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The War in Afghanistan

It seems to me I have to admit I know little and that I can be influenced.

I backed President Bush’s war on terror. I doubled-down on that decision when pressure began mounting to pull out during the Obama years. But as time wore on, I can’t even tell you why we were in Afghanistan. The country harbored terrorists? Doesn’t Iran? Lebanon? Yemen?

The reality, Afghanistan means nothing to me. My life in America is not affected by the goings on in that country.

And if that is the case, maybe the United States’ interests there aren’t as grand as the forever war contingent within our government claims it is.

Ultimately, I don’t know.

President Biden has been a mess. And the withdrawal from Afghanistan is the poster of his incompetence. We left Americans behind That does shake the nerve as that is a steadfast value ingrained in us.

But we are out of Afghanistan.

I recall thirty-plus years ago chuckling at Russia for thinking they could enact change in Afghanistan. The oft-repeated, misattributed line:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

seems appropriate here. We were there twice as long as Russia. We limp away defeated.

At least we are free of the ongoing mess. No more deaths. No more money squandered. It was ugly from beginning to end. But it’s done.

I may have political naivete. After all, I am but a simple man. But if it can’t be explained so a simple man can understand it, perhaps it isn’t as clear as it should be.

Dot . . . Dot . . . Dot . . .

Materialism is alive and well despite me living a simple life. Going through old photographs today reminded me of making apple cider. Now I want a homebrew set again (this would be the third set). C’mon, Bob . . . Yesterday I was researching cameras and stills. I’ve been down this path many times before. One never escapes wanting to buy things, it seems . . . Spring 2007 seems to be where recreating this blog has slowed down. Far too many photographs and some complicated web pages are stretching out the time that I spend doing this . . . ’twas reminded how I tried to take my ex-wife to New Hope many times. She refused each time. Also tried to take her to Prince Edward Island due to her interest in Anne of Green Gables. She wouldn’t go there either. And just today, one of my students told me he went to Williamsburg. That was yet another destination I suggested many times our family travel to. No, we never did . . . Not big on polls, but Biden and Harris are 20+ points underwater right now. On top of that, 64% state they don’t want Biden for a second term. The man hasn’t even been in office a year yet. Yikes! . . . For some reason, Facebook thinks I am interested in skydiving. Not certain why . . .

Go to D.C., Get Rich

Hillary Clinton famously told us that she and Bill were broke when they left the White House in 2001. They are now worth is reported over $100 million.

Nice!

It’s a familiar tale: go to Washington, D.C. and get rich.

Vice President Joe Biden is a career politician. He has held no other job since 1973. Yet, he lives in a mansion. How?

It’s not just Democrats; this is truly a bi-partisan phenomenon.

You might be able to make a case for the Clintons for as a former president, you have an asset to generate money (although it certainly looks like they were criminal in their endeavors).

But what about Bernie Sanders?

Sanders is a self-professed socialist. It is reported he didn’t earn a paycheck until he was 40 and that was a government check. That may not be quite accurate because it is also reported that he wrote pornography back in the 1970s. I think it is fair to say he was no more than “average” in his earning history.

Since 1981, Sanders has been a public employee save for the the two years 1989-91. During his run for POTUS this year, it was suggested Sanders was the poorest person ever to vie for the office. Again, I am not certain how accurate that claim is. But a man who has held public office solely for 35 years certainly would not be wealthy.

Yet, today it is reported that Sanders purchased his third home. This vacation home merely cost $575,000.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an advocate for the working people, has bought his third house for nearly $600,000.

Fresh off the presidential campaign trail, the self-described Democratic socialist bought a seasonal waterfront home in North Hero, Vermont, in the Lake Champlain islands, for $575,000, as first reported by Seven Days weekly newspaper.

The independent senator and his wife also own a row house in Washington, D.C., and a home in Burlington, Vermont, a Sanders’ spokesman said Thursday.

Nice work if you can get it.

This is why the average man loses faith in politics. There is no way a public employee should be able to such luxury based solely on his public salary. His connections should not bridge the salary to the luxury. Sanders’s character is shattered and his supporters should note that.

A Failed Presidency

No one needs further proof of how much the Obama Administration has failed. Nonetheless, here is another example of why the economic policies of this administration have failed.

Notice the cadence used . . .

Jon was right!

For those not following along, Jon Corzine left New Jersey to head up MF Global. Corzine left MF Global last week. This week MF Global filed for the eighth largest bankruptcy ever in the United States. Missing is $600 million. The FBI is investigating. If there is justice, Jon “Was Right” Corzine will find his ass in jail.

This is the guy the Obama Administration backed. They were wrong.

Hat tip to Andrew Breitbart

Where Does It Say That?

In all the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s recent push for his “Jobs Bill” and Vice President Biden’s rhetoric that teachers and police officers need to be put back to work, I have not heard one person ask: Where does it say that?

The federal government is not responsible for a municipality’s police officers or teachers. Those are not federal positions. No matter how wonderful, great, necessary, whatever those jobs are, the federal government’s purview it is not.

Here in Millville we have cut police officers over the last couple years to balance the budget pass a budget. Why should federal tax dollars be spent to rehire any of those officers? Where is the national security interest here? Better yet, where in the US Constitution does it say we can spend Wyoming’s collected tax dollars in Millville for police officers or teachers?

Joe Biden Is an Idiot

The United States is in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, at least according to the current administration. Industry after industry is struggling. Today Vice President Joe Biden opened his mouth and sunk the airline industry.

How the frig do I get my money back for next week’s flight? The damn federal government has just stated it isn’t safe to fly. He also sneaked in there confined classrooms are a problem too. I suspect I have a lawsuit to attend to.

I don’t usually lower myself to calling people names. Biden baffles me to no end with his asinine comments.

VP Biden Called a Liar

So often in politics, folks couch their words. Karl Rove let loose last evening calling Vice President Joe Biden a liar.

Obviously, I have no idea about the veracity of Biden’s remarks, but it sure sounds like a boastful remark made on the schoolyard. Scrappy ol’ Joe from Scranton certainly exudes that persona. It is not a leap to think these are the words of a braggart. And this is where Biden’s previous character issues do not afford him the benefit of the doubt. In 1988, while running for president, Biden was forced to drop out when he plagiarized a speech he gave.

Biden’s spokesman, Jay Carney stated that Biden stands behind his remarks. Of course, Carney is one who thinks that Biden speaks candidly.

Change You Can Believe In

I have been reticent to swipe at President Obama until he had done something. It seems like he should afforded the comfort of having done something before he is hammered for it.

Yesterday in his inaugural speech, Obama said:

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Petty grievances and false promises.

Since then:

  • Vice president Joe Biden took a gratuitous swipe at Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
  • The Obama Administration updated the taxpayer-funded whitehouse.gov web site. On it is the following:

President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

  • The man President Obama wants to head the Treasury Department did not pay taxes on income for four years. He relied upon Turbo Tax and said he didn’t realize he owed the tax. Only after this issue became problematic for him politically, was the American government paid.
  • The woman who President Obama nominated to be the Secretary of State was confirmed today. Her husband receives money from foreign leaders and governments as a matter of course. In trying to guarantee the person negotiating American interests with foreign governments is not unduly influenced, the committee in charge of her nomination crafted a deal that former President Clinton would disclose annually his income from foreign interests. Except, that deal was made with the Obama Transition Team, which no longer exists. This sure sets up one for another round of parsing words ala the first go around with the Clintons.

Quite a start to one’s (The One’s) Administration. So much for the end of petty grievances and false promises. Perhaps tomorrow will be better.

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

Sean Hannity brought up tonight the issue Gert has been screaming about; namely, why hasn’t anyone asked Obama about his previous drug use?

When Bill Clinton ran for president, the “tried it but didn’t inhale” defense got exposure everywhere.  Sixteen years later we have a man who has written books about using what many consider a much harder drug than marijuana and no one has asked the candidate about it.  Not one.

Even if Obama answers to everyone’s satisfaction, is it not legitimate to ask?

This election has exposed media bias.  It’s not even a little tilted, it’s skewed beyond belief.  Ultimately, I think the 2008 election will be revisited as one that changed the course of news in America.  There is no way the current state of news reporting can sustain itself.

In a couple weeks there will be a liberal Congress with a liberal President-Elect.  After the coronation on 20 January, what will be left for the liberal media?  I suspect it will begin to feed upon itself.

P.S. While Joe Biden once again inserted his foot in his mouth, I applaud him for his use of the phrase gird one’s loins.  What an awesome use of words!