Archive for June 2009

Diplomacy-The Art of Being An International Idiot

June 24, 2009

 

If I sit down with the leader of Iran, I will send him a strong message that Israel is our friend, that we will assist in their security and that we don’t find nuclear weapons acceptable…. That’s not going to be a propaganda coup for the president of Iran.”
Barack Obama-CNN/YouTube debate, July 23, 2007.

Well, Diplomacy always sounds so nice doesn’t it.  After all, unless you live in Texas like I do, going out and opening up a 6 pack of whup-butt on someone sounds so barbaric and juvenille.  It is the more educated and refined way of living when you sit down with your adversary and try and talk it out. 

What our President has been trying to tell us since the campaign is that we need other Countries to like the U.S.  Maybe that is right, but some countries simply will not like us.  No amount of sitting down to say “no, no” is going to work.  Am I suggesting we need to go into every country, guns a-blazin’?  Of course not, but part of being a refined educated man like our President is not being a super giant idiot.

Here is a news flash to the President and to the USS John McCain:

NORTH KOREA HATES US!

Here are some of their propaganda posters, in case you are still not convinced:

“Death to US Imperialists!  Our sworn enemy!

North Korean Propaganda Poster: Bombing US Calital

“When provoking a war of aggression, we will hit back, starting with the US!

North Korean Propaganda Poster: US as dog barking

“Though the dog barks, the procession moves on!”

(and you know what North Korea thinks of dogs.)

So, Mr. President, I know you are really busy trying to socialize every aspect of our lives and place it under governmental control.  But take a moment from your busy schedule of facist activity and learn a lesson on how to deal with bullies from a master:

-Man do I miss him!

-Murphy

Thanks Obama-Now The World Really Loves Us!

June 22, 2009

Remember last year?  I know it was a while ago, but think back—remember what we heard about Bush’s ability to handle foreign relations?

Remember the mantra of the left?  Bush has caused the world to hate us.  Europe doesn’t like us, the Arab world doesn’t like us and the Asian world doesn’t like us. 

Boo hoo!

Why earlier this month, our President was telling Egypt that America needs to repair its relationship with the Muslim world:  “I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition.”   

So, it seems that after 6 months of wonderful speechs and numerous TV appearances and diplomatic promises and discussion, the promise of closing of prisons holding known terrorists, quoting from the Torah and the Koran has led to the following headlines:

North Korea Threatens to Harm US if Attacked

Al Qaeda Says It Will Use Pakistani Nuclear Weapons on US

Iran Revolutionary Guard Say They’ll Crush Protests

Iran Starts AirForce Manuevers in Gulf

Can you feel the love?

appeasement.jpg appeasement pelosi image by reaganista

In trying to learn from our Commander in Chief–I have decided to agree to settle all lawsuits filed against my clients.  I know, there may be some that are overreaching, there may be some that are frivolous, but fighting for what is right is so early 2000’s.  It’s time to appease.   Imagine how better these scenarios would have turned out if we had simply tried to “talk about it” first.

1.  “Coward of the County” by Kenny Rogers  In this song the “coward” finally beats up the Gatlin boys when they attack the love of his life.  But that is no way to go.  He should have sat down with the Gatlin boys and tried to understand their rage–maybe they never got that pony they ask for from Santa, maybe their mother was a drunk–who knows–and that’s the point–we never will because when he was done “not a gatlin boy was standing.”

2.  WWII-Bombing of Japan-Again, obviously our aggressive action was in response to the Surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor–but why go about it like savages?  We could have sat down with the Japanese and simply asked them:  “Hey, why did you feel the need to hurt us so?”  Maybe General Tojo would have sat down and wept at the thought that we actually cared about his needs.

3. War of Northern Aggression-what a bloody mess that was.  Did the North ever think that maybe the South was better off without them and vice versa?  No.  I mean what did the war accomplish anyway–well okay the abolition of slavery–but who knows, maybe if the North had simply sat down with the Southern leaders and said, “Look, we understand you want your own Country with your cute little “X” flag but can we talk about this slavery thingy?”  No one ever tries anything anymore.

4. S.W.A.T.-look at this horrific scene.  Policemen with  their heavy armor and heavy artillery.  Yikes!  How about this approach to a group of bad guys or even one bad guy holding hostages–get some Cheetos–everyone loves them.  Open the bag and show it the ALLEGED bad guy and see if he will sit down and munch on a few.  Then you can open a dialogue with him and find out what is really troubling him.  Isn’t that better than this Rambo-like approach?

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So, in honor of our President’s success in this arena, I’m going to send a bag of Cheetos to all those who don’t like me, who are angered by me, who have cases against my clients–so then, maybe then we can all finally get along.

-Murphy

AHHHHHH….Baseball!

June 17, 2009

Time for a diversion from the giant slide toward socialism…

Instead today I’d like to reflect on baseball for a moment.  First of all, let me be clear, I was not a good baseball player as a kid.  I love it now and love that my son enjoys it so much (he is 7) but I was, well…I stunk!

However, I think baseball is an amazing glue in our society.  It bonds so many people together, it creates bonds between parents and kids, and it is something that nearly everyone can understand.

So…hats off to the Texas Longhorns!

What a come from behind win against Arizona State.  Congrats boys!

I have to say that my love for baseball began really as a child–but not playing it.  I used to go to the Astrodome and watch the Houston Astros play and I can still remember that big board that lit up whenever (which was rare) they hit a homer in that airless dome.

Notice that it is the second inning and already the Astros have committed an error–you gotta love ’em.

Then in college I really became more and more of a sports enthusiast while living with a roommate who was and to some degree still is “all sports, all the time.”  But my real passion for the game came in 1990.  It was that year (my senior year at the University of Texas) that I assisted in coaching the Austin, Westlake Hills Little League Minor League Red Sox.

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I am top left next to Benjamin Schenkkan–you might know him as Ben McKenzie

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But I digress…

(seriously though–watch SouthLAnd–he is awesome)

That experience-coaching those 9-11 year olds was so rewarding.  I had the best time coaching those guys.  I learned what it meant to be a role model to young boys–it was obvious from the first practice that these guys looked up to us and were watching us and were soaking in what it was like to be a 21 year old.  It would not have been appropriate for these young boys to see us acting irresponsibly, immorally or in any way that would taint their view of the world.  It was an awesome responsibility.  And…they were fun to be around. 

Mason Ayer (2nd row-first kid on left) had never played baseball before–but you could tell with each practice that he was loving it.  He became one of our pitchers before mid-season and his father said he was really loving the sport.  These boys were learning their first lessons in teamwork, pulling together as a unit, supporting their friends and teammates, individual responsibility and effort.  What a great time.

I was touched recently when talking to one of the kids’ dads who told me that he remembers that team and recalls how cool it was when one of his sons was pitching and the other catching.  The pitching son got flustered and walked a couple of batters.  The dad recalled how his brother (the catcher) called time on his own, went out to the mound, put his arm around his brother and calmed him down.  What a great moment.

I got my first taste of fatherhood and understood what it really meant to care about other people.  If you need a lesson in caring for others, take care of some kids for a while by coaching, teaching, babysitting, whatever…and you realize how important it is that kids be exposed to positive role models who will not lead them astray.  What a great lesson.

So now, 19 years later, the Westlake Red Sox are lawyers, bankers, construction managers, teachers, broadway stars and tv stars and this year and last I had the opportunity to coach again.  This year, it was the Spring Branch Memorial Sports Association Junior Baseball Angels.

(no picture–they are still kids)

And I must say coaching my own son brings back all of those amazing moments and lessons I saw 19 years ago.  Baseball is an opportunity for men to show boys how to treat people, how to play hard and to give it your all.  It teaches living up to your commitments and understanding the importance of building a team.  It focuses on individual achievement but also shows these boys how one person can make a difference to a group–in either direction. 

At the end of my coaching year in 1990, the parents got together an bought the coaches a framed picture that said the following:

“Small boys learn to be large men in the presence of large men who care about small boys.”

So true that is.  I pray that the truth of that statement penetrates the minds of every man and woman who influences young children.   It is too important to take for granted.

-Murphy

Welcome to the United States of Fascism or Communism–Comfascunism!

June 16, 2009

What is Fascism?  Dictionary.com defines it as:

1.  A governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc…, and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

The site also has this to say about it:

A system of government that flourished in Europe from the 1920s to the end of World War II. Germany under Adolf Hitler, Italy under Mussolini, and Spain under Franco were all fascist states. As a rule, fascist governments are dominated by a dictator, who usually possesses a magnetic personality, wears a showy uniform, and rallies his followers by mass parades; appeals to strident nationalism; and promotes suspicion or hatred of both foreigners and “impure” people within his own nation, such as the Jews in Germany. Although both communism and fascism are forms of totalitarianism, fascism does not demand state ownership of the means of production, nor is fascism committed to the achievement of economic equality. In theory, communism opposes the identification of government with a single charismatic leader (the “cult of personality”), which is the cornerstone of fascism.

Interesting…

And communism?

Obama-Communism.jpg COMMUNISM image by Lenhardt
What is Communism?  Dictionary.com states:
1.  A theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.  2.  A system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.
I know, I’d have to be a right-wing crazy nut job to suggest that our President was acting in any way that might seem to indicate a slight hint of fascism or communism.  I mean, he hasn’t taken over industries or banks.  He doesn’t have a “cult of personality” like following.  He is not attempting to control our economic and even our social activity.  Seriously, I’m being so silly.  I mean, it’s not like he has taken over the media…
 
But wait–apparently there is a new news network.  It’s called “All Barack Communications” or “ABC” for short.  Here is the new logo:
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Maybe you haven’t heard.  According to the Drudgereport today:  “On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!  Highlights on the agenda:  ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House. The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.”
Now, ABC knows that American Broadcasting Company is its long-standing name, but it just seems that “All Barack Communications” is more fitting since they are going to “sell us” on his socialistic health care plan from the actual Blue Room itself.  (Blue is a very calming color after all).  Here were the ideas for the new name that the marketing team chunked:
“All ‘Bout Change”
“A Blossoming Communism”
“Alleviating Bush’s Crap”
“A Big Connundrum”
“About to Be Conned”
“Americans Better Cannonize”  (for my a&m fans–it’s another word for worship)
“Americans Bought Change”
“Another Barack Conversion”
and so on….
All of this talk of Socialism, Communism and Fascism is so darn nutty.  What is really going on here is a move toward Comfascunism.  It takes the best of Communism and Fascism and molds them together in one big steaming governmental heap.  So no worries, just sit back, relax, think about the beach or the lake and like a slow moving flu virus, eventually we will all be infected.
In fact talks are already underway to rename NBC and CBS to the following:
“National Barack Communications”  and “Countrywide Barack System”
-Murphy

The Many Faces of Evil

June 12, 2009

As you all know by now, except for the cave-dwelling fans of this site, James W. von Brunn has been charged in the murder of a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.  Suddenly every know-it-all psychologist and psycho-analyst and political commentator is struggling to answer the age-old question…

“Why?”

For some reason, every time there is a senseless crime of violence that makes the headlines, everyone wants to dig deeper into the cause–no, no, the ROOT cause of the problem.  It is not enough that Mr. Brunn is crazy.  It is not enough that he is disturbed–the world believes that “evil” just doesn’t exist and if it does, it is too easy an explanation for crimes like this.  It’s a cop-out.  So liberals especially, but all of us to some degree, struggle to understand what would cause a human to do an unthinkable thing.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, an associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance and Harold Brackman, a historian and consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote an article for the Washington Times that does not discuss evil, but discusses hate.  In their article they state the following:

“The bloodbath at the U.S. Holocaust Museum is a national wakeup call. Energized by the Internet and inspired by age-old prejudices like hatred of Jews and blacks, a new breed of haters is among us. Whether by organized conspiracy or spontaneous contagion, this breed of haters is sure to spread. We must forge new strategies to meet this deadly challenge. Simon Wiesenthal once said: “I do not judge societies by the number of Nazis but by how many anti-Nazis are prepared to act.”  Now is our time.”

A “new breed of haters?”  They are suggesting we need to “forge new strategies.”  This is a “deadly challenge?”  If that is true, when did the “breed of haters” they are referring to become “new?”  They mention the following:

The Bronx Four” involved prison converts to extremist Islam who were arrested while believing they were planting C4 plastic explosives at a New York City synagogue. Their leader – James Cromitie, aka Abdul Rahman – pointed to people walking on the street near a Jewish community center and reportedly said, if he had a gun, he “would shoot each one in the head.”  Scott Roeder, accused in Kansas of killing late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, boasts in jail that more such assassinations may be in the works.  Abdulhakim Muhammad (formerly, Carlos Bledsoe), accused of murdering one soldier and maiming another at an Arkansas Army recruitment center after returning from a murky pilgrimage to Yemen where he may have become the time bomb reimported into the United States.

The article then goes on to identify the real problem–the author makes the point that these are predominantly “home-grown haters.”  See it is our fault.  In fact it could be argued that it is conservatism that is really to blame.  See this quote from the article:  “One common denominator of today’s violent bigots is the viral medium of the Internet, which supercharged and validated Mr. von Brunn’s hateful vision and also that of white far-right extremist Mr. Roeder.”

Oh, now I get it, the Internet is to blame and of course far-right extremism.  The left LOVES to find crazy guys that think that it is okay to kill abortion doctors and then label them as “right-wing” or “far-right.”  The salivate at the chance.

Yesterday on a local news program I heard an “expert” say that the reason Mr. von Brunn shot these people is in part because we have the first African American President and there is much more tolerance of gay marriage and rights in this Country and because the war in Iraq has feuled the fire of hatred among those who are pre-disposed to such thinking.

(Pause)

(wrapping duct tape around my head to keep it from exploding)  (one more piece….there)

(taking 10 deep breaths and thinking about puppies and flowers)

The reason Mr. von Brunn shot the security guard is becuase he IS EVIL and likely CRAZY!  It is evil at work here.  Wake up leftists, progressives and Statists–EVIL EXISTS.   Human beings can and at times will be evil human beings and crazy human beings.  There is not a “new breed” of haters in the world–there have always been people that hate.  For example, I hate beets, eggplant, “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang, socialism, progressivism, killing of unborn children, temperature over 90 degrees, snakes and a certain Dallas-based airline.   It is okay to hate things.  Hating people is wrong–but so is stealing from them and so is driving drunk and so is attempting to convince us that the government needs to crack down on thought.

I don’t agree with hating people for any reason–especailly race, national origin, color, gender, lifestyle or even being a die-hard Democrat.  But how can we as a society be tricked into believing that hate can be legislated away?  It is madness.

This man is evil–he didn’t kill anyone because Obama is the President (if he did then he is less a hater than he is a nut job).  He didn’t kill the security guard because he hates Jews.  He killed him because he is evil, crazy or both.  And Liberals–Don’t you dare call him a right-wing extremist.  I dare say that lumping him in a catch-all label that includes conservatives is by its very nature “hateful.”

There are many faces of evil–but not every face.  Hatred doesn’t have a face because it is not a state of being, it is a way of thinking–and that, even when repulsive, should not be regulated.  We need to punish evil in our society and accept the fact that when someone does something evil, society, George Bush, Iraq, Big Oil, and Conservatives are not to blame.  The blame for what happened to that security guard rests in the soul of one man–Mr. von Brunn!

In case you don’t get the point, here are some more faces of evil:

Okay so maybe I’m being a little too dramatic, I mean–eggplant isn’t actually evil.

-Murphy

GM Bankrupt, New York Freezing, Obama Blowing our Money-Welcome to Summer!

June 1, 2009

In a not-so-surprising move today, GM filed bankruptcy.  In an even more not-so-surprising event, the Dow is surging ahead and having a great day.  At the time of this post (2:00 p.m. CST) the dow is up 235 points.  But no worries, as you have probably heard the US Government is going to own 60% of the company when it emerges from bankruptcy, after giving it another 500000000 gazillion dollars to assist it in its restructuring.

Once again, the government saves the day.  But wait, if the Dow going up after one of our biggest industries files bankruptcy isn’t weird enough, there’s more…

Much to the shagrin of Al Gore and his ilk, there is a freeze warning for New York today–yes TODAY!  But wait, don’t say no to this post yet, there’s even more…

Obama-michelle plane

Our fiscally conservative President, only weeks after telling us all we need to “have skin in the game” and we need to “tighten our belts” and we all need to participate in giving more, decides to take Michelle out on a date.  Not just any date though, a $24,000+ date.  Yes, instead of catching a show in the Presidental box at the world-famous Kennedy center, he decides to get 3 planes, 2 helicopters, staff, press, limos and all and hike it to New York city for dinner and a Broadway show.  One of the patrons in the restaurant allegedly overheard our President say something like “Let Them Eat Cake!  HA HA HA HA HA.”    Hmmmmm…. 

So let me be the first to welcome you to what will assuredly be a fantastic summer of fun, excitement and hypocrisy.  I mean just look at Michelle…

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She got so exicted for her rich night out that she forgot she was a fashion icon and grabbed a purse that matches Air Force One, but not her dress.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Congrats GM, Dow, NY and of course, BHO for making the first day of our summer months weirder than the last 5 months. 

-Murphy