Scotland the Brave?
Today is the day… will Scotland become an independent nation, or will they remain loyal Unionists? Frankly, the brouhaha this would cause is probably overstated, Scotland independent would be more of a nuisance than a world power. As P.J. O’Rourke pointed out yesterday, an independent Scotland would quickly devolve into a Cuba-esque leftists workers paradise, while across Hadrian’s Wall, the allure of normality would keep Scots moving south for jobs and stability. Through it all, the Queen has kept a stiff upper lip, although she was overheard telling some locals in Scotland that they “should think very carefully about the future.” She also POSTPONED THE GHILLIE’S BALL which was supposed to be today, so as not to be a distraction from the vote. As I have said, there COULD BE SOME FINANCIAL BENEFITS to the US if Scotland goes independent, but the reality is that its more likely that the breakup of the United Kingdom would hurt NATO more than help.
The parents of the young boy who was murdered last weekend held a press conference yesterday that answered more than a few questions as to why the boy was there in the first place (a sleepover), and all that is left is the self-doubt and pain of “what if’s” to be borne for the time being. In addition, the TWO “ADULTS” AT THE HOME WERE ARRESTED on Tuesday, charged with criminal storage of a firearm and child endangerment. Based on the bail amounts, one is led to conclude that there is much more behind these charges that hasn’t come out in the papers… yet.
I read stories like this about the POVERTY RATE SOARING IN STANISLAUS COUNTY with a great deal of caution. Nobody in the county is starving to death, and when one factors in the value of the (tax free) benefits – which the census does not do – virtually no one is “below the poverty line.”
The Constitution reads: “The Congress shall have the power… to raise and support armies. But no appropriation of Money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.” Yesterday, Congress voted to approve the Presidents plan to “raise” and train the Syrian Free Army, in Syria. Now, maybe one could argue that it doesn’t say where those armies can be, but that would be a stretch of original intent that would have made Alexander Hamilton proud. I recognize that the threat of ISIL is severe and a “clear and present danger” to the national security of the US, but does it rise to the level of violating the spirit if not the letter of the Constitution to arm people in another country to fight our battle? How odd is it that on Constitution Day, not one single member of Congress raised even the specter of the question as to whether or not this action is Constitutional?
Look, I love to hate the Yankees (and the Giants), but the truth is that I love the game of baseball. This farewell ad from Gatorade for Derrick Jeter is really well done.
Posted on September 18, 2014, in News & Notes and tagged Congress, Constitution, Derrick Jeter, independent Scotland, ISIL, Poverty Rate, Scotland, Stanislaus County, Syra. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.