Friday, February 16, 2007

Open Letter to Sen. Eric Oemig on Impeachment Resolution Proposal

Just a bit of background on this posting, I worked with (now State Senator) Eric Oemig at Microsoft and I enjoyed very much working with him. He was a software developer and I was a software tester on three versions of Outlook.

However, I think that he's forsaken the priorities of Washingtonians by proffering this impotent bill to call for the impeachment of President Bush over intelligence failures that led to the war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This bill would do absolutely nothing except show the rest of America that Washington State has a bunch of rabid liberals running the three-ring circus (House, Senate and Governor) and have nothing better to do than chip in our two cents worth.

This was my comment to my friend Eric/State Senator Oemig on this foolish proposed resolution. To my utter amazement I, Ken Schram, Nancy Pelosi and several Democrats in the legislature actually agree on something for a change. I think that should give him the wake-up call to get the business of Washington done before getting on his soapbox to appease his supporters.

Hi Eric,

I am pretty disappointed that you've seen fit to chime in on national politics before addressing the needs of Washingtonians (and I know you'll say "blah, blah, blah democracy"), but if I'm not mistaken, the Congress did vote on giving the president authorization to use force if he felt it was necessary and it was overwhelmingly passed.

As you know, the Clinton administration also thought Saddam (may he rest in pieces) had WMDs as well as the much heralded (on the Left) United Nations. So, could it be that President Bush was also surprised that we did not find massive stockpiles of WMDs in Iraq (indeed some were found, but not nearly in the quantities that were expected)?

I guess I'm not sure what you expect to see happen from this idiotic stunt (sorry, I call them like I see them - and I still count you among my friends), but I think that we really should be working on things that will benefit Washingtonians and less on trying to punish the federal government/administration for intelligence failures that it could not have foreseen.

Do you really think that a resolution passed out of the Soviet of Washington is going to carry much weight with Congress (even though it's now controlled by Democrats)? Speaker Pelosi has already said that Impeachment will not be considered, so how exactly is this helpful to anyone?


David Carson
Redmond, WA
Former 45th Legislative District constituent

Herr Bundeskanzler, wie schlafen Sie nachts?

On today's Opinion Journal page (link here) is a story that just makes me furious that I ever visited the Republik of Austria and spent even a single, solitary Schilling in the shops of Vienna or Salzburg. As wonderful as those cities (rich in history, music and the arts) are, I question my love for the close cousin of Germany because of the actions of their former Chancellor, Wolfgang Schüssel.

The so-called right-leaning former-Chancellor of Austria made a fatal blunder. Not one that he paid for, but for which American soldiers and Marines have paid the ultimate price. How does a conservative (by European standards) decide that selling 800 sniper rifles to Iran is in any way a positive thing? What the hell does he think they're going to do with them, use them to shoot crows at landfills?

The sale of Steyr-Mannlicher sniper rifles in 2004 was vigorously opposed by the Bush Administration (rightfully so) and was obviously after we were fully engaged in warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq (both Iran's neighbors). Good grief, what was this moron thinking (apparently that because Austria wasn't sending any troops to Iraq, what could ever be the problem?)?

Damn it, damn it, damn it! Good Americans have paid the price in blood for Schüssel's idiocy, gluttony and malfeasance! What do you want to bet that somehow S-M has made sure that Schüssel has been remunerated for his counter-intuitive position on the sale? This goes way beyond interest in seeing your country's commercial interests succeed. This goes to the issue of arming an enemy not just of your – supposedly close – ally, but of all civilized nations.

Wie schlafen Sie nachts oder schauen sich im Spiegel, Herr Bundeskanzler?

(Translation: "How do you sleep at night or look yourself in the mirror, Mr. Federal Chancellor?")

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Afghan Rambo

I got a forwarded email from a good friend (thanks Charlie Browne - yep, that's his name alright) and I wanted to share it with everyone, so I contacted the originator (who would like to remain anonymous for now) to ask permission to share this great story about the spirit of one Afghan man who's been dubbed by our troops as "Rambo" because of the way he approaches life and his country's survival as a free democracy. You'll understand what I mean more when you read CJH's account of an incident recently in Afghanistan:
Hi everyone.

I'm still alive but freezing my tail off. We got 8 inches of snow last week and it reached 5 degrees below zero that night. That's not why I'm e-mailing though.

You may have heard about a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul last Thursday. It was at one of our FOBs (Forward Observation Bases) about 27 miles from here.

But the real story is why no one was killed.

We employ several thousand Afghans on our various bases. Not to mention the economy that is fed by the money these locals are making.

Some are laborers and builders, but some are skilled workers. We even have one Afghan that just became OSHA qualified, the first ever. Some are skilled HVAC workers.

Anyway, there is this one Afghan that we call Rambo. We have actually given him a couple of sets of the new ACU uniforms (the new Army digital camouflage) with the name tag RAMBO on it.

His entire family was killed by the Taliban and his home was where our base currently resides. So this guy really had nowhere else to go.

He has reached such a level of trust with US Forces that his job is to stand at the front gate and basically be the first security screening.

Since he can't have a weapon, he found a big red pipe. So he stands there at the front gate in his US Army ACU uniform with his red pipe.

If a vehicle approaches the gate too fast or fails to stop he slams his pipe down on their hood.

Then once the gate is lifted the vehicle moves on the 2nd gate where the US Army MPs are. So he's like the first line of defense.

Last Thursday at 0930 hrs a Toyota Corolla packed with explosives and some Jack Ass that thinks he has 72 Virgins waiting for him approached the gate.

When he saw Rambo he must have recognized him and known the gig was up.

But he needed to get to that 2nd gate to detonate and take American lives. So he slams his foot on the gas which almost causes the metal gate to go up but mostly catches on the now broken windshield.

Rambo fearlessly ran to the vehicle, reached thru the window and jerked the suicide bomber out of the vehicle before he could detonate and commenced to putting some red pipe to his heathen ass. He detained the guy until the MP got there.

The vehicle only exploded when they tried to push it off base with a robot but know one was hurt.

I'm still waiting for someone to give this guy a medal or something. Nothing less than instant US citizenship or something.

A hat was passed around and a lot of money was given to him in thanks by both soldiers and civilians that are working over here.

I guess I just wanted to share this because I want people to know that it's working over here.

They have tasted freedom. This makes it worth it to me.

(Name and Rank withheld for security reasons), US ARMY
Operations Officer
(location withheld), Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Our Dumb Troops in Iraq…

If this isn’t the best response to an unrepentant ass’ comments, I don’t know what is.

Hat Tip to Sandy, Carla, Karen and 620 WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Get Those Size 13s Out of Your Mouth

Relevant links on the Kerry "Truth" about our Troops:

Mr. Kerry,

You are an arrogant SOB who has a disdain for the United States Military (by your actions after you came back from Vietnam and again now). Your comments about education level are a) not true and
b) could not be construed to be any sort of "joke" aimed at President Bush. You didn't even mention the president or the Iraq policy in that section of your comments...

I know that our military (and the American public) are both smart enough to discern your real meaning which is why I am not worried about losing the House or Senate. Democrats will hamstring our military and create another Vietnam. Americans will not do that a week from today.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Rep. Rodney Tom

Press release just issued by the King County Republican Party in response to a complaint filed yesterday in Olympia.

Bellevue – King County Republican Party Chairman Michael Young released the
following statement today:

Yesterday a complaint was filed with the Legislative Ethics Board in
Olympia alleging that Rep. Rodney Tom requested and accepted per diem
compensation on days when he was not in Olympia and missed a total of 94 votes,
one of the worst attendance records in the Legislature. Rep. Tom’s terrible
voting record is bad enough, but intentionally skipping days of work while
taking additional compensation, which is intended to be a reimbursement for
meals and lodging expenses while working, constitutes a serious breach of the
public trust and should be thoroughly investigated.

I love it, taking per diem when you aren't at work... Oh, but the press will probably spin it like this: Oh, he was a Republican then (even though he was voting like a Democrat), so it's clearly the Republican Party's fault for not policing him.


Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Muslim Mows over Pedestrians in San Fran

So, I love the headline: Hit-and-run driver unstable, family says

Nothing like the one I would write if I was the editor: "Islamic Crazy runs down 14 Pedestrian"

The first paragraph says absolutely NOTHING about this guy being a Muslim and it just drives me to the brink when this is totally ignored by the press...

SAN FRANCISCO - The driver in a bloody hit-and-run spree that killed one man and injured more than a dozen people was mentally unstable and feeling stress from a recent arranged marriage, according to relatives.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Debbie Does Derby Days!

I went to the Redmond Derby Days parade this Saturday and I was struck by the difference between two campaigns in the 48th District legislative race. The candidates were Bret Olson who’s running and his likely opponent in the General Election, Deb Eddy for the open seat left by Rodney Tom’s defection to the Democrat party.

Bret’s adult volunteers handed out balloons and his younger supporters gave out candy to their peers and Bret and his wife rode and waved to parade-goers.

From all I could tell, Ms. Eddy’s folks just carried signs and just chanted slogans to get noticed. In fact, I didn’t even see the candidate herself walking the parade route or riding in the parade vehicle. Maybe she had somewhere else to be, but spending an hour on meeting your potential constituents doesn’t seem to be too much to ask.

Then I noticed a weird and disgusting message that the Eddy campaign seems compelled to communicate. If you look closely (or click to enlarge), you’ll see there’s a sign prominently placed on her parade car.
It says:
Debbie Does

She gets things done.

This slogan is a play on a movie from 1978 called “Debbie Does Dallas” which by some accounts is the best-selling pornographic movie of all time. This doesn’t seem to be a particularly responsible or compelling slogan for a state legislative campaign considering its origin. I don't have any problems with adults who choose to consume adult material in the comfort of their own home, but to co-opt a movie title of this sort doesn't seem to me to be particularly family-friendly. It does however seem to fit perfectly in line with the Democrat Party's moral compass.