Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Captain CaaaaaaaaaaveMan!

Nothing too big today, however, I did catch some of Condoleezza “I was a teenage sex mutant” Rice’s testimony on CSPAN today.

If anyone ever wondered if it is possible to have nothing but feces emerge from your mouth for over an hour, simply watch her confirmation hearing. I had to turn it off I got so mad.

However, there were some good quotes that came out of the hearing today, and Washington Post put them online. I offer you a few:

"Despite Paul Bremmer saying he thought they needed more troops, despite General (Eric) Shinseki talking about more troops, despite the acknowledged mistake by so many people, certainly all the leaders I met with in the region in recent days....despite the failure to guard ammo dumps...despite the security level that we today, you sat there this morning and suggested it was the right level of troops, contrary to the advice of most thoughtful people who have been analyzing this." - Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

Yeah! Stick it to ‘em you pussy. Where were these balls during the election John?

"In my view, a secretary who forges meaningful partnerships to foster peace, reduce global poverty and hunger, promote democratic values and address emerging threats can set our country on a course to greater security and prosperity. By the same token, I think the secretary who adopts a unilateralist approach in the international environment may miss important opportunities to prevent conflicts and to build alliances. And in that regard I just note that it's not enough to have the ear of the president. I think the secretary of state must also win the ear of the world." - Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md.

I wish I had a link to where Condi said she was “married to the President.” Funny, I thought Laura was the First Woman.

In closing I leave you with a Rush Limbaugh quote. Yes, you read that correct, Rush Limbaugh. My cousin Chris sent this to me, and while you are reading this, try and remember what party has been in power during everything Rush is talking about:

"I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.

Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

However, our own U.S. Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system.
If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting."

Perhaps Rush should have brought this up to Bush during the election since he was an advisor to the campaign. What a tool.


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