If you had no health issues in your family consider yourself lucky, it WAS a good year. It did not appear to be a great year for our country as the Wars in the Middle East continue, the economy has gone South (literally) and threats from enemies both internal and external have increased. We have focused a great deal of time, energy AND money in bailing out big businesses and we have continued to increase our nation's debt to absurd levels, with no end in sight. Is it the fact that our difficulties have increased so much or that we are simply paying more attention to things we may have ignored in the past? As this year ends and we all hope for a better one in 2010 it is important to appreciate all those things which are going well in our lives but, to not lose sight of the difficulties and challenges ahead. Here's to a banner year ahead and for the ability to recognize the difference.
The amount of money that many big time college athletic programs are losing is appalling. Recent news stories suggest that many schools are using their general accounts to pay debts incurred by their (in many cases) lavish sports teams. Not mentioned is how this is laid squarely on the backs of all those students not getting a free ride and their parents, who in many cases are footing the bill. Now let's be honest, there are many smart athletes but, if you look closely there is a multitude of "dopes" on most teams (especially football), who are taking up valuable space and funds that could be being used to actually educate someone might just make a life changing contribution to society. The fact that these extravagant programs, lavish these athletes and coaches with expensive equipment, food, air travel, hotels, tuition, books etc. is disgraceful but, if we Common sense would dictate that if you want to have sports fine but, the burden of the excesses causes by these sports should not be paid using any money from other areas of the university budget.
Well in the battle for biggest moron contest, Al Gore is certainly in the running. Everyone surely knows of Gore, a pathetic political figure who, despite his failures in politics has managed to reinvent himself as the number one defender of the the world's climate. Gore has done a magnificent job of being a step ahead of the curve on finding ways to keep himself out there and in finding ways to pad his fortune. Gore has discovered that becoming an environmental wacko has its rewards and proper placement of oneself as a leader of the movement of the Global Warming Loons. You have to give this guy credit for being able to bamboozle millions of dolts worldwide with his message of too much carbon, too much human interference and the evils of American Industrialization. Even after recent emails were disclosed that show pro-climate scientists were fudging the statistics in order hide the actual decline in temperatures in the past ten years, Gore continues to slough off the reality by ignoring it, lying about it, and simply twisting the arguments to serve his own purposes. Gore is as much a huckster and charleten as there is and continues to enjoy support among many of the ignorant Americans willing to believe anything a shyster like Al tells them. It's amazing how many people will say they agree with Al or trust his distortions but, when you push them to explain, they can't. Gore and his minions have put America on a dangerous path which will further lead us to destroying ourselves. It appears to be a race between he and Obama to see who can get it done first. The final result of Gore's antics will be higher taxes, less jobs, destructive outside control of American resources and the continuation of the decline of our nation. Thanks Al you J*ckas*!
What if 5 million Americans went to Washington, parked their cars on the outskirts of the city and began walking toward the Capitol to protest the way Congress, The Supreme Court and the President were running the country? As this throng of protesters pushed their way toward the the center of the city, what do you suppose the Police and military would do? Would they fire on the crowd or not? Would it be a mass conflagration or giant cluster-F*ck of death? Personally, I think they would open up on the crowd under the orders of superiors. What do you think?
How does it make any sense to involve more troops in a war and at the same time include a timetable for exiting the said war. This is what President Obama has done with his speech last night at West Point. (or as Chris Mathews calls it, "enemy territory"), where he agreed to send 30,000 more troops to fight and at the same time mentioned a draw down to begin 18 months later. Considering that is might take nearly six months to get the additional troops in theater, by my estimation that only gives the troops 12 months to achieve all the military objectives necessary to defeat the enemy, clean-up, pack-up and then come back home. Is it me or is this a joke, nuts, insane? What kind of Commander-in-Chief would put his soldiers in this kind of unrealistic bind? Let me suggest it's one that is concerned about his re-election. How much does this tell us about this guy? In July 2011 he will be in the midst of his campaign and will be able to use this "withdrawal" as a gimmick to secure his second term. But, what about the lives of the troops forced to fight an already unorthodox style of war? They are forced to follow "rules" when engaging the enemy, we are not able to use our Air Force to bomb these terrorist bases, we have to worry about the death of civilians, or as in the recent case of the four Navy Seals facing Court Martial for punching a terrorist during his capture, and now they have to worry about fighting a war with time constraints. What is wrong with our leaders that the nation with the greatest military in history, with the greatest technological advantages, greatest most sophisticated weaponry is hamstrung by the idiotic rules of a**hole politicians of both parties. This is just another nail in the coffin our leaders are building for us.