Tuesday, December 31, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR - Wouldn't It Be Nice?

As the year 2014 approaches people are wishing each other a Happy New Year. Well not everyone!  This past year of 2013 we  again saw a record number of people die as a result of gun violence, terrorism and assorted wars and conflicts and poverty. This country became more divided than it has every been over a variety of issues pertaining to same sex marriage, race, politics, religion and even the Constitution. We saw our President attacked, often even threatened, not because of his political beliefs, but because of his color and his support for the less fortunate. Members of all political spectra attacked each other for their differences and refused to work together for the common good. Religions, which are supposed to be vehicles of love, peace and tolerance have turned into conduits of hate, bigotry and racism. Religious zealots have taken it upon themselves to pass judgement on others, rather than to leave that to God. Religions have come to fighting each other over wanting to be the dominant religion. God must be so proud of His followers!!!

Now we are ready to usher in 2014 and as always we all hope for a better year for us, but not necessarily others.  Wouldn't it be nice to wish EVERYONE a Happy New Year and really mean it? Wouldn't it be nice if we could see a New Year where we take care of those less fortunate? Wouldn't it be nice if we had a New Year where people would not be judged by their religion, the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their gender, their economic status or their political views? Wouldn't it be nice if we had a New Year where people did not force their religious views on others? Wouldn't it be nice if we could have a New Year where people did not have to worry about dying because of a lack of health insurance? Wouldn't it be nice if people meant more than corporations? Wouldn't it be nice if our law enforcement officers were not outgunned and attacked for protecting us? Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could marry the ones they loved? Wouldn't it be nice if every child could get an education, even if their family was not rich? Wouldn't it be nice if we could go to school or to the movies without worrying about being shot? Wouldn't it be nice if we could think, believe or act differently or simply be different without being demonized by others? Wouldn't it be nice if our Congress was not owned by the wealthy of this nation? Wouldn't it be nice if all Americans cared about each other?

Yes it would. That would be what Christ  would want all Christians to do and that is what REAL religions would want. That is what all Americans should want. But unfortunately we are humans and that sort of behavior seems to go against human nature, as the history of mankind has taught us. But we can still hope, We can still pray. We can still all strive for a better life for EVERYONE in 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
2014


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL




I haven't posted here in a while because frankly I am sick and tired of the bullshit from both the left and the right. I have fond memories of growing up with the Christmas season as one where everyone was happily spreading cheer and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. It was a time when we donated time and money so that those less fortunate than us could celebrate this wonderful holiday. When I was younger, children, such as myself appreciated the presents we received. The presents didn't cost a fortune either. Sure there was commercialism, but it was not the main focus of Christmas.

This Christmas season there is nothing but hatred, racism, bigotry and just plain meanness clouding the celebration of Christmas. Our politicians have been bought and paid for by the same companies that have taken the real meaning out of Christmas. As you may have noticed I said "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings". I am not a religious person, but come on now, CHRISTmas is the holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. It is not a holiday to put department stores and other businesses and the economy "in the green". Christmas is a holiday that has been celebrated for over 2000 years by those of the Christian faith, and others. Lately people have been discouraged from using "Merry Christmas" or making any reference to Christ or religion in the celebration of this holiday in order not to "offend" anyone. This country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, any and all religions. We have people of many different religions, from different countries and cultures and different races. Since when is it offensive to allow someone to celebrate their religion or culture and try to share their happiness with all they meet? If someone is offended by the the celebration of Christmas or the mention of anything religious during this time of year, then just ignore it. If you want to be offended and reject other's happiness or their attempt to make you happy then you have a problem. You have the right to be miserable and complain, but you don't have the right to deny other people of their celebrations and happiness. So to everyone, those finding offense and those who do not I wish you all the happiness, joy, love and peace of this wonderful season.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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I would like to wish all of my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you are a Democrat or

Republican, Conservative or Liberal or religious or not religious, I wish the best to you over the coming holidays and for every day of the year.  May we all give thanks for everything we have and 

let us not forget those of us who are less fortunate. Enjoy the celebrations and drive safely.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day




THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS AND TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL SERVING. 

AND PLEASE REMEMBER OUR VETERANS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Time fo Get Rid of the Tea Party



I have remained relatively quiet on this blog, partly because I have been extremely upset and partly because I cannot understand the extreme and utter stupidity and ignorance of the members of the Tea Party. As I am writing this in Malaysia, there are only a few hours left to raise the debt ceiling, preventing default. As my fellow expats from Australia and Europe laugh at our so called democratic system being held hostage by a small bunch or morons, I shake my head in disbelief. I sit here watching the Tea Party destroy the USA's reputation and credibility, as well as endangering the world economy, solely because they hate the color of the Presidents skin! They hate Obama so much they will destroy the only healthcare millions of people will ever have, including themselves, while at the same time destroying the country.

What is interesting is that these Teabaggers come from the very Red states which receive the highest amount of government benefits or entitlements, which they hate so much. It is also interesting to note that in those states headed by Republican governors, the people are the least educated, the poorest and the economy is deplorable. Sort of tells you something! Yet Teabaggers from these states do not have the intelligence to see they are being taken advantage of.

In the past couple of weeks many of these right wing terrorists have been calling for the impeachment of Obama. For what reason, you morons? This just goes to show that they have no knowledge of how a democracy works, how our government works or what the constitution says. Paying for government is constitutionally the responsibility of the House of Representatives. Not the Senate, nor the White House. If anyone should be impeached it is the members of the House.

In my complete disgust with the Teabaggers, I have come up with a solution. The majority of Tea Party members come from a few Southern states or rural western states. Since they do not like our government in its present form and since they do not like minorities of any kind, they would feel much more comfortable with people who share their own medieval views. I would suggest that all of these people be allowed to move to a state such as Alabama or Mississippi where they would be allowed to govern themselves as a separate entity, after being allowed to leave the Union. (Of course we would allow the more sane and tolerant citizens of the state to settle elsewhere in the US.) They would not receive any kind of benefits from the Federal government. No Social Security, no Medicare or Medicaid, certainly no Obamacare, no veterans benefits, no food stamps, no unemployment benefits. Nothing! Think of the money the rest of us would save in not having to support these uneducated, ignorant, racist, bigoted morons.

To me this makes a great deal of sense. It sort of reminds me of Islamists who want to separate from countries such as Thailand, The Philippines and other regions of China and the former Soviet Union. Let them live by themselves in a way they choose and in a century they choose.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GOP Make Asses Out of Themselves

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"Obama won the election and I don't like it."


As the government has been shut down for a little over 24 hours, the blame game has started. I don't see why though, because the blame falls entirely upon the Tea Party wing of the GOP. Millions of Americans, especially veterans who cannot access the  national war memorials to their service and medical and other necessary services which they need, are feeling the impact. Angry war veteran have been met by members of Congress, who have told them it is Obama's fault.

May I remind you stupid, ignorant moronic Teabaggers that the US Supreme Court has declared the Affordable Health Care Act (or as you idiots may or may not know is also called Obamacare) constitutional. It's a LAW and you have tried over 40 times to repeal it and failed each and every time! And may I also remind you morons that there was a presidential election in 2012 where the ACA or Obamacare was a major issue. This was the chance for Americans to voice their opinion on the issue and either vote Obama back in or out. Guess what? They voted him back in. You lost. Get over it and let us get on with our lives. We had to live with 2 Bush terms, even though he actually lost the first one, and we didn't shut down the government.

GROW UP! GIVE UP! and SHUT UP!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CLOSED for BUSINESS - Thanks Teabaggers

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Thanks to the GOP Tea Party morons the Federal government officially shut down at midnight last night. A small number of crazed millionaire, racist and bigots managed to hijack the House of Representatives and shut down the government in an effort to destroy Obamacare and Obama. What these selfish idiots didn't realize is that Obamacare was upheld as Constitutional by the Supreme Court and that if the American people really did not want Obamacare they would not have re-elected him, overwhelmingly , to a second term. The Tea Party evidently doesn't understand the meaning of democracy.

The irony of this situation is that the Tea Party supporters want to help the little guy and the middle class, but the people they elected have done nothing to help the average American, but instead have helped the filthy rich. The original Tea Party may have wanted small government and an taxation equality, but they have morphed into a bunch of racist, bigoted and hate filled tyrants.

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook and it shows just how screwed up and how stupid some Americans can be.
"Jimmy Kimmel just had several people asked about whether they preferred Obamacare or Affordable Care Act. Everyone said they supported the ACA but were against Obamacare. Reasons for supporting ACA was because they felt the plans were going to help them get insurance that couldn't get before. Reasons for hating Obamacare was because there were so many things wrong with it. lol
Really America!"
View the video here.

The Republicans have voted over 40 times to repeal Obamacare, but have never offered a single idea to give Americans affordable healthcare. The basic reason they want it repealed is that if the American people get the chance to see that they will benefit from Obamacare, they will never vote Republican again,



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Bunch of Good for Nothings Sucking Up Benefits from the Taxpayers!

Is this just another description of poor people offered by the morons of the Tea Party? No wait. It's a description of Congress, the do nothings that the Teabaggers put into office.
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Terms, such as those in the above title, are some of the demeaning descriptions used by the Tea Party morons in reference to poor people, including the unemployed, the handicapped, minorities and seniors. The hateful rhetoric flowing from Teabaggers is in reaction to the fact that these people receive welfare, food stamps, unemployment and other government benefits. Republican supporters of the wealthy fire up these Tea Party morons telling them that these kinds of people are taking money away from them with their entitlements. So the morons vote for these scumbag Republicans, not realizing that their hard earned benefits will be taken away from them in favor of giving more to the wealthy 1%.

Teabaggers don't realize that entitlements include social security benefits for retirees, the blind, the handicapped, government pensions, unemployment benefits and other benefits that we all pay through our taxes and some day may be needed by them. All Americans complain about how high our taxes are, but compared to other developed countries of the world ours is the lowest. These idiots also don't realize that the new congressmen they put into office to end these entitlements are millionaires. According to OpenSecrets.Org "the median net worth of the 94 incoming law makers at the end of 2011 was $1,066,515", while the "median net worth of the average American household is $66,740" according to the US Census. I guess the Teabaggers see this as peer representation in Congress! Or maybe they think these millions will trickle down to them!

I can go on and on about how the wealthy GOP  take advantage of the ignorant and uneducated members of the Tea Party, but that would be preaching to the choir.One can only hope that they will come to their senses before their Republican allies destroy them and all other members of the middle class.

Here are a couple amusing things I found on Facebook, thanks to Being Liberal.



Monday, September 23, 2013

Finally, A Little Help for Us Non-Geeks

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If there is anything that upsets me more than the ignorant morons in the Tea Party or racist, bigoted Republicans, if is dealing with new technology. I try to keep up with technology the best I can, but many times I get frustrated using my iPhone, iPad and my computer. I recently downloaded the latest operating system for my iPhone, iOS7 and didn't really know what features I had. Then I read a new website started my someone very close to me.

One of the biggest problems I have, and I am sure others of my age also have, is reading the small text on the iPhone and other devices. I went to this new website KSimplify and found a simple resolution to my problem and a couple of others. I feel better about new technology now, but I still deal with the stupidity of the Tea Party.

If you want some answers to you tech problems try reading this new blog, KSimplify. I am sure Kevin will answer any questions you may have. Good luck.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Damned If He Does, Damned If He Doesn't.


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It is not news that Teabagger Republicans are an ignorant bunch of bigots and racists, but it never ceases to amaze me at just how damn ignorant and hateful they are. We see every day how much they hate Obama, basically because he is Black and a Democrat, and how they cannot given him credit for anything. They condemn everything he does, regardless of whether or not it helps people or the country.

Recently it was announced that Obama would visit Southeast Asia, which would include Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It was barely made public before the morons of the Tea Party were attacking Obama for visiting his "Muslim brothers", as the ignoramuses of the Tea Party refer to people other than Christians. Now most intelligent people who know anything about the countries Obama will visit know that Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia are predominantly Muslim countries and the Philippines are predominantly Roman Catholic Christians. The Teabaggers, on the other hand,  I am sure could not locate any of these countries on a map and would not know the facts on religion. But this doesn't stop them from attacking Obama for visiting the Muslim countries, while not mentioning he is visiting the largest Catholic country in Asia. I think one explanation for this might be that many, if not  most, Tea Party members don't think Catholics are Christians. I knew one Teabagger who refused to believe Catholics were Christian because his pastor told him so!

What I can't fathom is how the fact that radical Muslims all over the world hate Obama and would wish nothing more than to kill him over his support of Israel and his war on terrorism, has escaped the Tea Party as they insist he is a Muslim and is supporting Muslim terrorists! Perhaps their views of the world are based on Fox News, rather than on reality! And for those Tea Party supporters who may have strayed off course and are reading this. No Obama has not travelled more than any other president. That honor goes to his predecessor Bush, by about a 2 to 1 margin.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

LET US NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11,2001






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I have been away for a while and just returned. Even with my
prolonged jet lag I had to write this post in remembrance of all of those who died on September 11, 2001. Let us never forget those who died, including all of those who died trying to save others. The actions of a few hate filled terrorists changed the lives of us all, but we have risen above their hate and violence and have become stronger.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Royal Baby- Why is Everyone Making a Big Fuss?

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I'll probably get a lot of flack from this post, but I really don't care. It's my opinion. Today Kate Middleton went into labor. For weeks now all your can read or hear in the news is about the royal baby. It seems that the whole world has lost it's mind and value system over the birth of just one baby. Why does the world go crazy over the birth of a baby into wealth and privilege?

Every day, all over the world millions of babies are born into this world. Millions of these babies will not survive to see another day or even their first birthdays. They are born into poverty and can expect to inherit the poverty of their parents and die in poverty. They will be born with no fanfare and they will die with no fanfare, as the world will neither take notice nor care. On the other hand this royal baby will be born into wealth and privilege and can expect to someday be king or queen of England. He or she one day can expect to inherit almost $1 billion, the wealth of the British royal family. To me this is obscene.

Today royalty is obsolete. In medieval times royalty served a purpose to protect the citizens of their kingdoms, in return for a rather large sum of money. Today they are just mere symbols of a time past, and serve no purpose but to suck money from the citizenry of their respective countries. At a time when Britain is cutting back on services to the poor and the middle class they continue to spend so much money on welfare for the royal family. When some babies are born in the world with barely a roof over their heads a royal baby is born with several roofs, and the attached castles, over its head. This is not just the case in Britain alone.There are other royal welfare families in Europe and the Middle East, who are taking money from the truly needy.

I do not understand why so many countries in the world, including Britain are in foreign lands fighting for human rights and democracy, yet stick to separating their people along the lines of royalty and the aristocracy on top and the rest of society, the commoners, on the bottom. I also don't understand why Americans, whose forefathers fought to break free from the tyranny of royalty can be so obsessed with a royal family. It is not only members of royal families that get the undivided attention of so many people all over the world, but also children of movie stars and other celebrities, as in the birth of Kim Kardashian's baby.

I am not a fan of royalty or the privileged classes, no matter what country they are from and I think it is a shame that so much time and money is spent on these freeloaders. If we took all of the money doled out to members of the royal families in the world and spent it on maternity and  childcare in the poorer nations of the world we could save a lot of tiny lives.

As ordinary human beings, no better than the rest of the population, I wish William and Kate a very healthy and happy baby.


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to be Made Saints by the Roman Catholic Church



The Vatican recently announced that former popes, John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized, or made saints, in the Roman Catholic church. Personally I really don't care one way or the other, but this announcement got me thinking.

Why are only Catholics made saints? I was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic grade school and high school, where we were inundated with all kinds of saints. When I left the influence of the Catholic Church I realized that all of the saints were catholic. The Catholic Church lays that title on a person who has led an exemplary life and has performed miracles, when prayed too.  So I am wondering if a deceased non-Catholic or even an atheist , who was prayed to by admirers, granted a miracle, would the Church make that person a saint? This is especially puzzling since the present Pope, Francis, recently commented that atheists also go to heaven.

I would think that great humanitarians, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King or Dr. Albert Schweitzer would be great saints. Or why not Confucius or even Buddha, or great leaders of other religions? They often seemingly performed miracles, here on earth, while still alive! Or do you have to have a big following who constantly pray to you?

I realize that some other Christian religions have saints, such as St. Paul of the Episcopalian Church and saints of the Anglican Church, but I believe they are the same saints of the Catholic Church, who were retained after the different churches split from the Roman Catholic Church. I haven't heard that any of these churches have decided to name their own saints lately, though. I remember a colleague of mine, who was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church telling me that saints of the Catholic Church were evil and their followers were devil worshipers, according to his religion. They must have different criteria for living a good life.

Another question is that every day we hear of medical cures or astounding happenings that cannot be explained scientifically and can only be called miracles. If no one prayed for these so called miracles, who who do we attribute these miracles to. On that note why does someone have to take credit for a miracle?  Why can't we just say it is another mystery of life? Of course if a person can be given credit for miracles, such as in the Catholic Church, a lot of money stands to be made. I am sure that on the very day John XXIII and John Paul VI the Vatican will rake in a lot of cash from the faithful. I am sure also that with these canonizations, the Church can deflect attention away from the child abuse scandals and the Vatican Bank scandal. Perhaps the Vatican is hoping for a miracle!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July America

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I'd like to wish EVERY American a very happy Independence Day. I hope everyone enjoys their celebrations and has a safe holiday weekend. 

I would also like to tell our politicians to put their petty party bickering behind them and for once do what is best for the country, not what's best for your party. The American people deserve a government that is better than what we have.  

Sunday, June 30, 2013

DOMA is Gone! Now What?

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It's been a few days since the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. Since then I have been trying to take it all in and enjoy the victory. I have been watching gay rights supporters enthusiastically celebrate this momentous occasion. I have seen gay couples in a committed relationship, but separated by country borders, like me,  revel at the fact that they now can live together in the US. I have also seen members of the religious right and Republican Conservatives join in bigoted and hateful unity to declare absolute chaos and the end of society. They have vowed to ignore the ruling, presumably that means they won't be entering into a same sex union any time soon.

For years I have listened to the bullshit from these so called Christians and Republican hate mongers. Also for years I have seen many of these hypocritical politicians and preachers be caught in the very same homosexual acts that they condemned as defying the laws of God. I have seen my own church demonize me and other gay people, while at the same time, allowing child sex abuse by the clergy to go unpunished in the church. I have seen my church tell me and my friends that we are useless and are sinners, while at the same time the church becomes richer and richer, while the poor still suffer. I have heard people quote the Bible, after they spent hours trying to find a passage that they think condemns gays, but at the same time they ignore other passages that condemns married heterosexuals, men who have their hair cut, women and just about every single person who has ever lived. I have seen those idiots from the Tea Party, who on one hand scream for less government in our lives, and on the other hand scream for the government to regulate who can love and who can't and who can get married and who can't. Now they can't do anything about it. Let them rant and rave and hate and accuse and wither away in their ignorance and bigotry. One question I have is that many of these people prayed to God for DOMA to be upheld and many gay rights supporters prayed to the same God so that DOMA would be struck down. This same God sided with those calling for equal rights against the messengers of hate. What happened Bible thumpers? Maybe it's not gays who God hates, but you. I am sure you will have a ridiculous explanation.

Soon, many people like myself, will sponsor their partners and move back to the US, the country they were born in, but for a long time forced them to live in exile. Finally, as far as the Federal government is concerned, gays will be treated as equals. Unfortunately ignorance, stupidity, hatred and racism is still alive in well in the Southern states and in the Republican party. Let's hope that some day ALL people will be treated  equally in this country and in every country.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The GOP Can Now Breathe a Little Easier

In the last presidential election the Republicans lost the election because they received so few Black and Hispanic votes. Well their fellow Conservatives on the Supreme Court just struck down a major part of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which calls for changes in voting laws in certain parts of the country to be approved by the federal government or a federal court.  The court said things have changed, meaning in the South, and this was no longer necessary.

This is good news for the GOP who have been trying to suppress the  Black and minority voters in the South, more and more, in recent elections. Now they can successfully try to prevent Blacks in the South from voting and they have the backing of the Supreme Court AND have a chance at winning an election. What a great bunch of people, our GOP!

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If the GOP has its way the above photo, symbolizing a momentous occasion in our history and which meant so much to American Blacks, will no longer have any meaning at all.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Talking With The Taliban


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It appears as though there may be face to face talks with the terrorist organization, the Taliban. Apparently the US and Afghanistan have contacted the Taliban to initiate face to face talks, to settle arguments between the Afghanistan government and to finalize the end of foreign involvement in the country. Just as I was about to write this post I saw on the news that Afghanistan has pulled out of the talks in protest of the US taking the lead in formulating the content of the talks.

Why on earth now would the Taliban want to have peace talks? All they have to do is wait a little longer and they will most likely be back in power. The participation of the US and its NATO allies is drawing to an end and security of the country will be the sole responsibility of the Afghan government. I have no doubts that days after foreign troops leave, Karzai and his corrupt government will fall. Petty tribal conflicts will intensify and the Taliban will soon be back in charge.

The Taliban has set up an office in Doha under the name of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name of the former Afghan Taliban government. This act does not leave much doubt that they aim to take power back and return to their former style of governing.  Karzai and the US want the Taliban to promise to uphold the new current constitution, which insures more human rights, especially for woman.  They also have to lay down their weapons, restrict their activities to Afghanistan and abide by the laws and constitution of the new government.

Even on the very day the Taliban opened its first office the, Taliban took credit for a suicide attack in Afghanistan which killed 4 American soldiers and a member of the Afghan Peace Council. According to the Taliban officials at the opening ceremony in Doha, the reason for opening the office was to gain respect from the international community. I don't think killing 4 Americans and their own countrymen will do much for gaining respectability from the international community.

The Taliban has said that they want to play a political role in the future of their country and are not interested in exporting their beliefs to other countries. So what are they doing in Pakistan? The history of the Taliban in Pakistan has been one of savagery, murder and brutality, almost always directed at women, little girls and educational and social institutions serving females. They have also murdered anyone who has tried to help with medical or social concerns of the poor. Anyone who disagrees with them or shows any interest in Western or modern ways are dealt with severely with torture or murder.

The US, UK and other NATO members have given the lives of their young men and women to the war in Afghanistan in an effort to bring human rights to all Afghans, especially women. We have all seen what the Taliban has done to its own countrymen, in their numerous car bombings and suicide attacks, in order to force their medieval beliefs and lifestyles on the entire population. Can we now believe that they will sit down and discuss matters of interest to the Afghan people and ways to stop the killings and violence?

Maybe an agreement will be made to give the Taliban a few provinces in the country where they can impose their medieval way of life on the residents of those provinces. I highly doubt though that they would be satisfied to live in such a manner, without trying to influence the rest of the country. No doubt that once foreign troops have left the country, they will try to dismantle the gains the country has made since their downfall. The mess called Afghanistan will definitely continue and all human rights gained will be lost. We should consider this a lesson learned and not make the mistake of going back in to rescue any one's human rights. Let them live as they choose, no matter how deplorable it may seem to us.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 11th, Forty Years Ago.


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On June 11, 1973 the Supreme Court of the United States declared that laws banning interracial marriages was unconstitutional. The landmark case, Loving vs Virginia, struck down the laws of Virginia and 16 other states that banned interracial marriages. It's really hard to believe that it was not that long ago racial bigotry, especially in the South was so strong. Just think, we now have a president whose mother was White and father was Black! But alas the bigotry and hatred is still here.

I can remember the loud opposition from the religious conservatives in the South. People saying that if the races were able to marry the next step would be people allowing to marry monkeys, an obvious racial statement from the time. Voices from the Bible Belt condemned interracial marriages as being against the Bible and the  laws of God. Bob Jones University, the Christian college in South Carolina, which bases its teachings on the Bible, in 1998 stated
"Although there is no verse in the Bible that dogmatically says that races should not intermarry, the whole plan of God as he has dealt with races down through the ages indicates that interracial marriage is not best for man." I was so nice for the university to speak for God! Even today this bastion of Southern Christianity remains strongly opposed to interracial marriage as well as dating. People back then and even today say "god wants to keep the races pure". Why in the world would God create so many races and then want to keep them pure and separate? Why didn't he create just one race?

The truth of the matter is that the word "race" is not even mentioned in the Bible. In the Bible there were tribes, which probably referred to racial or ethnic groups, and there were warnings about marrying out of your tribe, but these were tribal or man made rules. Today some cultures and religions frown upon marrying someone of a different nationality, ethnicity or religion. The key word is "different". Back then marriages were not a bond of love, but a means of gaining power or property and had nothing to do with religion.

The arguments against interracial marriage were nothing more than a bunch of racists and bigots, under the guise of religion, cherry picking the Bible to find passages they could twist and turn and manipulate into the supposed word of God. They remind me of people who look to the prophecies of Nostradamus and prove that he was correct - well after an even had occurred and the prophecies were manipulated. What I find to be really strange is that these Bible thumpers  don't realize that the Bible has gone through numerous translations and lost much of its original meaning. Most of our right wing Christian morons actually think the Bible was written in English, and American English at that.

Okay now 40 years later the world has not come to an end as a result of the legalization of interracial marriages and the religious nuts of the South has risen again to fight anew, this time against the legalization of same sex marriages. Sure some of these Christian bigots, say that the comparison cannot be made. But it's the same arguments, the same ignorance, the same Bible, the same hatred, the same racism and the same bigotry. I am sick and tired of these ignorant, narrow minded, intolerant, bigoted poor excuses for human beings thinking that they speak for God or Jesus Christ and using their religion to justify their hatred and shortcomings.  Any day now the Supreme Court will announce their decision on DOMA and same sex marriages. Forty years ago SCOTUS made a historical decision in striking down bigotry and racism in interracial marriages. Let's hope the will make a similar decision in support of same sex marriages. For more information please refer o my earlier post called Marriage Equality and SCOTUS.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Can You Hear Me Now?


I am sure now that everyone has heard about the National Security Agency (NSA) listening in on the phone calls of Verizon customers and gaining access to emails, chats and other internet activity through the country's largest internet service providers. The knowledge of this is came to light when a whistle blower at NSA provided the information to a UK newspaper, The Guardian. Today that whistle blower outed himself in that same newspaper. He is identified as 29 year old Edward Snowden.

When this story was first reported, my initial reaction, as a liberal Democrat was outrage. A few days on I have calmed down and become more practical, should I say. First of all this kind of domestic spying has been going on for many years and not just after 9/11. The Patriot Act was initiated by the Bush administration after 9/11, but I am sure these kinds of activities have been going on long before that. The US knew of Bin-Laden's activities at this time with intelligence gathered at home and abroad,but did nothing at that time. Because of the Patriot Act I am sure things have intensified dramatically. I believe that this kind of intelligence gathering has prevented other serious attacks since 9/11.

Many of my fellow liberals I am sure adamantly disagree with me, but that is their prerogative.  I do not like that our government is spying on American citizens, but the Ft. Hood terrorist and the Boston bombers were American citizens. I think it is naive to think that we do not need to monitor phone calls and internet usage because we would not gather any useful information. Since 9/11
Al Qaeda has become more sophisticated in the use of modern technology, especially the internet. The United States is not the only country using such information gathering techniques. Britain, France, Germany and other countries have the same need to stay one step ahead of terrorists as we do. It's just that they haven't been caught yet.

The question now is whether or not the whistle blower, Snowden is a patriot or a traitor. He did violate his security clearance, but did he endanger the lives of any Americans by aiding terrorists or anyone who may wish to harm the country? Only time will tell. I would like that this country would not have the need to spy on any of our citizens, but lets face it, is not an ideal world. I also would favor complete nuclear disarmament, but governments are run by human beings and as we all know, human beings cannot inherently be trusted, and thus someone would hold back some weapons.

Many people are now outraged at these activities, but this is not the first time such an atrocity has been carried out by our government in time of war or conflict. Do you remember the internment of thousands of American citizens of Japanese heritage during WWII? That was a hell of a lot worse than what is going on now, but it wasn't addressed (and not satisfactorily) until recently. During WWII we knew who the enemy was, but in this war on terror, in the technology age, we do not. He could be our neighbor or even a relative. Until we come up with a better idea on how to gather information, weed out the terrorists and prevent future terrorist attacks, we may have to get used to having our freedoms trampled upon on occasion. As long as I have done nothing wrong I have nothing to be afraid of - I think.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Remember Tiananmen Square

 Photo taken on June 5, 1989, by Jeff Widener (The Associated Press).


This week, particularly June 4th and June 5th, is the 24th anniversary of The Tiananmen Square Massacre which took place in Beijing, China in 1989. Thousand of students and ordinary Chinese citizens demonstrated for democratic reforms. They were met by armed soldiers and tanks sent by hard-line Communist party officials. Then the unthinkable happened. The tanks and troops opened fire on the peaceful and unarmed demonstrators, killing and injuring perhaps thousands of people. We will never know just how many demonstrators died that day, as China suppressed all information and kept this incident from its own people, and continues to do so today. Young people in China do not even know that their fellow students and countrymen gave their lives, so that others could enjoy the freedoms of democracy.

There were, however, numerous remembrances in Hong Kong, which even though an autonomous region of China, does enjoy some freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Memorials and even the mention of the event is strictly forbidden in
China. As far as China is concerned this brutal incident never happened. Some human rights activists in the US called for the US government to adopt a stronger stance on the issues of human rights in China. The US has called upon China to come clean with the massacre, to divulge the number of those killed and injured and stop the harassment of those who took part in the demonstrations and survived. Naturally, as it always does, China called this an interference in its internal affairs. Chinaspeak for "we have the right to torture and kill as many people as we wish in order to keep the Communist Party in control".

This is a tragedy that could very well be repeated it China's Communist party feels threatened again in the future. With China's new found wealth and growing economic power, we can rest assure that the US and the Western powers will say as little as they can. Money trumps democracy and human rights, regardless of what we and our European allies may say for local news consumption.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

American Immigration and Civil Rights

Over the past few months Americans and our pathetic government have been fighting, arguing and negotiating whether or not certain Americans and immigrants should be given any kind of immigration rights. At the same time the Supreme Court has been mulling over whether or not gay Americans should have the same rights as straight Americans, when it comes to marriage or the granting of federal benefits to people involved in a same sex relationship.

I began thinking back into American history when other groups had fought for their civil and human rights. I grew up during the period of time when the Civil Rights movement was in full swing. After hundreds of years of being treated as second class citizens and suffering blatant discrimination and violence against them, Blacks were finally recognized as deserving of civil and human rights. Congress ultimately did the right thing and passed the Civil Rights Bill. Lyndon Johnson pushed the bill through Congress, as Southerners, both Republicans and Democrats tried to kill every aspect of the bill, as they are doing now, in the fight against immigration reform and anything that would  grant gay people any kind of rights.

Many years ago women fought for the right to vote, as they were relegated to second class citizens. Finally they were given the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1920. It was a shame that the country actually had to vote on a basic civil right. It is more of a shame that some Southern Republicans are trying to pass amendments that would not grant a civil right, but deny a civil right, in the case of same sex marriages. In our past the American government has taken it upon itself to vote one way or the other to grant or deny civil and human rights.

One group of people that have always been left out is the only group of people who actually are the only ones who should have all of the basic civil and human rights because of the nature of their birth. These are the indigenous peoples of America, our Native Americans. Native Americans are the only people who should be dealing with immigration rights, not a bunch of old white Europeans who do not belong here in the first place.

White Europeans came to this country and forced their culture, their languages and their religion on the indigenous people. If they didn't accept this new way of life they were then slaughtered. The newcomers came to steal their land, pollute their rivers and streams, kill their game, poison their air and cut down their forests. The White Europeans then took  the Native Americans away from their homes where they had been living since the beginning of time, and put them on reservations, forcing Christianity down their throats. Women and children were raped and abused by missionaries, while the men were either enslaved or killed.

We were brought up on a culture of movies and television shows where Native Americans, known to us then as Indians, were demonized and killed off to the enjoyment of the white only audiences. The once thriving cultures and peoples of the many varied Native American tribes were decimated in one the worst acts of genocide in the Western hemisphere since the Europeans destroyed the native peoples of South and Central America. Yet the descendants of these uninvited European immigrants sit in judgement of others and decide who is allowed into this country and who is not and who deserves rights and who does not. They actually think they can be trusted to do the right thing using their own moral judgement.

Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota Nation summed up how our Congress can be trusted, when many years ago he said, "the white man promised us many things, more than I can recall. But he only kept one promise. He promised to take our land, and he took it". We should all stop a moment and think about this when we seek to be given our own civil rights.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

John McCain - The New Lone Ranger

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Recently former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain made a secret visit to Syria to confer with the rebels fighting the Assad government. McCain is pushing for Obama to inter the conflict by establishing a no fly zone and giving logistical support and weapons to the rebels. On his own, McCain, the Lone Ranger, met with different representatives of the rebel movement giving them increased hope of US support.

He has to be senile or just plain crazy. We are finally getting out of two disasterous wars created by the Republicans under Bush. These two wars almost destroyed our economy and killed thousands of our servicemen and women, not to mention tens of thousands of citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why does he want us to get involved in yet another debacle? Didn't Haliburton and the big corporations make enough billions off the Bush wars?

When the US took down Saddam in Iraq, Al-Quaeda was no where in sight. After we went in Al-Quaeda overan the country. The Arab Spring movement in Egypt and Libya were not a complete success. Avowed enemies of the US are now fighting for power, which would not be good for the US. The rebel movement in Syria is backed financially by Al-Quaeda and other Islamist groups. If we give weapons to these rebels we do not know, it's almost a sure bet that in time they will be using them against American soldiers.

Syria is not like Libya. She has a large and strong air force and military and is supported by Iran and Russia. Russia and Hezbollah
are supplying weapons to Assad and if we declare a no-fly zone all hell will break loose. The US does not need nor want another war in the Middle East. John McCain is not President nor Secretary of State. He is making a fool of himself by undermining US policy. If he wants to help the rebels fight, let him stay in Syria and fight. Don't risk any more American lives in your Republican wars. Syria is no threat to the US and if we want to help, let's negotiate instead of brandishing our weapons.
 
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         Who was that masked man? Why that was John McCain!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GOP Governs for the Good of the Party, Not for the Country



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Now that the so called comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the weak minded Senate Judiciary Committee. Remember that "comprehensive" bill that the cowardly Democrats refused to include gay partners of American citizens because they didn't want to offend their bigoted Republican colleagues? They were afraid the bigots would not support immigration rights for many Hispanics if gays were given any rights.

Everyone, known as the "Gang of Eight", thought they had reached a grand compromise by throwing gay people under the bus and guaranteeing Hispanics and other minorities  immigration rights. They actually thought the Republicans really cared about minorities, as long as they weren't gay.

There is a real possibility that the bill will be dead on arrival in the House of Representative. According to a news story from Reuters the Republicans don't think that passing an immigration reform bill will help them garner the minority votes that will help them win national elections. Chuck Schumer, Feinstein and their other cowardly Democrats foolishly thought the Republicans actually cared about non white citizens of this country and would support an immigration bill, weak as it was.

Nothing in this country will ever get done for the average middle class citizens of unless these racist, bigoted, wealthy white hate mongers are driven out of government.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Happy Memorial Day


Happy Memorial Day to all of America. While we are celebrating with picnics, cookouts and parades, let us remember all of those who served to make this possible. Enjoy the long weekend and have a happy and safe holiday.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cowardly Democrats Cave in to Republican Bigots

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Senator Patrick Leahy - a politician with courage.


Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an immigration bill that will be sent to the full Senate for debate and a vote, after which it will be sent to the House of Representatives. This committee is comprised of 9 Democrats and 8 Republicans with Democratic Patrick Leahy serving as Chairman. One very contentious amendment to the bill, offered by Sen. Leahy, is to allow American citizens to sponsor their foreign born same sex spouses or partners for a Green Card. This was rejected with the full support of some of the Democratic Senators.

Heterosexual American citizens are allowed to sponsor their foreign born spouses, partners and fiancees, for a Green Card. Sen Leahy has been a staunch supporter of the inclusion of same sex partners. Senator Schumer of New York was on the fence, but was known to have promised an American member of a bi-national couple that she would be taken care of. She was. He through her and all of the bi-national couples under the bus. Joining this coward were two other Democrats, Sen. Feinstein and Sen Durbin. The reason they stuck their tails between their legs and ran was that they were afraid the Republicans would not support the entire immigration bill.

These Democrats, beside proving they can't be trusted, presented the Republicans with a way to freely and legally discriminate against gay American citizens. They gave the Republicans  the right to pick and choose who are allowed to have immigration rights and who are not. Only Sen. Leahy had the courage and intestinal fortitude to fight for what he believed and for the rights of thousands of American citizens.

Republicans are known bigots and are fighting any kind of immigration bill with rare tenacity. Only because they lost the minority vote in the last election are they willing to consider an immigration bill at all. Naturally the strongest opposition to any immigration reform and especially granting gays any rights, come from Southern politicians with solid right wing, Conservative Christian hate groups support. We haven't seen this much strong opposition since the Civil Rights laws were opposed by Southern members of Congress.

When this bill goes to the full Senate and then the full House amendments will again be introduced to include the rights of American citizens of a bi-national couple. With a majority of the House being Republican I am sure this will never happen. It is very doubtful that any decent, fare and honest immigration bill will be passed. To be fare not all Republicans are bigots and racists, but unfortunately the majority of Republican members of Congress are.

I never really held out much hope for any legislation granting equal rights for ALL Americans, including gays and immigrants, to be passed by a Republican controlled House of Representatives. This does, however, teach those of us who support LGBT rights just exactly who we can trust and believe. It's time to take another look at people like Schumer and Feinstein and decide if they deserve our support in the next primary election. Maybe it's time to shelve Schumer and the others. Hopefully this situation may be made redundant depending upon how the Supreme Court acts in deciding DOMA.

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A cowardly politician.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out for All of the Oklahoma Tornadoes Victims and Their Families


A huge, devastating tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday killing 91 people, so far, including more than 20 children. According to reports the death toll will likely increase, as search and rescue teams continue their gruesome work. Thousands of people have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the tornadoes in Oklahoma. In this time of tragedy, we must all work together and turn all of our thoughts and prayers to our fellow Americans in Oklahoma. At times like these we are not Republicans or Democrats, Conservatives or Liberals, but we are loving and caring Americans.  Please let us all do what we can do for our fellow Americans.

So What is All of the Fuss About?

Throughout the Sunday talk shows, regarding the IRS scandal, I heard Republican after Republican attack the Obama administration over the supposed targeting of Conservative groups, such as the Tea Party. But by Monday morning I still didn't see what all of the fuss was about.

According to the IRS code 501(c)(4) an organization, in order to be granted tax exempt status and to withhold from publicizing the names of donors, must prove that the main purpose of the organization it so promote the social welfare. The organization may may be involved in political advocacy, as long as it is a minor activity, but it cannot not endorse any legislation or political candidate. So as the IRS saw the number of applications for this status improve in 2010 it did its job and began to question some of these organizations.It just happened that many of these applications were from Conservative groups, which under investigation were not social welfare organizations at all. As stated in my previous post, Republicans Are Chewing at the Bit Over the IRS, Karl Roves' groups and the Tea Party have been blatant abusers of this code.

I am not a big fan of the IRS, but I don't understand why the Republicans are going after them for simply doing their job. Why isn't Congress going after the organizations and their leaders, who have lied and abused the system? Could it be another ploy to derail Obama and his presidency?

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Keep Them Poor and Uneducated

In many third world countries of the world where there are authoritarian governments or, where the ruling power has been in power for many years, there often is sharp divide between the educated and uneducated and the rich and poor. One of the main reasons these governments stay in power is that the governments keep their people uneducated and poor, while promising prosperity, lower taxes and change, at election time, if there are elections.  It always amazes me how people can be so gullible.

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I often compare these gullible people to members of the Tea Party and other such conservative groups that promise lower taxes and prosperity for the poor. Even in the face of the truth, or the facts they see conspiracy and lies. I decided to do a little research on which states are the most educated and which states are the poorest. I was not surprised.

Since taxes support social welfare programs and other government benefits I decided to find out which states received the most benefits. The top ten are "red" states. Of those states that pay for those benefits, 9 are "blue"states, with Colorado being the exception. For further details you can check out this article in Slate.com Now if the Tea Party ever succeeds in destroying so called "liberal" socialist handouts of the Democrats and drastically reducing taxes and government these ten red states will be destitute.

Next I looked at the least educated states in the country. The least educated states are West Virginia, Arkansas,Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana. These are all "red" states in the South. No surprise is that the most educated states are "blue" states, which include Massachusetts, D.C., Connecticut, Maryland,Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia and Colorado. Think Progress has more information on these and more statistics.


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Knowing this I look at what the Tea Party has been doing. They are trying to lower those very taxes that support the poor people in their own "red" states. They have been fighting unemployment benefits, as well as food stamps and other benefits for the poor and unemployed. They also fought against Obamacare and any other kind of health care that would benefit the poor and uninsured. What is really puzzling is that the morons who support the Tea Party are supporting their own destruction. And speaking of taxes, the Tea Party would have you believe that Americans pay the highest taxes of any country on earth.  Here is a chart that tells the real truth.
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It seems from these statistics one could draw the conclusion that the GOP is using the Tea Party and other conservative groups to take control of the country by keeping the poor and uneducated "red" states poor and uneducated and trying to make inroads into the "blue" states by manipulating and lying to the poor and uneducated in those states. For the remainder of Obama's second term the American people will come to learn just how racist, bigoted an moronic the Tea Party is, as they will see made up scandal after scandal created, while they are fighting every measure to improve the lot of the citizens of this country.




Sunday, May 19, 2013

Obama's Umbrella Scandal

It is not like the Republicans don't have anything better to do, as they most certainly do, but they have invented yet another scandal. Yes, President Obama allowed a Marine guard to hold up an umbrella for the him and the Prime Minister of Greece. Shame!  Republicans, including Sarah Palin are outraged. This would be funny, except for the definite racist overtones. The Republican party was once a noble party, but thanks to the likes of Palin, Boehner and the Tea Party it has sunk to the depths of a bigoted and racist party of hate.
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(W) “To be fair, though, none of the other presidents who had US Marines hold umbrellas for them were black." ~Ed Brayton. Image by Politics with Jarred and Dave.





Thursday, May 16, 2013

Republicans are Chewing at the Bit Over the IRS



Now the Republicans have yet another another excuse not to govern, not to create more jobs, not to help the middle class, not to reform immigration to make it more fair, not to make tax laws more fair and not to help the poor and needy. Now they are after Obama in regards to the new so called IRS scandal. So what's the big deal? There is a section of the IRS code that is called 501(c)(4). This section allows an organization, which is founded as a not for profit organization which deals solely in the promotion of social welfare, to be granted a special status. This special consideration confers a tax exempt status on the organization and allows it to keep the names of its donors secret. In order to receive this special status the IRS requires that the organization not take part in political activities as their main focus and not to endorse any candidate.

This is where the problem has surfaced. Republicans have accused the IRS of targeting Conservative groups, such as the Tea Party and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS in an attempt to deny them a no tax status. One of the biggest groups enjoying this tax exempt status is the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group, into which they funnel millions of dollars, for the sole purpose of destroying Obama and other Democrats. To be fair to the IRS it has also targeted some Liberal groups.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that groups such as these have been formed for the sole purpose of influencing elections or, in the case of the Koch brothers, buying the elections. These groups have become more vocal and have grown in the wake of the election of Barack Obama. These groups have absolutely nothing to do with the promotion of social welfare. In fact much of their activity is centered around destroying the social welfare, as when they oppose abortion, marriage equality, women's rights, immigration reform and having the rich pay their fair share of taxes. To the Republicans, it is not about politics, it is about revenge.

In my opinion all of these groups, either Conservative or Liberal, should pay taxes, as they are definitely spending a majority of their time on political activities and they are allowing the rich 1% the chance to buy our government. The tax exempt status of these organizations should be removed and while we are at it the tax exempt status should be removed for all  churches and religious organizations until they refrain from trying to force their beliefs on the rest of us Americans.

Again I say to the Republicans, "Get over it. You lost twice. Quit trying to destroy Obama and America with him. Get back to work helping the country.





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