Sunday, February 26, 2012

Join the Wyoming Navy-It's every man for himself

Obnoxious Republicans, the dominate species of that particular animals these days, absolutely love to point fingers at the failure and stupidity of government and with a self-righteous glee declare how superior they are for wanting to save taxpayer dollars. These people will move heaven and earth to expose all sorts of government abuses, both real and imagined, to prove their point that only they can rein in the evils of bureaucrats. More times than I want to think about I have heard some giggly conservative fool talk about outrageous liberal programs that fund the arts or education, which they feel undermine the foundations and principles of the United States.

I admit, some of the art stuff does boggle my humble and plebeian mind but in the greater scope of political pork I know from experience the Army throws away the annual budget of the National Endowment for the Arts in the space of a day or two so it doesn’t bother me all that much. As for education funding my favorite example of hypocrisy comes from the resident morning blowhard on CNBC who out of one side of his mouth is in a panic over nasty socialist schoolteachers out to undermine the holy capitalist system. The next minute he blathers on about their incompetence and how they could not teach a wino how to get drunk.

To be sure there are multitudes of incompetent or corrupt government officials and employees engaging in actions that anyone with an IQ over 50 would never consider. The uncomfortable truth that few seem to understand, namely because they are pushing a narrow-minded agenda, is that idiocy is not exclusive to any one political party. Whenever humans are involved to some degree or another stupidity, foolish behavior, and in my opinion cowardice always follow.

This brings to mind a laughable/absurd/insane article that I found this Sunday morning as I was sipping my coffee. It seems that the good folks way out west in Wyoming fear that the federal government could collapse and bring with it the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Given the conservative tendencies of Dick Cheney’s home state this “worry” over the catastrophic breakdown of the national government is almost heartwarming to this liberal's bleeding heart.

Now I have absolutely no problem with preparing for the worst, as much as some liberals are out to deny it there are some very nasty people in this world out to harm Americans as much as possible. Yes, you can dither about the imperialistic foreign policies of the United States at the behest of unethical, immoral and unrestrained corporations but when you boil it down to the basics there are still individuals and nations out to harm us. Throw in natural disasters of varying degrees and it is prudent to have plans when the metaphorical shit hits the proverbial fan.

But friends, Americans, countrymen lend me your ears for a moment because what the good people of Wyoming are talking about goes beyond simple preparedness to outright cowardly abandonment of the rest of the country.

"Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.”

Before I touch on the most glaring part of the above statement I do not know about anyone else but when Wyoming state officials talk about implementing a draft and raising a standing army I get the feeling someone is worried about those evil people from Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Idaho, and the Dakotas. Frankly, I understand the sentiment about Montana, with all that big sky country people there have always seemed a little loopy to me. Moreover, when you add their stated desire to purchase strike aircraft this starts smelling less like disaster preparness and more like preparations for a civil war.

Conservatives usually wrap themselves in the flag proclaiming how pure American they are and how proud they are to be citizens of the “freest, greatest, nation God ever graced this planet.” This bill, and others like very much like it all across the United States, in my opinion are articles of cowardice. Sure, all sorts of crap could hit the United States disrupting every aspect of our lives and killing thousands if not millions but instead of planning on how to successfully emerge from what may come and assisting other Americans many plan for nothing further than taking care of themselves. Sort of makes a huge joke out of whole “We will all hang together or we will hang separately” as Ben Franklin said long ago.

Finally, not to further question the intelligence of the elected officials of Wyoming, but does anyone out there have a map? Wyoming is a seriously landlocked state and they want to buy an aircraft carrier?!?!?!

Added this so the geographically challenged will know where Wyoming is located. And here is the entire article:

Wyoming House advances doomsday bill
 CHEYENNE — State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.
House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.
The task force would look at the feasibility of
Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.
The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. David Miller, R-Riverton, has said he doesn’t anticipate any major crises hitting America anytime soon. But with the national debt exceeding $15 trillion and protest movements growing around the country, Miller said Wyoming — which has a comparatively good economy and sound state finances — needs to make sure it’s protected should any unexpected emergency hit the U.S.
Several House members spoke in favor of the legislation, saying there was no harm in preparing for the worst.
“I don’t think there’s anyone in this room today what would come up here and say that this country is in good shape, that the world is stable and in good shape — because that is clearly not the case,” state Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, R-Thermopolis, said. “To put your head in the sand and think that nothing bad’s going to happen, and that we have no obligation to the citizens of the state of Wyoming to at least have the discussion, is not healthy.”
Wyoming’s Department of Homeland Security already has a statewide crisis management plan, but it doesn’t cover what the state should do in the event of an extreme nationwide political or economic collapse. In recent years, lawmakers in at least six states have introduced legislation to create a state currency, all unsuccessfully.
The task force would include state lawmakers, the director of the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, the Wyoming attorney general and the Wyoming National Guard’s adjutant general, among others.
The bill must pass two more House votes before it would head to the Senate for consideration. The original bill appropriated $32,000 for the task force, though the Joint Appropriations Committee slashed that number in half earlier this week.
University of Wyoming political science professor Jim King said the potential for a complete unraveling of the U.S. government and economy is “astronomically remote” in the foreseeable future.
But King noted that the federal government set up a Continuity of Government Commission in 2002, of which former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson, R-Wyo., was co-chairman. However, King said he didn’t know of any states that had established a similar board.


Sarge said...

The inmates have taken over the asylum. Damn, what is behind this madness? And, will be get worse as December 23, 2012 nears?


Mr. Charleston said...

One would assume this aircraft carrier will operate on the Yellowstone River? Of course, maybe it could. Does a pontoon boat and a helicopter qualify as strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier?

Vigilante said...

Stupra Republicans et equos sedebam in in

Pixel Peeper said...

Aircraft carrier, huh?

I smell a prior campaign contribution.

Ranch Chimp said...

Hey Bum ... really good posting here. I like to add that I am conservative on issue's like even defense, and of course in tight budgeted time's and of threat, I choose defense to support, over art, even though I am a big fan of the art's. I will tell you though what I also think, I have noticed the GOP side hammering this division of atate's in the name of freedom, yet at the same time, embracing the flag and plastic patriotism, abandoning the need's of our troop's financially over defense equipment contract's in the billion's, etc .... almost like they are the worst at talking out of both side's of their mounth's, and I truely dont believe now, they know what in Hell their talking about any more, they have just flip- flopped so much into confusion ... only being dictated by the mega bank's and corporate entities. These are time's of political desperation for this so called "elite" (aint a damn thing elite about them though), I have pointed this out myself time amd again, because like a football game the clock is running down and all play's are being made, from austerity, to robbery, and keeping us divided on even petty issue's worx in the King's favour. Everything that they (GOP) propose are to divide state's and citizen's, the evidence is clear as day. I am a voting democrat, but voted republican in my younger year's ... what the GOP stand's for today as far as conservatism to me is confusing as Hell. I'll let it go now, thanx for the read, have a good un Bum ....

Windsmoke. said...

Sounds like an over reaction to me or somebody has really rattled Wyomings cage :-).

Randal Graves said...

Real Wyoming is eerily similar to Fake Wyoming.

Akelamalu said...

An aircraft carrier???? The mind boggles!

Jim said...

It doesn't surprise me at all. I lived there for about 8 years. It's worse than Utah for pure isolationism. It is its own world.

jadedj said...

I'm thinking the aircraft carrier they're considering has wheels. It is available from the same outfit that has the bridge over the East River in NYC for sale.

We will be watching y'all's back here in Nebraska.

lime said...

i picture some napoleonic guy in his bathtub bombing the hell out of his toy boats.

Life As I Know It Now said...

another case of the old divide and conquer and then let the wackos take over the asylum.

Cloudia said...

good to be prepared I suppose

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Nance said...

It's interesting to watch the various factions of conservatives as they try to decide how to set the timer on the Way Back Machine. Some are content with The Fifties, but some won't be happy until they get all the way back to 1800.

I did find that Wyoming has 29 islands. Where there are islands, there's bound to be a Navy and where there's a Navy, logic dictates there's got to be aircraft carriers. Ta da.

Full-On-Forward said...

Sign me up! UNREAL!


Commander Zaius said...

Sarge: Yeah, I figure it will get even crazier.

Mr Charleston: Beats me, but this story has me wondering what those people are drinking out there.

Vigil: Yeah, I think I understand.

Pixel: LOL!!!! Or a huge ignorance of geography.

Ranch: You welcome!

Windsmoke: No telling, people are getting crazy up here.

Randal: I miss that show. Heard rumors of a movie or miniseries to close the story up but I guess it died.

Akelamalu: All jokes aside, those monsters are expensive. I can't see Wyoming being able to crew or pay for one.

Jim: Truthully, I'm surprised people here in South Carolina have not talked about putting the USS Lexington, which is a naval museum in Charleston, back into service. At least South Carolina is on the ocean.

Jadedj: Anything seems to be possible in the day and age.

Lime: Could be, and that is what scares me.

Life: I'm still planning on leaving the country. This shit is getting deep.

Cloudia: LOL!!!! Yeah, but this is weird stuff.

Nance: Good points, and China has one now so Wyoming must be able to carry the fight to them.

John: I heading to Belize. Tropical lifestyle and cheap beer.

Full-On-Forward said...


Call me b4 you leave--I'm in!!!


Marja said...

Can't go there. Very weird.
Health and education should be the priority of every state and country. Art is very Important too. It develops creative thinking which is necessary in our fast changing complex world. Art expresses cultural, historical, spiritual issues. It is food for the soul.

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