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There’s a conference for peace and spiritual awakening in Washington DC. I wonder if it’s possible to get Eric Cantor, John Boehner and Don Young to the conference.

Several rare Vietnam War photos have surfaced. Some of these are extremely good.

There seems to be a lot of buzz over an agreement between labor leaders and business leaders which should clear the way for immigration reform. The media’s painting a picture where everyone is popping the champagne corks, but I’m not so sure. I believe that conservatives have not only said no, but hell no to any type of immigration reform. I’m not sure than an agreement between labor and business is going to change that. The recent reaction of John McCain to a constituent illustrates the point. Basically, conservatives believe, and rightly so, that these undocumented workers came here illegally. The problem is that they are here illegally and therefore you have to deal with the illegal aspect of their presence first. Any thought that these “economic refugees” (I still believe that this is a better term to describe the immigrants who have come here because of their economic status in their own country) are going to voluntarily go back to their home countries is laughable. I have a better chance of twitching my nose and making millions of dollars fall from the sky than you have of these undocumented workers simply packing up and going home. It simply won’t happen.

Rush Limbaugh is upset that Doctor Ben Carson is stepping down as commencement speaker because of his anti-gay statements. What really has gotten to Rush Limbaugh is the fact that medical students are bent out of shape. Unfortunately, what he doesn’t realize is that medical students are young, idealistic and liberal. It’s only later when they become old, seasoned and grizzled physicians, who are stuck in their ways, that they move on to the conservative side. I’m not sure what happened to me. I am clearly old. I’m clearly grizzled. I have yet to embrace conservatism. ūüôā

I’m just wondering why I haven’t stumbled across buried treasure like an old Spanish Galleon filled with silver. Of course, I live in Asheville, North Carolina. There are not many Spanish Galleons here in Asheville. Then there’s that day job that I have that seems to take up a considerable amount of time.

Many Catholics are up in arms because Pope Francis has washed the feet of two young poor women. I don’t get it. Isn’t this an example directly out of the Bible? As a matter fact, why don’t other religious figures do the same thing? Can you imagine some of those Sunday evangelists like Rick Warren washing the feet of some of his poor parishioners? Nope, I don’t see it either. (more…)

By |2013-03-31T12:08:44-04:00March 30th, 2013|Economy, Music, Religion, Sports|2 Comments

Louisiana tells us what we already knew – Romney is weak

Angry at the wrong person

Maybe this is a test for liberals. How is it that¬†conservatives¬†have put together the worst field in a generation and no one from the¬†conservative¬†side is fixing the problem? You have Karl Rove and Dick Armey. These are conservative thinkers. Where’s their solution to Romney, who really, really wants to be president but has the¬†pizzazz¬†of Erkel? There is Ron Paul, who appeals to three to five percent of conservatives. He is consistent, but consistency isn’t the only¬†virtue¬†that Americans are looking for. Gingrich. I’m not sure where to start with him. He was the “thoughtful conservative.” He was the one who would speak the truth (sort of). He said that global warming was a real deal. Now, not so much. I’m not even sure if he knows what he is saying. He seems to be a punch-drunk fighter who is simply swinging wildly at everyone and everything. Romney is milquetoast. He can’t stand firm on any issue. The fact that conservatives aren’t embracing him shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

From TPM:

Rick Santorum easily won the Louisiana primary Saturday ‚ÄĒ but it may be too late to make much of a difference.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in Louisiana, Santorum had 49 percent, Romney 26.7 percent, Gingrich 15.9 percent and Paul 6 percent, according to the Associated Press. CNN, Fox News, NBC and CBS projected Santorum the winner as soon as polls closed, based on an overwhelming lead in exit polls.

The Louisiana primary uses a proportional system for delegates, with a minimum threshold of 25 percent for candidates. Romney will therefore still gain some delegates, bringing him closer to the magic number 1,144 needed for nomination, and in either case will maintain his wide delegate lead over Santorum.

Oh, and did you see that Rick Santorum was showing off his macho’ness at a shooting range in West Monroe. While he was proving that he has much more¬†testosterone than Mitt “I shoot¬†varmints” Romney, a lady shouted “pretend (the target) is Obama.” Santorum didn’t hear the comment since he was wearing headphones to protect his ears. (Can you be macho and wear ear protection? I’m just askin’) He later denounced the comment. But seriously, what is this about? We get into this¬†ridiculously¬†stupid mindset that it is our side against their side. We have to win at all costs. If we don’t win all will be lost. Garbage. I have spent more time that I would like to admit to in Monroe and West Monroe Louisiana. There are some very good people down there and many of them are struggling. It doesn’t matter who is in office. They are working hard and getting nowhere. I can tell you that there are few who are getting ahead and they (those few) seem to get ahead no matter who is in office. Republican or Democrat. Look no further than Wall Street and others who do high finance. They are making money hand over fist and are robbing America blind. They are very, very good at suctioning money out of our¬†wallets. Half the time you don’t even know who robbed you. At the end of the day, all you know is that you don’t have any money to show for all of your hard work. then Rush or Sean convince you that the problem is Blacks, Hispanics or/and Democrats. Before you know it, you are yelling something very stupid at a campaign rally. So sad.

By |2012-03-25T23:34:06-04:00March 25th, 2012|Party Politics|2 Comments

Afghanistan and Obama's surge

President Barack Obama gave a fantastic, marvelous, thoughtful, middle-of-the-road speech last night on Afghanistan. Barack Obama, in spite of his critics, looks for common ground in almost every debate. This is why he became president. He was able to appeal to a wide variety of people. So on the Afghanistan debate, there are clearly two camps. On the progressive side of this debate, bring all the troops home, now. On the conservative side of this debate, we cannot leave until the job is done.

Barack Obama had to try to avoid some of President Clinton’s pitfalls. Remember, President Clinton lost support from members of the military extremely early in his presidency by pushing gays in the military. President Obama does not want to make that mistake. Therefore, he doesn’t want to be seen as upsetting the military by an early withdrawal or by taxing the military so much that it breaks (more than it is already broken).

Markos Moulitsas on Countdown.

Barack Obama chose the middle ground. He increased troop strength by 30,000 troops. (Conservatives cheered.) He set a timetable for when to get out of Afghanistan. (Progressive sort of cheered.) He set out specific goals. (The military cheered.) The president’s speech had something that everybody could hate and that everybody could. (Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld took issue with part of the speech. Oh, that’s a surprise.)

Personally, I don’t know. I liked the speech. I’m not sure if he convinced me that sending in more troops would attain our objective. (Glenn didn’t like the speech at all.) It seems to me that a small reactionary force of approximately 5000 to 10,000 men could respond to any threat that the Taliban or Al Qaeda posed in the region. This force… will it be big enough to deter random attacks and small enough not to leave a large footprint in Afghanistan?

If we think that it is important to have a viable Afghan government which supports the Pakistani government in fighting the Taliban then there were a few things that I thought President Obama needed to say:

  • needed to establish a flexible timeline for withdrawal of US troops
  • the mission needed to be shared with international colleagues
  • Pakistan needs to be encouraged to continue its battle against extremists
  • need to create and fix the Afghan government
  • need to figure out how to pay for all this

For the most part, President Obama did these things. I’ll have more to say in the coming days and weeks. This weekend, on the radio show, I will be interviewing Brian Katulis from the Center for American Progress, talking about the situation in Afghanistan and the troop increase.

By |2009-12-02T21:10:41-04:00December 2nd, 2009|Afghanistan, Military|Comments Off on Afghanistan and Obama's surge
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