Greece… Maybe…

AMWhat is happening in Greece is seriously important. And, if Dave can stop being distracted by Sharks, earthquakes, the creation of the universe, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, cosmology, the search for extraterrestrial life, F-35 Lighting II’s and F-16 Falcons, and even Larry Bond books from the early 1990’s, he may even get to it.

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Rodney’s Ride

30584_1419427815837_5366214_nOn Sea Stories Tuesday, Dave celebrates the birthday of one of his best friends with a couple of… well.. sea stories from their time on USS Michigan.

This week has seen the 101st anniversary of the assassination Archduke Ferdinand, which sparked World War I. The Great War was a veritable cornucopia of lessons about how to not do things, from diplomacy to alliances to tactics and even Grand strategy. But it was also a mano a mano conflict, before technology ruled the battlefields. One of the saddest legacy’s of the 1st World War is the blatant and open racism that President Woodrow Wilson displayed towards African-American Troops serving in the US Army.

Caesar Rodney made his famous ride this week in 1776. Few people know of him, or why he did what he did. He is a great example of the truism that there are many people in out history who did great things, but aren’t recalled like the giants of history who – in many cases – did less for the cause.

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Four Things

shutupAfter a weekend of thinking about things, Dave has four issues he has to get off of his chest. (1) Obamacare Ruling (2) Gay Marriage Ruling (3) CSA Battle Flags and (4) Other Stuff that happened while we were talking about the other stuff.

Since the last shall be First, Greece is about to become a Ancient Third World power as her banks collapse and she goes broke. Europe is unhappy about their fact that Greece feels like paying its bills is “insulting.” A PLRI Terror attack in Tunisia was stopped in part by Muslims standing up against the terrorist.

The Obamacare ruling would have been a moot point if the GOP Candidates who ran on a promise of stopping Obamacare had actually kept their promise. They didn’t, so we’re all stuck with it now – including every single one of the GOP 2016 Candidates for President.

At least one newspaper is already claiming that since the Supreme Court has decided the case, there will be no more anti-gay marriage articles or letters to the editor. The problem is that the Supreme Court has a pretty good record of reversing itself – at least better than you might think. So if the SCOTUS ruling on Gay Marriage is absolute, is the SCOTUS ruling on the 2nd Amendment also absolute? Will said Paper be running no more articles/letters reflecting an anti-gun position?

The CSA Battle Flag was carried into battle by men who knew for what they were fighting. And that was, plain and simply, slavery. There has been 150 years of the “States Rights” argument, but at the end of the day, the men who were there made it crystal clear that the issue was slavery. And nothing else.

Later today the Redistricting ruling will come from SCOTUS. The GOP is already terrified and using it as a fundraiser.

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Gay Marriage

After a day trip to Fresno aboard Amtrak, Dave returns to the Supreme Court ruling on Gay Marriage, Obamacare and Hotel Registers.

Gay marriageAs Gay Marriage is now the law of the land, the Courts ruling provides some insights that are worth consideration. But, ultimately, this ruling, IS consistent with what some of the most well known Framers, including Madison and Wilson, believed.

The King Ruling on Obamacare was a predictable as a sunrise, but a ruling on Hotel registers which is being hailed as a “victory” for privacy rights, proves that people who are celebrating didn’t actually read the ruling.

Dave also explains why the Confederate Battle Flag is offensive to him, and why it should not be banned.

The Gay Marriage ruling will have Conservative tongues wagging today, as they did yesterday over Obamacare. But ultimately, this ruling IS consistent with what some of the most well known Framers, including Madison and Wilson, believed should be the role of the Central Government. When combined with what the Republican Party of 1868 wanted via the 14th Amendment, this ruling represents the triumph of those who believed that the States should have no role in the nations affairs.

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Not Even a Prayer

Since June 11th, the Convention has been stuck on one question – will the representation in the proposed senate be equal (one state, one vote), or proportional?

Luther Martin - Attorney General of Maryland

Luther Martin – Attorney General of Maryland

But now, the debates are becoming personal. James Madison will stoop to personal insults. Gunning Bedford (Delaware) will threaten to seek a foreign alliance. And Luther Martin will annoy everybody with his three hour screed about States Rights and his body odor.

Through it all, General Washington knows that those he believes to be demagogues are on the verge of destroying everything.

When the dust settles on Monday, July 2, 1787, one more vote will be taken on the matter. This time, if the small States lose, the Convention will almost certainly break up. But how can they win? The numbers arrayed against them are too strong, and too committed to the big State ideal of proportional representation.

There is not even a prayer that they can prevail, or at least… not lose again. There doesn’t seem to be any chance of saving the convention or avoiding the feared destruction of The United States of America.

With the clock ticking to the Independence Day celebrations, Ben Franklin will remind the delegates, that if He cares about the sparrow, that “without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel…”

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