Retaliation

English: Official portrait of United States At...

English: Official portrait of United States Attorney General Eric Holder Español: Retrato oficial de Fiscal General de los Estados Unidos Eric Holder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The effort to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder is in retaliation for his efforts to block the new and restrictive voter ID laws in Texas. Most of the sponsors of the impeachment are Texas members of the House of Representatives. They will fail in their effort, but regard it as good practice for their 2015 effort to impeach President Obama if the GOP do well in the 2014 elections.

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The big game

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English: Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Português: Foto oficial de George W. Bush, presidente dos Estados Unidos da América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every four years, administration teams play a game of football to determine which team represents the worst president in US history. The winning team is awarded the Black Cup, for Buchanan’s Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black, which it retains until the next game to be played by a team representing a president who has completed a full four or eight year term. If a president has not served a full term, then there is no game played that year. The first game was played between teams representing Presidents Pierce and Buchanan in 1860. That game was won by the Buchanan administration and the Buchanan team went undefeated for 148 years until it was defeated by the George W. Bush team in 2008.

There were several close games in the years that followed 1860. The Grant team managed to send the game into overtime in 1876. The Harding team was expected to perform well in 1924, but Harding passed away in 1923. Hoover gave Buchanan a rough time in 1932. Because of WW2, no game was played in 1944, and FDR was too ill to participate anyway. George W. Bush gave the Buchanan team a scare in 2004, but Buchanan maintained his undefeated, untied string of victories until being blown away in 2008. Bush won easily in 2012. The GOP are trash talking President Obama now for the 2016 game. However, if they succeed in impeaching him, there will be no game in 2016. That will mean the next game to determine the worst president will be held in 2020. George, your possession of the Black Cup is secure for now.

John Cornyn and the undocumented

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English: , member of the United States Senate. Español: John Cornyn, un senador del Senado de los Estados Unidos (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Cornyn, US Senator from Texas and elected in 2002, was on FOX News yesterday saying that he could not support immigration reform until the Federal government does its job and regains the confidence of the American people. He was referring to increased enforcement on our southern border. I expect that he won’t be satisfied until there is a human chain of border agents holding each others’ hands 24/7 along the 1900+ miles of the border. In Fact, the Obama administration has been deporting more of the undocumented than George W. Bush ever did.

It would be very interesting to see the statistics of how many and how long the undocumented have been living in the US. The GOP complain that some undocumented have been here 5, 10, 15 or more years. OK, let’s do the math. President Obama has been in office for four and a fraction years. Any undocumented alien here for five or more years came here before Barack was elected in November, 2008. Those who have been here for 5 to 12 years entered the US during GW Bush’s administration. Those who have been here for 13 to 20 years entered the US during the Clinton years. The Clinton years were more prosperous than the Bush years so more of the undocumented should have entered the US then.

Senator Cornyn, show us the numbers to back up your statements.

Secession

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United States map of 1865, show affiliation of states and territories regarding the Secession War (Civil War.) Legend: Union states Union territories not permitting slavery Border Union states, permitting slavery Bleeding Kansas, entered Union Confederate states Union territories permitting slavery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some poor losers of the 2012 election in Texas and elsewhere want to secede, again. The Civil war decided that unilateral secession is not an option. I suppose that a state could secede if the rest of the country approved. However, the secession advocates might want to reconsider once they realize that dollars from Washington would cease. No foreign aid to former states of the Union. As a precondition to peaceful secession, I would require that Texas, or other seceding state, reimburse the US Treasury for infrastructure paid for by taxes that the rest of us paid. If still determined to secede and unable to afford to pay their own way, a seceding state might opt for being purchased by another country, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia or perhaps Mexico. If Texas were purchased by Mexico, it would be necessary to move the border fence between Texas and Mexico farther north.

Iran part 2

English: North Iran Jungles

English: North Iran Jungles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iran is mostly desert and in area is three times the size of Texas. On the north, it borders the Caspian Sea which is really a lake, not a sea, and is five times the size of Lake Superior. Although mostly desert, there is an Iranian district in the northeastern part of the country that gave us its Persian name to our word for jungle. And near that district are the remains of a remote fortress that was for a time the headquarters of a religious sect that practiced assassination and gave us the word assassin. Living in largely desert, Iranians prize greenery, and most Iranian homes have a prized garden with fountains behind their walls.

The infrastructure and bureaucracy of Iran make travel within the country difficult. However, as I read about the country, I try to find places using Google Earth. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of Iranian buildings and the landscape available on Google Earth. I was surprised at how green and beautiful the holy city of Mashhad in the northeastern part of the country is. Mashhad is Iran’s second most populous city and also a center of manufacturing. Iranians are avid skiers, mountain climbers and hang-gliding enthusiasts. The games of backgammon and chess are Iranian (Persian).

I would certainly like to visit the country if the infrastructure made travel easier. Iranians are very hospitable people and extend a warm welcome to Americans. It is our government’s policies that they dislike. A typical Iranian home has little or no furniture. The floors are covered with Persian rugs and people visit, eat and sleep on the floor. Thus an Iranian home can accommodate many visitors overnight by bringing mattresses out of hiding in closets and spreading them on the floor.

My recommended reading list:

  1. Neither East Nor West by Christiane Bird
  2. The Ayatollah Begs to Differ by Hooman Majd
  3. The Ayatollahs‘ Democracy by Hooman Majd
  4. Persian Mirrors by Eleaine Sciolino
  5. All the Shah’s Men by Stephen Kinzer
  6. Negotiating with Iran by John Limbert

Please see Iran

English: Southern Caspian Energy Prospects por...

English: Southern Caspian Energy Prospects portion of Iran Country Profile 2004 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/iran_southern_caspian_energy_prospects_2004.jpg source (CIA map) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)