A clarification on an article. Don’t hate, regulate. Tennesseeing the future. Plus more.
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Electrified beds, sawn off heads,
Other methods too sick to mention,
In waiting lie for the captured GI.
Guerrillas know not Geneva Convention.
American softies, get a grip!
With you to lead us, we’re a sinking ship.
Bio chemicals and nuclear bombs don’t know
You’re the gentle appeasers who loved them so.
— Mimi Evans Winship
LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE
Re: Ben Stein’s What I’ve Been Hearing:
You may not be aware of one benefit (there are not many, God
knows) of Obama’s presence on the ticket last Fall. For the first
time since Reconstruction days, Tennessee now has a legislature
composed of Republican majorities in both houses. As you can
imagine even though the governor is a carpetbagger from New York
State, Tennessee is not too popular with the president these
days. My home state may take a while to catch up with phonies
(both Gore and his corrupt father) but once they do they do
the right thing. The people of Tennessee are not only known as
“Volunteers” but also as fierce individualists. Not many
socialists there in either party.
— Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak, Michigan
Re: Mark Hyman’s Penn State’s Anti-Veteran Bias:
Going with a proud tradition of using one’s words against the people who speak them, let Aaron Sorkin’s words speak, minus the irony: “We [U.S. Marines] use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You [liberal pukes] use ‘em as a punch line. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way.”
People, like Secretary Napolitano and administrators at Pennsylvania State University, are able to spew out their hatred of the American military because the American military has been defending the right of free speech from even before the First Amendment was inked onto the sacred document of the Constitution of the United States. (This irony seems to be wasted on the enlightened left and most of the world of academia; those who live in ivory towers are too far from the work field to ever smell the stench of the waste they belch out onto the real world.) As a proud veteran, I have never asked the public for thanks; the tax payers gave their thanks every time I drew a paycheck, and I have never asked that those who criticize the war to pipe down; their complaints help the public and politicians to remain vigilante. What veterans ask for, and certainly have earned, is the right to be treated fairly and with respect; no veteran deserves to come home to become part of a persecuted class.
The American public is well served by remembering that neither fascist nor communist allows for freedom of speech. Their militaries are not voluntary; ours is. Speaking your mind in Russia might well end getting you placed in a mental health facility. The International Olympic athletes who attended the games held in The People’s Republic of China had limited access to read and post on the internet; the government actively monitored what could be sent and received. Restrictions of freedom are de rigueur for North Korea, Iran, Iraq under Hussein and any area controlled by the Taliban. Here, all (with the exception of those who attend colleges that have highly unconstitutional college speech codes) all are free to speak their minds. So, if you feel a need to criticize a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine, in or out of uniform, please remember that the freedom to curse these people has come at their expense and not yours.
If you prick a veteran, does he not bleed? No need for an answer:
from the videos of war, the public knows full well veterans have,
do and will continue to bleed for our country and our freedom.
The public has given outcry for the blood that has been spilled,
but crying for bloodshed is not the same as paying
— Ira M. Kessel
Rochester, New York
LEFT COAST GETS LEFTER
Re: Chris Reed’s Greens Against Growth:
CARD needs to be disemboweled; it has become an agency of dictatorial proportions. Some of its policies remind me of Nazi Germany’s SS. This is an agency that has no elected members; it has no appeals process by which the public can voice their concerns that can be followed by legal process. Few of the public know the unbridled power which the ARB wields and how it affects them. A review of the ARB executive orders shows how they dismiss opposition of their ”new ” regulations and how their decisions adversely impact the general public as well as businesses. ”Public ” hearings are held at times when most people are working and cannot attend. The ARB apparently wants no publicity or public comment about their actions.
I needed a simple catalytic converter for a vehicle so I went online to the various automotive parts retailers. I checked their online parts catalogs, all said that they are not available in California, but are available in the other 49 states. I then checked with the manufacturers: none are available as of January 2009 for California because of ARB regulations. I asked when they may be available, but I got no specific answers. I then contacted the ARB via telephone and explained my need for a catalytic converter and that none were available from the manufacturers. The ARB told me that I could get an exemption for not passing smog tests. I told them that I was not trying to pass a smog test but that I was trying to get a part to replace a defective part, and that not being able to replace a defective part could cause engine failure and be a possible safety hazard. The ARB could care less. I asked who I could appeal my problem to, they could give me no answer. I then said that I all I wanted was for the vehicle to run as it should, and that if necessary I may go to another state to get the part that I need. The ARB said that I would then be in violation of California law.
No non-elected agency should have the power to impact the economy
of a state with impunity. Before any measure that is proposed and
adopted it should proceed through the democratic process…put on
— Al and Jo
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?