Sorry for my absence over the last week. Nothing bad has happened but in the last week we have had Thanksgiving and my birthday so I thought I would stay away from the blogs during that time period. Without further adieu some observations over what has happened over the last few weeks.
Hackers in Russia successfully hacked into computers of Englilsh scientists and released their personal emails to the web. the only REAL revelation that came from these emails is that the scientists are trying to figure out a start date of the current warming of the globe. but with so many outliers they can't pinpoint a start date. That's the real story. To conspiracists and global warming deniers they were able to perform some pretty neat acrobatic moves and announce to the world that these emails prove without a doubt that these emails prove global warming is a hoax. It has even led some on this site to call for the arrest of former Vice President Gore. These people are a hoot, I love watching them chase their own tails in an effort to prove that what isn't there is actually there. In the words of former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, "There is no there, there."
Over Thanksgiving, Tiger Woods wrecked his vehicle and suffered minor injuries. If you happened to be watching Fox News or on their website early Friday morning you would have been told that his injuries were serious and that he was in the hospital. Within an hour every news organization was running with the serious injuries story. It led my brother and I to a conversation on Facebook as to how someone could sustain serious injuries in a vehicle crash over a fire hydrant and a tree going less than 33 miles per hour, without being drunk. Finally late Friday afternoon the story of his injuries was finally resolved. Early this week the police officially charged Tiger Woods with wreckless driving. For me that is where the story ends. Whatever else is going on in his private life is just that his private life. I don't really care how many waitresses or servers he's been romantically involved with and neither should anyone else. Unfortunately the news agencies are still treating this as news. As I said at one point, "He may be a public figure but he still deserves a private life. Anything not involving the police at this point is just rumor and speculation. If people have a problem with Tiger not putting his private life on display that's their problem not his."
Former presidential hopeful and Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee had his Willie Horton moment recently and he failed it miserably. Actually by all accounts this was his third Horton moment and he has failed all of them. The most recent being the rape of a child, assault of a police officer, and murder of four cops in Washington by former convicted Arkansas felon Maurice Clemmons. If you haven't been paying attention to the story, during Huckabee's run as governor of Arkansas he gave clemency to Clemmons. At the time Clemmons had served about 10 years of a 105 year sentence. Clemmons was giving clemency with 95 years remaining in his prison sentence. Huckabee, who has always been known to accept responsibility (yes that's sarcasm) immediately blamed the court systems in Arkansas and Washington for Clemmons still being free. He accepted no responsibility at all. He even went on Bill O'Reilly's (someone who hates all judges if they don't agree with him) to plead his case. For those who will undoubtedly say that Huckabee did take responsibility saying that "if I would have known 9 years ago" isn't taking responsiblity it's a cop out.
A little background into a couple of the other 1033 clemencies that Huckabee issued in his 10 years as governor. One of the first surrounded a convicted rapist who apparently convinced Huckabee that he had been railroaded by then governor Clinton because the girl he raped was a distant cousin of Clinton. Huckabee gave that man clemency and he promptly went to Missouri and raped and killed a woman their. Another story involves a man who had been arrested while intoxicated four times and was serving time in prison. Just days after the man's wife had given a huge donation to the Arkansas Republican Party, Huckabee saw it in his heart to give this man clemency. The man went on to be arrested two more times for drinking and driving.
Like I said this was Huckabee's Willie Horton moment and he swung and miss. He is now putting just how shifty he really is for the American people. This is something that most Arkansans already knew about him. I don't see Huckabee being much of a factor in 2012 if he decides to run.
For weeks we have been hearing the constant hum from the conservative and Republican Party machine that President Obama needed to send more troops to Afghanistan and do it quickly. On Tuesday he finally made his announcement that was in fact going to listen to his general on the ground and send 30,000 more troops into the country. Currently there are triple the amount of troops that were EVER in Afghanistan during the Bush Presidency and we are sending more. So are the Republican and conservatives happy? Of course they aren't. In their attempt to oppose EVERYTHING that Obama does they are now opposed to what they were wanting just a few weeks ago. For most Americans the reaction from the right really isn't shocking. It's just more of the same. The funniest thing to come out of this is the whining, show-boating, and out right lying coming from officials from the Bush Administration. This is a group of people that started the war in Afghanistan to run the Taliban out and get Osama. They were initially successful on the Taliban and could have been successful with getting Osama (we had him cornered). But then they decided that a despot ruler in Iraq was a more serious threat to us than the man who actually masterminded and pulled off the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil. So in the eight years since the Bush Administration forgot about Afganistan the Taliban has successfully made it back into certain areas of the country and Osama is still alive. Why anyone listens to anything the Bush Administration has to say is amazing.
But that does bring up a curious point. Republicans and conservatives want all Americans to remember how great it was in America during the Reagan Administration (though when you look at the actual numbers it wasn't great just slightly better than the seventies, Reagan using the government to bust up strikes, the Reagan Administration bailing out an auto company-Reagan does it good, Obama does it bad, raising taxes, the federal deficity going through the roof, illegal gun trades with terrorists, detente with the Soviet Union, and on and on and on) which was almost 30 years ago but somehow forget the last eight years.
By the way I also do not agree with Obama's proposal but not just because I want to oppose him. I think we need to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq and bring our men and women home. Our military is stretched way to thin and if something ever happens on our soil, we won't be able to respond to it properly. I do stand behind our President and hope this decision brings this war to a close in the three years that Obama has proposed. Remember all the naysaying now about a withdrawal strategy about all the bloodshed that will occur because they know we are leaving was used exactly the same way when Bush announced a similar strategy for Iraq, by some of the same people. It never happened.
But like I said I don't like Obama's proposal but I will support his decision for now. Look a liberal can disagree with the president.
The Senate yesterday defeated a proposal by Republicans that would have deleted needed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. They claim that these cuts will hurt senior citizens. They are of course lying. The Republican Party has been trying to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid for years so why do they all of sudden care about cutting the waste of out the programs? They need to win in 2010 and they are going back to their old adage of "If we can scare them they will vote for us." Oddly enough John McCain was one of the most outspoken critics of these cuts to these programs. Apparently he has forgotten that in the 2008 presidential campaign he called for many of the same cuts to these programs that are now being considered. Well he hasn't forgotten he's just lying.
I'm sure I'll write another blog this month but in case I don't I just want to say to all my friends (and yes even those that hate me) Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of comments on my last blog. I don't know if you all were concentrated on my other blogs or what happened. Nothing more to add, it was just percolating in my mind.