Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 7, 2013
I never was in the military. My draft lottery numbers were always good. I didn’t want to die in a snake infested rice paddy or in a tiger cage. My dad was in the Army Air Force during the so-called good war. The Air Force is probably where I would have gone if pressed. Cheap private pilot lessons!
My dad enlisted because his number was coming up. Why do people join today?
A sense of duty, not yet knowing their life plan, a job, free stuff thanks to the GI bill? I am sure there are many reasons.
But whom do today’s GIs serve? Whom are they really protecting? Do most know? I doubt it. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 27, 2013
Personal research I did long ago indicated to me that the many “Foundations” that fund public broadcasting are Progressive and anti-second amendment.
I believe in the 1990s there was a week-long NPR series dedicated to anti-gun propaganda. I immediately gave up contributing to my local station. I have not seen any general improvements in the intervening years.
Now we have the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a name familiar to public media viewers, funding Families USA to the tune of $1.1Million. Families USA is connected with the Obama Administration, The Herndon Alliance and Enroll USA, the groups promoting Obamacare enrollment. See here. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 24, 2013
William Sesler once again has the pulpit in the 24 Nov Erie Times News Editorial slot. He compares the controversies surrounding Obamacare to those surrounding the PA 1834 Education Act.
Mr. Seslers’s point is that public education is such a great success and, of course, Obamacare will be also. There are some potential comparisons missing from the editorial.
Did the 1834 Education Act comprise 2400 pages with a (typical of today) fully optioned length of 10 times the original? Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 22, 2013
How many times have we heard Obama say we are leaving Afghanistan?
As many times as we were promised Guantanamo would close?
Obama is a perpetual motion lying machine. A perpetual spending button has been added to his control panel.
The still in process US-Afghan Security Agreement commits fifteen thousand US troops and billions of dollars to support US and the Afghans. There is no limit specified for the dollar part. We will be OBLIGATED to provide perpetual financial support. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 21, 2013
I see we have launched yet another Mars mission probing for water. The search for water seems desperate. That’s because it is.
Water = possible life = NASA’s justification for existence.
NASA spent a decade trying to reach the moon. What did we get out of that exercise besides some rocks? Not much as far as I can tell beyond momentary glory and a big bill to pay.
What is a desperate government agency to do? Hey! Let’s build an International Space Station! Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 6, 2013
We have been reading lately how moderates would have avoided the government shutdown. We would be so much better off if the tea party would disappear and sensible moderates were in control.
This is Kathleen Parker in the 18 October Erie Times-News. Lately I wonder what is going on in Parker’s head. She says:
Centrists are diverse…and disdain ideological purity.
Disdain ideological impurity? So they believe in nothing?
What do they base their voting on…keeping it the way it’s always been, trust that Washington has their best interests at heart, or what?
They tend to prefer a laissez-faire attitude.
More like lazy faire. They can’t be bothered to engage in independent thought or research. Do they fear rejection like the weird kid in school? The moderates are quite willing to give up a little freedom for security. They rationalize that the government has their best interests at heart. That is just what the war party and progressives want. That we give up. Little by little. Slowly but surely. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 30, 2013
It is all a big show for the benefit of the peasants courtesy of Anthony Snowden.
Angela may not have had direct knowledge that her phone was tapped but she shouldn’t have been surprised. The EU countries graciously gave the NSA phone and internet data on their subjects.
What has got Angela and the other club members upset is now the peons know they were sold out. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 26, 2013
William G. Sesler, former PA state senator, writes in the 6 Oct Erie Times-News that there is no substitute for the US in foreign affairs. Let us just say there is no one quite like the US in foreign affairs. He starts out
Let’s first consider the issues arising from Syria’s use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 that killed more than 1,300 people, including more than 400 children. These acts were done in direct violation of international law.
While it is possible the government used gas the UN investigators have not laid blame on anyone. Iraq’s gas weapons which we never found were supposedly sent out of the country, presumably to Syria.
And where did Iraq get poison gas? The US of course along with anthrax, so Hussein could take out Iran. See here
Iran has hated our guts ever since the CIA overthrew their government and installed the Shah. Supplying chemical and biological weapons to Hussein did not help. The WMD issue is not a winner for us.
Poison Gas and anthrax. No substitute for that in a successful foreign policy. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 25, 2013
This has nothing to do with Obamacare nor Democrats. Do you think for a second that a Republican administration would fare better? No way.
The problem isn’t the party, the problem is government. This is typical government efficiency in action. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 20, 2013
This is another in my “Did you Ever Wonder” series.
Recently the Erie Times News featured a retired dean from Edinboro University, Terry L. Smith, who wrote a piece on Mount Rushmore. His point was that somehow those presidents were not like the Republicans who caused the shutdown ruckus. The tag line was:
“Lincoln, who is devoted to the same ideals as the other three, sees something they could not or would
not see. And I love him for this in the same way I love this country.”
Same Ideals! Say What? Read the rest of this entry »
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