Tuesday’s Thoughts

Tomorrow is the 12th anniversary of 9/11. I expect the MSM will do the usual 30 second spiels and then forget about the occasion…unless it fits some agenda item of theirs.

I’ll be in Jeff City to attend the veto override session tomorrow, so I’ll post this little reminder of 9/11, today.


Obama is facing opposition from all directions, even his own party. He made a fool of himself by drawing a “Red Line” over chemical warfare in the Syrian civil war. Obama blamed Assad, wanting to support his Muzzie buddies. The problem is no one can prove who used Sarin gas on whom? Both sides claim the other did it.

Obama blamed Assad and threatened to attack Syrian government installations. The rebels cheered. Then, more news appeared and the rebels did not appear to be so blameless. The EU, as usual, got cold feet. Five years of Obama’s diplomatic assaults and insults against the UK grew fruit and the Brits said, “Not us!”

One by one, Obama’s expected allies dropped away, soon to be followed by…members of his own party. Locally, Representative Emmanuel Cleaver, who never met a commie he didn’t like, said, publicly, that he would not support Obama. Other democrat pols joined the opposition.

As Reid and Boehner counted noses in Congress, Obama did not have any support to attack Syria. Reid, to save some face for Obama,is delaying a resolution to attack Syria to a vote. Boehner is like to follow. Why would they not vote? Neither wants to embarrass Obama.

Now Vladimir Putin has upstaged Obama with a solution to remove all chemical weapons from Syria. Assad has agreed. The rebels are balking. That speaks volumes on who is likely to have attacked whom—those Obama wanted to support.

Obama can’t lie his way out of this situation.


We have a local issue that is beginning to draw public attention. Last October, the Raymore city council voted to install a Roundabout at the intersection of one of the city’s heaviest points, Lucy Webb and Dean. Both are high-volume streets, especially during rush hours. Before construction started, only Dean Avenue had stop signs, Lucy Web did not.

The reason for the roundabout was supposedly for increase safety and enhance traffic flow. The proposed cost, last October was around $450,000. Since that time, the contractor has raised his price another $100,000. Over half a million in construction costs alone. Cheaper options to add two more stops signs, making the intersection a 4-way stop, costing maybe a $1,000 at most, or to install traffic lights like the intersection a few hundred yards to the east, were discard, if they were discussed at all. In the end, the vote was a tie to kill the project or at least to revisit the cost and scope. Mayor Pete Kerckhoff broke the tie to continue the project and increase the budget to more the $500,000.

Construction started a week or so ago and we’re already seeing the results of the council’s lust to spend. The proposed roundabout, designed purposely to be single-lane, is too small. A truck got stuck this morning trying to navigate through the intersection. I drive a Tahoe. I have difficulty getting around the roundabout traffic lane.

No, the whole project is turning into a gigantic example of governmental misfeasance and incompetency. One council member claims they tested the design by drawing the traffic lanes in a parking lot. They had no problems. Obviously, their testing was faulty.

Half-a-million dollar project and it is too small. I would not be surprised, after real-world use proves the defects of the concept, that the council will want to spend more to “fix” the roundabout’s design. How much will this cost in all? A million? More? There is land to be bought to expand the intersection if that is the solution.

More waste by council members with a lust to spend when a solution could have been in place last year for a thousand dollars or less. You can bet Raymore’s residents will remember this fiasco when the next city elections come around.

Bits ‘n Pieces

It’s September and silliness is in the air. From where? From the liberals around the world. In Europe, the EU want’s to limit highway speeds and install governors in every vehicle—including installing governors in vehicles already sold at the owner’s expense.

“In its continuing efforts to outlaw anything remotely fun, the European Union has announced plans to forcibly limit all cars to a maximum of 70 miles per hour. Under the latest scheme proposed by EU bureaucrats, cameras that can read speed limit signs would be installed in all new cars, reports The Telegraph. The cars would then automatically slam on the brakes when drivers exceed the posted speed limit. Owners of existing cars would not be immune. They would be required to have the speed limit mechanisms installed as well. The Intelligent Speed Adaptation plan was proposed by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department. Its purpose is to decrease the number of traffic deaths. Some 30,000 traffic fatalities occur on European roads each year.”

TheDC Morning suspects every one who bought a Ferrari in Europe is probably pretty angry right now. But if the EU wants to save lives, why not just forbid everyone from leaving their house? Or if that’s too drastic, how about banning soccer? — The Daily Caller.

Other silliness comes from the student government at UCLA. They want to outlaw the term, “illegal immigrant.” How about using “criminal alien?” That would be accurate.

“The student government at UCLA unanimously resolved to call for the eradication of the phrase ‘illegal immigrant,’ reports Campus Reform. The UCLA Undergraduate Students Association wants the term “illegal immigrant” banned because, its members say, the phrase is a violation of the human rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Last week’s resolution emphasizes the student council’s desire to prevent journalists, media organizations and various campus partners  from identifying illegal aliens as ‘illegal immigrants,’ explains the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s campus rag.” Add this to the growing stack of evidence which suggests the voting age needs to be raised. — The Daily Caller.


We have a dichotomy in the US House. We have one story from the Washington Examiner that says the House is about to say, “No!” on Obama’s Syrian war, while over on The Drudge Report, John Boehner is all for it—once again proving he’s Obama’s lap dog.

From the Washington Examiner…

House Republicans poised to say no on Syria


While Congressmen are moving towards non-intervention, John Boehner, is exercising his rubber-stamp, giving his approval for Obama’s War.

Boehner: ‘I’m Going to Support the President’s Call for Action’ in Syria

11:26 AM, Sep 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER

Speaker of the House John Boehner says that he’ll support President Obama’s “call for action” in Syria:

“The use of these weapons has to be responded to and only the United States has the capability and capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated,” said Boehner after meeting with Obama. “I appreciate the president reaching out to me and my colleagues in the Congress over the last couple of weeks. I also appreciate the president asking the Congress to support him in this action. This is something that the United States as a country needs to do. I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action. We have enemies around the world that need to understand that we’re not going to tolerate this type of behavior. We also have allies around the world and allies in the region who also need to know that America will be there and stand up whether it is necessary.”

The problem will all this rhetoric is the question, “Who really released the Sarin gas that killed those 1,300 people? The Euros, Obama and Boehner are quick to accuse Assad. However, there are also reports that the gas was released accidentally by the rebels, rebels associated with Iran and Al Queda.

When it came to action, the Brits and the Euros quickly changed their minds. Brit Prime Minister Cameron lost his vote in Parliament. France, initially in favor of retaliatory attacks against Assad, has now gotten cold feet.

Of course, facts have never been worth considering when liberals get backed into a corner of their own making. Any out is acceptable, and who knows, maybe they can blame it all on Bush, or at least, the ‘Pubs.