Saturday, October 29, 2005

Swinging at a Pitch in the Dirt…

I believe the Bush administration's goal is to have another female Supreme Court judge to keep Supreme Court "balanced" on the makeup. I thought that Janice Rogers Brown would've been President Bush's 1st choice. Perhaps she was his first choice all along but nominated Harriet Miers banking that either way if she wins the vote it would be good. I think that Harriet Miers was used as the “canary in the coal mine” to get the Democrats to tip their hand.

If the Bush administration now decides to nominate Janice Rogers Brown the Democrats get themselves backed into a corner if they are going to be the rabid bunch by going after a 2nd nominated woman. But this time it'd be a first nominated black woman for the Supreme court. What a quandry for the Democrats to face!

Janice Rogers Brown is well qualified to be the next Supreme Court judge with her experience in the 2nd highest court in the land. She has a sharecropper story and did everything herself by pulling her own bootstrap. She is a woman, and if voted for the Supreme court, she'll be the first black woman judge in the Supreme court history.

We had the first woman judge, Sandra Day O'Connor, now since retired.

We had the first black judge, Thurgood Marshall. Died some years ago.

We have the second black judge Clarence Thomas.

We have the second woman judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I think the whole thing was a clever set up by the Bush administration and Miers agreed to go along with it and wouldn't matter if she won the seat or not since the first objective by the Bush administration was to get another woman on the Supreme Court. The Administration was banking on the Democrats' reaction toward Miers. And if Miers nomination fails, then Janice Rogers Brown would be next and use the Democrats' past response against them.

They got the Democrats to swing at a pitch in the dirt for a 3rd strike…

Thursday, October 20, 2005

A Few Afterthoughts on New Orleans...

For the people of New Orleans... First I would like to say, Sorry for your loss. With that said, Let’s go through a few hurricane rules: (Unlike an earthquake, we know it's coming)

1. A mandatory evacuation means just that...Get the hell out. Don't blame the Government after they tell you to go. If they hadn't said anything, I can see the argument. They said get out... if you didn't, it's your fault, not theirs. (We don't want to hear it, even if you don't have a car, you can get out.)

2. If there is an emergency, stock up on water and non-perishables. If you didn't do this, it's not the Government's fault you're starving.

2a. If you run out of food and water, find a store that has some.(Remember, shoes, TV's, DVD's and CD's are not edible. Leave them alone.)

2b. If the local store has been looted of food or water, leave your neighbor's TV and stereo alone. (See #2a) They worked hard to get their stuff. Just because they were smart enough to leave during a mandatory evacuation, doesn't give you the right to take their's theirs, not yours.

3. If someone comes in to help you, don't shoot at them and then complain no one is helping you. I'm not getting shot to help save some dumbass that didn't leave when told to do so.

4. If you are in your house that is completely under water, your belongings are probably too far-gone for anyone to want them. If someone does want them, let them have them and hopefully they'll die in the filth. Just leave! (It's New Orleans, find a voodoo warrior and put a curse on them)

5. My tax money should not pay to rebuild a 2 million dollar house, a sports stadium or a floating casino. Also, my tax money shouldn't go to rebuild a city that is under sea level. You wouldn't build your house on quicksand would you? You want to live below sea level, do your country some good and join the Navy.

6. Regardless of what the Poverty Pimps Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton want you to believe, The US Government didn't create the Hurricane as a way to eradicate the black people of New Orleans and neither did Russia as a way to destroy America. The US Government didn't cause global warming that caused the hurricane (We've been coming out of an ice age for over a million years).

7. The government isn't responsible for giving you anything. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but you have to work for what you want. McDonalds and Wal-Mart are always hiring, get a damn job and stop spooning off the people who are actually working for a living. President Kennedy said it best..."Ask not what your country can do for you, ask whatyou can do for your country."

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Go Ahead, Pass The Cost On...

This past week Connecticut became the fifteenth state to mandate insurance coverage for fertility treatments. They, however, imposed an age limit of 39 — several years younger than those imposed by neighboring New York and New Jersey (44 and 46, respectively). Some insurers say the success rate of infertility treatments for women in there 40s is not high enough to warrant insuring such an expensive procedure. That cost is passed on to everyone insured by that company. Infertility treatment is very expensive and in some cases can cost more that $12,000.

This of course has Connecticut residents hoping to conceive through in vitro fertilization upset and claiming it’s unfair to them. And why not? Far too many people think it is their right to have the cost of their lifestyle and choices paid for them by others. No one has told these women that they cant have in vitro fertilization treatments. They are upset because they were told the rest of us aren’t going to pay for it. Something for nothing is the motto of far too many people in this country.

I, for one, am so sick and tired of the politicians mandating that things that benefit a very few and then rely on the rest of us to pay for it either through taxes or in this case insurance premiums. So often they just don’t realize the downstream impact of their idiotic decisions. I have to select insurance options at work by the end of the month and saw that yet again saw my premiums go up, my co-pay go up, and my coverage go down. Lifestyle choices for others should not become the rest of the population burden to pay for, but politicians just don’t see it that way. I suppose they see it as a way to get a few more votes…

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Getting A Free Pass...

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco was given no questions about her response to Hurricane Katrina when she appeared before a Senate committee to plead for more federal money. Why? She asked not to be questioned about it and the committee agreed. The governors of two other states hit by Katrina -- Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama -- testified before the committee via closed circuit television.

Blanco went to Washington with a tin-cup in her hand and asked not to be questioned about her blatant incompetence. She wants the money, but she does not want to answer questions after she has made all sorts of comments and statements criticizing everyone except herself, especially the federal government — its just that she’s only willing to comment when she is not under oath.

The Republicans are such wimps. The Democrats are making outrageous statements about how incompetent and racist FEMA and the current administration and the Republicans don’t say anything in response and are getting walked on by even themselves now.

The GOP is losing people in droves over stuff like this, the Brown appointment although he was unqualified, the uncontroled imigration and lack of border security, the refusal of the GOP dominated Congress to curtail its spending, and a few other stories which are going on now. It will be interesting to see what November '06 brings…