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As Long as We Remember...

June 30, 2005

Potpourri and Miscellany

Jason Grabill

There are lots of little tidbits to write about this time. None, mind you, long enough for an entire commentary, but enough to get one's blood rising, if we think about it.

Last week, I read three "Letters to the Editor" in the local paper of record, The Frederick News Post. All were whining; all showed a complete lack of sense.

One individual wrote the paper complaining about the constant jet noise bothering him late at night from supposed fighters protecting Camp David. One would think he was living near Andrews Air Force base or something from his inane crying. He's upset because the jets cause him to be unable to sleep with the windows open, and forcing him to use the evil air conditioner.

He offers the helpful suggestion that we assign a "Customs Blackhawk" helicopter to be based out of Frederick Municipal airport. I guess that won't be as loud as those annoying jet fighters. When I was in the Marines, we called that noise "the Sound of Freedom".

Lord knows, we wouldn't want to disrupt the sleep of the citizenry. Gimmie a break. I wonder how he can tell the difference between fighter jets and the normal jet traffic going to D.C. airports. And, that having been said, he obviously hasn't been around helos much. They are just as loud as the jets he is bewailing.

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Another individual who felt the need to write (perhaps these two are related) lodged the complaint about the crash on I-70 involving the state trooper. This fella was whining about the fact that troopers write tickets; and that because that trooper was doing his job, part of which is slowing down traffic on the I-70 speedaway, the spastic driver who saw him jammed the brakes, and skidded into his cruiser. Thus delaying everyone else’s commute while the trooper, and the idiot driver, were Medivaced.

Ah, yes, such a needless waste of resources. (Those MSP Helos could be guarding Camp David instead of flying trauma patients, perhaps...)

Naturally, all this had to be the troopers fault, of course. Considering the average speed of the lemmings on 70 and 270 during rush hour is something like 75 miles an hour or more, there is no way that trooper would have been pulling over people unless they were doing 20 or more over the limit. He couldn't catch, much less write, every speeder out there.

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The last complained about military recruiters....recruiting. Yes, this gentleman doesn't want them old lyin’ recruiters comin’ after our youth in the schools here in Frederick County. Goodness knows we certainly don't want our sons and daughters serving in the military these days.

Of course, this is typical. The individual also made a remark along the lines of "recruiters hiding under bleachers at schools." Now, I don't know about you folks, but "under the bleachers" is the last place any adult wants to be during any sort of high school sporting event. Much less, a military recruiter in full uniform.

How truly dense can people get, I wonder? Does this guy know exactly how long, and how much effort, it takes to recruit a single person in today's military? Anyone who signs up is fully immersed with more information than I got 20 years ago, that's for sure. Those who think otherwise haven't done their research, and probably won't, either.

The other side of this coin? Islamofascist terror recruiters are putting plenty of their would be martyrs in the terror pipeline. Think on that one.

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Dick known as "Turban Durbin." A fitting appellation for one so incredibly dense. His apology, if one could call it that, was halfhearted at best. For those who don't know why he had to apologize, he called our military folks "Nazis," etc., over the horrible mistreatment of terrormongers in Gitmo. (That's sarcasm, in case you missed it).

Sort of like some members of the Demo party has been doing of late, but Turban Durbin is the minority whip. Many Republicans jumped to accept his apology, including Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, who more and more impresses me less and less. I won’t accept the lame "non apology," nor, I believe, will many in the heartland. The Illinois electorate will hopefully make him pay later.

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Karl Rove....another apology demanded. Yep, the good liberal socialists are in high dudgeon over the fact that Mr. Rove rightly pointed out that, after 9/11, President Bush wanted to take care of the SOB's who perpetrated the acts. Liberals, on the other hand, wanted to "prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

I see no reason for apologies when one speaks the truth. How many times have all of us heard the drumbeat from the left about how we must "try to understand" the terrorists? And, wasn't it the last administration, headed by that great terror fighter, one Clinton, William, J., who was so very successful in indicting Islamofascists worldwide that the Taliban shook with fear? Wasn't it?

That policy worked great! They were soooo scared; they launched a massive attack on this country on 9/11. Dems are now in a rage because Mr. Rove has dared to point out...the truth.

No apology needed, unless it's from the liberals for being their usual defeatist selves. Isn't it interesting that they didn't seem to get at all upset about Turban Durbin, but flew into a tizzy about Mr. Rove?

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Our Senator from Taxachutsetts, Teddy "I'll have another drink" Kennedy, again called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign last week.

Ummm, yeah, Ted. No problem. That will fix everything.

Of course, if Teddy had his way, we'd still be trying to indict the Taliban "person or persons unknown" for the "alleged assault" on New York and the Pentagon. Senator Kennedy calls Iraq "a quagmire," which is the liberal/socialist word for "We haven't won in less than 30 days with zero casualties".

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Polling data: A recent Gallup poll showed "Public Confidence" is at an all time high. At least, where the military is concerned, anyway.

Scoring nearly as high? The police. Yet more reasons why cube dwelling PETA liberals figure they have to make the military/cops look bad, and like Nazis, every chance they get.

Thankfully, the public knows better. Oh, confidence in such things as "Congress" and the "mainstream media" are at all time lows.

What a big surprise. No one ever has confidence in "Congress", but the "mainstream media" lack of confidence has to be disheartening to the good liberal crowd.

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The Supreme Court a week or so back affirmed that yes, Virginia, you do, in fact, have to give your name to the nice policeman who asks for it.

Now, to most of us, this is simple common sense, but to a few leftover hippies, for some reason, this was seen as an infringement on their "rights."

Fella out Nevada way found that out, pre- 9/11, when he refused to give his name to the police officer asking for it, while investigating a possible domestic assault. The officer asked 11 times for his name, and 11 times, he refused, whereupon he was locked up.

In this post 9/11 world, the Supreme Court said you have to give your name to the police when they ask. Of course, the usual gang of liberal leftie justices, (Souter, Ginsberg, Breyer) thought that it was somehow violating your "rights" to provide basic information when asked. The case, for those so inclined, is "Hiibel vs Sixth Judicial District, State of Nevada."

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Various and sundry on the left are now comparing Iraq to Vietnam. Not that this is really news, of course. They've been doing this since, well, October of ’01, when they did the same thing to our effort in Afghanistan.

Just remember when they do, the liberals, socialists, communists, and fellow travelers among them are the very reason we "lost" Vietnam. Are we going to let them lose this one as well?

Staying the course in Iraq may not be pleasant, or simple, or easy, but it's a job that must be done. The consequences of our own hand wringing loser party succeeding here are unimaginable.

Until next time, Stay low!

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