Isn’t that headline like 110 days too late or so? Wasn’t the “kill” shot when the rig blew and the spill started? If the mud and cement that didn’t work weeks ago works now – – I do not see any life dying as a result. It was the explosion and subsequent spill that did the killing. Eliminating the addition of oil to the gulf is not a killing action but a much delayed life action. Stopping the oil spill and permanently blocking the well access won’t even kill  BP’s bottom line.

I have to say that I have NO sympathy for any oil company that loses any profit. When gas prices first soared 5 years ago and congress called the CEOs and other executives from the major oil companies to Capital Hill to explain themselves, they whined about profits dropping to millions per quarter from the billions that they had been enjoying.

If Obama truly wants to promote alternative fuels then he should have rallied his very left leaning supporters in Congress to pass regulations that limit the increase of the prices of products and services such as gas and coal fueled electricity to no more than the increase in the cost of living per year. Therefore, even during the alleged oil shortage from Hurricanes Ivan and then Katrina, the oil companies would have had to take the hit like the rest of us did – – in their OWN pockets and bottom lines.

Don’t get me wrong – – in general I believe in a capitalist market, however, I do believe that government should protect its citizens from tyranny from any and every direction. There are certain basic necessities that are required for ALL persons to be able to pursue life, liberty and happiness and it is here that government should focus its meddling into our free market. The oil companies have been allowed to run rampant for far too long and  in some manners see themselves being in a position to dictate to governments instead of governments dictating to them.

The oil spill in the gulf shows this very clearly, in the reply by the oil industry where they openly confessed that not only do they not have tested and tried responses to disasters but they gamble with our world that they are above disasters both natural and man-made. Worse still, there were some procedural safe-guards in place so that a well-head can be shut down before catastrophe strikes. The workers manning the rig did their job and reported those early warnings that alerted BP of pending problems. How did BP executives reply to these reports from the persons on the ground? They ignored them, cause no profit will be made from a shut down well-head and profit is worth the minimal risks (as they determined the reports to reflect).

We are a society of greed and reaction instead of respect and responsibility. We are all about personal increase and never self-sacrifice. We will face our bill from Mother Nature at the end of the dance. How many of you are ready to pay the bill, after all you have enjoyed every waltz played. Just don’t look surprised or complain about the cost, for you racked up the bill yourself and have NO ONE to blame so don’t try!

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So a day or so ago Brazil’s president offered asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva appealed to his “friend Ahmadinejad” to allow Brazil to take in the imprisoned woman. Most people are probably not aware of the story of Sakineh.
Mrs. Ashitani is a widow and was arrested 5 years ago and convicted and punished for “illicit relationship” with 2 men. All parties were flogged for this crime. Later her case was “reviewed” and she and one of the men were charged with the murder of her husband and adultery. While Mrs. Ashitani was not found guilty of the murder of her husband she was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. Now if just the mere statement death by stoning doesn’t seem like over kill for adultery then wait till you hear how stoning is to be carried out as a sentence.
According to the Iranian penal code all guilty persons are bound in ‘robes’ which inhibit their movement. Then males are to be buried up to their waists and females up to their necks. According to the penal code the size of the ‘stones’ to be used are not to be so large that death may occur after only 2 stones, however they are not to be so small as to be considered ‘pebbles’.
Now if the concept is not uncivilized enough as a general concept then the unfair and discriminatory way it is carried out makes it barbaric. First off in general men are more physically developed, especially in the upper body, than women, yet it is the women that are buried up to their necks not the men. Secondly, if by some miracle the victim escapes from their hole they are still killed. And before you even get to this stage the method for convicting persons of adultery do not really require much and again women are discriminated against. For the testimony of one ‘just’ man it would take the testimony of two women to equal it and more than likely there isnt any number of female testimony that would outweigh the testimony of one ‘just’ male. Secondly it only takes the testimony of 4 ‘just’ men to support the charge of adultery for conviction.
In all strict Islamic states, you will find that women are severely discriminated against and oppressed. They suffer great injustices and are the victims of hidieous crimes on a very common occurrence. Their lives are totally and completely controlled by the male members of their family. In stark contrast most justice system of these Islam countries exploit instead of protect the weak, innocent, and less fortunate of their societies. For, example while the females of the family have no control and no say in their lives they are the sole responsible party for any charge brought against them. In some Islamic countries girls and women can be killed by male family members simply for bringing ‘shame’ to their families. And this ‘shame’ does not have to be proved or real just the belief of the male members/head of the family.
I think that it should be the male family members that control these females’ lives that should suffer the punishment for any ‘shame’ brought to their families. These males are after all all-powerful and all-knowing and all-controlling; therefore if a female of their house causes some ‘shame’ it can only occur because the ‘all-powerful male’ wasn’t capable of preventing it. So stone him, murder him, flog him, beat him and you will see a swift change in what is required to ‘prove’ and ‘convict’ women and girls of crimes that are mostly out of their control and of which they are usually a victim.
Most non-Muslims think that all this violence and discrimination and hate is found in the Qur’an, that is not the case. If you were to compare the Torah, Bible and Qur’an for their condoning of violence you will find that the Qur’an is the most peaceful of the Religious mantels. Then what makes Islam such a harsh and violent society? It is the fatāwā of Mufti of power and influence that promote the ideas and concepts and actions that non-Muslims so often associate with the Qur’an and Islam and find so negative.
Like every other religion, when mean or cruel or just plain evil persons gain power the whole religion suffers. Yet, as society and within world religions there is very little house cleaning aimed at these persons that defame and destroy religions from the inside out through their personal desercration of those religions that they profess to embrace. There has never been one source which can claim the incitement and conclusion of more violence in this world than that done in the name of God.

Yes, ME of all people were rendered speechless this morning while reading an article on 12 Haitian orphans that are stuck in bureaucratic limbo. The highlights of this story are that 12 ‘extra’ orphans were included in an emergency airlift from Port-au-Prince after the earthquake there. These 12 are ‘extra’ because they were not already in the process of being adopted by American families, but the people on the ground decided to include them in the airlift, which in my opinion was probably the best thing to do. If you have to ask why that was the best choice you won’t understand the answer. These children range in age from 15 months to 13 years, so they are truly children, that were in the hands of Bresma Orphanage before the earthquake. The dilemma seems to be whether or not these children have to be returned to Haiti or can be adopted by families here in the United States.

The stand of the State Department is that they must verify that relatives of the children truly relinquish their rights and responsibilities for these children before they can be adopted to American families and with that I do truly agree; however, Haiti is an island nation and does not even consist of the entire island of Hispaniola. It is not truly that hard to find family members and verify their desire for these children, sure it isn’t an easy task but we are now more than 6 months after, if the relatives were actively searching for them someone would have heard by now and if their relatives were injured then they would have been identified by now and hence be found. We are talking about only 12 children, I imagine that the true nature for the delay is more of a monetary discrepancy than any true verification issues concerning the status of these children as orphans.

Now while this story is one that is one that pulls at heart-strings it is not one that has major impact on the country or global relations. And it was little more than my heart-strings that endeavored me to even read more than the headlines. After wards for some reason I did another thing that is rare for me – – I scrolled down and glanced at some of the comments of this article. And it was while I was skimming over the comments that I found myself speechless. Maybe I shouldn’t have, I know that the world is full of closed minded, ignorant people that are so lazy that spewing hate is much easier than making an effort to educate themselves and work at having an open mind that endears the desire to better the world. Sometimes little acts carry huge returns. It is one thing to be mean and hateful to adults, they are capable of defending themselves and understand the evils in this world. But to spew hate against children that have been through hell through no fault of their own is just vile. It shows just how cruel and cowardly you truly are.  I find it truly repulsive that there are still “educated, upstanding pillars of society” that can harbor such streaks of true venom.

To judge for your self check out the article here

Are the Democrats for real? Yes, they are!

If it were not so pathetic, it would be funny to see how long they continue to blame former President Bush for every negative in the world. To date they have blamed Bush for everything from terrorist attacks to natural disasters and now he is also to blame for them not getting their job done. The democrats need to change their slogan from a “Vote for Change” to “Its not our fault, its Bush’s.” Have the democrats ever really admitted that their policies lead to more debt and larger government? They stretch the Constitution beyond its breaking point to cover their whims without thought to the spirit of the founding fathers or the immigrants that settled and built this country into what it is.

This is supposed to be the land of opportunity not the land of debt and oppression. The government was to remain small so as to never become tyrannical, yet the democrats would have a government so large that even taking a piss would be monitored and regulated and reported on. It is amazing how convoluted current politicians have become with regards to the foundations of our government and their own self worth. Our political leaders are living proof that our education system here in this country is completely unbalanced and insufficient for producing productive citizens across the board so that our country can assume its rightful position to move the world forward instead of shrinking from our responsibility of making the world a better place. However, I am not sure which is the greater tragedy, the politicians that over-inflate their egos at the cost of the our country or the masses that blindly follow worthless leaders while discarding the precious rights that our founding fathers fought so valiantly for. We have become a fractured society where protecting ourselves is the major guiding influence for our actions instead of upholding the pillars that our fore-fathers set in place for our benefit. If not for their sacrifice none of us would have the freedoms that we currently enjoy and we show our gratitude not by insuring the preservation of these freedoms but by shrieking our duties to protect our fellow man. Considering this current mind set do we truly deserve to benefit from prior sacrifices?

The AU is currently holding a 3-day summit in Uganda, which sustained two bombings on the 11th of July. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia has claimed the bombings were retaliation for civilian casualties by the AU troops that are attempting to restore peace to the war torn Somalia. It seems pathetic that Al-Shabab, one of many insurgent groups that increases the state of terror in the African country by starving, threatening, killing and oppressing innocent civilians, managed to get that claim out without choking on it.

President Obama has seen the AU summit as so important that the US is represented by Attorney General Eric Holder; wow, how insulting for Africa. I guess they can take solace in the fact that ANY top official was sent. We have yet to learn that terrorist groups seed and grow in areas that we find insignificant and below our concern. When they move into actions and areas that are of concern to us we seem surprised at their organization, influence and reach. At least we are consistent in our failings, just like with street gangs and home grown terrorist groups on our own land we have that upper middle class suburban mentality that it cant happen to us. Keep burying your head in the sand and you will end up in the same quandary that the world was in when Hitler ruled Germany, if we wait too long we will be standing alone in the middle of unending chaos without the means to extricate ourselves.

The AU mission in Somalia, which has 49 of 53 members in good standing, is manned by about 6,000 troops from Uganda and Burundi, the hope is that the number will increase with additional troops from 2 more member countries. It will take more than this minor but courageous effort to truly make a difference, however, courage comes from the desire to do right in the face of terror and over whelming odds. This courage shows in the members of the militaries of Uganda and Burundi as well as the leadership of both countries for stepping up and taking action against an enemy to the peace and tranquility of the whole world. We could take a lesson from the little guys.

There has been tits and tats in the news over the last couple days about who cost McCain the election. The answer to that is very apparent to anyone that is not so consumed with pouting and whining that it is almost absurd.

Palin did not cost McCain the election. Although, hind sight is 20/20, and analysis will say McCain should have done this or that, McCain did not lose the election. The RNP lost the election.

Let me say that again, so you can hear me over your whining.

THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL PARTY LOST THE ELECTION!

Yes, I said it was the Republican National Party that cost McCain the election. And the why is so petty and sniveling that it is more like reprimanding a bratty 2 year-old, than any deep, insightful analysis but the experts. For as much as the DNC was run by the extreme left this election, the RNP let the conservative, right-wing, Evangelical minority sabotage this election and it cost them big time. This may be the biggest blunder that the RNP has ever made.

The ultra-conservative, right-wing, Evangelicals were mad about Bush’s compassionate conservatism; it was too moderate, too liberal for them. This very loud minority of the party was only going to play this time if they got exactly what they wanted, even to the detriment of the nation as a whole. (So not one member of the extreme right of the party has one damn thing to cry about.) What a shame that this group of “Christians” is so selfish and short sighted and down right mean, that they could not support their party’s nomination for President. Looks like they missed a lot of Sunday School classes!!!

McCain would have been great for this country, he could have unified the majority of the population, he could have had the support of players from both sides of the aisle, he could have done the right thing in Iraq and Afghanistan. But, no the whiny little babies known as right-wingers wouldn’t look at the bigger picture. Still, McCain tried to unite the party and appease you whiny babies by putting a compromise player on his ticket and still you whined and would not be part of the team.

To all the members of the conservative, right-wing, Evangelical minority — you are the ones that cost McCain the election.

To the Republican National Party, you should NEVER allow such a minor group, no matter how loud they whine, to run your whole game — you lost the election for McCain.

Enough said on the blame game, now shut up and lets do what we can to prevent as much damage as possible under the Obama Administration!!! (I personally, do not want to see a socialist America and intend to do all that I can to stop it — what about you, do you have what it takes to man up?)

Here is what the Republican National Party needs to do;

1) stop being ultra conservatives – I don’t want or need you in my bedroom or my doctor’s office

2) stop name calling — let others’ actions define them

3) put the issues out in the public light — when you get back in session, make sure you create a transparent congress so that the masses can see what Obama’s really about

4) stick to your guns about fiscal conservatism — more taxes and larger government wont help us

5) leave the pork at home — let each issue get through on its merits and do not sell out the American people

6) listen to your constituents — this is still a representative government you are suppose to voice the desires of ALL those that elected you

7) support our troops — DO NOTHING THAT WILL SELL THEM OUT!!!!!!! ( I will be watching and telling)

8 ) support our veterans — do not forsake them for a civilian police whatever he is calling his ‘Big Brother’ machine or for welfare checks

9) remember your place — you are our first line of defense against becoming socialist

10) get to know your party members — most of us are not extreme right-wingers

There are citizens that are intelligent and thoughtful, we actually understand the true intent of the founding fathers in penning the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. If you have forgotten the words go back and re-read them. But let me point out some very meaningful lines for you here;

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

We the People — means ALL of us, not just a select few, remember that for the next election. If Obama doesn’t take away that right!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; …. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security

The safety and happiness applies to ALL citizens of the country, not just the ones that think and believe just like you. It is the right of ALL citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And my happiness can be different than yours. It is also EVERY citizens duty to ensure that government does not arbitrarily remove those rights from a citizen or group of citizens. We are not our brother’s keeper; but we are our brother’s protector.

Every American needs to remember that as citizens of the greatest nation on earth we have to right to ensure that She remains the greatest nation on earth. It is our duty to protect Her from tyranny, injustices and abuses. It is our responsibility to ensure Her continued democracy. In short it is our country and if we will not fight for Her, who will?

I told you that censorship is so important to me that I would leave the Fairness Doctrine to this blog. Now, since the Fairness Doctrine is not a household term I will give a little back ground on the contents of this piece of legislation. The Fairness Doctrine in its inception was a regulatory act by the FCC that had two basic elements: “It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters.”

The spirit of the Fairness Doctrine was to ensure, that due to limited access to airwaves (there are only so many airwaves that technology can access), the information that people received from radio stations included a balance. This Doctrine was conceived in the late 1940’s when the radio was a primary source of information for most American families. In the 1940’s every home did not contain a TV, cable was not born, and access to the Internet was science fiction. The Doctrine was to insure that the American people had access to varying views in order to make an informed decision about matters of public interest.

Today it is an accepted view that “every home has TV” and most homes have cable/satellite and Internet. With very little effort the American public can easily access more points of view on topic of public interest than ever before. The American public in cases such as legislation and referendums can even actually read the official proposals at the affected government level. There is no shortage of information for the American citizen to access.

The push to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine which the FCC voluntarily stopped enforcing in 1987, comes almost solely from the left or liberal political body. The argument is that “Hate Radio” the right-wing ranting is taking over the airwaves and that the American public is being misled and misguided. My argument is that radio stations are like any other media companies, they are for profit enterprises that determine what they broadcast by how much money it brings in. If the liberals want more air time then they need to find a dynamic, energized, strong personality push for that person to get their own show and fully support it. Turn it into a money maker that the big boys want to have around.

The proponents of re-instating the Fairness Doctrine have one goal and that is to limit the air time of right-wing hate radio. I am not a fan of nor a listener to any of these mega radio personalities, for the most part I do not agree with them on the issues and I do not think that they always make their case, but I do support their right to voice their opinion and views. I can say the same for the left wing, again I am not a fan of nor do I listen to the likes of Alan Colmes. But again I do support their right to voice their opinions.

I believe that anytime that we, as a nation, utter the word censorship that we are headed in the wrong direction. The one and only time that I agree with and support censorship (and this can only be on a case by case basis, with a clear standard of common sense) is when the sole purpose of the “speech” is to incite violence against a specific group of individuals based on some bias of the orator. Now you may want to go back and read that sentence again.

The SOLE PURPOSE is to INCITE VIOLENCE. Proving that can be a very hard thing to do, in most instances the orator does not have the integrity to admit such hatred. For the most part such individuals are cowards. They do not have the back bone to commit the acts of violence themselves, nor do they have the fortitude to bear the responsibility of their desires fulfilled. They are weak, were probably considered insignificant by family and peers; their only source of power, their words. And this power they ply on less intelligent individuals than themselves. But they still have a right to free speech, up to the point that their sole purpose becomes the incitement of violence on their targeted group of society.

As a whole, our society has forgotten a basic premises of the founding fathers in granting us certain rights. We are entitled to enjoy our rights up to the point of infringing on the rights of others. However, we should also not use the excuse of having our rights infringed on, simply when someone expresses a thought or idea that we find uncomfortable.

I do not believe that it is any networks responsibility to ensure that your child doesn’t watch inappropriate shows, that is your job as a parent. I do not believe that it is the librarian’s job to make sure that the books in the collection only support your morals, we don’t have to all live by your morals; and reading a book with differing ideas doesn’t mean that your child will suddenly stop going to church and start dressing Gothic. By the way not going to church doesn’t make one Gothic and dressing goth doesn’t mean you can’t be christian.
I may not agree with your point of view, but I will protect your right to voice it. I may not practice your religion, but I will protect your right to worship. I may not vote the same way that you do, but I will protect your right to vote. I may not live by your moral code, but I will protect your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The first step is to speak up against any censorship. Don’t think that censoring something is right just because it is not something that you want hear. But rather ask yourself, do I want what I say to be censored, for the very same reasons that I want this censored?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?