Archive for July, 2007

27
Jul

The Perfect World

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Political Humor

Not feeling real political today so I thought I would share my view of a perfect world:

A perfect world is where:

The French are the chefs
The Italians are the lovers
The British are the police
The Germans are the mechanics
And the Swiss run the trains

An imperfect world is where:

The British are the chefs
The Swiss are the lovers
The Germans are the police
The French are the mechanics
And the Italians run the trains

26
Jul

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Political Opinion

The Judiciary Act of 1789 created the Office of the Attorney General which evolved over the years into the head of the Department of Justice and chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government. The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested. In matters of exceptional gravity or importance the Attorney General appears in person before the Supreme Court. Since the 1870 Act that established the Department of Justice as an executive department of the government of the United States, the Attorney General has guided the world’s largest law office and the central agency for enforcement of federal laws.

From http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales does not have much time left in office. According to the Associated Press members of the Senate are asking for a special prosecutor to look into the firings of eight U.S. attorneys and President George W. Bush’s eavesdropping program.

Appearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday Gonzales looked uncomfortable, flinching several times during his testimony. Several of his answers brought scattered laughter from those in attendance and he was jeered by protesters at the conclusion of his testimony.

“It’s hard to see anything but a pattern of intentionally misleading Congress again and again,” Senator Russ Feingold told Gonzales during the often-bitter Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “Shouldn’t the attorney general of the United States meet a higher standard?”

17
Jul

Welcome to Generationcobweb.com.

   Posted by: McCobb    in GenCob News

If this is your first time, you are  in for an eye opener. My name is Mc Cobb, and you will hear me talk of outside the web and inside the web as if they are different realities, they are. Inside the web we are not bound to past decisions that haunt us, and have those around us judge us by. We are what we create. Through thought, we slowly create who we would like to become. We can share deep thoughts with one another in the privacy of our own minds,and create the words that reflect who we are on the inside. Now you are seeing the connection of the phrase, “See you on the inside”.

8
Jul

Did Booth act alone?

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Political Opinion

 No. He had several coconspirators. Perhaps the most interesting was Dr. Samuel Mudd. In the 1865 conpiracy trial Mudd claimed he didn’t know Booth. However, Dr. Mudd had stayed at Surrat’s boarding house (where the conspiracy was hatched) and it was possible, even likely he knew John Wilkes Booth. More on this later. What is known is that Dr. Mudd set Booth’s broken leg.

After shooting President Lincoln John Wilkes Booth jumped from the Balcony at Fords Theatre breaking his ankle. With adrenalin pumping through his body Booth ran out of the theatre to meet up with another coconspirator David Herold. Mr. Herold had just fled the home of Secretary of State William Seward who was also a target of assassination. Herold had led Lewis Paine to the Secretary’s home where it was planned Paine would kill Seward. Seward survived the attack however.

Leaving Paine to fend for him self Herold met up with Booth just outside of Washington. After stopping at John Lloyd’s tavern the two made their way to Dr. Mudds home around four in the morning. After setting Booths ankle Dr. Mudd allowed the killers to stay at the doctors house until late that afternoon. Booth and Herold then left, making their way south until Booth was killed and Herold captured at Richard Garrett’s farm.

Dr. Samuel Mudd was convicted of conspiring to kill the President and sentenced to life in prison, escaping the death penalty by one vote. But how guilty was he? Mudd claimed Booth and Herold had introduced themselves as Tyson and Henston and he was unaware the two were the ones responsible for Lincolns’ murder.

8
Jul

Is the draft about to be reinstated?

   Posted by: Rasputin    in Political News

The US is running out of soldiers. Last April the military extended the tours of duty for active-duty soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan from 12 months to 15 months while calling many other troops back after 9 or 10 months stateside. The soldiers had been furloughed with the promise of a year stay at home. The current surge in Iraq has further depleted the strategic reserves of the US armed forces. Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 17, 2007 said, “We have a strategy right now that is outstripping the means to execute it,”

Volunteers are no longer sufficient to maintain the numbers necessary to continue fighting the war in Iraq and insure the continued protection of American citizens. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, an international relations professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said, “For the first time since Vietnam, we are caught with no strategic reserve. We simply do not have a strategic fallback position for the crisis that will come inevitably,” There are only two ways to increase the size of the military – improved recruitment including increased financial incentives or reinstating the draft.

I can think of two reasons recruitment will not have a significant impact.