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Archive for June 3rd, 2017

Okay, what now?

With a piece of the Antarctica ice shelf about the size of Delaware ready to break off, yeah, I believe in climate change. With seas rising to the point where small island nations in the Pacific may be wiped out, weather events becoming more extreme, and oceans becoming warmer, yeah, I believe in climate change…oh, and don’t forget the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. However, there is good news to report…Republican Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan let it be known recently that while he believes the climate has been changing since the beginning of time, when the problem becomes too big, that God will take care of it. You go, Tim, you the man! I suppose we should be pleased that he didn’t tweet something as ridiculous as Trump did when he said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Okay, despite the fact that he tweeted it, he did later say that it was a joke. Gee, Donny, if you thought it was a joke, why the hell did you pull us out of the Paris Accord…just so we could be like Syria and Nicaragua, those world leader nations? There are others in the “what climate change” padded cell, including Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia who has said, “Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human-induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus.” Uh, gee, Paul, how many scientists have you talked to lately.

However, political gaffes don’t all have to do with climate change or global warming. Day in, day out, week in, week out, year in, year out, we hear from our politicians’ idiotic remarks that must cause many of us to pause and ask ourselves, “Why the hell did we ever elect that damned fool to represent us?” For example, “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” said Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri). Excuse me, but what is “legitimate” about rape in the first place, and please, please, explain to a group of rape victims how they could have “shut that whole thing down.” Then there was this gem: “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.” Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said. Broun, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, is a doctor, and would have been taught many of the generally accepted principles of evolution and embryology in medical school. Eeek!

A few years ago, we were in the middle of a financial crisis, fighting two wars, losing jobs at an intolerable rate, but Representative Peter King of NY thought it would be a good idea to introduce a bill in Congress that “…any mobile phone containing a digital camera that is manufactured for sale in the United States shall sound a tone or other sound audible within a reasonable radius of the phone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera in such phone. A mobile phone manufactured after such date shall not be equipped with a means of disabling or silencing such tone or sound.” Wow, that’s really taking action against…against…wait a minute, what about the people who already have these ‘silent phone cameras?’

When it comes right down to it, dumb, stupid, ignorant, or arrogant actions or words by our politicians are not only not funny, they are a reflection on us the American public who voted these idiots into office. Aside from very few inconsequential pieces of legislation, what the hell has the United States Congress been doing for the past ten years? Really, think about it, and yet every two or four years, we keep putting these jerks back in their little seats where they refuse to have anything to do who isn’t a member of their own party. This is just plain wrong!

Republican members of Congress had nearly eight years to develop a health care program that would be ‘better’ than the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pushed through by Obama. Everyone and his brother knew that this was not a perfect ‘cure’ for Americans everywhere. Instead, the members of the Republican Congress time and time and time again, attempted to pass measures that would either gut or defund the ACA rather than working behind the scenes to come up with an alternative that would be acceptable to both Democratic colleagues and a new person in the White House. What happened is known to all. No one bothered to think things through until the White House did become occupied by a member of the GOP, and then, the bill they came up with couldn’t even pass because members of their own party wouldn’t accept it. Seems to me that Bobby Jindal hit the nail on the head when he said, “We have got to stop being the party of stupid.”

Hey, I’m the first one to say that bureaucracy in Washington is totally out of control. Redundancy is piled atop redundancy as it was decades ago when I was serving a tour at the Pentagon. There was a plethora of stupid idiots with their thumbs in their bums and their minds in neutral (thanks, Cecily) and who would run like hell from anything vaguely resembling the dirty word, “work.” I am quite certain that the same is true for Senators and Representatives…their people are their people and by God, the bigger the staff, the more important the leader. Just to give you one example of redundancy upon redundancy, there are – as far as we know – 17 different agencies responsible for collecting and acting upon intelligence. After 9/11, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was created to coordinate the activities of the other 16 agencies. Here we go, there is the CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI, DSBI&R, DHS-OIA, DEA-ONSI, DT-OIA, DE-OI&C, NG-IA, NRO, AFIS&R, AMI, ONI, USMCI, and CGI. Now, I could tell you what all of those initials mean, but then I’d have to come to your house and kill you, and what the hell, neither of us wants that. From all of those initials, however, you can understand why I believe that we are just a wee bit overburdened with conflicting intelligence bullshit gathered from too many agencies, employing too many people with just way too much time on their hands.

I’m truly sorry, but God will not protect us from people like Representatives Walberg or Broun, or the entire United States Congress, nor will the Creator, if that happens to be your belief, protect us from someone like Donald Trump who has already served to alienate most of our European allies as well, it would appear, as the Pope. At home, some 1,100 positions that have to undergo Congressional approval have yet to have nominations sent to the Hill. If this is Mr. Trump’s idea of reducing government, he’s doing a hell of a job of it, but it would seem that his ‘deconstruction’ of government may very well end up creating more problems than it will solve.

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