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About Bacon's Beacon

Bacon's Beacon is dedicated to offering reasonable views on current events and the people involved, focusing mainly on Politics (everyone's favorite).

Most original posts will be by me, JimB, but some will be from Guest Authors when available.

Your comments and feedback are greatly desired and strongly encouraged.

The Death Penalty

The ability to take a citizen's life as punishment for committing a crime is one of the defining attributes of a sovereign nation. It is something that should never be imposed lightly.

Tonight we saw two state executions take place, one in Georgia, the other in Texas. The execution in Texas was that of Lawrence Brewer. The crime for which he was executed was so brutal it was part of the inspiration for hate-crime legislation.   Read more

Thoughts on the fallout from 9/11

There have been events in our history from the very beginning that have helped form our national character. But few, if any, have had such a transformational effect as 9/11 has. That horrible day will forevermore will be held up alongside Pearl Harbor as the definition of infamy. But while Pearl Harbor and prior events have served to strengthen our national identity and dedication to liberty, 9/11 has taken away from that.

For all the outrage and military action following 9/11, the primary response was to give in to fear.   Read more

The Next Great Infrastructure Project

Brian Greenspun, publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Sun, had this to say in his editorial from today:

Pat [Mulroy]’s idea is simple. It is a pipeline that would take the rising water away from the Mississippi River and transport it westward to the Colorado River where, frankly, water is in very short supply. Over the next decade or so, many millions of Baby Boomers will be retiring to the Southwest, putting a further demand on the diminishing water supply. It makes perfect sense that we should take the water no one wants and move it to a place where everyone needs it. The only thing in the way is an old argument about water laws that should no longer, well, hold water. Whatever that pipeline costs can probably be offset by the next few years of flood damage. That’s a pretty good return on investment.

Are political views 'hard-wired' into your brain?

When hearing “it’s in their DNA”, most people would assume it was a joke referring to conservatives. It seems for the last 50 years or so, research was quietly being done, comparing the brains of conservatives with those of liberal thinking people. After hearing a comment by John Dean (Richard Nixon’s advisor) about the research he did for his book "Conservative Without Conscience", I had to rethink that DNA phrase. John Dean believes the study helped explain why the Republican Party has been driven further right.   Read more

Obesity and our children.

Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s Sarah Palin attacked the First Lady, Michele Obama by saying, “Take her anti-obesity thing that she’s on. She’s on this kick right? What she’s telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their children, for our own families what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up.   Read more

You Can't be Serious!

The American people have been duped again.

The fiscal results of the last five presidents:

Ronald Reagan increased the budget by 186%. George W. Bush tallied 77%, his father George H.W. Bush with 53%. Jimmy Cater came in at 41.3% and Bill Clinton, the lowest with 40.6%. Are Republicans fiscally conservative? I think not.

A word to the wise, the GOP/Tea Party is misdirecting the American people by arguing over earmarks, which in total adds up to ½ of 1% of the deficit, money that is already allocated. This masks their true agenda.   Read more

California and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

It's always difficult to talk about illegal immigration, but I feel compelled to speak up on this issue.

Today, the California State Supreme Court upheld a law that allows illegal immigrants who meet high school attendance requirements to receive the in-state tuition rate for state colleges instead of the out-of-state rate, which is considerably higher.   Read more

Sacrifice Made by All

The middle class and poor seem to make sacrifices more often than the wealthiest of us. They are the first to go to war, the first to carry tax burdens and the first to suffer from economic downturns.   Read more

Painted Into a Corner

Much is said by Republicans and Tea Party members about cutting back on programs and repealing the health care bill. But when asked about specifics, all you get is stammering, hemming and hawing.   Read more

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