It’s time again for the Willie Spoon memorial scholarship fund raffle fundraiser, conducted by the Bremerton Base of United States Submarine Vets, Inc!
Like last year, I have made it really easy to get your tickets, via an online link to my PayPal. Tickets are $2 each. As I get the donations, I will send you the numbers and hold them here for the actual drawing (June 15) and if you’re the winner I will have the base contact you directly.
Please consider supporting this worthwhile and import element of our mission as SubVets – education and in doing so honor the memory of one of our members who passed over the bar.
Thank you for supporting this great cause!
Over the last seven years, I haven’t had much to say about Julian Assange. There’s a reason for that. Mainly because he was never what either side as portraying him. He is neither an evil genius supervillain enemy of the State nor is he a 1st Amendment Hero of the Free Press.
Look, I get that Assange, Manning and Snowden have revealed things that we could not confirm before their actions. That doesn’t change the fact that (a) they most likely committed crimes or conspired to commit crimes to reveal these secrets; and (b) because Snowden and Assange ran away, we have not had the chance to debrief them. We actually have no idea the extent of the potential damage. Sure, they revealed things to us that embarrassed our government. What did they reveal to their hosts that we don’t know about?
The stupidity of the conspiracy theory that the US is just somehow going to disappear Assange is ludicrous. Bradley Manning participated in it all. He’s out of prison and ran for Congress. Assange is facing five years in a Federal lockup. And even that is a big assumption as many legal experts have already weighed in on the indictments inherent weaknesses. It is equally possible that a jury might never buy the governments arguments that he assisted Bradley Manning in successfully hacking into defense department computers. As it turns out, there is a line – thin though it may be – between investigative journalism and hacking.
He spent seven years living in a de facto jail cell inside the Ecuadorian embassy abusing their staff and property because, and again, I say this because I believe it, he is an ungrateful jerk and a moron.
At the end of the day, there’s a great deal of noise and commotion over Julian Assange. almost all of it unnecessary and meaningless. But – believe me – it makes him feel like he is the most important man in history.
Vice President Martin Van Buren believed the principle of non-interference by the government which he had shared with his President, Andrew Jackson. when he became Jackson’s hand-picked successor as President in 1837, he made it VERY clear that he had no intention of of using his executive authority to put the government in places he did not believe that it belonged.
He also made it clear that as the executive power was “vested” in himself, he could also decide what things the government would not do.
And when Congress disagreed, it took the Supreme Court about five minutes to explain to the President just who was in charge here…