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Posted on 02/11/2013 10:43:55 AM PST by jazusamo
Random thoughts on the passing scene:
I can't get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his and when it comes to a prostitute's word against a politician's word, that is too close to call.
If an American citizen went off to join Hitler's army during World War II, would there have been any question that this alone would make it legal to kill him? Why then is there an uproar about killing an American citizen who has joined terrorist organizations that are at war against the United States today?
Of all the things said during the gun control controversy, one of the most disquieting has been the emphasis on "mental health." If that ends up letting the guesses of shrinks put more murderers back on the street, the public can be in even greater danger after such a "reform."
However emotionally similar envy and resentment may seem, their consequences are often very different. Envy may spur some people to efforts to lift themselves up, while resentment is more likely to spur efforts to tear others down.
New York's Mayor Bloomberg wants to restrict the use of pain-killers in hospitals. Is there any subject on which this man does not consider himself an expert? There are, after all, doctors treating individual patients who currently decide how much pain-killer to use.
One of the talking points in favor of confirming Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense is that he was a wounded combat veteran. How does that qualify anyone to run the whole military establishment? Benedict Arnold was a wounded combat veteran!
In the modern welfare state, a vote becomes a license to take what others create and these others include generations yet unborn.
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Thomas Sowell: Mark Twain and Will Rogers all rolled into one.........
While I usually agree with Dr. Sowell, what happens when someone (executive order) declares the NRA, the Tea Party, or Free Republic a terrorist organization?
Yes it is and it’s so funny because it’s true. :-)
I can't speak for Sowell, but following his logic I would think the President issuing such an executive order would be exposing himself as a domestic enemy, thus becoming a legitimate target of a drone attack.
The uproar probably has something to do with the Fifth Amendment.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Rather than giving Obama attaboys for attacking traitors to this country (who admittedly had it coming) we ought to be discussing his terms of impeachment. Instead, we're allowing him to set precedents for actions he can use later against us after he's confiscated all our guns.
Really, this is a no-brainer. You don't grant unilateral authority for the murder of American citizens to the guy who wants to strip you of the right to defend yourself. He's wandered into impeachment territory and conservatives, of all people, are supporting him.
Sadly, perception is everything when it comes to such things.
I have little doubt that, were it to come down to that, the media would do its best to portray us as the “domestic enemies” and paint us in the foulest, anti-American terms possible.
It already does.
I believe you put that well and I also believe even Obama as loose as he’s been with existing law knows that.
Laughing out loud at work. I will say this, though - at least a prostitute goes away.
I do have to respectfully disagree on the analogy of the U.S. citizen fighting on the Nazi side - we're not talking about people in uniform here, in formal military organizations. We're talking about nominal citizens, and yes, in my opinion Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution specifically and definitely applies here. If the U.S. government wants to shoot a U.S. citizen due process must be followed.
Were he at the range he’d be pumping ‘em all into the bullseye with every pull of the trigger. Good one. Appreciate the ping jaz.
I rarely disagree with Dr. Sowell, but I do here -- a prostitute is at least honest about what she'll do to you and how much it costs, and won't try to snow you with a bunch of false promises.
“Of all the things said during the gun control controversy, one of the most disquieting has been the emphasis on “mental health.” If that ends up letting the guesses of shrinks put more murderers back on the street, the public can be in even greater danger after such a “reform.” “
My worry is the other side of that ‘coin’. Every time I visit the VA Clinic or Hospital, they ask me if I’m depressed or suicidal. While I appreciate their concern (no, I’m definitely not either) I can see this becoming a way to declare many veterans to be “mentally and/or emotionally unfit to possess a weapon.”
My nearest VA hospital just installed a very high wrought iron fence around the grounds, complete with rolling gate to close the entrance. $600,000! Hmmmmm? Tin foil hat time???
“While I usually agree with Dr. Sowell, what happens when someone (executive order) declares the NRA, the Tea Party, or Free Republic a terrorist organization?”
My thoughts as well Sergio. With this lying administration, it really depends on whose defining a terrorist.
“While I usually agree with Dr. Sowell, what happens when someone (executive order) declares the NRA, the Tea Party, or Free Republic a terrorist organization? “
For me, it rests on whether or not you insert yourself into a war zone on foreign soil.
If you are at an NRA convention in Las Vegas, you should be constitutionally protected.
If you are at an ‘NRA convention’ in Pakistan shooting at our military or supporting those who do, I don’t think the constitution applies, there.
LOL, drones don’t care about stuff like that. :)
Sunday’s L.A. Times ran a cartoon starting with “from my cold dead hands” followed by a drone facing down a cracker with a hunting rifle.
My new theory is that drones are like ninjas. The purpose of a drone is to flip out and kill people. Drones are totally sweet!
In all seriousness, our one consolation is that the president can’t do anything without the consent of our military, and our military is made up of good men and women who, when it comes down to brass tacks, will support our Constitution and the common good of the American people before they would support some would-be tin pot dictator.
There are some highly influential people trying to change that, of course. Thankfully, they haven’t succeeded yet.
You know it must drive the left nuts having to support Obama and his kill list. They would much rather those drones did nothing more than deliver pizzas.
Close up and personal? I figure the cracker wins.
I admit, I’m quite frankly shocked that they are armed with something other than flowers, apologies, and notices of surrender.
Give ‘em time.
LOL! We’re on to something here! :)
“Tin foil hat time???”
No! Definitely not! The tin foil hat acts as an antenna for the mind-control device that was implanted in your brain while you slept!
To the extent that an emotion inspires people to lift themselves up, I would not call it "envy". Greed, perhaps. The names of the Seven Deadly Sins aren't completely clear and unambiguous, though the fact that "Greed" is listed separately from "Envy" suggests to me that the latter term should be somewhat narrowly defined. A trickier issue is "Pride", which could refer to either a belief that one is good, or to a belief that the ability to find fault in others is an affirmation of one's goodness. The former quality is a good thing in moderation, and a bad thing in excess; the latter isn't really good in any quantity.
I agree with Sowell and don’t know why we’re hissy-fitting about this. Unless it’s to show their hypocrisy.
Or unless there’s some detail I these rules I don’t know. If you’re in enemy territory expect to be killed. The US does not have to find out what US citizens might be there before a strike and be worried about being sued.
As for the other conservative orgs, I highly doubt Dems will ever do that. They don't like us, but they're not quite so stupid as to declare peaceful citizens terrorists. Again only the truly deranged libs say stuff like that...libs who aren't running for election somewhere. The Dem pols know full well that drone strikes on peaceful American citizens means civil war. And their demise.
I so hope you are right.
” The US does not have to find out what US citizens might be there before a strike and be worried about being sued.”
It’s impossible. What are they supposed to do, conduct a survey of all present in a Jihadi house before they attack? We can’t conduct warfare this way.
>> and when it comes to a prostitute’s word against a politician’s word, that is too close to call.
>> If an American citizen went off to join Hitler’s army ... Why then is there an uproar [over Al Wackadoo et al]
In a rare moment of dissent, I don’t agree with the basis of Sowell’s thought-provoking analogy. Congress must be involved in situations where U.S. citizens might be subjected to intentional military action. I am not at all comfortable with the Executive branch having unilateral authority to kill U.S. citizens especially when Liberty loathing jackasses are in charge.
Yes, I hate to disagree with Dr. Sowell, but he’s confusing “envy,” which always seeks destruction, with “jealousy,” which may seek to emulate or excel.
If I’m jealous of my friend’s weight loss, I might join her at Weight Watchers and become thin myself. If I’m envious, I’ll try to do her harm in some way.
Even the great Dr. Sowell misses something once in awhile.
I was a college student on that January day when Ronald Reagan took his first oath of office. The American hostages were not technically freed, but were aboard a plane on the tarmac in Tehran.
We watched the split screen in awe-- Reagan taking the oath on one screen, the Iranian officials blocking the plane on the Tehran Tarmac on the other.
As soon as Reagan completed the oath, the Iranians in Tehran stepped aside and gave the plane the signal to take off. It was a great day for the hostages and an even greater day for all Americans who had been held hostage to the inept policies of Jimmy Carter for four long years.
You are correct as I remember it and it was an emotional event.
You’re right on the mark about Carter also, he was a dud and still is.