Monday, November 22, 2010

JFK-- 47 years ago today

JFK died 47 years ago today

For people who were alive then, you most likely remember where you were when you heard about the assassination of JFK on November 22, 1963. I was standing watch at the USNA. It was a double blow to us at the Academy. President Kennedy had planned on speaking at our graduation and had come to the Academy and spoken to us in August.

We had been told that we would form up in Tecumseh Court. When the President came in we would come to attention, our squad leaders would then put us at parade rest for his remarks.

That happened. President Kennedy went to speak and told us all, “I hope you gentlemen will stand easy.” No one moved a muscle. President Kennedy turned to the Superintendent and said, “I guess that comes later in the program.” The next day we were told “THE PRESIDENT OUTRANKED OUR SECOND CLASS SQUAD LEADERS and we should have stood easy when he told us to.”

A Nonstory story

In the category of dog bites man, we have this story about the Democrats being in disarray of what to do about the Bush Tax Cuts. Tax cuts generally put the Democrats in disarray. They simply don’t like them, but some feel they need to have them.
Democrats in the U.S. Congress, many upset with him for election losses, are in disarray over what to do about tax cuts for millions of Americans that are set to expire on December 31.

With time running out and high political and economic stakes, Obama is pushing Democratic leaders to determine if they can win an acceptable extension of the cuts, which he could sign into law.

Resurgent Republicans are demanding that all the tax cuts be renewed, including those for wealthier Americans -- individuals making more than $200,000 and families above $250,000.

Obama favors renewing the tax cuts only for those at or below those level, saying the nation cannot afford to renew them for wealthier Americans.

Despite a number of options -- including renewing all tax cuts or only those for the middle class or tying any extension to a renewal of jobless benefits -- there is no indication a consensus is near.

TSA an example of Big Government “service”

If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

I’m beginning to believe this administration is so out of touch with the people and tone deaf that they make the case for limited small government. If you think healthcare can be better provided by the government, all you need to do is to look where the government is in charge of “services” to see the death of “service.” As Ronald Reagan used to say, “Government is not the solution. Government is the problem.”,0,5604032.story

TSA and common sense?

It may be a good TIME FOR TSA TO START EXERCISING RANDOM ACTS OF COMMON SENSE and pass on the shakedown of less obvious terrorist suspects. With Thanksgiving travel upon us and a change in Congress coming, it is likely that TSA WILL COME UNDER GREATER SCRUTINY. Right now, its biggest problem is a public relations one — driven, fairly or not, by Drudge and local media covering each excessive (or perceived excessive) search. In reality, the agency is acting with privacy constraints placed upon it by Congress, so it is playing the hand that it was dealt. Obviously, IT WOULD BE MUCH MORE PREFERABLE FOR IT TO LOOK FOR TERRORISTS, RATHER THAN UNDERWEAR, SHOE OR SHAVING KIT BOMBS, but privacy advocates and their allies in Congress have made the current nonsensical regime possible, if not necessary.

N.C. Rep. Shuler pushes Democrats toward center

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler is pushing the DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO ADOPT MORE CENTRIST POLICIES AFTER THE GOP'S HUGE GAINS NATIONWIDE IN THIS MONTH'S ELECTION. And he's looking to President Barack Obama to follow suit

With many moderate Democrats and even some liberals saying the party needed a change of leadership after the election losses, Shuler led a largely symbolic campaign this past week to become the top Democrat in the U.S. House. He took more than 20 percent of votes within the Democratic caucus but still lost to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The moderate lawmaker who represents the mountains of North Carolina believes the effort conveyed a message: "WE HAVE TO BE MORE OF A CENTRIST CAUCUS. WE CAN'T JUST HAVE A PLATFORM THAT'S TO THE LEFT," he told The Associated Press.

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