An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 23 July 2010
You may have seen this, but it bears repeating.
The problem with public housing is that the residents are not the owners.
The people that live in the house did not earn the house, but were loaned the property from the true owners, the taxpayers. Because of this, the residents do not have the “pride of ownership” that comes with the hard work necessary. In fact, the opposite happens and the residents resent their benefactors because the very house is a constant reminder that they themselves did not earn the right to live in the house. They do not appreciate the value of the property and see no need to maintain or respect it in any way.
The result is the same whether you are talking about a studio apartment or a magnificent mansion full of priceless antiques. If the people who live there do not feel they earned the privilege, they will make this known through their actions. The picture below illustrates the point!!
The Resolute Desk was built from the timbers of the HMS Resolute and was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes. It is considered a national treasure and icon of the presidency.
Mr. Obama, with all due respect…….
Get your feet off my desk!
Shared by Jerry.
Yesterday, even though I was basically brain dead….well, more so than normal, I went to a meet & greet with one of the candidates for Hardin County Sheriff. I had been leaning towards this guy, but wanted to hear a bit more from him before making up my mind.
One of the reasons we picked this area was because of the low crime rate. In the 3 1/2 years since we moved here, the crime rate has increased. No, we had nothing to do with that increase! As with many rural areas, the number of meth labs are growing. Drugs are a HUGE problem nationwide, but the production of such a destructive drug in small towns is growing by leaps and bounds. I would question why anyone would want to live in a drug, or alcohol, induced state.
So, after a few questions, mostly asked by me, I decided he’d get my vote. Not that I carry much sway in the neighborhood, but I do find Jim Davis to be qualified, and standing on principles. If elected, I sure hope he’ll put his words into deeds. One major point in his favor…..he’s not a smooth talkin’ politician. I rather like that in officials elected to SERVE!
New START, New Slogan … Trust But Don’t Verify
In 1987, at the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), President Ronald Reagan summarized his approach to arms-control by citing an old Russian proverb: “doveryai, no proveryai.” Translation: trust, but verify. When Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev noted, “You say that at every meeting,” Reagan shot back, “I like it.”
Like everything else the Obama administration does, their approach to arms control is the exact opposite of President Reagan. As the following exchange from this Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee New START hearing shows, the Obama administration approach to arms control might as well be, “trust, but don’t bother to verify.” Here is the crucial exchange between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and U.S. Strategic Command Commander, Air Force General Kevin Chilton:
Sen. McCain: General Chilton, do you agree with the unclassified statement in the State Department Verification Assessment that ‘any cheating by the Russians would have little, if any, effect?’
General Chilton: Senator McCain, I do agree with that…
Sen. McCain: Well, what this brings to the casual observer’s mind, General, is if it doesn’t have any consequences if they do any cheating, what’s the point in having a treaty?
Only in the bizarro world of the Obama administration is this country made any safer by signing treaty that the counter party has no intention of following. And that is just the beginning of New START’s many fatal flaws.