Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Laws Are Not Always the Answer

Laws are not always the answer to life's problems; in fact most laws are created to protect the interests of the few.

The military's current 'don't ask, don't tell' policy regarding gays does not need to be changed because a small group of legislators want to make it so.

It was no surprise that the Senate could not muster the 2/3's votes required to add the 2011 defense authorization bill. For once I agree with Senator McCain who has taken the position to allow the military leaders to work this out internally.

I have no doubt that gays will be allowed openly in the military some day. But it involves more than just an up or down vote.

Those that want to see the Clinton-era policy abandoned ought to hope idiots like Lady Gaga would stay silent on the issue. I am not a fan of her music and now will be even less so. I heard her try to 'talk politics' on this issue. She might be able to sing, dance and accessorize but she's a down-right dolt when it comes to politics and policy. I don't know what is scarier, her talking politics or those in the crowd cheering her on. That exchange was a sad commentary on American society.

This is another example of American society demoralizing. The military was one of the few last bastions of pure Americanism and Judeo-Christian valves.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Life of Riley...Sports Weekend in Florida



My brother-in-law and I decided a number of months ago to be in Tampa for the start of the NFL season. He's a Bucs fan and I am Browns fan. Two bottom-of-the-barrel teams, so tickets would be inexpensive and readily available. We decided to bookend it with NCAA football on Saturday and MLB on Monday.

We arrive in Tampa around 5pm. Drove to Orlando to see North Carolina State take on University of Central Florida. We stopped at Krystal's on the way down. We are not fans of either school, but love college football. We bought scalped seats for $20 each. NCST won, but UNC made it a game in the second half.

On Sunday, we watched the Bucs beat the Browns in a not-all-that-exciting game, less the last few minutes. It was a scorcher. The sun was blasting us for that 1pm kickoff. It was near 100 degrees and nearly 100 percent humidity. We started out in the nose-bleed sections but after half-time, moved to the 40 yard line. There were 25,000 un-sold seats. The economy certain is taking its tool on certain NFL towns. Luckily, it rained in the 4th quarter. Cooled us down but stayed wet for the remained of the day. We watch the afternoon games at Beef O-Grady's.

On Monday, after catching some sleep, doing some work email and my brother-in-law buying some local Bucs paraphernalia, we had lunch at The Loading Dock -- good Cuban sandwiches -- and then headed to St. Petersburg. We got to see a true pitcher's dual between David Price of the Rays and CC Sabathia of the Yankees. This game was 0-0 in the bottom of the 11th when the Rays' Reid Brignac hit a solo, walk-off home run. It moved the Rays 1/2 game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East.

We hope to do something similar annually. We love to live the "life or Riley" at least once a year.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Harry Reid Is Just Plain Wacko

We all know Obama is way over his head with his current assignment. He really has no idea what he is doing or how an economy actually works. He continues to blame it on Bush, despite the fact that the 110th and 111th Congresses have been under Democratic reigns; including himself. His political cohort, Harry Reid, has been the Senate Majority Leader in the 110th and 111th congress; Minority Leader in 109th Congress.

Reid, in his Nevada election bid, seems to have morphed into Joe Biden. Today, he said the economic downturn was not his fault.
"I had nothing to do with the massive foreclosures here. [snip] I don't have any hand in what took place during the Bush administration. I tried to rein that in."
He, along with Pelosi, was one of the driving forces of Obamaism. Reid has never met a government program he did not like and support.

This recession has government-causes at it core. Liberal economic policies that ignore sound economics caused and continue to prolong the downturn. Reid is leading the way with burdensome Congressional programs and taxes.

Until the government spends and taxes less, the economy will flounder. Reid will continue to support the recession, but blame it on past administrations (which he was core to).