March 6, 2014 07:57:21
Posted By Edgy
I cruise around the internet alot - mainly because I'm old, and don't really have that much to do in the winter.... So I read a lot of comments on various sites (Yahoo, Reuters, CNN, etc.) There is a guy (at least I think it's a guy) named Bob, who is a frequent commentor on Yahoo. A few days ago a story appeared about some political event or some political statement by some Tea Party pol, and Bob offered this comment. I found it to be both humorous (which I think was the intention), and scary at the same time. I copy it here, giving all credit to Bob, whomever and wherever he is....
REASONS WHY I SUPPORT THE TEA PARTY:
I believe the bible should be taught in our schools instead of science.
I believe our government should put corporations first and people second.
I believe others should pay taxes but not me.
I believe Jesus believes in 50 round clips and concealed carried.
I believe those who don't think like me should not have a voice in society.
I believe "The majority rules" doesn't apply if I don't agree with the majority.
I believe healthcare should be only for those who can afford it.
I believe if I've got mine, then that's all that matters.
I believe I have the right to tell a woman what she can or can't do with her body.
I believe I have the right to know what goes on in the privacy of your bedroom.
I believe my beliefs should be everyone's beliefs.
I believe in the death penalty but I also believe "Thou shalt not kill".
I believe liberals are evil because they're open minded, educated and know facts.
I believe everything Fox News tells me because I don't believe in facts.
I believe it's ok for our Government to torture prisoners if a republican is President.
I believe it's ok for our Government to spy on it's citizens if a republican is President.
I believe I'm a super patriot even though I never served in the armed forces.
I don't believe in a minimum wage.
I don't believe in work place OSHA safety regulations.
I don't believe in the luxury of clean air or water if it affects corporate profits.
I don't believe in holding corporations accountable for illegal business practices.
I don't believe in compassion, charity, understanding, or a lifestyle other than my own.
I don't believe the Government should help people unless it's me that needs the help.
I don't believe a black man should be in the WHITE House.
Here's another feel good story for the sheeple to believe that the justice system works in America. Just in case you missed it....
The dept of justice is investigating BoA. These guys helped bring the world economy to the brink of disaster, with their shenanigans back in 2008, and no one went to jail.... There has been a lot of public outcry, so the DoJ announces that another investigation has begun... BoA employee's shouldn't worry tho. No one went to jail the last time, and no one will go to jail this time either....
Can you imagine the audacity of a politician: Sen. Bob Corker said at a recent press briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, 'I would never say something I didn’t believe to be a hundred percent true.'
Now honestly... Does any American actually believe ANY ( D or R) politician when they say this? ? ?
February 24, 2014 07:54:34
Posted By Edgy
Spokesman Ray McBerry said the group meant no offense and views the plates as a way for people to honor their heritage.
"We believe that everyone has the right to preserve their heritage," he said. "Southerners have as much right to be proud of their heritage as anybody else."
Soooo does that mean that the Nazi's have a right to preserve their heritage, and that Abe visiting the tombs of war criminals is a good thing? Here's the story.
Several weeks ago, a story similar to this was also in the news. I made a comment about the 'Sons of the Confederacy', more as an idea, than an actual group. I posited that to them the Civil War (1.0) was not over, or that it had now moved onto Civil War 2.0 (CW2). I was mainly posting 'tongue-in-cheek'.... sort of. I was quickly pounced upon by several other posting commentors, who were only too willing to call me alarmist and out of touch with today's society. However, at that time, my mind was just beginning to get wrapped around the idea that CW2 was even possible. Now I view it not only as possible, but having a degree of probability.
Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi, all have Confederate Battle Flags on their license plates. After much controversy South Carolina moved its Confederate flag from the State House to a flag pole on the Capital lawn. So it's down, but not out in South Carolina. The politicians who use the term 'secede from the union', come mainly from South Carolina and Texas, with a smattering from Georgia and Alabama. Since the Supreme Court has knocked down the voting rights act recently, Texas, Florida and North Carolina have all moved to restrict people of color from being able to vote.
So it just may not be too far fetched that these 'Sons of the Confederacy' do exist and that they are indeed an actual group. Is their ultimate goal CW2? Without being on the inside of course, it's impossible to know with certainty. However, when you have a popular media outlet screaming a 'States Rights', and hatred of a centralized government 24/7, it's not hard to fathom the possibilities. When the message is one of constantly dividing the population into categories (races, sects, and religions), and constantly talking about deterioration of the country, then it is but a small step to set into motion a movement that pits brother against brother. Now that we have had a 'black man' as president, and have seen what anguish and downright hatred that has caused these 'white' Sons of the Confederacy to display, if we should soon get a 'woman' president, it's easy to see that these 'good ole boys' could go extra 'ballistic' and fast.
Now it is possible of course, to say that all of these little events are not connected in any way, and that only a 'conspiracy theorist' could connect these dots. But conspiracy theorists have one thing in common. They believe that their theories are absolutely true and irrefutable.... I don't believe that these things are absolutely true... Only that they are possible.... I also believe that people are basically good, but I could be wrong...
February 17, 2014 01:29:36
Posted By Edgy
Well... It's finally over. What started near the end of January, as the Lunar New Year (known as Chinese New Year to many of you), molded into the Spring Festival, and finally winds up at the Lantern Festival has finally ended. Whew.... That's a long holiday.This year it included the American Valentine's Day. What a hoot....
My Chinese friends who own companies will voice their annual complaint that their workers are slow to return. Of course with an estimated 3.2 billion trips by people moving around the country for 2 ½ to 3 weeks, and everyone in a festive mood, who would want to go back to work? It will probably be near the first of March before everyone gets back into full swing of working. And we think we have problems in the States.... The only good thing (marginally) was that I noticed a huge drop-off in the fireworks displays. I think people are finally starting to wake up to the air pollution problems, and not exacerbating the situation with massive displays of fireworks.
During this time, I've tried to stay up on events happening in the rest of the world.
ObamaCare is finally enrolling lots of people, although it won't enroll me. Why would I buy insurance I can't use? Besides even at full strength, a 2 ½ percent penalty will always be lower than the premiums. When I get sick, I'll just die. End of Story. Remember: None of us are getting out of this life alive anyway... Maybe the Supreme Court figured this out, and that's why they indicated it was a 'tax'...
Also, I know that the NSA is still reading everyone's email, listening to all the phone conversations that they can, and all the while not catching a single terrorist that they can point to and say: 'We caught this guy'....
Not many American's TRUST the government or any particular part of it, with the President's rating low and Congress' even lower. Its no wonder that most recent polls reflect a dissatisfied and gloomy country. People are using words like "divided," "troubled" and "deteriorating" to describe the state of the country. Americans overwhelmingly just don't trust their government to "do what is right."
Faux Noise is the most-watched cable news network, and yet, some surveys suggest that people who rely on Fox as their primary information source know less about current events than people who watch no news at all. Go figure....
Does anyone sense that we're headed for Civil War 2.0, or will we just evolve into Panem?
My favorite quote of the week: Some years ago a top Ford official was showing the late Walter Reuther through the very automated plant in Cleveland, Ohio and he said to him jokingly, “Walter, you’ll have a hard time collecting union dues from these machines and Walter said, “you are going to have more trouble trying to sell automobiles to them.”
Plus, Pete Seeger died. 'Where have all the flowers gone' ? …..
January 14, 2014 07:53:52
Posted By Edgy
Is FISA gaining authority over the Supreme Court?
Judge John Bates, who is director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, recently indicated that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts asked him to write a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein concerning the proposed 'Public Interest Advocate' advocated by the presidents review panel to examine U.S. electronic spying activities. It seems that Judge Bates, as well as the Chief Justice are vehemently against any kind of representation on the part of the public in this matter.
After all, this is about spying, and spying is about keeping everything secret and hidden from the public. What Judge Bates, and obviously Chief Justice Roberts don't seem to understand is that this issue is also about freedom, and the right to privacy in 'their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.'
In his letter, Judge Bates adds that if 'a public advocate were allowed broad participation in the FISA court it "could actually undermine the Courts' ability to receive complete and accurate information on the matters before them." '…. WOW.... Of course it's already been reported that the NSA has not always told the truth even to the FISA Court in its (secret) proceedings, and of course we all know that they cannot tell the truth in an open and public forum (Clapper lies to Congress)...
Yet this latest action appears to move the judiciary closer to the idea of secret courts in general. So my question is simple and straightforward: Is the consequence of this latest action, a tacit agreement between judges that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court has assumed, or is attempting to assume a superior role over the Supreme Court? Of course, that action would be taken in secret... Is Chief Justice Roberts saying that there should not be a public advocate in any circumstance before the FISA Court? It certainly has the makings of this kind of message.
It's 'States Rights' all over again....
South Carolina Republican state Senator Tom Davis said that lawmakers have found a way to stop implementation of the U.S. Affordable Care Act, which could provide a method for other states to follow. Opponents of the federal law are looking to South Carolina for a "template, something that other states can follow,"....
History is repeating itself right here. It was South Carolina who was the first to secede from the Union in December, 1860. It's congressmen and senators saying that the nation was looking to South Carolina as a leader against Federalism from Washington.... 'Georgia lawmakers said they would follow South Carolina's lead'... It was also Georgia that seceded 30 days after South Carolina (January, 1861)...
Yes, it sure looks like history is repeating itself....
January 7, 2014 07:18:36
Posted By Edgy
Why do Americans care what these Wall Street Duheads do with their spare time?
I haven't seen the movie, but I don't care how much drugs these guys snort, smoke or inhale. I don't care how many women they are planking – prostitutes or not. What I care about is when these DuHeads purposely tank the entire world economy with their toxic made-up investments. Then they laugh while they watch the world go into an economic tailspin, and they don't do 10 minutes of jail time.... And I don't mean jail time for doing drugs ! ! ! The fact that a Business Insider report that hordes of stockbrokers were cheering the movie at an early New York screening... Who cares? We all know that these clowns are crooks anyway... Let them snort themselves into a rehab hospital for all I care. They are probably the only people in America who can afford healthcare anyway.... What I care about is that these 'Wall-Streeter's' also cheer when 10% of the American workforce loses their jobs, their homes and their retirement funds because of the investment shenanigans they pull.
Laugh of the Day:
'Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a "framework agreement" to guide their talks on a formal peace deal' ….. what a hoot. Does anyone in their right mind think that a 'peace deal' is possible between the Israel and the Palestinians ? ? Lets take a poll to ask this question on its face value. No questions about whose fault anything is. No questions about who was there first. No questions about who is right and who is wrong... Just one question: 'Do you think it's possible for Israel and the Palestinians to conclude a peace deal?... I'll wager the preponderance is 'NO'...
Note: You can always tell when a President is in his last couple of years in office. They always announce that a 'peace deal' between Israel and the Palestinians might be possible....
War in Iraq:
The War in Iraq is almost over...
After billions and billions spent on a war for WMD's (with no tax increase to pay for it), and a decade saying 'the world is better off without Saddam', to go along with the 'waste' of American military prowess, we have returned to the beginning. Good thing we declared victory a long time ago, huh?
The ACA penalty:
Finally, another thought about ObamaCare (ACA) and the penalty I will face. I must ask myself why I would pay a minimum of $300 a month ($3600 annually) for insurance I can't use, because I am an expat who lives overseas, instead of paying even a 2.5% penalty on my paltry $30k annual income, which would only be $750 dollars total ? ? Why would I do this?