To The Daily Sun,
A recent letter to the editor by the Belknap County Commissioners contains a novel legal theory — that a properly noticed meeting must contain all of the items on the agenda. That is simply not true. There was nothing to prevent the commissioners from attending the August 12 meeting concerning a revenue anticipation note for Gunstock Mountain and nothing to prevent them from staying for any other business to come before the convention.
One of the commissioners was present for discussions concerning certain budgetary transfer requests which came before the executive committee of the convention and easily could have stayed for the properly noticed general meeting of the delegation.
The context which is unmentioned by the commissioners is that they have spent several years and three hundred thousand dollars of the public's money to produce a plan for a new prison which has very little support. A lame attempt to deflect notice from their incompetence does nothing to advance the public interest.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Most everyone now understands that President Obama has presided over one of the worst two recoveries in American history. The man does not have an original thought in his head. He is completely out of ideas. He is surrounded by a tsunami of scandals, largely of his own making. Real unemployment is double digit. So, he runs around the country in perpetual campaign mode, railing against evil Republicans, spouting progressive bromides, while still trying to sell the cyclonic economic destroyer that is Obamacare. Republicans will never, ever get a better chance to make their economic case. So, just where is this inspirational GOP plan to invigorate our economy?
Now, I know that the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute and others have been offering their assistance. So when will the GOP reveal a bold, breath taking economic plan that will address government overreach, crony capitalism and our endlessly stagnant economy? When, for goodness sake, will they go on offense? Not to attack the European wanderlust from our founding fathers brilliant document, that is the economic plan of the Democrats. Not to compromise with liberals yet again which has meant: America becomes less conservative, government grows larger, schools become less accountable to parent's wishes and spending is never cut. Only the increase in spending is reduced ever so slightly while our debt grows unabated into financial Armageddon.
Let me repeat the exasperated plea of other writers, "move as fast as you can toward smaller government. Bring back parent-controlled education with God speed. Revive moral constitutional values and promote freer enterprise. Proudly and unabashedly march forward in robust defense of American values".
Don't you dare move toward a more "moderate approach" as some transparent liberal letter writers have suggested. Please, please, just do conservatism and do it far better than recent power hungry, big government Republicans have done it. To quote the 1936 movie, "Swing Time": "Nothing's impossible I have found, for when my chin is on the ground, I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again". Yes we can.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 12:04
To The Daily Sun,
Welcome to this week's edition of Bobby Jindal's Party of Stupid. This week we have the party's fearless leader himself to start things off.
Bobby just noted on Meet the Press that the RACE-BASED attacks on Obama were okay because Democrats did it to Bush, and Bobby also pontificated in a Politico op-ed that racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage. WT?
Ron Paul will be the keynote speaker at the rabidly anti-Semitic Catholic FATIMA CENTER on September 11 and Pat Robertson has claimed on his 700 Club that gays will be wearing special rings so they can infect you with HIV/AIDS when you shake hands. Not to be outdone, frothing and foaming Fundy homophobe weasel David Usher of the Council for Marriage Policy warns men that lesbians will have your children and make you slaves! Fox News Crock Keith Ablow claims that abortion and Facebook are to blame for the mindless murder of the Australian baseball star, Lane. If that isn't twisted enough how about this: consumer confidence is near a five year high, but (hiccups) John Boehner is still threatening to obstruct and crash the economy. America sold the highest amount of previously lived in houses since June 2006. It was the best July since 2005. And the Sun's right wingers seem to be oblivious of these important milestones. There is a great idea out there and its call infrastructure spending. It works. Until Obama wanted to do it, the GOP thought it was a great idea. 2014 here we come!
Texas Rep Louie Gohmert agreed with Alan Keyes on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch that it was "scary" that liberal elites would use vaccines for "culling the population" of humans. LIBERAL ELITES! AAACK! Also from Texas, the land of alternative history, medicine and science, Eagle Mountain International MegaChurch, known for its anti vaccination positions was the site of a recent measles outbreak. Virtually all of the children who were infected were home schooled and not vaccinated. Yup, some parents are brighter than a 15 watt bulb during a blackout! In North Carolina, the Republican Christian Sharia Body of Leviticus lovers passed an anti-Muslim Leviticus lovers Sharia law even though the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, (Art 6). In Doplahoma, Senator Tom Coburn seems to have harvested some of those purple mudrooms growing on cattle dung right before a town hall meeting where he said that President Obama is getting "perilously close" to meeting the "high-crimes and misdemeanors" standard the Constitution sets for impeachment charges. An Oakie gynecologist's point of view!
In the land of Faux Snooze, younger viewers age 25-54 are avoiding Fox News like the plague as their ratings hit the lowest level since 2001. Showcasing more stupidity, Fox's medical expert Dr. David Samadi argued that President Barack Obama's administration was wrong to force gender equality for health insurance rates because men "only have the prostate," while women "have the breasts, they have the ovaries.".
Finally, as we finish, I can't leave Russ Wiles out of this edition. Russ thinks the president should take advice from the Heritage Foundation and CATO while at the same time parroting right wing nonsense about "the cyclonic economic destroyer that is Obamacare". Oh, Did I forget? Romney got his initial mandate ideas from the Heritage Foundation and then Obamacare used what they thought would be useful. And the SCOTUS upheld it. George Wills joins us with his superior prefontal cortex to tell us that single, minority moms are more dangerous for minorities than a lack of rights.
In environmental news all the fracking gas companies Newfield/Hess in NE Pennsylvania ran with their tail between their legs as they finally gave up against the onslaught of negative press. Gasland 2 now at HBO will only make matters worse for the Fracking outfits. In Youngstown, Ohio, over 100 earthquakes were linked to the process used to dispose of wastewater: from hydraulic fracking. In Greenbrier, Arkansas, there weren't hundreds of small earthquakes, but THOUSANDS! A study linked their occurrence to the arrival in town of waste-water disposal wells. As soon as the Arkansas Oil and Gas commission shut down the wells, the quakes stopped. Greenbrier residents have filed five federal lawsuits against the drillers.
Last but not least as August's season of nonsense comes to a close, A Republican state senator from Arkansas who is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers accidentally shot a teacher during an "active shooter" drill earlier this year, the local paper of record has uncovered. And in an Level RED irony of ironies, Donald Rumsfeld says Obama is not making the case for bombing Syria.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:30
To The Daily Sun,
Bernadette Loesch asserts that President Obama has succeeded in achieving all the goals aspired to by the Tea Party in her reply to Steve Earle. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Right on Bernadette. Our president, imbued with Marxist ideals, lover of gargantuan government, detester of the Constitution's "limiting powers" is in no way a socialist, you would have us believe. No indeed, as you assure us, he is hyper focused on a smaller government, fiscal responsibility, honest and transparent rule and letting the free market blossom once again. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
One can only hope that you were boasting with a twinkle in your eye and with tongue firmly planted in your cheek. If not, progressive, paradoxical delusion syndrome can be cured with time spent in the psychiatrists' comfy seat. Or perhaps you have spent too much time in the summer heat. Global warming and loony liberal thoughts a forming. A combination that truly can't be beat.
Bernadette, you've offered me a comic reprieve from the summer doldrums. With any luck, the good feeling will carry me straight through to the autumnal equinox. Jousting with modern day liberals is just so much fun. Seriocomic retorts from the Obama faithful is just so darn neat.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:26
To the editor,
By the time this is published, the United States may have taken military action against the Assad regime in Syria. After one hundred thousand people have been killed there in the last two years via conventional munitions, the West has suddenly deemed the use of Sarin gas a casus beli for air strikes against the Syrian government. Really?
Assad has shown himself to be a ruthless dictator and oppressor of his people, of that we can be certain. He may have ordered that his military use nerve gas against rebel forces, the evidence is unclear.
Let's assume that he did issue such an order. Before we fire a shot some questions need to be answered. First, we need to know why the use of American military assets against Syria is in the strategic interest of the United States. Syria has done nothing to our country. It is not a threat to the United States, nor has it threatened us prior to our threat against it. I can see no strategic reason for our initiation of bombing.
Additionally, when nation-states use military force against other nations there should be an achievable outcome in mind before hostilities are commenced. There has been no achievable goal articulated by the Obama administration for bombing the Syrian regime. If we think that a limited campaign will deter Assad we are likely to discover military force simply makes him more determined. It also gives his allies new reasons to target us and our allies. That is not an outcome we need to risk, especially when there is no nationalistic reason for acting.
Secretary of State Kerry seemed to imply in a statement issued on August 26th that we had a moral obligation to act because weapons of mass destruction may have been used by Assad. Senator McCain has echoed Kerry. Malarkey! It is not our job to punish Syria for using chemical weapons on its people. The world is filled with nasty actors who commit unspeakable crimes against their citizens. Mao killed millions of his people in China during the 1950's and 60's and Pol Pot did likewise in Cambodia in the 1970's. We didn't go on a moral crusade when those genocides took place. There is no reason to do so now.
U.S. presidents have lately been guilty of misusing our military in adventures overseas. Our forces were badly mismanaged in Vietnam and our nation building campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven disastrous at great cost. Our military needs to be used more traditionally for defending our sovereignty, our citizenry, and our national interests when they are threatened. If an enemy wishes to make war on us we need to be fully capable of a lethal response.
The situation in Syria doesn't affect our sovereignty, citizens, or our national interests. We need to stand down and let the Syrian civil war play out without our intervention. As odious and evil as Assad is, it's none of our business.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:21