Monday, June 30, 2008

The Cost of the (illegal) Iraq War

As this unconstitutional war rages on, the total cost of the war continues to rise higher and higher by the day, leaving billions of dollars for you and I to continue to pay for the rest of our lives. At present count the total total monetary cost of the Iraq war is 532,723,441,753. This is obviously an estimate and by the time you read this the number would have gone up dramatically. As you can see from the counter to the left of this article, it climbs higher and higher very rapidly. These numbers are according to the Congressional Budget Cmte and thus the numbers are probably far higher than what they report. As we know from past experience, this administration is willing to lie no matter the cost.

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?

Peace out,

Monday, June 23, 2008

On Gay Marriage by Charley Reese (A must read..it is short)

I found this article today on Lew Rockwell's website. Lew Rockwell was/is the campaign manager and long time friend of Dr. Paul. I found this article to be excellent because it addresses the "issue" of gay marriage that a lot of people seem to have. We all know how Dr. Paul feels about gay marriage, it is not up to the government to decide who can and can not get married. Even though he is a conservative he does not feel it necessary to tell people how to live. Anyway, we also know that I am in support of gay marriage. It is no one's business to tell anyone else whom they can or can not marry. If a church wants to allow, that is fine, and if a church wants to ban it IN THEIR OWN CHURCH than fine, that is their right as a private religious organization. The state however should not be dictating if someone can marry because of sexuality. Anyway, here is the article. I hope you all enjoy it.

On Gay Marriage

by Charley Reese
by Charley Reese

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.


Peace out,

Sen. McCain not even president, already has plans to run up the national debt.

The Associated Press today reported that Senator McCain has some new plans and new incentives for energy efficiency. He is offering $300 million for anyone who can create a car battery that surpasses current battery technology. This new battery should deliver the same power at 30% of current costs. And when I say that the Senator is offering $300 million for this battery, I mean that he is offering government money, so you are paying for it. How nice of the Senator to offer our money for this, although it is not his responsibility, or his authority to do. He is also offering incentives for the use of foreign and domestic alcohol based fuels such as ethanol. Senator, perhaps you have not heard, ethanol will deplete our corn crops, a valuable food source. Ethanol will eventually cause a food shortage. Senator McCain has a plan to run up the national debt $300 million and to cause a possible food shortage in America. Hmmmm does that sound presidential? Well it only sounds presidential if you are in the Bush administration. I suppose the critics are correct, John McCain will give us another four years of the same thing.

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.


Why John McCain and the GOP will not win the election

There is a lot of speculation as to whether John McCain can win the election and become the next President of the United States. That answer is clear to me and should be clear to many others. In the news recently there have been many stories as to whether McCain can swing the vote. The media blackout of Ron Paul seems to be over, with multiple interviews and appearances on CNN over the past few days since he has suspended his presidential campaign. The news hosts all ask Dr. Paul the same thing, will you endorse McCain and will your supporters vote for John McCain? The answer to to Paul endorsing McCain is always the same, an overwhelming NO. As to whether or not Paul supporters will now vote for McCain, that answer is easy to know if one looks at the many online communities of Ron Paul supporters. The new campaign that Ron Paul recently started called Campaign for Liberty already has 60,000 members and he is trying to get 100,000 by September 2nd, a number that will likely be exceeded long before the goal date. The blog on that site as well as many other sites shows a trend of literally no support for John McCain. The movement is largely split into three categories, those who are going to vote for Bob Barr from the libertarian party, those who are going to vote for Chuck Baldwin from the Constitution Party, and those who are going to write in Ron Paul even if their votes do not count. This has the GOP as well as John McCain sweating. With Ron Paul's fund raising ability, his new campaign, and the fact that he can now receive donations from people who donated to his presidential campaign because he suspended the campaign and started a new one that can be used to fund other like minded candidates Dr. Paul and his supporters are a force to be reckoned with. If (read: when) the Campaign for Liberty reaches 100,000 people, which at the rate of acquisition so far will happen in a few weeks, it will be able to raise millions in just a short amount of time. If each of the 100,000 members donates just $20 it will add 2 million dollars to the chest. We know from the money bombs people will donate much more than $20 and some will even donate up to the maximum amount of $5000 a year.

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

Read the Bills Act (RTBA)

Good morning friends, yesterday I was directed to a website called downsizedc.org which is essentially an electronic lobbying source for the average citizen. Finally you can have your voice heard on the things that matter to you. The thing on this website that interested me, and what I am writing about today is called "Read the Bills Act" or RTBA. Some of what I post will be taken directly from the website because who can say it better than the people responsible for it. This act needs your help however, it needs you to sign on to send a letter to your representatives, it is very easy to do at the website, it took me only a few minutes after I read everything about RTBA. So after you read this I encourage you to go to the website and do the same.

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.

Peace out,

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kucinich puts forth 35 articles of Impeachment

I saw on the news yesterday that Rep. Kucinich brought forth 35 Articles of Impeachment to impeach President Bush. The videos can be found on youtube I'll try to produce links at the end of this blog. It took him four hours to read all of them but it is well worth watching. I do not think that the video is that long, I think someone edited it to just include what he was reading. You can also find the text online.

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.


Peace out,

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The grim realities of being out of college

So I am becoming frustrated with my job search. It is actually quite depressing. I have had some more interviews, one was promising but will not even give start until the middle of July. Even once that starts it may not be full time depending on the case load available. It does sound like a great job. I would be an independent contractor providing therapeutic support services to children with behavioral issues. I could have a case with a child that only needs one-on-one time 10 hours a week or with a kid that needs 40 hours a week or a combination of cases. So this job does sound great and even when I am full time I will probably still do this job to make some extra money. But this can not even start all of my clearances and certifications go through and that will not happen until mid-July. Apart from that I have not heard back from anyone else. I have my resume to so many places it is absolutely unbelievable that no one has really gotten back to me. I am becoming depressed. There are great job opportunities for this one company that I would love to work for and I am more than qualified except I do not have a car. The only requirement that I do not meet is the car requirement. I finally have a license by the way folks (easy test, about time) but now I need a car. It is funny, the job I want I need a car but I can't get a car without a job. So who knows when I will get a job, but I hope get one soon because I am becoming more and more discouraged and depressed about this whole situation. And the money in my savings is running out very very quickly.

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.