Memorial


Let us remember all of them from all the Armed Services on Memorial Day and every day.

Persons of the week


Persons of the Week:  Governor Jindal and James Carville

For showing leadership in managing the state government response; and together in keeping and bringing additional spotlight to the environmental, economic, political and human issues of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — the first term governor and the ragin’ cajun

A close second for the distinction were  President Clinton and Rep. Sestak for  the job offer fiasco… Stop Mr. President, you messed up your wife’s candidacy, now Mr. Sestak’s!

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See what happens:

Maybe the president will change his mind and be at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day…

Would be nice to hear from Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn and their cohorts about their support for Kim Jong-Il.

Oliver Stone continues to like Hugo Chavez…

Someone tell Lindsay Lohan to dress conservatively to Court.  Yes I am a critic…

Unless the Suns pull it out, it’ll be a redux of Lakers v Celtics…

Sorry, but I don’t see what people get from hockey…

$300,000,000 pay for play? — not worth it, Tiger…

Buy street drugs, help the drug cartels! Feeling generous?

Mexico is going to ban fatty foods from schools — who do they thing they are, California?

Paul McCartney is doing Mexico City… Always wanted to say that, “… is doing…”

World Cup preparation games in full swing…  Party in South Africa on final week…

Steve Wynn says “Washington” doesn’t have a clue and is hurting business…

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Illegal Immigration — deal with it incrementally, not massively


The rhetoric continues…  Will or will not the Justice Department investigate Arizona?! 

It’s a mess, because the federal government has allowed it to become a mess through the years, and blaming Arizona and anyone who criticizes illegal immigration is non productive, and adds to the mess…  Citizens and illegal immigrants alike do not need nor deserve the dilemma nor the drama…

The president would like to pass not an incremental law dealing with illegal immigration, but an expansive one because Latino groups have influence over him — they favor an expansive one, and they supported him in the last presidential election by significant numbers… 

But he could begin to solve the problem incrementally, in a logical sequence, without a massive program all at once — as he did with the Healthcare law (healthcare now held in contempt ?):

  1. Secure the borders, all borders, so that illegal immigration will be stopped there, from then on.
  2. Pass laws to (heavily) penalize employers who hire new illegal immigrants…
  3. Pass laws to permit young people to work here legally —  children  of illegal immigrants who attended school here and graduated from high school and/or college here (Bipartisan, “The Dream Act”?).

 After having dealt with the above at the same time or with one of them first, then sometime later with the others, he could press on:

       4.  lastly, deal with illegal immigrant parents and other illegal immigration issues…     

Will these issues be dealt with and completed before the November elections?  Highly unlikely…  Is this issue an easy one to solve?  Yes, mechanically…  Politically?  No!

There are also the issues of legal immigration problems, but that has its own complexities…

Potpourri Pan America: Headlines news in brief


What a mess to ponder:

1.   Arguments among the brass on the  rig  prior to the explosion!  Let’s get to the bottom of the mess, no pun intended…

 2. Terrorist alert on  Texas / Mexico border?  Send the troops, hurry!

 3.  Amnesty  International (in Spanish) says Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela does not respect free speech by the citizenry… Sean Penn, talk to your friend!…

 4.   Democrat Carville blasts the Obama Administration for its reaction to the oil spill …  The “Cajun is ragin'”.

 5.  Obama ready to repeal the don’t ask, don’t tell policy for the military – what about the Study the military was supposed to conduct, first? 

 6.  Video(s) – drug problems for everyday lives in Mexican and American  society…  You thought you had seen it all?!… 

President “postures” at home, but tiptoes around dictators?


The at one time acclaimed director and funnyman who married his adopted daughter, Woody Allen, showed little commonsense and appeared to know very little of what made America great when reportedly he expressed a desire to have President Obama assume dictatorial  powers…  Just, just for a few years he indicated, to enable Obama to transform America into what he and his advisors believe America ought to be…

 Scary thought…

On  May 25, President Obama met on The Hill with the Republican U.S. Senators, ostensibly to exchange ideas on how to advance the nation’s common good and how to work together to do that…

Apparently the President’s idea of exchanging ideas on how to best work together was essentially to say that he was the president and the senators just ought to support his positions…  President  Obama, and the fellow who married his adopted daughter seem to have something in common – they show a lack of commonsense and a misunderstanding of what has made America great…

When retired Navy Admiral and U.S. Representative Sestak decided to challenge U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in the Democratic Primary campaign earlier this year, President Obama or one of his trusted advisors reportedly offered the Representative a job in the White House to induce him to drop out and give clear sailing to Specter…  Knowledgeable people have said an offer such as that would be illegal…  But the president has remained mum on the subject…  He can either say the offer was not made or that it was…  If he doesn’t say anything, the implication still is that the illegal offer was made, and that is not good for him or the country… 

Actions such as that alleged offer are not what made America great… The president does not seem to understand America — that he is not above the law and that he is not now nor ever will be a dictator of this country…

Also, so far he and his advisors have managed to control the White House press corp and have at times totally by passed it when important guests have been at the White House — or when other notable events have transpired — although the President and his advisors seem to pay lip service to the First Amendment…  Again, actions such as that from our top elected leader and his assistants is not what made America what it is… But they do not to seem to understand that…

Meanwhile, after the ship of ally South Korea was reportedly blown up and sunk by North Korea, all the administration has said is something to the effect that “there will be consequences”…  Surprise, surprise, surprise — Kim Jong-il is not trembling…  And it would not be surprising furthermore that by torpedoing the ship of an American ally, Kim Jong-il has acted in such a callous, brutal manner because President Obama is seen as weak, and maybe even as timid…  Our allies must be, at best bewildered, and at worse, trembling…

But within the American government, on the other hand, the president seems to seek and want to exert omnipotent powers — and because the Democratic Party controls two very important branches of government (with the Democratic Congress in lockstep with him), the country being apprehensive of what the future holds is understandable… 

And although some who truly do not understand America’s history wish to stifle criticism about the president and his advisors, regardless of what they say, in a free society open dissent is completely constitutional and reasonable and is a noble quest because come November, the results of the elections then will indicate what kind of America there will be… 

 Hopefully the over-the-hill director and actor will not get his wish…

Potpourri Pan America:Headlines in brief – a political bribe(?), a rebellion(?), gasoline taxes(?), immigration, and more


Ponder These:

1If you criticize the president you are inciting a rebellion?  Why is Governor Patrick bringing up something like that? 

2“Wanna” stop illegal immigration? – then raid the employers every where and often; penalize them severely, too.

3A follow-up to the 1982 Falkland War between Argentina and England?  — or as the Argentines call them, the Malvinas…  President Kirchner of Argentina is making noise about that possibility to distract from the bad economy in Argentina?…

4Congress will raise tax on gasoline?  They said what?

5Oil spill off Mexico 1979   —  a comparison to this 2010 oil spill off the Louisiana coast: more oil spilled from the Mexican well altho’ that well was in much more shallow water… 

6Rasmussen Report —  the public turns against the president, little by little…  Will support for him rebound before November or continue the slide? 

7.   Sestak, U.S.Senate Democrat nominee, was he offered a bribe?  By the White House? — Is this situation similar to what is asserted in the criminal case against ex Illinois Governor Blagojevich?…  Wonder if anyone is “stonewalling” and will anything serious come of this matter.

Climb the highest mountain, kiddo, it’s all right


Considering the current news frenzy about things such as: Arizona’s illegal immigration law, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill fiasco, lying politicians, the Iranian nuclear standoff, as well as the catastrophe of  North Korea sinking the South Korean ship,… the reporting of underage kids setting world records in this or that categories sounds neither exciting nor important — and perhaps even a waste of time…  

In addition to other such prior announcements, recently a 13 year-old young person from Big Bear, California, Jordan Romero, reportedly became the youngest to climb Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world…     

As a result of the reportage of the achievement this weekend, the initial scope of this narrative was maybe to pontificate about how asinine it is to give young people so much mass attention simply for being the youngest to complete a particular task, often while being escorted by a team of adults…

But after reflecting on the matter, the attention given to these events seemed a bit more reasonable — precisely, maybe, because all the serious occurrences continually in the news need to have, occasionally at least, some feel-good stories devoid of extra stress inducing topics…

In the whole scheme of life, being the first young person to do this or that does not seem to be any more or any less important, it seems, than so many things adults do in life that are not earth shattering, but which receive extraordinary attention, like racing around an oval several hundred times…  And, so, if the child involved is not being harmed by the escapade, so be it… 

Apologies to racing fan aficionados, of which I am one…   Just sayin’…