Saturday, October 31, 2009

After all the fuss, govt health plan to cover few

WASHINGTON – What's all the fuss about? After all the noise over Democrats' push for a government insurance plan to compete with private carriers, coverage numbers are finally in: Two percent.

That's the estimated share of Americans younger than 65 who'd sign up for the public option plan under the health care bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is steering toward House approval.

The underwhelming statistic is raising questions about whether the government plan will be the iron-fisted competitor that private insurers warn will shut them down or a niche operator that becomes a haven for patients with health insurance horror stories.

Nice work congress. The ship is going down and you are worried about the color of the drapes. You all out there in California must be really, really, proud of Nancy Pelosi. Most of the people I know think she's an idiot.

We should have a caption contest for that photo.
My entry: Most people in Oklahoma thing you're a douche bag.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Are we loosing our will in Afghanistan?

We have a curious situation going on with Afghanistan. You will notice President Obama has been dragging his feet. All the while the national news outlets seem, in this reporter's opinion, to be running stories with a more negative attitude on the war in Afghanistan.

NPR has a whole series this week on the war. Mostly with stories that seem to me to be of a negative tone. This included
last night's interview with Matthew Hoh, a low level State Department guy's resignation. Which normally would have gone unnoticed except this is "cover Afghanistan" issues week. You can read and hear this interview on NPR.

The President first approved additional troops. This was in his first 100 days of being in office.

The President then failed to meet with his generals through out the summer about Afghanistan. You remember the report. When the generals were asked how often they talk to the president they answered about once a month.

In September, "There is no immediate decision pending on resources," Obama said Sept. 16 in remarks seen within the military as downplaying the urgency in Afghanistan."

Then we had the famous leaked McChrystal report. And you had the White House asking (or telling) the generals to shut it. So they sat on the report and were "considering their options". They have now been considering their options for a month. Meanwhile things don't get better for the troops in Afghanistan. Keep in mind Candidate Obama on the campaign trail promised his support for the troops and increased attention for Afghanistan.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney's comments on the current White House's actions on foreign policy were met with disdain by the Democratically controlled congress and the White House.

Just yesterday (October 29th) the President was in Dover watching as the caskets were unloaded. I'm sure he is there to see the real costs of the war in human terms.

Also on that day, Secretary of State Clinton says US can find way out of Afghanistan. And then she says, we are not losing the war in Afghanistan. But also Clinton acknowledged, in an interview with ABC television, that "the Taliban has momentum," repeating comments made by war commander General McChrystal and other top US officials.

So if the Taliban have momentum, what are we going to do? If the President says we are planning a pull out or announces a reduced troop deployment, as his Vice President Joe Biden favors he is going back on his campaign promises regarding Afghanistan.

The campaign strategy was to not look weak on military matters but cater to the Left on military matters. To do that he was praised for saying we are getting out of Iraq and going to fight the real problem which was Afghanistan.

Let's get back to the crux of the matter. Should we be in Afghanistan?

In the NPR interview I mentioned earlier, Matthew Hoh, said he had "lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purpose of the United States' presence in Afghanistan." He also states in the interview, "But I don't believe we should continue losing and sacrificing our young men and women for goals that meet no strategic purpose to the United States," he tells NPR. "And the idea that we should continue fighting there just because we have been fighting there for the last eight years I think is completely irrational."

I have stated many times this is a war against fascism. Islamic fascism to be exact. Mr. Hoh says the people in the valleys of Afghanistan don't want a central government and actually fight against the central government. And that the people are ungovernable by such a system. This is exactly why the Taliban are in that region of Afghanistan. Once they come in with their guns there is no local tribe strong enough to run them out. They would rather LIVE in a fascist world than not LIVE at all.

I believe the world has some responsibility as well. And I don't mean the United Nations. Europe is as vulnerable as we are to terrorist attacks. I would not be surprised if they attack a NATO ally in Europe to test that alliance. Europe needs to step up and help destroy this threat.

Let's reflect on President Kennedy's famous words,
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.
Is America shrinking from this responsibility? I believe some of the media outlets are working to influence the American people to shrink from this responsibility.

Our country has defended freedom many, many times. If we do not stand up for freedom in Afghanistan, our enemies will gather there and strengthen. The region will become weakened and more nations will be occupied by the Taliban. The Taliban do not recognize country borders and neither should we when it comes to fighting them. Pakistan's problem with American troops attacking on their side of an imaginary line is ridiculous. We are not there to occupy Pakistan, we are there to defend Pakistan...we need to make them confident in that.

If we lose focus in Afghanistan, the neighboring governments will be weakened. And we will be required to fight this enemy again. Only the next time, they will not be on the run, but dug in and prepared. Perhaps they will acquire a nuclear weapon from a defeated Pakistan, and have detonated it in a major European city or even on our own country. What do we do then?

Fight them now, fight them in the hills and valleys of Afghanistan. Hound them until they loose their will to fight. Defeat them before they are fighting us on our won soil. Isolationism has never worked. Pulling back to our borders does ensure freedom in our country.

How many nations must be destroyed and how many peoples will be forced to live under Islamic Fascism before we say enough? America, your fathers, grand fathers and great grand fathers have all stood up to rid the world of fascism. Will you sit by when it comes your turn to defend the people of the world?

Do not lose your will to fight. The costs are high. No one knows that more than the soldiers, sailors and Marines that choose to serve. We will lose young men and women defending our country and we will lose them defending other countries. Those brave men and women volunteered to serve. They know what the cost is for freedom for they pay it everyday. Thank God for the brave men and women who stand up to protect America by serving on foreign soil to defeat a resolute enemy who's only god is hate and subjugation.

President Obama's decision is the worst part of being President. Sending men and women to war is very hard. Being the whipping boy for each side's political gain is hard too. Defending a foreign country from an enemy few Americans understand is also hard. Being the President remembered for not doing enough in defense of freedom is even harder still. As we pray for our country and for our brave men and women overseas, we are praying for you, not because we support your policies, but because it is difficult and hard to be president.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Troy N. Smith, Sr., Sonic Founder, Dead, 87

OKLAHOMA CITY - Troy N. Smith, Sr., the founder of the Top Hat which later became Sonic, America’s Drive-In, died Monday, Oct. 26. He was 87.

Born in 1922, Smith grew up in the oil patch in east central Oklahoma, attending Mountain View School and Seminole High School. In 1940, he married his sweetheart, Dollie Twiggs, before going into the Army Air Corps in 1943.

After World War II ended, Smith returned to Oklahoma, to Dollie and his two small children, and began driving a milk truck, then a bread truck route as he pursued a desire to own his own business. Between 1948 and 1953, Smith tried his hand at operating various restaurant concepts in Shawnee, Oklahoma, oftentimes while running his bread route.

An entrepreneur in every way, Smith focused on turning his Top Hat root beer stand into a successful drive-in concept. During this time, he pioneered the use of angled and covered parking, along with an intercom speaker system that allowed customers to place orders from their cars. “Service With the Speed of Sound,” became the tagline for the Top Hat.

One of the last true great men.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Whatcha been doing Mr. President?

A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.

Snubbing the Dalai Lama.

Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.

Freezing out a TV network.

Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too.

President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.

What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.

It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything.

Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things?

And no media response? None, zip, zero. Fox News ran a piece last night about how the media and John Kerry during the Presidential Debates in 2004 said, "President Bush didn't care about Americans because of a shortage of the flu vaccine." Imagine that? And what are we short on right now, here's a hint yesterday President Obama said it was a NATIONAL EMERGENCY....I knew you'd get it. H1N1 vaccines.

Nothing to say about that? Hello, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN? Anyone? Not you Fox, you've already brought up too many problems with this administration.

When the hurricanes hit Floriduh or Louisiana next year, I wonder if those will still be President Bush's fault?

Say farewell to GeoCities

(CNN) -- The flashing banner ads, questionable color schemes and omnipresent "Under Construction" signs of GeoCities are no more.

The personal Web-hosting site, launched in 1995 and owned by Yahoo Inc. since 1999, was to be shut down by Tuesday.

What I won't miss is looking at a site and on the third load it has gone over it's daily bandwidth limit. Slowly the dinosaurs are all dying.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Facebook sees dead people

Facebook's latest revamp has upset some members by recommending they get in touch with friends who have died.

The social networking site, which is used by 300 million people worldwide, made the controversial changes over the weekend. One of the most prominent additions is an automatically generated box suggesting the user "reconnect" with a specific person they have not contacted for a while.

But within hours, dozens of users reported feeling distressed when the new feature told them to get in touch with someone deceased. More than 900,000 have reacted against the changes by joining a group calling for the site to go "back to normal."

This fix is going around...
To restore the old status look, go to top left menu and click "more". Click on "status updates" and drag it to the top. After dragging it there, click on it. That becomes your default and it will be like it was before...good bye news feed!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

First they didn't, then did, then didn't, then did, and didn't and now do

Report: WHO to Announce Cell Phone, Brain Tumor Link
A groundbreaking, $30 million study into cell phones has found a link between long term use and brain tumors.

The World Health Organization is about to reveal that its decade-long investigation has found the devices can lead to cancer — and the internationally-respected body will soon issue a public health message with its findings, London’s Daily Telegraph reported today.

So I guess they cause colon cancer and testicular cancer and ovarian cancer and pretty much anywhere you carry your cell phone that gets some cancer. Enjoy.