From Where I Sit

Observations on politics, religion, music, and life in general.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

A Necessary Task

There has been some discussion as to what exactly the Lebanese and UN troops will be doing along the Israel-Lebanon border. I thought it would have been obvious: they're there to protect the French.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

To The New York Times

I the case of the New York Times revelation of the (formerly) secret program to monitor terrorist international money transactions, I wrote the editor tthe following letter:


Editor-

Who appointed you as the arbiter of the nation's secrets? Do you have all the information needed to unilaterally decide what can be safely revealed to our enemies? What checks and balances do we, the people of the Unites States, have on your independent decisions regarding our very lives? Your obvious hatred of President Bush has blinded you to the very real and bloody consequences of aiding terrorism. You would have revealed the plans for D-Day to the Germans.

Your actions and those of the Los Angeles Times are utterly contemptible. You care nothing for the safety and security of this nation and its people. Have you so soon forgotten 9/11?

Your arrogance and conceit are repellent.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Che Guevara is NOT a Role Model

Here's my latest letter to the Ventura County Star, published today (5/12).

Editor-

Today (5/2) on the front page of the Star was a picture of a demonstration in Los Angeles. In the crowd was a poster of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the Cuban revolutionary. What does this say about some of the sponsors of yesterday's marches? "Che" Guevara was a hard-line communist in Fidel Castro's revolution which brought totalitarianism to that land. He said, "Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become..." He helped establish Cuba's labor-camp penal system which would be employed to jail gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims. What does this say about a group who would choose to align themselves with such a murderous thug? If they tried such a march in Cuba, they would be jailed and possibly shot.

Groups such as A.N.S.W.E.R., a Stalinist organization that supports North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il, are actively organizing these marches. Those who truly believe in freedom and want the best for the illegal immigrants would do well to immediately dissociate themselves from these and other similar groups.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Flight93

I went to see Flight 93 Saturday. It is an intense, moving motion picture. I don't recommend it for young children. There is no narration, you are present for aall the activity. But you don't know anything more about your fellow passengers than you would if you were really there. All you know comes from the incidental conversations you overhear. Many of the FAA and military characters play themselves. This is a sort of documentary of the recreation of that Flight, done about as well as it could possibly be done. It just reminds us of those who would kill us for being Americans and that we are going to fight back. GO see it.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Civic Responsibility

Politicians run for public office. They promise various things to their constituent groups—or those they hope will become their constituent groups. The voters listen to these promises and sometimes are swayed by them. The public has the ultimate power and must exercise this power responsibly. It’s not just civic pride, political ambition, power, and/or wealth at stake. It can be life and death, not just for some but for thousands, and for entire cities.

Elected politicians are granted the power to do things for the good of the community. They must exercise this governmental power with care and responsibility. When they do not, we see the results in corruption, economic problems, civic unrest, and worse.

Now we see the results of the failure of politicians at the local and state level in particular in the case of Hurricane Katrina. Emergency planning is a LOCAL (city, county, and state) responsibility. Only the local level knows the details of their situation. The federal government can help when asked but has no authority to take the responsibility away from the local governmental powers.

In particular, it appears that the authorities at various levels in Louisiana failed miserably. The emergency preparedness plan for the city of New Orleans is posted on the web. Read it. The mayor failed utterly to carry out his responsibilities under the plan. The mayor and governor had to be persuaded to evacuate the city by the President, who has no authority to evacuate a city without the request of the local authorities. The concern of the state authorities? They were worried the feds might take over the evacuation. (see Washington Post)

In this and other circumstances in the planning and execution of those plans—or rather, the failure to properly execute those plans—the local governmental authorities failed.

Political office carries with it great rewards—but only when its corresponding great responsibilities are faithfully carried out. Only candidates who promise to shoulder these responsibilities with resolve should be considered for office. Those who fail in their responsibilities must be removed from office. The voters must shoulder their responsibility to see that this failure never happens again. Too much is at stake.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Help

Hurricane Katrina has struck the Gulf Coast with disastrous consequences. How can we help? Super-Blogger Glen Reynolds of InstaPundit has taken up Hugh Hewitt's challenge to blogosphere to collectively contribute to the relief effort. Here's how YOU can help!
Give through the Salvation Army! (I just did). Here's the link...
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Friday, June 24, 2005

Thanks to Michelle

Thanks to the wonderful Michelle Malkin for picking up on my definition of "Durbinize", posting my post to her blog, and actually using "Durbinize" in the headline of one of her later posts. (By the way, it's "Bill" not "Billy," but who cares! :)