Monday, May 31, 2010

Do Not Be Too Disturbed That Obama Wrote off Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day!

President Obama will not be attending the traditional wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery due to going to Chicago for the weekend.... --- information from various news sources about the President's planned "get away" for Memorial Day weekend

A hornet's nest of a different kind has been stirred up when it was learned that President Obama will not be participating in the traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery this year. He will be in his hometown of Chicago and it was reported that he will be participating in an event at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery instead.

Stop and think it through for a moment. While many are very upset about this, is it not just as well that he didn't take part in the Arlington observance?

1. Here is a man who has had absolutely no military experience whatsoever and doesn't know the first thing about how the military operates. And one has to wonder whether he could even begin to hold up under the discipline of basic military training!

2. Here is a man who was raised in a generation in which the military was much despised and lacking in respect. And there is no hard core evidence that he is any different in his basic attitude toward the military. It has to be agreed that for political expediency he will make remarks from time to time that are "favorable" toward the military -- but remember, first and foremost he is a professional politician and one of the best at that -- which is why for a number of people, each time he speaks you feel nausea setting in quickly!

3. For this man to lay a wreath on the grave of a member of the military is nothing less than a slap in the face of that person who served honorably under the flag of the United States of America!

4. Let him go through basic training (I am a bit prejudiced on this - I would suggest United States Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island S.C. - many years ago I went through it and managed to survive!) -- spend a few years in the enlisted ranks and then he might be taken a bit more seriously when he enters the hallowed ground of Arlington National Cemetery!

Yes, he is presently the Commander in Chief - that is, the "big boss" of all branches of the military combined. That in itself has to be a bitter pill for career military people to swallow. Fortunately, the day will come when Obama will no longer be the Commander in Chief and preferably the person who then occupies the office of president will have had some personal military experience -- at least much more than a resume that has nothing on it other than community organizing experience and some shoddy political shenanigans Chicago style!

And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. --- Jesus speaking in Luke 16:15

Thursday, May 20, 2010

12th Congressional District Election in PA - Some Observations!

"...(name) ...he's not for us...." --- quote from a political ad running on WJAC-TV prior to May 18, 2010 election in the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

The stench is still hanging a bit in the air after the May 18th election in the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Fortunately the winds over the Laurel Highlands of PA will eventually remove it, but it is pretty heavy stuff to eliminate!

Three things to be noted about the recent showdown between Mark Critz (recent leg man for the late Congressman John P. Murtha) and Tim Burns:

1 - The campaign got very ugly and very dirty. If even one half the stuff was true in the statements made by the opponents against each other, both should be locked up and the key tossed into the river. It is a dream that will never come true in these days of bankrupt ethics and morality -- a dream in which an ethical candidate refuses to attack his opponent but rather concentrates on stressing what he stands for, what he hopes to accomplish if elected, and the fact that the people he desires to represent mean more to him than his party. Common complaint among elected officials is the growing cynicism among the electorate -- are they so ignorant that they fail to realize who caused it in the first place? Come to think of it, they really are!

2 - WJAC-TV which is based in Johnstown in the heart of the 12th District would claim to be "fair and balanced" in its treatment of political issues. When Bill Clinton came into town to stump for Mark Critz you would have thought Almighty God Himself had just landed. An ex-president with an alley cat standard of sexual morality (which has been well documented) is given top billing and of course in the process with all this exposure under the guise of reporting the "news," it was a great political plus for one Mark Critz - a lot of "political hay" baled up last Sunday. In another segment a reporter from WJAC was disussing the election with time given to the Burns camp and then time given to the Critz camp. One big contrast - in regard to Burns, just some exchange of information and that was it. In regard to Critz, it was more than an exchange -- there were also big campaign signs with Critz' name on them -- the visual images were striking which were missing from the Burns segment! Fair and balanced? Yea, sure.

3 - John P. Murtha earned the unflattering title of "King of Pork" in his later years in the U. S. Congress. A lot of defense contracts worth millions of dollars were doled out in his district and especially in his hometown, Johnstown. With the political climate being what it is in DC these days (the stench there never goes away) who knows what Mark Critz will be able to do between now and November when he will have to run for re-election in order to hold on to that seat in Congress. One thing for sure, we'll hear a lot of details as to his activity in "representing" us and with WJAC-TV camped out in Washington DC it will be as though we have arrived in Mecca with Critz exalted as the new "sugar daddy" of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District!

Written by a non-affliated registered voter in Cambria County, PA and who voted in the special election involving the 12th Congressional District.

And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. --- Jesus speaking in Luke 16:15