Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Could any of us live without the internet?

Could any of us live without the internet? ... President Obama thinks we could!

"And meanwhile, you’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations -- none of which I know how to work -- (laughter) -- information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."
..........Remarks President Obama at Hampton University Commencement

Sure, we could all do with a little technology "downtime, however these remarks are censorship, disguised as caring for the masses. A sort of "kill the messenger" type attitude. "Internet good" when it likes me, "Internet bad" when it says mean things about me, or even tells the truth.

Remember when the newly sworn-in President Obama started out his term without the device he calls his favorite, the Blackberry. He was so addicted to this device it had to be customized, for security reasons so he could continue to use it during his term. This is a device so addicting it has been dubbed the Crackberry. I remember this philosophy when I was a kid, "do as I say, "not as I do."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Setting The Record Straight . . .

Recently, President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, said, Arizona SB 1070 is discriminatory and warned that trade and political ties with Arizona will be seriously strained by the crackdown. According to Calderon, the measure “opens the door to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.”

The president of Mexico is scolding the State of Arizona about intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement? Really? Where is the protests against the systematic racism that is at the very heart of human smuggling? Where is the outrage that the cost of “brown” labor is kept artificially low throughout our continent by the very acts of human smuggling? Where is the outrage when the narcotic pushers strap dope to grandmothers? Where is the outrage that law enforcement has not done enough to stop the drop house rapes, tortures, and murders? Where is the outrage at the environmental impact that the human smugglers have inflicted on the natural desert with the trash and debris they leave strewn from the border to Tucson? Where are the sniping politicians from other States as Arizona goes broke cleaning up the Federal governments mess?

You want outrage? I’ll show you all outrage. The south didn’t want slavery to go away because it was “good for the economy”. It sickens me that this conversation even needs to happen today. How did we forget the Jim Crow attitudes that kept Americans of African descent in menial low paying jobs for so long after the 14th Amendment became law?

The underground economy of brown labor needs to be in the light. It will not happen until we stop the smuggling. We must shut down and seize the drop houses, the modern day version of a slave ship. We must uncover and prosecute every group, every charity, and every person that enables this slavery, the importation of illegal drugs, and gives sanctuary to murderers. These groups and people are behaving like organized criminal enterprises and are aiding and abetting them.

How many of the very people that are protesting are involved in smuggling? Are they not ashamed that these protests embolden the smugglers? Are you not ashamed of the crimes being committed against the innocent of your own country of origin? Grandmothers having cocaine and methamphetamine, and marijuana duck taped to their bodies and sent across the border. Why isn’t the Mexican government and Mexican Citizens ashamed of this? Their sisters and daughters and mothers are being used as mules for dope. Where is the shame? Brothers and fathers and sons are killing each other in the streets of Tucson. Where is the shame? Where is the protest for those deaths and atrocities being committed by the home grown terrorists, the ones you are supposedly trying to escape for a better life? If it is better here, if here is where you want to be, why are you allowing that filth to come with you? Why are you not leaving those criminals at the border?

The United States of America is a nation of laws. It is what keeps us civilized. Our commitment to justice is what keeps us from being like the countries you are coming from. Are you not ashamed to condemn the very country you claim to want to be a part of?

If the only reason you are here is for economic reasons, why are you here? If you are not here to be a citizen of the United States of America, why are you here? If you are not here to serve our nation as well as be served by it, why are you here? If you are only here to visit, why are you still here? Boycotting Arizona is not the answer, if it is, start the boycott by leaving.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My "Ricky Martin"

I didn't realize Ricky Martin was such a great actor. I really never thought about is sexual preference until he felt the need to announce it to the world. I am not really sure why public figures feel this need, to proclaim their sexual identity to their fans. Sure, tell your family and friends if you want, however I think the fans would figure this out themselves if you lived a gay lifestyle. . . dated men, not women, for example. I thought he was straight, based on his own words, his open relationship with women and his videos. Ohhhh, those videos, they were the fantasy that Ricky Martin provided, and that is all that was important to his female fans. On some level, as a fan, I think we forget that celebrities in videos, are not unlike actors in movies, they are just acting and it is not a representation of their real life. I wish him the best and thank him for "Livin La Vida Loca"

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bill Clinton being Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton marked the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing by repeating the same old rhetoric from 1995. “Anti-government talk emanating from conservatives naturally, inevitably led to the death of 168 lives in the wreckage of the Murrah Federal Building." There is always a risk that some isolated, violent incident could happen, but to link that to American citizens who are expressing their point of view is unconscionably. Is Mr. Clinton saying that law-biding citizens do not have the right to assemble and voice their opinion? To link the Tea-Party movement with the Oklahoma bombing is typical liberal style politics . . . I recently read that Bill Clinton and his former crony, in all that is political, James Carville, are focusing on minimalizing the Tea Party folks. Such attention clearly means that the Tea Party Movement is making inroads. It is not surprising to me that without any particular leader in the Tea Party movement, they would just attack the movement itself. As far as I am concerned this is only the beginning. However, this tactic of smearing your enemies will not work when it is focused on American citizens. American’s are tired of being “bullied” by politicians and they are going to show how tired when the go to vote in the next election.