Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, has released his sixth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year (2011) What makes this gentleman the person qualified to choose a list of 10 best quotes?
1. "We are the 99 percent." — slogan of Occupy movement.
If this is the best quote of the year then Mr. Shapiro must be as out of touch with reality as the people who believe their own propaganda.
2. "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for." — U.S. Sen. candidate Elizabeth Warren, speaking in Andover, Mass., in August.
Obviously Ms. Warren is unaware that all of the things she just mentioned are legitimate functions of the Government per our Federal Constitution and State Constitutions. Other things like subsidizing businesses to come to a particular state, subsidizing lazy healthy adults who comprise the 47% who do not pay taxes, or supporting the arts and theatre and social causes that could not and would not exist withour government money, are not legitimate expenditures under the federal constitution.
3. "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress." — Billionaire Warren Buffett,
in a New York Times op-ed on Aug. 15.
Mr. Buffett if you do not believe you are paying your fair share in taxes to the federal and state treasuries there is no law prohibiting you from paying as large a percentage of your income (or for that matter of your total wealth) to the government coffers. My informed guess is that you have spent a lot of money on accountants to determine the best way to avoid taxes. If you have a guilty complex over this then just write the Fed's and your home state a big fat check. But don't force your belief in higher taxes on the rest of the wealthy.
These are the top 3 of the top 10 quotes Mr. Shapiro chose for this year. Notice they all have to do with bashing the accumulation of wealth. I rather doubt that President Reagan's optimism for a "Morning in America" where everyone has an opportunity to better themselves if they are willing to work hard would even make his top ten.
A MIchigan Cheerleading Squad is Disqulified from competition because they have a "Male" on the squad.
"Boys may not participate on a girls team in MHSAA sponsored postseason meets and tournaments," the statement read. "Schools have adopted this position to preserve participation opportunities for the historically underrepresented gender."
Well by the MHSAA's own standard the squad should be allowed to compete because in cheerleading males are the "UNDERREPRESENTED GENDER." It always amazes me that equal rights never seem to truly be about equal rights...It always seems to become a give me my rights and benefits in spite of or in disregard of the majorities rights and benefits. Civil rights while starting out to give minorities the equal opportunities provided by our constitution as morphed into give me special privilages because of my minority status but do not extend them to everyone. Equality is equal not quotas or privilaged status. if a wrestling team was banned from competition because it had a "Female" on the team there would be cries of bigotry and sexism. Where are the outcry against this discrimination?
Last US troops leave Iraq as war ends
At Long last the war in Iraq is over (at least for now). But did it actually end in Victory or is it just a graceful departure?
The mission cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury.
U.S. officials acknowledged the cost in blood and dollars was high, but tried to paint a picture of victory — for both the troops and the Iraqi people now freed of a dictator and on a path to democracy. But gnawing questions remain: Will Iraqis be able to forge their new government amid the still stubborn sectarian clashes. And will Iraq be able to defend itself and remain independent in a region fraught with turmoil and still steeped in insurgent threats.
Gnawing questions indeed...Will the Iraq's form a truly representative democracy or will it become mob rule? Will it be a sectarian Government, religious government, or a militant Islamic extremist regime run by the Moslem Brotherhood, al-qaeda, or worse? Will the Iraqi government and people become an ally or an enemy?
The total U.S. departure is a bit earlier than initially planned, and military leaders worry that it is a bit premature for the still maturing Iraqi security forces, who face continuing struggles to develop the logistics, air operations, surveillance and intelligence-sharing capabilities they will need in what has long been a difficult region.
US Military leaders have advised against this withdrawal in the recent past but...when politicians have to win reelection what do military leaders know. I hope and pray we have an ally our of Iraq and they truly develope a positive representative democracy that betters the people of Iraq and gives all Iraqi's, men, women, sunni, shiite, and christian equal opportunities and rights. If not then 4500 american soldiers and thousands more that were wounded will not have gotten the victory they deserve and fought for.