Monthly Archives: November 2010

ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SARAH HAS GOOD PARENTING SKILLS

Sarah Palin is a woman to be admired. How do I know this? How else explain her many fans, mostly female? And every word she writes or says is parsed by the lamestream news media. So, she must being saying something important, right?

What I’m certain about is her parenting skills. She, based on the actions of two of her daughters, has some good parenting skills.

Bristol Plain became pregnant before graduating from high school, and now can make money lecturing other teenage girls about getting pregnant and being a single mom. Just how good of an example is she? She didn’t win the “Dancing With the Stars” trophy. According to the news outlets, she said something to the effect that she was hoping she would win so she could give the middle finger to all those folks who dissed her mom. She is a good example of how to act when you lose.

Then there is the 16-year-old daughter who called somebody a “fag” on Facebook, and as if that wasn’t enough, some really nasty stuff came out of her nasty mouth. Somebody had dissed the Palin reality show about Alaska.

Like their mother, the Palin girls can’t let anyone get away with dissing the Palin family. Fight back and be as nasty as possible.

 

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON MUST ADJUST TO THE INFORMATION AGE

During the years I crowded into a bus along with the rest of the worker drones and got off and entered a high rise building in San Francisco, I was too tired when I got home in the evening to read the newspapers, so, I got my news from television.

Upon retirement, I turned off the television news and joined those reader drones who believed that it wasn’t news if it wasn’t in a newspaper or news magazine. I spent my mornings reading the newspapers and my afternoons reading such news magazines as U. S. News and World Report.

I resisted as long as I could going online and reading the online newspapers. However, once I could no longer afford mail delivery of the New York Times, I turned to reading it free online and discovered I could read the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other newspapers for free (hey, we all like free stuff, right).

Still, I resisted reading online magazines until U. S. News and World Report stopped sending me the print edition, forcing me to download the online issue and read it on my computer monitor, which I had. However, I still received the print edition containing advice on various subjects, that is, until this month.

This month, on the cover is the report that no longer will the print and digital issues of the U. S. News and World Report be published. The company will, however, continue to publish the usnews.com website. I still receive the print edition of The New Republic, but I suspect the online-magazine avalanche will soon overtake it too.

 

I must adjust to reading newspaper and magazine stories on my computer monitor if I am to survive in the Information Age. I don’t think I help the environment any when I download stories and print them because the computer monster is hard on an old man’s eyes.

But I’ve been told learning new skills may help me live longer because it keeps the brain active.

 

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS LET THEM SERVE

As an ex-navy man, I’ve thought a lot about whether gays should be allowed to serve their country in the military. It was an open secret that one or two men on the ship I was on were gay in the mid-1950s. None of us resented the men. They did their jobs and did them well.

The don’t ask, don’t tell rule doesn’t always work. For instance, if someone sees a person who is off duty engaging in sexual activity with another person of the same sex and tells the commanding officer, the commanding officer calls the offender into his office and asks him if it is true. Now, technically, the commanding officer shouldn’t ask, and the offender shouldn’t have to answer. But he or she had better answer or be charged with insubordination.

Why doesn’t the rule apply to a witness?

I don’t like the situation of gays in the military being compared to the situation of African Americans in segregated units before President Truman ordered integration. We African Americans were allowed to serve (except, of course, for gays) but in segregated units. Today gays are barred from serving.

However, the same excused used to keep the military segregated is being used today by those who don’t like the idea of gays serving their country: it will negatively affect unit cohesion.

No one has presented any evidence that this is true. In fact, evidence from foreign militaries suggests it is a false assumption.

We must take advantage of the talents of the young gay men and women who want to serve their country in the military.

Strike the don’t ask, don’t tell rule from the books.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS TIME FOR TEA PARTY LEGISLATORS TO GOVERN

The Tea party now has many of its followers in the Congress, which is indeed a triumph. Congratulations are in order. You fought hard and you won.

Someone said politics is the art of compromise. I say governing is the art of politics. Smart alecky sound bites aint leadership and won’t get the job of governing this nation. You have, as it were, taken back America. From whom is still not clear.

What is your agenda? In what direction do you plan to take the nation? Saying cutting spending, making the Federal government smaller, saving the tax cuts without showing how you plan to do these things aint gonna cut it.

Reality will soon smack you in the face. And you will have to prove you can lead the nation to better economic times.

The biggest problem we have is the slow economy. How do you plan to put folks back to work?

How to you plan to improve the economy?

Do you plan to waste the tax payers money (we are, after all, paying your salaries) trying to stop the Healthcare law from becoming effective? Do you truly believe that is what the voters sent you to Washington to do?

Time for you Tea Partiers to shut up and lead.

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