Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Monday, January 26, 2009

On South Carolina and Refuse

It's becoming ever more apparent with each passing day that South Carolina doesn't mind being the nations land fill and will find a way to profit from it. From Nuclear to household waste the Palmetto State is quickly becoming the Putrefaction State. But in doing so again we're utilizing one of the three R's and making it profitable.

This week I read in SC Biz Mag that:
And speaking of recycling refuse and making money off of it... Guantanamo Bay is slated to be closed within a year. I find it outrageous that our Republican (Republican = Jesus Wrapped in an American Flag with a Rifle, a pack of Marlboros standing atop a moose in front of his hummer = the epitome of patriotism) leadership would not consider bringing the terrorist goons to Charleston's Navel Brig.
But it's not just our leaders, across the country Republican Politicians with huge military prison installations are saying not in our back yard despite the opinions of their less than sheepish constituents. From the Kansas City Star:
An informal survey Thursday on the streets of Leavenworth found reactions ranging from confidence that the Army would continue to keep the community safe, to concerns that the city would be visited by new dangers and its name become synonymous with terrorist incarceration.
“The question that comes to my mind is how secure it will be,” said Timothy Swan, the owner of Alpha Geek Computers in downtown Leavenworth.
Anita Maynard, owner of the Queen’s Pantry shop, feared the transfer of prisoners might too strongly reinforce Leavenworth’s image as simply a prison town at the expense of its other attributes — such as being home to a college for mid-career Army officers.
Dianne Hawkins, a homemaker married to a soldier, said she had confidence that if the detainees came, the Army could keep things safe.
But that security question was key for Brendan Sheehan, who runs a bicycle shop in Leavenworth. If he were assured that the town would stay safe, Sheehan said he could imagine an economic boon.
“That’s that many more workers here in town,” he said. “That could mean more customers.”
And Charleston has held highly sensitive terrorists before. As one reader of Andrew Sullivan's blog said of Charleston:
I lived in Charleston: the Military Brig in Charleston, South Carolina is in the town of North Charleston, SC, where the mayor drives around town with police/military scanner, heavily armed looking for crime to stop (I'm not joking). Nevermind that the Charleston airport abuts the Charleston Air Force base (home of Military airlift
command) and could be secured fairly quickly. In order for a detainee to make it from the military brig to the airport, he would have to cross swampland unprepared. The area surrounding the Charleston area is cypress swamp (that goes for miles around the city) full of gators, wild hogs and poisonous snakes and the residential areas are full of people armed to the teeth (with a hair trigger, a state rep got into some hot water for getting drunk and shooting at some power line workers he thought were thieves, he wasn't charged). Keeping them there might be a good idea. They've kept Padilla and others at that Charleston brig for years with no complaint.
I don't get it, if you're big enough and man enough to spend 10 billion dollars a month and sacrifice the lives of more than 4000 American Servicemembers and believe that our Military and our Country is the best the God has ever created: why be a big sloppy, flappy - well you get the picture - about this. Shouldn't the military, which we so implicitly trust and owe our freedom to, be able to handle 200 some odd folks - guarding them and making sure they don't escape into a swamp with animals most of the detainees have never seen before (if they're from Afghanistan especially)?
Is it sooo wrong to increase the number of jobs in your state by an increase in military or FBP employees, who - are higher paid than their state or local counterparts, many times by double (which means that much more of an increase in purchasing power and money being pumped into economy)? Or is the patriotism only skin deep? Is it not really an issue, belief or an ideology worth putting your name on the line about?
Jim DeMint, Mark Sanford, Lindsay Graham, or Henry Brown care to respond? I doubt it.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

take a breath and edit.