The Assassination of Americans by our own government?

     The Obama administration just authorized the assassination of an American jihadist in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki. This is a step that George Bush never took, and one that should alarm all Americans. Why? Because the target is not  only an American, but a non-combatant. He hasn’t taken up arms against his country, but he has recruited others to do so. What does this mean?  Well, it is a very small step into killing any other ideological opponent that just disagrees with you abroad, or at home. Lets forget about the abroad part for now. It’s the at home part that concerns me. As the Obama administration tentatively has already taken steps to identify “domestic terrorists“, how long until he has the ability to kill Americans in our own country, without them once touching a weapon, and without trial? I hate to say it because I like action, not words. But America was meant to be a country in the middle, not extreme left or right. That is why Gerald Ford first instituted a ban on political killings thirty-five years ago. So that America wouldn’t turn into the dirty little dictatorships: the Maoists, the Khmer rouge, the Stalinists, the Tontons Macoute. So that the CIA wouldn’t repeat the secretive political killings of Vietnam. When you get actions like these, you are one step away from being not a Nobel prize-winning statesman, but a Nazi.

This is why we need to change ALL the rules

     Alaskan politicians are so outraged that they have to report lobbyist-bought meals costing more than fifteen ($15) dollars that they are floating the thought of not reporting any meals by lobbyists. Or better yet, raising the ceiling on the dollar amount, so that these bribes disappear. Some of the gems straight from their mouths include Eagle River Republican Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom’s comment: “I mean, sometimes you can’t get an appetizer for $50. 

     Really? Think she is the only one out of touch? Try this bit of sophistry:  “Is a meal unethical? No. Should it be reported? Well, maybe. If you spend $100 bucks on a meal, I think people have a right to know. But if you’re just sitting down to a meal with somebody, what’s the big deal? It’s nothing unethical,” said North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill.

     Nothing unethical? So when Exxon sits you down and buys you a plate of crab legs and a bottle of wine, its all good?  Thank God we can take Jack’s word on that.  These politicians have a bigger sense of entitlement than Tiger Woods! They make Marie Antoinette sound like a close cousin.

     The only one to be commended is Mike Doogan, a true voice in the wilderness.

      The people of Alaska have one of the highest rates of education per capita in the United States. It would be wonderful if we used those smarts to send these royal fools (of whichever party) packing.