April 14, 2012
Their View: Notes from a day of random, furious thinking
By Bill Varuola / For the Sun-News
Posted: 04/14/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
It's because I'm thinking, randomly and furiously, sometimes stopping to take my notebook out of my pocket and write something I might want to spend a little time expanding upon later.
In keeping with my occasional venture into my "curriculum file" for incomplete or unused topics, I'm going to take from one of those little circumnavigations of my neighborhood and look, briefly, on the notes I took that day.
Have you heard of Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Stein, who criticized President Obama on his Facebook page and, according to a Marine Corps administrative board, committed misconduct and should be dismissed? The board said he should be given an other-than-honorable discharge, which would cost him his benefits, among other things. As a citizen, do you forfeit your personal First Amendment rights when you enter the military?
I have read Rep. Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" and, as a political document, it has value to the Republican Party and other conservatives, though I suspect it is not draconian enough for many. As a budget document it has no value to theAmerican people. It rewards the well-to-do. It makes things more difficult for those who are struggling. It doesn't solve any real problems in the near term but it makes quick work of programs the right finds distasteful. "Path the Prosperity" indeed.
One of those programs is the Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" — about which the Supreme Court is writing its opinions at this very moment.
Republicans approved the initial idea, including "the mandate," and went so far as to put a Heritage Foundation version into effect in Massachusetts. But now that Democrats might benefit from the notion and, if it works, Republicans might not win another election for some time, the right must turn to the most political of their institutions, the Supreme Court, for what they hope will be the defining act. (Liberals hoped precedent would prevail; questioning favored ideology.)
Apparently, the Lords of the Airwaves and many of the Grand Scribes have determined that the natural consequence of George Zimmerman's stalking of Trayvon Martin is Martin's death by handgun. Zimmerman has turned to Sean Hannity for guidance. Armageddon is near.
By now on our walk I've fought nine pounds of rogue beast to the corner, she covering three times the ground that I have. It will be smooth sailing on the way back.
I'm going to miss the recently fired (from Current TV) Keith Olbermann on the air. He's very interesting, but he's just a spoiled brat who's impossible to work with and this is what happens. We all have our demons. I guess he'll show up on public access in Turtle Creek, Pa.
Here are "5 Uncomfortable Truths About Liberals" from a column by John Hawkins in Townhall.com. These are just the first sentences of a paragraph or two each detailing our most obvious flaws. 1) Most liberals are hateful people. 2) Liberals do more than any group to encourage race-based hatred. 3) Most liberals are less moral than other people. 4) Most liberals don't care if the policies they advocate work or not. 5) Most liberals are extremely intolerant. And I didn't even notice him following me around.
The commercial breaks on television are so very long that I usually go do something else but every now and then I stay and look for medications. We are being bombarded with all sorts of medicines and medical advice before we go to the doctor so that when we do, we have advice for our physicians. I mean, is there such a thing as "low T" or is this a pill in pursuit of a condition?
Did you know that Rush Limbaugh's recent difficulties had almost nothing to do with his assault on Sandra Fluke (pronounced "Fluk" on the right) but were the result of a longstanding effort by Angelo Carusone, director of Online Strategy for Media Matters for America, to jettison Limbaugh? And that this plot has Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin next in its sights? I learned this from Jeffrey Lord in The American Spectator. Pardon me if I'm a bit wary.
Until just recently, corporate responsibility — the fabled fiduciary responsibility — went to employees, communities, society at large, suppliers and shareholders, in roughly that order. How the responsibility to shareholders began to trump the others is a mystery that has not followed as the result of any legal imperative.
Bill Varuola is 33-year resident of Las Cruces who is employed by the Las Cruces school district as a teacher at the Doña Ana County Juvenile Detention Center.