It would seem that those who possess the offices of leadership believe that the only thing worse than telling a lie is telling the truth. Caught in a lie their default response is to always extend the tangled web, as though Lenin's quote, that "A lie told often enough becomes the truth", is not an absurdity at all. Or that Adolf Hitler's words are the maxim to govern by, "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."
"Liberty is the soul's right to breathe, and when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight."
Henry Ward Beecher
File this one under "arm chair quarter backing", or "water cooler conversation". I was not on the grand jury for the Eric Garner decision. I am not a lawyer, a police officer, a district attorney, a forensic specialist, or a psychic. While this hasn't prevented others from giving categorical or almost clairvoyant opinions on the motivations of those involved, the machinations of the grand jury proceedings, or the remediation procedures of law enforcement; I will try to limit my commentary to "Well, this is what it seems like to me." Heck, I didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn last night!
There is a war that America is losing. It's battleground is our cities, and we are losing it because, to a great extent, we are not fighting it. It is not a race war, and it is not a war between police and criminals; these are but the conscripted soldiers in the conflict between forces as old as life itself. Life seeks to thrive, to prosper, and to procreate; but always there is an opposing force that's only purpose seems to be to destroy. Whether you see that force as a metaphysical evil or simply a hostile universe, it is clear that the natural state of existence is struggle, and surrendering to that struggle will always end in death, chaos, and destruction.
Immigration vs Discrimination
Well, everybody else with a bone to pick or an axe to grind has sounded off about President Obama's classroom lecture to America about immigration. I guess it is time for me to do the same.
"...The land on which we stand is the only thing we have,
That can withstand the weight of our lives.
So learn to treat the land, like you treat your own two hands,
Honor its strength, cherish the gifts it holds..."
"I don't have time for their judgement and their stupidity; and you know, they lay down with their ugly wives in front of their ugly children and look at their loser lives and then they look at me and they say, 'I can't process it', well, no you never will, stop trying, just sit back and enjoy the show... you know?"
I begin with the above quote from actor Charlie Sheen to remind myself and my readers that no, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is probably actually not the most arrogant boor that ever existed. Like Mr. Sheen though, Gruber is clearly suffering from a severe case of unmerited elitism... "Winning!"
Following is William Way's further examination of the political landscape now that Ben Carson seems to be running for President.
Following is another Guest blog... this one from local business owner and Rensselaer County legislator, Todd Tesman. He posted it as a comment on my last blog entry, but I thought it deserved its own space. Some politicians are hacks, some are true public servants; this is one of the good guys.
As we move away from the past election, we weigh the winners and the
losers. Numbers? Numbers worked in some cases where campaign strategies
utilizing demographics, population databases, sophisticated software
programs and information mining like those used by the Democratic Party
in the 2012 presidential campaign that resulted in what should have
been an impossible win. Are we further ahead or less behind? The
Republican Party declared the victor but will the citizens, those that
participated, volunteered enormous time and efforts in the days, months
and even years leading up to November be as victorious? If victory
means the return of our guaranteed freedoms, less intrusion and a move
to restore governance to it's original intent then yes, we are
victorious, but that is doubtful. Indeed, less behind.
following is another guest post from William Way Jr. It was scheduled to release during the week, but in light of it's relevance to Benjamin Carson's documentary/launch of Presidential bid airing tomorrow in this area on the CW at 11:30 AM after Face The Nation, I thought it would be appreciated to publish early:
What? A new Speaker of the House? Who?
In my not so humble opinion Dr. Ben Carson should be nominated and elected to be the next Speaker of The House of Representative in 2015.
Dogs are peculiar creatures. They do things in earnest for no apparent reason. They chase their own tails; they bark at other dogs great distances away, or even sometimes at their own echoes; they howl at train whistles and sirens; and they chase cars. What are they thinking? The car chasing thing in particular has always intrigued me. Does the dog think the car is some kind of big animal? If so, why would it chase such a big animal? What does it hope to accomplish? What would it do if it ever caught the car? I don't think they want to drive. I stopped once to see what a particular dog would do, and it acted like it didn't know what to do, just kind of stood there.