Friday, January 25, 2013

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly ...........

Angry and defiant Mrs. Clinton . The Buck stops here.

 THE BAD ........It's obvious that for some people it is a good week and for others a bad week. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became visibly exasperated and got into a heated exchange with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who was grilling her over the administration’s role in formulating post-attack talking points. Remember Mrs. Clintion is President Obama "fall Girl" she is going to take the rap anyhow . The at times heated testimony before House and Senate committees, likely to be the outgoing secretary's last, elicited praise from Democrats and frustration from Republicans. Far from putting the issue to rest, the testimony further fueled a debate that has raged on Capitol Hill for four months. Hillary seems frustrated because she cannot blame the whole thing on George Bush.  She's looking for a way.Even when she is being contrite one can hear the venom in her voice. Like her master she has an air of "how dare anyone question me". Now that Hillary Clinton testified , or is giving a testimony .  Since she is a woman of some caliber . A woman in charge of our national security . Mrs . Clinton has made some errors over Benghazi. Sure enough I question the next big trend .  The next thing that made headlines was that now Women will soon be able to serve in combat, as things officially changed with the stroke of a pen today at the Pentagon.At a joint news conference, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Charman Gen. Martin Dempsey signed a memorandum rolling back a 1994 directive prohibiting women from doing so."They serve, they're wounded, and they die right next to each other," Panetta said of women and men in the military. "The time has come to recognize that reality."If they're willing to put their lives on the line, then we need to recognize that they deserve a chance," Panetta said, noting that he wants his own granddaughters and grandsons to have the same opportunities in their lives and careers.  Remember these a liberalizing trends choosing the women over the mission, taking outrageous risks to save one women,---well, that doesn't happen now in our military so why would it start? And to say you must exclude women because men are too stupid to stay focused on their mission is pretty lame. It's essentially the Taliban's reason that women must be stay covered- because men can't control themselves and they'll rape a women if they see her hair. Man's inability to control themselves is hardly a reason for anything other than teaching men to grow up and have some impulse control. Plenty of women die in the military all the time here. Women know full well when they enter they may die. It's pretty dangerous , sure enough there has been plenty of pep talk on this subject .  Its' also This is not an issue about equality or men vs women. When it comes to war the central issue is winning, and protecting a nation from being at the mercy of a possible conqueror. Men are better equipped to fight wars, and are most capable when not distracted by sex or given opportunities to be in trouble. Winning in war is easiest the simpler things are made. The more complicated war is made, the harder
it is to fight and win. Adding women into the equation is going to make things a lot more complicated for soldiers, and hurt good order and discipline.If we really want to debate men versus women in the military, maybe women should be forced to have long term birth control like implantation for the entirety of their enlistment. That would stop some women from dodging deployments and putting their unit understrength by becoming pregnant, or simply from accidents. Being in the military is more about mission and duty then personal desires or freedoms. At the same  time while woman have been given the right fight along side men at war . Its' the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional right to abortion in some circumstances. The demonstrators, carrying signs with messages such as "Defend Life" and "Defund Planned Parenthood," shouted chants including "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go." They packed the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March of Life. Women have now have a opportunity which now is fully expressed with the words "equality" . They can abort life , and lose their lives fighting along side men at  theaters of war............
Gov. Jerry Brown fixed California's long decade of
Budget woes by taxation , and Biblical wisdom.
 THE GOOD ......Another strange twist I am going to write here is about California Governor Jerry Brown looked back at what he called a "remarkable" year and outlined his vision for California in 2013 Thursday morning during his annual State of the State address. It seems that California is now out of the "fiscal" brink that it has been since 2003 . Brown expressed that Finally the budget is balanced with projected surpluses . I kinda hold my breath here . The way I see it is . That it took California a decade ( that's 10 years ) since the ouster of Governor Gray Davis to get a balanced budget . We've  even had an " actor" Governor who tried it for 8 years fighting with the largely Democratic legislature. Of coarse  my friends I have wink at this effort , but it is hard for me to believe that the state's budget finally on the mends . We all just have to wait and see.Brown's budget plan projects $98.5 billion in revenues and transfers and plans spending of $97.7 billion, according to the proposal published on the state Department of Finance website.That would leave a surplus of $851 million, in addition to a projected $785 million surplus for the current fiscal year, which ends in June, allowing the state to put $1 billion toward a rainy day fund. As recently as November, the state budget watchdog, the Legislative Analyst's Office, projected a $1.9 billion gap. ** See NOTES & COMMENTS.

Bibi . Israel's leader wins election for a 3rd time
fearing that Israel is becoming a
THE UGLY..........While the Arab spring swept through the Middle -east overthrowing petty dictators . One nation alone has slipped into a dictatorship of it's own . Name Israel . In what will be the most predictable election in the history of Israel, on Tuesday Bibi Netanyahu will win a third term as prime minister.The comatose Israeli left has run on the high cost of living while ignoring the Isreali-Palestinian conflict. Meanwhile,the extreme and emboldened religious right led by Netanyahu and his partners have run on a platform of zero negotiation and zero interest in a political solution. As it was put by Israel’s Minister of Internal Affairs, the goal of Israel’s latest operation was “to bomb Gaza back to the Middle Ages.” And if anyone dares to criticize the government, they are invariably accused of being anti-Semitic. The prospect for a two-state solution has never looked worse. Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition has been accused of trying to turn Israel into a "dictatorship" after it introduced legislation to tame senior judges and human rights groups opposed to its settlement construction policies. Meanwhile things just get uglier .North Korea turned its anger on South Korea on Friday, warning the South Koreans they could suffer “physical countermeasures” for any enforcement of the tightened international sanctions meant to stop its ballistic missile and nuclear weapon activities. Bare in mind that North Korea has made threats like this before . Building long range missiles that could hit the west cost of the United States .  "Troubling and counterproductive" rhetoric from North Korea is inflaming tensions on the Korean peninsula, but ultimately, "we will judge North Korea by its actions, not its words," the U.S. envoy to North Korea said Friday.

** California balanced it's budget after a decade of overspending , and Taxation . But, in late November 2012, after nearly five years of brutal economic decline, government retrenchment and a widespread loss of confidence in its future, California began showing the first signs of a rebound. There was evidence of job growth, economic stability, a resurgent housing market and rising spirits in a state that was among the worst hit by the recession. There is a MYSTERY here . Just where was all the money going ? 

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