Thursday, November 15, 2007

This Little Piggie Went To Congress...

For those of you readers who haven't heard of it, check out the website of the Citizens Against Government Waste.

Its a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog group that spends its time and resources keeping tabs on government waste, fraud and abuse. Specifically, they are especially good at following the money on any new piece of legislation, earmarking the earmarks, as it were.

It turns out that our buddy Murtha, the Pork King of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, has slipped a little pork product into the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill. Murtha is asking for $23,000,000 to fund something called the National Drug Intelligence Center. The NDIC, as it is known, ir run by the Dept. of Justice, and has cost us taxpayers $509,000,000 since 1992. While you may be saying that it sounds like a great thing to have, keep in mind that the Department of Justice doesn't want the NDIC, and has repeatedly asked Congress to shut it down, as its functions are already being performed by other agencies, better.

In fact, CAGW rates Murtha at only 5% during the 109th Congress--the higher the rating, the less pork you approve and the better you are looking out for the taxpayers' interests.

Why doesn't he care? Well, its not HIS money. Its yours.

If you go to the CAGW site, you can easily look up any Congressman. I know we get a lot of readers from outside of PA (Old Man is from the Land of 10,000 taxes, after all) so be sure to check up on your local Senators and Representatives. They aren't going to stay on the straight and narrow if nobody watches them. Make sure they know they are being held to account.

Keep that in mind when they come back up on the ticket. Let it be known we won't give the government a blank check anymore.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Murtha's Competition...


RUSSELL FOR CONGRESS WILL KICK OFF ANNOUNCEMENT TOUR AT THE FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL – SAYS “JOB INTERVIEW BEGINS”

Johnstown, PA – November 14, 2007: William Russell’s campaign for Congress for the 12th District is going to hit the road on Monday, November 19, 2007, and visit each of the 12th Districts 9 counties in the “Turn the Tide Tour.”

Russell’s tour will begin with a short prayer at the Flight 93 Memorial with stops in Boswell, Latrobe, Uniontown, Waynesberg, Washington, Arnold, Ford City, Indiana and Johnstown. Russell’s website (www.williamrussellforcongress.com) will chronicle Russell’s travels across the 12th District with descriptions from the candidate himself.

“I want to Turn the Tide in the 12th District for our nations security and our economic future. I am looking forward to speaking with folks all over our district and sharing ideas on how we can make this happen,” said Russell. “I’m very sure we will have fun along the way!”

We at Too Much Liberty will occasionally promote candidates we think will do the country some good. We currently do not accept money for this, but any candidate that wishes to donate, may feel free :)

Speaking of doing the country some good, this gentleman is running against the infamous Murtha, as in Haditha defamation infamy. Pennsylvanians take note.

Limit Enlistment to 35 or Older

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. (You can't be older than 42 to join the military.)

They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. "My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry!"

We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m.

Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, "I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we like soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training. I can hear the Drill Sgt. now, "Get down and give me ... er ... one."

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten cowards who attacked us on September 11. The last thing an enemy would want to see right now is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

If nothing else, put us on the border and we will have it secured the first night.
This is purposely in big type so you can read it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The UN - A Rant

(I started to reply to Sean's post about the LOST treaty. I wasn't successful in an appropriate reply because it turned into a rant. Rants can be informative. If not informative, they can be cleansing. Therefore I offer my rant.)

The UN has not had a concern for its major funding source since its bastardly birth. It seems that a favorite pastime of the UN is to label the US as a major offender of human rights and imperialistic motives. Never mind that the US gives the UN the right to exist in its current form, will bail out their decrepit counties in time of trouble, and is the largest donor of humanistic aid in the time of a disaster. There used to be signs in farmer's fields and on billboards screaming "Get The US Out Of The UN. Most of these were attributed to John Birchers, a far right fringe group that was active during my late formative years. Today they would be Ron Paul supporters. These signs have seemed to have disappeared. The last one I saw was west of Fond du Lac, WI on Hwy 23 about eight years ago. In one of Tom Clancy's Op-Center novels he wrote about a hostage situation at the UN. He mentioned a monument honoring the victims of Hiroshima and wondered where the monument to Pearl Harbor was. The only use, IMHO, for the UN, is that the US can keep track of where the asshats are. Actually, the end of the UN would require the delegates to find real work in their third world hovels. Good friken luck! Oh, no unemployment benefits; so it goes; suck it up and carry your own damn pack! Personally, let them spout vitriol against the US from an exotic place such as Mogadishu or the tolerant, peace loving and Mardi Gras capital of Girls Gone Robed via Islam, city of Riyadh (piece [sic] and titties be beyond you). No alcohol, no titties, but a lot of sand and Wahhabistic beliefs that will torture then execute them if they are gay, Christian, left handed, or Jew. They will encounter the same fate if they try to bring a Bible into the tolerant, peace loving country. I can't wait for the oil to dry up in those despicable countries in the Middle East! I'm sure the UN delegates will appreciate the opportunity to interact with those that they are so concerned about. I cannot support the continuation of the UN. Where is John Bolton, thanks to the liberals? He is so needed in the UN. The concept is correct; the corruption and misuse of its imaginary powers is not. Actually, the only power the UN has is what the US allows it to have! As Dennis Miller once stated “The US moves furniture; the UN applies doilies. The US has twice as many aircraft carriers (“4.5 acres of sovereign and mobile American territory") as the rest of the world combined! Los Angles and Virginia class attack subs carry cruise missiles than can make a target obsolete from several hundred miles away, destroy enemy war ships and other vessels without being detected (one minute the target is there; the next instant-history). Damn, every time a US Trident submarine (SSBN-Boomers), carrying the D-5 warheads puts to sea it is the sixth largest nuclear power in the world! There are eight Boomers in the Pacific fleet and ten in the Atlantic fleet. Do the math! Each weapon has a range in excess of 4,000 miles and the Boomers are built for stealth. To my understanding, there is no record of any Boomer ever being detected by a foreign power. Actually, a Boomer would only have to place itself a thousand miles or so from its base in either the Atlantic or Pacific for the weapons to reach Moscow. The Middle East is a lot closer and they could, conceivably, hit targets without leaving port. I realize that have started to drift, so I end the current rant.



[Editor's Correction: An Ohio Class Submarine can hit Moscow from the piers they are moored at with a few thousand miles to spare. Wikipedia gives the range of a D-5 missile as in excess of 7,000 miles. I believe it entails a 15 degree list put on the boat and clearing topside if possible--then hope you haven't welded the other doors shut.]

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) and why its a crappy idea...


This treaty, being pushed for by the White House, and bolstered by a 17-4 vote of approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to come up for a Senate ratification before the end of the month.

This is the same U.N. treaty dismissed by Ronald Reagan more than 20 years ago; and would put us under governing authority of an international body, put our sovereignty and military at risk and subject us to direct taxation by the U.N!

The biggest reason to adopt LOST, cited by its proponents is that it guarantees navigation rights. Well, the U.S. doesn't need the treaty to ensure navigation rights. No, this isn't another talk about how bad-ass our navy is--though it IS more powerful than the next several navies combined. The simple truth is, we enjoy navigation rights by customary international practice. The fact that we are not a convention member does not mean that other states will begin to demand notification by U.S. ships entering their waters or airspace. We are not a signatory to the convention today and still have freedom of the seas because current participants of LOST are required to grant the U.S. navigation rights afforded by customary international practice. In addition, these states have reciprocal interests in navigation rights that will discourage them from making such demands on American ships in the future. [Spring, etc. 2007]

This would also ensure that 2/3 of the world's surface gets turned over to the U.N. General Assembly who would be responsible for any resource distribution, dispute resolution and arbitration, and enforcement. Keep in mind that most of the General Assembly is comprised of the 3rd world. Do we really want to turn over 2/3 of the world's surface over to administration by the 3rd world? They're doing such a swell job with what they have, after all--wouldn't it be fun to give a bunch of banana republics like Venezuela and Little Stalin Chavez a chance to even the score with us?

This doesn't even begin the list of reasons its a bad idea. Here are a few more: It opens up U.S. companies' trade secrets to foreign competitors, prevents our navy from gathering intelligence, the LOST is a enviro-weenie's wet dream--read that as crippling to our economy, and best of all, gets us involved with another U.N. bureaucracy--they do so much so well... just look at how effective their sanctions are.

Worst of all, this hinders the sovereignty of our country and is a step closer to a world government.

If you write or call your Congressmen about anything for the rest of the year, this should be it. Give 'em a call--you can actually dial the Capitol Building switchboard or their state office directly. Let them know that you think LOST is just that--a LOST Cause!

Related links:

Center For Security Policy

Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans Day (Observed)

In 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance for those who had served in the First World War, euphemistically called “The War To End All Wars.” November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938 and was called Armistice Day. President Eisenhower had it renamed Veterans Day to include all veterans in 1954. Thanks to Executive Order 11582, President Nixon made this a day off in remembrance of Veterans Day. Great, a lot of people got the day off from work and the mail is not delivered. The remembrance became a sham; just another day off that makes for a long weekend. November 11 is the actual Veterans Day. It commemorates the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month; the time and date the Germans signed the armistice ending the First World War in 1918. Too many Americans have forgotten the significance of this observance to the gratitude we owe our veterans, the first line of the sheepdogs, against wolves, of our nation as LTC (RET) Dave Grossman exemplifies in this insightful article. Veterans are warriors/sheepdogs by the very definition of the oath they took to “...I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." Yes, God is still acknowledged. I did not serve in the military and will not make any claims to the honor that needs to be bestowed upon our veterans. I am grateful and rightfully proud of the service of my two oldest children, a son and daughter. They served a cumulative 16 years active duty in the Navy. To those who have served; to those who are serving; to the coming generations of sheepdogs, I am thankful.

P.S. I am continually reminded of this poem from Kipling. Tommy Atkins is the equivalent to GI Joe.

Too Much Liberty Salutes Veterans

Happy Veteran's Day. Only our veteran's have really put a price on freedom--they have risked all so that others may live free. Their sacrifice is not always with their lives--some pay the price with limbs shattered or lost, minds scarred by trauma, or sometimes less dramatically, but no less important: choosing to spend their youth in the service of their countrymen.

A true example:




My thanks to the men like Corporal Warren W. Lewis, and all the men and women of our Armed Forces that have sacrificed for me to be free.

So wierd it has to be true...

If I hadn't watched the video, I wouldn't believe it! Watch as a company of American Flags attack Hillary! Check it out HERE.