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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