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Already getting started President Obama signed the order to close Guantanamo Bay, the high security prison housed on the shores of Cuba…where thousands of detainees had been stored and warehoused since post-9/11…not to mention where they had been tortured by the Bush Administration.
Obama also ordered a review of all the trials and then placed a banned upon the harsh methods of interrogation used to extract information from detainees within that prison.
The behavior of the Bush Administration concerning enemy combatants and those thought
to be enemy combatants…or possessing information went against the Geneva Convention concerning the handling and treatment of detainees, combatants and non-combatants. The time has long been overdue for Bush’s policies regarding such matters to change…and the standards lifted once again as to how America carries herself.
The problem, however, that arises with the closing of Guantanamo Bay is what to do with all those angry prisoners?
And, yes…I can see them being very angry…particularly those who may have been housed in that high security prison system for years now…who may have been innocent of any wrong doing. But are now more than ready to blow America to smittereens due to what happened to them. That is what a bunch of bad policies can do. It creates long time and hardened hatred…and lasting enemies
Two semesters ago I had to pay a visit to the court house in regards to some family matters. While before the judge…I was ordered to put my hands behind my back. I could not imagine what was going on.
They were arresting me…and the charge was… Well… ’Not serving Jury Duty.’
The only problem here was…was that I had served my jury duty. Not only there but in New York a couple of years earlier.
I protested before the court. I called it an ‘outrage.’
I called it an ‘injustice.’
I proclaimed my innocence.
But no one heard me. In fact, they took my actions for a joke.
I was outraged.
I was enraged….I was mad…insulted…and had been made to be embarrassed.
And I knew while I sat down in that cold jail cell after they un-handcuffed me and bent to remove the shackles…that that day was going to be revisited. And I knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Because yes…I had already made up in my mind that I was going to sue them.
So, I can understand the outrage and anger of people treated badly or unfairly…and those even treated in such as way…without due cause. You don’t forget.
Well, Hillary Clinton is looking happier these days…and certainly more confident. And there is little wonder. Today she was sworn in as Secretary of State.
Though Hillary was indeed truly a heated contender in her fight to the White House…it is evident that the President saw something in her. Perhaps he admired her aggressiveness…or maybe her doggit determination. I imagine that these type of qualities are much needed when dealing various world leaders and other big time politicans. If so…then she certainly has all the right credentials.
…and in a vote of 18 to 5 of the Senate Finance Committee Timothy Geithner was approved as consideration as Treasury Secretary of the United States of America. Now, his confirmation goes up for a full Senate vote in order for him to take over that position.
Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her name from consideration as the replacement for Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat, as the Senator from New York. Though the Governor of New York, David Patterson, had been toying with who his decision would fall upon…he has now allowed too much time to slip by. What seems to me…should have been a fairly easy decision by way of choice…he now longer has.
Having spent much of her younger years growing up on 5th Avenue in New York…I am sure that Caroline would have brought much to the State of New York. Whatever the reason…it is New York’s great lost. Too bad it was not seized upon earlier…it might have made a difference.
Boy, it is amazing that little Carline Kennedy is now 51 years old. Seems only like yesterday when she and her brother, John, were the 2 little kids in the White House.
CLICK on this LINK BELOW to see how Obama’s team is shaping up and where they currently stand in the process of their confirmations.
I bought an IBM computer a few years back…but haven’t seen any more of them around since. So, I knew that IBM had folded her hand in the desktop business. But who knows what IBM sells any more?
UNIX…Servers…LINUX…Power Systems…massive digital storage systems…
So, I guess IBM is still pretty much in the computer industry…and as they have pretty much have been in the past…more corporate use…and less commercial consumer use. Maybe, IBM needs to get it’s feet back into the everyday consumer market again.
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1 comment January 22, 2009
Obama… 1. Always looked Presidential
2. Statistical facts to backup topics
3. Presented actual future plans
4. Clearly cited his goals as President
5. Talk firmly about terrorist and Bin Linden
6. Clearly defined past judgments which had been the right call
McCain… 1. Never looked Presidential
3. Failed to fully layout or explain any explicit plans or goals he had as President
4. Kept reminiscing too much and kept conjuring up Reagan’s name far too often
5. Failed to adhere to the time restraints per their agreement prior to the debate
6. Kept falling back on his record as a war hero
For the past few days I have been trying to figure out what I felt or thought about the past Presidential debate…debate number 2 between Obama and McCain. There was something in the back of my mind but I just couldn’t figure it out. I now have it.
Though I was always sure that Obama had won…I wasn’t quite sure about what I thought about McCain’s performance. But now I do…it came to me last night.
McCain never came across as Presidential. That is what was in the back of my mind. Sometimes he even looked lost. While Obama would be talking McCain would be wandering around on the stage…like a little lost child.
While Obama seemed calm and collected…McCain seemed otherwise.
Truthfully, the only person I can think of on the Republican side who could have possibly matched Obama would have been Mike Huckabee or possibly a Mit Romney. But McCain, no…never. And the proof was in the pudding on Tuesday night.
McCain just doesn’t have that thing. He just doesn’t have that thing when you look and hear him that says ‘President quality.’ Nor is his resume that great…because the only thing he can continue to fall back on…is that he was a war vet. ….and….what? A maverick…okay….
But is that enough?
Perhaps during the time that McCain has been sitting in the Senate trying to get into the Oval Office…if he only visited the Walter Reed Hospital a couple times he could have become an advocate for the vets who returned home only to find themselves placed in that horrible dungeon.
McCain talks about Ronald Reagan who before he left the White House was suffering with Alzheimer which left his wife at the wheel handling the business of this country…to nobody’s knowledge (but I guess a few very close insiders).
Then McCain wants to call out the name of Joe Lieberman (what a looser) as if Lieberman was some kind of marvelous man of merit. Lieberman who ran as Al Gore’s Vice Presidential pick…didn’t even resign his Senator seat to devote any real time in aiding Gore to win the Presidential Election in 2000. Not to mention that Lieberman is a Republican in Democratic clothing. The man needs to vacate the office. This is the kind of man McCain wants to rave about?
Had Lieberman seriously considered adding anything to his own ticket he would have given up his seat in the Senate and rolled up sleeves and seriously got out there for the Democratic ticket…of which he had said yes to becoming a part of. What a lack of leadership on the part of McCain for wanting rave over the likes of a Joe Lieberman.
And McCain choice of Sarah Palin was never one of the best qualified…but only the selection of a woman with the hopes to stealing from the Democrats those who whe were disenchanted behind the Hillary Clinton not being on the Democrat ticket. Had McCain’s selection of a woman really been on the best qualified person…Sarah Palin would have never been casted. Here again…more lack of good judgment on McCain’s part.
If McCain has done so poorly in his selections on things now…and he hasn’t even gotten into the White House imagine the damage that such a careless man could cause?
One of the things during the debate…that Obama never voiced…which really goes to speak highly for him…he never once said-
And they both got the same intelligence information…but Obama showed temperance, independence and forethought on the matter. He was not swayed by the crowd jumping on the Bush bandwagon.
During the course of the debate McCain tried to joke his way through it. I would hate to think that that kind of man was sitting in the White House thinking he could joke his way into a peace accord between Israel and the Arabs…or trying to head off Putin.
Then again perhaps it is all a joke to McCain…as I have said. He got to where he is by default. Some how or other during the Republican Primaries…McCain just sunk in when nobody else was looking.
One other thing about Tuesday night’s debate between Obama and McCain…
I watched the debate on a ABC network channel…at the end of the debate they kept the cameras rolling on the stage. It seems everyone sitting on the stage had a camera under their seat…and they all wanted a picture with Obama. But also McCain nearly ran off the stage following the debate…but Obama stayed to shake hands and talk with those people. Not only Obama but his wife…they both were enaged in conversations with people on that stage…everyday people who wer fortunate enough to know that they were in the presence of the next President of the United States. That doesn’t happen everyday…and he was taking time with them…taking pictures with them…etc. Wow, I would have loved to have been one of them.
That McCain and his people are desperate is obvious…but desperation won’t put McCain into the White House.
Definitely hope you are registered…this upcoming Presidential Election is so important. If you are not register get registered today. And if you plan on being away get you absentee ballot…but don’t miss out the signal most important election of 21st Century.
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Add a comment October 9, 2008
It was no secret to me.
There could have been no better choice or a person who I think compliments the Obama ticket more than Joseph Biden.
If you want to see the reasons as to why I think Joe Biden was a sensible and most logical choice…you’ve got to read my other blog… www.bsmith101.wordpress.com …and CLICK on Biden’s name under Barack Obama in the colum to the right.
Having picked Joseph Biden…merely means to me that Obama is really taking this thing seriously. And he is ready to…or should I say…has been playing to win all along. That really is something which he had made quite clear fairly early in his bid to the White House, from day one.
Obama didn’t graduate off the streets…go to Princeton…and come through Harvard…to get stupid now. No, his ever move…in my opinion have been ‘ordered’ by God. This is destiny…and we are all bearing witness to it.
Barack Obama could have made a lot of other choices that might have possibly given him more possible momentum…and maybe a few more votes…like picking Bill Richardson of New Mexico. This, of course, would have garnered Obama much more enthusiasm and trust in the Hispanic community. It would have been an easy choice…but Obama went with his heart.
No doubt there are going to be people who will be disappointed. Namely…Hillary and her crew…just to name a few.
But had they been in Obama’s shoes…and wanting to pick the best person for the job-
“Would they have done anything less…or chosen differently?”
I have hired many people…and it only came down to who was the best…who could do the work…handle the responsibilities…could stand the test…could be counted on…etc…etc. And at the end of the day…what their past work history looked like…it speaks volumes. And if they didn’t have a past work history…it got down to what did I sense about them.
Clearly, Joe Biden earned his way onto the Obama ticket…and he didn’t do it through any large financial contribution to Obama’s champaign. He did it through may years of tiredness work in the US Senate…and always challenging what was right…and that with great devotion.
Now, lets see if McCain can beat that?
He might try to pull one out of the hat…by putting a woman on his ticket. McCain needs all the tricks he can muster in order to try and stop Obama from reaching where he was born to be…as Moses was.
Go get ‘em guys.
I am so happy for them both…Obama for making a great choice. And for Biden for finally reaping the rewards of many years of dedication…in a field he really loves…and a chance that no one ever gave to Ted Kennedy in appreciation for all of his work and tiredless efforts in the political arena.
It’s Obama and Biden all the way, baby!
Now, lets get out and vote come November.
Can’t wait until the coverage starts for the Democratic Convention.
And I definitely want to see if Hillary or any of her people are going to try and start something.
It promises to be interesting.
That’s politics, folks.
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Add a comment August 23, 2008
We’ve all have been holding onto our seats waiting…and one of the things we can all say is…none of us has a clear idea exactly who the coveted choice will be.
Much like Cheney…though we all hate to say it…this person will certainly have to be more involved in the day to day workings of the White House. This based upon the amount of chaos that will be left in the wake of the Bush Administration…there is going to be a need for someone who just doesn’t look pretty…or come from a big Red State.
No, the choice will have to be a real shaker and mover…somebody who is a real team player…works good under pressure…well organized…has great communication skills…not afraid to speak truth (well, that may rule out someone or other…most politicians in fact).
The choice also must be self-motivated, needs little supervision, able to think on his or her feet yet faithful to the direction of, ideas and concepts of leadership (the President’s desires). A person who can take supervision, is highly able to articulate well with management (the President), as well as with others.
The choice must work well with others, be able to think outside of the box, has a level of real wisdom and understanding of domestic and foreign affairs, gets along with others, have some level of genuine concern for others with particular reference to this country.
The choice must be able to grasp information quickly, digest it, comtemplate it…work out a plan…or make a decision…present alternative ideas…and be able to offer reasoned and well considered counsel on a myriad of matters, concerns and dealings of the White House…and the Oval Office.
The choice must be able to maintain confidence, respect, decency and honesty. Must be able to command respect…yet walk with a gentle stick…exudes high character…and exemplify only the highest of America’s qualities at all times.
The choice must be a person who is willing to become friend, confidant and partner…with no eye towards personal gains or future political ambitions…but is truly committed to aiding, assisting and rolling up their sleeves to get this country back on track and honestly working to serve its people…their wishes…and their needs with true dedication.
The choice must be a person who is committed and truthful…has high integrity and loyalty…with an eye on the future of America…her safty…health and wellness..and those of her people.
Well, if this is what is asked of our employees…shouldn’t we ask the same of any person seeking to fill this job?
Somebody please fax this off to Obama…just so he knows that we are all on the same page…or direct him to this blog address… www.bsmith101.wordpress.com ‘pass it on…’
And please, Obama…whatever you do…don’t pick Hillary.
I know Deleware may not be a big State…nor a Red State…but Joseph Biden has always looked good to me. He is dedicated, cares and can maintain counsel…he is a man who can be trusted…and undoubtedly comes with much wisdom and experience, as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has all the pluses. And he is a man along the same vein as Ted Kennedy.
Lets face it…when push comes to shove…when all the dust has settled…it won’t matter except for maybe aiding in the possibility of getting a few more votes that someone is from a big state or a Red State, or not. But if you can’t do it on your own they will tie it around your neck…and never let you forget it. Don’t get caught in that bind.
Consider this…what will really matter in the long run…is whether they can be trusted…are they up to handling the demands that will be placed upon them…can they be counted on and trusted on when your back is turned…do they have or can garner world credibility and respect over a short period of time. Will they have your best interest in mind and heart…and seek to protect you and this country…rather than seek out a place for themselves in 4 years to come. Can they bring anything else to table besides the fact that they come from a big state or a Red State…because helping to clean up Bush’s mess will take a lot more than that. It will take a bunch of willing hands all working towards united efforts…not just sitting around combing their hair…and saying-
“Well, you wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for me. I delivered such and such state for you. And without it you wouldn’t be President.”
Do you want to hear that?
No, you don’t need that kind of person, Barack. Nor do you want to have to have that conversation over and over again…with people who believe you got there (into the White House)…just because of them.
You’ve got to look deeper…and make the right choice. Because you don’t have room for error. Most definitely not…there is no room for error.
Barack, you are on your way into the White House no matter who you pick…just maintain the faith you had when you got started in the race…when nobody thought you would make it. It has taken you this far…it can take you the rest of the way. Don’t start making silly choices now.
With Musharraf finally being forced out of government in Pakistan…now renders the country a lot more unstable than it was before.
Pakistan is a country that is filled with nuclear weapons…also with millions of very poor people (the 6th most populated country in the world)…and in terms of size the country is larger than Russia. Much of its unrest in the past years have been with India over border issues. The conflicts at times had become highly violatile and bordered on being very dangerous…as both countries possess nuclear weapons. Throw in insurgents, Taliban and much civil unrest and Pakistan is just a ticking time bomb.
Clearly, the issues of Pakistan and her future shall certainly be important issues that will face the White House along with many many other serious issues and problems concerning nuclear weapons, polices on aggression, Middle East matters, peace…and other world and domestic matters.
Musharraf was also believed to have been responsible for the assissination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, following her rally on December 27, 2007. Bhutto was Musharraf’s rival in an upcoming Pakistani Election…she was highly favored to win. Musharraf was faulted for her murder due to his lack of providing protection for her knowing that her life was in danger as she was living under many treats…many saw it as a way of him getting rid of his competion inadvertently…if indeed he was not the one responsible for ordering her death.
Recently, Musharraf was forced from office under charges of corruption and other allergations which put him on a course to being impeached.
The other recent crisis to have surfaced most recently is the invasion of Russia into Georgia. I am sure there is much much more unrest to come that will face those entering into the White House under a new banner…and hopefully working in a new way to solve the issues of this country and aid in solving those of the world.
Well, God bless… Hope you had…or are having a beautiful day.
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Add a comment August 18, 2008
It’s not that we didn’t expect it.
In fact, we anticipated it.
Hillary Clinton, herself, put it out there. And this is what she wanted. She has been laying quietly back waiting on the Democratic National Convention to take place, where her tainted supporters plan to disturb and cause havoc…i.e. interrupt it as much as possible.
What happened to playing by the rules…none of which Hillary ever did either.
During the Democratic Primaries…first she had the Delegate vote and Obama had the popular vote, after sweeping State after State. She said then-
“We’ll let the Delegates decide.”
She said it because…she was a Clinton and at that time she had the Delegate votes in her pocket. Ops…I mean pocketbook.
Then Delegates began defecting over into the Obama camp…and near the end of the Primaries he still had more of the popular vote…and had gained over a lot of those Delegates. And after it was all said and done…the vast majority of Delegates became Obama believers.
But prior to the Primaries…Michigan and Florida decided that they would move their primaries down on the calendar…to have earlier primaries. A move that both States were warned by the National Democratic Committee not to do…or they would suffer the price of not being counted. A policy implemented by the Decoratic Party and agreeded upon and voted on by all the Democratic canidates…including Hillary Clinton.
What does Obama do?
He withdrew his name off the ballot in Florida…in order to be in allignment with the wishes of his Party’s Presidential Committee rules. But Hillary does not…she kept her name on the ballots in Florida
What also did Obama do?
He did not campaign either in the State of Michigan or Florida…to be, again, in allignment with Party wishes concerning those states.
But what did Hillary Clinton do?
She neither withdrew her name from the ballots…nor did she not campaign in those states. She went into those states repeatedly campaigning…though she knew she had voted against them being seated or their votes counted if they held early Primaries.
In other words…Hillary out and out cheated. She failed to adhere to her Party decision concerning Michigan and Florida. And she did her thang. She voted one way…yet gave herself a few added points (some additional just in case votes) by doing the direct opposite of what Obama had done by adhering to Democratic Election Committee decision. She was banking on the fact that as she watched which way the Primaries were going…that those ballots picked up in Michigan and Florida by her might come in handy…and if need be she was going to force the issue to have them counted and seated at the National Convention. Thereby, she played the game…but was holding some additional cards on the side. Which in any card game…is called cheating.
It is with the…whatever number of votes she garnered in Michigan and Florida…along with the other voties in the Primaries that she picked up…that Hillary claims that she had the majority vote of some18 million voters. Which is an out and out lie.
Along with this claim, Hillary started chiming that Obama could not win the Presidential Election because he had not won any of the big states…which for the most part she had won…though many of them narrowly. She was determined to destory Obama anyway she could…and by any means necessary. And when all else failed to rally up the girls.
Fact that some Clinton supporters plan to disrupt the Democratic Convention set to begin in 2 weeks in Denver…really is no surprise. Even though the fat lady has already song and gone home…there are still some tricks up the ol’ sleeve.
It is going to be a long bumpy road to the White House.
To read more on the story CLICK BELOW…see the youtube footage.
In the next footage…the Clintons, Bill and Hillary, planted the seeds of this ignorance. They irrigated…and pruned it…and then leaned back and smiled as it flourished. The Clintons breath contempt, hatred and racism…all in the name of ‘reclaiming the White House.’
And to do what with it?
This country is in need of a dire change…new direction…new blood…new leadership. Or like every superpower before it…it shall fall to fear…hatred…capitalism…exploitation…corrupt government…failed policies…racism…and absolute ignorance…as displayed in the next footage.
Register and get out and vote come November 2008…and lets put somebody in the White House who will truly work for the people…won’t compromise morality…will speak truth to lies…and do his best to serve both this country and all its people who live within it.
Have a great day…and today is the day that my friend who we felt was passing is being laid to rest. I thank God for her and all that she means and has meant to me. …God bless…. ©2008
Add a comment August 14, 2008
BEAR STERNS EXCE’s…
How many of these stories about insiders ripping off investors are we going to hear and bear? No pun intended but at the end of the day tax payers end up having to pay for it…that’s what really gets me. These guys always end up walking away with millions and leaving poor everyday people (tax payers) to bear the burden of their misdeeds while they always get to keep most of the money that they stole while perpetrating crimes.
Oh, sure we could say, “shame on you”…but they’ve heard that already. Or we could say, “Let’s make ‘em sign a pact to stop lying, cheating and stealing, and never do it again.” But didn’t we do that too?
You do remember that don’t you…Bush organized it and issued the code of ethics that all the executives were suppose to sign. But then let’s face it…would you cease to be a fraud, liar, thief and a cheat if George Bush gave you a document like that? Even Bush himself probably had his eyes closed with his fingers crossed behind his back as he put his signature on the document putting that supposed code into affect. And you know what…we haven’t heard anything about it since. And that all happened the first or second year after Bush stole, lied and cheated his way into the Oval Office.
But let me go to Martha Steward…how is it that she was ushered so quickly into prison when these Bear Stern exec’s (that they caught with their hands in the cookie jar…lying to investors while cashing in on their side of the table aiding in destabilizing the countries housing market). Just how did these two Bear Sterns exec’s manage to go off on vacation and spend millions in stolen hard cold cash while partying? What happened to freezing assets and not allowing crooks to put a hand on anything before their day in front of the judge?
Talk about some double standards…and the same thing with those Enron guys. It was the exact same scenario…and look how perfectly timed that was. The big Enron chief died before the trial and the jurors could be seated. How perfectly timed that was…couldn’t have happened by accident. And poor Martha they couldn’t rush her off to prison quick enough. In fact, it happened so fast it’s a wonder Martha didn’t get whip-flash.
Integrity and honor were something applauded and celebrated years ago. But today you can barely find them…either of them. Lying and cheating have become part of today’s culture. It is not just in the corporate world or Wall Street…it is in government, the court house, the school yard, college campuses, homes, churches…relationships, marriages, operating rooms, hospitals…television, news, internet…everywhere. And some of the places where lying, cheating, stealing, abusing etc. dominate the most are some of the most shocking.
Noooo, not Hillary. I could care less what Hillary wants. She does not even deserve a consideration. Anybody who would single-handedly try to railroad any political party in this country to forcefully submit to their will…their demands…their-their…(SIGH) can’t think of anything else…but she should not be lauded or applauded and touted as some type of national hero…or should I say she-ro.
All along the campaign during the Democratic Primary, Hillary refused to play fairly…even down to the end. Had not the Political New York Heavy Weights gone after her and forced her to surrender, submit, give-in etc…etc…she would have gone before Judge Judy seeking out recourse and some type of resolution in the courts…of which she may still try to do as she merely suspended her campaign as she voiced. This, of course, had been a consideration of hers all along the campaign trail that even those close to her were disclosing all over media if Hillary failed to get the nod from Party. And they were all very clearly angry (Hillary’s people) and did not mind trying to get people to cross over and cast their votes for McCain in light of Hillary not becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party Presidential Election 2008.
Shame on Hillary for causing such discourse by trying to motion women and poor middle class Whites to cross over to the other side and vote for McCain. And she wants to purposely break Obama’s bank roll by having his people pay off her campaign debts which she so unabashedly, shamelessly and recklessly continuously kept pouring into her sinking ship of a campaign knowing that she would be looking to hit up Obama for the reimbursement. And we thought Nixon was tricky. He could have taken some lessons from Bill and Hillary.
If Obama were to choose Hillary as VP, and he won’t, but if he were to do so…he really wouldn’t be able to sleep. Talking about having to keep one eye open and a finger on a trigger…and I don’t even believe in guns. But if Obama got a phone call in the middle of the night it wouldn’t be about how he would handle the situation or the crisis. No, that would be the least of his worries…he would first have to be careful to stay away from all the windows…and remember to keep low because Hillary could be out in bushes.
I know Hillary is dangerous.
There is this saying about a woman scorned…maybe you know it.
If Obama chose Hillary…well, let’s just say it this way…the brother would have to start packing. Let’s face it…she has put out the code word and everything else against Obama. And all this, mind you, while she wasn’t even VP but just another person in the race. Imagine just how much more dangerous Hillary Clinton would be to Obama if she were his VP.
Finally got a chance to hear the speech which Obama gave at a church in Chicago on Father’s Day.
Personally, as always Obama gave a great message…and that is what it was. He was invited to speak at a church on Father’s Day. So, what else would he have talked about? And it was a Black church…so, why wouldn’t he talk to them about Black Men stepping up and being responsible.
But clearly anyone hearing that speech by Obama could apply it across the board to men in almost all the various groups. Many men today totally disregard their responsibilities…whether it be inside or outside of marriage. What better day to have such a dialog than on Father’s Day. And Obama is destined to become one of the great fathers of this country. So, who better than to take the time on Father’s Day to give it…in this day where we need leadership to step up to the plate and lead not only in words but by example.
It is unfortunate, however, that every time Obama speaks he is going to have to be dissected not only by White folks but by Black folks as well…believing that everything he says is politically motivated or that he has some kind of special agenda.
Labeling is everything…and the Bush Administration knows how to get around everything simply by refusing to call things what they are or as they are. This might just be a little something that the Bush Administration, however, picked up from the Clinton Administration when Clinton refused to called the Rwanda Genocide a genocide until some 100 days after it had begun and came to an end, in 1994.
Bush has been such a good student in learning how to not play the call it what it really is game…you can actually see how well it works by his phrasing of our current economic depression as a mere “Slow Down”…not a recession but just a little ol’ slow down.
So, Bush has applied the same little trick to how the US has classified various prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. By classifying prisoners as detainees rather than as enemy combatants has allowed the US Government to squirm around and not have to adhere to any of the codes of ethics or of conduct instituted by the Geneva Convention in regards to treatment of prisoners, the interrogation of enemy combatants etc. These little games, however, and that is what they are…games…fool no one…foolish…and are fools play.
The tarnishing of America’s image is something in which the Bush folks have not spent one night losing any sleep over. It is truly a very sad commentary on the legacy of any so-called President of the United States. However, to put at the jeopardy thousands of innocent enlisted men and women lives who risk being captured, tortured and/or killed every day in places where dismay and mayhem was perpetrated by this country under the Bush Administration is incomprehensible. And to heighten the likability of them being tortured and butchered because our government, the US government, refuses to play by the rules and adhere to the Geneva Convention is a grave mistake.
In every discourse, someone has to take the high road…and it will never be this country under the rule of Cheney and Bush.
Really, at the end of the day what would it hurt to allow detainees in Guantanamo Bay to have their day in court? Not unless this government has scooped up a bunch of people who really knew nothing and have had nothing to do with terrorism…just people used to make it look good by having large numbers imprisoned to aid somehow in the appearance of the Bush group seemingly looking good and as being effective in its war on terrorism. Truthfully, do not put this pass them.
That would be an outrage wouldn’t it…to find out there may be a bunch innocent people grabbed up and carted off to Guantanamo Bay for years and detained there with no kind of recourse or time table…or possible no way out. To allow anyone out who has been detained falsely under the Bush Administration would certainly guaranteed the possibility of future problems for the USA…as some of those detainees (who may have been falsely imprisoned) are bond to come out very bitter and harboring great hatred and resentment towards America now even if they may not have before.
What a mess the Bush Administration has gotten us into…and so foolishly.
I haven’t gotten over the spinach thang to tell you the truth. It is not that I have been eating spinach all that long. I really started about, I don’t know, maybe some 20 years ago…and I won’t tell you how old I am but that is far less than half of my age. But once I started eating spinach, mostly in salad…can’t really stand it cooked…I kind of grew to like it. And wouldn’t you know it…once I finally started eating my spinach it comes up being tainted…and I haven’t touched it since.
Now, tomatoes have hit the list. One good thing about tomatoes…you can always grow your own…cheaper that way too. And it doesn’t take a lot to grow them or to get them to grow. Funny the home grown tomatoes actually taste better anyway. And if you never noticed…and I hate to tell you this…I never noticed it either until somebody pointed it out to me…today when tomatoes rot they start rotting from the inside out. That never was…well, back in the day. (for some reason while writing this blog I’m beginning to feel old…real old)
All the un-natural techniques of growing fruits and vegetables today, as well as, pumping up everything…cattle…and those poor chicken. I really feel sorry for them. I can’t imagine being shut-up in a dark sealed off in a place where they are feigning night 24 hours, all day and night, to continuously have me producing eggs…ughhhh! It just doesn’t sound right. And the size of some chickens today can rival the size of a small turkey. (can’t get away from that word ‘today’ for some reason)
Salmonella is all over the place…tomatoes, spinach, chicken, hamburgers etc…etc… And if that doesn’t get ya’ there is Mad Cow disease, Bird Flu, Foot and Mouth disease and who knows what else…they never tell us everything until it is upon us and at least twenty or more have come down with it. I remember sitting at home in New York afraid to go out because the city would out all night busy spraying mosquito’s.
If you have noticed nothing tastes the same as it did years ago. Sometimes you just want to shout enough is enough…these scientist have just gone too far. Whenever I look at steak I never know if I’m eating one of poor ol’ Dolly’s off-springs…that could account for why most meats taste old and lack the favor of foods from yesterday. At lease those in Africa were wise enough to say no to bio-generated foods. Who would want it? That’s is how they got into trouble with AIDS. Nobody talks about it…but do you remember that ship they used to call the Good Ship Hope that used to carry thousands upon thousands of bags of blood to Africa.
Nobody of course talks about it…but that ship did used to exist and they even used to run commercials about it and their great humanitarian deeds. Nobody calls that ship’s name now…not since Africa suffers so heavily from HIV and AIDS. So, of course, the Good Ship Hope’s name has not been brought up, especially not since it has been discovered that blood is the number one means of transmitting AIDS.
But going back to the foods that we eat it is little wonder people are suffering from all kinds of nerve and other disorders…it’s all the chemicals in our water and our food. Everything is shot up with this or that. Yes, larger is better in some things but not in all things. And not matter how you try to get away from it…it really doesn’t matter who plants what or where…because chemicals are everywhere…in all our water, in the soil…everywhere…even in the air we breathe.
We have truly messed up this planet…little wonder Mother Nature is striking back. (I don’t actually believe in Mother Nature…but I do believe in God and retribution)
No matter how much we try not to acknowledge it this gas thing could get a lot worst. Based upon the prices that other countries pay we have really had it easy, and that really goes for everything…just talk to some foreigners. But who cares about other countries…we live in America!
Greed being what it is…it was just a matter of time before our prices started to catch up with the rest of the world. We, Americans, after all, have had the most disposable income in the world for a very long time…and for the most part our government has held back the super dogs from ripping every penny out of our little ol’ hands. But today our government is in bed with many those super dogs and just doesn’t mind passing legislation to help them, themselves and their friends to get richer.
A lot of things have changed since the influx of the Bush Administration into the White House. When you consider how rapidly under Bush the gas prices have blown-up…it is not just Exxon or Sunoco who should be called in to chat with the Senate and be investigated…but Bush and his gang too.
It is not a secret how closely tied Bush is to the companies making all these stellar millions while we have all have had to tighten our belts and go without. Think about it…when Bush went into the White House where were the gas prices…maybe at what…a $1.39/gal for regular gasoline…think about where it is now? Just how did that happened and so rapidly?
Nothing can happen as fast as our gas prices skyrocketing without some inside help. For one thing by going in and invading Iraq, Bush more than orchestrated this. At the very on-set when Bush started talking about invading Iraq most people here in America and elsewhere saw the invasion for what it really was…that it was all about oil. Not quite in the way as we all thought though. It was about the stifling of the oil market by disrupting the oil output coming out of Iraq thereby causing the oil world to go bonkers…and push up prices by destabilizing the Middle East even further and the OPEC Moguls.
If you think for a moment that they, Bush/Cheney and everybody around them didn’t have stocks in Sunoco, Exxon, Mobil, Texaco etc. and everything else having to do with basic home utility services and fuels…then you are living in the Dark Ages. They are all making out like a bunch of bandits drinking pina coladas waving a finger in the air with a hand on their hip dancing around the glow of the ol’ camp fire while singing songs and occasionally taking breaks to punch up their accounts on their Blackberries to see just how much more their fuel investments have grown within the last 15 minutes.
When you can manipulate the market…you can also help yourself to lots of the benefits and rewards of doing so. And as President of this country George Bush and Dick Cheney have been able to do pretty much anything and everything they have wanted to do including torturing prisoners which is clearly against International Law, eavesdrop and spy on American citizens etc. They launched a pre-empted strike on the Iraqi people, instituted wire tapping, torture and the Patriot Act which in essence gave Bush and his crew carte blanche as to whatever they wanted to do almost without limits as long as they framed under the guise of being in the best interest of National Security.
When you consider the gas shortage of the 70′s…it paled in terms of the prices we see at the gas pumps today at prices well of over $4.20. When the gas shortage of the 70′s was over it was finally disclosed to the American public that there really hadn’t been a gas shortage…because the government had never come close to having touched our own gas reserves…this mind you after a very tremulous period in American history where people were being killed at gas pumps fighting over gasoline…and then there was the gasoline rationing instituted by the government where depending upon the last number on your license plate you could or could not buy gas only to find out that we had not really been in a gas shortage after all.
Our government from time to time has been cruel without measure or reason…what was the purpose of having done that? Money. Then like today.
Bush having gone into Iraq and disrupted the oil supply by bombing everything was a very good way of ensuring a certain desirable outcome…like escalating gasoline prices. Before going into Iraq the outcome undoubtedly had to been weighed and the consequences probably had been of great consideration by the Bush Administration. So, the only logic for making such a decision could have only been if the benefit of obliterating Iraq outweighed the consequences of not invading Iraq.
There is this saying that the rich only want to get richer.
Surely, all that effort was not solely for the removal of one man and his two sons. There had to be something more to the invasion of Iraq. And we all know it was never about weapons of mass destruction.
Here is what it was…the idea was to make the rich richer…and if anybody among that group wasn’t rich prior to the bombing of Iraq…they quickly pulled together some money from somewhere, invested it in Sunoco and anything else that had to do with fuel, oil, utilities etc…and have made a bundle. And they are still making bundles of money on the Iraqi War while it is costing us over a billion dollars per day. And as if financial cost were not enough…consider the innocent lives on both sides. And here we are in America fighting to keep our heads above the water as the prices for everything shoot up due the inflated costs of oil and gasoline.
Now, Bush is calling to end the band on off-shore drilling as a means to decrease the rising cost of fuel from abroad. He says that now that gas prices are climbing over $4…”…it is now time to end the bands.”
Well, who caused the increase in the first place?
Now, Bush wants to turn it around? What in the eleventh hour? Yeah…and at what costs? And to whose benefit?
They’re in the oil business, folks. The Bush’s are oil barons. George Bush and the Republicans got us into this mess and he is not in business of turning anything around…but more money.
When was the first time you got into your vehicle and had to decide upon what errands you could afford to run that day…and what you could do along this or that route while carrying out some other errand?
It is called bundling…and you’re doing it…and I am doing it. This is something we never really had to think about before. But when you consider that nearly $4.50 gives you what you used spend $1.05 at the pump a few years ago…bundling is the only way to go.
My mother used to take us in the car and drive us through the countryside on beautiful summer days stopping by fruit and vegetable stands along the way. And many times we would find ourselves out on the Connecticut shoreline taking in the sun and racing through the rushing ocean waters lapping at the beach sands. But who can afford it today at the prices we pay at the gasoline pumps at today’s prices. To get in your car and go anywhere is like going on vacation now…we have ended up paying $100 to $300 or more a week just to get around town.
Think about it…putting $5 worth of gas into your tank today is just a little above putting in a dollar’s worth yesterday…I mean years ago. I understand that we live under the domain of inflation but something seriously wrong with this picture.
Perhaps we can’t say it all started after George Bush got into the White House…but these soaring runaway prices have. And the funny part about it is…everywhere he goes he rides for free.
Did you know that prior to George Bush presidents were paid only $200,000 a year. That was up until Bush stole his way into the White House. After Bush took over the country the presidential pay shot up (just like our gas prices but faster) to $400,000 a year.
To think we pay Bush double the amount of money Clinton was paid during his 8 years in the White House is mind bobbling. Talking about an over paid executive.
That’s not all…we not only pay him all that money but with every bite he takes, every piece of toilet paper or tissue he sneezes into we pay for it. So, to think that Bush is the one responsible for our fuel shock at the gas pumps, our food shock in the grocery stores, and our shock over prices in department stores and pharmacies etc. around the country is…is…is…(you fill in the blank…I can’t think of anything right now because many people are hurting…and really hurting from what this man and his administration has done). And it is a shame.
Thank God a new day is just ahead. Change is in the atmosphere.
THE MORTGAGE CRISIS…
When I read the newspaper and see all the foreclosures, forget about around the country, but right here! Right here where I live…it is hard not to feel for our fellow Americans who are faced with foreclosure, high education costs, runaway medical expenses etc…it is hard not to feel some level of empathy…and even more so if you have to go through some of this yourself.
Foreclosure is no joke. You do not go to bed and sleep…because you never know what you are going to wake up to in the morning. The fear our home being sold over her head is quite frightening. So, I have come to remember to pray for everyone going through this process.
I also had to go through most of my winter, last year, without heat or hot water…that too taught me how to pray for others going through that…for those without a home or roof over their head. I can’t imagine it…but I do know that it has to be a grievous state to be in.
It is funny if you don’t have to go through some of these things yourself you will never know just how much others have to contend with…and just how disconcerting it all can be.
But thank God we serve a mighty God who is true to His word. He will never forsake you…and it is true that the righteous never ever have to beg for bread. So, if you are going through something be encouraged. I’m thinking about you and praying for you. Remember it is only a test…you will come through like pure gold.
It is funny as I now more than ever thank God for all that He has done for me…and is doing. And my appreciation for the simpler things in life has grown…as they give me my greatest pleasures. Sometimes I can just sit and look up at the sky for great periods of time and just marvel at the goodness of God. And I am constantly thanking God every time I get into the shower for the hot water and the warmth in the house…and how He straightened out our mortgage situation.
He is good…and good all the time. God Bless… ©2008
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