Plays Of The Weakâ€¦ And All Night
By: Bob Parks
It’s been on a long week in three states shooting footage for an upcoming documentary on Ronald Reagan and the Cold War. It’s time to catch up on some current events, and some overdue gripes.
The Rub On Vick
After listening to sports pundit Jamie Dukes on the NFL Network last night, it would appear (according to him) that Conservative Atlanta radio listeners want Falcon quarterback Michael Vick to be fired or released from his $130 million contract, while liberal listeners say Vick’s a victim of a witch-hunt, which is code for racism.
According to the Mercury News Wire Services, “After a two-month investigation, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Virginia on charges related to illegal dog fighting.”
“The dog fighting operation was named “Bad Newz Kennels,” according to the indictment, and the dogs were housed, trained and fought at a Surry County, Va., property owned by Vick.
“According to investigators, Vick’s pit bulls were often executed after losing fights. The indictment alleges that in one case, eight dogs were killed by Vick and two co-defendants by “hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”
Let’s not forget reports of electrocutions.
Prior to the indictment, the NFL types were circling the wagons in a manner that now makes them today look like either deniers or idiots. Dukes, on the NFL Network, previously said that he would not believe any of the allegations against Vick until there was a “cell phone picture of (Vick) at a dog fight.”
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis told WAVY-TV, “I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it’s his property, it’s his dog. If that’s what he wants to do, do it.” When reminded that dog fighting was a federal crime, Portis responded, “It can’t be too bad of a crime. You want to hunt down over fighting some dogs, you know, I think people should mind their own business. You take someone who is doing positive in the community; you take a positive role model and put him behind
for no reason. You know, over a dog fight?”
I wonder what Portis thinks about the Vick and co-defendants “hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground” and electrocution thing?
At the risk of being accused of picking on athletes, I’ll again ask this: Why can’t these people behave themselves? These players make more in one season than most of us will see in an entire lifetime. They have contracts for a duration of time, some with morality clauses. Why can’t they obey the rules we all have to abide by instead of continuing to believe they’re special and the law doesn’t apply to them?
What’s sad is that some who know Vick personally, like Dukes and Portis, would much rather cover for him by calling some of us either nosey or racists. Personally, I’d like to see a rookie salary cap so untested talent could be proven before being awarded that ego-busting paycheck. Humility and respect is something such a cap might instill in these players, which is sorely lacking in some.
Michael Vick losing it all over dog fighting. What a waste.
It’s All About Oil
For the last couple of years, after frequenting a local dining establishment, stomach discomfort has been a constant after effect. A couple of weeks ago, we all went out for some fast food and there was a sign prominently displayed at the order window. It read, “Canola oil used here. No trans fats.”
When I fry foods in vegetable oil at home, there is no digestive discomfort or that subtle Saccharin aftertaste. Yet, when we eat out, all the side effects are present. Yes, I blame all this on liberalism.
When I go to In And Out Burger or the like, I expect to be eating greasy unhealthy food. I understand there is virtually nothing nutritious in a Big Mac or Whopper with cheese. Yet, those who know what’s best for us are now forcing us to change our dietary habits by making the fast food industry convert to providing faire devoid of trans fat.
Big Fast Food has collectively become a bunch of traitorous pussies that buckled to a bunch of tofu-eating, vegan, nanny state socialists who don’t frequent burger joints.
The industry contends there is no change in the taste of their products. I disagree, and am still pissed off that McDonald’s removed the dark meat nuggets from their menu a few years ago. Maybe the digestive after effects are just a result of age, who knows? But I will voluntarily cut down on my fast food intake because it no longer tastes as good as it used to and I shouldn’t have to run to the bathroom every time I eat it. Remember Olestra?
Capitol Hill Hos
Call me a partisan, but I’m wondering if there’s a reason that despite reports that thousands of names are on the D.C. Madam’s list of clients, the only people outted by ABC’s Brian Ross are that of Republicans and a dead Democrat some will consider sacrilege to have his memory impugned? Do Democrats not utilize the services of escorts because, as they are freeloaders by nature, their interns service them?
In a recent news segment on “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Ross saidâ€¦.
“Well, she has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution service. She says it wasn’t prostitution, it was fantasy sex, legal sex, and she wants to call all of her prominent clients to testify. One, she says, it’s hypocritical of the government to go after her and the women who worked for her. And two, she wants them to testify as to whether there was or was not sex.
“There are thousands of names, tens of thousands of phone numbers, and there are people there at the Pentagon, lobbyists, others at the White House, prominent lawyers â€” a long, long list, and as well, the women who work for the service, include university professors, legal secretaries, scientists, military officers.”
I’d like to see some of those names.
Personally, I have a problem with one major news organization having some kind of pseudo monopoly on this story. I remember listening to Larry Elder on KABC radio in Los Angeles years ago, after an election, being told by a friend of his who works at ABC News, of newsroom personnel publicly lamenting Democrat losses and cursing Republicans while on the job.
With that, if Democrats have been identified on that list, are the ABC news personnel going to feel compelled to release those names in a timely manner? If the news director or an editor’s name were on that list, would his (or her) subordinates feel free to rat out their boss? We all know how the media loves to tear people down, yet get all wimpy when they get criticized.
Anyway, I have some contacts in D.C. and have asked they to keep their ears open. Should I get some names I can verify, you’ll be the first to know. What’s good for the gooseâ€¦.
During his “Road to One America” tour, presidential candidate John Edwards said, “The two Americas aren’t the rich and the poor. It’s the rich and everyone else.”
Thus far in the campaign, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have raised tens of millions of dollars, spending a significant amount of time sucking up, hands extended, to the “rich” America.
As has been explained by many previously, the philosophical problem with the Washington D.C. mentality is that government, unlike businesses and individuals, doesn’t create anything; just confiscates hard-earned monies from those businesses and individuals by threat of fines and/or imprisonment. So if one considers how government wastes money it takes from us by force, how much respect do you think these same politicians would have for money they are freely given?
One would think with more respect. Reality is another thing.
Senator John McCain is now on the predicted slow death, laying off campaign staff, having campaign staff fleeing for the tall Thompson grass, and having to suffer the ultimate indignity: flying coach. Miss Hillary places her carbon footprints up our you-know-where, using swank private jets to get her butt around. We all remember the pricey John Edwards haircuts, and now Mitt Romney is spending campaign donations for consultants to make him look “pretty”. These men want to be
Give it up, pretty boys.
You’ll hear few people blaming Nancy Pelosi for the poor polling of a Congress under her leadership, because to do so would invite the shrill screams of sexism. But according to a new Zogby International phone poll, most Americans feel Congress isn’t doing what they were elected to do. What “were” is seems to be the question.
According to Yahoo News, “Americans feel their government is not accomplishing the people’s business,” Zogby said. “They feel the system is seriously broken.”
“In the national survey of 1,012 likely voters, taken July 12 through July 14, about 66 percent said Bush had done only a fair or poor job as president, with 34 percent ranking his performance as excellent or good.
“That is up slightly from his low of 30 percent in early March and in line with other national polls showing Bush’s approval ratings lingering at or near historically low levels amid continued chaos and bloodshed in Iraq.”
With the constant pummeling Bush has taken on his Iraq stance, and his poor choice of strategy and words on the failed illegal immigration amnesty bill, his low numbers are understandable.
But seeing how Democrats claim their election victories last fall formed some kind of mandate for ending the war and all our social ills, and their lack of doing anything besides passing the minimum wage increase, has drawn the ire of the people in general.
“While 83 percent said Congress was doing a fair or poor job, just 14 percent rated it excellent or good. Last October, in its final days, the Republican-led Congress earned ratings of excellent or good from 23 percent of voters.
“‘There is a growing sense that people voted for change in 2006 and they aren’t getting it,’ Zogby said.”
That 14 percent may just be the kook fringe left that gets aroused with every investigation Henry Waxman thinks up over breakfast, but the rest of the nation may just consider that overkill, while most may not consider a cut-and-run Iraq strategy the best approach. They really may understand that having the Senate Majority Leader, almost on a daily basis, declare during press conferences that “the war is lost” is not in the best interest of those in the line of fire.
But while seemingly confused, the American people’s responses provide an upside.
“Americans also have little confidence in U.S. foreign and economic policy. Two-thirds of those surveyed, 66 percent, said the direction of economic policy was fair or poor, and 76 percent said U.S. foreign policy was headed in a fair or poor direction.”
Thank the mainstream “doom and gloom” media for that.
“But on a personal level, Americans feel relatively secure and comfortable with their own finances and safety. Nearly 82 percent of Americans said they feel very or fairly safe from “threats from abroad,” and nearly 70 percent feel very or fairly secure in their jobs.”
Funny how few Democrats have given the President credit for the absence of foreign terrorists succeeding in creating mayhem on American soil since Bush went on the post 9/11 offensive. Funny how few have also given the “Bush Economy” and those evil tax cuts credit for giving us a sustained economy other nations can only dream of achieving.
“While 14 percent rated their personal financial situation as excellent and 10 percent as poor, the vast majority found themselves in the middle. About 43 percent rated their finances as good, and 43 percent as fair.”
With seldom-reported historically low unemployment rates and a stock market breaking record highs almost every day this week, it’s probably very hard for liberals to make the case that we are heading in the wrong direction. Liberals want to be in charge of our lives, as they believe they know what’s best for us.
That sentiment is not sticking.
“‘Americans have made a serious adjustment. Their expectations have been tempered,’ Zogby said. ‘With little faith in government, you feel you are pretty much on your own.’”
As it should be, and Americans are growing comfortable with that. What’s left to bitch aboutâ€¦?
The Iraq Challenge
In a new ABC News Exclusive called “Soldier Challenges Congress”, embedded UK Guardian photojournalist Sean Smith, quotes an American soldier in the Army’s Second Infantry Division’s Apache Company. While the intent may have been to show the diminishing morale of the soldiers overseas, knowing and reading how their words have been twisted before, I read this differentlyâ€¦.
“I challenge anybody in Congress to do my rotation. They don’t have to do anything, they just come hang out with me and go home at the times I go home, and come stay here 15 months with me.”
â€” Spc. Michael Vassell, Apache Company
Now while we’re constantly reminded that this is “Bush’s war”, Specialist Vassell didn’t focus his frustration on the President. He focused on Congress, and who leads Congress: Pelosi and Reid.
Vassell is obviously angry that he has to remain on a one-year rotation extended to 15-months. But he may also be tired of talk like “the war is lost” that is making his tour more treacherous by emboldening those incinerating his friends in Bradleys. While Congress wants to bring the soldiers home now, Vassell may well know first hand what’ll happen to all he and his buddies have sacrificed for should the United States just up and leave before rooting out and eliminating the insurgent threat to
the civilians in Iraq.
Let’s be clear; we may have left Iraq years ago had it not been for al Qaeda-sponsored insurgents that are killing Iraqis and Americans alike with roadside bombs and sniper fire.
Let’s also be clear; should we leave Iraq and Afghanistan before completing the mission, hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Iraqis will be slaughtered. Maybe the Democrats don’t care about them, as they are not voters, and that speaks volumes about their all-night congressional session posturing for MoveOn.org.
Called the “Counter-Filibusters to End The War”, the MoveOn site reads, “Senate Republicans are blocking a vote to end the Iraq War because they know they can’t win.”
Sorry, but that statement doesn’t even make sense. Seems to me if Senate Republicans are successfully blocking a vote, they are winning. SOâ€¦ on Tuesday night, “in every state with a Republican Senator, we held Citizen Counter-Filibuster events to fight back.”
What exactly was fought back, I’m not really sure. Again, whether it is on Capitol Hill or Erie, Pennsylvania, this was all about liberals. It was all about them feeling good about themselves. It was never about Specialist Vassell or the tens of thousands who are serving with him.
Democrats, who previously agreed to wait until we got the progress report from General David Petraeus in September, want to end it now. “The Surge” must be working and it’s truly pitiful that for the left, our soldiers come in a distant second to their obsession with total, unopposed power.
Shame on them.
Bob Parks is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. (www.thenma.org). The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.