So, I went looking for information about how many bombs were lobbed by the U.S. during the Iraq invasion at the direction of George W. Bush. What popped up was information about current bombing in “support” of the Iraqi government’s effort to subdue the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Of course, the other day I discovered that car bombs exploding in Iraq are a current constant. Some skills, once learned, apparently die hard.
The essence of crime is coercion. Why? Because it violates free will.
Well, in the southland concern is suspect, if only because its formal version, Concerned Citizens Councils, bode well for no-one. The people who formed them up were enmeshed in a web of fear and shame since their exclusive behavior had doubtless earned them some emnity.
For no particular reason. The hurricane, Dorian, did nothing, but public officials, keen to qualify for extra dollars declared an emergency prematurely and thousands of peoole lost almost a week of pay. And we are supposed to feel fortunate that garbage is not being picked up for a week?
So, I do have reason.
It is strange that people who are fixated on social status do not seem to understand rank. That all agents of government are subordinate to the Constitution and implementing laws seems not to register. It is as if they are attracted to the glitter, not the gold. Mistaking the symbol for the fact and the act.
Letter: Distinctions are devious
It was with bitter irony that I pondered a recent promotional notice about an upcoming Republican event entitled, “Free Trade vs. Socialism.” Evidently the proponents were attempting to exploit their overused claim of being stalwart defenders of the former and reliable opponents of the latter.
But it doesn’t take much thinking to see through the propaganda. Considering the party’s support of Trump’s market-disrupting tariffs, there could hardly be more obvious violation of free-trade principles.
Unfortunately, the duplicity doesn’t stop there. As many well-informed policy observers have long noted, the U.S. government subsidizes corporate and business development activities to an extent that provides ample, irrefutable evidence of a kind of socialism – commonly known as corporate welfare.
Such subsidies include, at a minimum, an estimated $50 billion annually in support of the fossil-fuel industry. Similar government bail-outs are squandered in promoting a wide range of business ventures, often without any assurance of outcomes. Billions in tax-breaks, regulatory exemptions, grants, and loans have been offered to business despite failure to achieve promised results, such as decent-paying jobs and improved communities.
In defiance of an abundance of facts, the terminology used to promote certain political interests is being willfully manipulated, employing calculated efforts to mislead and misinform the unwary electorate.
Since the ill-considered imposition of tariffs is a fundamental disruption of “free trade,” and spending more taxpayer money on corporate bailouts than on education and food-stamps is undeniably “socialist,” there is a conspicuous lack of justification for making these shamefully bogus, falsely sanctimonious distinctions.
I want to take notice of the fact that my little $40 a month cell phone is providing me with better internet connection throughout the house than the $107 a month phone line and Wifi system at the house. Granted, some people report that the cellular connection in some parts of the county is unreliable. But, here, northwest of the airport it is great.
Also noteworthy is that another cell tower is being planned on EDA property just to the east of us. Perhaps there will be room to have generators so the towers will not be inoperative when the power goes out. Or perhaps they will connect with the solar installation just across the way.
One interesting thing about the lease contract for the cell tower is that an option agreement contains all the details for a project that might last 35 years.