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The Conservative Warrior
"Green" Products are making me sick
My wife recently got a job teaching. In our haste to paint her classroom we got paint all over the baseboards. We could not have this so I began using a razor blade and some scraping tools to remove the paint. This caused deep gouges in the rubbery material the baseboards were made from, so my wife made another trip to the near-by Wal-Mart to find a cleaning substance that would remove the paint without removing any of the rubber. The only thing she could find was “environmental friendly” cleaner that boasted of having “plant power.” Now, I am no master of the agricultural arts, but I can recognize bovine excrement when I see, smell, or step in it. Now this chemical did a fine job, but that is not my problem.
My first problem came as I read the directions and the warnings. Prolonged contact with the skin was a no-no. Hmmmm. Let’s see! This will effectively melt paint off a surface, and it will cause irritation if left on the skin. I am thinking if it is able to eat my skin off, then I am a little less concerned about what it does to the environment. I am also willing to bet the results of pouring this on the grass will not be so “environmentally friendly”. Maybe I can use this stuff to finally kill the two Mimosa trees on opposing corners of my house that keep coming up no matter how many times I whack them to pieces. Nothing else seems to kill them. I mean, come on, the stuff melts paint!
After I thought about it some more, another issue began to bother me. If this stuff boasts “plant power”, then that means someone killed a bunch of plants to make it. That is not very “environmentally friendly” if you ask me. This stuff is an environmental nightmare! Not only will it melt paint and skin, but someone killed oxygen-producing plants in order to make it! That’s right; in case you forgot (like Al Gore did) plants take in CO2 in order to produce oxygen in the photosynthesis process. I remember this from my fifth grade Science class. Al Gore should stay away from the “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” show. Who knew Jeff Foxworthy was more of an environmental genius than Al Gore? I somehow doubt that Jeff is making as much off his game show as Al is making from his movie Inconvenient Truth.
In other words, the basis this product is sold on is “bovine excrement”. By the way, bovine excrement is friendlier to the environment than this product; however, bovine excrement will not melt paint. It probably would not make you smell very good if you smeared it all over your hands, but it probably would not melt your skin off, either.
Now “environmentally friendly” joins other classic phrases that are useless, such as “undocumented worker”, “man-made disaster”, “global warming”, “man-made climate change”, “conservative democrat”, “liberal republican”, and “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi”. We are being sold a lie, plain and simple. Once again my intelligence is being insulted by the “elitists”. It is starting to make me a little sick.
President Obama misses another opportunity
In tonight’s presidential address, President Obama missed another opportunity. President Obama used his address to the nation tonight, to announce the end of combat operations in Iraq. The president stuck to his campaign promise to withdraw combat troops by the end of August 2010, regardless of the conditions that exist, and regardless of leaving 50,000 troops behind with their hands tied behind their back. He missed, completely, the opportunity to address the success of the surge, which is ultimately responsible for the ability to leave Iraq, without the shame of having tucked our tails and ran. He failed to hold former President Bush responsible for this ability (one of the only things he has not blamed him for), and he completely squandered the opportunity to recognize those who were really responsible; the service men and women who have sacrificed so much with their service in Iraq.
Just because the name of the operation is changed, doesn’t mean the combat operations ended at midnight tonight. In actuality, the combat operations came to a halt with the signing of the security agreement. The security agreement was signed by then president George Bush. Our troops have served in a non-combat capacity since that agreement was signed. For over a year and a half, our service men and women have had their hands behind their backs. Civilian contractors have been the biggest force there and have yielded more authority. This is a miserable way for our men and women in uniform to have to serve. The rules of engagement and rules of the road have pretty much allowed any aggressors to have their way with our service members. We did win over there, thanks to the surge, but we should have left at that point, or if we’re going to continue to stay, let our service members defend themselves without having to answer to another government. The Iraqis have had the lead in their own security since the signing of the security agreement.
The violence continues and will continue whatever name they put on the operation. The difference is that now the only troops we have in Iraq are support and logistic personnel. The combat arms troops have left, leaving our troops unsecure there. This, in my opinion, is inexcusable. Bring them all home, Sir, or send them all back there. Do not leave our brave men and women swinging in the breeze.