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Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2008 10:53 pm | Updated: 8:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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That 3 a.m. phone call

Soon after the 2008 presidential election, a well-known terrorist places a phone call from his suite of offices in Baghdad to another well-known terrorist who is living in San Francisco. The chance of this call being detected is nil as the wiretap law has been rescinded. U.S. troops have been removed from Iraq and terrorists have retaken the entire country. The first terrorist says, “It’s time to level an American city.”

Shortly thereafter, downtown Chicago lies in ruins. Tens of thousands have been killed or injured and the U.S, economy is in shambles. President Barack Obama calls for a meeting with his staff to discuss possible actions.

Those in attendance are: Vice President Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Defense John Murtha; head of the CIA Howard Dean; head of the FBI William Ayres; Chief of Staff Jesse Jackson; special envoy to the Middle East Jimmy Carter; spiritual advisor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; and newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations Bill Clinton.

Obama opens the meeting by stating, “I don’t know why he blew up Chicago. I talked with him last week and he told me that he had renounced his terroristic ways. Well, in any case, does anyone have any ideas?”

The room was silent for quite awhile until Bill Clinton stood up and said that he had the solution. Eagerly, all in attendance sat up and listened attentively as he said, “let’s blame George Bush.”

President Obama agreed and stated: “that is the type of leadership has been lacking for eight long years.”



Obama keeps faith private

Sen. Barack Obama belongs to an African-American Christian congregation that dedicates some work, among many tasks, to African liberation theology. That basically means they will work to prove to the world that when Africans were defined as three-fifths of a person in the Constitution or defined as inferior to other people using the Bible as the authority, those were lies. They also aim to prove that they are not objects — or property, as they were labeled before the Civil War.

The subjective inferiority charges anger many blacks when they are reminded of the facts that a few Americans in 2008 still consider them less civilized and less intelligent than Anglo-Saxons. That dedication to liberation theology probably accounts for some of the anger expressed by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity Church of Christ.

That accounts for some of Obama’s supporters calling his campaign a movement, an extension of the civil rights of the 1960s. I have not heard or read that Obama discusses that movement or if he agrees or disagrees with its premise, and I doubt that he will discuss it because he has strongly indicated that he keeps his Christian religion in his thinking but separate from his politics. I agree with his position.




A dangerous pattern

When I first moved here less than a year ago and started hearing about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I liked him. I thought he was a good, tough sheriff that had some really good ideas. I still feel he has done some good, but my view of him has changed drastically.

These immigration sweeps are a poor use of resources and need to stop.

Some 30,000 to 40,000 arrest warrants have gone unserved while the sheriff is in front of the cameras getting his face in the news for what seems like a populist campaign, but what is actually a campaign of hate. I do not care about the argument that they are breaking the law because they are illegal immigrants. There were once laws created against Jews for being Jews. Just because it is a law doesn’t make it right.

Most of the immigrants are just trying to make a better life for themselves and I respect the risk they take by leaving their families behind to try and make a better life for them. My Irish ancestors were persecuted and hated when they came here more than 100 years ago. Many of them left families behind and sent money back, like many Mexicans are doing.

I have a degree in history and these sweeps have an unsettling taste of Nazi Germany. The Nazis also encouraged “good citizens” to spy on their neighbors and turn them in; sounds like Sheriff Joe’s hot line.




Creating competition

Please consider these facts. Every government organization or group of people that want to kill us gets most of their money from oil. The price of fuel will remain high simply because there is no competition. Most experts say oil will run out before an alternative can be implemented. The best our future leaders can do is forget the tax for a couple of months. Here’s a few suggestions.

Impose and enforce a 55 mph speed limit. Through antitrust and price-fixing laws break up the oil companies. Undo every merger from the last 30 years. By 2011 every vehicle sold in the U.S. must be a flex-fuels vehicle.

Undertake a massive program to get our biomass (not necessarily corn plus it’s renewable) and coal (300 years supply) under way to produce our fuel until another source like hydrogen fuel cells are usable.

Expensive, yes, but at least every penny spent and job created would be kept here in the U. S. and it would still be cheaper than what we are paying now.




Fresh start needed

The citizens of Apache Junction must be extremely wary and cautious as they pick their new police chief. It would be a safe assumption they want a police department that has entered the 21st century, one they can rely on and not worry about political manipulation.

If that is the case, Jerald Monahan would be a poor choice for police chief. He is steeped in the ineptitude, the good ol’ boy cronyism and the “public be damned” attitudes of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

If the Apache Junction taxpayers want a department that looks like the PCSO, then Monahan is their man; if not, carefully consider the other two applicants. AJPD needs some real housecleaning and Monahan can’t do it.




Where’s the guilt?

I am not a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, nor do I have sympathy for abusers. That being said, with all of the bloodthirsty cheers for the state to “lock 'em all up,” I felt it was time someone defended the God-given right to be innocent until proven guilty, to be judged for your own actions and not the actions of others.

These people had their children stolen from them based upon what is now thought to be a prank phone call, and the government says it is OK? We are supposed to believe anything CPS says?

If people are being abused, prosecute the offender to the fullest extent of the law.

However, let’s have a trial first, can we? The America our Founding Fathers gave us was one that protected its citizens from an abusive government. What is being shown in the Texas FLDS situation is turning out more like the tactics of the Soviet Union, where parents had their children stripped away to be “re-educated” in the “truth” that the state wanted them to believe.

It may not be popular to stand up for the FLDS, but the way things are going, I may find myself in a similar situation for, state forbid, believing the Constitution applies to everyone, not just those who are “normal.”




Fight for what’s left

I read Lisa Haskell’s column in the Tribune May 10. It is refreshing to see someone standing up for south Scottsdale. I have lived here since I was three years old and am also one of the soon-to-be AARP members. I attended school at Tonalea, Coronado, and Arizona State University. All of my friends and family remember the good times we spent at Los Arcos Mall. What a shame to have it demolished — and to think Papago Plaza almost met the same end and would have had it not been for the persistence of the small business owners there.

The Scottsdale greenbelt is such a beautiful area, but it seems the area near McDowell Road just keeps going downhill. I am also familiar with the studies the taxpayers of Scottsdale have financed. If other areas of Scottsdale can get approvals for subsidies, I think our area of south Scottsdale should as well. I would really be sorry to see property values go down because we can’t get agreement from the City Council to get some decent businesses locally to make this a more walking-friendly area such as downtown Scottsdale is. It would help out the revenue, or lack of it, issue as well.



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