Iraqi Benchmarks and What They Mean To America

It is no secret that the Bush administration is in deep trouble over the war in Iraq. Now, the administration is downplaying the benchmarks set for the Iraqi government, set in place to show progress of the war. Be careful of what you wish for. Now, the whole benchmark theory is coming back to haunt the White House, and the miserable failure who would be king.

In a recent newsletter, I was directed to Copywriter’s Library. As a freelance writer, I of course clicked over to see what was up. I was given the treat of being able to read at no cost the classic The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. Written in 1910, it is as significant today as it was then. I quote from Mr. Wattles classic book:

“It is wrong to apply your will to other men and women in order to get them to do what you wish done.

It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, compelling them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things from people by physical force is robbery, them taking things by mental force is robbery also. There is no difference in principle.

You have no right to use your will power upon another person, even “for his own good,” for you do not know what is for his good. The science of getting rich does not require you to apply power or force to any other person, in any way whatsoever. There is not the slightest necessity for doing so. Indeed, any attempt to use your will upon others will only tend to defeat your purpose.

You do not need to apply your will to things in order to compel them to come to you. That would simply be trying to coerce God and would be foolish and useless.

You do not have to try to compel God to give you good things, any more than you have to use your will power to make the sun rise.

You do not have to use your will power to conquer an unfriendly Deity, or to make stubborn and rebellious forces do your bidding. Substance is friendly to you, and is more anxious to give you what you want than you are to get it.”

Asserting the American ideals on a country that could care less is not my idea of a fine time. As a Viet vet, I had the same bitch in the way that war was handled. It was for a lot of the same reasons this huge Iraq debacle is where it is at – asserting the American will on another country, thus enslaving them.

Rumors abounded during the Viet Nam war that it was being fought for control of the Golden Triangle. Truth of that and the involvement of Air America will probably never be brought to light, but for many Viet vets, the rumors have great significance.

We see the same thing in Iraq. Why the hell don’t we just come out and say we want control over the oil fields and be done with it? The Everyday Citizen really wants to know…

Peace,

Charlie~

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Are The Rats Deserting The Sinking Ship?

In an AP release about 5 minutes ago, George Dubya Bush has asserted executive privilege to stop Congress from receiving testimony from ex White House aides Harriet E. Miers and Sara M. Taylor.  He of course offered to allow them to speak in off the record, private hearings.  Gee.  What is old Dubya afraid of?  Is he concerned about his good buddy Alberto Gonzales being once again hammered?  It appears so.  I am thinking that if I were Bush, I would be a bit concerned about the legacy he is leaving…

Republican leaders are running away from the Iraq debacle as quickly as possible.  We now have  key Republican leaders turning their backs on Bush because of the war that continues to do nothing more than produce dead American military personnel.   I have recently read that Iraqi leaders are attempting emotional blackmail on the US because if we withdraw, Iraq will end up in chaos, political upheaval, and a destruction of the country as they now know it.  Too bad, so sad.  Since when has that been our problem?  Iraq now has its own military guard in the form of American soldiers to do its mopping up for them.  Why would they attempt to make needed reform when it is obvious that we are taking care of business for them?

I am intrigued to see how this will all play out.  In the final analysis, I believe it will end badly, not only for the American service men and women, but for America as well.  We do not need to poke our noses into the workings of another country.  If other countries openly attack us, then we of course have no recourse but to fight back.  But it is not up to us to try to “fix” all the political ills in this world.  The billions of dollars spent on the Bush war machine can best be put to use in our own back yards.

We all know that political parties protect their own.  It is not only a way of life, but practical in the end.  But to have this kind of nonsense going on and no one taking the time or resources to put an end to it, I have to say I have lost a great deal of confidence in the American form of government.  Bush is considered by many to be the most powerful president in American history.  Does that not frighten you?  Check your phone lines, folks, and be real careful of how you speak in your emails, for the Lord of Death awaits you.  I am glad that I am old…

Drive on,

Charlie~

Keith Olbermann Comments on Scooter Libbey, et al

I have a very dear friend who is, shall we say, a “bit of a radical.” Actually, Ken is somewhat a rabid dog. A half hour lunch with him leaves you physically exhausted…

Ken believes in keeping his friends in the loop. Today, he sent this Youtube link to my dear Rosie. She, knowing my political stance, sent it on to me. I’m glad she did.

I have nothing but respect for Mr Olbermann after listening to his speech. Daddy always said “call a spade a spade…”

Drive on,

Charlie~

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q-WHgWH51w[/youtube]

VP Dick Cheney – The Little Chamber of Horror

I have read with great interest a lot of news reports, rants, and thoughts on Dick Cheney and his role as Vice President. I did a lot of research for this article, but feel that I cannot outdo Bob Merkin’s dissertation on Cheney and his involvement with prisoner’s of war. Bob’s blog, Vleeptron_Z, is a place to go for interesting thoughts on hot button politics. He has a way with words that amaze even an old scribe like me. I got sucked into a comment brawl there because I was not happy with Bob calling us Viet vets “old fart geezers” and felt like he was dissing me and my comrades in arms. Not knowing Bob’s background as an also ran Viet vet, I jumped on him with both feet. I am glad I did. It stirred up a lot of good comments on the values of this country.

Dick Cheney has abused his political office to the extreme. Bush may have made a very bad choice in picking him as a running mate. His “hands on” approach to politicking is noteworthy. His handling of the Gitmo Bay and Abu Gharib prisoners has been a hot topic for a long time.  Torture, and methods of implementation, are not exactly parlor subjects, Virginia. Now, with the commutation of Scooter Libbey‘s jail sentence by Bush, the shitpile is once again being stirred in the blogoshpere.  I sometimes think that we as Americans tend to believe too strongly in the articles of the Constitution.  We also forget that politics is just a good ‘ol boys network, to the extreme.  My brother would call it CYA…

Until something is done to allow the American people the opportunity to be watchdogs of their elected leaders, and have a real voice in how this country is run, we will have these issues.  Cheney’s invocation of executive privilege is insane.  To me, having some one in your corner who will not allow you to be subpoenaed in the interest of national security smacks of despotism.   Harriet Meiers not withstanding. None of us is above the law, not even our elected leaders.  Corruption, bad decisions, and the ruination of the very fabric of the American way of life is expected as long as people like Bush and Cheney are in office.  it will always be “business as usual.”  Let us as Americans hope and pray that the next election will yield something a bit better.  Until then, we roll the dice, we takes our chances…

Peace,

Charlie~

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The GOP & The Hispanic Vote

The Everyday Citizen has been closely watching the immigration debacle that has this country so stirred up right now. It seems the GOP is in self destruct mode now because the immigration bill was defused in the Senate. Apparently the question now is not what is good for the country, but what is good for the GOP.

Many Americans, including myself, do not wish to see blanket amnesty given to the millions of illegal immigrants in the US today. It is unfair to the American people, born and raised here, and places a huge burden on a tax structure that is already in jeopardy. It is no one’s right to be in this country illegally, yet many of the Hispanic population feel it is their right to live here, work here, and take advantage of the social services provided by this nation. Many of them have gained a social security card by dishonest means so that they can work here. It is hardly fair to Americans struggling to find work. Certainly, there is a need for manual labor that so many Americans refuse to do. I do not deny that the Hispanic bloc is not useful in a country where many welfare recipients would rather draw the bennies than to pick pickles. Let them in, but let them in legally, and send them home when the work is done if they do not wish to abide by the laws of the land. Allow them access to the US, but do so legally, and lets end all this bullshit happening today.

Now, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) is making noise about the Hispanic vote. McCain, an supporter of all the wrong issues that are the ills of this nation, feels that giving blanket amnesty to the Hispanic voting population is “good” for the GOP. He doesn’t seem overly concerned about what his voter base wishes, just what is best for the Republican party. Currently, Hispanics make up about 13% of our country and by 2020 will be closer to 20%. Catering to this population seems to be the method of choice to bolster the GOP. What’s wrong with this picture?

Rush Limbaugh attacked the Bush-backed immigration plan as the “Destroy the Republican Party Act.” Are we looking at damage control to the extreme? Is not the will of the nation the deciding factor in this latest debacle? Or is it simply doing what is best for the GOP. One has to wonder…

Drive on,

Charlie~

John McCain – Front Runner or Also Ran?

I have always had great respect for John McCain. I think a lot of the reason I have this respect is that he is a Viet Nam vet that was a POW, and has returned to the world and made a name for himself.

That is all well and good. What bothers me, however, is his stance on such issues as the war in Iraq and on immigration. I have followed the immigration debacle very closely, as it should be of great concern with every citizen of the good old US of A. The current immigration bill which was recently killed in the Senate, would have given amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens now in the country. Any illegal alien in the country after January 1, 2007, could provide documentation to the government from family or coworkers and friends, and be given the privilege of being in this country.

That is all well and good if you are a bleeding heart liberal. I am very much against this, however, because of what this would cost the American taxpayer. According to the Heritage Foundation, it will cost the American taxpayers monies estimated in the trillions (yes, Virginia, that is TRILLIONS!) to cover the cost of benefits, health care and education. Reading the white paper by the Heritage Foundation is truly mind boggling.

McCain’s stance on the war in Iraq is also killing his chance for the presidency. The American people have sent a strong message to the sitting President – get us out of Iraq, no ifs ands buts or maybe’s. Bring our boys home. I concur. So, with McCain’s stance on the war in Iraq, it is no wonder he has lost the confidence of the American people.

Bottom line – he is nearly out of money, support, and credibility. Washington pundits say that his campaign is not in trouble, but is dead. And as long as John McCain stands for the issues he believes in, then he is written off by many people – including myself – who have believed in him. What a drag for McCain…

Drive on…

Charlie~

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The Murder of Daniel Pearl Part III

In the final segment of this series, the US security official details the capture and subsequent beheading of Danny Pearl.  i found this series of videos to be mesmeriizng, and very good reporting.  I do not know who the reporter was that journaled these videos, but consider it a job well done.

Danny Pearl did not deserve to die this way,  and the Everyday Citizen feels his readers need to know why, how, and what for.

Drive on…

Charlie~

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://youtube.com/watch?v=k3UO8fSVNKU[/youtube]

The Murder of Daniel Pearl Pt. II

This segment chronicles the capture of Danny Pearl.  I believe there is information here that a lot of people do not know.  The third part of these segemnts will come the first part of the week.

Drive on…

Charlie~

[youtube width=”425″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyv0f71vGSQ[/youtube]

The Murder of Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal journalist who was kidnapped in January of 2006, was beheaded in Pakistan in February 2006.  I recently ran across a video on Youtube which chronicles his capture, death, and the aftermath of his killing.  I found it very moving to listen to this US Security official describe these events, and share them here.

The vids are broken up in three parts, and I will post them a few days apart so that readers will have a chance to review them.  They will be, of course, archived.

I am sickened by all of this, and feel especially bad for Mariane Pearl, Daniel’s wife, who was pregnant with their first child when Daniel was killed.  Terrorism sucks…

Peace,

Charlie~

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o5GEzejXjU[/youtube]

News From South of the Border

It has been an exceptional weekend for the Everyday Citizen.  I am goofing off, spending a lot of time w/ Nick & Sara, and don’t feel a bit guilty about not getting a lot of Internet marketing done.  I have had a lot of fun sitting in the back yard by the pool, playing with the dogs Sheena,  Duke & Abby, drinking too much Canadian Mist, and eating things definitely not good for me.

It is well worth it.  My blood pressure this morning was 97/47, and I am relaxed for the first time in a long while.  It is time I realized there is a hell of a lot more to life than chasing the almighty dollar, I suppose…

I have been doing some research on things, which is my first love.  I take my laptop out by the pool and gather information.  Knowledge is power, and I increase my knowledge daily.  I have been doing a lot of freelancing and the things I write on are things I know little about, yet the web makes me an expert.  I love the internet just for that capabilities.

Tomorrow will be a workday, and in the evening I will take Sara out for root beer and elephant ears.  I haven’t had a date with a beautiful young woman in a long while, and am looking forward to it.

Drive on…

Charlie~

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