By John P. Kuchta Jr.
If you felt that it was time to exhale due to the commotion in Syria being resolved, think again. Two insurmountable problems are working against a conclusive, peaceful resolution of the crisis.
BIG PROBLEM #1
America is being led by a man who has openly, in his books, warned of his intended actions should he assume a leadership role. Well, he has assumed that role and Barack Obama has made it clear that the USA MUST be taken down from her perch as THE world superpower. He was desperately trying to make that happen off the coast of Syria by literally dragging the US into WWIII. Having been thwarted by overwhelmingly negative public opinion (his Dumocraps up for reelection in 2014 balked), he was delighted, yes delighted, to have Putin come-up with a viable, politically palatable solution for ending the present stand-off.
Long time political activist and one of the founders of the Tidewater Libertarian Party, Robert K. Dean, has resigned as chairman. Mike Ferris, co-chairman, as assumed leadership.
Dean's position was called into dispute after he became publicly identified and supportive of the GOP gubernatorial candidacy of Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli.
36 YO Libertarian Robert Sarvis, is his party's candidate. He banking much of his campaign on the fact that both Democrap and GOP candidates have deeply fractured their parties.
Cuccinelli has been embroiled, but cleared in a 'giftgqte' scandal that has engulfed Gov. "Spong Bob" McDonnell and his family for gifts received from a wealthy Richmond businessman totaling more than $100,000. McDonnell is currently under investigation by the FBI.
So far he has run an amateurish campaign beset for gaffs and just this past week reorgnized his campaign staff.
by Bruce D. Price
Norfolk State University is typically described as the largest historically black school in Virginia and a cultural and economic hub on Norfolk's east side.
These days, it’s also described as a college “in crisis.”
The Virginian-Pilot summed up the school’s problems this way: “But for three years in a row, fewer than 80 percent of NSU graduates with an associate degree in registered nursing education passed the national licensing exam on their first try, as state regulations require...Just 34% of NSU students graduate in six years....Those academic troubles have been exacerbated by high administrative turnover, organizational dysfunction and financial problems that threaten the university's accreditation....The problems have snowballed through President Tony Atwater's two-year tenure...”
How did things get so bad? NSU is merely one thread in a much larger fabric.
It just occurred to me that with Saudi Prince Bin Talal owning 7% of News Corporation stock, the largest amount after Murdoch's 12%, your backing for Obama's ill-conceived Syrian "incursion" is absolutely supportive of the official Saudi position on that conflict.
As you are well aware, the Saudis are pumping huge sums into that conflict on the side of the Syrian opposition. They also were reputed to have supplied Sarin gas to the rebels according to BBC reports back in May 2013.
Remembering the night you had the president of CAIR on your show, I finally put two and two together on your support for Obama and the Saudi side in the Syrian conflict.
What say you, Bill O'Reilly?
John P. Kuchta, Jr. - Virginia Beach, VA
by Larry Henry - VNS Columnist
Ernie Pyle was the best known newspaper correspondent of World War Two. Half the world knew his name. They knew he was up there on the front lines with the infantry, the tankers, and the artillery crews. People back home wrote letters to his publishers.
They worried about Ernie, like they worried about their own sons and daughters. Folks loved Ernie Pyle, and prayed for his safe return home.
Ernie loved the infantry best of all. But he spent weeks and sometimes months at a time with every branch of our Armed Forces. He wrote about them not as dashing heroes but as plain and ordinary human beings, just like you and me. He wrote about the things they griped about, things they liked and appreciated their gallows humor, and the terrible hardships of war.
He wrote about sleeping on the hard ground out in the rain and snow. Ernie was right there with them. He wrote about being cold, and scared senseless in a foxhole with death howling overhead. Of weather so hot you could blister you hand on a gun barrel. He wrote about boredom and sheer terror, the wounded, and men killed in battle. Medics
and truck drivers, generals and mechanics. The dreams they had of going home someday. Their sweethearts and wives. Their hopes and ambitions. And their universal hatred of war.
This is the ending of an article Ernie Pyle wrote while stationed in Italy.
“Two men unleashed the body from the mule and lifted it off and lay it in the shadow beside the low stone wall. Other men took the other bodies off. Finally there were five, lying end to end in a long row alongside the road. You don’t cover up dead men in the combat zone. They just lie there in the shadows until somebody else comes after them.
The unburdened mules moved off to the olive orchard. The men in the road seemed reluctant to leave. They stood around, and gradually one by one you could sense them moving close to Capt. Waskow’s body. Not so much to look, I think, as to say something in finality, to him and to themselves.
I stood close by and I could hear. One soldier came and looked down and he said out loud, ‘Goddammit.’ That’s all he said, and then he walked away. Another one came. He said, ‘Goddammit to hell anyway.’ He looked down for a few moments, and then he turned and left.
Another man came; I think he was an officer. It was hard to tell officers from men in
the half-light, for all were bearded and grimy dirty. The man looked down into the dead captain’s face, and then he spoke to him, as though he were alive. He said: ‘I’m sorry, old man.’
Then a soldier came and stood beside the officer, and bent over, and he too spoke to his dead captain, not in a whisper but awfully tenderly, and he said: ‘I sure am sorry, sir.’
Then the first man squatted down, and he reached down and took the dead hand, and he sat there five full minutes, holding the dead hand in his own and looking intently into the dead face, and he never uttered a sound all the time he sat there.
And then finally he put the hand down, and reached and straightened the points of the captain’s shirt collar, and then he sort of rearranged the tattered edges of his uniform around the wound. And then he got up and walked away down the road in the moonlight, all alone.”
Contrast this tender war story with the belligerent bombardment we receive daily
from the cowardly American Left which hates our military, despises anyone who is an individual and does not endorse political correctness, attacks those of us who disagree with their Marxist philosophy, insists our Constitution is a “living document,” informs us one and all that we are victims unable to care for ourselves therefore we must be cared for by government, while telling us God is dead and the Bible is a fairy tale.
Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gunner on the small island of Ie Shima just west of Okinawa, April 18, 1945. Four months later the war ended.
By Larry Henry
The blue angel fish is sick. Michael is trying to save the creature by placing it in a separate tank with fish medicine in the water. This morning I found it swimming on its side trying to remain upright to breathe. The blue angel fish reminds me of my country.
Mao called the United States a paper tiger. Khrushchev said we would destroy ourselves from within. Both prophecies appear to be unfolding before our very eyes.
Why is America sick?
by John P. Kuchta Jr.
Call it an occupational / hobby hazard, but writing an essay or two decrying the smashing of our constitutional rights seems to produce a lot of notes. I have sticky notes, notes on the back of bank envelopes, notes on junk mail, even the occasional note on the wall.
A funny thing began to happen here on 01 Sept 13 when I began to look at my notes from just last month.
There were the old notes of lies from the Obama administration lies about Fast and Furious and Benghazi; but, the newer notes were also there about the NSA snooping on all of us and the press corps, the IRS targeting of conservatives, James Clapper’s lies to Congress, Lois Lerner taking the Fifth Amendment and on and on and on.
Maybe I've been watching too many episodes of "Thrones;" but, what if Obama was able to avenge the deaths of all those gassed Syrians for whom he seems to have so much empathy by going mano a mano with Bashar Al Assad?
Obama could impress us all with the street fighting tactics he learned as a community organizer in Chicago. Yeah, a "Shootout at the OK Corral" would be the ego booster for which Obama yearns.
If Putin wants some of that action, Putin could tag team with Assad and Obama could tag.... Obama could tag with? He could tag with? OK, maybe the tag team idea falls apart since nobody would team with Obama.
We bring our ships home and allow the savages to continue eating each others hearts while averting WWIII.
If Obama survives, he could wade into Libya and take down those responsible for killing four Americans the night of 9/11/12. Oh, that's right. We go to war for dead Syrians, not dead Americans.
I think this idea has legs!
"Remember Benghazi and ALL the Traitors!"
John P. Kuchta Jr. - Virginia Beach
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"May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us in all our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy."
--George Washington (1790)
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
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