Political Poker

 

MONDAY 3-31-08…I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly enjoying the spectacle being presented by this current race for the presidential nomination. I think my liberal friend, Jack Jamison, writing in the Paradise Post had the best description of the Democrat Follies. (Yes, I do have a liberal friend, which proves liberals and conservatives can get along if they try.)

Writing in last Saturday’s Post, Jamison wrote “In the political poker game, the Democrats were dealt a hand of three aces, a queen, and a jack, but the Republicans only had a pair of deuces. What did the Democrats do? They discarded the three aces -Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and Bill Richardson-any one of which could have cakewalked into the Oval Office. Now the queen and the jack are drawing (the remaining primaries) in the hope of gaining a match and winning the pot. In this high-stakes poker game, bluffing has given way to frowning and civility to petty nastiness. And we’ll all be the poorer for it.”

Absolutely right on the money, Jack. But the best may be yet to come. I just love watching a brokered convention where nobody wins on the first ballot. That’s when the game really gets nasty. But this time, somebody may get it on the first ballot, thanks to the so-called super delegates. They’re allowed to vote for whomever they feel is the best qualified and to hell with how the voters voted in the primaries.

If that should happen, it would prove once and for all that the Democrat party isn’t “democratic” at all. It would also prove that in politics –as it is in poker–discarding three aces while holding a jack and a queen is a stupid, stupid, stupid move. Let the game continue. It’s great comic relief during this depressing era of high gas and food prices, and inflation knocking on the door.

Adopt a Military Dog

Military Working Dog Foundation photos
Military Working Dog Bruno in Germany

FRIDAY 3-28-08…I spent my final years in the Navy training narcotic detector dogs, and the following ten years training police service dogs, and search and rescue dogs. So often, while demonstrating the value of such dogs, I’ve heard members of the public say “gee…I sure wish I had one of those.”

Well, now you can! Debbie Kandoll is the wife of an Air Force officer currently on active duty, and she wants to get the word out to other military families, retirees, and civilians, that retired military dogs are available for adoption at military working dog facilities across the country. Her story appears In the current edition of Navy Times.

She adopted Benny, a 10 year old German Shepherd who had been declared “excess” by the military and scheduled to be euthanized, according to his military medical records. Today, Benny is a spry German Shepherd, and anything but excess to Debbie, who found him during a determined search to adopt a retired military working dog.

She says she thought at first that she could adopt retired dogs only through the Defense Military Working Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, but people should check with regional facilities to see what’s available. As for Benny, he’s thriving and he now gets to sleep on comfy pillows instead of concrete. Although he’s no longer on military patrols or sniffing for drugs, he’s anything but retired.

He visits hospitals, including the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Durham, North Carolina as a certified therapy dog.

Under a law passed in 2000, dogs declared “excess” by the Defense Department can be adopted by law enforcement agencies, prior military handlers, and the general public. Ron Aiello, founder of the U.S. War dogs Association and former military dog handler in Vietnam says “I’d like to see more veterans adopt military working dogs.”

If you’d like more information, you can check Debbie’s Web site which is www.militaryworkingdogs.com

Chico fringe group demands Walmart be stifled

THURSDAY 3-27-08…So, Wal Mart has decided to scale back its expansion plan for North Chico. The group that’s been opposing it feels it has won half the battle. Now the battle cry of the group, (Chico Advocates for a Responsible Economy) is “one down, one to go.” By that, it means the group will turn its attention to the expansion plans of the South Chico store.

Wal Mart wants to increase the size of the south Chico store, turning it into a Supercenter. But a spokesman for the anti-Wal Mart group, Mitch Cox, says even though a second Wal Mart is now out of the question, he doesn’t want the current store to be expanded. He says the impact the expansion will have on traffic, the environment, and business is not one he wants for the community.

My question is, who made Mitch Cox the mayor, governor, and king of Chico? Why isn’t he running for a seat on the city council?

Wal Mart points out that the expansion will have a positive impact on the local economy in the form of job creation, retail sales, and taxes paid into the city’s fast-dwindling coffers. But that doesn’t matter to folks like Mitch Cox. It’s not what he wants for Chico.

While his group is trying to take credit for sinking the North Chico Supercenter, it was last summer when Wal Mart officials, taking note of the sagging economy, decided to scale back plans for new stores, and concentrate on upgrading its current locations.

So now, the plans to expand at the current location on Forest Avenue falls into the hands of the Planning Commission, not known for being very pro-business. The first hearing on the proposed expansion is set for April 3rd. I expect the audience to be inundated with environmental activists, pro-union thugs, and other wannabe mayors, governors and kings of Chico.

Residents who like shopping at Wal Mart because it saves them money, probably won’t even be able to find a seat.

Global Warming Down Under Going Down

WEDNESDAY 3-26-08…In this “land of the free”….we’re constantly being bombarded with stories about global warming, CO2 emissions, carbon footprints, cap n’ trade systems and the like. But we seldom, if ever, see the stories in print or on the news from scientists who call the whole thing “nothing but hogwash.” I wonder why that is. Other countries don’t’ seem to have a problem with printing the “other side of the story.”

A front page story in the Australian, a major newspaper in that country states, quote ” Last Monday – on ABC Radio National, of all places – there was a tipping point in the debate on climate change. It was a remarkable interview involving the co-host of Counterpoint, Michael Duffy and Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank, the Institute of Public affairs. Anyone in public life who takes a position on the greenhouse gas hypothesis will ignore it at their peril. Duffy asked Marohasy “Is the Earth still warming?” She replied “No, actually, there has been cooling.” Unquote. That was just the first paragraph.

She went on to say “Its not something that’s being discussed, but it should be because it’s very significant.” The interviewer, Duffy, said “It’s not only that it’s not discussed. We never hear it, do we? Whenever there’s any sort of weather event that can be linked into the global warming orthodoxy, it’s put on the front page. But a fact like that, which is that global warming stopped a decade ago, is virtually never reported, which is extraordinary.”

Marohasy went on to explain NASA’s Aqua satellite and how the information it’s returning is causing the meteorological community to come to terms with such a wealth of information showing computers models have been wrong all along as pertains to global warming.

The news article states “If Marohasy is anywhere near right about the impending collapse of the global warming paradigm, life will suddenly become a whole lot more interesting. A great many founts of authority, most heads of government along with countless captains of industry, learned professors, and journalists will be profoundly embarrassed.”

So why all the hype on the global warming bandwagon? Its tempting to the layman to embrace with enthusiasm the latest bleak scenario because it fits the darkness of our soul, the prevailing cultural pessimism.

Bottled water is killing the planet

 

TUESDAY 3-25-08…There’s another war being fought….and it’s the war over bottled water. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is urging restaurants to stop offering customers the choice between bottled and local tap water. San Francisco has already banned the city from purchasing bottled water. One of the left-wingers on the Chico City Council wants this city to ban it, too.

Seattle’s mayor signed an executive order to stop his city from buying any. The reason for all this alarmist talk about bottled water is supposedly because of the energy it takes to manufacture the bottles. Now we’re being told that it’s not any different from tap water….and that people are simply wasting their money when they buy bottled water.

Is this war on bottled water really because of the energy it takes to manufacture the bottles? If an individual gives up drinking bottled water, can that person claim to have “saved the planet”. Can a city like Chico, San Francisco, Seattle, claim to have lightened the carbon footprint by banning bottled water? Truth is, it’s not gonna’ make one iota of difference to our planetary eco system. All it will accomplish is to make some people “feel good.”

It takes just as much energy to manufacture shampoo bottles, milk cartons, and detergent bottles, not to mention egg cartons, CD’s, and breast implants. If you wanna’ feel real good about yourself, give those up and believe you’ve saved the earth. Just don’t tell the residents of that Colorado town bottled water is the scourge of the earth.

News reports say it’ll be three more weeks before residents can drink water straight from the tap after dozens of cases of salmonella poisoning were linked to municipal water. The city and county have declared emergencies as officials scramble to provide bottled water. I wonder how many eco-freaks are gonna turn down the free bottled water just so they can feel good and virtuous, thinking they’re doing their part in saving the planet.

Bill Richardson cuts a deal?

Bill Richardson

MONDAY 3-24-08…. The presidential race on the Democrat side is getting more fun to watch by the day. The Clintons have been cozying up to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in the hopes that he would publicly endorse Hillary’s campaign. Richardson, of course, a staunch ally of the Clintons, served as Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration; he also served as U. N. Ambassador.

He was a presidential candidate himself for awhile until he discovered he couldn’t get enough democrats to vote for him, so he dropped out of the race. The Clintons thought for sure Richardson would be a slam dunk to endorse Hillary…..but all along, all the Clintons ever got from Richardson was a promise that he would not endorse her opponent.

Still, the Clintons continued to schmooze Richardson. Bill Clinton flew to New Mexico to spend Super Bowl Sunday with him sharing a few brews and guacamole while they watched the game. They’d been close friends from the beginning. Richardson undoubtedly loved being courted by both sides. Was he waiting for the best deal? Quite possibly!

He’d already served in the Clinton cabinet, and at the U. N. What “prize” could top that? Vice President? No one wants to be Vice President in a Hillary White House because Bill will be living there, too in a co-president capacity if she wins. Any Vice President would be shuttled off to a basement office and never be heard from again.

But with Obama as president, well now…..that’s a whole different ballgame with the Vice Presidential slot wide open. Would Barack Obama dangle that carrot? Would that be enough to cause Richardson to betray his friends, the Clintons? Something did! James Carville, a friend of the Clintons, and a Hillary adviser is quoted saying “It was an act of betrayal. Richardson’s endorsement of Obama came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for thirty pieces of silver.”

We’ll have to wait and see if it was 30 pieces of silver…or the Vice Presidential nod.

Dems of the far left, bereft of Obama, Hillary

FRIDAY 3-21-08……The far-left-liberal-activist-extremists of the Democrat party gathered at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington DC this week. Both Democrat candidates for president gave the gathering a wide-berth….although Hillary Clinton did appear last year. This year, neither candidate felt it would be in their best interest to show up and rub elbows with the party’s extreme-far-left.

Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, responding to a question from an attendee said that he’s wrestling with the idea of beginning impeachment proceedings against President Bush and vice President Dick Cheney, but he believes such an effort right now would hamper Senator Barack Obama’s chance of winning the presidency. Conyers, however, guaranteed his liberal audience that he will pursue legal action against Bush after the November elections

Then there were the “global warming alarmists” getting a chance to have their say. John Podesta, former chief of staff to former president Bill Clinton called global warming a “severe national security problem” more dangerous than terrorism.” Yet….on National Public Radio, a commentary by Richard Harris, said…..and I quote…..”Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren’t quite understanding what their robots are telling ‘em.” Unquote.

Hello! The robots are telling ‘em…..the oceans aren’t heating up, and haven’t been for the past four or five years.

So, while the left-winger-activist are still focused on impeaching Bush and Cheney, they also continue to be focused on convincing everyone that global warming is happening and we’re all gonna’ die.

Spring is here…..Summer comes next. I’m sure that very first hot day, global warming alarmists will point to the thermometer and say “see….see…we told ya. It means global warming is here.”

No, dingbat! It means Summer is here.