Monday, June 30, 2008
But what about the human cost of the President's War? These are the most recent counts I can find and it is estimated that these totals are a low estimation.
US military-29,000 wounded and 4,000 dead.
Iraqi Civilian-85,323 – 93,065 dead
Contractors from various countries-437 dead
Both sets of numbers are heartbreaking for to me, and it seems that not only is the American dollar and it devaluation of no matter to George (Bush) neither is thousands of American lives, thousands of Iraqi lives and and hundreds of lives of other people around the world. It seems the dollar and life is expendable.
As the President dances like a monkey on show for the press, and smiles as if there is no care in the world
Many people do not have the luxury to dance or smile, and certainly do not have the luxury to stay out of this conflict.
Such as this brave soldier who gave much more to his country than he will ever gain from this illegal war
And this child will certainly never have the luxury that George has to dance either, and his father will not smile at the thought of what just happened to his son
And what words could you say to this man as he visits the grave of a friend, a soldier
Well Mr. President (and I use President lightly) what is it that you have to say? Ahhh, yes, pretend as if everything is going well. Good call.
The President will do nothing, Congress will do nothing either. What will you do?
Monday, June 23, 2008
On Gay Marriage
Let's assume there are two lesbians living in Santa Monica, Calif. We don't know them. We've never seen them. For all practical purposes, they don't exist for us.
Now let's assume that they decide to get married, and they tie the knot in California. We still don't know them. We still have never seen them. So far as we know, they still don't even exist. Whether they just live together or get married, neither their existence nor their marital status affects us.
That being the case, what the heck business is it of ours what they do? It is a confounded mystery to me why some people get all excited about homosexuals and lesbians getting married. As I've said before, if you are against gay marriage, then don't marry a gay person. That strikes me as a simple solution to the problem some people seem to have.
You would think to hear some people complain about gay marriage that heterosexual couples would start dropping dead or become impotent as soon as some state approved a gay-marriage law. Whether gays get married or not, it has no effect on the rest of the population. Except for gays, it's meaningless. It's a non-issue.
In the meantime, there are plenty of issues that do affect all of us – the devalued dollar, high energy costs, loss of manufacturing jobs, wars overseas and ballooning debt, both public and private.
As a heterosexual, I personally don't give a hoot one way or the other about gay marriage. If gays wish to provide more business for divorce lawyers, it's no skin off my nose. If they think making the state a third party to their marriage is desirable, it OK with me. It's one of those legal matters I don't have to worry about, and I like those kinds of legal matters a lot.
What irritates me is busybodies who want to stick their nose in other people's business. For God's sake, let us all mind our own business. The world will be a better place if we do.
Most people believe that homophobes are in fact latent homosexuals and what they really hate are their own secret urges. So under no circumstances should any child be driven to despair and suicide because someone disapproves of his or her sexual preference. Whether homosexuality is a matter of nature or nurture, I don't know, and it doesn't matter. It simply is not important enough to cost the life of any child.
Furthermore, if the state recognizes a contract – which is all marriage amounts to, in secular terms – it by no means sanctifies anything. No one accuses the state of sanctifying sales contracts.
The religious aspect of marriage is separate and apart from the state's involvement. In fact, I don't think the state should be involved, but it has involved itself. But whatever is holy and sacred about marriage is a matter of religion, not a state marriage license, which is no different from a plumber's license.
If you wish to worry about marriage, it is better to worry about the all-too-many marriages that fail. It is better to worry about all the single mothers struggling to raise children without a father. It is better to worry about a sleazy culture that disdains the necessity of marriage and treats a relationship as nothing more than a sleepover.
There are a lot of legal and moral issues that need to be addressed in our society, but gay marriage isn't one of them. It's an issue only for a small minority of the population. If they wish to live together in a state-licensed relationship, it's nobody's business but their own.
June 21, 2008
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.
© 2008 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.http://www.lewrockwell.com/reese/reese468.html
Senator McCain, I prefer to keep my money, maybe you should pay for this if you are offering this cash prize. I also prefer to not be involved in a food shortage, while you will eat well, my family is not rich, we can not afford to trade our food for fuel.
Money is not the only thing that has the GOP and John McCain worried. With Ron Paul having 1.1 million people who actually voted for him thus far, those 1.1 million votes could be the thing that gets John McCain into the White House, or the thing that leaves him looking from behind that large cast iron fence. With many Republicans voting for Ron Paul because of his stance on the war, and the fact that there are two other viable options in other parties it is not likely McCain will get any of those votes. Some of those votes may even go to Obama because of Obama's war stance, and with Obama leading McCain in some states by double digits, that is not good news for the McCain camp of the GOP.
The GOP does have a chance at winning however. If they abandon John McCain and support Ron Paul as the true conservative that he is, the GOP will have a guaranteed 1.1 million votes for Ron Paul, not to mention the fact that there are many democrats who said that they also would have voted for Ron Paul if he was the nominee. In fact, earlier in this campaign there was a sort of coalition between the Obama grassroots people and the Paul grassroots people when there were accusations of voter fraud. And Ron Paul's anti-war stance coupled with his plans for a sound economy could sway some Democrats to vote Republican. At the very least, those Republicans who are refusing to vote for McCain and will vote for Obama would certainly come back and vote for Ron Paul. Dr. Paul appeals to the strong conservative base and to the moderates. John McCain has no chance in winning this election, but the GOP on the other hand can win and the process is fairly simple; ditch John McCain and endorse Ron Paul.
If the GOP does stay with McCain as it will, we will be playing Hail to the Chief for President Barack Obama. Maybe Obama should not change that seal resembling the presidential seal just yet.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
So what is RTBA? Simply put, it is an act that will ensure congress reads every word of every bill before they pass the bill. Believe it or not, currently some bills are not read in full, and sometimes there are not even copies of the legislation attempting to be passed! There are times when your representatives vote on legislation without being sure exactly what it says. Now I do not know about you but for me that is unacceptable. We vote them into office to represent us, however if they do not know what they are enacting how can they really represent us?
Here is some of what the website says about why we need RTBA:
"Most Congressmen are lawyers, and many others are businessmen. They know what “fiduciary responsibility” is. For Members of Congress, fiduciary responsibility means reading each word of every bill before they vote.
But Congress has not met this duty for a long time. Instead . . .
* They carelessly pass mammoth bills that none of them have read. Sometimes printed copies aren't even available when they vote!
* Often no one knows what these bills contain, or what they really do, or what they will really cost.
* Additions and deletions are made at the last minute, in secrecy.
* They combine unpopular proposals with popular measures that few in Congress want to oppose. (This practice is called “log-rolling.”)
* And votes are held with little debate or public notice.
* Oh, and once these bills are passed, and one of these unpopular proposals comes to light, they pretend to be shocked. “How did that get in there?” they say."
And here is what the website says that RTBA will do:
" * Each bill, and every amendment, must be read in its entirety before a quorum in both the House and Senate.
* Every member of the House and Senate must sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that he or she has attentively either personally read, or heard read, the complete bill to be voted on.
* Every old law coming up for renewal under the sunset provisions must also be read according to the same rules that apply to new bills.
* Every bill to be voted on must be published on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote, and Congress must give public notice of the date when a vote will be held on that bill.
* Passage of a bill that does not abide by these provisions will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court.
* Congress cannot waive these requirements."
And these are the effects of passing RTBA:
* Congress will have to slow down. This means the pace of government growth will also slow.
* Bills will shrink, be less complicated, and contain fewer subjects, so that Congress will be able to endure hearing them read.
* Fewer bad proposals will be passed due to “log-rolling.”
* No more secret clauses will be inserted into bills at the last moment.
* Government should shrink as old laws reach their sunset date, and have to be read for the first time before they can be renewed.
And all of these things will enable a larger DownsizeDC.org to more effectively lobby Congress for small government.
There is a plan in place to get this passed. Downsizedc.org has already sent a copy of the act to every member of senate and the house. Which means that your representative already has in his or her hands this act. They probably have not read it, as a lot of them do not even read what they actually pass, however you can pressure them to read it. Downsizedc.org is trying to form a partnership with bloggers, media personalities, talk show hosts, radio show hosts, and journalists to get this stuff everywhere. Every time a politician turns around we want them to see and hear a reminder that this will not go away.
Your congressman and senator work for you, you put them in office, you can take them out of office and most of all you pay them! Would you allow an employee to do things without first knowing what they were doing, things that have a profound effect on your company and life? I certainly would not and I do not think you would either, so why let our representatives do it? Act today guys (and gals) because we need our reps to know what they are passing, ignorance is not an excuse.
Here is the direct link ( Read the Bills Act ) to read about RTBA and to sign the petition and send something to your reps telling them that you support this and so should they.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
At anyrate, this has a lot merit. Of course our representatives do not even want to touch this matter. The Democrats do not want anything to do with it because they do not want to make a spectacle of the matter and seem vindictive and the Republicans do not want to touch it because many of them still support Bush. The funny thing is that this is not a spectacle, this is matter of the law set out by the Constitution that has been violated time and again by Bush and his cabinet. This is about our reps doing there jobs, but then again why would we expect them to do that? Congress needs to step up and do the right thing, Bush is clearly a criminal, anyone who has read the constitution and compared it to what Bush has done knows that he has committed crimes. So what is one to do? We need to call upon congress to step up and take Kucinich seriously. We employ our reps, we vote them in and we can vote them out and we must let them know that we are watching. Let's wake up people, stop giving them the power and use the power granted to you in the Constitution. Article II Section IV of the Constitution spells out the reason why someone should be impeached. Look it up, you will see.
CONGRESS, THIS IS YOUR SILENCE THIS IS YOUR LEGACY!!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I need your prayers people. So please, add me to your prayer list. If you don't pray, than let me know if you know someone who has a job opening...both are appreciated.
I hope the rest of you are having better luck than me. I'll pray for you all.