Archive for May, 2009

HERE COME DA JUDGE, HERE COME DA JUDGE

May 31, 2009

Racism, empathy, bias, personal life experience, sex or gender, La Raza: all these terms have been used to explain or justify the rich experiences of Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

We’ve all heard the sound bites from other right wing extremists, but I’ll share a few here as well:  “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

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In a forum at the Duke University School of Law in 2005, she said, “The Court of Appeals is where policy is made.  And I know – and I know this is on tape and I should never say that because we don’t make law, I know.  OK, I know.  I’m not promoting it, and I’m not advocating it, I’m – you know. OK. Having said that, the court of appeals is where, before the Supreme Court makes the final decision, the law is percolating – its interpretation, its application.”

These two statements alone should have disqualified her from candidacy for the position.  In my opinion, they should have qualified her for recall from the bench and incapacitated her from rendering any courtroom adjudication or opinion what so ever on the bases of racial and gender bias as well as delusions of grandeur.

Yes, she has acknowledged the impropriety of the statements.   She has stated that she would like not to have said them and certainly not while being recorded.  But the truth is that these are her beliefs and she is willing, according to those statements, to allow her personal background to influence her courtroom rulings.

It is my understanding that judges are to be completely impartial.  How can one profess to be impartial if they believe that a Latina woman is better than a White man when it comes to rendering decisions on the bench?  Why should her personal background have any influence on any decision?  Do justices on the Supreme Court really have to be empathetic as our President describes her, or should they impartially hear and rule on the evidence presented in each individual case?

Does she really believe, as she voiced, that the Court of Appeals makes policy if the Supreme Court is not addressed?  Does a District  Court of Appeals have a greater influence on our laws and our society than does Congress?  This is beyond Bizarro!

Obviously, not all judges agree with her because she has had over 70% of her cases as a Second District Court of Appeals Judge overturned.  One case that is due to be heard by the Supreme Court happens to be one that she recently ruled on in her current position on the bench.  Should that case be heard after she is confirmed, if she is confirmed, will she recuse herself from the trial due to conflict of interest?  Even if she does, it’s going to be very difficult for the other justices to overturn a decision made by one of their own colleagues, even if she is only a freshman.

And, of course, the fact that she is a member of La Raza, a hate group that advocates Hispanics take-over of the Southwestern United States, I think should be a major concern and consideration.  She is Hispanic, she does belong to a subversive group and she could have a strong voice in what is often regarded as the most powerful branch of our government.

Yes, she should be proud of her background and accomplishments.  She should not, however, be allowed to make decisions affecting 310,000,000 lives based on her limited and obviously prejudiced scope of our society.

Robert Gibbs (White House press secretary) issued the following warning to critics of Judge Sotomayor: “I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they’ve decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation.”   It really sounds like a threat from the highest office in the land.

Slashed tires, residential break-ins and slaughtered dogs owned by political opponents were all associated with a former Democrat President.  Do we have to worry about this and/or worse happening during the current administration, just because someone voices an opinion that differs from our President’s?

BOHICA

May 31, 2009

In my upcoming book, “BIZARRO WORLD, USA” I advocate a Consumption Tax.   As described, this simple tax on purchases would replace the current income tax, the rules of which are so convoluted that they are not even understood by the people in charge of enforcing them.

Well, Obummer and Congress are now enamored with an idea they are calling a Value Added Tax (VAT) to help offset the insane spending that has taken place over the past 6-12 months and the spending that will undoubtedly continue.  What it means to the rest of us is simply Added Tax or AT.

The difference of thought between these two revenue plans is that in my presentation (it is not my proposal, just an elaboration on proposals made by others) the Consumption Tax would replace our current income tax.  Obummer’s VAT is being proposed ‘in addition to’ the current over-taxation of the American people.

Think about it.  You work all week, month and year to earn an income.  Unless you are receiving welfare, the federal government takes between 10% and 35% of your earnings.  If you are single and earn as little as $8,350 you only have to give the federal government 10% or $83.50.  That leaves you just less than $700/month on which to live.  Now, out of that fortune you’re amassing on a monthly basis, you are going to have the opportunity to pay an additional 10%-25% (the actual gouge has not yet been defined) on everything you purchase!  The loaf of bread that was $1.99 yesterday will be $2.19 tomorrow.  The $3,000 used car you’ve been saving for will be at least $3,300.  And if you don’t buy a car, the bus fare will also be a little higher, too.

It doesn’t end there either.  Services will also cost more.  Doctors, lawyers, mechanics, tutors…you name it, will cost 10%-25% more than you pay now.  Registering a domain name or paying for your post office box – you got it, will cost more.

Oh yes, by the way, the VAT will also be on top of any state or local taxes that you pay during the buying privilege .  So let’s say that you earn that minimum income of $8,350 per year, of which you get to keep $700 per month.  When you crawl out of your cardboard home under the bridge in the morning, your rice and bean meal of the day will cost you just a bit more; the bottle of Thunderbird that helps you get through the day also costs more.

But in Obummer’s own words, “If you make less than $250,000 a year, your taxes will not be going up”.  What are the “taxes” he’s talking about?  State and local sales taxes have already gone up across the nation.  Additional taxes have been added to items from soft drinks to car tires.    Do only people earning over $250K buy toner cartridges or gasoline?  Now there will be a tax on the taxes we already pay with the money we have left after paying taxes on the money we’ve earned.

And they wonder why we exercise our right of peaceful assembly at Tea Parties to discuss the insanity of stealing from the productive (and now you don’t even have to be productive, just a purchaser) for use by the Federal Government.  This Congress and this Overlord really believe that all the money is theirs and we are here only to collect it on their behalf.

I offer a snippet from Pravda, the Russian newspaper, titled ‘American Capitalism Gone with a Whimper’: “First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather than the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a Burger King burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.”

So, send your children to public school if you want them to learn how to best make love to their fellow gym student.  But, if you want them to learn about history, geography, government, math or English be prepared to teach them yourself or hire someone to do it.

*BOHICA – Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.

THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED

May 24, 2009

The words of Gil Scott-Heron from the 1960s that were made famous by Richie Havens, no longer hold true.  This time the revolution will be televised.

In the 1960s, the revolution reference was to the plight of America’s black men and women.  It was about the uprising for equality and respect as members of society.   The words were spoken loud and the only people who did not benefit from the efforts to bring justice to the black community were (and are) those who chose not to be strong, vigilant and strive to get ahead.  Many of those listened to the wrong ‘leaders’ and created second and third generation welfare recipients.

The Left-of-Center Loonies and Nightly Liars, sitting in front of the cameras did an excellent job of marginalizing the Tea Parties held throughout the United States on April 15, 2009.  The  ‘news’ teams even spun homosexual references to them in ridicule.  And that was the major extent of the coverage.  Little to nothing was said about the right of the people to peacefully assemble in protest.  Virtually nothing was broadcast or printed about the fact that a highly representative cross section of disgusted American citizens attended them in almost every city and town throughout the country.  Some cities amassing up to 20,000 while small communities attracted a few hundred.  The presentation was that ‘a few’ right wing extremists got together and made fools of themselves.

The coverage was notably different from the ‘Day without Illegal Immigrants’.  Then, the three major broadcast stations had almost 24-hour coverage of the events where DHS should have been making sweeps and arrests.  These demonstrations were aggregations of lawbreakers who were trumpeted by the left for seeking their ‘rights’ within this country.

Soon, very soon I believe, the American people are going to rise against this tyrannical government that has been allowed to grow and take away our freedoms for decades.  The usurping of the power must end.  We, the citizens, award the power to the elite for constructive use on our behalf.  That is not occurring.  Hopefully it will be a peaceful coup, done through the voting booth.  But it must be done.

George W. Bush was no friend of mine.  He contributed heavily to the situation we are currently experiencing.  But it was not all his fault.  Had he used his Veto authority, the picture would be quite different today. I’m convinced of that.  By not doing so, he effectively condoned the wild, often unnecessary spending and lack of oversight that took place.  Yet the loudest voices against him called out only for his stance and spending on the war in Iraq.  I am not an apologist for, or defender of ‘W’.  In my opinion he was not even the best choice of candidates offering themselves up for the presidential seat.  He was the one chosen by the elite to represent his party and became the best candidate at that time.

The current national financial situation (and I include all offshoots: mortgage, auto, banking, Wall Street and employment) was accelerated by the greed of Congress.  It was the personal wealth and power enhancement of the elite that loaded and triggered the breakdown not only of the U.S. financial infrastructure, but that of the supporting nations as well.   It was only carried out by the institution heads, to their own benefit, at the behest of our elected officials.  Their greed became an integral part of the problem, but it was not the entire reason for the current world situation.

Also instrumental, in my opinion, are the political and business leaders of the world.  They too, were investing in the balloons of America.  The financial situation of today is nothing more than a cyclic correction.  It is a major movement for an economic situation that had run amok.  It will happen again, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.  It does show, however, how important the United States has been to the world economy.  (And yes, the use of the present perfect tense is exactly what I chose, for our current president is attempting to change that at the time of this writing.)

Obummer, the Democrats in Congress, DHS and the Attorney General all seem to embrace the world dictators and dictatorships.   Raul Castro (or Fidel) of Cuba, Hugo Chavez of Argentina and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran are not, and should not be, models of stable governments or prosperous societies. They are even more class conscious than our own system and government.

Congress and the president continue to tout open borders and amnesty for the twelve to twenty-five million people from countries around the globe primarily from third world countries who have invaded our soil.  There will be no health checks as has always been mandated for extended residency in this country.  Today’s illnesses can wipe out entire cities before being controlled or even identified. The Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even warn that we should prepare for devastating diseases that may originate in other countries.  But open borders will bring more Democrat voters expecting more handouts so it will happen.

DHS claims not to be able to even find a significant portion of the illegal alien population, many of whom are employed in unskilled or low skilled jobs.

We, the people of this great land have elected a president who feels the need to apologize to the world for the existence of America.   The citizens don’t feel the need to apologize for the billions of dollars that we share with other countries in need.  The citizens don’t feel the need to apologize for coming to the aid of disasters (tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, flooding, etc.) that devastate populations around the globe.  But this president and his administration do feel that need.

We have a president who feels the need to tax (over tax) the wealthy.  These are the people who are the most productive of our society.  Nobody earns in excess of $250K without working.  These are the people who have applied themselves; they have become educated (either formally with degree(s), or through self absorption of knowledge).  In any case, they are contributors to the wealth of the nation through their efforts.  They already pay a generous portion of the taxes collected by government.  There should be no reason to burden them beyond that of the less productive.

Britain and other countries are doing the same thing.  They are making the people who are most important to the economy rethink their need to contribute.  I can see the most productive people getting together and forming their own country, perhaps on another continent, in order to be able to reap the rewards they are due without being forced to give half or more to a government.

That exodus will most definitely be televised.  The coming revolution will be televised even by the network stations.  It may be heavily editorialized, but you can believe it will be televised.

WE’RE REALLY LOSING IT NOW!

May 20, 2009

The American people, by no request of our own, have bailed out two of the Big Three car companies.  Both are now looking at getting more cash or bankruptcy (or both) after accepting tens of billions of our dollars.  The third?  Well, that would be Ford.  Ford is managing to get by.  Not flourishing as they once did, but viable and resolved to let free enterprise take its course.

Congress is legislating religion.  They’re trying to make the teachings of the bible hate crimes because some people don’t agree with the religious premises.  Hatred of the moral offerings is apparently acceptable, but not a crime.  It seems to me that I read somewhere, something to the effect of: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.  Oh yeah, that’s the beginning of the 1st amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Perhaps this Congress should read that instrument of freedom.  Congress doesn’t like the Bill of Rights because it restricts their power.  Though that seems not to matter to them anymore.

There are proportionately greater numbers of people on unemployment and welfare in those areas of the country known as ‘Blue States’ at the present time (about 20% more), and the numbers seem to be growing.  Here I have to ask: “Which came first, the entitlement mentality or the fact that some   hard working people just grew tired of having their earnings taken from them so that others could have the same, or more, benefit from their labor?”  The majority of this president’s votes came from those areas and states, and it could be that the honest, hard working people have given up.

The President says we’re out of money, yet he continues to spend like a drunken sailor.  He doesn’t even know what it’s like to be a sailor, or soldier, or airman, or Marine because he’s never served his country.  He’s taken from it and taken advantage of the opportunities offered.  He’s just never served it or given anything back to it.

The more talk there is in Congress about bi-partisanship, the less bi-partisanship there is.  The controlling legislative party (this time it’s the Democrat party, but it could be either) refuses reasoned input from the minority party.  They want and expect full support of all members or they point fingers and call names.

A few months ago there was a clamoring for the prosecution of the previous administration for “War Crimes”.  Recently, there has been talk of investigating the Speaker of the House for her knowledge of these ‘crimes’ and lack of reporting them.  Her own party, the controlling party, refuses to allow an investigation to happen.  The truth must be known only if it will damage the opposition.  Talk of War Crime prosecution has faded with the shining of a this light because ‘friendlies’ could be caught in the crossfire.

The President is in the process of declassifying and disseminating security information that our adversaries could use against Americans and cause the loss of lives on the battlefield.  At the same time, he has guarded the release of his own birth certificate like his life depends on it.

A birth certificate…a document that would identify whether or not he has the authority to carry out the reversal of American standards.  You’ve got to wonder why the secrecy on that piece of paper.

He, Obama, wants to close Gitmo and bring the detainees to the United States to be defended by ACLU lawyers, before an ACLU judge.  He, and Congress, say that none of the detainees will be released into our society.  (And there will be no new taxes unless you make over $250K/yr.)  As I understand it, no other country will take some of them.  So where will they be released by our liberal court system?   And of those who have been released, haven’t over 60 already returned to killing Americans?

Can’t interrogate them.  Can’t get rid of them.  Can’t give them fair trials because of the court system.  All that can be done is release information about their capture and treatment so their fellow combatants can prepare for their own potential futures.

Yes, the country needed change.  What we’ve gotten, however, is more of the same coming at us faster than ever.  I guess that’s the change; a more rapid rate of decline.

A car running off the road at high speed, flying down a ravine, landing on its top and killing all the occupants creates change for the occupants and their families.  It just isn’t good change.

Right now, America is flying down the ravine!

GOVERNMENT, POLITICS OR POWER?

May 16, 2009

Obama released highly redacted transcripts and descriptions of the “torture” of battlefield combatants with information that may well have helped save American and ally lives.  They have stirred a lot of emotion and excitement about how inhumane our intelligence gathering can be to those who want to do us harm.  It is said that the release gives information to our enemies on how to prepare for capture.

The photos of that inhumane treatment won’t be released.  At least not now.  Could that be because the actual photos confute the words remaining after redaction?  Or is it simply that they cannot be used to support the written word?  We don’t know.  We won’t be allowed to view them and make our own reasoned judgments until it’s too late.  How very Clintonesque!

Who knew what, and when did they know it?  Lots of back peddling on this issue right now, as there generally is when the facts are researched and presented.  This is not unlike the questions that arose regarding our intrusion into the Middle East.  Or potential rape, physical and mental/emotional abuse.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Rather than governing, our elite are now spending an awful lot of time investigating – themselves.  It goes from the local level to the Presidency, right through Congress.  The party that holds the most power, investigates the subordinate party or members of that party.  Doesn’t matter who’s on top. A problem occurs when the investigating party loses that stronghold of power.  Then there is a reversal in course. With the former underdog now on top, the corruption seems to all be on the heads of the former prosecutors.

Where it was once a shame to admit that a colleague of the elite had done something unethical, it is now a battle cry. It is a way of jockeying for position.  “If I (we) can fling some mud on him/her (them) the potential for me (us) to remain in power is enhanced.”  So now the constant bickering and infighting is taking time from the actual duties of our elected officials.  Or, is the exposure meant as a diversion? Look, over there. Ha, got your brownie.

Right now we have wild spending with promises of hope and better times. Jobs are being lost and companies are continuing to outsource labor to overseas third world countries.  The promises are there.  The hope is there. The spending is there.  But what we’re seeing is that the elite remain on the smooth, paved road while the rest of us are stuck on the rutted, rocky trail. And if they can keep us focused on the rocks, perhaps we’ll not realize we took a wrong turn and are now headed in the wrong direction.

One way or another, the government is usurping undeserved power and they don’t appear to be governing.