Stupid is as Stupid Does
Occasionally, the stars and planets align such that inanities and absurdities abound. Such an alignment has recently unleashed a series of these events.
Queen Nancy Syriasly Screws Up
Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, recently ascended to Speaker of the House of Representatives, consistent critic of the Bush Administration, has undertaken to supersede the Constitutional directives and assume the role of directing foreign policy by unilaterally, and against the wishes of the executive branch, deciding to engage in direct talks with the president of Syria, a rogue nation involved in the support of terrorist organizations and terrorist activities.
Not only did Ms Pelosi overstep the boundaries of the Legislative Branch of our government, ignore the Constitutional separation of branches of government, and ignore the wishes of that branch of government given dominion over foreign policy by the Constitution, she screwed the pooch when delivering the message to the Syrian president that Israel is ready to change its previous stance vis-à-vis Syria, and begin talks. The Israeli Prime Minister has denied that.
Ms Pelosi appears to have grossly misread the results of last November’s election, and believes that because Democrats gained control of the Congress that she, as Speaker, is entitled to make decisions about troop deployments and can now set a foreign policy different from that of the Executive Branch.
Message to the Speaker: Nancy, the American people did not rescind the Constitution. You are only the Speaker of the House of Representatives. You were not elected Queen of the United States.
Further, your asinine actions have undermined the Constitutional, legal and appropriate policies of the United States.
Illegal Alien Drunk Driver Kills Two Teens
A drunk driver killed two teenage girls, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, while they sat at a traffic light. This is a tragedy under any circumstances; drunk drivers are a substantial problem in the United States. What makes this case even worse is that the drunk driver was an illegal alien.
And what makes this case even worse than that is that this particular illegal alien had been convicted of three alcohol-related crimes before he killed the two innocent teens, and was let off by the trial judge with no jail time. The illegal alien had no restrictions on his freedom to prevent him from repeating his crime, and the authorities in Virginia never reported the illegal alien to federal authorities. You see, Virginia Beach is what is called a “sanctuary city,” a place where illegals can live without fear that they will be reported to federal immigration authorities. Is it absurd that an illegal alien can be convicted of four crimes, three of them alcohol-related, not be reported to immigration authorities, and be free to get drunk and kill innocent American citizens?
You’re damned right it is!
Here is a list of sanctuary cities in the U.S.:
Anchorage, AK; Fairbanks, AK; Chandler, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Fresno, CA; Los Angeles, CA; National City, CA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Sonoma County, CA; Evanston, IL; Chicago, IL; Cicero, IL; Cambridge, MA; Orleans, MA; Portland, ME; Baltimore, MD; Takoma Park, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Newark, NJ; Trenton, NJ; Durham, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Aztec, NM; Rio Arriba, County, NM; Sante Fe, NM; New York, NY; Ashland, OR; Gaston, OR; Marion County, OR; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; Katy, TX; Seattle, WA; Madison, WI
The Iranian Kidnapping of British Marines and Sailors
Fifteen British marines and sailors were taken captive by Iranian military personnel, who charged that the Brits were operating in Iranian waters. Predictably, there is a dispute about where the British boats actually were when the Iranians attacked.
There are many problems with this incident, among which is the fact that when someone actually goes into the waters of a country, taking them hostage is never the first step. The “invaders” are warned and escorted out of the territorial waters, and a diplomatic complaint is lodged. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to term the capture of the British sailors and marines “kidnapping.”
Another problem is that the Brits had enough firepower close enough to have blown the Iranian thugs out of the water. Why did they just sit by and watch?
Faced with his military personnel being improperly captured by the Iranians, British Prime Minister Tony Blair capitulated to the Iranians, took a weak position, and allowed the Iranian regime to embarrass Great Britain and score valuable points on the world stage. And the marines and sailors caved almost before they were captured.
Maybe the Iranians didn’t win much in this farcical episode, but it appears that they successfully picked a weak opponent, poked their finger in the opponent’s eye, and came out smelling like a dessert rose.