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February 1st, 2007

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Day By Day talks about the raison d'etre of the mainstream media. The cartoon does, however, remind me of this interchange between Milton Friedman and Gen. William Westmoreland, when Friedman was arguing for an all-volunteer army (the full article is here, and it's a good one):

Gen. William Westmoreland, testifying before President Nixon's Commission on an All-Volunteer [Military] Force, denounced the idea of phasing out the draft and putting only volunteers in uniform, saying that he did not want to command "an army of mercenaries." Friedman, a member of the 15-person commission, interrupted him. "General," Friedman asked, "would you rather command an army of slaves?" Westmoreland got angry: "I don't like to hear our patriotic draftees referred to as slaves." And Friedman got rolling: "I don't like to hear our patriotic volunteers referred to as mercenaries." And he did not stop: " If they are mercenaries, then I, sir, am a mercenary professor, and you, sir, are a mercenary general. We are served by mercenary physicians, we use a mercenary lawyer, and we get our meat from a mercenary butcher."

Rhymes With Right has more on this, including a link to the original article, and links to even more commentary.

Cox & Forkum reruns "Iran's Proxy War" and yesterday discussed "War Power".

So much good stuff over at The Grouchy Old Cripple that I'm just going to ask you to take a trip over there.

A few goodies from Don Surber as well: He wonders whether Joe Biden might be right about Barack Obama (Rhymes With Right has an interesting take on Biden) and suggests that Congress read the Constitution (which, incidentally, they've taken an oath to preserve, uphold and defend, some of them even taking the oath on the Koran). How does someone preserve, uphold and defend something they've never even read? Come to think of it, they stopped a bill in Congress that would have required everyone voting for a piece of legislation to certify that they had actually read it and understood all of the provisions of it. Guess it would have required them to actually do their jobs, and heaven knows we can't have that. When would they have time to perform for the cameras, go drinkin', get Botox injections, or run for President?

And that's another thing. I think the states should enact laws that say that if you decide to run for President, you have to give up the job that your constituents have elected you to do. The people of Arizona, Illinois, and New York are now in effect represented by one Senator. That's not fair to them. I remember when Deion Sanders was playing for both the Falcons and the Braves. He decided, during the World Series, that he would do football with the Falcons in the afternoon and baseball in the evening with the Braves. Bobby Cox, manager of the Braves, kept him on the bench, even though he could have used Deion. Bobby decided that Deion had made his choice, that he'd rather play football than baseball that day. It should be the same way with Congress.

Tom McMahon over at 4-Block World has a couple of goodies: Ice Age Disco reminds us that thirty years ago the big worry was global cooling, and he also shares with us the Paris Hilton Cycle of Fame. His Separate And/Or Equal was an interesting history lesson, as well.

Rhymes With Right reports on the death of Molly Ivins. I join him in praying that she rest in peace. He also shares further evidence on the encroachment of the Nanny State.

Anyway, I've been at it for an hour now, and it's almost time to start work. Have a good one.
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Date:February 1st, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
That exchange between Friedman and Westmoreland is priceless. I knew about his slavery reference but I don't believe I ever saw this piece. I had an argument on this point with a woman who has been a friend since childhood. I wish I had taken the time to find the article. Thanks for posting.
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Date:February 1st, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. The exchange between Milton Friedman and just about everyone is priceless. I'm still trying to find the videotape of him on Phil Donahue's show. I understand Donahue becomes practically apoplectic, and Friedman just sits there, smiling and calm, as he always did. No wonder he lived such a long and productive life. Well, that and he had a wonderful marriage to the love of his life and his partner in much of his research.
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Date:February 2nd, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
You and I may not agree on a number of things, John, but it's posts like this that keep me reading.

I think the states should enact laws that say that if you decide to run for President, you have to give up the job that your constituents have elected you to do.

Hear, hear! Bravo!

This is one of the things that drives me crazy about all the "Obama mania" - he just got elected to the Senate and he's running for President already? He may be a great guy, I don't know, but if I lived in Illinois I'd be pissed.

As for the rest, well, how many times has McCain run? And he keeps getting re-elected? They're getting what they're paying for in Arizona.
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Date:February 2nd, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
There's at least one state that requires that you resign your current elected position if you decide that you want to run for another one. This puts the governor of the state in the position of appointing someone to finish out the term. That's as it should be; the people of any state or any Congressional district don't deserve to be ignored while their representative or senator runs around the country trying to become president. Their legislative needs take a back seat to the candidate's need to put his/her name on legislation that will get them the higher office.

The prospects of any of the nitwits who are running for president actually getting the office gives me the fantods. I can't stand most of the Republicans who are running, and the Democrats are nitwits as far as I'm concerned. As a party they haven't had any new ideas since the New Deal, and those ideas were lousy, not to mention unconstitutional. I'll probably vote Libertarian...hey, maybe I should just ask for my ballot now...

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