Dear Black People [of Ferguson and the USA]

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Hey there! How ya doin’?

Lots of us out here empathize with you. Lots of us have actually sided with you. However, when you decide that directing violence against random White people simply because they are White People is the right and proper thing to do, you lose all of the support and empathy.

Racism is racism. Bigotry is bigotry. These acts are self defeating. These acts are what your enemies want.

The people who did this to you are YOUR community leaders. The person who killed Mike Brown is a Police Officer. Random White Dude walking down the street did not kill Mike Brown. I realize that passions are high. At times such as these, it may seem that it is you against the world. I say to you that it’s not you against the world.

There are Americans out there who agree that there are issues at hand here that need to be resolved. You targeting people who have done you no harm makes any kind of resolution or real conversation impossible. Be rational. Don’t be complete fucking idiots. Think before you act. Stop targeting businesses owned by regular people.

I can’t, for the life of me, understand why you have not staged “sit-ins” and such at your local city, county and State bf1a3dd8215d3841c68a36962fb7d93fGovernments. These are the real oppressors. White dude sitting at a red light is not your enemy. The Police are the enemy. The County Prosecutor is your enemy. The District Attorney is your enemy. The people in your local government are your enemy in this fight. The State Government and the Federal Government are your enemy.

Yes, that includes Barack Obama. I know this is difficult to reconcile but while you are attacking random White guy just because he is random White guy, the Federal Government is militarizing your Local and State Police and making possible, ney making it certain, that your local police will treat you not with the respect of a citizen but with the disdain of an enemy combatant. Barack Obama has done much to further the programs that are militarizing our Nation’s Police Forces.

You can, if you wish, continue to  blindly support Obama as he makes your lives harder, oppresses you at the hands of Billionaires and lies that he’s “here for you” and that he’s “surprised and angered” by the situation. However, he’s not. He’s a part of the system that had led you to this moment. Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and the rest of our politicians stand right there with him against you and against the rest of us.

mettheenemyI know. Barack is Black. It was a proud moment. However, he’s not your friend. Any more than the criminal who steals your last few dollars is your friend. He’s a politician. He’s no different than George W. Bush.

So, stop targeting random White dude who is just as much a pawn of the State as are you. Direct your angst against the Government. Demand change. Real change. March against them.

Join with your fellow pawns (White, Latino, Asian & Arab Citizens) and march against your government. If you allow them to divide you by fomenting racial angst instead of political angst, you are already defeated.

Your government has betrayed you…from the President on down to your local council person.

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The Media and Police Shootings

 

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Why does the media make such a deal out of White on Black Police Shootings and not the Black on White Police Shootings?

One thing that I notice is that when a White Cop shoots a Black kid. It matters very little to the average Black person that the kid may [or may not] be guilty. There is a presumption of innocence. There is a presumption of brutality. There is the immediate assumption by the Black community that the Police Officer had other means at his disposal to resolve the dispute or to bring that “perp” to Justice.

And notice that I used the abbreviation “perp.” Police seem to like this word. “Perp” is short for perpetrator.

Perpetrator. What are police saying when they use this word. They are saying perpetrator of a crime. When the police call a suspect a “perp,” they are automatically assuming guilt. In many cases, Police arrest innocent citizens whose only crime was being in the general vicinity of a crime and having the same characteristics of the assumed guilty party.

Once one is in the grasp of the police, they automatically assume one’s guilt. YOU are guilty the moment you come into contact with the police.

Back to the issue at hand.

A black person is shot by the police.

1. The police have already concluded the guilt of the person whom they shot. This is a given. Else they’d not have shot that person.

2.  The Police have automatically assumed guilt.

3.  Black citizens being fully aware of a bias within the police community brought on by decades of media portrayal of Black citizens as dangerous criminals and “gang bangers” as well as political vilification of the Black community by American politicians from Lyndon Johnson to George Herbert Walker Bush to the present day politicians such as Nancy Pelosi and John McCain assume the worst of police motives and competence in the field.

4.  American police have a “I deserve to go home to my family at night” mentality which gives them a cowardly shoot first attitude when facing the dangers of their profession. 

5.  Police are not known for their negotiation skills or for having a professional community relations dynamic.  The police in most communities are an occupying force and no longer the neighborhood police who are friends and helpers placed to serve and protect.  The “serve and protect” ethic died long ago.  Police are now militarized and aloof.  They stay in their cars.  They do not interact with the community or it is rare to see this dynamic in action.

6.  The White population of America automatically label any Black person who has an altercation with the police a “thug.”

With all of that in mind, Black citizens of America know that justice will not be served regardless of the guilt or innocence of the victim of a police shooting.  An innocent who is shot will receive no justice.  The police will make statements saying all of the right words and phrases to placate the press and the White public of America when they are found to have shot an innocent UNTIL the public loses interest.  Once the public loses interest, the police will then forget the victim.  In most cases, promises made will go unfulfilled as is happening right now with the toddler who was injured in an incompetent SWAT raid on a house in Georgia.  

Black citizens know this.  It happens time after time until finally a “Ferguson” explodes in righteous anger.  A poor black community explodes, the police respond as if they are storming Fallujah.  Peaceful protestors are lumped in with trouble makers, the press is arrested and all rights are suspended while the White Governor, White City Police Chief and other politicians make irresponsible statements and incompetently “deal with the event.”

Ferguson is a study in how NOT to navigate a civil disturbance.  The Police automatically went on the defense, pulled out their “battle rattle” and proceeded to go on the offensive.  Citizens were called animals and told that they would be killed if they exercised their rights to assemble, free speech and petition.  No State, County or City official made any real moves to hear the complaints of the people.  Outsiders such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton interfered and intervened exasperating the situation.  

Everything that a public official could do wrong was done wrong.  Incompetence and unAmerican actions were taken by the State and local governments.  The people were treated as if they were criminals.  Citizens were maced, gassed, brutalized.  The press was maced, gassed and brutalized.  Worse, yet, were the police screaming threats as if they were a legion of centurions about to storm a barbarian stronghold.

The Media, of course, saw these events as worthy of covering.  Pundits waxed poetic, idiotic, ignorant and wise.

Now, turn to the White kid who was shot by the Black Police Officer.  

The Black Police Officer shot a White kid.  The community wherein this incident occurred simply assumed guilt on the part of the White Police shooting victim and went back to their day to day business.  No White person asked questions.  No White person stopped to think that perhaps this kid didn’t deserve to be shot.  It was assumed that if the kid was shot, he was guilty of something.  No one cared that a White kid was summarily executed by the Police much less that it may have been racially motivated.  The only reason that anyone is even discussing this shooting is because of all of the media attention given to Michael Brown and Ferguson.

If the White victim of the Police summary “justice” had been killed at a less voluminous moment concerning police brutality and police militarization, the White community would not have noticed.  Add in the fact that he was only half White and that he was half Hispanic and the White Public would assume that he was guilty and wrote him off as a Latino Thug.

However, since he was half White and shot by a Police officer who happened to be Black, this is a good time for the Political Punditry and Puppetry of the Right Wing to juxtapose this victim of police brutality and summary justice against the Media attentions given to the Black victim of police brutality at the hands of a White Police Officer.  

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Note, though, that the pundits and puppets aren’t speaking to police brutality or police militarization.  Ney, they are attempting to use this to downplay race.  “See,” they say, “Black Cops kill ‘White’ kids and White folks don’t go crazy.  The media doesn’t give it the attention it deserves because it was a Black on White killing.”  Never mind police brutality, the shoot first mentality of the American Police or the heavy militarization of the American police brought about by the unconstitutional wars on terror and drugs.  Instead, they’re only interested in “I told you so” and “See, racism is all in your mind.”

Puppets and pundits are only interested in downplaying and diverting attention.

And White America is falling for it….AGAIN.

It’s pure brilliance.  FOX News is the lead actor here.  

The assumption by FOX is that the police acted correctly and that Michael Brown was guilty.  This despite the fact that American citizens are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.  They are on the side of the State even as they pretend to be on the side of State’s Rights and the Bill of Rights.  

The rest of the media are just as complicit.  They divert our attentions away from real issues constantly and consistently by covering idiot issues and non-issues such as missing rich kids in Aruba.  They fawn over political actors instead of acting as real journalists.  

The media in America, though, has a history of political fawning.  Most citizens are unaware of this but the majority of the news organizations in America were started as mouthpieces for the political parties.  Yet, we expect them to tell us the truth about events and issues in America.

The media is simply a government mouthpiece.  When their preferred party is in power, they are silent on their transgressions.  When their preferred party is not in power, they trumpet the transgressions of the other.

We expect the media to be watch dogs.  They are not.  They are puppets and pundits, liars and scoundrels of the first order.  Any journalist who attempts to tell the truth faces the same future as James Foley.

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In the meantime, if one is Wealthy in America, one is rarely guilty.  Justice in America is not real but purchased.  For the poor, it is nearly always out of reach.

Obamacare Whistles Past the Train Yard

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To the whining, illiterate Democrats out there:

This is not a comparison of Obamacare and the Holocaust/Nazi Train rides:

“Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for “train rides” for Jews in the 40s.”

In this comparison, the subjects of comparison are Democrats and Germans.

The Tennessee Senator is likening Democratic bragging to German bragging.

He is not likening or comparing Obamacare with the holocaust or to “train rides.”

Apparently, Democrats have comprehension issues which explains why they voted for Obama, Carter, Kerry, Mondale, etc.

However I disagree with the Senator. I would liken Democrats to Mao’s minions during the Great Leap Forward not to Nazis. Democrats have always identified with the communists and socialists. This is their preferred oppressive style. They prefer slow, indirect murder of the masses disguised as cultural egalitarianism or “progress” to straight out undisguised murder based on hatred or supremacy.

Though, Democrats do believe in their own supremacy and Democrats are extremely hateful.  In this, I see no difference between the average Democrat and the average Republican. They exist as two sides of the same hateful, self aggrandizing coin.  Each believes that they are victims of the other and each believes wholeheartedly that they know the true path. Each party and it’s respective minions is willing to sacrifice all others as a means to achieve their good and noble ends and in this way paves the paths to hell with their good and honest intentions.

Leaving the rest of us to hell on earth.

Instead,  I’m hoping that the GOP and DNC burn in hell.  May the GoDs make it so.

American Idiots

Why do people trust the new administration or the last administration? How is it possible?

Each Presidential Administration in the past 100 years has been proven to have lied to the Citizenry of this nation. It has been proved that each of these persons and their underlings have lied, connived, circumvented the Constitution and profited from doing so.

Yet, we still believe that this one…yes, this one, the last one and the next one is, was or will be telling us the truth.

Americans are this pathetically stupid?

I keep going back to Johnny Walker Lindh. This guy was paraded in front of America as if he were the blood soaked re-incarnation of Tamerlane.

In the end, he was naught but a drug addled boy who had never handled a gun and was rounded up amongst a group of half assed “talibs” like cattle.

The dude did nothing. His crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time and refusing to admit guilt when he was really guilty of nothing.

Yet, he was railroaded through our justice system and sentenced to prison.

Our system of justice is warped or perhaps, there is no justice in America. There is only those who have the funds to manipulate the legal system and those who do not.  Woe be unto those who do not have the means to fight and go against the grain.

I am supposedly a free man from a country governed by the principles of Liberty, yet, they tell me that I need permission to travel to Cuba.

Freedom?  Liberty?

Immigration and Taxation

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Illegal immigrant is kind of a stupid term. lol An immigrant is an immigrant. Some travel with permission, some do not. That said, a simple term was needed in order to simplify the discussion. Especially since so many people can’t think in terms/relationships of complex and dynamic challenges.

The media and government had to dumb the conversation down so that the majority of modestly educated middle Americans could follow along and be fooled into following one or the other spoon fed ideologies.  Let’s face it.  Make the paragraph too long and most Americans tune out.

Technically speaking, I’ve been in a number of countries illegally. I never intended to stay, though.

The majority of persons who have illegally crossed the borders into America are here to take on jobs that are low paying, menial positions that many Americans will not, for a variety of reasons, take on.

If you deport (kick out) all of these “illegals,” you have one of two choices:

1. Find Americans to work these menial tasks/jobs for low wages. (PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN).

2. Raise the wage base so that Americans will actually take these positions.

That will likely cause a huge rise in prices for many  of these products and services.

Food prices will skyrocket. Prices for nearly everything will be hiked as many of your janitor/custodial workers and low wage folks in restaurants and the like are illegals. Prices for roofing and like services will likewise skyrocket. Any labor oriented service will raise in pricing.

Are you ready to pay the price for getting rid of all of these “wretched” America invading illegal migrants workers.

The criminals who come to America mixed in with average migrating families are an extremely low percentage of illegal immigrant population. I realize that Right leaning groups of the GOP have used that wedge issue in their fear mongering vote grabbing schemes.  Criminals would continue to spirit themselves into America regardless of the ebb and flow of immigration into America.

With these things in mind, are you, middle American, prepared to pay higher prices for good and services in order to “solve” the immigration question?

This is only one area affected by immigration. There is also the fact that immigrants whether legally or illegally introduced to the United States all pay tax. If they purchase goods in America, they pay a tax.

This is one reason why we should go away from the antiquated and punitive Income Tax system and gear our taxation towards consumption. A National Sales tax would be fair to all and it would tax millions of tourists as well as all immigrants regardless of their status.  Aside from this, taxing consumption encourages saving and would in all likelihood discourage binge-credit spending.  That may be why big business is against a National Sales Tax.

There are many outright lies generated by both the left and the right concerning immigration (illegal or otherwise) AND taxation in the United States. Find your way to the truth. Stop following the party line. Listen to your inner voice. The one that is human. Ignore the voice that tells you what a Republican or Democrat should feel about these complex topics.

Seek the truth, though, it is  a difficult path to tread.

The Transparency President

“Too often the American people don’t know who Washington is working for, and when they find out, they don’t like what they hear. . . . We’re not going to be able to change  America unless we challenge the culture that has dominated Washington for far too long. And that means shining a bright light on how Washington works.”
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Politicians and Lies

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It’s probably something that millions of others have pondered.

Why do we allow politicians to lie to us?

Time after time politicians look us in the eye.  In person.  On national TV.  They look at us.  They calculate.  That calculation includes the prediction that come election day, we, the American public, will forget and forgive.

Now New Taxes!

Read my lips!

Sequestration did not originate with the White House.

I can not recall.

I did not have sexual relations with that woman.

Remember the Maine!

Tonkin Gulf.

It seems that no President in my life time has been truthful with the American Public.  They take for granted that we will forgive them their trespasses.

Why?  Why do we forgive them when they constantly lie to us.

The Patriot Act and Obamacare are two examples of Stalinistic BIG LIES that have forever altered the lives of millions of American citizens.  The War on Drugs has ruined lives in the multitudes.  Yet, it is based upon a carefully packaged set of lies designed wholly and from the outset to deceive the American public.

The office of the President and the various offices of Congress are supposed to be servants of the people.  How can these people serve us if they feel that they must constantly lie to us.  FOR OUR OWN GOOD!  As if we are all too stupid to understand.

Now, it is a given that some of us are too ignorant.  Too superstitious.  Too uneducated.  By and large, this is a product of the systems emplaced by that very Congress and the lesser State Congresses.

No Child Left Behind is an example of the heinous programs set upon us by the Federal Government when it has usurped the power of the States and encroached upon the power of the people.  This worthless act nearly guarantees that children will, educationally speaking, be left behind.  It forces teachers and administrators to teach to a test.  It stifles learning and critical thinking.  It solved nothing but, instead, added a new layer of bureaucracy upon many more stale layers of bureaucracy that had been laid in the decades preceding.

No Child Left Behind is a lie.

VAWA is another lie.  The Violence Against Women Act originated by Bill Clinton.  It is a bill crafted to give monies to certain organizations that support the Democratic National Party.  It is a terrible example of cronyism and the spoils system.  It solves nothing and adds layers of bureaucracy to a bureaucracy laden system.  It inculcates a notion of guilty until proven innocent into our “justice” system.   Under this bill, thousands are treated as if they are guilty, they’re rights abused simply because a woman accuses a man.  That man must not be found guilty to have his life destroyed.  If the man is found to be innocent of the charges arrayed against him, it is too late.  He has already been violated.

This is VAWA.  This is Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s vision of justice.  Guilty until proven innocent.  It is almost Islamic in it’s outlook.  Shariah law writ large upon the American justice system.

If a woman becomes angered at a man because he cheated on her or if they argue over finances, that woman can scream “domestic abuse.”  Her victim, for he is a victim in these cases, is forever stained and forever scarred by the system put in place by VAWA.  I have seen it in action.  This is no theory.   A woman beats a man.  That man defends himself merely by holding up his arms and then grabbing the woman to stop her from hitting him with a whiskey bottle.  The police are called in.  The man is taken away in hand cuffs for defending himself.  The woman is left free to terrorize others.

In that case and others like it, the police apologized repeatedly to the man.  “We have no choice. In cases of domestic abuse, we must take the man into custody.”

This man was then demonized by others who did not know the truth.

The pity of it was that he loved her and could not bring himself to do the right thing and leave her.

He was arrested several times over the course of two years until he was finally able to make the decision to leave her.

They had children.  The courts, not being able to fully believe that a man could be a victim and that the woman could be the perpetrator, awarded full custody to the alcoholic mother.

This is VAWA in action.

This is the BIG LIE that the Left tells us when they pass laws such as VAWA.

Then they wonder why people are against such egregious acts in defense of “victims.”

The left has victimitis.  They feel that the only cure is more government or, rather, more Federal Government.

Which leads us to another political lie told by both Republicans and Democrats.  They rip the Constitution to threads and tell us that it is for our own good.  They usurp powers from the State in the name of Security, Health and Welfare.

Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator.  He was also a great liar.  When he wanted the States to pass legislation placing the age of consumption of Alcohol to 21 from 18 years, Reagan pushed the States to pass those laws.  This was in keeping with his State’s Rights Small Government stance.

However, what he did not advertise was that he bullied the States into passing his legislation.  Men can be sent off to war at age 18.  However, they are not to be trusted with the consumption of alcohol.  This was a Reagan policy.  The man of the people.

In order to force the State Legislatures to pass his Alcohol Consumption law, Reagan threatened to withhold interstate highway funds from all States that did not pass his law.

Reagan.  Not so States Rights oriented when he wanted to get his way.  The way of the tyrant.  The spoiled brat who will get his way or else.

Another lie.

Reagan was also the author of the Iran-Contra Affair.  I find it hard to believe that a President did not know of a program of such possible detriment to his administration.  I believe that Reagan lied here as well.  Bush probably lied about it as well.  They let Ollie North be their fall guy and they paid him well for it.

There are more examples of our government and their perpetual lies.  All Presidents lie to us.  Regardless of their party affiliation.  Only fools believe that one party is more or less guilty than the other.

The question is:  When will be begin to hold these Parties and their Candidates accountable for their words and deeds?

I believe that Presidents should be liable for their actions up to their deaths.  When scandals arise, apolitical action should be taken.  If George Bush knowingly lied about WMD, let him be judged.  If Obama lied about Benghazi or his Mexican Drug Gun deals, let him pay the price.  Let them all be judged.

We need to set a precedent.

The precedent needs to be set for the good of the country.  Not for the good of a political party.

Presidential ties to organizations such as Goldman Sachs should be carefully investigated.  Any and all Presidents with too close ties to Goldman Sachs and who have profited off of their scandalous deals and their corruption should be tried in open hearing before the public.

A message needs to be sent.  We will no longer excuse your lies.  Give us the truth or we will give you your just desserts.

Wishful thinking, I know.  The general public is addicted to US Weekly, the Kardashians, The Voice and Survivor.

What is the health of the Republic compared to being brainlessly entertained by celebrities?

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Ideological Tolerance and Acceptance

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I have a few hard line stances to which I am pretty much a hard stay.

Most people are cool with the difference of opinion.

Two groups who, ironically, preach tolerance/love/acceptance have been the ones most often and most likely to hold these opinions against me.

1. Fundamentalist Christians
2. Hard Left Liberals

I have a few people who hold a hardcore dislike for me or who love to “preach” their message but do everything that they can to NOT hear any other message.

All of these people fall into the category of Fundamentalist Christian or Hard Left Liberal.

For instance, I do not think that Palestine will ever be “democratic.”  Yet, there are a group of liberals whom I have known who attend rallies, meetings and such with the goal of a “free and democratic” Palestine.  When I tell them that this is impossible, they automatically think that I am for the status quo in Palestine and that I am pro everything Israel.  However, that could not be further from the truth.

I believe that Israel is the author of many of the woes of Palestine.  I believe that Israel has become an offensive fraud who preaches democracy, yet, oppresses a whole class of people based upon fear and greed.

I, also, believe that the Arab Nations share guilt in this endless conflict.  All of the Arabs.  Iraq, Saudi Arabia (most guilty and most hypocritical), Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and Palestine.  These people are as great a problem and sticking point as the Israelis.

That said, no Palestinian State that emerges at this time will be democratic.  It will be another Islamic Despotism based on the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.  Liberal fallacies and fantasies about freedom and democracy in the region are naught but dreamy intentions paving the way to hell for Arab Christians and Muslims in Palestine.

I also have my Fundie Christian detractors.  Those purveyors of hellfire and brimstone who “innocently” imply that I am on the path to hell and can’t quite understand how such a belief would offend anyone.   These people have told me countless times that morality can not exist without Christianity.  For them, there is no morality without Christ.

I, on the other hand, look at the history of Christianity and think that if that is morality, I’d rather be immoral.

When I refute their claims, they claim that I am blaspheming their religion.  They tell me that I am disrespecting their beliefs.  They tell me that I should be more tolerant.

That bewilders me.  The thought that I should be “tolerant” of a belief that condemns me to hell.  The idea that I should be more respectful of a religion that believes that I will burn for eternity because I do not pay lip service or believe in their system of intellectual and emotional servitude to a capricious deity who on the one hand orders genocide and on the other preaches faith, hope and love BUT only if you believe in him, his son and their plan for salvation.

If I deign not to believe, I shall burn in hell for eternity.

And I’m the disrespectful, intolerant one?

Inconceivable.

Yet, that I have the audacity to make it clear that I think Palestinian Democracy or Salvation at the hands of a vengeful, judgmental God or whatever pet project a Fundamentalist Christian or Hard Left Liberal might have is based on fallacy, I am the intolerant one.

These folks are absolutist.  There is no room for difference with these folks.  I will admit that I might be wrong.  I fully and freely admit that I do not know all.

But there is no room for doubt with these folks.  Therefore, I become the enemy.  The hated one.

They preach.  They give their story.  They’ll demand that you listen, that you give them your time.  When you attempt to give your side, they will not listen.  Their minds close as tightly as their eyes, ears and hearts.

And then I become the evil one.

Tolerance?  Acceptance?

For most of these people, these are mere tools with which they bash the opponent.  You are required to tolerate and accept their ideas.  They require that you dismiss yours.

Firemen, Police and Teachers, Oh My!!!

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“As nice as they are to have, teaching jobs, fireman, policeman, they are all paid for with money out of the private sector. They are paid for with tax revenue from citizens. They cut into the amount of money left for private sector jobs, they don’t grow the number of private sector jobs, they reduce them. Now, I’ve gotta to be very careful here because no one is against teachers or fireman or cops, but those are public sector jobs.”

“They aren’t private sector jobs, they do not contribute to economic growth. Their purpose is otherwise. They have an entirely different purpose. Public safety, public education, but there’s no growth in the economy if you add those jobs. If there aren’t other types of private sector jobs added, while at the same time were adding to the fire rolls, the cop rolls and the teachers, we are reducing the size of the private sector. This is Marxism 101.”

These are two quotes from Rush Limbaugh.   These comments were made during the recent run up to Election 2012.

Now, I have a couple of questions:
1.  If we hire teachers, police and firemen, do we not pay them?

2.  If we hire teachers, police and firemen, do we not provide them with equipment?

The government will purchase vehicles, firearms, radios and other equipment.  Does this not contribute to the economy?  Do these people not serve a purpose in ensuring that the economy of the United States drives on.  Firemen keep fires from spreading and destroying homes, businesses, etc.  Police serve as a deterrent to crime and to indirectly protect private and commercial property.  They also keep the peace to a degree.

Though, it is a given that the police do cross the line at times and serve to disturb the peace nearly as much as they keep the peace.  Especially when they are utilized by  Politicians as jackbooted thugs which seems to be growing all too common these days.

Teachers serve or at least many attempt to produce intelligent citizens who can enter the job market and contribute to the economy.  This is arguable at times as many teachers are as worthless as teats on a boar hog but, for the most part, teachers serve their purpose and pump out young adults who do enter the job market and are, for the most part, literate.  Though this effort is stifled by outdated notions of job security for even the most inefficient scum who suck off of the government parasitically while producing nothing in the way of improvement in the minds of our youth.

With all of that in mind, each of these positions do, in fact, contribute to the economic growth of the nation.  Yet, they simultaneously curb the private sectors ability to introduce funds into the economy.  Where would those funds better serve the economy?  That could be debated endlessly.

Rush Limbaugh, as usual, is wrong and only running his mouth with the hyperbolic fervor that has made him a millionaire.  That is, after all, his goal.  Talk loud, spin everything, keep empty heads nodding and spending money to support him and his personal economy.

Has there ever been a greater moron with a greater following of foolish sheep in the history of radio/cable TV?  I don’t know.  Maybe Glenn Beck gave him competition.  The morons at Huff Post give the Dittoheads a good run for their money.

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Rush Limbaugh is another of those partisan hacks whom I find to be so treasonous.  He’s as dangerous a character as any James Wilkerson or Benedict Arnold in American History.  He does more damage than good by keeping the nation divided and unfocused on real issues or, more importantly, solutions.  He’s simply a tool of the partisans of the GOP.

The fat bastard should be deported to Saudi Arabia where he can serve as the mouthpiece for Islamic lunacy and the Saudi Oil interests.

Ever Rising Surge

Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Lee and many other founding fathers spoke often of the abhorrence of slavery. Yet, each owned slaves.

Each of these men equally spoke of the equality of man. Yet distrusted the “lower orders” to one degree or the others.

They spoke of how the common man would raid the rich eventually when too much power passed to the masses.

This is true on some level as many folks on the lower economic rungs would love nothing more than to take from those who have.

However, those who now have are in possession most probably due to a penchant for theft, bribery, graft…corruption.

Thus it has always been. Thus it will always be.

Hamilton was expressly against placing too much trust in the unwashed masses. For he knew that power changes the economic tide. He had already robbed his way to the top and had no desire to have done to him that which he had done to others.

All rich men were at one time swindlers. Either they or their fathers.

The system being designed to keep in the hands of the swindlers that which they wish to not have likewise swindled away from their pockets.

This is society. This is civilization. Rules by the elite to maintain their status against the ever rising surge of the masses.

Obama is a Citizen and eligible for the Presidency

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If Obama’s Mother was a US citizen, then it matters not one iota where Obama was born.

Was his Mother not born in the US?

What does the Constitution state?

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps. The Constitution authorizes the Congress to do create clarifying legislation in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment; the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, also allows the Congress to create law regarding naturalization, which includes citizenship.

Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are “citizens of the United States at birth:”

  • Anyone born inside the United States *
  • Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe
  • Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
  • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
  • Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
  • Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
  • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
  • A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

* There is an exception in the law — the person must be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

Anyone falling into these categories is considered natural-born, and is eligible to run for President or Vice President. These provisions allow the children of military families to be considered natural-born, for example.

Separate sections handle territories that the United States has acquired over time, such as Puerto Rico (8 USC 1402), Alaska (8 USC 1404), Hawaii (8 USC 1405), the U.S. Virgin Islands (8 USC 1406), and Guam (8 USC 1407). Each of these sections confer citizenship on persons living in these territories as of a certain date, and usually confer natural-born status on persons born in those territories after that date. For example, for Puerto Rico, all persons born in Puerto Rico between April 11, 1899, and January 12, 1941, are automatically conferred citizenship as of the date the law was signed by the President (June 27, 1952). Additionally, all persons born in Puerto Rico on or after January 13, 1941, are natural-born citizens of the United States. Note that because of when the law was passed, for some, the natural-born status was retroactive.

The law contains one other section of historical note, concerning the Panama Canal Zone and the nation of Panama. In 8 USC 1403, the law states that anyone born in the Canal Zone or in Panama itself, on or after February 26, 1904, to a mother and/or father who is a United States citizen, was “declared” to be a United States citizen. Note that the terms “natural-born” or “citizen at birth” are missing from this section.

Obama’s mother was a citizen.  Therefore ————->>>>>>>>  Obama is a citizen.

Now, can we please move to something real.

Like perhaps the fact that he is an incompetent ass.

I’ve got a friend who was born in Japan. His pops is American. His mother is Japanese. He married a Thai woman. His child was born in Bangkok. That child is still an American citizen.

I know a guy from the Army. He is Jewish and was born in Israel to an American father and an Israeli mother. He’s still an American.

I dated a gal in the early 90s. She was born in Korea. Lived there most of her life. Her father was a civilian working in Seoul. Her mother is a Korean. The girl is still an American citizen.

So what if Obama was not born in Hawaii or inside the United States. His Mother is an American. He is an American.

What’s the big deal?

Clearly, his mother was a US citizen. His maternal Grandparents are US citizens.

What is the importance of the Birth Certificate? He is clearly a US citizen by virtue of his Mothers lineage. It matters not what his absentee daddy did or did not do. It matters not that or if he was raised in Indonesia. It matters not that his step father lied on a school enrollment to get cheaper tuition or whatever.

I don’t even care that he may or may not have been schooled in a madrassah.  He was born much to early to be some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate.  The huge rift between the Muslim world and the US did not occur until the years ’67 and ’73.  Obama is a little older than 42 or 43.  The Manchurian Candidate seems so far fetched as to be insane.  Especially in light of the fact that he doesn’t truly seem to understand Islam or Muslims.  At least, not from what I can tell.

Obviously (to me), if Obama is Muslim, he’s still not Muslim enough to understand Muslims or Islam. The guy is too stupid, clueless and ridiculous to have an understanding of much of anything if you ask me.

I’ve never understood this birth certificate hype.

Unless his mother’s family is in cahoots and has been for decades, he’s an American citizen.

The guy is arrogant. He’s a puffed up empty suit. He’s an idiot.  He’s Captain Kick Ass.  He’s a lipsticked pig on a stick. He’s a tool.  That doesn’t make him an alien.  It’s makes him a Liberal.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.  ~ Edmund Burke

Below is an open letter written by former Proctor & Gamble VP Lou Pritchett to President Obama.  This letter was sent to the New York Times.  The NYT received it but never printed it.

Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you. You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support. You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.  You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll. You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core. You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others. You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail. You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the “blame America” crowd and deliver this message abroad. You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector. You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one. You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves. You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world. You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations. You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.  You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.  You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.  You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.  You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh’s, Hannitys, O’Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view. You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

This letter was sent to the NY Times but never acknowledged.  Never printed.  Why?  You can guess.  It’s been vetted by Snopes, if you’d like to check.  Supposedly, this letter has received over half a million hits since it hit the net.

I don’t necessarily agree with the whole of it.  That said, it hits home on some key points.  Obama’s ongoing World Apology Tour sickens me.  Obama strikes me as supremely arrogant as well.  He’s not fully disclosed his life story either.  From what I can gather, he’s more a pawn of Arab Muslim interests than even the Bush Family.  I thought that would be a diffuclt level to reach for a non-Bush scion.  I believe that I was wrong.

The obvious has occurred here in that every Obama supporter and their lackeys have come out of the woodwork to tell the world that Pritchett is full of hate, a bigot and a racist.  Any time the sacred Obama is criticized, these folks come out.  One can not make a single commet about Obama that is not full of flattery for fear of his minions and White Guilters coming out of the closet in droves to shout one down by calling all and sundry racists, bigots, etc.  How does that aid racial relations?

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation (1769)

People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.Letter to Charles James Fox (1777-10-08)

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Preface to Brissot’s Address (1794)

~ Edmund Burke

NYT acknowledges receipt of Letter
Rebuttal to the LP letter

H.L. Mencken

What is any political campaign save a concerted effort to turn out a set of politicians who are admittedly bad and put in a set who are thought to be better. The former assumption, I believe is always sound; the latter is just as certainly false. For if experience teaches us anything at all it teaches us this: that a good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right… The United States has never developed an aristocracy really disinterested or an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs of frauds.

We live in a land of abounding quackeries, and if we do not learn how to laugh we succumb to the melancholy disease which afflicts the race of viewers-with-alarm… In no other country known to me is life as safe and agreeable, taking one day with another, as it is in These States. Even in a great Depression few if any starve, and even in a great war the number who suffer by it is vastly surpassed by the number who fatten on it and enjoy it. Thus my view of my country is predominantly tolerant and amiable. I do not believe in democracy, but I am perfectly willing to admit that it provides the only really amusing form of government ever endured by mankind.

I believe in only one thing and that thing is human liberty. If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. I am against any man and any organization which seeks to limit or deny that freedom. . . [and] the superior man can be sure of freedom only if it is given to all men.

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.

The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.

I very well may have posted these before. They bear repeating.

Health Care, Socialism, Democracy and President Obama

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Socialism refers to various theories of economic organization advocating public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources, and a society characterized by equal access to resources for all individuals with an egalitarian method of compensation. In Marxist theory, socialism is a transitional phase between capitalism and communism characterized by unequal distribution of wealth and compensation according to work done. [1][2][3] Contrary to popular belief, socialism is not a political system; it is an economic system distinct from capitalism.

Forerunners of communist ideas existed in antiquity and particularly in the 18th and early 19th century France, with thinkers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the more radical Gracchus Babeuf. Radical egalitarianism then emerged as a significant political power in the first half of 19th century in Western Europe. In the world shaped by the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, the newly established political left included many various political and intellectual movements, which are the direct ancestors of today’s communism and socialism – these two then newly minted words were almost interchangeable at the time – and of anarchism or anarcho-communism.

Capitalism typically refers to an economic and social system in which the means of production (also known as capital) are privately controlled; labor, goods and capital are traded in a market; profits are distributed to owners or invested in new technologies and industries; and wages are paid to labor.

Democracy is a system of government in which either the actual governing is carried out by the people governed (direct democracy), or the power to do so is granted by them (as in representative democracy). The term is derived from the Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratía (info)), “popular government”,[1] which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos), “people” and κράτος (krátos), meaning “power” in the middle of the fifth-fourth century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens following a popular uprising in 508 BC.[2]

In political theory, democracy describes a small number of related forms of government and also a political philosophy. Even though there is no specific, universally accepted definition of ‘democracy’,[3] there are two principles that any definition of democracy includes, equality and freedom.[4] These principles are reflected by all citizens being equal before the law, and having equal access to power.[5] Additionally, all citizens are able to enjoy legitimized freedoms and liberties, which are usually protected by a constitution.[6][7]

Technically, Obama was/is engaging in a socialist act when he purchased majority shares of several organizations (banks, car manufacturing, etc).  We shall see in due time whether that was a wise act or something less.  It may have been the action that put the economy back on chart.  It may have been wasted money.  Time will reveal it’s truths.

Many in America are comparing a Political Theory with an Economic Theory.  It’s apples and oranges.  One can be both Socialist and Democratic.  One can be both Capitalist and Democratic.  One can not be a pure Socialist and engage in Capitalism or vice versa.  Though China is proving that one can be both Communist and Capitalist right before our eyes or perhaps they are simply oligarchic capitalists.

When someone states that Obama is Socialist that does not preclude him from being Democratic in political system preference.

President Obama is more Socialist than say Forbes or Reagan (perhaps).  He’s no more Socialist than Bush in my opinion.  Bush approved/extended a few programs that many might consider Socialist and if he had been able to sit for a third term, I believe, he would have acted much as did Obama.

On the question of health care, The United States must care for it’s citizens in our post-Industrial age.  The economy and capitalism is not going to do this nor are they designed in theory to do so.  Companies are attempting to cut back on expenses to improve the bottom line.  Canceling health care benefits.  Canceling pensions.  And so on and so forth.  If the United States is going to be a Nation of values and humanity going forward, it must care for it’s citizens.  Health Care is an important part of that plan.  In my opinion.  If America is truly a Nation of, by and for the people, then Health Care is and must be a priority.

It will likely mean heavier taxes.  Personally, I think some of those taxes should come from the businesses that benefit from American Capitalism, the Federal Government and from our military protectionist adventures around the world.  Some must come from the citizens themselves.

Additionally, I think in order for citizens to qualify for said health care, they should be willing to serve in some capacity the country that provides these benefits and “entitlements.”  “To whom much is given, much is expected” after all.  Some want much and expect to give nothing in return.

Welfare as we know it should be heavily reformed as a means to cut spending.  To qualify for welfare, I believe, that one should show that one is working towards something such as higher education or some sort of self improvement.  Welfare should be a graduated system rather than an all or nothing system.  If recipients are not working towards some goal, they should be willing to work in some service category such as working for an NGO or volunteer work or community service of some sort.  I’m completely against giving anyone’s tax dollars away for nothing for all or a great many years of one’s life.  Disability and ill-health should be taken into consideration, of course.  I know too many people back home in Kentucky who have never worked a day in their trailer park livin’, mayonnaise sandwich eatin’ lives.  Yet, they sit and collect tax dollars in the form of food stamps and other forms of social services.  Some of these folks sell drugs on the side or engage in other illicit activity.  Many do not.

Corporate welfare and other handouts should face heavy scrutiny as well.  Why are we giving corporations and other entities these moneys or tax breaks.  Foreign aid and foreign military support should be scrutinized in the same manner.  Why do we still have forces in Europe?  Korea?  Japan?  It’s time to pull out of these places.  Those forces could be better deployed elsewhere or home.  Why are we funding despots when we should be pressuring them to reform.  If they haven’t reformed by now, it’s not going to happen in most cases.  We have carrots with no sticks following on.

Socialism and Democracy can co-exist and America has proven this to a more or less limited degree over the past 70 or so years.  Sweden is rated the most democratic country in the world according to the links below.  It also engages heavily in social welfare.  I don’t know if larger countries can maintain that same model.  But, perhaps, it is worth the chance.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Sweden

Out of Iraq By August 2010

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Obama Favoring Mid-2010 Pullout In Iraq, Aides Say (New York Times, Feb. 25, 2009, Pg. 1) President Obama is nearing a decision that would order American combat forces out of Iraq by August 2010, senior administration officials said, as he seeks to finally end a war that has consumed and polarized the United States for nearly six years. The timetable would give the military three months more to withdraw than the 16-month pullout Obama promised last year on the campaign trail. Officials said Obama was prepared to make that shift because he agreed with the concerns of ground commanders who want more time to cement security gains, strengthen political institutions and make sure Iraq does not become more unstable again. Even with the withdrawal order, Obama plans to leave behind a “residual force” of tens of thousands of troops to continue training Iraqi security forces, hunt down foreign terrorist cells and guard American institutions, as he said he would during last year’s campaign. Obama Expected to Set Date for Iraq Pullout August 2010 is Likely Decision, Three Months Later Than Pledged in Campaign (Washington Post, Feb. 25, 2009, Pg. 4) President Obama is expected to announce as early as Friday that he will remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August 2010, three months later than promised during his campaign, U.S. officials said. Obama has not made a final decision on the matter, but it could come during a trip to give a speech in North Carolina on Friday, the officials said. The withdrawal timetable of about 19 months was one of several options outlined for Obama by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen, including a faster schedule of 16 months and a slower plan of 23 months, one official said. “The risks are different with each option, and there are pros and cons of each one,” he said.

I absolutely agree with this. It’s time to get out. We’ve been wasting too much money on this place. Too much time and money. It’s time to prove to the world what we said. Restore a semi-Democracy and get out. It also proves that many of the most cynical Americans and other critics of the war were wrong. We took out Saddam. Helped to secure and started the rebuilding effort. We are leaving the country to the Iraqis now. It’s up to them to become an upstanding member of the international community. Islam and terrorism can be no excuse. They either stand or fall based upon their actions.

It’s time for America to leave Iraq to the Iraqis…

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The capture of Saddam Hussein.

Saddam looking frazzled. It’s a pretty humorous photo. He certainly doesn’t look like the guy who would later appear in court attempting to bully the judges, prosecutors and the judiciary process as a whole. He no longer looks like the man who stood on a balcony of one of his many palaces and told the Iraqi Army that the “mother of all battles” is upon us and that victory is assured them by Allah.

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These are some photos from the capture of Saddam Hussein. A friend gave me these a couple of years back. He knew some of the guys on the Task Force that caught Saddam. Below are photos of Saddam just after he was pulled from the spider hole in which he was found. There is also a photo of the entrance to his hiding place and some of the money that he had stashed with him.

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I blacked out the faces. I figured there may still be some folks running around out there who would rather not be easily identified.