Reservists deserve our thanks

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

● Like Marion Jones, the Olympic champion who surrendered her gold medals after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs before the 2000 summer games, Atlanta School Supt. Beverly Hall should return the National Superintendent of the Year award for 2009. There’s “clear-cut, direct, eyewitness evidence that student tests” were doped-up during the 2009 CRCT exams, said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. Her watch, her responsibility.

● Yes, do scrap the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — if we have no intention of committing it to the stress of combat. If we do, the nation should listen to Sen. John McCain, Marine Commandant Gen. James F. Amos and his predecessor, Gen. James T. Conway. Amos pointed out that “there’s nothing more intimate than combat” where young men are “laying out, sleeping alongside of one another and sharing death, fear and loss of brothers.” If this nation intends to create a military for humanitarian and civil engineering purposes, there likely is little long-term harm in lifting the ban.

● In assessing the state of two-party politics in Georgia following November’s elections, I noted that only a small handful of Democrats with statewide potential remained. Make that one fewer. State Sen. Tim Golden of Valdosta switched parties. The sole white rural Democrat remaining in the state Senate is George Hooks of Americus. Redistricting could claim him; if not he could still be the last of the breed for a long spell.

● Say what you will, red-light cameras are to safety what courtroom-simulating TV is to justice. The primary purpose of both is to generate revenue.

● We live in the age of the self-absorbed where unjustifiably embittered people rage, anonymously, sometimes to call attention to their imagined importance — like, for example, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, who is thought to be the source of the leak of more than 250,000 confidential documents. Assange had the audacity to publish the leaks and call for Hillary Clinton to resign. The Army private, assuming his guilt, decides he’s more important than the nation or any institution in it. The hallmark of this era is rights without responsibilities.

● One of my great pleasures over the years was the opportunity to present the AJC’s Reserve Component Achievement Award to the outstanding enlisted men and women in the Georgia Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. This year I was a visitor but the chill-bumps come still as the reservists are honored. This year’s National Guard winners were Spc. James A. Wynn, a Warner Robins police officer and a member of Macon’s 48th Infantry Brigade who volunteered for combat duty in Afghanistan, and Staff Sgt. Kevin O. McMakin, also a member of the 48th, an Afghanistan vet and Georgia’s Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. Representing the Army Reserve were Spc. Allison L. Hubbart, a chaplain’s assistant and a junior at Columbus State University, who joined the Army in 2005, inspired by her brother’s deployment to Iraq as a U.S. Marine in 2003, and Sgt. 1st Class Julie A. Hampton of Grovetown, a firefighter and paramedic in Augusta, a mother of two and a former active-duty soldier working in physical therapy. She had tours in Germany, Korea and stateside before joining the Alabama National Guard and then Army Reserves. They deserve our thanks.

● MARTA’s board chairman, Michael Tyler, says he sees no conflict of interest in asking suppliers to fund a Christmas party for the agency’s 4,400 employees. Is there anybody else who thinks the vendors’ cash “contributions” won’t wind up on MARTA’s tab in future billings? Didn’t think so.

70 comments Add your comment

dougmo2

December 2nd, 2010
5:52 pm

1st-who cares.

Madison

December 2nd, 2010
6:17 pm

There is one word that describes what Michael Tyler is doing “extortion’.

midtownguy

December 2nd, 2010
6:19 pm

If it is the case that soldiers are “laying out, sleeping alongside of one another and sharing death, fear and loss of brothers”, do you care if the man next to you is gay or straight or do you care if he is a good soldier?

Your statement implies that you believe that gay men are “lesser soldiers” and wouldn’t perform honorable under those circumstances. My partner is a Marine (he won’t let me refer to him as a former Marine because he says once a Marine always a Marine) and I can assure you your assumption could not be further from the truth.

You also seem to assume with the “sleeping” reference that gay men have a sexual interest in straight soldiers. A second assumption that could not be further from the truth. How many instances are there of a gay soldiers who were discharged for making a sexual advance toward another male soldier as opposed to straight male soldiers for making sexual advances toward female soldiers?

Mr. Wooten, you kind is thinking is on this subject is”dying out” as my south Alabama grandmother would say.

But I’m all with you on Beverly Hall. Pride goeth before the fall and a haughty spirit before destruction (my grandmother would be proud of me for knowing that).

the original and still the best John Galt

December 2nd, 2010
6:42 pm

One of the main reasons dropping the ban on homosexuals in the military has gained as much traction as it has is that only 6 percent of the Congress has served in the military, and of course the current Commander in Chief did not serve. Brown nosers like Mullens are going to go along with anything the president wants.

There will soon be quotas for homosexuals in military schools, etc. just like there are now for racial minorities and women. There will likely be double standards for performance, such as on PT tests, just like there are now for the “protected groups.”

The U.S. military is at one of its lowest ebbs. God help us when we have to fight a competent determined adversry.

Yosemite Sam

December 2nd, 2010
7:02 pm

I wonder why Wooten didn’t use Floyd Landis to make the first point?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 2nd, 2010
7:26 pm

Good evening all. Although all of our host’s commentaries are meritorious, DADT is the hot button issue and will draw all of the commentary. So, of course, I’ll offer mine too.

DADT is a good policy. Unlike heterosexuals, homosexuals have a disproportionately high percentage of people who identify themselves by their sexuality. That “me” focus is incompatible with the serious business of killing people who need to be killed. The inability to subsume one’s personal identity into the group is the main reason that 2/3s of the combat forces aver potential disruption; it has nothing to do with “homophobia.”

The virtue of DADT is that it allowed the military to obtain the services of right-thinking homosexuals, those who were willing to meld with the group rather than stand aside asserting their sexuality. My precious son, now returning from the Arabian Sea, has a couple of female homosexuals among his direct reports, and he cites them (in private conversation with me) as among the most focused enlisteds in his group, people on whom he can rely.

So far as I can tell, the only reason offered for repeal of DADT is to allow soldiers/sailors to proudly proclaim their weird sexual proclivities. It is a bizarre strategy that the leftist pressure to abolish DADT, so as to allow the flaming swishers to proudly wear the dress of the USMC, rises just as Bradley Manning becomes the poster boy for Army gays. I think it has been around 25 years since an active member of the US military committed acts of treason; odd that Private Manning could not have been in the military but for the tolerance of DADT.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 2nd, 2010
7:38 pm

Lest the critics accuse me of concealing the origin of a policy I praise, I acknowledge that DADT was one of the best ideas to come out of the administration of President Horndog.

carlosgvv

December 2nd, 2010
7:55 pm

We depend for our very lives on our Military. Because of this, I do not beleive the Military is a good place to be conducting social experiments. But, as John Gault points out, most of our lawmakers have never set foot in the Military. So, in complete ignorance, they merrily set about promoting new social standards for our Military.

Glenn

December 2nd, 2010
8:11 pm

Yeah, and the AJC and Cox should return their collective kissarse awards following their systematic railroading of the hero of the disgraced Atanta Olympics. Getting off from a libel suit is one thing, but crippling the First Amendment in the process is unbelievably overreaching, cruel greedy and treasonous. But that’s what this self-righteous paper did.

Glenn

December 2nd, 2010
8:32 pm

Ragnar,

Wait a minute. I want to ask you about this. I agreed with you about the policy, right up until the past couple years. I guess the point, for the straight mainstream, was, like, What are they complaining about? Fine.

But you’re trained to get to the bottom of things, not to dress the windows. These men and women are required under current policy to denature and thereby denounce what they construe as their essential “identity”. “Identity” means, in this context, to be known publicly for who you are, as though the public mattered. Let’s face it; it does do.

Don’t let me bore you with my interactions with other defense forces that can’t afford to hobble themselves according to a warrior’s homosexuality. Barry Goldwater, U.S. Sen., (ret.)., Brig. Gen., USANG (ret.), said that “you don’t have to be strait to SHOOT strait.”

There you go.

jmiles

December 2nd, 2010
8:47 pm

The military once rejected the idea of integrated ranks. They were wrong then, and Jim, you are wrong today. Soldiers are to shut up and soldier. All they should care about is the courage and dedication of the soldiers surrounding them.

Glenn

December 2nd, 2010
9:00 pm

Well said, jmiles. That thinking will make our forces more formidable.

Tall

December 2nd, 2010
9:26 pm

“God help us when we have to fight a competent determined adversry.” Your words Mr. Galt. What “adversry”(sic) are you talking about?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 2nd, 2010
9:37 pm

Good evening Glenn @ 8:32. I think the point I intended to argue is that all military wannabes – straight and curvy – are compelled to “denature” themselves, and I cannot fathom a reason to except homosexuality from the general rule. DADT struck me as a nice change from the former universal prohibition, yet that could still conform with the traditional “unit cohesion” so essential for those on the front lines.

killerj

December 2nd, 2010
9:46 pm

Ha ha ha,I,m a soldier by day,a lady of the barrack,s by night! next thing you know a pfc becomes a general sleeping his way to the top! ha ha ha,sorry I don,t do as the romans do.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 2nd, 2010
9:46 pm

On various other blogs I have urged – not entirely tongue in cheeck – for formation of a “pansy brigade” if you will forgive the stereotype. Black soldiers were able to distinguish themselves in rough action, while in segregated units; I think that performance under fire eased the transition to racially integrated units, as the blacks had “proven” themselves to the white majority.

I think that lack of “proof” is one reason the sexual integration – women into the services – has not gone so smoothly. Prior to integration we had no female battle units.

Thus my argument, that there would be merit in forming a segregated and openly-gay combat-forces unit. There is no question in my mind that the homosexual unit could do the job, and well, and in the meantime if there are any unusual cultural issues related to sexual orientation that would give the military a chance to review and tweak its responses.

the original and still the best John Galt

December 2nd, 2010
9:48 pm

Competent determined ***adversaries*** are out there. For example, the current trade war with the Chinese may end up a shooting war. Trade wars have often been settled with bullets. The Iranians won’t be a soft target, either. In eight years of warfare with Iraq they didn’t give up an inch of territory.

jconservative

December 2nd, 2010
9:56 pm

Jim where you been? Gays have been in combat for the US since 1775.

Gays have been in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and have been decorated for their combat service.

Ending the DADT policy will change nothing except good soldiers will not be kicked out of the service.

jconservative

December 2nd, 2010
10:04 pm

“The U.S. military is at one of its lowest ebbs.”

You are kidding, right?

the original and still the best John Galt

December 2nd, 2010
10:17 pm

I’m not kidding one bit. Morale is very low in the units that have been to the sandbox five times. The officer corps are for the most part interested in their own career and nothing else. The good ones, most of whom are O-4 or below, are getting out in droves.

Both Iraq and Afghanistan are unwinnable boondoggles that prove that today’s leaders didn’t learn one &%$# thing from Vietnam.

I retired in 2008. A friend who is an O-5 in the USMC says that he’s retiring ASAP. Another friend who was an O-3 in the National Guard, and a very gung ho kid at one time, got out because of the screwed up mess he saw in Afghanistan. I could go on and on. Anyone who is willing to tell the truth rather than the politically correct brown nose version will say the same.

Glenn

December 3rd, 2010
6:23 am

Well, as many will recall, Hunter Thompson’s unofficial motto was, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”. Reckon that likewise that could be the motto of the Guard. I hated to see them show up in desert war zones wearing their jungle cammo, but when stuff hits the fan here at home I’m sure happy to see them. Abroad, they’re often the first fallen; here, they’re sometimes our last best hope. So, retire as they will, for whatever reason, they too should receive our every consideration. Marines, God bless them, are really good at taking lives; reservists, at saving lives. Ours.

Will

December 3rd, 2010
7:27 am

Historians will look back one day and truly be baffled by the “Don’t Ask, Don”t Tell” policy relating to the Armed Forces.

Senator Chambliss has stated that many, many gays and lesbians have honorably served in the defense of our beloved republic in the Armed Forces. BUT….allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in our Armed Forces will harm our Armed Forces!!

According to the study released of attitudes regarding gays and lesbians in the mility, more than 80% of those serving in combat now said they knew of gays serving with them in combat and had no problem with that BUT senate opponents, none who are currently serving in a combat zone (and almost all who declined service in the Armed Forces), somehow know better than our proud warriors.

As a person who did not “cut and run” nor dodge the draft when called for active duty, I know full well that there are no atheists, no straights, no gays, no black, no white when my life was on the line. It is the height of absurdity to think that, with bullets flying and brothers dying, I would object to my gay brother saving my life.

Road Scholar

December 3rd, 2010
8:14 am

I thought that one of the icons the military served on was honor. I guess we have to continue to add an arteisk to those who are gay that honor/truth doesn’t mean a thing. So much for “bB all that you can be”!

Jim, I wonder if any of the troops you honored was gay? if so, does that change your mind on their worthiness to serve/be recognized?

It’s time for our armed forces to “grow up”.

mike

December 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

It is good to see the reason that justified blacks being intergrated into the military by being allowed to prove themselves under combat. Maybe that person needs to stop reading the hype because it goes a lot deeper than that. Obvious most goobers here who have a problem with gays in the military are those who have never served. I am with Will. When my life is on the line I don’t care what color you are, what your sexual preference is or how big your feet are. I cover you and you cover me. A real Veteran.

Lee

December 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

RE: Gays in the military. The “Mad Max” character from the John Boy & Billy radio show has the best commentary about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLpslP2jt7w

Best line, “Let’s put America’s defense in the hands of the guys who got beat up all through high school….”

Red light cameras – if it were about safety, the first thing they would have done would be to lengthen the yellow light and add a delay before the light changed to green. After millions of dollars of revenue was generated, the Legislature finally admitted they had a problem and added a second or two the the yellow light. Result, citations were dramatically reduced to the point where many municipalities removed the cameras – they weren’t generating the revenue.

We should always question the motives when private enterprise is given the responsibility of duly sworn law enforcement – especially when money is involved.

Bush the Jr’s decision to send National Guard troops into combat is probably the worst thing he could have done. Enlistment dropped off significantly when he did this because who wants to go into a war zone with hand-me-down equipment? Most of these guys signed up for the one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer and hopefully, the only action they would see would be civil support during a hurricane or flood. Well, that, and every now and then they got to patrol a city with unloaded rifles when the blacks would riot.

“The sole white rural Democrat remaining in the state Senate is George Hooks of Americus.”

Back in the 60’s, the Democrats recognized that blacks tended to vote in a block and they [Dimocrats] began to screw over white people in an attempt to garner this voting block. Today, the only areas that Democrats are relevant is in areas with large minority populations. Funny how that works out.

Junior Samples

December 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

DADT is the equivalent of sticking our fingers in our ears and singing lalalalalalalala.

It’s humorous to watch people defend this childish act.

the original and still the best John Galt

December 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Don’t misunderstand what I have written here. I have no problem with a homosexual soldier, marine, sailor or airman who follows the rules, does his job, and most importantly is held to the same standards as everybody else. I have big problems, however, when one group or another is given special treatment with lesser standards applied to that group so that an arbitrary quota is met. That’s exactly what goes on today with minorities and women in the service, and, I predict, similar quotas will be installed to “fully integrate our ‘gay’ servicepeople into the military.”

I also have serious problems with decisions being made about the military by people who never served. John McCain, God bless him, at least was in the Navy, and his opinion about the Navy therefore automatically carries more weight than the opinion of someone who never served.

0311 Gunny

December 3rd, 2010
10:56 am

the original and still the best John Galt…you’re delusional… but I guess thats obvious since all you seem to know are Officers. The Corp is at near capacity(202k) and we’re denying reenlistments to those who got out but now wish to re-up. So wheres your proof of Mroal Problems? The Corp quit offering reelistment bonuses fon all but 27 MOS because of a surplus in manpower. So wheres your proof of Mroal Problems? We’ve eliminated 134 recruiter billets in the last 2 years because of lower boatspace for new enlisments. So wheres your proof of Mroal Problems? Hell, were telling recruiters to slow down, be more selective The Sandbox is nearly won and is tame now compared to 3 yrs ago, and Afganistan will eventually be too. Two seperate environments needing two seperate stragetgies.

And as to your asinine Vietnam comparison….there is NO comparison.

the original and still the best John Galt

December 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

Time will tell who is delusional, “Gunny…” we’ll see how Afghanistan looks 10 years from now, not to mention Iran, North Korea, and China.

David Granger

December 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Apropos of nothing in particular, it was almost comical the way the Democrats kept insisting that ObamaCare would generate savings and help reduce the budget deficit. (Especially since no government spending program has EVER come in at its original estimated total.) No one seriously believed it, I don’t think…even the Democrats themselves.
Now President Obama’s own budget deficit commission has weighed in:

http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/obamas-deficit-commission-concludes-that-obamacare-adds-significantly-to-the-deficit/

Wallis the dog

December 3rd, 2010
1:59 pm

You gotta love the AJC: The top story online right now is Obama’s million dollar photo op in Afghanistan, while the big news story of the day–unemployment is up to 9.8%–is buried in the business section.

JKL2

December 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

Congrats to all the award winners. It’s always good to receive some recognition from the outside world.

Wallis the dog

December 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Ragnar, only four good ideas came out of the Clinton years: DADT, NAFTA, welfare reform and… I forget the fourth.

0311 Gunny

December 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

the original and still the best John Galt…what does Iran, China, North Korea have to do with “Low Moral” in units leading to solidiers/Marines leaving in droves? What little data I found in my 5 minute search of the Internet refuted your prior statement.

As far as your 04 and belows who are EAS’s, Who Cares, as long as the SNCO and NCO’s are there, those units will be fine. most Officers are worthless. Nothing more than Fratboy Pricks who like to hear themselves talk. The NCO’s are the backbone of our armed forces, always have been and always will be. And there is NO data to support your statements that those NCOs are leaving ‘In Droves’

the original and still the best John Galt

December 3rd, 2010
3:41 pm

OK, “Gunny,” if you even are a Gunnery Sergeant, I’ll take the bait.

First, that will be “the original and still the best John Galt Sir” to you. I take it from your posts here that you are a currently serving Marine. How long have you been in? 10-12 years, I’d guess? Then you haven’t been around long enough to see all the changes the current “politically correct” environment has made within the service. I’ll give you a hint- the changes haven’t been for the better.

I served for 26 years, retired as an officer, but, another hint- I ain’t no frat boy- I graduated from OCS, probably before you were born.

There certainly are a lot of worthless officers- most all of them above O-4 are, especially the generals and admirals, who are without exception Socialist politicians. There’s a bunch of worthless enlisteds too, including a bunch of the E-7’s I’ve known.

Iran, North Korea, and China are the upcoming conflicts we face with a military that’s without leadership and worn out from a decade of worthless conflicts in the Middle East. Not to mention that the U.S. government is bankrupt.

You can always tell an old Gunny- you just can’t tell him much.

More I sayeth not.

0311 Gunny

December 3rd, 2010
5:06 pm

the original and still the best John Galt …wow…You just made my point for me… During your entire screed you never once tried to justify your position that our military is suffering from low morale. Other than your secondhand observations concerning officers who undoubtly share your same view and idealogy, you’ve yet to attempt to provide any empirical eveidenve to support your position. I guess you just like to read your own posts as much as you like to hear yourself talk.

Since you served you should know that you judge the morale of an army by its enlisted personnel, they bare the brunt of all the work. They make things happen. They’re the engines that drive the war fighting machine. I’ll say it again, other than your broad statement that Morale is Low. You haven’t once offered anything to support your argument.

And concenring the ‘Sir’ comment. I’ll tell you like I tell all my boot LT’s. “The Marines will call you ‘Sir”, but you still have to earn their Respect.”

Oh, and thats Gunnery Sargeant to you.

VietVet

December 3rd, 2010
9:14 pm

David Granger, your link was not proof that Democratic health care wouldn’t constrain rising costs. It was a cut and paste job that inserted “Obama’s deficit commission” to the same old right wing lies and disinformation, proving only that right wingers still can’t handle the truth. They’re rather degrade the health of the nation and its economy than admit they’re wrong. You guys are just pathetic.

Glenn

December 3rd, 2010
10:31 pm

Gentlemen, maybe I am or else in not in a position to ask you please to knock it off. Doesn’t matter about q Just please do it.

Glenn

December 3rd, 2010
10:43 pm

Then there’s this. Fruit picked ripest this time of year. Criminalalize that. Creepy criminalists. You even know whose side you’re on? Honestly.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 3rd, 2010
11:21 pm

J.B. STONER

December 4th, 2010
9:27 am

Dr. Stan needs to tune into Fox News and find THE TRUTH in the world around him.

Glenn Beck, Mon-Fri. 5pm est.

Just do it.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 4th, 2010
10:00 am

J.B,

Glenn Beck is alright…but he’s a Johnny come lately. After I’m educated on the issues by Dr. Stan from 6:00-8:00, http://www.radioliberty.com, I transition to Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano…

Before African Americans were overcome by the New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions, our minds were stayed on freedom.

Before we’d be a slave, we’d be buried in our graves. And go home to our Lawde, and be free.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 4th, 2010
12:24 pm

J.B,

I made a bid with a brother in our organization that Americans would never submit to the criminal New World Order integrationist crowd like African Americans. In other words, submit to slavery under new names, world government, globalism, internationalism, integration, love, unity, diversity, etc.

He thought Americans would become victims too because the New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions are a million times more evil and deceitful than those who ran and participated in the Transatlantic slave trade, Nazi-Germany, Ku Klux Klan… and they are camouflaged by love, unity, diversity.

If Americans discover that our problems are not external, but internal, the game is over for our New World Order domestic enemies and their devilish black minions.

the original and still the best John Galt

December 4th, 2010
6:15 pm

Has anyone seen the statistics on the number of tickets written by the traffic light camera at 41 and Windy Hill Road, Marietta? I’m sure it’s a cash cow. I pass by there every day, and I see people running that light every time I have to stop at the light. It probably has generated millions of dollars worth of revenue, and just as our host Mr. Wooten says, that what the cameras have always been about.

Rafe Hollister

December 5th, 2010
10:37 am

I support our military adn vets, for their sacrifice. In all these tax proposals, I think one should be added. 47% of Americans do not pay income taxes now, lets make it 48%, and exempt all current active duty and reserves from Federal income tax, during the course of their enlistment. As far as gays serving openly in the military, i say as long as they can keep it buttoned up, both their fly and their lips, while on duty, bring them on. We need more fighting men/women in the armed forces.

You gotta admit tho, it would be highly entertaining and ROFL, to see a remake of “Patton”, with Richard Simmons playing the Geo C. Scott role.

J.B. STONER

December 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Dr. Stan

watch Glenn Beck.

Nuff said…….

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 5th, 2010
1:03 pm

Alright J.B,

For your name’s sake, I’m going to watch Glenn Beck.

ninetogo

December 6th, 2010
2:05 pm

I find the repeal of the DADT policy a major wartime blunder. We are and have been engaged in long term wars in stwo countries with a majority Muslim populations. We have attempted nation building in both cases. The US military is the face of the United States and it Democratic government objectives in these two countries.

The Koran teaches Muslims that homosexuals are an abomination and should be killed. Repeal of the DADT policy will allow our enemies to paint every US soldier with the homosexual brush. Giving our enemies such a propaganda tool amounts to stupidity at the highest level. I do not frankly give a damn about politically correctness. If our troops are committed to battle, do not throw an insurmountable stumbling block in their way.

Glenn

December 6th, 2010
9:22 pm

Or else send an insurmountable stumbling bock their way. If you want, our version of heterosexuality frustrates them, yet you know that’s merely a goad on your part, a taunt that would get more of our people, gay and straight, killed. So why do it? To prove some silly point?

Knock it off. Get against who the villains are. Imagine that our combatants happened to make better choices than yours. Imagine all the people…

Billyboy

December 6th, 2010
10:01 pm

Excellent point regarding our reserve men and women. We thank each for their service.

Regarding Michael Tyler, it makes you wonder what other items does he see “no conflict of interest”. Obviously, he is not able to see the obvious, so what else is he missing? or maybe getting?