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Our State Supreme Court does not have the authority to order our State Legislature to do anything. Separation of powers? Separation of powers? Separation of powers? Anyone? Anyone?
I'm completely disgusted with our State's educational system, which is why I jerked my kids out of public school and sent them to Assumption and DeSales. At least they escaped the global warming and income inequality indoctrinations.
Great letter Jerry! Patty Murray, like Hillary and Obama, seems to think that only the government can create jobs. To quote Hillary, "“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly." She made this erudite statement about a year ago when campaigning for Martha Coakley. If she truly believes this then we're in deep trouble.
Here's my two cents. I enlisted to avoid the draft and served at Cu Chi 1969 - 70 (Headquarters for the 25th Division) in a helicopter direct support unit. I lost many good friends to snipers and rockets during my year in "the Nam."
One thing that folks often overlook is that we were pledged to come to the aid of the South under SEATO (South East Asian Treaty Organization). Though, as Charles says, the domino theory proved false, had we not honored our treaty obligations we would have looked even more foolish and inept than we did in the end when we sold our ally down the river.
I was at Cu Chi during the Cambodian Incursion. Before the Incursion I would not have ventured out on the road without a 3/4 ton and a full squad with an M-60. After the incursion I could drive anywhere in III Corps by myself with impunity.
In other words, after the Incursion we had won the war. Then, thanks to the Left, we just bugged out. I'm still bitter and will be until the day I die. We won the war, after 60,000 KIA and who knows how many maimed and crippled, only to bug out with our tale between our legs. Every time think of all the horror and carnage it just makes my blood boil.
I'm not saying that SEATO or the war was a good idea. If you're not willing to fight to win then you shouldn't fight at all. All I know is that I'm still ashamed of my Country for the way the war was conducted and then the way we bugged out. Do thoughts like this make me a bad person?
Cheers to you Nam Vet. As I recall, we we're both "In Country" 'bout the same time. I still keep in touch with my Nam buddies and we have reunions every two years.
There's nothing that bonds a group of guys together like shared suffering under fire. Salute! Wish we could bring back the draft! The Army is the best thing that ever happened to me!
Having read several books on the subject, including the Easterbrook book you recommended in your 22 December 2013 Letter to the Editor, I'm more than inclined to believe you when you say we're wasting trillions on combating something that's an unproven phenomenon.
While there's no question that the burning of fossil fuels spews CO2 into our atmosphere, there's no real proof that increased CO2 emissions have contributed to the slight warming of our planet over the last 100 years.
Temperature is something than can be proven and well documented. Up until 2014 the temperature of the planet has remained static over the past 16 years, which is exactly the opposite of what the computer models of the left-wing alarmists like Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann and the IPCC had predicted.
Leftist politics always requires a boogie man, i.e., a real or imagined threat to our peace, security and wellbeing. Help! Help! The polar bears are drowning! Vote for us Democrats and we’ll save the planet from certain destruction from the Koch Brothers before it’s too late!
It will be interesting to see how the 2016 election shakes out since the platform of the Democrats seems to be centered around fighting Climate Change, Winning the Republican War on Women and Income Inequality. All nonsense of the first order.
The first, as you point out, is little more than a hypothesis. The second is grounded in a fundamental lie. It’s been illegal to discriminate against women in the workplace since 1964. Any employer that pays a woman less than a man for the same work will have his pants sued off.
And there will always be income inequality. The notion that all people should have equal incomes is asinine and patently absurd . . unless you think that Mao and Stalin were right. History demonstrates that a free, capitalist, society ALWAYS produces the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
Do thoughts like this make me a bad person? A hater?
P.S. Keep up your good work! You are a voice of sanity crying out in the Wilderness. I know that you were a Marine in Vietnam around the same time as I was there (Army Cu Chi 1969) and that you were career CIA after you separated from the Marines. I hope to meet you some day. Perhaps at the 2016 Walla Walla County Republican caucus.
Outstanding letter! Though I don't believe that anyone should be discriminated against on the basis of his or her sexual orientation, as you say, if one baker won't make your cake, there are probably hundreds of others that would love to have your business. The comparison to the Deep South pre-1964 is absurd. Back in those bad old days no black person could eat at a white lunch counter anywhere.
The Left has been quite clever with its divisive tactics. Pit one group against another and then ally yourself with the group with the most votes. This practice is despicable and un-American. I hate it when the press and the left refer to people by their race, ethnicity or country of origin, as in Mexican-American or Afro-American or Italian-American, etc. You’re either an American or you’re not.
The Left has also done a masterful job of infiltrating our schools and spreading its socialist dogma to our children. I finally jerked my kids out of public school and sent them to Assumption and De Sales because of all the nonsense they were being taught in our public schools, especially when it came to history.
When my eldest studied the Civil War they learned nothing of Gettysburg or Shiloh, but they sure learned a lot about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. Today most High School graduates don’t have even a basic knowledge of the War of the Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or our Constitution. But they’re sure as hell are up-to-date on all the PC nonsense.
Goebbels said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” This, essentially, has been the modus operandi of the Left and its lap dog media. They manipulate public opinion by either not reporting a story, e.g., Hillary’s illegal acts, or selectively reporting the facts.
Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution forbids members of the government from receiving gifts from foreign states without the consent of the United States Congress. Yet Hillary has taken beaucoup donations from Arab states that relegate women to the status of animals. But she’s still our “Glass Ceiling Cracker” and on the front line in the “Republican War on Women.”
And our Federal FOI Act forbids public employees from destroying public documents. Hillary should be prosecuted for using her private email account to conduct business and then wiping it clean. And she should be jailed for contempt of Congress until she surrenders her server.
“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.” Not sure, but I think it was Ben Franklin that said that. Hey Obama, where’s my free stuff? Lorne, I enjoy your letters. They always hit the nail right on the head! Please keep writing! You have a gift!
Thanks for this great editorial. The thing that our friends on the left fail to comprehend is that a free economy and free enterprise will, almost always, in the long run, produce the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
Minimum wage jobs were never intended to be jobs upon which one could support a family. Instead, they’re intended to be jobs for the young, the stupid or the elderly. To force people that own business that only pay minimum wage to pay $15.00 per hour will put them out of business.
Yes, you are a selfish person. Anyone that would drive a car to work in a town as small as Walla Walla has no regard for the environment and is only helping to destroy out planet. Unlike you, every one of my waking activities is geared towards the preservation of our environment.
Not only do I print on both sides of my computer paper, but I have also taken Sheryl Crow’s “one square” recommendation to a new level. I’ve switched to corn cobs. Not only do they produce a “cleaner wipe,” but they also make for better composting.
And, like you, I’ve given up meat. Bovine flatulence is a huge problem for our planet. But I’ve taken it one step further. I’m also helping to combat human flatulence. I’ve acquired and Argentinian cow flatulence back pack that I wear most of my waking hours.
I don’t wear it when I’m sleeping because it wakes me up when I roll over. Every day I deposit the methane my body emits to a tank in my back yard and I’m now using the methane I’ve accumulated to heat my home when it gets chilly.
Also, I try not to breathe any more than absolutely necessary. Several things have helped in this respect. First of all, I remain as sedentary as possible because I’ve found that the more I move around, the more I breathe and the more CO2 I emit. Your bicycle riding is not helping matters. You should walk slowly, very slowly, to work.
Additionally, I’ve given up FoxNews, which only gets me agitated and increases my respiration rate. I find it much more soothing to listen to PBS or watch educational shows like "The Voice."
I hope that you will heed my suggestions because, frankly, its people like you that are destroying our planet. Now go ride your bicycle, if you must, and remember . . one square! ONE SQUARE! That’s all I know. Peace brother!
Your Green Friend,
Well stated Ninja. The purpose of the 2nd Amendment was not to arm our National Guard but to ensure that we would never again have to suffer under an oppressive federal government.
The Framers saw the various states’ militias as the protection that might enable us to resist a standing federal army or a select federal militia. The right to keep and bear was considered a common law right that had existed since Jamestown and Plymouth.
There’s a reason why the Democrats want your weapons and it has nothing to do with public safety. Their vision for you and me equates to slavery with only what freedoms they choose to allow us. We need to fight their bills to take our weapons at every turn because an armed citizenry is the ONLY defense against tyranny.
These things said, we do need to make a better effort to remove firearms from the hands of the mentally ill. But confiscatory laws ain’t the way to do it. I too have seen numerous abuses of anti-harassment orders, no-contact orders, protection orders, retraining orders, etc.
All ex parte orders, generally issued where someone is trying to gain an advantage in a child custody proceeding or some other civil proceeding, need to be viewed by our judiciary with extreme skepticism.
I want to commend both you and Charles for your heightened sensitivity to the problem. Most libs simply don’t get it. Charles has always been first on the front line to take these types on and I am glad that he has found an ally in you, Ninja!
Keep up your good work!
This in encouraging! I can’t tell whether you and Singleton are on the same side of the issue, but I continue to believe that open discourse between people of divergent views is the best way to sort things out rather than continual sniping at one another. Politics and crony capitalism have become so enmeshed in our society that it’s difficult for many to separate fact from fiction and political diatribe.
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