Friday, August 14, 2009
Ok Here is the line that got me..
Shelia Jackson Lee: But I, Shelia Jackson Lee, I remain steadfast, ready to hear, and trying to convince them.
So she is not listening she is just trying to convince people. This woman simple does not listen!
Fully Story Here
Wow... talk about aiding the enemy. Sadly this in no way surprises me. Now I understand having to win the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan through projects and aid but there has to be a better way to accomplish it without funding the enemy!
KABUL — It is the open secret no one wants to talk about, the unwelcome truth that most prefer to hide. In Afghanistan, one of the richest sources of Taliban funding is the foreign assistance coming into the country.
Virtually every major project includes a healthy cut for the insurgents. Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.
“Everyone knows this is going on,” said one U.S. Embassy official, speaking privately.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wealth is earned through hard work and careful management of the money you earn. Of course there are types of wealth that are not of monetary value but these too are earned through learning to appreciate them... like your family and friends.
Health too is earned through our lifestyles. Granted getting sick and dying are two of the four things we can not control in life. But honestly we all know that eating well, exercising and not allowing ourselves to become overly stressed so we can rest well is key to good health. If we choose to drink too much, smoke, and do drugs we all are aware of the consequences and therefore responsible for them ourselves.
Now some people my not agree with me that happiness is earned. But by making the choice to find the silver lining and "turning the poison into medicine" we can be happier in life. I'm not saying even when we make the effort to be happy we are going to be all the time. No one dances around singing in happiness 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Life brings sadness and anger. But without those we could not fully appreciate the joys and be happy.
So back to my question.. How can the government "give" and regulate through law things that are earned and must be earned to be fully appreciated? If a person is going to be lazy and not work then they are not going to have wealth of any kind. Why should others give it to them? If a person is sick or injured and can't work and has the wealth of family and friends that they've earned then they are the ones who would and should step up to help them. If a person goes out and lives a lifestyle that is dangerous to their health knowing then why should others be made to pay for fixing their health? They choose to destroy it. And if a person wants to be angry and wallow in unhappiness instead of working to create happiness in themselves and their lives then no one else is going to change that.
The Government needs to get out of the business of taking care of people. That is in no way it's job. In this nation we are free... free means that people get to do things we don't like as long as they aren't involving others. Free means you have to take on the responsibility for how you live your life. free means when you see someone else doing well who has health wealth and happiness.. you don't get to be jealous and demand the same for yourself. It means you should be inspired to go EARN it for yourself!
FOURTH AMENDMENT [U.S. Constitution] - 'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.'
"Congress recently forced the department to admit it has assumed authority to take an air traveler's laptop computer (or any other electronic device) to an undisclosed location for an unspecified time to check for suspicious files - even "absent individualized suspicion" of wrongdoing."
August 12, 2009 by Johnny Alamo
Patriot Room Blog has this appeal to help out some Marines overseas:
Time to make our men and women in Afghanistan know we are proud of them. Just got alerted to this from PR Friend American Genie … the text below is a cut-and-paste. There is nothing more important than thanking the men and women that are defending our lives with theirs. Thanks for your help!
I have had a request from a friend to ask for some volunteers to send care packages to a particular Marine unit that is currently in Afghanistan (3rd Btn 11th Marines). They are desperately in need of some basic “non-military” supplies and could definitely benefit from hearing some words of support from home accompanying these items. In particular, some items they would like to receive would include:
– “Boot Socks: Black or Tan (white seems to be popular with it being so hot)
– Underwear: All Sizes (either boxers or briefs or some of each)
– Baby Wipes
– Soap/Body Wash
– Razor Cartridges (All Brands)
– Drink Mixes (Crystal Light, Propel, Sugar Free type stuff)
– Solar Shower Bags (you can find these in camping stores or the internet/ebay or look here
– Any type of fitness equipment or gadgets
From previous experiences with sending care packages, please do not send edible stuff that will melt (e.g. chocolate). Feel free to include any other types of items you think our Marines might enjoy. Please DO send a personal note of encouragement and thanks to them. Please box up whatever items you wish to send and send them directly to:
1st Sgt Jason Hanson
3/11 HQ Battery: HBO
FPO AP 96427-1630
1Sgt Hanson is the HQ Battery 1Sgt and will distribute items within the Btn. There are about 150 Marines in 3/11, so the more you send, the more they can be taken care of and know that we at home care about what they are doing and care for them.
For anyone who’s interested in some background, they deployed this spring as part of the surge. This is their official unit web page. This is the Marine Parents page for the unit. And this is the most recent news article I could find on the unit.
This is entirely voluntary and I thank you in advance for those of you who choose to act on this request.
And I can vouch from my time in Desert Storm that the Drink Mixes are the most efficient and most appreciated things you can send. Energy bars, granola, and other type “mix” bars are also appreciated.
It sounds to me like these guys were already on a deployment when they got diverted to Afghanistan and have been out there a Long, Loooong time without being able to get to a PX — which is a bad way to go. So these are the guys desperately in need right now. Even something as simple as a newspaper, a magazine would be greatly appreciated. And you can never have enough Hot Sauce, Fruit snacks, or cookies — trust me on this.
This is my plan, which I’m going to do tomorrow morning:
- Got To Post Office.
- Buy 2 or 3 of those new “Flat-rate Shipping” Boxes they have now. No Weighing, just fill and mail.
- Take boxes to Wal-Mart.
- Fill ‘em up!
- Mail those suckers.
I’m making a list right now for Wal-Mart tomorrow. Let’s get this going on, people!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Over 500 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard -- many of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are also state employees out a gratuity stipend due to the budget impasse, a spokesman with the state department of Military and Veterans Affairs confirmed Friday.
The stipends, due to members of the National Guard on active duty, are payments of $520 a month on top of the federal salary paid to active military members, said Kevin Cramsey, a spokesman with the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
WASHINGTON – Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. About 4,000 members of the U.S. military killed in action. More than 34,000 wounded. Just six considered worthy of America's highest military award for battlefield valor.
For some veterans and members of Congress, that last number doesn't add up.
They question how so few Medals of Honor — all awarded posthumously — could be bestowed for wars of such magnitude and duration.
Those explanations don't tell the whole story, said Rep. Duncan Hunter, a first-term lawmaker who served combat tours as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has sponsored legislation that directs the defense secretary to review current trends in awarding the to determine what's behind the low count.
The bill passed the House. If Senate negotiators go along, Secretary Robert Gates would have to report back by March 31.
"It seems like our collective standard for who gets the Medal of Honor has been raised," said Hunter, R-Calif.