I’m Driving to Work on Your Dime

This morning the Idaho Press Tribune has an opinion on Ron Crane’s, Treasurer of the State of Idaho, imbecilic defense of why he uses the State gas card for his personal vehicle.

Apparently the first question is: “How is Mr. Crane paying for his daily commute between Nampa & Boise” because the IPT writes, “Another question that should be answered: Can you use a state credit card to fuel your personal vehicle?”  This isn’t to deride the IPT – is that a serious question? How many of us expect our employer to pay our way when getting to & from work? Evidently Mr. Crane thinks so.  I work from home & pay for internet service in order to connect to the hospital’s servers and database although a portion can be declared on my taxes as a business expense.

One commenter notes:

“We shouldn’t be paying for the local commute of any politician other than perhaps the Governor. Crane is in a position to have legally been the watch dog over such issues …. He is in a position of public trust, he is the watch dog over such issues...”

[That to me is one of two defining issues. “He is the watch dog over such issues..”]

Now as pointed out by the Idaho Press Tribune, the real issue as they see it:

But the real issue here is whether Idaho taxpayers should be expected to pay for his trips to and from work. If the rest of us are expected to foot that bill ourselves, shouldn’t the same be expected of the state treasurer?

That’s not the real issue. Why? Here’s where the ‘two defining issues’ come  in with their ‘issue’ simply providing a way out for Mr. Crane to apparently plead stupidity.

.1) Gov’t service: Ron Crane has leeched off the gov’t  for a long enough time.  He was a state representative for a number of years and following that was elected as state treasurer, and is undoubtedly quite aware of what’s allowed and/or disallowed.  During his tenure as a representative is where Mr. Crane would have been educated on those allowable expenses as they related to his office.

Prior to his election as Treasurer in 1998, Mr. Crane served 16 years in the Idaho House of Representatives. While there, he chaired the House State Affairs Committee for 4 years and the Business Committee for 7 years.

2) Business ownership:  Since 1979, Mr. Crane has operated his own small business.  It’s touted on the state website as “one of the oldest and largest alarm companies in Idaho.”  Again – as a business owner, Mr. Crane would know what’s allowable as a business expense for state & federal tax purposes.

Now, just another two things.  I’m truly sick of those who boast their Christian-ness as though that places them several notches above the rest of us especially when it comes to decision-making, living an exemplary life, and other bullshit.  Mr. Crane’s biography on the state website highlights his graduation from Nampa Christian High School, later graduating from college with an associate’s degree, going on to receive “an honorary doctorate from Ohio Christian University in 2008.” His biography also relays he is “a founding member of the Lifeline Crisis Pregnancy Center, and serves on the board of trustees for Nampa Christian Schools.”  Mr. Crane’s actions don’t even rise to meet up with his own standards.  What a role model.

Secondly, as the commenter mentioned above “he is the watch dog over such issues.”  I’d venture Mr. Crane KNOWS exactly what’s allowed and/or disallowed and simply is fabricating any response he can to find a way to skirt  the obvious. He did know and chose to ignore it.  Or … Mr. Crane truly is a fucking doofus and didn’t know and with that is flat-out unqualified at the most basic level for this position.

Either way, Mr. Crane needs to explain himself – then, resign.

Be Back ….

Wanted to get into the NDAA fray a tad because at first I wasn’t understanding the conflicting signals about the exact language vs the intent of the language.  It’s been neigh impossible because I’ve been sick. Whatever it is – the insistent cough thrusting into the chest, the sore throat where gravel apparently is stuck, that stuffiness of your head that makes you feel kinda high but dizzy at the same time, and some other shit thrown in just for the hell of it.  After 2-1/2 days of not working, 2-1/2 days of working at half-speed, and one doctor visit, know what I found?  TheraFlu! Lying in bed working up my energy level to get out to Rite-Aid for TheraFlu it struck me that my parents would use Vicks VapoRub when we had “chest colds” or whatever else they could find to use it for.

Don’t know what or which it was, but my sore throat was gone in the morning, and I’m feeling fairly good.  Not good enough to eat nachos which I’m really hankering for right about now and having to repeatedly talk myself out of fixing, but Shredded Wheat dusted with powdered sugar will suffice for the moment.

Idaho Senators Vote for the NDAA

Both Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted for the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act)  termed by some as the National Detention of Americans Act.

The two sections of concern are 1031 & 1032, posted below:

Subtitle D: Detainee Matters – (Sec. 1031) Affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force includes the authority for U.S. Armed Forces to detain covered persons pending disposition under the law of war. Defines a “covered person” as a person who: (1) planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, or harbored those responsible for such attacks; or (2) was part of or substantially supported al Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. Requires the Secretary to regularly brief Congress on the application of such authority.

(Sec. 1032) Requires U.S. Armed Forces to hold in custody pending disposition a person who was a member or part of al Qaeda or an associated force and participated in planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners. Authorizes the Secretary to waive such requirement in the national security interest. Makes such requirement inapplicable to U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful resident aliens. Outlines implementation procedures.

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

Moveon.org has video of a speech Hillary Clinton gave to the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing, 1995. It was brought out due to phrasing last week of “gay rights are human rights” said somewhere and the similarity to Hillary’s claim that ‘women’s rights are human rights” in 1995.

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Coincidentally after viewing the video, I caught this segment on NPR’s ‘Talk of the Nation’ entitled the ‘Insidious Tradition of Taking Child Brides.’  A guest on the show was Stephanie Sinclair, a photographer, who did a photo story for National Geographic on child brides.  Ms. Sinclair has a remarkable website with various photo shoots from around the world, one of the most searing on self-immolation.

Nujood Ali is mentioned specifically by Ms. Sinclair in the interview with NPR.  Nujood was forced into a marriage at the age of 9.  Seeking a divorced at the age of 10 – she was the “first child bride in her country to demand and get a divorce.”  She has an amazing story, and she also met up with Hillary Clinton in 2008 when Ms. Clinton was honored with Glamour Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award.

Here’s another clip of Hillary Clinton in her inimitable way laying it down during questioning from Rep. Christopher Smith, (R-NJ) on reproductive rights.  As an aside, notice Rep. Smith’s reference of:  “I yield to the distinguished gentleman.”  You’ll never convince me you care about women when using language that doesn’t recognize them for who they are.

 

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What Work Is

 

More on Philip Levine from the New York Times on his recent elevation to Poet Laureate, as well as from PBS’s NewsHour (below).

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Instant Karma

Seems to be the overwhelming verdict regarding this:

‘Man dies while raping elderly woman.’

Two if by land….one if by land, what’s by the sea?

What is it about some who want to revel in their ignorance and stupidity like pigs in mud?

Paul Revere is remembered for his historic Midnight Ride warning colonists of the impending British Army attack. He also had an illustrious career as an engraver, silversmith, watchmaker and soldier.

Video here of American history involving Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride.

Real American history of Paul Revere.

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm….

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

 

 

 

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