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Sometimes I Just Have to Sound Off

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I may be wrong but, while reading the news sites it sometimes seems to me that the STOOOPID is getting awfully deep out there. No, that’s not a typo; I intentionally spelled STOOOPID that way because when it comes to items like this a single U just don’t seem to get the job done. These are some of the news items that tripped my trigger today: (My comments are in red italics.)

John McCain: Cut the Defense Budget

(Wait a minute……haven’t we been fighting a 2 front war for the past 8 or 9 years? Don’t our troops deserve the best equipment we can supply them with? Now this DEEDLE DEE wants to cut funding for equipment?)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), speaking to a foreign-policy forum Monday, called for sharp cuts in defense spending by clamping down on lawmakers’ pet projects and on weapons programs that routinely run over budget. McCain said Defense Secretary Robert Gates should be able to find $100 billion in savings. “I’m not sure that we could say that everything in defense is sacrosanct while the rest of these cuts in education and social programs, et cetera, are taking place,” McCain said. Rep. “Buck” McKeon, likely the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said, “A defense budget in decline portends an America in decline,” and said he would oppose cuts to the Pentagon’s budget.

Read it at Reuters

42 Million Americans on Food Stamps

(If the United States is the wealthiest nation on Earth, or so the politicians would have you believe, why does nearly 15% of the population rely on food stamps?)

And this is happening in America? Hunger rates in the U.S. rose sharply in 2008 to their highest levels since the U.S. Department of Agriculture started tracking the number in 1995, and they’ve held steady ever since. As many as 1 million American families with children were forced to go without eating at some point in the past year. The number of Americans on Food Stamps is up 10 million from a year ago, to 42 million people. “I know meeting with, whether it’s government offices across the country or with food pantries and food banks—in all of those instances people have reflected the fact, to me, anecdotally that they are serving people who never envisioned in their lifetimes needing to turn to either a state or a county for federal assistance or to a food bank for assistance,” said Mark Nord, a researcher with USDA. And the problem is set to get worse—economic forecasters, the U.S. government among them, predict a rise in food prices in 2011.

Read it at ABC News

Cali. Gives Illegals In-State Tuition

(Isn’t California facing a $25 billion budget shortfall?)

As Congress prepares to debate the DREAM Act, the California State Supreme Court voted unanimously on Monday to give in-state tuition at public universities to illegal immigrants who have graduated from state high schools. California is one of 10 states to make this offer, and the court ruling is the first of its kind. While federal law prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving college tuition based on residency, California law carves out an exemption for students who attend the state’s high schools for at least three years.

Read it at Los Angeles Times

Britain to Pay Millions to Gitmo Detainees

(Make me a British subject and I’ll go to Gitmo for $1.5 million!)

Does this count as hush money? The British government is going to pay millions of dollars to seven Guantanamo Bay detainees who accuse it of cooperating with the United States in their detentions. The move comes as part of an effort to keep out of court thousands of documents detailing its complicity. While the exact amount of the payments to the prisoners will not be disclosed, at least one is believed to be receiving at least $1.5 million.

Read it at Guardian

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9 responses

  1. Disgusting news. I sometimes wonder how our country is even still in existance. When it comes to war, if we’re in it, then the equipment had better be cutting edge. It’s bad enough that so many times our troops don’t get the support back home, but to leave them vunerable in the field? Add to that when they come home. Look at that situation. Homeless, sick, and mental disorders that most certainly could be treated but the powers that be turn a blind eye. The last war where our troops were treated with honor, respect, and downright giddy happiness was WW II. This country is losing it’s way rapidly, and I’ll bet there are a lot of countries grinning greedily at the prospect. Good word, “greed”. That’s what’s gotten us into this mess to begin with. Power on the take, me me me is the only priority, do it to them before they do it to you seems to be the mentality of the day. Look how many neighborhoods there are where people don’t even know their neighbors at all, not even their names. Houses that could never be afforded in the first place are the order of the day and then they wonder why they’re out on the street now. Sure, it was the greed of the mortgage lender, etc, but good grief, doesn’t the homeowner have any responsibility in this? Of course they do; they already knew it was more than they could afford, but, what the heck! Let’s do it! Greed again. Besides, when the USA is almost devoid of money, that’s ok, we’ll just print some more! Hell with the debt, right? Reminds me of heroin: addict? running out? don’t worry, I’ll get you some more! Oh good God.
    Geez, sorry, Chip. I just get so hot under the collar at all of it, and I am in complete agreement with you. I can’t change the country but I can do my own little part by living within and below my means, and I can get out there and help others by volunteering, and I can save a critter,….and I can say my prayers.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

  2. Wow, so sorry. You released the soapbox monster in me. Slinking off now.

    November 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    • Roket Man

      No need to apologize. Last week people were thanking us veterans and this is one of the things you were thanking us for; the freedom of speech.

      November 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM

  3. And this why, I avoid the news these days as much as I can. It’s crazy! It’s upsetting! I shake my head in wonderment and just have to believe God is in it somewhere, that’s He’s in control and that He hears our cries and prayers… that our military will not be left with only their hands and feet one day to fight wars we never wanted anyway… that our citizens who have truly fallen on rough times will be reached out to first, before we offer aid to others… that our tax dollars won’t pay for “the ridiculous” as you’ve highlighted above and the insane, such as “PR” motivated trips when the pressure from elections (and public opinion) prove to damage images… I could go on and on, but it’s better I remain overall speechless…

    November 16, 2010 at 1:14 PM

  4. Roket Man

    The first one, from Mr. Super Patriot himself really frosts me. He’s painted as a war hero when he’s not even close to being any sort of hero, At least Hanoi Jane Fonda was open and honest when she was collaborating with the North Vietnamese. McCain hid behind his daddy’s rank. According to the Code of Conduct it is the duty of every American fighting man to make every effort to escape when captured. He was offered humanitarian release but refused because “he didn’t want it to look like he was getting preferential treatment because his daddy was an admiral”. He didn’t accept the release because he was afraid the Navy would treat his injuries and send him back into combat when he was once again fit for duty. If that treasonous bastard had been elected in ’08 he and that bimbo from Alaska would probably have us involved in a shooting war with Canada by now.

    November 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM

  5. Here’s what I have to say to your comment right above this (about Mr Super Patriot and the Queen of Dumb): MUAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    What’s that old saying we used to use back in the 60’s? RIGHT ON!

    November 16, 2010 at 4:10 PM

  6. (you do know “muah” is throwing a kiss, don’t you? It’s not the sound of an insane laugh……….although……..

    November 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM

  7. This isn’t totally topical I admit but it was some crazy news that’s been flashing round SkyNews all night…Sarah Palin…Wolf Killer and Wolf Hunter and Wolf Killing Supporter…GRRRRRR….considering running for President in 2012!!!!!! The mind boggles and the wolves quake in darkest dread…other news has faded by comparison.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    • The sad part is Palin’s “reality” show on The Learning Channel is nothing more than a thinly disguised series of campaign ads for the bimbo. Not only does she get more air time than other potential candidates, she gets paid for doing it! Believe me, if that numb skull does manage to get elected there will be hell to pay in The States. It’s been said that the American people are more divided now than at any time since our civil war. Palin in the Oval Office will blow the lid off.

      On a related note, George W. Bush is screwing us again. He’s on tour promoting his new book and it doesn’t even come with crayons!!!!!!

      November 18, 2010 at 7:11 PM

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