The Shutdown

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This morning we woke up to a government shutdow since no budget has been passed by Congress and any attempt at a budget has been crushed by the Senate. The House keeps passing a budget. Now of course that means that the government shutdown is somehow the fault of the Republican Party but they are incontrol of the House and not the Senate. Yet the Senate is where the budget gets tabled and not voted on and it is controlled by the Democrat Party. Explain to me how its the Republican’s fault again? I’m confused on that bit.

The Whitehouse announced yesterday that in the event of a government shutdown that non-essential workers would be the first to be let go. Hmmm if I ran a buisness, would I have non-essential workers? I think not. I mean that’s like paying the guy who stands at the water cooler all day a nice salary for standing at the water cooler all day. I say let him go.

When the Republican’s are in control of the WhiteHouse, you don’t see the Democrats in Congress going, “Well since we lost the last election. I guess we have to do what you say now.” Which is EXACTLY what they are expecting the Repulican’s to do. The street runs both ways my friends. No the Democrats fight the Republican’s on every measure, every step of the way. There is no difference now.

Also anytime there is a government shutdown, on any level, the ruling party states it will affect the people in a the worst possible ways. I mean come on. There are coins in the coffers still. You send these funds to whichever department is necessary. But the government never does what is necessary. Only what advances their own agenda and ideology, no matter which party is in control at the time.

Shut it down is a good thing. The government should not be in our lives as much as it is already. Having it gone for a few days or weeks will be like a breath of fresh air. And for those whiny people who have their hearts out on their sleaves who are worried about all these people who are being sent home. They will all get their back pay when the government shutdown is resolved. There is no loss for them really.

 

On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone

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The August 1st issue of the Rolling Stone shows a very good picture, perhaps a college photo, of the younger Boston Marathon bomber terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This image is generating a lot of flak in the media and social networks across the US and around the world.

In many places, the magazine is being pulled from shelves and not sold by entire chains. Other groups are urging readers of the Rolling Stone to contact all of the advertisers to express their out rage at the choice of covers by the magazine. Some even call for boycotting the advertisers as well as magazine. I’m sure that the Rolling Stone will loose a number of subscribers as well. And some magazine copies may end up getting “lost in the mail.”

The article is available online and free to read by anyone who wishes to do so at this time. The article is located here: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/jahars-world-20130717

The article covers a number of sources, including exclusive interviews by the Rolling Stone of some of Mr Tsarnaev’s friends from his neighborhood, his high school and college days. It’s not the point of the article to make Mr. Tsarnaev or his brother into a hero or a rock star. No, the article attempts to uncover how a young man who seemed to have a bright future and had the chance at the American Dream can fall so far so quickly.

It is worth the read. And there are several factors that did lead to the brothers becoming terrorists. The city they lived in is very liberal, “progressive” as it is called in the article. Their Islamic heritage. And being abandoned by their parents return to Russia. Those would be the top 3 factors that pushed them to becoming terrorists.

Although these and other environmental factors did play a role in the events that unfolded. It does not change the fact that they are ultimately responsible for their actions. The older brother has paid for it with his life already. The fate of the younger brother is yet to be determined. If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looses his life at his trial. It would be a just punishment for his actions.

As for the Rolling Stone. It would have been better to post an alternate picture on the cover of the August 1st issue. Even if it was another picture of Mr Tsarnaev. Something a little less glamorous. Perhaps a photo of him in a prison jump suit.

Compromise

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Throughout the legislative session. On both the Federal and State level. There is always the talk about compromise. But lets look at the facts of such compromise. Generally to compromise is to come to a settlement of differences by mutual concessions. And most people think of that when the legislature is in session. However, compromise does have other definitions as well. Just as exposing or making vulnerable to danger. To jeopardize. Then compromise is when your computer gets a virus, then it is compromised. When the secrets of a government or the military is leaked to the enemy or the public when it should not be. Then it is compromised.

Within the halls of Congress. It is those of the liberal factions always demanding that those on the conservative side compromise. And in turn when this happens, as it always does, the conservatives end up loosing in some way. Because they have been compromised by their own actions. The liberals never give up anything of their own to be sacrificed.

No the liberals never expose themselves or make themselves vulnerable. Time and time again the conservatives do this and loose not only their principles but face with other conservatives and the general public that sent them to be their representives in government.

It is high time that we take a page from the same playbook. That we stand our ground. Draw that line that we never cross. And if that leads to gridlock in government. Then it leads to gridlock. The liberals have causes that must be funded. If the conservatives do not cross the line, then it doesn’t get funded. The liberals would be forced to make that crossing for the first time. Or everything would grind to a halt.

Additionally that side is always campaigning. And we should too. Fire against fire. And take our country back to being the greatest nation on God’s earth.