Update-random thoughts-trayvon, AFG, GAS, Tax

Trayvon

I had written a long post on the Trayvon-Zimmerman issue but held off while my suspicions were being confirmed. But after the news began to develop what I had written was already becoming old news. So I’ll just a make a couple of short comments.

First I don’t have any idea if Zimmerman was justified in shooting Trayvon although it seems likely. What has happened beyond question is the continued fake outrage, the continued show of hate, violence and outright criminality of the left. Without any facts in hand the weak minded left have pushed for violence and lynching either out of blind hate or the purposeful destruction of civility. Perhaps they believe chaos will somehow benefit the leftist cause. I think they are making a very big mistake.

Afghanistan

Every poll taken now seems to point to the country coming to the conclusion we are wasting time, money and lives in a place that we should just leave and leave now.

The CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicated only 25% of Americans favored the war in the Asian country. A majority of Republicans voiced opposition to it, for the first time since the war began in 2001.

Just 37% of the general public said things are going well for the U.S. in Afghanistan, while only 34% said America is winning the war. The approval likely contributed to the 55% of those surveyed who said the U.S. should remove all of its troops from the country before 2014.

Twenty-two percent expressed support for the 2014 timetable and an additional 22% said the U.S. should keep some troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

For those of you that recall I was calling for this a year ago with warning well before that. While I was a supporter of the initial attack on Afghanistan the mission changed to something unworkable.

https://jbsanctuary.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/its-time-to-leave-afghanistan/ JB Sanctuary a year ago.

Gas Prices

I filled up the other day. The cost was 3.99 a gallon for regular. Just across the street it was 4.05. Now everywhere I look it’s at least 4.05. Nice!

Our President says that more US production wouldn’t have any effect on the price of gas. Humm, wasn’t it his energy secretary that wanted higher prices. Looks like it’s all working according to the plan.

Corporate tax rate

Japan lowering its corporate tax rate the USA is number one as the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Whoo Hoo I knew we could be number one at something again. Now I’m sure the US business community will invest and expand reaaaaaaal soon. How about we lower the rate and completely remove deductions. Hell do that with normal income tax also. We might actually get money into the government from more than just the working middle class. Oh and let’s stop paying people to not work. Just saying.

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Denver’s mistake

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It appears likely that Payton Manning will sign with the Denver Broncos.  I must be missing the logic of this move by Denver.  Your going to take an injured old quarterback over a young winning quarterback?  How many years will Payton have assuming he makes one season without another injury? 

Tim Tebow has potentially many years.  Tebow took a team headed for disaster last year to the playoffs.  This is his reward?  I love how the sports pundits bad mouth Tebow.  He’s a bad quarterback they say.  Bad quarterbacks don’t take terrible teams to the playoffs.  He may not be the best yet but he damn sure has potential. 

Add to that the rumored cost of 95M over 5 years for Manning.  Wow what a smart move by Denver. 

Maybe Tim’s religion makes them nervous.

That said, as a Raiders fan I’m very happy about the move.

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Afghanistan policy confusion

From the Washington Post

Obama’s troubled handling of Afghanistan

As they watch these moves, Afghans, the Taliban and neighbors such as Pakistan can reasonably conclude that the United States, rather than trying to win the war, is racing to implement an exit strategy in which the interests of Afghans and their government are slighted. Americans, meanwhile, rarely hear Mr. Obama explain the mission or the stakes. In this context, it’s not surprising that Afghans show little tolerance for U.S. failures — whether it is this week’s shooting or the accidental burning of Korans. And it’s little wonder that most Americans favor withdrawing troops as quickly as possible. If it’s evident that the president won’t defend the war, and is focused on “winding down” rather than winning, why should anyone else support it?

Good question. 

US Soldier Kills 16 Afghans

A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province, senior local officials say.

He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire in at least two homes; women and children were among the dead…

…The soldier has not been named, but is thought to be a staff sergeant.

BBC’s Quentin Sommerville: "This kind of rogue event is almost unknown in Afghanistan"

He is reported to have walked off his base at around 03:00 local time (22:30 GMT Saturday) and headed to nearby villages, moving methodically from house to house…

At this point all I have is questions, like how did he leave the base?  Did he just walk out?  Did he drive? Alone?  Its very strange.  There is certainly a lot more to find out here. 

Either way it doesn’t look good. 

In many ways Afghanistan appears to be coming to a head.

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More good news in AFG

Report: US investigating Afghan Air Force for alleged drug running.

KABUL – The U.S. is investigating allegations that some officials in the Afghan Air Force, which was established largely with American funds, have been using aircraft to ferry narcotics and illegal weapons around the country, American officials told The Wall Street Journal.

Two probes of the Afghan Air Force, or AAF, are under way-one led by the U.S. military coalition and another by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said.

I’m sure it’s just a misunderstanding. 

Afghanistan progress?

Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s president on Tuesday endorsed a "code of conduct" issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.
President Hamid Karzai’s Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban.

We’ve done a wonderful job of guiding the Karzai administration (SARC).