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Saturday, July 26, 2014

BAD STUFF HAPPENING…shouldn’t we do something?

BAD STUFF HAPPENING…shouldn’t we do something?
A cranky opinion for


The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little knowledge on the subjects opined.  Opposing opinions are welcome, but will probably be ignored and please, no name calling.  That means you, you big stupid head!

Several issues in the news this week which call for my cranky opinion.

A passenger plane was shot out of the air over the Ukraine, apparently by Russian rebels supported by Russia.  This was horrible and action needs to be taken.  Should send troops to support Ukraine and declare war on Russia, or we should impose sanctions, or we should strongly object?  Clearly we should do something…shouldn't we?

Our borders are being overrun by illegal immigrants including thousands of children all expecting automatic acceptance.  I’m really not too sure what all this is about, but it seems like trouble.  Should we allow these poor people in our country and support them so they may eventually have a better life, the life we all feel as citizens we should be given the opportunity to lead?  Or should we round them all up and send them back where they came from.  One choice sounds untenable, the other sounds downright cruel.  We need to do something and something soon…shouldn’t we?

What a mess there is in the Middle East.  Hamas is firing rockets into Israel killing civilians.  Most don’t cause any damage because Hamas is kind of inept.  Israel is retaliating by sending bombs and troops into Gaza to root out the terrorist tunnels.  Should Israel be allowed to defend itself?  Well yes, but they are killing civilians.  Is Hamas killing its own citizens through human shields to make Israel look like the villain?  Well yes, but the whole situation is horrible.  Shouldn't we do something to stop this violence?

More gun violence in this country.  A nut job tried to shoot up a hospital and did manage to kill one and wound another.  He was shot by a doctor who was probably illegally armed.  Oh my, what to do.  Make guns illegal and strip every one of their arms?  Arm every one so nut jobs are quickly dispatched of as was in this case?  Shouldn't we do something?

Iraq is a mess again.  The last time we tried to fix that place we got rid of a horrible person who was horrible to his people and it seems he is being replaced by more horrible people.  Should we send in troops and stop the violence?  That didn't really work the last time, maybe we should become permanent policemen in this country, except the Iraqis don’t want that.  We should do something, shouldn't we?

OK, I know “What is your opinion Cranky?”

My opinion is I am damn glad I am not the President because even the right decisions whether to take action, voice stringent objections, or do nothing will be the wrong decisions.  I think I’ll just sit back and wait and then point fingers. 

I am a great quarterback on Monday morning.

The preceding was a non-opinion copout by a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.


  1. Good things to ponder. You're very deep today. :)

    Sanctions against Russia. Yes, and hard.

    Children refugees/illegals....ouch....tough one. My sense of compassion says we can't be mean to these kids, but reality says we're broke and can't afford to take in more. Good luck with that one President O'bama.

    Israel/Gaza....they're gonna fight no matter what, so just stay out of it.

    Gun violence....reality is, guns aren't going away. Aggressively go after those who have them illegally (felons, people with restraining orders against them, the mentally unstable, etc), do serious background checks on those who want to buy them, and realize the cops can't be everywhere, so you're on your own.

    Iraq doesn't want to be helped, so don't.

    That's my opinion, and like yours, you can add a buck-fifty to it and get yourself a cup of coffee.

    But seriously, why does everyone look to the USA when something goes wrong and say, "Fix it?" Why don't they look at Spain, or Chile, or New Zealand, or India and say "Fix it"? I guess that's what the UN was supposed to do, but that body has turned out to be a joke.

    As you said, regardless of how you answer, it's gonna be wrong to one group or another. A prez has to have the world's thickest skin.


  2. my county just voted to not allow housing of illegal children here, yet one of the county officials that voted that way had toured the border holding sites and said it was the worst humanitarian crises in our lifetime. i truly don't know the answer to any of the above, either.

  3. You are so right about trying to get a handle on the mess. There is no handle. Lowandslow has some good points too. As for the Middle East, as much as I wish peace for them, there seems to be no answer. They have been fighting with each other ever since Abraham favored Isaac over Ishmael back in 2000 BC.

  4. I'm sure it's Bush's fault. And the republicans too. Yep, that's what we'll hear at some point. Oh wait, we're already hearing that.

    You've pretty much captured all the messes around the world.

    Have a fabulous day Cranky. ☺

  5. These world problems are certainly above MY pay grade. A person would need to be crazy to want to be president, or at least have amazing confidence that they can make a difference. I read somewhere that people generally get the government they deserve. If this is true, it's time to take a long hard look at ourselves and our values.

  6. I agree with Stephen. Anyone wanting that job is certifiable.

  7. Good morning to you - and greetings from the "mess"...

  8. I live about 10 miles from the Mexican border. In certain places in my town, I can look into Tijuana and see its lights if it is dark outside. I don't know what the answer is about immigration and those coming across in droves, what to do with them, etc. I know the town I used to live in up to 3 years ago turned away the buses that were trying to bring such immigrants up to process. My biggest gripe with any immigrant that comes into this country is if they want the great benefits of our country, I truly truly truly wish they would learn to speak our language. I can't work in my town because I'm not bilingual. They are provided interpreters for doctors, in the court system, etc., at the tax payer's expense. So if you want to be here, PLEASE learn the languag.e

    That doesn't solve any of the other problems or even this problem, but it felt good to get that off my chest.

    (conversely, my sister/family lived in the Netherlands for 2 years awhile back. They had to bring interpreters with them if they went to do business, it was not guaranteed they would have someone there that would speak English).


  9. How often (every day) am I glad I don't have the kind of job where I have to make decisions on these awful conundrums. No decision will be the right one, and everything has consequences. I don't know how the politicians do it, but being unburdened by self-doubt or excessive compassion probably are required :(

  10. On your question of Make guns illegal and strip every one of their arms? Guns are already illegal to felons and criminals and those who have mental illness. It never stops them from getting their hands on them. Criminals can and will always be able to get guns just like street gangs always have guns for crimes and drive by's so why take away the rights of the responsible and legal gun owners?

    1. Just to clarify, I did not make that suggestion, I used it as an extreme option. One was to take away all guns, two to arm everyone. The real answer probably lies somewhere in between, but to answer your point, criminals will always be able to get guns, well bank robbers will always rob banks so lets make robbing banks legal? My real position is to make gun ownership more difficult for unstable and or criminal people, I do not advocate taking guns away from responsible law abiding people.