29 February 2008
Now, I understand the "for the good of the Party" opinion... that's
why I left the GOP. I also understand the "but the other guy/girl is
worse" argument, but I don't really see much difference. And I
honestly understand that "the enemy of the Good is the Perfect" and
getting everything you want isn't always possible, but I didn't see much good
interfering with perfection.
These last few weeks have been enlightening. I've seen many fervent conservatives start to come around and back McCain. The mood has seemed to shift from, "We're going to get killed in November" to "There's no way Obama can beat McCain." On the other hand, I have not moved one millimeter, not one... until I had a thought today... a thought that would swing me around 180 degrees and ensure my wholehearted and unreserved support for McCain.
I want to be the next appointment to the Supreme Court. I think people are tired of lawyers messing up the law. We need a clear, conservative majority on the court and I promise never to waver. If something is stupid/liberal, I'll call it that out loud and vote "NO", overpowering the liberal minority, shaming them into voting what should be common sense. There won't be anymore Kelo Decisions, Hamdi, or other liberal lunacy.
Confirmation? No problem. I'm certain to get 95% of the American people behind me (the hardcore 5% of moonbats aren't going to change for anything since insanity is safe and pleasant for them, it's reality that's scary) and they will rise up to force my confirmation. How do I intend to get such a vast majority of people to support me? A little lesson I learned over at Ace's HQ... FY, NQ. Any question asked by some idiot (more commonly referred to as Senator) gets that as my answer... Fuck You, Next Question. I don't care if they're asking how old I am, it's FY, NQ. That's something the American People will support because it shows I possess something that 99.99% of Washington D.C. doesn't... sense. Sense enough to know that these jokers aren't qualified to judge anyone, much less a judge.
So, if John McCain wants my vote that's how he can get it. If he has any questions... FY, NQ.
28 February 2008
This guy is dangerously deranged.
27 February 2008
In my opinion, it's pretty easily explained. People have attacked John McCain's service with unfounded accusations of collaboration, incompetence, and covering up the continued presence of POW's in VietNam. While I am no McCain fan, these lies and smears have been debunked many times. Is it any wonder he objects to these types of attacks? Ted Sampley is an excellent example of someone who makes a (dishonest) living off the pain and suffering of others.
Even when they're true (as I believe the Swift Boat Veterans' to be), giving legitimacy to the method is galling. Election campaigns should be focused on the issues of today. If accusations like these have merit, they should be brought out at the time. To bring them out only for a campaign is unfairly prejudicial, as well as irrelevant. John McCain is not my candidate, but his objection to these types of attacks is to his credit. Now, if he'd only be as honest about his party affiliation and switch over to the Dems.
26 February 2008
25 February 2008
The media has been trying to push us into one so they can point to how tax cuts, the Bush Administration, Global Warming, and making fun of John Kerry have all led to a failed economy. Even the linked article can only point to expectations of "reduced growth". Last time I checked, something that was still growing didn't meet the definition of something that was receding.
24 February 2008
The way recruiting works now, military members (enlisted and officers) get pulled from their specialties and become salespeople for 2-4 years or so, depending on how they do and how much they like it. Meanwhile, their specialty goes forward while they lose proficiency. How they perform as recruiters affects their career, and in the case of sharp operators that downright suck at sales, very negatively. Even if they do well, "punching the ticket" rarely makes up for the loss of proficiency and currency within their usual specialty.
What I'd like to see happen is that recruiting be contracted out. There are several large personnel companies that are capable of handling it. You can still detail active-duty military to recruiting since meeting and talking with our military folks is the best advertising. Just make it for 4-6 months of temporary duty near their hometown (or another open station-of-choice, don't send them where they don't want to go... not for this.) They can still get their ticket-punch, recruiter badge, down-time to attend school or stabilize family, etc... all without losing currency in their specialty.
For the contractor, a graduated payment system will ensure a good mix of recruits and not just warm bodies. Figure out what a fair compensation is for signing up someone who will make it through their first enlistment. The contractor gets paid 30% when the recruit successfully completes their basic and advanced individual training. Payment of another 25% if the recruit completes their first year post-basic and AIT. The remaining 45% gets paid at the end of four years, no matter how long the active duty commitment . The actual total payment, percentages, and when distributed are for example only. When MEDCOM was negotiating the contract for TRICARE, there were tons of people involved, not just a retired nurse spitballing.
I've talked about this with several folks over the last 10 years and every one of them liked the idea. Why didn't I ever submit it to the "echelons above reality" that might act on it? That's a great way to become the "project officer"... I've already said I'm not a salesman. Anybody want to try?
23 February 2008
Professional sports is a business also. When baseball went on strike, I had no beef until the World Series was canceled. That made it clear to me that both the players and the owners were more interested in the money they made than pleasing the fans who gave them their money and I haven't watched a game since. After the 88-89 NBA lockout, I gave up on professional basketball. The NFL was spared banishment from my TV simply because I completely missed their strike in 1982 (I won't say alcohol was involved, but I won't say it wasn't either... just sayin').
So essentially, I only like watching the occasional NHL game (go Red Wings!), and the NFL (go Lions! please, just one season, go Lions!), Golf, Soccer, Tennis, MMA, Darts, Bowling....... ok, if I'm watching TV it's almost always sports. Just not pro basketball or baseball. It's the principle.
Patterico and Ace are my biggest influences as far as my blogging goes. If your internet time is limited, stop reading here (for now, come back when you have some spare time) and go see Patterico and Ace. It will be well worth it.
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