sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Wimp Factor

(Fox News) Reported that in Texas and North Carolina, there are moves afoot to give lawmakers special rights to carry concealed weapons that would not be afforded to the common people.
In Texas, the House defeated a measure on Sunday that would have given prosecuting attorneys and lawmakers permission to carry guns anywhere they wanted to in the state. Just 38 lawmakers voted for it, while 103 voted against.
Current Texas law restricts concealed handgun license holders from taking their weapons into schools, bars, sporting events and federal buildings.
I find it more than a little ironic that the very legislators who propose these changes are Democrats -- from the Party of Barack Obama and his Chicago Thugs. You'll note that they feel as if elites such as themselves should be accorded special dispensations. Maybe they want their bodyguards armed to protect them as well when they go places where others are not allowed to be armed? 

Even in a close reading of the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights and everything dealing with original intent, I can find no reference to James Madison or the founders of the nation giving themselves rights that were denied to the rest of the Republic. 

Moving on to the WIMP FACTOR:

Lincoln refused to post a guard on his room in the White House (the public had unfettered access to 'the people's house' in those days and some even slept in the halls waiting their turn to see President Lincoln).  I realize that the fearful and timid Mr. Obama wouldn't ever do that. I wonder how his rival, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin operates. I'm sure that he wouldn't be as giddy as a school girl as Obama is in watching a judo demonstration. (Putin is a 6th degree black belt in Judo and a 6th dan black belt in Kyokushin kalkan) Putin also pilots Russian fighters and bombers and is an avid shooter and hunter.

It's obvious that Putin is scared witless of Obama and his ability to hide behind his wife effectively. Maybe Putin and Obama could engage in something more American than judo -- something like baseball, where the Obama (Nobel Laureate) could best Putin?

Oh, never mind.

What about golf? Rumor has it that despite President Obama's obvious flaws, he's an adequate golfer. Maybe he could beat Putin at golf?

Then and Now

LL - Passport Photo - 1973
(more balls than brains)
I spent the morning looking at some old photos that I scanned into the computer some time ago. There is no subtext or political message beyond the fact that we all change. Sometimes I look at the young man that I once was and wonder what I would have thought if I'd known what lay between there and here. Clearly, back then my hair was black as a raven's wing and now it's white as snow.

In 1973:
Richard Nixon began his second term in office and officially ended the Viet Nam War with the Paris Peace Accords - though the Secret Wars would continue to smolder in Southeast Asia. And the Watergate Scandal hearings began in Congress. Nixon ordered the Attorney General to dismiss the Special Prosecutor (Archibald Cox). The more things change, the more they remain the same. Gerald Ford succeeded Nixon as President and made Henry Kissinger the Secretary of State.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration was founded as a component of the US Department of Justice with an eye toward ending drug trafficking...

On October 6, Egypt and Syria launched the Yom Kippur War against Israel. The war ended twenty days later.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombed Whitehall and the Old Bailey in London.

The White House is rocked with scandal as Barack Obama, the first post-American president tries to hide monumental corruption with lies and obfuscation. IRS Scandal, Benghazi Scandal, Fast and Furious, attacks on the press, etc. The Attorney General is tasked with investigating himself.

Syria is locked in a brutal civil war and Egypt transitions from rule by a military strong man to rule by the Muslim Brotherhood as the Arab Spring backfires completely. Iran completes its construction of nuclear weapons to use on Israel (maybe on Yom Kippur?).

In 1973, Muslims weren't blowing things up as much as they are today in the US, but Black September was very active -- blowing things up almost everywhere else. There was a Red Brigade blowing things up back then but today the only real communists left are tin-pot dictators in North Korea, Cuba and Burma. 

In 1973, nobody would have thought that the US would embrace a utopian socialist, metrosexual leader who would champion collectivist programs while Russia did the opposite.

Forty years --  Then and Now