Some things make me sicker than others; this is disgusting! I came across an article in the NY times about ââÅun-volunteeringââ?. You heard me, it is no longer called desertion. It is called un-volunteering!
Soldiers, their advocates and lawyers who specialize in military law say they have watched a few service members try ever more unlikely and desperate routes to get out of their duty: taking drugs in the hope that they will be kept home after positive urine tests, for example; or seeking psychological or medical reasons to be declared non deployable, including last-minute pregnancies. Specialist Marquise J. Roberts is accused of asking a relative in Philadelphia to shoot him in the leg so he would not have to return to war. Let us not leave out the ever popular run to Canada.
I cannot believe people who volunteered to join the military are allowing fear of combat to allow them to Desert. Just run away from their obligations and their fellow soldiers. Of course the left has come up with a PC name for desertion.
You can read the whole story here: Un-volunteering
Where is Europe headed? Do we as Americans understand the European Union? Newly freed Eastern European nations do not wish to loose their new freedoms. There is an excellent article here on this topic.
I had not realized that countries could impose, on other countries, their laws and agendas. Who would want to join this Union? It seems the EU is nothing more than a socialist governance tool.
But now President Klaus sees an unsettling new challenge: the zeal of Old Europe–France, Germany, Brussels–to impose collective choices on New Europe–Poland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Ireland. “Ten years ago,” Mr. Klaus writes, “the dominant slogan was: ‘deregulate, liberalize, privatize.’ Now the slogan is different; ‘regulate . . . get rid of your sovereignty and put it in the hands of international institutions and organizations.’ ” Does that sound at all familiar?
The EU’s constitution must be ratified by all member states; four of the 25 nations have done so, and referendums will be held in France and the Netherlands this spring. If ratified, the EU will become the primary source of legal authority in Europe with “primacy over the law of member states.” In other words, the 25 members of the European Union Council of Ministers–not the 750 members of the EU Parliament–will make the laws for 450 million people previously citizens of 25 independent countries.
The concept of collectivism versus individualism is not new; nor are we free of it. If the Blue States have their way our country will also march towards the collectivist nightmare. So we must be ever vigil to prevent the Left wing from advancing their agenda. The good fight will never be over.
During Condi Riceâââs Visit to china opinions on various topics, including the Taiwan question, Sino-US trade disputes, intellectual property rights protection, Korean Peninsula nuclear stand-off discussions and the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round of market opening talks, were exchanged frankly.
The Taiwan issue is still a tense one. In yesterday’s separate meetings with Rice, both Hu and Wen stressed that the Anti-Secession Law aims to curb “Taiwan independence forces” and the law is conducive to stability and the development of relations between Taiwan and the mainland, and will also help maintain peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Hu also said he hoped the United States would “understand and support all the efforts made by the Chinese government and people to safeguard China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize a peaceful reunification,” and that it would not “send any wrong signal to Taiwan independence secessionist forces.”
Rice replied yesterday that it is in the US interest to maintain tranquility across the Taiwan Straits and solve the Taiwan question peacefully, and that the United States will make efforts to that end. Rice said the US Government’s position on pursuing the one-China policy and abiding by the three US-China joint communiquÃ©s will not change, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman.
During her meeting with Hu, Rice said the US Government attaches great importance to developing US-China constructive and co-operative ties, and that people around the world are watching the “remarkable transformation” that is going on in China. She said the United States is ready to join hands with China in exploring new fields for co-operation.
The imbalance in trade was also discussed. Wen said economic and trade co-operation is an important part of China-US relations and that the two sides should further improve current bilateral co-ordination mechanisms, based on the principles of equality, mutual benefit and development.
China was also pressured to get Korea back to the bargaining table. China could easily force Korea to disarm. China is the main source of aid to Korea. Threatening to withhold all aid to Korea until they disarm would likely yield immediate results.
The U.S. Senate cannot seem to agree on anything, but they seem to have come together in record time to pass a bill to overturn a Florida Court order to remove the feeding tube from Terry Schiavo. This seems to be the most important piece of legislation in the country to Congress. But I wonder why? Maybe it is because some liberal Democrats are also religious? Is this all driven by religious fervor? I think it is just that.
The Schiavo case has raised issues of states rights and federal intervention in a question about a court or government’s jurisdiction over an individual human life. To quote Representative Robert Wexler, a Florida Democrat “It is not the place of Congress, in the 11th hour and in the most abusive fashion, to undermine the Florida court system,”. Imagine me quoting and agreeing with a Democrat!
“It’s not about me, it’s not about Congress, it’s about Terri,” Michael Schiavo said March 18 on CNN’s “Larry King Live” program. “I want you all to think about going through a judicial process to have your own wishes granted and then the Congress and the government walking in on that because of their personal views. That’s absurd.” He is right it is absurd. This is taking the right to life too far. We must consider the patient personal wishes and quality of life.
Terriâââs brother says there is nothing in writing. So the wishes conveyed to the husband mean nothing?
Florida State Judge George Greer yesterday denied a request by U.S. House attorneys to delay the removal. The U.S. Supreme Court also refused to order that the feeding and hydration be resumed, rejecting a request by the House Government Affairs Committee. It seems the courts have spoken. Congress is over stepping its authority in this case, but it appears they are going through with the legislation requiring a federal judge to review the case. So much for states rights.
If I was the husband, and she is in no pain, I would let the parents care for her. But I am NOT the husband. Neither is Congress. I think this sets a very dangerous precedent.
What have I taken from this nightmare? My wife and I are creating a living will ASAP.
I recently wrote about the lack of production from the U.S. Congress; and what do we have now? First we have public hearings on baseball players who use steroids. Now they are getting involved in a personal decision over the fate of a loved one. Are they completely out of their minds? They think their job is to interfere with the choice of the husband, to remove a feeding tube from a women, who has been in a permanent vegetative state for 15 years! You heard me right permanent, not ââÅpersistentââ?. After one year the proper term is permanent. Nobody has ever come back to a cognitive state from a permanent vegetative state. Oh wait! Bill Frist talked to some unknown neurologist who supposedly told him that with proper rehabilitation she could improve. Improve to what level? What does this mean? Since no one has ever become a functioning person that has been in this state, how can improve have any meaning?
These decisions are very emotional and very personal. The courts have heard all the evidence and said the husband has the right to remove the feeding tube. Despite what you may have heard or think she will feel no pain. She has no feeling of hunger or thirst. I know this because my wife use to be a hospice Nurse and she explained it to me. The husband said this was her wish and we just have to take his word for it.
The Congress cannot handle fixing SSI, Medicare, Judge Appointments, cutting the budget, and any number of other important matters that are their direct responsibility; but for this they drop everything. For this they are even going to call congressmen back from recess! This is a state and legal matter and the congress should stay out of it. Talk about a ââÅbig brotherââ? situation. The Republicans were the ones who made this their issue, and I think they have committed political suicide! What were they thinking?
Well, here we go again. In the wake of the massive failure of Washington D.C.’s gun ban, Philly now wants the right to pass its own gun control laws; as it’s answer to rising violent crime.
When will people learn that criminals do not follow laws? It is just common sense. Gun control laws only disarm honest citizens that will comply with the law. So to put it in plain terms gun control laws disarm the victims. The police cannot protect you. Even “if” they can respond in less then 10 minutes, it is too late. The crime is over. Unless every person gets his or her personal police person to follow them around and live in their house, you have to protect yourself. That is reality folks. Utopia does not exist and never will. There will always be those who will take advantage of those that are weaker. Whether it is because they are armed and your not, or they have numbers and you don’t or that youâââre just smaller and physically weaker. So when you disarm the private citizen you create a victim. A Gun is a tool and rightly called the great equalizer. It does not kill anyone without the aid of a human hand. A 100 pound women armed with a gun can stop a 250 pound rapist and an elderly person can stop themselves from being brutalized by anyone. Do we really want to disarm those people?
Is Congress producing for the American People? Thus far the only substantive Bill that might come out of Congress is the Bankruptcy Bill 8 years in the making. What are we paying these people to do? To provide Something for the news to talk about? If you or I produced this way for our employers we would be fired. We need to call and write them and tell them to start getting something done. The republican’s control the Congress; so they need to start acting like they control it. They seem to be behaving like they don’t know how to be the majority party. Are they worried about the Democrats calling them bullies? Please, they are going to whine no matter what they do or don’t do. The Country put you in charge; so take charge.