Sunday, July 4, 2010

comments from Moses

This is a message from Charlton Heston from the Great Beyond. Since I have passed on and begun to look down upon the planet from up here on high I have seen many recent changes and developments. Two recent events have caught my eye, and I reflect on them here for you briefly.
On June 28th West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd passed. Mr. Byrd has been known for many, many years as a (former) member of the Klu Klux Klan and a staunch support of this ideology of hate and separatism. He at no time proposed to change and build bridges for a better, stronger, more peaceful America. I marched with Dr. King and spoke often and loud throughout the Civil Rights Movement. Senator Byrd spoke also, in sharp contrast against our struggle. I only wish he had found the light and worked for it prior to his demise. It is not a tragedy that he fell, for we all must fall. It is a tragedy that he did not walk for righteousness while he was standing.
Fellow Oscar winner, Mel Gibson, also made the news recently. Mr. Gibson voiced some terrible and repulsive words on a taped phone call to his former girlfriend,(who he started a relationship with before his first marriage was over). Mr. Gibson was still trying to rebuild his stalled career after a drunken scene two years ago where he voiced anti-Semitic remarks. Mr. Gibson first found real resistance in his profession after he released his film “The Passion of the Christ” which was a film documenting the struggles of the last day of Christ – the Easter story. So, after Gibson won 2 Oscars for Braveheart he has: created a very well done film of the Easter story, gotten drunk and insulted the Jewish people with slurs, divorced his wife and broken up his home, started a new family and broken up that family, and used more slurs insulting a minority race. He is his own worst enemy and has lost much more than he has gained. I can tell you at the end of the day: The home you return to dictates the happiness or the emptiness you feel as a man, which is heavier than that of a film maker, or money maker.
Both of these men have achieved fame, fortune, and status. Mr. Byrd was given a pass time and again for over 30 years and hailed as a policy maker for the citizenry. He held a position of power and esteem over the tax payers. Mr. Gibson had to earn his money with audience approval with each film offering. Both men made errors of judgment in words and deeds. Byrd was rewarded by the media while Gibson held to task in the press. Individually we can chose to NOT buy a ticket to see Mr. Gibson’s projects, and we can chose to NOT vote for Mr. Byrd. However, it seems as a group of Americans, so far we have only chosen to do the former. Do not both deserve scorn and disapproval?
Specifically what bothers me here is that I was a lightning rod for criticism as a Conservative in Hollywood. Roles were not offered to me and harsh words were spoken. As a sort of minority in Hollywood, Conservatives have a higher standard to meet. For every thirty Charlie Sheen and Tom Sizemore scandals that make headlines, Conservatives are the ones who lose credibility with one Mel Gibson train wreck. Jimmy Stewart and I are gone and if Mr. Gibson is not carrying our torch well, who will?
Happy Fourth of July America! I will continue to watch on from here and keep you all in my prayers.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Welcome home, Jack

A tribute to a Titan of our time. Who stood tall against the winds of challenge - whether upon the field of sport or in the halls of policy. Many dream. Many dream to stand up as others fall and dare to be toppled. You stood, and fell, and rose again and again to stand again and again to be a fighter. A fighter for your team. Your team in sport and country.

Both found you to be a warrior who knew to fight meant to find courage to stand and then gather strength to rise again after being overpowered by the weight of the enemy. Our country now needs to look inside to find such a warrior. We as a country need to find the strength to rise again as you did, to be as you were - leader, a producer.

To stand in the light of the public eye is not the reward. The warmth from that light grows cold and silent. The warmth of righteousness fuels you to fight for lower taxes for the hard-working citizen. The warmth in knowing that after your gone your children will make the right choices for the right reasons to help others because your were a father to them as you knew you should. That fueled you. You knew your god as a friend. Not afraid or ashamed to be known as one you knew and loved his god. As is to be an American.

Welcome home old friend. Rest and know you did well. You stood tall, you worked hard. You led by example and conviction. You were a dedicated father for your children, a reliable producer for your teammates, and a strong voice for your constituents.

Thank you and well done old friend.
Welcome home.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Feruary 22, 2009

To: The American Tax Payer
From: The Ghost of William F. Buckley, Jr.
Re: Welfare and the cost of Freedom

I was William Frank Buckley Jr., I was born November 24, 1925 I passed on February 27, 2008. I was an American conservative author and commentator. I founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, I hosted the television show Firing Line, from 1966 until 1999. I was also a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist.
My primary intellectual achievement was to fuse traditional American political conservatism with laissez-faire and anti-communism. I helped form the foundation of modern American conservatism of U.S. presidential candidate Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan.

Tuesday, February 17th I read that this new “Stimulus” proposal the President Obama is signing into law would dramatically change the entire economical and political climate of our country. Among the many drastic changes is a reversal of the Welfare Reform that took place during the Clinton Era (commonly called the Welfare to Work Act). The 1970’s and 90’s gave the state’s a motivation to keep people on the welfare train. The more people a state had signed up for welfare, the bigger welfare budget Washington DC allotted them. Their was no clear motivation for the state officials to lead welfare recipients off welfare and into the working class. This changed in the 1990’s. Welfare reform was introduced and eventually it was passed into law, in 1996.

This newest Stimulus plan includes TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). This is “Cash Assistance”.

This plan also has in it income tax “cuts” for people who do not pay any taxes!

This new plan as a whole is an attempt to “buy” our way out of poverty with money we do not have! Since the “War on Poverty” was first waged in 1965 we have spent $10 Trillion dollars to have the same poverty rate as before. Perhaps there is another crazy plan out there more of us should subscribe to. Maybe we could “Earn” our way out of debt. I have heard that some individuals have tried it and succeeded. It’s a personal accountability concept. It is very un-evolved and out of fashion.

With great concern from beyond the grave,


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Feb. 14, 2009

To: All who value Freedom and Democracy
From: The Spirit of General John Pershing, US Army, Retired
Re.: The “Closing” of Camp X-Ray, “Gitmo” Cuba

I am John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, born September 13, 1860 . I passed on July 15, 1948. I was an officer in the United States Army and the only person to be promoted in his own lifetime to the highest rank ever held in the United States Army—General of the Armies. I led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and was regarded as a mentor by the generation of American generals, who include George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, and George S. Patton.

During the Philippines campaign of the Spanish- American War I was a captain under the command of General Leonard Wood. I established communications with and improved relations with the highest ranking Muslim Tribe and Elders during my service in the Philippines. I can also tell you war is Hell, it is not pretty or civil and it is a business not best left to those who are not experts. The difference between criminals and War combatants is criminals are equal citizens until they break a civil law inside their nation- state, where a war combatant is engaging in war with another people from another nation-state not recognized as an equal. Not an equal because they are at war with one another. A terrorist is not a war combatant because he is not conducting his acts under the rule of a nation- state. Not a criminal because his acts are not within a nation- state. He also kills across sovereign boundaries and beyond recognized territories.

In the Philippines I know acts were conducted by military personnel that outsiders would call torture. I also know how that war was won and by what means were necessary. A civil U.S. Court would not have won that war. Acts of war by warriors won that war, like all wars.

Camp X- ray at the U.S. base in Cuba is NOT conducting acts of torture. The Terrorists there are not Citizens or War Combatants. They are Terrorists. Terrorists are real. They are Fanatics and they need to be either killed or processed for information. They are not citizens who are due rights and respect. That was traded away for fanatic motives to kill innocent civilians who live in a civil sovereign country. They do not represent any recognized country when they carry out their evil acts so they cannot be treated like citizens of any country when held responsible for those same acts.

No other time in history has a nation fought so hard against such a deadly, motivated enemy and then given away such an amount of human fighting capitol for nothing. For what, to be the moral superior on the higher moral ground?
We were on that higher ground on moment one when the first terrorist act was waged. Terrorists are always below uniformed warriors who represent their country.

The U.S. President is the highest ranking member of the U.S. Armed Forces. He is the Chief Executive in charge of all the military. What military leader releases terrorists caught in battle? Whose interests is such a President working for?

Closing Camp X-ray for any reason will be giving up valuable sacrifice. Brave soldiers of the highest caliber risked and gave their lives to capture this enemy scum and now we are going to set them free to fight us again. Any war Veteran will tell you nothing is harder than taking battle field ground that was previously won and surrendered.

From beyond my grave,

Gen. John Pershing

Saturday, February 7, 2009

abortion modern and ugly

Feb. 07, 2009

To: The “Free” World

From: The Late Thomas Hobbes (from the Beyond in Spirit)

Re.: Your Current State of Nature and War

I am the ghost of Thomas Hobbes, speaking to you from beyond the grave. I was born in 1588 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England. I passed on in December of 1679. I was a Political Philosopher who is credited with establishing the “social contract” theory in my book Leviathan, 1651. I also taught and wrote in the fields of Theology, Geometry, and Ethics.

The State of War, The State Nature and The State of Social Order are the three states of existence which I profess to exist on Earth for man. When man cannot co-exist with one another there is War. When man is able to meet his needs peacefully in the amount he needs he is at a state of nature. When man civilly works in exchange with another to maintain his state of nature is in a state of social order -- a social contract.

The United States of America establishes its existence and authority on the founding written works of the Declaration of Independence and its Constitution. Words.
“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness……”
The Gettysburg Address. “…our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

And from these words I reflect on a current state of a union and wonder what state is this before which you people are currently living in?
The two terms:"LIFE", and "ALL men ..."? How about the unborn?

In Florida it was reported this last week:
An administrative complaint said Renelique was scheduled to perform an abortion on a teenager who was 23 weeks pregnant
According to the complaint, Sycloria Williams gave birth at a Hialeah clinic after waiting hours for Renelique to arrive. A clinic owner placed the baby in the trash. Police recovered the decomposing remains a week later.

Is this allowed in a state of War, Nature, or Social Order?
Where do you honestly think a country is collectively in terms with acceptance to the throwing away of a life? A new, innocent, helpless life? A State of War with its own self?

From the Afterlife,

Thomas Hobbes

Monday, February 2, 2009

January 30, 2009
To: The American Citizenry
From: Edmund Burke
Re.: Taxation, Ethics, and Fairness
I am the deceased Spirit ofEdmund Burke. I was born 12 January 1729. I passed on 9 July 1797. I was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher. I served in The British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party.
Vice President Joe Biden made it very clear during an interview prior to the 2008 Presidential election that the right and patriotic thing to do was to pay more in taxes (to help others who are less fortunate).
It has been revealed that some in his party quietly do not agree as so far as they themselves are to be held to that standard as the ‘average’ taxpaying American should. Three examples include:
Former Mayor and current City Councilman Marion Barry (D). Barry was arrested as D.C. Mayor for abusing Narcotics. He currently is a City Councilman who is on probation for failing to pay his taxes (and has now apparently failed to pay them again this last year also).
Senator (former Majority Leader) Tom Daschle (D) appears to owe$128,000. In unpaid taxes.
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner (D) has also failed to pay his taxes.
So this party of “Change” and “Progress” are ready to fix our sputtering economy by raising our taxes (all the while unable or unwilling to pay their own taxes).
Accountability. Fairness. Ethics. Values. Words that seem to have a different meaning to these people and those who continue to knowingly empower them. A person who fails to pay his taxes and goes to jail? A citizen. One who fails to pay his taxes and gets a promotion from the U.S. President? Another Democrat.
From the Afterlife,
Edmund Burke

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Mockery of a Senate Confirmation

January 24, 2009
To: The U.S. Taxpayer
From: Donald Thomas Regan (The Ghost of)
Re.: U.S. Treasury Secretary Appointment
Greetings America, I am the Spirit of Donald Thomas Regan. I served during the Reagan Administration. While working in Washington during the 1980’s I witnessed a travesty against the American political process. The dismissal of the Robert Bork appointment was based not on character, nor qualifications but solely on political ideology. And today we are witnessing the opposite perversion of the Presidential appointment process.

It has been reported this last week that Timothy Geithner is President Obama’s choice as Cabinet Secretary for the U.S. Treasury. Mr. Geithner has some impressive experience in the financial stage, he was a Director for Policy Development and Review Department at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003. He was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2003. At the New York Fed, he became Vice Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee component. In 2006, he also became a member of the Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty.
He earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth, and his Masters’ at John Hopkins. From his work background and education one may assume quickly that this nominee is the right man for the job as is needed.

Oh, but uhm it appears that there is this one small thing,…….. He tends to neglect to pay his own taxes! From 2001 to present this impressive “Titan of Finance” accumulated $48,268 in back taxes and penalties.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D- ILL.)
“ No, I don’t think this is a problem.”…..” I think these were errors but innocent errors.”

Rep. Barney Frank (D Mass)
‘No, I don’t think Geithner should be disqualified”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D- NY)
“I think he is a very, very fine nominee and I think, while he admitted these were mistakes, and I think he will be confirmed.”

What may I ask are the absolute minimum standards for this job if not to pay your own taxes? If Bud the electrician is to answer Joe Biden’s call to step up and be more patriotic to pay more taxes where does that leave the Treasury Secretary?

I may be too simplistic in this desire: My Fireman not be arsonists, My Teachers not be pedophiles and my Treasury Secretary be not a Tax Thief!
From the Great Beyond,
Donald Thomas Regan