Friday, September 14, 2007

Some things I think I think

Footbaths are not my thing though I could probably enjoy them with the right company but Muslims attending University of Michigan can enjoy the baths, gratis of state taxpayers. Maybe Christians should add footbaths to their religious perks also; I think I will ask the Pope about this next time I talk with him.

Democrat Senators and ‘Congresspersons’ (which I think is the right PC term), have showed us that being a politician is just something they do when they are not following their true calling of being military experts and generals. How else can you explain why they know better than General Petraeus how the Iraq war should be conducted?

The well known military expert, Senator Barbara boxer, whose expertise evidently exceeds her stature, pronounced her disbelief of the report by General Petraeus concerning the Iraq war; said Senator Boxer to General Petraeus – “I ask you to take off your rosy glasses”. It seems in addition to military prowess, Boxer is also an expert optometrist.

I couldn’t remember so I looked it up. The government spent $127 billion in resources and tax relief for the New Orleans region affected by hurricane ‘Katrina’, and much, much more money was provided by the public. For the Marshall Plan following WW II the United States provided $107.6 billion inflation adjusted dollars to 16 countries in Europe between 1947 and 1951. I wonder why 16 countries recovered better with less money than did New Orleans.

It looks like about 1,000 employees of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) criminal investigations have been reassigned to exclusively do customs work. This reduces the personnel available for removal and detention of illegal aliens by 20%. Recently ICE was active in enforcing laws against hiring of illegal aliens and received much criticism for doing their job. I wonder why the crackdown on illegal aliens in the workplace is itself being ‘crack-downed’.

So much to puzzle about; I just learned that everything from purchases at the supermarket to songs bought for I Pods is being registered in a “global data mine” which, according to the International Spy Museum in Washington (I didn’t even know it existed), is “a mother lode of information that is used in various political, social and economic contexts”. ‘Big brother’ is hard at work.

I wonder why Democrats are gunning for Ted Olson if he is appointed Attorney General to replace Albert Gonzales. Senate stalwarts Chris Dodd and Chuck Schumer (who seems to oppose everything Bush does), may be leading the critics. Is this constitutional ‘advice and consent’?

It was a close call but the British and Irish can still get a ‘pint’ of beer. The European Union has given special consideration to allow them to ignore the metric system for the time being. I’m happy we don’t need to use the metric system; can you imagine the confusion here otherwise?

I am worried that our young people may not be very patriotic. Almost 75% of men and 66% of women in their twenties say the have never been married (a strange statistic in itself, I wonder who the 11% of women are marrying?). If this is what is contributing to our stagnant population growth, we must rely on illegal aliens to maintain our population growth above the rate needed to replace ourselves. Europe is facing a calamity of declining population growth which is being filled by Muslims. However, Russians are adopting a different approach to encourage population growth. Mother Russia has told their children to procreate and rewards those that perform their civic duty. In Russia, if you want to have a quickie, and don’t use birth control, you can get time off work for your sex break.

Speaking of Russia, with much fanfare Russia has announced the development and testing of the “daddy of all bombs” which is larger than the American ‘mother of all bombs’. This causes me to wonder what Russia will do with their ‘daddy bomb’. If not for home consumption, will they just be selling it to our enemies?

I understand Chelsea Clinton may be converting to Judaism. That may be a good thing because then she can tell mommy and daddy the definition of ‘chutzpah’. This is already in her parents DNA but Chelsea will be able to give them a word to describe it. Hillary has mastered Bill Clintons’ fund raising technique and donor Hsu is a good example of her passing grade for this course. Of course, Hillary says ‘she had no idea’ about Hsu’s contributions and their sources; nor did Hillary know where her billing records were until they showed up in her living room, or how she turned $5,000 into $100,000 on futures trading, other than by reading the Wall Street Journal. Come to think of it, maybe ‘chutzpah’ is not the right term, perhaps the word should be ‘criminal’?

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