Wednesday, January 31, 2007

U.S. military is not worthy of the nation that it protects.

I took the above headline from Powerlineblog.

The Washington Post publishes an online column by William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security called Early Warning.

He posted a column titled The Troops Also Need to Support the American People

A Quote
These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President's handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.

Another Quote
But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.

The notion of dirty work is that, like laundry, it is something that has to be done but no one else wants to do it. But Iraq is not dirty work: it is not some necessary endeavor; the people just don't believe that anymore.

and finally
America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform. I don't believe America needs a draft though I imagine we'd be having a different discussion if we had one.

Hugh Hewitt, Black Five, Op-For, and PowerlineBlog have all commented on this better than I could, so I'll just say that the sentence in the final quote above says it all.
America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform...

If we have to think about what we really owe those in uniform, then we are in a lot more trouble than I thought. What a shame.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Perk has a blog!

A friend of mine, fellow Living Hope Community Church member and talented author has a blog. I've been meaning to talk to him about this, because his writing talent and quick wit should make for some entertaining posts. His first post poses some interesting questions, resulting in some interesting comments, one by yours truly.

Wow, that paragraph has a lot of links, several leading to the same place.

Monday, January 29, 2007

No response from Gordon Smith

Still no response to my email or my messages on his Washington office or Oregon office voice mails.

I find it interesting how I always seem to get a response (though often automated) when I'm encouraging him on something he generaly agrees with. This time, he wants to be reelected and he's got his wet finger in the air, and he does not want to hear from the people who put him where he is, because he senses that we are in the minority. I believe that this is a severe miscalculation. There is no way he will ever pull enough Democratic votes in this state to outweigh the conservative votes that he is turning his back on.

Update - 30,316 people have signed The Pledge thus far. Will you?

It's now day 5 and 30,316 people have now signed The Pledge.
752 signatures of Oregonians.

Senator Gordon Smith, are you listening yet?

Friday, January 26, 2007

18427 pledge signatures in less than 2 days

Over 18427 people have signed The Pledge to not support the National Republican Senatorial Committee or any Republican Senator who votes for any resolution against the President's new plan in Iraq.

Senator Gordon Smith 488 signatures are from Oregonians

This is pretty amazing considering that the pledge has only been up for 2 days.

Go sign it, please.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Letter to Senator Smith

I have gone here to sign a pledge that states
"If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution."

I have also sent him this email-
Dear Senator Smith

I have always supported you and voted for you, but sadly it appears that is about to come to an end.

If you continue to support the WARNER RESOLUTION (or any other similar resolution) I will not only vote FOR any challenger of yours in your next primary election, I will also donate as much money as I can afford up to the legal limit. I will also vote for your opposition in the general election if you manage to secure the party nomination.

In addition, I will no longer support the NRSC if it chooses to give you money.

Approximately 12,000 people in 24 hours have sighned a pledge saying as much at .

Republicans did not lose the '06 elections because of their support of the war, they lost because the republican base got tired of voting for people who have abandoned their party's principles. Judicial nominees, government spending, Social Security reform, illegal immigration..... You failed to lead, and you lost your majority. You are not going to get it back by moving further and further away from the base's core beliefs.

Gary Carpenter

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Really - Shame, shame on you Senator Smith

From the Register Guard:
PORTLAND - U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., said Tuesday that he'll co-sponsor a resolution offered by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., opposing President Bush's plan to send 21,500 more U.S. soldiers into Iraq.

Smith, an early and hawkish supporter of the Iraq war, said ``this war has devolved far beyond what we authorized,'' placing U.S. troops in the middle of a sectarian war
between Shiites and Sunnis.

``I do believe the American people recognize that the strategy employed over the last three years has changed in a way that they find unacceptable ... because it is not succeeding,'' Smith said.
Senator, regardless of how you feel about how the war has gone thus far, why we're here, or even how we got there, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! The President recognizes that it has not gone well, and is trying a different approach. You voted to confirm one of the architects of this new plan, General Petraeus this week after his testimony. Why now give his plan a no-confidence vote instead of waiting to see if some progress can be made. If you really feel that strongly about the plan, then why did you confirm the General?

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Kptv reports-
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is expected to ask state legislators for a record increase in the state’s cigarette tax to fund his Healthy Kids Plan on Monday.

The plan, part of Kulongoski’s re-election campaign, is aimed at making sure every child in Oregon has access to health care.

The proposal would boost the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 85 cents, pushing it just over the $2.00 mark.

Light 'em up!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Shame on you Senator Smith

Yesterday the Boston Globe ran an article titled Cracks appear in party support in wich they quote our Senator as saying "This is the president's Hail Mary pass," Smith said after the speech. "We are extending an ineffective tactic to further the status quo."

I realize that he has an election coming up, and he is likely to face a fairly tough opponent in someone like Bill Bradberry, but he has to survive a primary first.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Blogging Again

I'm back. I'm horribly inconsistent about blogging, so a break may not have even been noticeable.

For the new year, I think that I will try to post at least once a week, but hopefully a lot more. There are so many good bloggers that post every day, many post several times a day, I don't know how they find the time. I'm not around a computer from the time I leave the house in the morning until I get home - usually late in the evening. I listen to talk radio most of the day, and I here so many things that I would love to post my thoughts about, but by the time I get home, I don't have the time to research the topics and then blog about them.

Hopefully, I will figure out a system or process for distilling what I've heard through the day into a relevant posting in the evening.