Thursday, February 27, 2003

Blanket Assumptions rarely work

Okay, I am not trying to do the name calling, and focusing on facts
and ideas.

You can't make a blanket assumption that all conservatives only care
for the rich. That's not true, nor can I do the blanket assumption on
the liberals.

Blanket assumptions rarely work or have any factual basis to them...

We were talking about welfare as a way to get people to jobs, faster
and help them get on their feet.

Great idea, execution has problems.

The problem, is that people get hooked on the system, and want to stay
on it, instead of getting off.

Other problem, because of that desire to stay on, there is a sub-group
that will do all kinds of fraud for themselves or others.

Neither is good for the cause of welfare.

Isn't reasonable to fix both problems? Eliminate the fraud and the

There is another problem, it's kind of an assumption. Let me put it
forth to you and let you tell me what you think.

The assumption is that there is limitless amounts of money available
for welfare, and that taking that money hurts no one.

I think both are very false and damaging to the welfare system, and to
the financial health of our country.

For the money to be given to the welfare recipients, you have to take
it away from hard working American's, so they will have less money to
do things with.

So if the welfare system is going to continue to exist we should
respect those who have supplied the money. And use that respect to
make sure it is not abused.

So we know there is limited amount of money, so we should make sure it
goes to the right people, and to people who within x amount of time to
get a job. or no more welfare. Because to help maximize the money
available, we have to keep rotating who gets that money. And this will
help encourage job finding.

I am sorry but it is up to the welfare recipients to get their own
job, it is their responsibility. Sure we can help and have job
programs. But after a certain amount of time, and they haven't gotten
a job, we can't endlessly feed them, there has to be a reasonable time

Well one idea, I have had, is to make welfare a loan system, where you
can extend the normal period of time. But it becomes a loan, at a
standard rate, and they have so much time to make monthly payments.

You see there are ways we can make the system work, as long as it's
responsible, organized, and limited.

Let's feed those who just need a momentary respite until they get back
to work.

Those who want to never work, i am sorry that's not our
responsibility. Each person is responsible for themselves.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

A Cold Burning Justice

Now is the time, of a cold burning justice to be met. When people of any kind, undertake evil upon another people, justice needs to be served.

Day after day, those that died in 911 and in other incidents, are turning over in their graves, that their deaths have been in vane, instead of rightfully
seeking justice, we have delay after delay. And un-ending political games.

Gametime is over, now is the time for JUSTICE!

Freedom is what America is all about, but to maintain that freedom, we must fight for it, and defend against those who would take it away from us.

That includes the Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and Al-Queda, and anyone who would rather see America die or be undefendend.

If this means Civil War, then let's call it what it is.

Peace has it's merits, and so does war. If it comes to defending our freedom and liberty.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Revisit American Dream and Trends of Anti-Semitism

To have a better world, it all starts with the concepts of the American Dream. To make enough money to feed yourself, to create a better world for yourself and the children you raise.

It doesn't have to be just American Dream. Maybe we just wrote this common idea down.

You are right they hate America. Or more importantly, they want the power, and freedom which is what America represents is the obstacle to that power.

Aka the one world state. A long while ago I thought that would be a good idea. But looking how we manage our states, and those relationships, I doubt that would ever work as a rational means of making the world a better place.

I think the greater power comes from the individual, the power of the individual person to change things for the better.

911 was on my birthday, i feel like that was for a purpose, at least in my mind. I can't help but feel shaped by the words of Todd Beamer, which make me cry every time I hear them or say them.

America has it's problems, we're not perfect, but is where we are now, where we want to be?

We have come to a real interesting turn of events. We had developed a republic of a democracy. A rule by the people for the people. We went against minority rule, and towards representationalism. Which is both good and bad.

The problem is that there is just too many people for representationalism to be any accurate.

But we can no longer count the majority as making sense all the time. Because we can be idiots as individuals or as a whole.

We can not use popularity as the measuring stick of whether an action or idea is a good idea or a bad idea. That is the consequences of using the polls as a decision factor.

I guess behind the character of who I am, I've never been the popular person, so my only choice left was to be right. So I'd rather do the right thing, and take a chance at being unpopular, then do the wrong thing because so many people wanted something done a certain way.

In a way this reminds me of a movie I saw in high school or college, called The Wave. It was one of those movies that just capture your mind and heart and soul.

The Wave

The Wave, 1981 - A thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. This unflinching yet sensitive 1984 Emmy Award-winner raises critical questions: When does dedication to a group cross the line from loyalty to fanaticism? Does power corrupt? What is the nature of propaganda and mass persuasion? Can something like the Nazi Holocaust happen again? Grades 7-12. Color. 46 minutes."

Amazing stuff, what memories of the past, can be used to find answers in the future.
Our GIs earn enough

On 12 Nov, Ms Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV show) wrote a
piece for the Washington Times, denouncing the pay raise(s) coming
servicemembers' way this year -- citing that the stated 13% wage was more
than they deserve.

A young airman from Hill AFB responds to her article below. He ought to get
a bonus for this!

"Ms Williams:

I just had the pleasure of reading your column, "Our GIs earn enough" and I
am a bit confused. Frankly, I'm wondering where this vaunted overpayment is
going , because as far as I can tell, it disappears every month between DFAS
(The Defense Finance and Accounting Service) and my bank account. Checking
my latest leave and earnings statement (LES), I see that I make $1,117..80
before taxes. After taxes, I take home $874.20. When I run that through
Windows' Calculator, I come up with an annual salary of $13,413.60 before
taxes, and $10,490.40 after.

I work in the Air Force Network Control Center (AFNCC), where I am part of
the team responsible for the administration of a 5,000-host computer
network. I am involved with infrastructure segments, specifically with
Cisco Systems equipment. A quick check under jobs for Network Technicians
in the Washington, D.C. area reveals a position in my career field,
requiring three years experience with my job. Amazingly, this job does NOT
pay $13,413.60 a year, nor does it pay less than this. No, this job is
being offered at $70,000 to $80,000 per annum. I'm sure you can draw the
obvious conclusions.

Also, you tout increases to Basic Allowance for Housing and Basic Allowance
for Subsistence (housing and food allowances, respectively) as being a
further boon to an already overcompensated force. Again, I'm curious as to
where this money has gone, as BAH and BAS were both slashed 15% in the Hill
AFB area effective in January 00.

Given the tenor of your column, I would assume that you have NEVER had the
pleasure of serving your country in her armed forces. Before you take it
upon yourself to once more castigate congressional and DOD leadership for
attempting to get the families in the military's lowest pay brackets off
AFDC, WIC, and food stamps, I suggest that you join a group of deploying
soldiers headed for AFGHANISTAN, I leave the choice of service branch up to
you. Whatever choice you make, though, opt for the SIX month rotation: it
will guarantee you the longest possible time away from your family and
friends, thus giving you full "deployment experience."

As your group prepares to board the plane, make sure to note the spouses and
children who are saying good-bye to their loved ones. Also take care to note
that several families are still unsure of how they'll be able to make ends
meet while the primary breadwinner is gone -- obviously they've been
squandering the vast piles of cash the DOD has been giving them.

Try to deploy over a major holiday; Christmas and Thanksgiving are perennial

And when you're actually over there, sitting in a DFP (Defensive Fire
Position, the modern-day foxhole), shivering against the cold desert night;
and the flight sergeant tells you that there aren't enough people on shift
to relieve you for chow, remember this: trade whatever MRE
(meal-ready-to-eat) you manage to get for the tuna noodle casserole or
cheese to rtellini, and add Tabasco to everything. This gives some flavor.

Talk to your loved ones as often as you are permitted; it won't nearly be
long enough or often enough, but take what you can get and be thankful for
it. You may have picked up on the fact that I disagree with most of the
points you present in your op-ed piece.

But, tomorrow from KABUL, I will defend to the death your right to say it.
You see, I am an American fighting man, a guarantor of your First Amendment
rights and every other right you cherish. On a daily basis, my brother and
sister soldiers worldwide ensure that you and people like you can thumb your
collective nose at us, all on a salary that is noth ing short of pitiful and
under conditions that would make most people cringe.

We hemorrhage our best and brightest into the private sector because we
can't offer the stability and pay of civilian companies. And you, Ms
Williams, have the gall to say that we make more than we deserve?


A1C Michael Bragg, Hill AFB AFNCC

Monday, February 24, 2003

Who do the Liberals really represent?

I think this question is both interesting and enlightening. Let's be honest and clear.

Let's start with the Welfare State. The Democrat Liberals claim to represent the poor and oppressed, and try to help them and give money to them.

So the goal seems to be to help them, now is that goal include getting a job?

We have to look at goals/ intentions and look at what the consequences of how they are executed. Doesn't that make sense?

When it comes down to it, with welfare, all we want is to help people become independent. If we let people stay dependent on the government, how does that help anyone? There has to be reasonable financial limits. I know people get in back luck or struts happen. I want to help them all, I have been in the same position. But there in all reality is just too much fraud in the Welfare System.

So instead of setting those limits, and dis-encouraging the fraud and dependence, the liberals seem to encourage that, so all the welfare recipients are dependent on them, so they get all the votes all the time, to help getting their unjust entitlements.

Let's talk about Racism. I am all against racism of any kind, we are not in the same boat as we were 200 years ago. We have to realize that it exists on all sides, that there are good ways to deal with and bad ways.

I totally understand the start of the quota system, there was a lot of prejudice going on at that time. It still was the wrong approach, I am not sure I have a magical solution, nor can I go back in time. But the one really bad part of that, is the replacement from viewing people as merits vs fulfilling political quotas. I believe everyone has the right to earn their way up the ladder of success. But I also believe people have the right to hire someone they feel comfortable with. There has to be a middle ground here.

Like going after immoral hiring practices, and instead of going after quota-d systems, let's go after people for hiring not basic on merit.

In my mind there are two scary racism's going on right now. The filibuster against the voting for Miguel Estrada to be Appellate Judge. Understand, if he get's fairly not voted in, that's fine. That's truth, but they're not even allowing a vote. That makes no sense. Vote against him, fine, that is within your right, But to filibuster to prevent a vote? That makes no sense.

What also scares me, is all this anti-semitism. This is not new to me, but I haven't seen it so strongly in about 20-30 years, when I was a kid. I even see it on chat rooms, trying to help someone, then getting angry when I tell them I am Jewish. As if the Jews were trying to take over the world, as if we were all rich, feeding off the non-jews. Which is far from true. I have never been rich, and any rich people I knew, worked hard for it, like anyone else did.

So it seems like the liberals are not actually helping out the people they claim to, and are just creating laws to make them more dependent upon them.

My goal always has been to encourage the development of freedom and independence, to find your own life, family and career.

I think the biggest thing most everyday liberals don't see, is they don't seem to realize the consequences of their choices, and seem to want to avoid facing the reality of evil that exists in this world.