Obama’s Iraqi withdrawal plan

The report of the plan

I can’t say I have any problems with this plan as stated.  There is a point where you’ve done all you can.  A lot of progress has been made and frankly the rest is up to the Iraqis.  There are good people there but of course they are in a struggle with many forces inside and outside of Iraq that don’t want progress. 

The next question is Afghanistan.  I’ve been to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  They are two very different places.  We can do well in Afghanistan.  We have done well there.  The turning point in Afghanistan was handing operations over to Conventional forces and then to NATO who didn’t know how to run it and didn’t have the desire.  They took up the bunker mentality and let the country fall into a mess.  We didn’t help as we took all of our attention off Afghanistan. We also watched as Pakistan fell further and further under the Taliban influence.


That’ll learn ya

DENVER – A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket.

Family members said 58-year-old bus driver Jim Moffett and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Friday night.

Moffett suffered bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen. He was in serious but stable condition Wednesday.

The Colorado State Patrol issued the citation. Trooper Ryan Sullivan said that despite Moffett’s intentions, jaywalking contributed to the accident.

Moffett had been driving his bus when the two women got off. In the interest of safety, he got out and, together with another passenger, helped the ladies cross.

Moffett’s stepson, Ken McDonald, said the driver of the pickup plowed into his stepfather, but not before Moffett pushed the two women out of the way.

When he awoke in intensive care, he learned of the ticket. “His reaction was dazed and confused. I was a little angry,” said McDonald.

The other man also was cited for jaywalking, while the pickup driver was cited with careless driving that led to injury. Sullivan said the two elderly women haven’t been cited but the investigation is ongoing.

That’s why they are Law Enforcement Officers now and not Peace Officers anymore.


Here it comes folks. How to avoid what the people voted on…

Panel’s Democrats send repeal of spending cap to full senate

DENVER • Sen. John Morse sees Colorado’s economic recovery beginning with government throwing off the chains of an arbitrary budget cap.

The Colorado Springs Democrat is trying to repeal a 1991 law, known as Arveschoug-Bird, that restricts growth in state spending from year to year to 6 percent.

On Tuesday, he persuaded all four Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee to approve his plan, advancing it to a vote of the full Senate over the opposition of all three Republicans on the committee.

SB228, according to Morse, is designed to restore budgeting flexibility, so that lawmakers can reallocate funds from roads and capital construction, which aren’t under the spending cap, into other programs, such as education or health care, during economic downturns.

Once again they want us to trust them. 

The thing is a spending cap may limit you in a good year but saves your ass in a bad year.  But of course politicians never have understood that. 

Back in the day I used to know some people who roofed for a living (like nearly all of my family).  In the summer it was always good.  If you didn’t’ increase your spending too much you could put some money away.  Why would you do that?  Because in the winter everything slows down.  Your revenue stream doesn’t stay the same. 

You know basic F**********g budgeting people.

Politics and my world

I was never real big on writing too much about politics.  Oh I’d make a smart remark now and then and on rare occasions I’d write something more in depth.  There are days I’d like to comment more but to what end?  I don’t know if Americans have lost common sense or just don’t care anymore.  Are there really so many that believe that the government can spend us out of a recession?  Apparently there are.  Will a new welfare state really make things better?

Now, I’m not against a social net.  But I don’t believe people that have taken risks and made bad decision should live as well as those that played their hands a bit more conservatively and paid their bills.  Its as simple as that. 

I’m always hearing those on the left talk about fair.  How it’s not fair for this group or that.  The fact is fair doesn’t mean equal and these people don’t understand that.  It’s fair to have an opportunity but that doesn’t mean the results of that opportunity will be equal. 

Right now my faith in this country is fading.  We have let politicians of both parties ruin us.  We have continued to vote in tax cheats, liars, and people with no real world experience then wonder why we have such problems in America.  We have a political class that doesn’t have our interest at heart yet we can’t seem to get rid of them.  Everyone is bought off. 

My last hope?  We have a military full of young people that didn’t have to be here yet showed up to the fight.  They stepped up to the plate once but will they leave the military and step up once more?  I’m not talking about the Colonels or Generals but rather the Captains, Majors and Staff Sergeants that performed while others talked over PowerPoint slides someone else wrote for them. 

Anyway just some thoughts while listening to the ever more irritating news.   

Is there a connection? Probably not. The President and the Government



1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done


Totally separate entry.  No connection just coincidence. 


President Obama Feb 2009

“It is only government that can break the vicious cycle, where lost jobs lead to people spending less money, which leads to even more layoffs. And breaking that cycle is exactly what the plan that’s moving through Congress is designed to do.”

Gran Torino – Eastwoods’ exit

Gran Torino is as expected a great movie.  I really don’t know if Clint Eastwood has put out a bad movie in a long time.  As one of my co-workers said this movie was like John Wayne’s’ “the Shootist”.  It would seem to be his swansong.  A fitting movie if he decides to call it quits.  

Clint is Walt Kowalski a Korean war vet who’s wife has just died.  He finds little in common with his sons and his general attitude is pretty bad.  In his heart he’s not a bad guy and behind the gruffness is someone who believes in the values of times gone by.  He’s the uncle all of us have somewhere. 

He befriends his neighbors who are Hmongs.  Not a likely friendship, but after he catches the young son Theo trying to steal his beautiful Gran Torino the family make Theo work for Walt to work off the debt of shame.  Walt over time come to like the kid and the kid grows to respect him. 

I won’t go more into the movies as you need to experience to appreciate the story and the ending.  It’s not what most people expect.

I personally think the Oscars committee missed it on this one.  This should have been nominated and from the other movies nominated should have one. 

Five stars in my book.  Granted I’m just a die hard Eastwood fan.

Gran Torino