Thursday, March 02, 2006

They write letters back

Senate duties:
To the editor:

The Constitution of the United States has in it several very important provisions. These include the right for citizens to be protected from unreasonable search and seizure and the ability for the three branches of government to provide checks and balances for each other.

President Bush has admitted to engaging in covert surveillance of American citizens, in apparent disregard of existing laws intended to protect us from an overreaching government. It is time for the U.S. Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities to determine whether the surveillance activities are legal or not.

Both Kansas senators, Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, are in positions of importance and need to exercise their oversight responsibilities in their committees. Sen. Roberts, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is especially critical in the scheduling and conduct of hearings. His unwillingness to exercise his responsibility is troubling. Sen. Brownback, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, needs to be proactive in investigating these surveillance activities.

Nils Gore,
Lawrence
Nils passes along a response he got from Guy Johns:

Over the past 2 years 59 members of my VFW Post have been voting to elect idiots for our award each month. Each month veteran members ranging in age from 35 to 87 pay attention to the news and pick out one person seen or heard on the media spouting idiotic statements. In your case it's your Letter to the Editor in a Kansas newspaper! You have met our award standards and have been nominated by one of our members.

We have a member that manufactures milking machines and has the process to emboss on a small plastic strainer pad the photo obtained from the internet or media of the idiot. If a photo is not available then we have an image of a jackass rear quarter we use with the persons name below it. When this is done the strainer pad is added to a urinal in our Post restroom. That way when we get the urge we can enter the restroom and take a look at the current elected idiot. You have been nominated and will be voted on 15 March, 2006.

If you are elected then in the following week your photo will be added to one of our urinals. This group of veterans have fought in wars starting back in 1941. We all fought to protect your freedom and now we wonder if in your case it may have been a mistake. We would rather if and when the terrorist attack us here at home again that it is your children and grandchildren that are effected and not ours! You are an idiot. Semper Fi!! GySgt. USMC (Ret.)
The first two paragraphs rock. These guys are so patriotic that they'd rather waste time and money pissing on their political opponents. Swell. The last part is bizarre. People advocating that our elected officials stand up for the basic freedoms make Mr. Johns to question his decision to defend this nation?

Even veterans aren't immune from this character's bile. A Daily News' gossip column quotes Democratic pundits James Carville and Kirsten Powers, responding to their induction into the urinal hall of fame:
Yesterday, Carville, a retired Marine corporal, told me: "These are people who defended their country and free speech, and if I can be a part of that, I'm delighted to help. Semper fi."

Powers, meanwhile, declined to comment. "I think it would be ill-advised to get in a p-----g match with these people," she quipped.
Perhaps, but isn't that what the blogosphere is for?