September 2012


I note a more expansive history mentioned and a confrontation without advocating carpet bombing. Since I’m on the subject, realize the reply from the congress-critter mentioned holding a few millions in response. Are we supposed to be that stupid to not know the difference between 21 million and 1 billion? GRRRRR! That 979,000,000 could buy quite a few 500 pounders. (You can see why there is no way I could be president.)
* from the letter: “Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has placed $2.7 million of assistance to Libya on hold until a thorough investigation is conducted of the terrorist attack and those that are responsible are brought to justice. Also, as of September 13th, Congress has placed $18.3 million of aid to Egypt on hold.”
That still leaves 979,000,000. See I can do some math, even with extra zeroes.
Just for kicks and grins, I’m going to try and find a link for what we are paying these murderous so-in-so’s.
Showing how much they support our interests overseas – rather how they support our enemies.
Here is a link about Libya.
Here is a link to NBC, if you can trust what they present. Don’t forget they are part of the MSP.
Here is an interesting history to show the difference between responses of Reagan and our present (I want to use certain adjectives or descriptions here, but am trying to be nice) congress-critters. Note that in the ’80’s, we cut off their money and bombed them. We didn’t continue sending them tax-payer money obtained, incidentally, at the point of a gun. For anyone wanting to argue my point of “the point of a gun,” just don’t pay your taxes and see what the large man is wearing when he shows up at your door. The earnings of our work are taken from us, and given to our enemies who kill our citizens. Remember this in November.
Here are the names of the only 10 who wanted to support our interests and cut foreign aid to our enemies. Shameful for the senate.

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I am convinced that God has a sense of humor, or at least likes irony. We are in the beginning of stage 3 water restrictions due to drought and spouseinbox just informed me that we have flood warnings for the next day and a half. I say bring it on. Yehaa!
By the way, I have heard you know you’re in west Texas when the prayer requests at church regularly include water, crops, and animals…
Yes, we have been praying.

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As a nurse, I have used the term PRN multiples of times. Hundreds of times. Thousands of times. I’ll stop there as it sounds like I’m adding years. For those not in the medical field, it simply means to take when necessary, or within certain limits as example: ibuprofen 800 mg po q6h prn pain – translated ibuprofen 800 miligrams every 6 hours as needed for pain. This evening, it struck me that for all these thousands of times, I have been using an acronym for which I didn’t know the meaning. A quick search produced:
Pro re nata is a Latin phrase that literally means “for the thing born”.
Now you know too.

We went up to a nearby city to spend time with kidinbox. During this time, we went through Big Box and I noted a movie, or rather a portion of a movie playing on their flat screens. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but the Northern Lights are called that precisely because they exist NORTH of the Tropic of Cancer. The show (of which I don’t know the name) had a bunch of penguins singing with the Northern Lights in the background. Again, correct me if I’m wrong, but polar bears eat seals because they are plentiful and no penguins are available – because they live on Antarctica. I guess this is fed to kids who believe that polar bears have a problem swimming…

Thank you for contacting me regarding concerns about the United States’ assistance to foreign nations. As your Representative in Congress, I appreciate hearing from you regarding this important matter.

U.S. foreign aid has been under increased examination as a result of the nation’s current fiscal challenges. With the economy struggling, many are concerned that we spend money on foreign nations whose goals and motives often appear at odds with our own.

When we provide aid to foreign nations, it helps maintain a constructive, influential role in international affairs for our government and is a critical component of foreign diplomacy. In some instances, this money goes to fighting terrorists and supporting the moderates in foreign countries who inherently oppose them and support the U.S.

While U.S. aid is important, it must be administered in a prudent way. Too often, aid is mismanaged and wasted or worse, hijacked by violet thugs and dictators. The federal government is the custodian of U.S. taxpayer monies and must remain vigilant when supervising its use. I remain committed to instilling a common-sense foreign aid policy that adequately supports our interests and ideals around the world.

In FY 2012, the U.S. spent $37.7 billion on foreign assistance, which was about 1% of the total federal spending. Last week, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would continue these spending levels through March of FY 2013. The primary administers of U.S. aid are the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The funds for U.S. aid are appropriated by Congress every year to these two agencies for their use; however, there are certain conditions that must be met, as in the cases of Libya and Egypt, before funds can be sent to these nations. These two nations are classified as a “Special Notification Country,” meaning that if the Secretary of State determines that Libya or Egypt is in need of U.S. foreign assistance, the Administration must notify Congress of its intention prior to obligating any funding. Upon notification, Congress then has the option to place the funds on hold if deemed necessary. As a result of the loss of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American citizens and the growing unrest in Egypt, Congress has done just that.

Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has placed $2.7 million of assistance to Libya on hold until a thorough investigation is conducted of the terrorist attack and those that are responsible are brought to justice. Also, as of September 13th, Congress has placed $18.3 million of aid to Egypt on hold.

While I condemn the terrorist acts in Libya in the strongest possible terms, it is important to note that this attack was perpetrated by a small minority of terrorists who do not represent their government or country. I believe that a hard critique of these programs is warranted, but we also cannot overlook the important benefits these programs produce.

Again, thank you for contacting me; I appreciate hearing your opinion on this issue. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call, write, or email me. For more information on my work in Congress or to sign up for my weekly e-newsletter, …

Sincerely,

I thank my congressman for the reply as this one doesn’t look like the robo-replies I have received previously. (I have received others that were only partly related to the subject and obviously sent off a single word from my letter) I have to disagree, however, and note that when an election takes place, the government is to represent the people. Therefore, the people of Egypt want a terrorist organization running their country, and as such elected the muslim brotherhood. That’s not simply a small minority action. We can’t behave as if it is.
Lastly, the letter mentioned 18.3 million on hold. As I remember, our monetary offering to this government was in the neighborhood of a billion. That’s not even enough to provide a hiccup. I want our billion back – plus interest.

Barnhardt had a post with an embedded video which I have copied here:

This has some interesting points, and with some of them I agree.
One of her comments is as follows:

Because godless Marxist-Communists infiltrated and then eventually overthrew our education system, media and churches, people in this culture are not only “uneducated”, they are, if I may be permitted to coin a new term, CONTRA-EDUCATED. “Uneducated” implies that a person has not been presented any information at all. That is somewhat the case, but not the complete case. No. The Marxists who have infiltrated the entire education system, media and churches have been presenting information that was objectively false and evil. They have been teaching children and young adults lies, and discouraging any capacity for logical, reasoned thought. They have created a system whereby lies are fed, and the students are expected to swallow those lies whole and never, ever question them. Pumping students’ minds full of lies and discouraging any capacity for independent thought is the DIAMETRICAL OPPOSITE of education. So, people today are not just uneducated, they are indeed CONTRA-EDUCATED. We are not talking a mere absence of the thing, we are talking about the diametrical opposite of the thing.

I copy this here from her site at barnhardt.biz as there are no permalinks available there. The two points noted from both the video and her comments are that our systems are corrupt as a result of the education or rather contra-education of our population and jump to the observation by Souter that those looking for a “savior” will choose a dictator. The history was noted in his comments. As to our population I just wanted to remind again about how far we have fallen in the area of education with a simple question. Could the average high-school graduate understand the following?

AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.

This is from here. It is addressed “To the People of the State of New York” indicating that this was the understanding level of the population of this country generally, and particularly the state of New York at that time. I offer this as a comparison to the understanding of the population we experience presently to accentuate the lack of knowledge disseminated by public schools leading towards dependence on those better, or in this case, actually educated to make decisions regarding their own lives. It is uncomfortable to know that these are individuals who will vote, and do so with a very different mindset from those of use who pay the bills.
The Cosby show had an interesting segment where the teenage boy wanted to be on his own, and was spotted a thousand dollars by his dad and had to pay his own way. The contrast between how he felt with a bare room paying for stuff on his own and demanding stuff when his dad was paying was very clear. I offer the thought that it isn’t any different for those older than the teenage years. Anyone willing to live on someone else’s money will have very different expectations of how they should live than those who pay for what they want themselves. Those who take money via the government will vote differently than those who work and pay taxes. I can only hope that those of us who are working will be in force this November and educate the contra-educated (as much as possible, I know there are true believers who are a waste of time) in the interim.

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