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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Israel Rejects Truce;Continues Defense against Hamas

Israel rejects truce call, attacks Gaza
Associated Press, by IBRAHIM BARZAK and MATTI FRIEDMAN

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.


That is the first news piece I read this morning. I have no idea why there is international pressure to suspend the air offensive. Let us look at the facts, Israel and Hamas had a truce and Hamas, being a terrorist group, continued to lob rockets into Israel. Apparently a truce is only convenient for Hamas when it is their shit being destroyed. There is a big difference between the attacks; Hamas intentionally kills Israeli civilians, while any civilian deaths by Israel are unintentional.

This video does give me a better understanding as to why Hamas wants a truce. Keep it up Israel, I was always told that the way to make a bully leave you alone was to punch him the face.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gun Nuts and Gunblogger Conspiracy

Tonight was a night of many firsts for me.

For the first time ever I tuned into Gun Nuts radio and I must say I am impressed and it was a great show. The show and the chat were full of gun bloggers whom I read every day so it was more like a star studded experience for me. These folks are much more experienced and knowledgeable in firearms than I am and I always enjoy their blogs and now tonight I thoroughly enjoyed their company. Needless to say I will be back for as many of the 2009 shows as possible.

I also joined the conversation after the show at Gunblogger Conspiracy. It was great chat with some of the gun bloggers and gun folk, and I will be sure to visit as often as possible.

I highly encourage everyone to catch Gun Nuts Radio and to join the conversation at Gunblogger Conspiracy, it is highly educational and highly humorous.

A Survival Mentality


I long ago realized that survival, that is living long into old age, is something that I am keen on doing. I also realized that in order to do that, I would need to hone my mind to always be in the survival mentality. Whether you live in a pretty bad city, like I do, or you live on a farm in a town with a population of 300, there are bad people in all locations and they are willing to maim, kill, torture, rape, rob and anything else in order to get their way, with no regard for you or your family.

I seemed to understand that a long time ago and have since been in a mind set what some would call paranoid, but what others would call always being aware of the surroundings you are in, walking away when you get that feeling in your stomach, situating yourself in positions in restaurants where you can see the door while also being aware of the exits. When I go to sleep at night I know every door is secure, every window locked. I know that in order to get into my room there are numerous items that will alert me to the presence of an intruder and allow me time to make sure I, and my family, are safe. I also see a possible weapon, and thus a self defense tool, in many common objects around me. Like minded people will understand the things I have described above, while others will begin to question their own habits, and still others will read this point, write me off as crazy, and go on with their lives oblivious to the dangers around them.

Part of the survival mind set is also knowing, deep down inside, whether or not you have what it takes to defend yourself. This could be as simple as knowing that you are in danger and running, as a matter of fact that is one of the best ways to ensure survival, but when running is not an option you must be able to decide whose life is worth more, yours or the person trying to make you unrecognizable, even by dental records. It is important that you understand that at some point it may be necessary to use the tools at hand in order to kill another human being, a human being who is trying to kill you. That is when you must decide whose life is more valuable to you.

About a year ago I was discussing the state of the city with my grandmother, and that fact that I would soon apply for a License to Carry a Firearm (unfortunately finances have not yet permitted me to buy a firearm, much to my dismay). We then got into the issue of whether or not I would be able to actually kill someone while defending myself. My answer was simple and unequivocal, I never want to find myself in that position and I never want to take the life of another human being, but if another human being is attempting to take my life than I will do what I must in order to stop the threat, and if stopping threat also means stopping the life of the criminal, than yes I would be able to kill someone in the process of defending myself. I am not sure when I made my up my mind of that ability, but it is something that I think about often. I do not think about as a morbid obsession, but I think about so that if that time were to ever come my mind would not shut down my body as a defense mechanism. Obviously taking the life of another human being has a large psychological toll on any normal person, such as those defending themselves, and I am not making the claim that if I had to defend myself it would not affect me. In fact I know I would be profoundly effected and I would feel some sort of sorrow for the family of the now deceased scum bag. However I have also made up my mind to not feel guilty about making the decision to live.

It is this survival mentality that I hope that a lot of others will instill in themselves. Whenever I am not in my home I am running through different scenarios in my mind. When I walk through a parking lot and I see a group of people my mind goes into survival mode, and I immediately think about escape routes, and in their absence, how I could live. The same is true for any other encounter I have, no matter where I am. It has no doubt saved my life more than once, as I have noticed unsavory individuals following me in garages and department stores, and it was only when I made it apparent that I would defend myself that these people ceased to follow me.

Survival is more than having a first aid kit, it is being able to violently and viciously respond to an attacker. Overwhelming violence is what an attacker is hoping to use in order to over come you, are you willing to respond with overwhelming violence of your own?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas (for friends and soldiers)

I would to take this small piece of down time that I have on Christmas day, to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas. It is a little before 6:00am and I have been awake for awhile, I can not sleep, as is usual when insomnia kicks in hard. I did sleep for about 5 hours and that is enough, and more than some people get. Since I have been awake for so long I have had a lot of time to think about the meaning of Christmas, especially this year. This tough economy has been especially rough on me as I have yet to find a job since I graduated college in May. I am lucky enough to be able to live at home with my parents, and to have a fiance who loves me enough to stick around and pay the small amount of bills we have (cell phone, credit cards, car payments). Because of the economy I was not able to buy gifts for people, and I do not expect much either, and quite frankly I am much happier not having to worry about gifts. For once Christmas is not about gifts, it is about spending it with the people I love, and the people who love me. Not having to worry about gifts and surviving mall lines I had time to remember two things and I invite you to remember these things as you celebrate this time of the year.

1. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, andon Earth peace, good will toward men.’

– Luke 8: 8-14

Yes indeed, we commemorate the birth of Christ and remember that on that first Christmas, the King of King was born in a stable behind an inn. Animals, dirty hay, no doubt some animal by-products abounded and yet it is perhaps the greatest gift.

2. There are some folks who will not be celebrating Christmas with their families this year. They are far from home, in a strange land, among brothers and sisters in arms. They are the soldiers of the US Military and it is their sacrifice that allow us to celebrate freely with our loved ones. While we unwrap gifts, eat a holiday meal, share laughter and love with our families and friends, please remember that some of our men and women have been standing through the night, coming off a 12 hour shift, some of them engaging in fire fights and diffusing road side bombs. Far from home, away from their families, and yet they do what they do with honor and pride and because they love you and I. Show the same love to them and honor them this holiday season. If you know the family of a soldier make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their sacrifice as well.

A Soldiers Night Before Christmas



To you and yours, from me and mine, Merry Christmas. May it be safe and filled with joy and May the Lord pour His blessing upon you.

Anthony

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Straight No Chaser-12 Days of Christmas

Not sure if you guys have heard of this group of guys yet, they are called Straight No Chaser and they have some good a capella stuff. Once of those songs in the 12 Days of Christmas and I am putting it here for your viewing pleasure. Check them out on youtube, you will like them. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Houston Texans vs Oakland Raiders

Thank you all who joined the chat. The chat is now over. I'll see you all next week when the Texans play the Chicago Bears.

Merry Christmas,
Anthony

Friday, December 19, 2008

True Meaning of the Second Amendment

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.


I have always found this to be a simple amendment, and was never certain why so many people have come out against this amendment with some of the most skewed interpretations I have ever heard. At any rate I will now explain it as simply as possible, as it is very simple when you read it correctly.

Okay, so the people who hate this Amendment, say that it gives the militia the right to have weapons. These people usually go on to cite that it is referring to the National Guard. Please, please tell me where it says that the militia has the right to keep and bear arms? What I see is a supporting statement for the second half of the sentence. The Framer's are simply stating that because we need a well regulated militia to secure the free state, (and here is the important part) the RIGHT of the PEOPLE shall not be infringed. It is absurd to think that the Founder's were referring to a governmental military force here, after all they had just finished fighting a governmental military force. Had they written this Amendment to intend that the military could have weapons, than it would have made it illegal for them to fight any future wars like the one they just fought. Anyone with logic, and I think that even some of the liberals have logic, can understand that the Founder's would not create a law that would have banned the very thing they themselves just did. There is another way that we know that this Amendment does not refer to the National Guard; the National Guard was created in 1916.

Penn and Teller says this much better than I do, so watch this short clip and walk away knowing that we can stop arguing about this. The liberals are wrong (no shock there). But for those who will inevitably put up a fight, I ask you this question: Does the section of the First Amendment referring to Congress making no law abridging the freedom of speech or the press only refer to free standing news and newspaper organizations?

And now Penn and Teller:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ham/Amatuer Radio

I am trying to get into "Ham" or Amatuer Radio. It serves a duel purpose, first I think it will be a good hobby, but secondly, and more importantly, is that when I become a nurse I want to get involved in some volunteer emergency efforts in the area. I may join the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or the local Red Cross. I know our firefighter's and the EMT/EMS crews that run with them are all volunteer and I would not mind doing some sort of rescue work etc etc. At anyrate, I know that in an emergency a "ham" radio is a very good, and very stable mode of communication. I have an old CB that was given to me by my mother's uncle that I am going to try to connect to my car tomorrow, but for ham/amatuer radio there is much more involved and I believe I have to take classes and get an FCC user license.

Does anyone have any information that may be useful? Anyone into this sort of thing? I appreciate all responses.

Anthony

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

You ain't seen nothin' yet

So far we just have rain here but I noticed it was much, much colder this morning when I went outside The Winter Weather Watch has been changed to a Winter Weather Advisory.....ohhhhhh ahhhhhh
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOUNT HOLLY HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BERKS...LEHIGH..CHESTER...MONTGOMERY AND
BUCKS COUNTIES OF SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 AM EST WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER STORM
WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

We also now have a Hazardous weather outlook.

Okay, not a big deal, but I wanted to post this so I could post the maps.


Monday, December 15, 2008

It is going to be messy the next few days

In college, when I was an RA, I was turned onto NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) by the then Assistant Director of the Office of Resident Life. I really liked her, her name was Jennifer, and while she scared students who were not nice to her RA's, she was really pleasant to the staff. During hurricane season she spent a lot of time tracking hurricanes via the National Hurricane Center at the NOAA and since I spent ample time in the office and I watched the news a lot I quickly realized she too was keeping track of the news, particularly the weather. It gave us something to talk about and she showed me the NOAA website as well as the satellites and maps that they have and I thought it was one of the coolest things in world. When I was younger I wanted to be a storm chaser and I have always been fascinated with the weather. Something about the weather and nature really entraps me; one minute it can be warm and sunny, a nice breeze going, a start to a great day, and just as soon as you blink the wind can pick up, the storm clouds can roll in and Mother Nature can crap on your day. The same weather that brings much needed rain for drought relief will also flood an area, the same wind that flies a kite will topple trees and tear down homes, the same waves that give great surf adventures can raise up and destroy the community near the water. The weather is more like a bi-polar, schizophrenic dog, it will be your best friend, allowing you to pet it and sitting nicely in your lap one minute and the next it will rip your hand off and back you into a corner before you realize what has happened, and then later it will be your best friend again.

My love and fascination of weather usually has me checking the NOAA website a lot during the winter and tonight when I checked I saw the report that the next few days in my area could be quite a wintry mess.
Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
837 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

PAZ060>062-067>069-161100-
/O.CON.KPHI.WS.A.0006.081216T1200Z-081217T1400Z/
BERKS-LEHIGH-NORTHAMPTON-CHESTER-MONTGOMERY-BUCKS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...READING...ALLENTOWN...BETHLEHEM...
EASTON...WEST CHESTER...NORRISTOWN...DOYLESTOWN
837 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM EST TUESDAY
THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM EST TUESDAY
THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

A MIXED PRECIPITATION WINTRY WEATHER EVENT IS LIKELY STARTING
TUESDAY.

A COLD FRONT IS MOVING THROUGH THE REGION OVERNIGHT WITH ARCTIC AIR
BEHIND IT AND WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE ARE FORECAST TO MOVE ALONG THE
FRONTAL BOUNDARY. A COUPLE OF PRECIPITATION SURGES ARE FORECAST TO
AFFECT THE REGION.

PRECIPITATION SHOULD BE RAIN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. BY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON IT WILL BE COLD ENOUGH ALOFT FOR PRECIPITATION TO CHANGE
TO SLEET AND OR SNOW. AS MORE COLDER AIR MOVES IN... ITS POSSIBLE
THAT PRECIPITATION MIGHT CHANGE TO ALL SNOW TUESDAY EVENING. THE
PROCESS IS THEN EXPECTED TO REVERSE ITSELF LATER TUESDAY NIGHT AND
WEDNESDAY MORNING AS WARMER AIR MOVES IN ALOFT. THIS WILL INCREASE
THE LIKELIHOOD OF FREEZING RAIN OCCURRING. THE PRECIPITATION
SHOULD CHANGE TO PLAIN RAIN RAIN AS WEDNESDAY CONTINUES.

PRIOR TO THE CHANGE...THERE COULD BE A COUPLE OF INCHES OF SNOW
AND SLEET AS WELL AS AROUND ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH. THIS EVENT
WOULD IMPACT THE EVENING COMMUTE ON TUESDAY AND ALSO HAVE AN
IMPACT ON THE WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE.

PLEASE USE THE TIME PRIOR TO THE EVENT TO MAKE THE NECESSARY
PREPARATIONS. A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR
SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT
TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.


It has been raining a lot the past few days and looks like that rain will turn into snow, sleet, and ice tomorrow. I just hope that run off does not cause flooding. I'll post some maps, radar and satellite tomorrow.

Anthony

I am not sure what you thought this blog was about, or what the hell you were looking for.

So I was checking out some of my site meter stats, as I am always interested to know how people get to my blog. That is when I found this little gem.



If you look at what I have highlighted in yellow the search is for pictures of naked Chinese gymnasts. I did not write about naked Chinese gymnasts, but during the Olympics I wrote about the Chinese gymnast scandal.

I know what you are looking for, and I am hoping that you were not looking for the same Chinese gymnasts I was writing about. Those gymnasts were underage, very underage, and that is indeed what you were looking for I hope you are being watched by the FBI. I am saddened that yahoo search engines brought that person here.

True they could have been looking for adult Chinese gymnasts who happen to be naked, and I certainly hope that is true.

Anthony

Making this country a better place (a respone from and to Seoutfromwithin)

As many of my readers know, there is a commenter who leaves comments from time to time that I respond to publicly. We tend not to agree on most things politically, but he/she (I do not know this person) is seemingly intelligent and often leaves intelligent comments on the blog. As promised the last time this person left a comment I responded and said that if they responded back I would post what they wrote. So they have responded and here it is, and then my response as well. This back and forth is a result of my commentary on Obama and Seoutfromwithin's thoughts about me "wasting" my vote.


(I apologize it took so long for me to respond. My exams are finally over. Post this.) Ron Paul is a creationist. It's both astonishing and fascinating to witness him publish a manifesto detailing what he views are the "problems" of our country while some of his core beliefs are absurd an push against the tide of common sense. His opinions and solutions are unrealistic. Abolish the IRS? Impossible. Dismantle NASA? Improbable. Dissolve the Department of Education? Absolutely not. Perhaps if the United States were as big as his district these solutions would make sense. I don't understand how you can take this man seriously. His belief in the conspiracy theory regarding the "North American Union" is particularly disturbing. This man should be carted from Congress to an asylum ASAP. We've heard him shouting "the sky is falling" long enough. He is scary and so are his followers.


Ron Paul believes in creation and evolution, as do a large majority of biologists and other scientists. It is interesting you bring up this point as we just talked about this in one of my pre-reqs for my nursing course. It is interesting to note that while the extremists from both camps tend to be off on both the theories of evolution and creation, the moderates from both camps have given a lot of credibility to both theories. We must remember that evolutionism and creation are both theories, not being able to truly prove either one, and when you look at both of them they can exist together. The problem comes when people believe that the world was created in 7 days, because after all God is not limited by time and space and a 24 hour day is not necessarily one of God's days. Dr. Paul does not believe this, he is a doctor after all and has a strong medical and science background. What he does believe is that God is the creator of the world and of all things, both living now and those things living in the past. Evolution does happen, as all animals and plants etc adapt and evolve in order to survive, but there is no reason not to believe that a Supreme Being does not have a hand in that and has set it in motion. We also know that Darwin did indeed believe in God, and that God has a hand in creation, as he received a degree in Theology (or was it Religious Studies?). I would not call Ron Paul a creationist or an evolutionist, but I am not so sure there is a term for someone in between, as some people are more interested in keeping the sides divided than bringing them together. I believe in both theories as well, when they are applied correctly. Neither theory negatively affects the other.

He discusses abolishing the IRS because the job they have of collecting income tax is, quite frankly, unconstitutional. The Amendment never received the majority vote, and was never ratified. Furthermore, their is already an Amendment in the Constitution that forbids laying a direct tax and the income tax is a direct tax on your labor, which in itself is an absurdity. An amendment to the Constitution can not be made which violates an already existing amendment because that would then make the violating amendment illegal. It is the same as having two laws, one making something legal and the other making the same thing illegal at the same time. Abolishing the IRS is not absurd and can be, and should be, done. Income Tax pays for nothing beneficial to the American Public. It does not go to roads, schools, government programs, or anything else good for the American Public, the income tax simply goes to paying the debt that the Federal Reserve lays on the United States for printing money. Making the Federal Reserve an actual government organization, and not a private one made of share holders and making a profit, would eliminate the need for an income tax and thus would make abolishing the IRS very easy.

Dismantling NASA is a very good idea and is not new to the American Public. It has been talked about for quite a while by multiple politicians. Notice he does not want to abolish all aspects of NASA, as that would be foolish, but currently NASA spends billions of dollars and does not accomplish nearly as much as it should. Some of aspects of the program are monumental failures and should not receive the funding that it does. Dismantling it, and making it more efficient and worthwhile, would give this country much more money to work with. Do we need an organization that is focused on space exploration, yes because as we move into the future I am sure this will be a necessity.

Dissolving the Department of Education. This is a very easy issue, for me at least. The Federal Government does not have the authority to regulate education on a national level and should be something that the states regulate. Again the Dept of Education is another bloated money pit of a Government Agency that seems to be doing more harm to the education of our country than helping it. As an example look at the No Child Left behind act to see the disaster that is the Dept. of Education, as well as the ridiculous hoops that must be jumped through in order to fall into the guidelines of the Dept. Some of the guidelines make it absolutely impossible to teach children effectively but do plenty to teach them how to pass that ever so important test to receive funding. Education without the Department of Education can be easily seen in any non-public school in the nation, ranging from Kindergarten to College. Private schools, in general, do much better in educating students, as seen in test scores and graduation rates. These are the same tests that are taken by kids who receive public education, the same tests that the public schools teach too and the private schools do not. Private schools are not bound by the absurdities of the Dept. Of Education and it shows. I am not saying that all public schools, in fact some of them are fantastic, such as the public schools in Northern Virginia, however in general public schools are becoming more and more of a failure, not because of the students or the teachers but because of politics. I have personally been told, both in high school and college, that if those teachers had to fall into compliance with the Dept. of Educations guidelines, that there were a lot of things taught to me that were not supposed to be taught under the DOE guidelines. Interesting how the DOE does not allow some information to be taught. So yes dissolving the Department of Education is a good idea, after all it can not do nay more damage than what the agency does now.

As far as the North American Union being a conspiracy theory I only ask that you do your research on this one. The Committee on Foreign Relations, a congressional committee, has discussed the North American Union many times, and news reports can be found on their website. It has been discussed in main stream media plenty of times and the Canadian Prime Minister has admitted to meeting with Bush and Fox about a North American Union. I am not sure how some people call it a conspiracy theory when evidence of the discussions can be freely found on government websites and has been openly admitted. Do think it is a far stretch to imagine a NAU? You do know that a large portion of Europe has been brought under the control of a European Union, don't you? Why do you think it could not happen here? I believe that people who do not believe that talks and plans for a North American Union have been discussed, have simply not done their research into the matter. It is plainly out there for all to see.

As far as his followers being scary, do you really think I am scary? Does he have some fringe supporters? Yes of course. But so does Barack Obama, such as the Black Panthers. Every politician has some group of scary people, but the majority of Ron Paul supporters are honest, hard working, citizens who want nothing more than for the government to stop stepping on their civil liberties and to stop putting their noses in where it does not belong. That is not someone who is scary, that is someone who understands what America was founded upon. If you do not want your liberties than you are free to give them away, but when a government tries to take them, that is intolerable. Scary I am not, anyone who knows me, hell the majority of my readers, know that I am not a scary person, or a tin foil hat wearer, or anything of the such.

So as I said before, I voted for the man most capable and most qualified for running this country correctly, in line with the Constitution, and while keeping America a sovereign nation with a population that has all of it's civil liberties intact. Just because he says what others do not, does not make him crazy. Nothing he has said is untrue or unreasonable when you consider what I have just talked about here. It seems that he may be one of the only politicians that is actually paying attention.


Anthony

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Why I like British Parliament

Yes you heard me correctly, I like British Parliament but not for the reasons you might think. From time to time I am known to watch Parliament on CSPAN, usually in the wee hours of the morning when insomnia has set in and does not go away easily. I think the debate is hilarious. It is more like men and women in a bar cheering for their side and jeering at the other. This short 14sec video will show you what I mean. Check out the guys doing the "we're not worthy" motion.....if anything good ever came from a British Parliament it is the sheer comedic factor. Some days I wish our own governmental debate was more like this, at least then it would prove to me that our politicians are actually paying attention



Anthony

Nationalization

We are a country that is marching,fairly rapidly, towards nationalization. I am not sure that some people grasp the concept of what it means to bailout a company and what it means when the government takes over and essentially owns the majority shares of a company.

In the past six months of so, the government, with our tax payer money, has bailed out banks, insurance companies and mortgage companies. The government now holds the majority share of stocks of some of the largest mortgage and insurance companies as well as banks IN THE WORLD. Now technically since the people are paying for it, and because the government is supposed to be run by the people, not the people run by the government, we own these companies. However you can not point this out to the government because they get a little jumpy about this issue. At any rate, with the government now running the show with these companies they are now nationalized. With the passing of the Auto Bailout in the House the government is also nationalizing the auto industry will be run by someone in Congress (this vote will still need to pass in Senate, but if we remember what happened with the other Bailout we can be certain this will pass as well). It is likely that we will also see a nationalization of health care, thanks to the Obama team, which will give the Federal Government a firm hold on many of the things necessary for the nation to function. You will now buy your car from the government, get your mortgage from the government, get the insurance for your home from the government, and soon you will get your health care from the government as well.

Some people obviously do not see the problem with this, in fact some people like this idea. The reason for that is simple, those individuals do not know history and therefore they do not know what they need to fear in this nationalization. Nationalization wrests more control from the States and thus from the people and places it in the hands of the Federal Government, thus giving us a very strong central government (yes you have heard about a strong central government being bad somewhere before.....yes think junior high and high school American History/civics). The Founding Fathers knew the problems of a strong central government, and many people after them knew the problems as well. Even today there are those who know what the problem is but sadly, as reflected in this last election, it seems that the majority does not know the problem with a strong central government.

The more power a Central (or Federal) Government has, the less power you have. American is not meant to have a strong central government such as a king, or a dictator. The words "king" and "dictator" as well as "socialism" and "communism" invoke strong reactions and feelings, however the word "nationalization" does not seem to invoke the same fear in the hearts of the people. Perhaps this will put it into perspective; Cuba, China, North Korea, and Iran are all nationalized, the first 3 more so than Iran. Now, the first 3 are of course very much nationalized to one of the farthest possible ways, but once we begin to nationalize one thing it is a slippery sloop. The proof of this slippery sloop is evident in the fact that once the big bailout was passed this past one is not receiving nearly as much protest from the public. This is where it gets very dangerous because the government will make changes that wear you down and de-sensitize you and then they make the big changes without much resistance.

Nationalization is an important step towards a unionization of the North American countries. Some people will turn away here because many dismiss the idea of a North American Union (unity the countries of Canada, American, and Mexico using the European Union model). That is fine, whatever your personal belief about the NAU is ok with me, but I have read the reports that are coming out of the congressional Committee on Foreign Relations. The documents are clear as to the intent and these are official documents from the government talking about this. We know that the EU was a bad idea, it has taken power away from individual countries and people and placed it with a group that is hardly representative or accountable to the people. A North American Union would be the same way, and as we nationalize more and more of American industry it is a smoke screen, a desensitization so that unification* will receive little protest.

Remember folks, strong central government is bad, nationalization of industry is bad, and a North American Union is bad. Speak up now before it is to late.


Anthony





*Speaking of unification I just found this awesome show called Firefly. Go and watch it and you will see what I mean.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Great Blog writer's that I have been neglecting

I have seemingly, and mistakenly over looked a few blog's. These are blogs that I either read on a regular basis or should read on a regular basis but have not added them to the blog roll simply because I have forgotten to do so. They are all great blogs and go well with the rest of the blogs I read. Here they are in no particular order:

(click the names to go to the blog)
Texas Fred's
The American Conservative
Call me Ahab
Bayou Renaissance Man

My apologies for not adding you sooner, but you will be added to the blog roll now.

Enjoy fellow readers.

Anthony

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sometimes I want to smack the living shit out of someone

Warning: The purpose of this post is for nothing more than to vent. There will probably be a lot of swearing not appropriate for the faint of heart. You have been warned.

I graduated in May with a BA in Psychology. 7 months I still do not have a job. It is certainly not for lack of trying. I have sent out countless resumes, and over the course of the past 7 months some of those resumes have gone to potential employers more than once, for various jobs with that particular employer. I have been on countless interviews, more than I would like to admit, and yet I still do not have a job. I can safely say that between my resumes and my interviews every soul in a 50 mile radius with the capability to hire has seen my resume or has met me in person for a job.

Yet as I sit here and write this I am still without work and without a prospect of an interview or job within the next few weeks. It is mentally and emotionally exhausting. The interesting part is that I was very active in College with different organizations and clubs, I had great grades, I was on the Dean's List, and had honor's in my major. I am well spoken, I write well, and I am good at research, as I have worked on a team to design and implement a research project that was presented at a national conference. I have gone on interviews in college and for the most landed every job I applied for without complaint. I have been instructed on how to interview well and I truly believe that I do indeed interview very well. With all of those thoughts in my head I have absolutely no idea why I am not being hired, and I also find it hard to believe that with all of the jobs I have been on that everyone else has been a better candidate than I have been. True some jobs I have been over qualified for, and potential employers have told me that. I did not however apply for any job I am under-qualified to perform, because why would I want to waste their time or mine?

But here is the part that pisses me off. A few weeks ago someone else I know did get a job, as a matter of fact quite a few people I know got a job but are they better candidates than me? NO. In every instance they have wasted their fucking lives, dropped out of school, are addicted to drugs, have rap sheets longer than every god damned politician in this country combined and truly have no people skills. Half of them could not read to save their asses, nor can they write in a sentence coherent enough for any sane person to read. For all intensive purposes they have fucked up at every turn and they are still getting by, and I have done everything up to this point to make myself successful and I am being passed over for drug addicted drop outs.

I have no idea what I am doing wrong, and if someone does please enlighten me. I am quite literally exhausted from looking for jobs, from going on interviews, from continuously being rejected from countless job opportunities. I am getting married in 5 months and I will need a job before that time, and if I do not have a job I am not sure what to do at that point.

Perhaps this is some type of punishment from a cranky universe, karma that has come back around and bit hard in my ass, a benevolent being who is writing a divine comedy out of my life a and this is the layer of hell where Satan is a dragon frozen in ice created by the wind of his own filthy wings, surrounded by the most vile offenders throughout human history.

I have no idea what is happening but I am tired.

Anthony

The "100 Things" meme---b/c all the cool kids are doing it

There is this "100 Things I've done" list that is going around. I have learned a lot about people and I have decided to do one myself. Warning, there could be scathing wit.

The meme going around. 100 things I've done. Things in bold are what I have done, or comments I have made.

1. Started your own blog.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band. (Technically I conducted the band)
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland. (The one in California...it was a blast)
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis. (Zoology class in high school.)
10. Sang a solo.
11. Bungee jumped. (not yet)
12. Visited Paris. (Perhaps someday, but I do not have plans for it)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. (Teaching myself Calligraphy)
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning. (You do not want to strive to check this off)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train. (On the list of things to do with my best friend.)
21. Had a pillow fight. (If you think that a pillow can not hurt like hell than I invite you to have a house full of rowdy boys)
22. Hitch hiked. (Does it look like I want my head to end up in a bag?)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping.
27. Run a Marathon.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
31. Hit a home run.
32. Been on a cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (Some of my ancestors are PA Dutch so I live in the birthplace of my ancestors lol)
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied. (Not yet, but hey I just got out of college)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo's David.
41. Sung karaoke.
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant. (There was this elderly man, I was eating breakfast at my favorite local diner and I saw him eating jelly. I don't care who you are but I could not sit there while this man ate jelly and could afford nothing else. So I paid his bill, and when the diner told me he is a regular and the diner let's him eat free when they can afford too I paid for his meals for a week because it was the rest of the cash I had. The man never knew and I want to keep it that way, but hopefully he knows that somewhere someone cares.)
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted.
48. Gone deep sea fishing.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. (Snorkeling in Puerto Rico)
52. Kissed in the rain.
53. Played in the mud. (I am a guy who was once a boy.....is this really a necessary question?)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater. (Yes, there is a really nice one near Shippensburg, PA)
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business.
58. Taken a martial arts class.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies.
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason. (Given flowers for no reason)
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma.
65. Gone sky diving. (Hope to one day)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar. (Love Sushi, and Sushi usually has Caviar on it)
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square.
74. Toured the Everglades.
75. Been fired from a job. (Summer job, and the boss was an asshole, and technically I quit before I was fired.)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London.
77. Broken a bone.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.
80. Published a book. (Published some things, not a whole book though)
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car.
83. Walked in Jerusalem. (While I am sure the Holy Land is beautiful, shrapnel ripping you to pieces is not)
84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
85. Read the entire Bible. (Went to Catholic Church all my life so I have heard the entire Bible many times over)
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury. (Not yet but I really want to sit on a jury)
91. Met someone famous.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one.
94. Had a baby.
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a law suit.
98. Owned a cell phone.
99. Been stung by a bee.
100. Read an entire book in one day. (Multiple times actually, now I just wish I could do it with text books)

Ok folks so there you have it. 100 Things I have done, or not done. So grab it and do it yourself and share a little with us.

Anthony

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Houston Texans Football Chat

I am hosting a Houston Texans Football Chat live right now here

Come and join me and talk about football and the Houston Texans game vs Green Bay

Anthony

Friday, December 5, 2008

St. Louis Alderman says more guns for citizens to fight crime.

Source: LA Times
Charles Quincy Troupe, a frequent critic of his city's police force, says more "Show Me State" residents should buy guns and get training, and that if criminals knew they're more likely to meet resistance, they might think twice about their illegal activities.But a police association spokesman expresses skepticism about the alderman and his idea and what officers might confront on patrol. And Mayor Francis Slay suggests Troupe could do more by urging constituents to cooperate with police.

No matter what people think, statistics are on the alderman's side. Areas that have higher numbers of law abiding citizens with guns have lower numbers of violent crime (think about most of the state of Vermont) while areas that are highly restrictive of allowing their citizens to carry a gun have higher incidents of violent crime (think Chicago and Washington DC).

Unfortunately that police spokesman is worried about what the police will encounter on their patrol. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that they will encounter much safer neighborhoods and people who are much more dedicated to their communities. Safer neighborhoods call for the involvement and vigilance of the people who live in those communities. When a community takes responsibility for their own safety then crime will decrease, however communities that rely solely on the police for their safety can never be safe. A criminal knows that the police can not possibly be everywhere all the time, but a criminal knows that a community of responsible individuals who are armed and trained can watch the neighborhood because they live in those communities and the criminal will always take a high risk by trying to victimize those communities. Think of this way, if an entire neighborhood makes it known that they will not stand to be victimized and they also have the means to prevent that victimization, criminals will look else where. As this spreads into more neighborhoods eventually it will also encompass entire cities and states. Most criminals want easy targets, not people who will fight back.

So I say kudos to the alderman and I hope he stands his ground. After all, criminals will either be wise to move out of places where they face a lot of danger of residents who will fight, or those criminals will be shot and/or killed attempting to victimize communities. Now I am not saying I want these criminals dead, however if it is my life over the life of someone trying to harm me and mine, than my life is certainly more important than the life of a criminal.

The best defense is to be able to defend yourself.

Anthony

Great Organization: Hunters Sharing the Harvest


I was reading my local newspaper this morning and read of a great organization in Pennsylvania. The group is called Hunters Sharing the Harvest (www.sharedeer.org) and was created in 1991 by John Plowman. It is a group of hunters who donate some of the meat to local food banks and shelters so that others may eat. Any one who hunts can participate by simply taking the deer to a participating butcher and paying $15 dollars to help offset the costs of butchering and processng etc. The meat will then be distributed to those in need.

In my county of Berks the need is especially dire as the food banks are running out of food and 8500 new families have registered for food distribution through October. Last year the hunters in Pennsylvania donated about 100,000 pounds of deer meat and this year they are hoping to get more as the need has increased. Some hunters harvest multiple deer (in PA you just have to buy an additional license) and donate a whole deer to the effort.

Go on over to the website to find more information and a list of butchers.

If you are in Berks County there are two buthcers who participate:
Steve Drumheller, Morgantown, 610 286 6274
Mark Sadler, Bethel Township, 717 933 8790

If you live close to Pennsylvania you can probably find a butcher in the state that you can get to, and if you live outside of Pennsylvania I encourage you to see if there are similar programs in your state, or if you can get a program like this started in your state.

Hunters are incredibly friendly and generous people, we love nature and are willing to help those in need. With all the heat that gun owners seem to be getting these days it is nice to give back and show folks that we are not violent knuckle draggers who hate nature.

Happy Hunting,
Anthony

Monday, December 1, 2008

Frayed cords and stomach bugs

Blogging has been light and will continue to be light for the next few days. The Fiance's sister's dog chewed through my laptop power cord and there is a new one on the way from the company. Hopefully that will be here soon.

I am also fighting a cold and what seems to be a severe stomach bug that is causing everything that goes in, to instantly, violently and immediately exit. So that also will keep blogging light.

I'll be back soon, and hopefully will have something good to write about.

Keep safe and heatlthy,
Anthony

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gun Rights Could Stand More Limitations---This guy does not get it

Charles Winokoor, a staff writer for the Taunton Daily Gazette wrote the article "Gun Rights could stand more limitations" where he says the following
And that begs another question: Why in the world is anyone of any age without formal, military training allowed to shoot a machine gun at an outside range?

I know, I know. It’s our Second Amendment right to bear arms and protect ourselves and our property (”The British are coming, the British are coming!”), and God bless the National Rifle Association for going that extra mile to ensure our freedom to amass a personal arsenal and fire at will.

With apologies to the late Charlton Heston, I just don’t get it.


That is correct sir, you do not get "it". You want to know why we can amass a personal arsenal? The Founding Father's got "it" though.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson also said in a letter to John Catwright in 1824 "it is their (the people) right and duty to be at all times armed"

You see sir, being armed, and aptly armed is necessary for survival. Not from the British, as you jest, but from men who would just as soon kill you as order a burger from McDonalds. In a recent report that came out, the city I live in is one of the 100 most dangerous cities in nation to reside. That certainly is why I am allowed to amass a personal arsenal, because it my God given right and outlined in the Constitution to be able to protect myself and my family from men who are no better than animals, killing with disregard.

However, there is also always the threat of tyranny from government, and that too is the reason that the citizens of this country are allowed to amass a personal arsenal. We must remember that Hitler came to power while a Democracy was in place. I am not inferring that America will come to that, but it is always a real threat no matter where you live.

As for not being able to fire an automatic weapon without formal military training, I would say that even in the hands of a professional accidents happen. Formal military training is a drastic measure in terms of training. I am confident that I do not need military training in order to fire a weapon, but I would receive some sort of counsel in order to fire a weapon I am not familiar with. When I learned to fire a handgun, it was a police issue Glock .40, with a police officer friend. He showed me how the gun worked and how to shoot it safely. Note that I did not need formal police training, I did not have to go into the academy or become a police officer. No I simply learned informally how to fire a handgun.

Perhaps one day you will get it, and I hope it does not take a violent crime or a tyrannical government.

Anthony

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dog farts



Since Friday my fiance and my future in-laws have been out of town and I am watching the house and the dogs. This duty includes essentially living at the house, making sure the puppy goes out every three hours and making sure the old dog does not get fed up with the pup and eat her.

Needless to say it has been a trying few days because the puppy has successfully shredded every toy she has, leaving me to clean up a cubic ton of cotton, and she has also eaten half of the very large house plant. Not to mention that every time I sit down she believes that is her cue to hop into my lap, which would be fine except when I am trying to read the newspaper or eat a meal. But she is a very cute dog and when she is being good it makes me think I want a small dog, but then I remember that big dogs are much better to hunt with and can bite the leg off of a would be intruder, or a would be impregnator of my future daughter (heh...you think I joke lol)

So anyway, all was clam last night until the most god-awful smell in the world made its way to my nostrils. I quickly looked around to make sure one of the dogs did not crap on the carpet...again. And then I heard a noise and being a guy who lived in a dorm full of guys for four years, I instantly recognized it as a fart. I look over and the old dog seems to have uncontrollable gas! She is lying on her back legs up, on the floor and can not get comfortable but is farting up a storm. When I start laughing she looks at me, rolls over and starts to walk away.....but the farting continued with every step she took!

I could not help myself, I was laughing so hard because to the best of my knowledge I never actually heard a dog fart. Now the smell was not funny, but the site of this dog lying on her back with uncontrollable gas was hilarious, and then walking away still farting topped it all off.

Anthony

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A reponse to a commentor named seoutfromwithin

There is a person who visits my blog from time to time and we often do not see eye to eye. I am fine with that, I have no need for everyone to agree with what I post and I encourage dissenting opinions. However, a recent comment has prompted me to address the matter in a blog because the response is longer than I like to put in comments.

The person named seoutfromwithin, left the following comment in reponse to my blog post entitled Is Obama back pedaling on campaign promises already?
The comment is as follows:
You don't have the right to be complaining either. You basically threw your vote away on a senile codger who wasn't even running and doesn't belong in politics. You live in a battleground state, I think, and your vote was important. Too bad.


Before I respond I would like to clarify, my vote that she is talking about is the vote I cast for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) for the President of the United States.

Here is my response:
Let's get a few things straight, I voted my conscience and nothing more or nothing less. I do not throw away votes, I vote deliberately and with a lot of thought. Voting for the lesser of two evils is no way to vote and I can sleep at night knowing that my vote went to the most qualified man in the political arena. The only other person I trusted was myself and I knew that I would not get nearly as many votes as he would.

You continuously bash Dr. Paul but never give reason, name call but never real facts. You say he should not be in politics yet since the 70's the people of Texas continue to re-elect him because he does his job in accordance with the Constitution, and apparently that is what the people in his district want. Let's be for real, he is one of the only politicians in America who represent what this Country was founded upon. Furthermore, he is more than likely the only politician who votes in accordance with the Constitution and therefore the law, thus making him the one who has never broken their oath of office or broken the law. The political arena is exactly where he needs to be, we need someone who will hold the rest of the politicians accountable and let the public know when their reps are not doing the job they are paid to do.

Yes my vote was important and it was cast as an important vote. You seem to prefer the disgusting show that the two party system puts on, while I on the other hand believe politics is about more than a Donkey and an Elephant. I believe that everyone should have a fair shot, without the media interfering with the political process.

As far as me having the right to complain, ma'am I can complain about whatever I please. However I would like to point out that the blog post in question was not a complaint, it was more of an "I-told-you-so" where I was pointing out that what I had said about Obama before the election is true up to this point. Let me be clear, Obama is a liar, I said it before and his actions prove it. You should be very careful not to confuse complaining with speaking the truth.

It is fine if you think that I should not be writing this, but that is why this is America and why I have the freedom to post whatever I please. My choice is to post the truth and if folks like yourself can not accept that than you are free to move to a country like China, where they censor the truth, or you are free to not visit this blog.

And please feel free to respond to this post. I will post it, or leave it in the comments, either way it will be here.

Anthony

Is Obama back pedaling on campaign promises already?

We all remember the time when Barack Obama was greeted with cheers, his name ringing out across the country, and his loud booming voice talking of Change, Change that we can count on.

He was sensational, winning over crowds of people, telling of changing the tone of Old Washington, and telling the country that lobbyists have no place in his White House. He promised to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell", the ban on openly homosexual individuals in the military, which caused throngs of left leaning individuals to also flock to him. Obama talked of changing the current intelligence policy in order to preserve freedoms and give back the liberties taken from individuals. And finally, the big promise on the campaign trail, the one I heard so many times that I thought it was his only platform, his promise to end tax cuts for the rich and for companies, you know the ones I am talking about, the ones that Bush implemented that caused so many Obama supporters to fall madly in love with Barack. Yes that was one of his biggest promises.

So what has changed you ask? Everything. For starters he is now the President-Elect and really does not need to promise anything to the 52% of people who voted for him. Hook-line-and-sinker, he cast out his line and people bit, he reeled them in and clubbed them before they knew what was coming, and with all those stars in their eyes they believed everything he said. So what is happening to all of those promises:

A new tone to Washington:
Source:Newsbusters.org
Let's be for real his Vice President is Joe Biden, one of the oldest Washington insiders to circle the Beltway. His Chief of Staff is going to be Rahm Emmanuel, a left leaning "pit bull" (with lipstick?) and is know to be more of the attacking type than the "new tone" and "reach across the isle" type. And as far as those lobbyists go well it seems they actually will have a place in the Obama White House
Despite campaign trail promises that special interests wouldn’t be a part of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama’s has sent signals to the lobbyists that they can get jobs with him.

...the overall message to the lobbying community appears to run counter to the Democratic senator’s campaign promise to keep special interest advocates at arms length.

Yep folks, that New Washing that Obama sold you, is really the Old Washington wrapped in new paper.

Don't Ask Don't Tell:
Source: Washington Times
Reports suggest that Obama may not move as quickly as we had previously thought on the Don't Ask Don't Tell ban. As a matter of fact it may be years until it is actually addressed. In all actuality it may never really be addressed the way it should be, with Obama planing committee's, and we all know that sometimes things simply never come out of the committee. Anyone who is homosexual hoping for equality in the military will probably have to Hope a little longer for that Change.

Intelligence Policy:
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Ah yes, the intelligence policy. A policy that has caused so much controversy, and taken away so many freedoms from American citizens that there are cries of impeachment and calls for trials of President Bush. The same intelligence policy that has sanctioned the use of torture by redefining what the word means, and has brought heat from civil liberties watch dogs. This is the same policy that allows warrantless wiretapping and water boarding. Barack Obama promised to overhaul this policy, but now it appears as if this is unlikely to happen. As a matter of fact he is being advised by a large group of intelligence professionals, many of whom support the current policy. His current transition team is headed by former National Counter-terrorism Center chief John Brennan and former CIA-intellegience analysis director Jami Miscik. Remember on the campaign trail Obama also said that the CIA should be using the same strict guidelines as the military with interrogations, but his two appointees are contrary to his statements. However, because Obama is still a voting Senator he has had some votes since his election and as they say the proof is in the pudding about his intent for his overhaul (or lack thereof) of the intelligence policy
Yet he more recently voted for a White House-backed law to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency. Mr. Obama said he opposed providing legal immunity to telecommunications companies that aided warrantless surveillance, but ultimately voted for the bill, which included an immunity provision.

The new president could take a similar approach to revising the rules for CIA interrogations, said one current government official familiar with the transition. Upon review, Mr. Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight.

Hey do not blame me if you drank the Hope and Change Kool-Aid. And do not complain over an open phone line, you know with the wiretapping and all, you may just be water boarded until you confess to being a terrorist and then off to that eternal summer camp in Cuba.

Those big fat tax cuts:
Source: The New York Times
Remember how many times Obama bashed the Bush administration for tax cuts for the rich and for companies, and how Obama would overturn those tax cuts. Well that does not look like it is going to happen either.
A member of the Obama economic advisory team, William M. Daley, acknowledged that because of the gravity of the situation, Mr. Obama was leaning toward letting a Bush tax cut for the wealthy expire onschedule in 2011 rather than repealing it sooner.

Huh, so it seems that Obama will not keep that promise either but will let it expire, the same way a Republican president would have done, which is fine with me. However it is interesting to note that one of his major campaign promises, perhaps the one that helped him get elected in the first place.

And last but certainly not least, what about Obama's choice of Tim Geithner to be Treasury Secretary and is also the man who is heading the economic team that Obama currently has in place. A lot of people are questioning this choice
Geithner's involvement in several ultimately ill-fated efforts to buttress the American financial system is the very reason some Wall Street CEO's — a number of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of piquing the man who regulates them — question whether he's up to the challenge.

"We have only two things to say about Tim Geithner, who we do not know: AIG and Lehman Brothers," said Christopher Whalen of Institutional Risk Analytics. "Throw in the Bear Stearns/Maiden Lane fiasco for good measure," he said, referring to the site of the New York Federal Reserve, where many rescue discussions took place.

"All of these 'rescues' are a disaster for the taxpayer, for the financial markets and also for the Federal Reserve System as an organization. Geithner, in our view, deserves retirement, not promotion." Source: International Herald Tribune

Just what we need, a man with a track record of failure, to run our already failing economy.

All I can say is what I said before the election, Obama is a liar and has now sold 52% of Americans a big heaping pile of steaming, stinking horse manure. His devoted followers drank the Kool-Aid of the Hope and Change cult and now it appears that Obama is showing his true colors. Don't say that we did not tell you this would happen.

Hat tip to Breda at The Breda Fallacy

Anthony

Government uses $306 billion more to bailout bank!

I woke up this morning in a fairly decent mood. Like I do every morning I check the news online to see what is happening around the world, and to see what else the government may have screwed up today. As if not to be disappointed the first thing I read this morning was this headline: CitiGroup gets massive government bailout

WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

And here is the first paragraph:

(Click for full article)
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. rescued Citigroup Inc, agreeing to shoulder most losses on about $306 billion of the bank's risky assets, and inject new capital, bolstering investor hopes that the government will support big banks as the economy sinks into recession.

The bailout, announced late Sunday, gives the government the right to buy an equity stake, and marks its latest effort to contain a widening financial crisis that has already brought down Bear Stearns Cos, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc and Washington Mutual Inc.

Remember that $700 billion dollar bailout that the taxpayers favored were completely opposed to and our representatives voted for them anyway? Yes well as I posted a while back it is not being used for "bailing" out anymore. This $306 billion is not coming from that money, it is additional!

Notice the article says that the government will shoulder most of the losses. This continues to set up an issue of these companies running their businesses into the ground and then the government takes over all the burden and the company is fine, as a matter of fact the government is now guaranteeing CitiGroup.
U.S. President George W. Bush called the bailout necessary "to safeguard our financial system," and said the government would, "if need be," make similar decisions in the future.

This is what President Bush said last time as well. Did it safeguard the economy? NO! The market is still plunging!

I have said it before and I will say it again....LET THESE COMPANIES FAIL!!!! We will never have a sound economy if we continue this crap. This is like a farmer growing weak plants and then simply propping them up and using them year after year. His profits will be bad, his food will be bad. Instead the farmer would figure out how his entire farm can be stronger and adjust accordingly.

Now don't get me wrong, the government is a farmer too, except the only thing in the government's fields are shit, and they keep taking more shit from failing farms.

Contact your representatives. Tell them you are taking note and they will pay come election time. Tell them you are watching.

Anthony

Monday, November 24, 2008

Open those wallets, the government is pledging $7.4 trillion more

Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. government is prepared to lend more than $7.4 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers, or half the value of everything produced in the nation last year, to rescue the financial system since the credit markets seized up 15 months ago.


Thanks government for lending this money on behalf of the taxpayer's. Interesting how we can lend so much money although we are actually a nation in debt.

If you wan to read the rest of the story click here

Anthony

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Man shot with 20,000 paintballs (awesome video)

Today I began using Google Reader (and shortly all of the blogs I read will be perused through Google Reader as well as long they have a feed enabled), and I am really glad that I did. I subscribed to some feeds and that is how I came across this video. It is Adam and Jamie from the Mythbusters, and apparently they have created a machine that will shoot a large quantity of paint balls at a high rate of speed. Adam shoots these paint balls at Jamie, but I do not want to spoil it so here is the video.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Obama voters are the dumbest people around (and the media makes them that way)

This video has solidified that Obama voters are some of the dumbest people alive. Watch this video and you will see what I mean. I am partly appalled and partly afraid. Now before you go bashing me for saying that Obama voters are dumb, I have loved ones who voted for Obama, and yes I believe that single vote to be the stupidest mistake they have ever made. I am not sure what type of person can vote for Obama after knowing his policies, especially re-distribution of wealth and his policies on disarming the American public. If you vote for someone without knowing their, without understanding them than you are stupid. If you know his policies and understand them and you still voted for him, you are the biggest fucking idiot on the face of the planet.

Now for your viewing pleasure, the video showing the stupidity of the people who voted for Obama.



For Liberty,
Anthony

The writing is on the wall

Two great quotes from Thomas Jefferson that are like writing on the wall.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

Do you think the government fears us?

Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrations), too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.

Let that ruminate in your minds for a few seconds.

And here my friends is a bonus brain bender from Henry Ford:
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.

Yes friends now remind yourself who controls the money in this country. Ah, the Federal Reserve, which is neither a Federal organization nor a Reserve. Did you know that the Federal Reserve is a private organization that prints our money (which itself is illegal under the Constitution) and that we pay interest on every dollar they print.

Those are your things to think about today.

Anthony

Monday, November 17, 2008

Weight Loss Update

I am one week into my weight loss and this past week I lost 4.8 pounds, which bring me down to 393.6 pounds. Yes I have a long way to go, but I plan on taking it one day at a time and to never look back. I have set short term goals of at least 10 pounds every two weeks and a long term goal of 150 pounds by November 12, 2009. One day at a time makes it much easier to deal with.

I have stopped the 3 day heart diet and have only been doing to 1600 calorie diet. The 3 day diet gave very little food and was based on a chemical breakdown, and while the weight loss would be significant I was beginning to feel sick by the end of the first day. I broke the 3 day diet by eating an apple which raised my blood sugar and made me feel much better. Perhaps in the weeks leading up to the wedding, after I am used to eating smaller amounts of food (ie the correct amounts of food), I will go to the 3 day diet in order to drop the last few pounds I can. At this point I will use the 1600 calorie diet and lose the weight 1 pound at a time, 1 day at a time, until finally I am slim, fit, and healthy.

But this is not something with a definitive end. I have already decided that this is a life long change, a journey that will really never end. At some point I will be able to grab some pizza, or have that slice of cake, but now is not the time for that, I spent the past 22 years doing that, now is the time for healthy foods and a healthy life.

So here is to the rest of my life, and to your as well. If there is anyone who needs some encouragement, or would ;like to ask some questions, drop me a line.

Also I just signed up for a free website called sparkpeople.com, it has a lot of valuable resources for weight loss as well as menu's diet plans, goal trackers, articles, and a great group of people, essentially everything you would ever need to start your journey, stay the course, and find the help and strength when you get derailed. Check it out.

Anthony

Friday, November 14, 2008

Obama socialist poster becoming icon? (WITH VIDEO)

I found this video this morning about how the Barack Obama poster, stylized after Lenin's posters from 1917, is quickly becoming an icon for this generation. I am baffled by the stupidity of the public in this video, the ones who are talking about how great the poster is and how it makes them feel. Not one of them understands what the poster is styled from and draw the parallel between his poster and his policies.

Watch the video, and then read the rest below.

EDIT: Please follow link to go to video
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/video/?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=3133708

Folks, remember when i wrote the blog post entitled Barack Obama Propaganda-esque posters? That was way back in August when I had first seen the poster in a local restaurant. I immediately recognized the poster as being familiar but I could not place it, and then I realized it was modeled after a Socialism propaganda poster.

What baffles me even more is that the citizens in the poster are awe struck by the poster but do not realize it is a socialistic poster and Obama has socialistic policies. How many signs of socialism are we going to have before we finally understand what is going to happen?

And what about the girl who talks about Che Guevara as if he is a superstar, discussing how his image is on shirts everywhere. Che Guevara, as in the Argentinian Socialist Revolutionary, the same one who helped Castro bring Communism to Cuba; yes it is that Che Guevara she is comparing Obama's poster to. She probably does not want to draw that parallel between the two but it is appropriate.

Half of this country has been dooped, and now they are wallowing in their stupidity.

Anthony

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Congressman Broun apologizes for comparing Obama with Hitler

A few days ago I posted about Congressman Broun drawing parallels between Obama and his policies to Hitler and Marx and their policies.

Apparently Congressman Broun has caved and has released an apology saying:
I regret putting it that way. I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that.


Rep.Broun may I make a suggestion? Do not apologize for speaking the truth. People have compared President Bush to Hitler as well and no one has apologized for that. I hope that no one thinks that Obama deserves any more respect or consideration than Bush in dealing with drawing parallels.

Are some of Obama's policies socialistic? Absolutely
Are some of Obama's policies reflective of Hitler's policies? Absolutely
Are some of Obama's policies reflective of Marxism? Absolutely

So then why the need to apologize. It is my belief that some people may want to treat Obama with kid gloves because they do not want to seem racist. I say calling it as you see it is not racist. History books, historians, and professors do this very thing all day. Anyone who can not draw parallels from history will be blindsided.

Am I racist? No. I have a very mixed family, some of them are black, some of them are latino, some of them are white. My family represents many nationalities as well including Italian, Irish, Dutch, German, French, Russian, Puerto Rican and the list continues.

Racist I am not, and will I compare Obama to Hitler and Marx, yes I will because it is true. It could be the case that he surprises me and goes against what he has been saying, so be it, but as his policies currently stand he is a socialist with policies comparable to both Hitler and Marx as well as other socialist and communist dictators throughout the world both past and current.

Rep. Broun, do not apologize for being knowledgeable, and if people are offended than they should take a stroll through history and they will see they have no reason to be offended unless of course the truth offends them.

For Liberty,
Anthony

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's the Great Bait and Switch Charlie Brown


Except I wish this one were just a kid's story with some lovable characters called the peanuts. However the characters involved in this story are not lovable characters, they are criminals, and they have bamboozled the American public and this is the Great Bait and Switch.

It all started when some financial institutions went began to tank. They wondered out loud how they would keep their company afloat while secretly wondering how the executives would fly first class, if the office party would go on this year, and what about those pesky pension plans?

Never fear, here comes "W" whipping up hysteria about the Urgent need to pass a bailout bill, and here comes Paulson to the rescue with a few things drawn up, and if that was not enough we even have Nancy Pelosi suspending normal rules of order so that this bailout in order to buy troubled assets could be passed without debate and without our Representatives reading it.

So a $750 billion bill was passed quickly and the American Public was told it would be used to help these failing companies, allowing the Treasury Department to buy bad assets and jump start the economy.

Fast Forward to the morning of November 12th.

Secretary Paulson makes a speech telling the American People that the Treasury will no longer be buying Troubled Assets. Instead of being TARP (Troubled Asset Recovery Program) it is now the CPP (Capital Purchase Plan), meaning that the Treasury Department is now buying stock in financial institutions, specifically banks.

Please, think of that one more time. The American people were told that this bill must be passed because financial institutions are failing and we must bail them out. Against the opinion of the American public the bill was passed, and now this huge blank check is actually not going to help troubled businesses it will now be used for the Treasury Department to buy stocks in banks. That my friends is the bait and switch and is called fraud.

Okay so benefit of the doubt, perhaps Paulson did not know that the money would be used for this. Maybe he thought it would absolutely be used for a bailout.

Or maybe not, take a look at what else he said at the press conference:
"By October 26th we had $115 billion out the door to eight large institutions. In Washington that is a land-speed record from announcing a program to getting funds out the door. We now have approved dozens of additional applications, and investments are being made in approved institutions."


Ah yes a land speed record that included suspending normal rules of order for a bill that many of our politicians admit they did not read, but they certainly tacked on their own special interests.

And is there more Secretary Paulson?
Paulson said today, he knew when the bill was signed the purchase of trouble assets wasn’t the right solution to the problem.


Well, well that certainly sounds a bit fraudulent, don't you think?

Yes my friends, the American Public has been bamboozled. While the American public saw through the charade of this bailout bill, our politicians allowed themselves to be fooled into voting for this bill that would buy troubled assets. And now those troubled assets are not troubled at all and the American people are stuck footing a large bill.

That my friends is the Great Bait and Switch.

Outraged? So are the folks over here at Break The Bailout...go on over, perhaps you can make a difference.

Anthony

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Congressman talks about Obama dictatorship; Marxist agenda


Finally someone else gets it

From Associated Press 11/11/08

A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.

Uhhhh yeah, glad I am not the only one who saw that coming.

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Rep. Paul Broun said, "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may — may not, I hope not — but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."

I am pretty sure some folks have asked me if I was perhaps over reacting with this whole Obama as Fuhrer-elect President-elect. I guess the answer to that is above.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Broun said he also believes Obama likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force.

Obama has said he respects the Second Amendment right to bear arms and favors "common sense" gun laws. Gun rights advocates interpret that as meaning he'll at least enact curbs on ownership of assault weapons and concealed weapons. As an Illinois state lawmaker, Obama supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons and tighter restrictions on firearms generally.

"We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun said. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential."

Hey buddy you are not the only own who thinks Obama will attempt to ban gun ownership. His "common sense" gun laws are rubbish. And it is worth noting that semi-automatic weapons include handguns that are not revolvers...ie the vast majority of handguns. I wonder if he will disarm the police or if they will be swept into that Civilian Security Force.

And do not worry sir, I am comparing him to Adolf Hilter, and to Stalin, and to Marx. If he does not like the comparison than he should reconsider his policies that make himself look like those horrible human beings.

On a side note it is interesting to see that Obama's Presdient-elect website page has changed. The agenda section used to be a very in depth look at his policies and plans, now it is general and sweeping. That is most likely because people were calling out his Marxist policies.

Anthony

Honor and Remembrance for the Veterans

Today is Armistice Day, when on November 11, 1918 World War I ended.

Today is also Veteran's Day and we remember and honor all Veteran's who have fought, some died giving all for this country, others gave all they had and came home. No matter how they arrived, whether it be on an airplane under their own will, or inside a mahogany box draped with the Stars and Stripes they are all heroes.

About a year ago I wrote a poem for my grandfather, he has left this earth long ago, but while here he served his country as a Marine. He fought in Vietnam, and no matter what the political views he did what he was supposed to do and he and his brothers were brave. Other members of my family also served in the military and I honor them as well, but this is my grandfather's poem, this poem is in honor of James "Jimmy" Farrell.

My Grandfather
James "Jimmy" Farrell
Semper Fi, Do or Die OO-RAH


A Drink and an Ode


To you old warrior I raise my glass,
A war others would not, you fought!
God, Country, Corps…Semper Fidelis

A young Marine trudging through tall grass
Keeping watch over the freedom your brothers bought
To you old warrior I raise my glass

Under Ol’ Glory you were trained to kick ass
You, the devil dogs, you ruthlessly fought
God, Country, Corps…Semper Fidelis

I have a picture of you clad in brass
Pride swelling, keeping you in my thoughts.
To you old warrior I raise my glass.

A man full of courage, securing the jungle pass
Looking for Charlie, the enemy must be caught
God, Country, Corps… Semper Fidelis

You old friend defended us in the past
America will forget you not
To you old warrior I raise my glass
God, Country, Corps…Semper Fidelis.


To all the Veteran's...
No matter how many times I say thank you it will never express my deep gratitude to your service. I have nothing I can give or offer that will ever be enough for your service and sacrifice. I can only keep you all in my heart and give you the utmost honor and remembrance. I can also vow this, I will always love America with my entire being, I will always love the Stars and Stripes with my entire being as well. I vow to defend the liberties that the people of this country were granted by God, and that are set out in the Constitution of these United States. And should anyone attempt to take those rights away, I vow to fight for this country and its' people, the way patriots such as yourself and our ancestors have fought, because I would rather die fighting for liberty than to live without it. This, my friends, is the least I can do.

Anthony

Monday, November 10, 2008

Republican for a Reason



The GOP has launched a new website called Republican for a Reason. They are looking for ideas, comments, etc. and includes the new Party Platform and Rules. Right now I am not the biggest fan of the GOP. Most of us who are conservatives, who love liberty and personal freedom are stuck. The GOP has moved from it's conservative roots causing many of us to be alienated and at the same time we would never think of going to the Democratic party, especially since it appears they are marching towards becoming the Socialist party. I am blogging about this website for one simple reason and it is the first paragraph of a letter stated in an email from Mike Duncan, and written on the front page of the website, it goes as follows:
As we regroup as a Party after the presidential election, we must reflect on what we have done well and what we can improve upon as we move forward.

The GOP must know why they lost this past election, we must correct them and let them know that until they move back to Conservative values and small Federal Government, that they will not gain votes or respect.

I urge everyone to go to the new website, sign up, and express your views and ideas. Most of the people who read my blog are also bloggers themselves, so I know you have opinions.

I myself have submitted what I think the GOP needs to do in order to be the true conservative, true Republican party that it once was. Unfortunately that has yet to be posted on the website, although the FAQ's section says that all comments are posted. When it is posted I will post it here, I believe it particularly good and dead on.

Now off you go, give 'em hell, take back your party, take back your country.



Anthony