informedcommonsense

One man's insight into today's current events

This Makes No Census To Us

Just as my wife gets out of the hospital, we get hit with a Census Form in the mail.  You know, those annoying dissertation-length,  grab-all-the-information-about-you, pandemic,  problematical incursions into one’s private life.  The questions on these forms were surely conspired by a group of deviant, wife-swapping, coke-snorting, imbibing, drooling gentlemen with IQs averaging 100 (on a good day, with the winds swirling just right and the  sun shining just right off the rear bumpers of their matched BMWs).  Pause.  Why do we need a census?  Wouldn’t it be much easier to create a CONSENSUS among the American public, who are overworked, overtaxed and over-scrutinized?

If the folks in Washington would worry less about us and be more concerned with their own deportment, we might actually get this train wreck, about-to-happen, off the fiscal cliff.

Census or spy

Insurrection On The Mount

So let me get this straight.  Ms. Clinton waves some greenbacks in Egyptian El Presidente Morsi’s  face, allowing the “bad guys” to further arm Hamas so we  (in the name of the American Public)  can have an “accord” and “cease fire,” while our Generals, West Point to the man, present their “guns” to girls who work for God- knows- who as our fleet of  Mayflowers go adrift in the Middle East to “aid American citizens in the region.”  This sounds so like LPs  we’ve listened to before that have warped so badly under the Sun.

Now “we” have the Fourth Reich established in Egypt, with a quid pro quo guaranteed by Uncle Sam, while the young ones in Egypt just want a job.  Meanwhile, back in the Holy Land of America, people are knifing those who cut in line at the local Walmart during the media-behemoth-produced  Black Friday.  A bus gets bombed in Israel while a bratty bratwurst gets the best damned deal on a 46-inch LCD TV.  Now that’s what I call an Insurrection on the Mount.

A Publisher’s Rights !

Someone slipped me a manuscript the other day.  It was a science-fiction novel.  The novel was set on some planet called Incredulous.  On this planet, the writer warns, is this slab of  land run by a narcissistic ruler embroiled in scandal.  This ruler, it seems, is at war with people across the sea he actually likes.  His generals, meanwhile, are conquering concubines and losing wars that were never declared.  At one point in the novel, an assistant to the ruler threatens to punch out a snoopy reporter asking questions about horse meat.   Strange.  It goes on to detail an economy in turmoil, with people unable to pay their rent or house payment, while insurance agents in drones yell out:  “We’ve got the best price on health insurance!”

As you readers can see, the manuscript was too divorced from reality to be considered for publication.  In the end, I had to assign it to the slush pile.

Election Fatigue Grips America !!!

Many have told me they feel as if they’ve been plunked into a time-dilating Black Hole this election season.  I don’t want to say that this thing seems to be dragging on forever, but I met a guy waiting to cast a ballot at his local precinct who was for Grover Cleveland !?!  There was this other guy who couldn’t stand it any longer and jumped out the window of his penthouse in the Upper Eastside of  NYC.  The last thing he said, before hitting the pavement, was, “It’s George W. Bush’s fault !”  Of course, this has all led to the inevitable gallows humor such as:  “What do you call 100 political pundits at the bottom of the sea?”  Answer:  “A good start.”

I don’t know about all this, but I do know I’ve grown a bit weary myself, and I LOVE politics.  Maybe there is something to this Black Hole thing.  Didn’t they “capture” the “god particle” at CERN?  All I know is the American public gets no respect, you know?  The public has to put up with sycophants kissing their babies and, in the end, they find out their kid isn’t going to get Social Security.

Well, like they say, what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger.

U.S. State Department: America’s New Pentagon?

We have witnessed horrendous events in recent days.  Attacks on American embassies.  The murder of  our consul to Libya.  And horrendous events at home, as well.  We first have Ms. Clinton’s misguided comments that only a “small group” of individuals were involved in this travesty, despite governmental assessments to the contrary.  We then have the U.S. State Department, under the direction of  Ms. Clinton, not only laying blame at the doorstep of the CIA but some American “pastor” who reportedly planned to show Innocence of  Muslims, a film shown in a Hollywood theater years ago, during his live-streaming 9/11 memorial show called “Judging Mohammad Day” that may have appeared on his website (which now does not exist!) prior to the embassy attacks.  The screening of the original film that the “pastor” had planned to share with his congregation was actually cancelled.  Curiously, the U.S. State Department failed to mention the recent Pakistani drone attack that killed key terrorists in that nation, nor did it see fit to make  any connection between the attacks and the anniversary of 9/11.  Then we have the Cairo embassy statement (directed by the U.S. State Department) apologizing to the attackers who murdered our consul, burned the American flag, and committed other vile acts that defy description.   Then the coup de grace:  The Establishment Media, mirroring the words of nations antagonistic to America, blames the whole affair on a “gaffe” by Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Even the Fox Network swallows this line.  To make matters worse, the on-line edition of a major TV network has no mention whatsoever of any attacks, but instead informs us Americans of some problem somewhere involving a “straying cat.”

Calming (rather than wagging) the dog, General Dempsey, the head of the Joint Chiefs, joins the chorus by reportedly phoning the “pastor,”  no doubt at the behest of Ms. Clinton and the U.S. State Department, to chastise him for a non-existent showing of the aforementioned film, after the embassy attacks have occurred.  In addition, we now learn that U.S. Marines may not have even been given live rounds to defend our Cairo embassy.

Do the Joint Chiefs of Staff now take orders from the U.S. State Department?  Does Ms. Clinton now “outrank” the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force?  Is Ms. Clinton now the de facto President of the United States, while the one we elected slithers off to Las Vegas to meet his bundlers?

These may seem outlandish questions.  But are they?  At a press briefing not long ago, Ms. Clinton led in General Dempsey, stoop-shouldered, as if he were a cow being led to auction.

If the U.S. State Department has morphed into the Pentagon, then perhaps it is time for Congress to drastically cut funding to this new behemoth.  Perhaps it is time for those in Washington to get a grip on reality, and realize just how foolish they appear to the American public.  John and Nancy Q. Public deserve better.

 

 

Backchannel This, Mr. President

Let’s not mince words.  We are on the verge of World War III.  Meanwhile,  Mr. Obama, the President of the United States, refuses to talk “publicly” with Israel’s head of state and, instead, backchannels a chat, providing the anti-semitic hordes with a publicized Israeli snub.  These are not the actions of a Statesman.  Israel has been attacked over and over again without one word of outrage from this President.  And when the stakes rise, Mr. Obama feigns.  This telegraphs an impression to the world that the United States does not support Israel.   Ms. Clinton’s recent comments have not helped matters.  The impression that is being created, whether intentional or not, is that the United States supports terrorists, namely Islamic fascism.  Do we, as Americans, recall  9/11 ?  It was not that long ago.  The mission of any sane country is to avoid war, but when events reach a point of no-return, it is incumbent upon a country to preserve itself.  Israel has the right to defend itself against hatred and sociopathy.  As an historical note, every country that has turned its back on Israel has suffered self-inflicted damage.

Pentagon: The Little State Department

I begin this article by saying I have the highest regard for men and women serving in our Armed Forces.  I, furthermore, greatly admire and respect our Veterans of current and “forgotten” wars.  All the men in my family have served in the U.S.  military.  My mother was a personal secretary to a general at a munitions facility during World War II.  It is with deep regret that I feel compelled to share my personal views of the Pentagon.  The “voice” of the Pentagon, in its current configuration, mimics the voice of the U.S. State Department.  It is a voice we have heard before.  It is the voice of appeasement, the status quo and self-serving interests.  We read of generals being put in Leavenworth for quid pro quo deals with defense contractors.  We read of higher-ups chastising troops expressing natural frustrations.  We read of the downplaying of  Russian intrusions into American airspace and territorial waters.  We read of gross counterintelligence failures, most notably at Fort Hood.  We read of fallen soldiers being denied “live” taps at funerals because of “fiscal concerns.”  We read of horror stories at the VA.  We read of Arlington Cemetery foul-ups.  We read of soldiers being reprimanded for the most trivial of matters, while higher-ups in the Pentagon retire with swollen pensions, paid for by the American taxpayer.  The list goes on.

Let’s get to the bottom line.  The Pentagon has not won a war in over 60 years unless, of course, one counts Iraq which was indeed won but is now unraveling due to incompetence and elitist group-think.  This is not the fault of our fighting men and women

The future of the Pentagon, which I hope will once again be vital and healthy, is in jeopardy.  The Pentagon is like a listing ship heading perilously into an iceberg of entitlement.

Some say morale in the U.S. military is low.  If true, it is easy to lay blame.

Military higher-ups need to look in the mirror and ask themselves these questions:  Am I in uniform out of a sense of duty, or am I here for self-aggrandizing reasons?  Is it duty, or the pension and “goodies”?

How the brass answers these questions will determine the fate of the Pentagon.

Ryan Hits Home Run. And Then Some.

Rep. Paul Ryan, the vice presidential nominee of the Republican Party, hit a home run with his speech at the Republican National Committee.  His words were profound, enlightening and electrifying.  His delivery was extraordinary.  I have heard many political speeches through the years, but this ranks as one of the most memorable.  It was a speech for posterity, not mere beads of words threaded for the pop culture set.  His speech was forceful, yet kind.  Serious, yet witty.  These were the words of a Statesman.

I am a Boomer.  I have an enormous amount of respect for Generation X.  They, like the baseball pitchers of fame, are the closers.  Mr. Ryan represents the best of this emerging generation.  (And anyone who appreciates AC/DC is okay with me.)

God bless America.

 

Godspeed, Mr. Armstrong

I have had the honor of associating with gentlemen with the Right Stuff.  I was deeply saddened by the death of  Neil Armstrong, who placed his foot on that orb (the moon) that  floats around us.  I was raised in an aerospace environment, if you will.  There are many among us who have the Right Stuff.  They may be educators.  They may be military personnel.  They may be the women who serve us a hamburger with a smile at the local diner.  For me, Neil Armstrong and all of his compatriots will forever be in my heart.  They exemplify the spirit that has made this country,  the United States of America, so great.  I, for one, will miss Mr. Armstrong and the spirit he brought to our country.

Neil Armstrong is on the moon!

 

It Can Happen Here

As a preface, I will state, I am not an alarmist.  Anything but.  However, facts are facts.  Facts today suggest that the United States is extremely vulnerable to a direct attack by nations antithetical to our beliefs.  There are intelligence documents (declassified), valid news reports of  late that suggest we in America are as vulnerable as we ever have been in the history of our Republic.  There have been reports of  Russian aircraft penetrating American airspace.  There have been reports of Russian submarines off the coast of  New York and in the Gulf of Mexico.  There are reports of terrorists, as many as a quarter-million, in Central America who are capable of tunneling under borders into this country.  This threat is compounded by the fact that most of our men and women in uniform are “over there,” not “here.”  In addition, much of our military armaments (ships, tanks, etc.) are  “over there.”  I’ve spoken with numerous military veterans who state a direct attack on our country is “very likely.”  These are not panicky folks I’m talking about, but seasoned war veterans.  Why has the Obama Administration not dispatched Navy destroyers into the waters along our coastline?  Why is this Administration so soft on Russia and other countries that despise us?  Why is our military not on a higher alert status?  For those who think “it can’t happen here,”  I suggest they read the book of the same title, or perhaps view the film, TORA TORA TORA.

 

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