Many years ago, I was required to have a security clearance. As it later turned out, a much higher one than I actually needed, but at the time, the “guidelines” said that if I had a certain rank and was assigned to a certain post, I had to have it. So I sat down, and filled out a lot of paperwork. A complete life history, detailing where I’d lived during my life up to that point, what schools I’d attended, and a lot of other questions. I sent off transcript requests to my colleges, to have them send in transcripts to the agency in charge of the clearance. Then there were credit checks, criminal record checks, and the interviews which were … intensive. After that, came the reports from my family as various people called them to ask if I was “in trouble,” because they’d just been questioned about me by the FBI or by military investigators.
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My last post was a reblogging of a post from last year, where I suggested some tips for the Republican Party to move forward. A few other recent ones have dealt with their “Growth &Opportunity Project” document. I’m not the only one who has been digging around through it, and analyzing it, and some of what they’ve pointed out, along with comments here, have led me to decide to suggest some additional “tips” for the Republicans.
If you follow the political news … or heck, just the news in general … the current “big story” is the sequester. This is a set of across-the-board cuts to federal government spending, including defense. Despite the attempts to spin it as “Obama’s fault” by various Republicans, the public isn’t buying it. The new “spin” is that it won’t be bad, it’s “necessary,” and that the sequester is a good thing to “rein in runaway government spending.” The claim is that the White House is hyping the problem, and it “won’t be that bad.” What they’re counting on is that the cuts aren’t going to have an immediate impact.
I just did a quick check of the news, and there’s been another shooting incident. This one is particularly horrific, it was in an elementary school in Connecticut. There’s still a lot of things to clear up, but I’m getting sick and tired of hearing of these. What makes it worse is that I know, within a few days, that Wayne LaPierre is going to issue a statement out of NRA headquarters that will be just as stupid as his other ones. Update: 20 children dead, 6 adults, and the shooter. Other updates at the end of the post.