Archive for August 2007

John Edwards Is So Nice To Our Earth

August 29, 2007

The following article appeared to day in Florida

Edwards: Americans should sacrifice their SUVs
August 29, 2007 07:46 EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards told a labor group he would ask Americans to make a big sacrifice: their sport utility vehicles.The former North Carolina senator told a forum by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, yesterday he thinks Americans are willing to sacrifice.Edwards says Americans should be asked to drive more fuel efficient vehicles. He says he would ask them to give up SUVs.

Apparently the role of government has been forgotten in our Country.  Can you imagine the Founding Fathers telling citizens not to use a certain type of horse because it gives off too much methane when it releases gas.  Government’s role is first and foremost to provide security to our Nation.  Government should have a military and a defense system.  Government should provide laws to punish criminal acts of its citizens.  The Government should make sure that our freedoms are not being trampled on by State and Local governments.  The Government should only pass laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of its people.

It is not the role of Government to run our lives.  It is not the role of Government to tell me I cannot worship in the church, temple or synagogue of my choice.  It is not the role of Government to tell me I cannot engage in lawful activity because it “isn’t good for me.”  It is not the role of Government to ask me to quit driving an SUV.

Senator Edwards, you use energy to cool and heat your 30,000 square foot home.  You own a Chrysler Pacifica (although he says he uses his hybrid SUV more often).  You bounce around the Country in a Private Jet sucking down gallons of fuel which places massive amounts of pollution into the air.  And you know what I say to all of that?  Good for you–you are an American, you can choose to engage in those activities and own those items if you can afford them.  But sir—don’t you dare tell me what kind of car I should drive or what I should eat or where I should stand or what I should say. 

The arrogance of the candidates we currently have running for President is shocking and frightening.  I am looking for a candidate with some humility.  Will that candidate please stand up?  I agree with Senator Clinton that it does “take a village” but that village better not be made up of government agencies and officials because that is not a village–that is a communist regime.

Americans–freedom disappears one step at a time.  All of a sudden you are at the end of the path and it is completely gone and you are standing there saying to yourself–“What happened?  I thought this was a free society!”   It is at that moment that a government official puts you in jail for disparaging the government.

 -Murphy

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Will NASA Pay For My Student Loans?

August 29, 2007

The Houston Chronicle reports today that Space Center Houston (a non-profit organization that is “connected” with NASA) is presenting NASA with Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber from the 1977 original Star Wars film so that it can be taken into space with Space Shuttle Discovery’s next mission.

Is this a joke?  Am I living in a cartoon?  In the photograph in the paper there are 4 or 5 individuals dressed as stormtroopers and Bobba Fett escorting the expensive briefcase carrying the (fake) lightsaber, which by the way is also called a movie prop.  I don’t know if NASA is paying (which means you are paying) for this bizarre media stunt but someone is paying.  My guess is that if the government is involved at all, the entire event (rental costumes, salaries, briefcase, etc..) is about $40-$50K.  So I want to publicly offer my services to both NASA and Space Center Houston.

I have some law school loans that I would love to get rid of so for $40K I will do any of the following:

1.  Dress up like Jabba The Hut and slither all over Space Center Houston signing autographs for 4 straight weekends.

2.  Bring Capt. Kirk’s cool flip phone in a brief case to NASA dressed as one of the expendable “red guys” from Star Trek.

3.  Cover myself in brown Playdough and ride a small bike around the launch pad exclaiming “phone home” for the 2 hours prior to the next lift off.

4.  Help build a monolith at Space Center Houston and then dress like an ape and dance around it for 2-3 hours.

5.  Attend the next Star Trek convention and force myself to stay there all day.

6.  Eat some Bantha Fodder.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Star Wars films, but seriously as stewards of money can’t we spend it on something a little more worth while, you know like maybe subsidizing bee farmers or paying for a haircut for John Edwards?  After all, we all know that the government is a better steward of our money than we are–that is why they take it from us and spend it so wisely.

May the Force be With You!, Nanu Nanu! and Live Long and Prosper!

 -Murphy

I’m Too Stupid To Take Care of Myself

August 28, 2007

The New York Post today had the following article:

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton lavished praise on New York City’s tough anti-smoking laws yesterday – and said she supports smoking bans in public places across the country.

Asked at an Iowa forum on cancer whether banning smoking in public places would be good for America, Clinton replied, “Well, personally, I think so. And that’s what a lot of local communities and states are starting to do.”

Clinton noted that when New York’s smoking ban was being considered, critics claimed, “Oh, that’s the end of, you know, the bars and restaurants in New York City.”

But she boasted, “We are now having more business than ever before, because a lot of people who stayed away from going out are now going out again, because they feel like they can enjoy their time outside.”

Asked whether the feds should impose a nationwide ban, Clinton deferred to local governments.

Okay, I haven’t weighed in on this issue yet so here goes–I do not smoke, I do not like smoke, I don’t like the smell of smoke or smoke breath.  People that smoke have discolored skin and teeth and their hair and face show the signs of repeated exposure to smoke.

That being said–I am fed up with the willingness of the citizens of this Country to freely give up rights to the Federal, State and Local Governments.  Smoking is legal (if you are over 18).  It is bad for you but it is legal.  I understand prohibiting smoking from government owned buildings.  I even understand banning it from public spaces such as the common areas inside malls or office buildings.  But if a private business owner wants to have a restaurant, office, bar or other establishment with a smoking area—he should be allowed to do so.  If smoking were illegal–different ballgame—but it isn’t.

I don’t like standing in lines at amusement parks or sporting events behind some inconsiderate jerk who lights up a cigarette and then tries to forcibly blow the smoke above him as if that will keep it from my lungs–but we all know the risks of smoking.  If someone wants to spend their hard earned money creating a business wherein smokers are allowed then so be it.  We non-smokers can use the (what is that called—–oh yeah) FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM and chose not to spend our money at those establishments.  We do not have a constitutional right to eat at a particular restaurant or bar.

When will the Government telling us what is “good for us” end?  Walk with me on the path of extreme examples…

Let’s say the government decides that alcohol is so bad for you that it can no longer be served at bars or restaurants.  The non-drinkers wouldn’t care because “it doesn’t affect them.”  But soon penalties for drinking in public would follow and people would be arrested or fined for drinking (oh–we already did this in the 1930’s).

Ok–let’s say the government decides that watching too much TV is bad for you so every TV is equipped with a government mandated chip that only allows it to be on 4 hours in any 24 hour period.  You think I’m kidding? 

How many more areas of your life are you willing to give up to a group of politicians who think you are too stupid to take care of yourself?  Ooops gotta go–just exceeded my daily government limit of blogging!

 -Murphy

It is OK to say Goodbye To Illegals!

August 28, 2007

A report today from Tulsa states that illegal immigrants are “fleeing” Oklahoma in light of a new law that is about to go into effect that mandates deportation of illegals who are arrested on State criminal charges.  Of course, there are reports of certain pro-illegal groups renting billboards that accuse the Oklahoma legislature of promoting “hate.”

I have really had it with this entire discussion.  The reason people here are called “illegals” is becuase the are here “illegally” which means they are—-BREAKING THE LAW!!!!  It is not about “hate.”  It is not about “prejudice.”  It is not a “Hispanic thing.”  The facts are this:

1.  September 11, 2001 really happened. 

2.  Hundreds of illegal immigrants cross our borders weekly.

3.  There are millions of people in the United States that are here illegally.

4.  Legal residents pay taxes which are used to fund social programs that are offered to illegal immigrants.

5.  Laws need to be enforced–otherwise they have no effect–and then there is kaos!

I do not hate people from other countries.  I do not hate Hispanics.  I do, however, greatly dislike people who break the law without consequence.  When I get a speeding ticket, I have to pay it.  When I don’t put money in a parking meter, I have to pay a ticket or my car may get towed.  When people violate our Federal banking laws in real estate flip schemes and falsified loan applications, they go to prison.  Why is this so hard to understand.  I don’t care if every single illegal immigrant is working “jobs that nobody wants”–if they are here illegally they need to be prosecuted and deported–period.

Besides–nobody wants to be Attorney General right now–maybe we should allow an illegal immigrant to handle that job.  Ridiculous.  There is an unemployment rate of about 4% currently.  That is (conservatively) about 12 million people–about the same number of people who are here illegally–I think we have a solution–deport the illegals and solve our unemployment rate by making it 0%.

Brilliant!

-Murphy

I Can’t Tell You How Sorry I Am–Seriously, I Can’t

August 27, 2007

So the mayor of London gave an emotional apology for London’s role in the slave trade that was banned in England 200 years ago.  Reverend Jesse Jackson praised the move and was reported to have put his arm around the mayor and thank him.  Now, of course, Rev. Jackson is asking that London pay reparations to slave descendants.

Seriously?  No living person on this Earth (currently) has ever owned an African slave–except of course other Africans who enslave members of their own continent.  America banned it 144 years ago.   Asking for repentance and then extortion is absurd in light of these facts.  Don’t get me wrong–slavery was horrible and thank our heavenly Father it was abolished, but Jackson needs to move past it since all slaves and slave owners are currently under ground–literally.

 I refer you to a great article about reparations–Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks is a Bad Idea for Blacks – and Racist Too by David Horowitz.

But in case you are not convinced then I suppose I have some apologizing to do myself.  After all I descended from Germans, Irish and Britains.  Therefore, to the extent an ancestor of mine took any role in the slave trade, I humbly apologize.  To the extent an ancestor of mine, had children who remained in Germany after my direct line came here in the 1700’s, and if any of them took any role in the Nazi party (although I am unaware of such a role) I apologize for that too.  If any of my Irish ancestors’ descendants became members of either the IRA or the other group in Ireland and killed anyone, then I apologize.  I know my German ancestors were Bakers by trade so I apologize if anyone has died of heart failure brought on by high choleterol by eating too much of some food that originated in Germany and was cooked there originally by any of my ancestors.

Further, I am an attorney-and I’m sorry.

I like Billy Joel-and I’m sorry.

I used to have red hair, now I don’t and I’m sorry.

I drive a foreign car and I’m truly sorry for that.

If any product I own or consume was made by a company that mistreats its employees, then I’m sorry.

I’m a Christian, I fear God and I will gladly proclaim the name of Jesus Christ as my savior and for that—well—I’m just not sorry.

I love the Longhorns of the University of Texas–and well frankly, I’m not sorry for that either.

 Rev. Jackson–for your relative insignificance in the world, your tired extortion tactics and your ridiculous philosophies on life and the community you allegedly “support,”  I’m really sorry.

 -Murphy

Plan B is Code for Sex Without Consequences

August 24, 2007

Today on the way to work I heard the local talk show discussing a new controversy about whether the Plan B or “Morning After Pill” should be available over the counter and that the drug company that manufactures the drug said they anticipate 10 million in sales in the first year.  The best part of the story was a Planned Parenthood representative stating that this drug provides a safe and comforting alternative to victims of rape. 

 I’m sorry but I don’t think that 10 million dollars represents rape victims.  I would rather guess that 10 million dollars represents college kids, high school kids and young adults.  The reality is that at some point each of us has to wrestle with the question “When does life begin?”  You cannot ignore the question if you are taking steps to end a pregnancy because murder is not something we can just simply disregard.  Therefore we must know the answer.  Society has decided to err on the side of death instead of life.

What a sad commentary.  Logic dictates otherwise.  Once a sperm and egg join the resulting cells are neither all of the father or all of the mother–therefore, logically, they represent a third being that is neither the mother or the father.  So what is it?  I would call it a baby.  Every woman who takes this pill will have to wonder for the rest of their lives whether or not they killed a newly formed entity out of convenience.  That is a heavy burden that will weigh you down much worse than 9 months of discomfort followed by one of the greatest joys of your life or the lives of some couple that can’t have kids who is lucky enough to raise yours.

Can someone please stand up for the babies?  They cannot do it on their own–they trust and rely on us–the adults–to do that.  Don’t Plan B them away.

 -Murphy

Man, This Sucks!

August 24, 2007

I stumbled across the following news story today from late July: 

“Kyle Krichbaum, 12, of Adrian, Mich., has had an obsession with vacuum cleaners since infancy, when he was mesmerized by the whirring, said his mother, and for years, he says, he has enjoyed vacuuming so much that he does the house up to five times a day, with one of the 165 new and used vacuum cleaners in his collection. Said a former teacher, “It’s not that he didn’t like recess. He just preferred to stay inside vacuuming.” Older sister Michelle, interviewed for a July CBS News profile of Kyle, spoke for all of us: “He’s constantly vacuuming. I’m just like ‘why, why, why, why, why, why?’ I don’t understand.”

Seriously?  I don’t want to get on a soap box about this but Mr. and Mrs. Kirchbaum—you might want to have your son examined by a professional.  Most 12 year old boys are starting to think about whether or not the Twins will make the world series and are finally noticing that girls don’t look the way they did in 5th grade.  This kid might have a screw or two undone.  I’m no psychologist though…

-Murphy