1 --- Good thing the Patriots don’t need Richard Seymour. Where’s Hobbs and Vrabel? Even with Brady back the team is at best ordinary. The dynasty may be done. Maybe they need Parcels back. Go Red Sox.
2 --- This sick note in this morning’s (Sunday’s) Herald: Airplane shoe bomber Richard C. Reid no longer faces severe limits on his prison activities or communications after the Obama administration quietly ended years of hard-nosed curbs against the British-born al-Qaeda terrorist.
What is it with this administration. This guy tired to kill over a hundred people. His only regret was not completing his mission. I doubt he is sorry and even if he was he should thank Allah each day. We should have executed him. Has our president got a soft spot for Muslim terrorists?
On December 22, 2001, Reid tried to blow up a Miami-boundAmerican Airlines flight from Paris. He ignited a fuse connected to powerful explosives stashed in his left shoe. Had he succeeded it would have blown a gaping hole in the belly of the plane which would have caused the plane to crash from 35,000 feet killing all aboard.
3 --- Do you recall in Spaghetti Westerns, the Native American was portrayed in such movies were fond of saying “white man speak with forked tongue”?
Well, I think Barack Obama speaks with forked tongue.
On one hand he says his health care package will not provide care for illegal immigrants. On the other he plans to make illegals legal thus eligible for health care.
His administration is about as mixed up as his community organization which propelled him to stardom, ACORN. One time he talks about 47 million new recipients of health coverage under his utopian plan then at other times says 30 million. He’s not confused, he’s trying to confuse you and me.
Don’t be confused with Obama’s forked tongue talk. (Is a forked tongue a medical condition?)
4 --- Just when you think this administration couldn’t get any nuttier they get nuttier.
Bet you never thought of yard sales as dangerous places or that selling some dollar toys in a yard sale could get you a $15 million fine by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
The strict standards were set in the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a series of high-profile recalls of Chinese-made toys. So now the kid or Mom trying to make a few bucks on their old toys could go penniless. Talk about Chutzpah.
5 --- I’m no fan of New York Governor David Paterson. He inherited th office while it was in complete confusio n when th previous occupant got messed up in a sex scandal.
Paterson is one of two black governors in the United States. I can’t speak fro Paterson’s leadership but is he any different than any other governor now that the decades of stupid spending is coming back to bite them in the butt. Neither Paterson nor Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick brought on the mess we are in. It would have happened in either state with white liberals in charge.
The push in New York is for Paterson to step aside for the state’s attorney general Andrew Cuomo. In Massachusetts state treasurer Tim Cahill (who incidentally is running as an Independent instead of Democrat).
It is not my intent to be supportive of either Paterson or Patrick. They are both air headed liberals. Then again so are Cuomo and Cahill. Would they have been more successful than the two black guys. I doubt it. It was their misfortune to pop up on the scene when the liberal oomgalagala was about to do the inevitable - his the fan. And hit the fan it has.
Liberals of course will tell you we need to speed up the fan to avoid hitting the flying bull flops.
Liberals are all cut from the same mold. When the plans fail, plan some more, and more, and more. Forget the fact they caused the problems. Listening to the arguments from Democrat liberals like Cuomo and Cahill is laughable, real knee slappers those two.
Joe Biden gave us a glimpse into that black hole known as a liberal mind when he told us our fiscal problems in the United States is not that we spend too much, no, our problem is we need to spend more.
We are much better off here in Massachusetts because we will have a reasonable alternative, Christy Mihos. He’s a no nonsense business man, not a pie in the sky pinhead.
Maybe Representative Joe Wilson was right when he shouted at Obama during his campaign speech there.
6 --- Get ready for government (Obama) control of the Internet. You will hear the words, “Net neutrality”. It is nothing more than a power grab by some very influential people who were big supporters of Barack Obama in his race for president such as Google other Silicon Valley companies that don't want large ISPs denying or controlling their access to Internet users.
The companies they worry about are Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T.
The Internet we use is by and large self regulated and seems to have worked very well. Soon ,we are told, the Obama administration will announce that the FCC will propose new rules to embrace what it calls "Net Neutrality."
Sounds innocuous, doesn’t it?
New FCC chairman, Julius Genachowsk will "propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks .” This to sounds pretty innocent ,doesn’t it?
Net Neutrality as a power grab that will benefit big Internet players like Amazon and Google while stifling smaller competitors. According to the CATO Institute, it would encourage more FCC regulation of the Internet and broadband markets in general.
With all else taking place, health care, Afghanistan and Iraq, taxes, this may slide through and severely limit the freedoms we have come to know in our dealings with the Internet.
7 --- Head’s up. Politicians are their most dangerous when their plans are rejected by the public. To regain their control of their domain they will resort to things which are not necessarily in the best interest of their constituents.
To his credit George Bush did not make the capture of Osama bin Laden the number one objective of our efforts in Afghanistan. Where is Osama. Who knows? The likely place would be in the Pakistani bad lands controlled by Moslem extremists.
Keep an eye on Afghanistan. If we respond to the request of the generals responsible for the conduct of hostilities there and send in another 40-50 thousand troops then it will be a clear signal our goal there is victory in ridding the nation of the Taliban. El-Qaeda is pretty munch under control and was financed mostly by wealthy middle-east elements. The Taliban uses poppy fields and other elements within Afghanistan.
Getting bin Laden’s scalp would do wonders for the public perception of what is currently a failed presidency.
Are we ready to penetrate into Pakistan to chase down the El-Qaeda strongman.
We risk the lives of hundreds, even thousands of our troops if we go off on a tangent to get the biggest terrorist in the world. Only for the sake of capturing and killing bin Laden.
Afghanistan will require far more than a military conquest. It is a hodge podge of elements. The cities are somewhat into the mid 20th century. The country side is steeped in hundreds of years of history. Illiteracy and poor living habits are more a part of engrained culture than what the cities seem to be.
Afghanistan is about the size of Texas. A large part of the country is mainly mountainous while the north and southwest is plains.
The natural resources are natural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chromites, talc, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, precious and semiprecious stones. Aside from gas however the resources are in limited amounts.
The soil in most parts of the country is arid. Soil degradation and for centuries overgrazing has destroyed the land for most crops and livestock.
There about 30 million people in Afghanistan but no one knows with any certainty. A census will be done in 2010. .Three quarters live outside urban areas. Infant mortality is high and life expectancy is low at about 45.
The ethnic makeup of Afghanistan is a half dozen different and unrelated groups or tribes. Centralized government has never had authority over the countryside.
A military action alone will not pacify Afghanistan. Until the people are able to support their families and have a relatively comfortable lifestyle without starvation and sickness dominating their existence outfits like the Taliban will rule the roost. The Taliban took control of the metropolitan areas of Afghanistan when the Russians pulled out in 1990.
Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium; the Taliban and other antigovernment groups participate in and profit from the opiate trade, which is a key source of revenue for the Taliban inside Afghanistan; widespread corruption and instability impede counter drug efforts; most of the heroin consumed in Europe and Eurasia is derived from Afghan opium.
Continuing our effort in Afghanistan as we have will only lead to failure and not get bin Laden and break the backs of El-Qaeda and the Taliban. They are in the fight to the end. Patience is a trait of the people of the region. We are fighting a war of attrition which cannot be won in any conventional ways.
The Russians used overwhelming force to take the country. After twen years they packed up and left without achieving a thing the invaded to produce. If we continue our efforts as we have will meet the same fate Russia did.