My Father Served in World War II

August 6, 2010

“You know, when I go down to south Texas and find out that veterans are having to drive two, three hours just to get into a V.A. facility because there’s no V.A. hospital down along the border areas, when you go down to Puerto Rico and find out that veterans there are not getting the same services as veterans in the 50 states, then you know we’re betraying what I think is a solemn pact that we make with our veterans. My father served in World War II. And when he came home, he got the services that he needed. And that includes, by the way, post-traumatic stress disorder. So many young people are coming back with mental health issues and because we don’t deal with them as effectively and as swiftly as we should, that’s why we’ve got homeless populations among veterans that are astronomically higher than the regular population and that’s something that we cannot accept and I’m going to need your help to make sure that we fight to make sure every veteran gets the services that they need.”

Candidate Obama
June 28, 2008

When I first saw the video I was suspicious that someone had doctored the voice track and put these words in Obama’s mouth.

One of the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the Civil War, the president's brother, Osama Obama, served at Gettysburg under Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

Barack Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was born in Kenya in 1936. He turned 9 a few months before the Japanese surrendered. Obama’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo was born in Indonesia in 1935; he was 10 when the war ended. It appeared that, like so much anti-Obama propaganda, it was a fake. So, I did a little research and found the CNN transcript of Obama’s statement. It’s real and it is an outrage that Obama should be allowed to get away with shit like this. Dan Quayle misspells “potatoe” and the press goes wild. Obama perpetrates a bald-faced lie and nobody says anything. Note also that he speaks about “post-traumatic stress disorder” which was not even a diagnosis until sometime in the 70’s. The closest analog to PTSD in WWII was “shell shock.” The VA began treating PTSD sometime during, or just after, the Viet Nam war.

Our press was quick to jump on the verbal gaffes of George Bush and the pratfalls of Gerald Ford. Yet they let this fabrication stand without question.

If you’re skeptical, you can read the transcript at CNN.


Free Basketball Tickets

August 2, 2010

As you probably know, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill authorizing police in Arizona to verify the immigration status of persons who are detained for misdemeanors, felonies, or just simple suspicion on the part of the officer that the person is in the country illegally. This law is Arizona’s rejoinder to a federal government that, Brewer claims, is not doing its job. Illegal immigrants, according to the Arizona’s legislature and governor, are costing the state hundreds of millions in welfare, medical, education, and incarceration expenses.

Enforcement of Arizona’s law has been restrained temporarily by a federal judge. It probably will be months, if not years, before this issue is ‘resolved’ in the courts. I put ‘resolved’ in quotes because the courts likely will rule on political considerations rather than strict construction of the Constitution. As I noted several days ago (The Feds Won’t Enforce Their Laws and Neither Can You), the Constitution makes it clear that Arizona does have the power to make and enforce immigration laws if it so chooses, particularly when the federal government abrogates its responsibilities.

Meanwhile, a rather interesting analogy is circulating on the web and in e-mails. I cannot verify whether Brewer or Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, actually said what is attributed to them below, but it really doesn’t matter. The analogy, whether composed by Brewer or some anonymous blogger, is valid:

The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, opposes AZ’s new immigration laws. Arizona’s Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following statement in response to Sarver’s criticism of the new law:

“What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying?

What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn’t be ejected.

Furthermore, what if Suns’ ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink?

And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?”

quotation attributed to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer