Monday, October 22, 2007
American Troops coming home in flag draped coffins.
Bush's war goes on in Iraq, Americans die, the bodies keep coming home. Sad as that is, what is worse is the treatment and care that our wounded warriors receive when they come home. If Bush really cared he would insist that the VA take care of our returning wounded veterans and that they and their families be treated with the respect and decency they deserve.
We salute an American Hero who gave the last full measure.
Lt. Michael P. Murphy Medal of Honor recipient
October 22, 2007 an American hero was honored by a grateful nation. Murphy a U. S. Navy Seal was killed fighting in Afghanistan.
Two world wars weren't enough,
World War Three is on the horizon. Bush and Cheney have been cranking up the Iran rhetoric. If we let them Bush and Cheney they will drag us into a war with Iran and inflame the whole middle east. If the current demonstrations in London, Denmark etc, are anything to worry about I can only imagine what will happen once we bomb the crap out of Iran. Bush and Cheney are playing into the hands of the Apocrypha's, Christian evangelicals. The fact that Bush said he speaks to God is frightening. I only hope God is talking some sense into him.
The History of The American People
It seems that I have been away from this blog for a long while. It's just that I have been procrastinating about my next post. It is time to post. I have been reading Paul Johnson's "The History of The American People" and I am honestly totally absorbed by the book. It is a wonderful read. Johnson a transplanted Englishman writes with a passion of an man that has fallen in love with America and the American people. Ironically he is English and it is the English that really settled America in the 17th century and set us on the road to our republic, the great and wonderful experiment that is America. It's worth a read, I recommend it.
I did get some other reading done and in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs they have an essay on China titled "The Great leap Backward?" by Elizabeth C. Economy a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "The River Runs Black: The environmental Challenges to China's Future." China has seen phenomenal growth in the last ten years and it is the economic dragon of the east. but at what price. I have railed against pollution and global climate change and what America needs to do but the US pales in comparison to the destruction of the environment caused by the industrial growth in China. As of late China has been in the news for all sorts of dangers introduced to the American public. But the danger they present to their own people is criminal. "China has become a world leader in air and water pollution and land degradation and a top contributor to some of the world's most vexing global environmental problems, such as the illegal timber trade, marine pollution, and climate change." 1
Chinas farm lands are a disaster, each year 12 million tons of grain are contaminated with heavy metals absorbed from the soil.2 China's water supply is rapidly becoming contaminated and there are now millions of villagers who consume contaminated water. Cancers and respiratory illnesses have become epidemic. China dumps raw sewage into its major water systems, there is no incentive to clean it up, as Elizabeth Economy stated, According to international NGO the World Wildlife Fund, China is now the largest polluter of the Pacific Ocean. She also pointed out that in 2006, in the heavy industrialized southeastern Provinces of Guangdong and Fujian, almost 8.3 billion tons of sewage were discharged into the ocean without treatment, a 60 percent increase from 2001. More than 80% of the East China Sea, one of the worlds 's largest fisheries, is now rated unsuitable for fishing, up from 53 percent in 2000.3 I could go on but it is a disaster in the making. It has one new coal fired plant going on line every week. It introduces more pollutants into the atmosphere than the US and Europe combined.
I have written about climate change and global warming in the past and what we have to do to change the direction we are going, but I now feel that greed, ignorance and stupidity and the refusal to do what is necessary world wide has condemned future generations to an increasingly hostile world. I doubt that there can ever be the will to make the changes necessary in the US or overseas. I believe that it is a lost cause and that we will see greater disasters to come and our grandchildren will blame us for the world we leave them.
1.Economy C. Elizabeth. The great Leap Backwards. September/October 2007 Foreign Affairs p38.
2.Economy C. Elizabeth. The great Leap Backwards. September/October 2007 Foreign Affairs p42.
3.Economy C. Elizabeth. The great Leap Backwards. September/October 2007 Foreign Affairs p45.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
"The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience, the stupid by necessity, and the brutes by instinct". Cicero
Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Kuglics
25, of North Canton, Ohio; assigned as special agent to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations; died June 5 in Kirkuk, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Tech. Sgt. Ryan A. Balmer.
It is painful to put these pictures up on each post to this blog but not to honor the fallen is to forget the sacrifice by them and their families, loved ones and friends. While I post only one photo each posting, I salute and honor all our fallen and wounded heroes.
Been a while since I blogged. Things get in the way but since I am on summer vacation there is no excuse. I've decided that the best two candidates for president are Al Gore, nothing new here but my second candidate is Arnold Schwarzenegger, now that is radical. Why you ask? They are both honest and realists in their policy's. I was not an Arnold fan in the beginning as I felt his policy's were too far to the right as to be against the the best interest of the American people. I don't believe that the Christian far right has the answer for all America, and they control the republican right. Arnold somewhere along the the road made a left tern, a euphonism, he came back to the center.
Listening to the candidates recently on PBS was much of the same, talking heads in suits. The best two candidates aren't running and one can't run unless there is a constitutional amendment, and that is highly unlikely. The official candidates are an interesting bunch and there may be a decent candidate amongst them but so far what they say is predictable, boring and self serving, “look what I did”. They give the same political diatribe that we've heard for years. The problem that if a truly great candidate runs he gets managed and has to say what his people think will win votes. I think that the American people are brighter than that, they can see through the cow chips and recognize the truth. Politicians always underestimate the American people.
A New Book by Victor Gold.
"Invasion of The Party Snatchers, How the Holy Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed The GOP"
"After four decades as a Republican insider, Victor Gold reveals how the holy-rollers and the Neo-Cons have destroyed the GOP. Now he's fighting to get his party back. As a man who served as press aide to Barry Goldwater and speech writer and senior advisor to George H. W. Bush (in addition to co-authoring his autobiography), Victor Gold is absolutely furious that the Neo-Cons and their strange bedfellows, the Evangelical Right, have stolen his party from him. Now he is bringing the fight to them. Invasion of the Party Snatchers is a blistering critique not only of the Bush-Cheney administration but also of the Republican Congress. Gold is ready to tell all about the war being waged for the soul of the GOP, including the elder Bush's opinion of his son's work domestically and abroad, the significance of the newly elected Congress, and how Goldwater would have reacted to it all. Gold reveals, among other explosive disclosures, how George W. has been manipulated by his vice president and secretary of defense to become, in Lenin's famous phrase, a "useful idiot" for Neo-Conservative warmongers and Theo-Conservative religious fanatics. Although there have been other books by dissident Republicans attacking the Bush-Cheney administration's betrayal of conservative principles, none have been by an insider whose political credentials include inner-circle status with Barry Goldwater and George H. W. Bush."
U.K Under Attack;
Don't these fundamentalist radicals get it. If they don't like the U.K. leave. No one will be sorry to see them go. They move to a country and the country gives them every opportunity to have a good life and they turn on it. Or they are born in a country and then reject it for values that turn them against their country of birth, just shows how stupid and easily manipulated they are. Look at the, can I say it, ass holes in Scotland. Burned themselves up and looked like the stupid idiots they were. That is not to say they are not dangerous, they are, but they are also stupid, an incendiary combination.
The U.K. survived the blitz under Hitler and the IRA bombings, compared to those events these radical terrorists are amateurs. The British are a wonderful and hardy race and they will not be cowed by cowards, fools and religious fanatic.
War In Iraq;
Folks it ain't about peace it is a power play for the big U.S. supported oil companies to control the source of the oil to the world. Lately the Bush administration is making big noises about Iran supplying weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Shia in Iraq. The Bush administration cannot be believed as evidence shows. It seems Bush wants a wider war and would love to get his hands on Iranian oil.
They make the argument that we cannot leave Iraq because it will go into a civil war, it's already happening folks. The other argument is that Iraq will become a terrorist hub of activity and we need to be there to stop them. That also has happened because of Bush's policies. Lets leave and if they establish terrorist training bases bomb them, we have the technology to observe what they do from space and unmanned drones. As for the control of oil, we can leave the middle east and they will still sell us oil because they want the money. We should be investing heavily in alternate fuels for cars and homes, instead of importing oil to the United States. It is way past the time to get away from our dependence on foreign oil.
Alternate Fuel Cars
The MDI Air car, an air car, yep runs on air and it works, oil companies hate it. They will probably lobby every congressman and senator they own to stop it from coming into the United States.
A car runs on water, sounds too good to be true. You bet that the oil companies will try to stop this one. If I were the guy who developed this technology I would hire a body guard and wear a bullet proof vest, and don't stop ducking and dodging, and post the technology to the internet and email it to the world then the oil companies won't be able to stop it.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
We salute, one of our fallen heroes with honor and sadness.
Army Sgt. Jason R. Harkins
25, of Clarkesville, Ga.; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died May 6 in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Vincenzo Romeo, Sgt. Joel W. Lewis, Cpl. Matthew L. Alexander, Cpl. Anthony M. Bradshaw and Cpl. Michael A. Pursel.
“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense”
I have been criticized by some for my stand on the war and other opinions. But the fact is, it is an illegal war and we are sending our fine young men and women to a place that we as a nation would be better off gone from. It is clear that Iraq was not a clear and present danger to the United States, it was complying with United Nations sanctioned inspections and had not acted in an aggressive manner to the United States or her allies and there was no clear evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Learn the truth
The Christian Science Monitor published the following piece; Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In a statement accompanying the 121-page report, Senator Levin said: "It is important for the public to see why the Pentagon's Inspector General concluded that Secretary Feith's office 'developed, produced and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaeda relationship,' which included 'conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community.' "
Levin Releases Newly Declassified Pentagon Inspector General Report on Intelligence Assessment Activities of the Office of Under Secretary of Defense Doug Feith
WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the newly declassified report [PDF] of the Department of Defense Inspector General on its “Review of the Pre-Iraqi War Activities of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.” The report was declassified at Levin’s request.
In releasing the report, Levin said: “It is important for the public to see why the Pentagon’s Inspector General concluded that Secretary Feith’s office ‘developed, produced and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al-Qaeda relationship,’ which included ‘conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community,’ and why the Inspector General concluded that these actions were ‘inappropriate.’ Until today, those details were classified and outside the public’s view.”
The Feith office alternative intelligence assessments concluded that Iraq and al Qaeda were cooperating and had a "mature, symbiotic" relationship, a view that was not supported by the available intelligence, and was contrary to the consensus view of the Intelligence Community. These alternative assessments were used by the Administration to support its public arguments in its case for war. As the DOD IG report confirms, the Intelligence Community never found an operational relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda; the report specifically states that," the CIA and DIA disavowed any 'mature, symbiotic' relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida." 2
This previous piece alone may not be convincing but the weight of evidence, but were there a war trial, it might tip the scale towards a war of aggression and a crime against peace, two of the charges against the Nazis of World War Two at Nuremberg. Purely and simply the United States invaded a sovereign state without provocation or proof positive that there were weapons of mass destruction or the ability on the part of Iraq to wage war if it desired to do so. It is the opinion of this writer that this administration has lied about so much it is actually hard to know where to begin. The old joke about how do you know when a lawyer is lying, when his lips are moving might be appropriate for the Bush administration.
Never before in the history of the United States has it invaded a country and occupied it without provocation. The United States has not had an act of war declared against Iraq and the Bush administration has throughout the war changed the focus of the war. What is clear is that the United States has used the war to create a windfall profit for Halliburton. The appearance to the world was of a gang mentality by the Bush administration where the good ole boys take care of each other and that Iraq was there for the pickings.
The Invasion is clearly a crime against peace, as there was no belligerency on the part of Iraq to the United States or it's neighbours. The Bush administration has repeatedly stated first, that it was there for the Iraqi people, then stated it was there to defeat terrorism, and then stated that it was there to rid the world of Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction. Which is it really, or is it really to control the source of oil to the world, and China?
The invasion of Iraq might be compared to the invasion of Poland by Germany in World War two. Iraq posed as much threat to the U.S. as Poland did to Germany and the initial invasion was as fast and ultimately successful. Their only problem is that Iraq is a Muslim state and they see themselves as having been invaded by the supporters of Israel, the Crusaders or Infidels and they have called the war against America a holy war, a Jihad, and if there was good will toward the U.S. in Iraq it has long been spent.
Dennis Kucinich has recently talked of the Bush administration's attempt to help big oil get control of 80% of Iraq's oil. Screw Iraq. That's why we are still there, and why we are building bases there for control. Iraq will get a stipend and the major oil company's will get the oil and the money and will control the source of the oil.
“REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Yes. It’s really not too well known on Capitol Hill, but the benchmarks that the administration has been insisting upon, and now the benchmarks are in the Warner amendment that will be included in this legislative process that will keep us in Iraq, include a provision that insists that the Iraqi government pass a hydrocarbon act. The benchmark says it’s about equitable sharing of revenues. That’s three lines, vaguely worded lines, in a thirty-three-page document that’s all about the restructuring of the Iraq oil industry to permit multinational oil corporations to take over 80%of Iraq’s oil. I mean, this is a criminal action that is going on here, and we ought to be standing up against it and challenging it. We have no right to take Iraq’s oil or to facilitate the acquisition of Iraq’s oil on behalf of multinational corporations...
...there is enormous pressure being put on the Iraqi government, and you can bet that before too long they’ll put the kind of pressure on them that the Iraqi government will break, will relent, and go ahead and pass this law that will permit about 80% of its oil to be controlled by multinational oil companies. Now, keep in mind that Iraq has as many as 300 billion barrels of oil. At a market price that looks like it’s going toward $70-a-barrel, you can be talking about $21 trillion worth of oil, 80% of which will be under the control of multinational oil companies, if it’s up to the Bush administration. This is a crime, literally. And so, I’m challenging it. I’m letting the Congress know about it, and I’m going to keep an eye on this, because I think it’s the basis for a war crime charge.” Read the interview on Democracynow.org
Gas Prices go through the roof this summer.
You can expect to see gas prices at $4.00 by Memorial Day and maybe $5.00 by summer. Why are they charging more, because they can. More windfall profits for Exxon.
Friday, May 4, 2007
It has been a while since I posted to my blog, time to catch up. I've been called a liberal by my brother and a number of friends because of my opinion. The simple fact is I'm concerned about the war, climate change and have stated that I think this president betrayed the trust of the American people. I've been a conservative Republican all my life and have voted for Ronnie, Nixon, and the Bushes. I consider myself to be a very well read person and a thoughtful person and don't take things at face value. I question and research the facts. So I make no apology for my opinion.
As for being a liberal if learning the truth and stating it makes me a liberal then, I guess am a liberal. If wanting honest intelligent leadership for our servicemen and women makes me a liberal, then I guess am a liberal. If wanting a realist policy from my government on global warming, which is happening according to every reputable scientist and scholar in the world, makes me a liberal, then I guess am a liberal. You don't have to agree with me but do your homework. Read the scholarly journals, examine the research. Don't accept the words of radio pundits, and politicians with a hand in the pocket of Exxon or Halliburton
Time to buy a car
I put gas in my car this evening and at $3.15 a gallon, I just had to laugh. There is no oil crisis, no shortage, but there is Memorial Day on the horizon. So time to creep up the prices. The price of gas will most likely exceed $4.00 by the summer. Last year Exxon had the highest profits in the company's history. I will boycott all gas stations on May 15th, national no gas day. A friend sent me an email the other day stating “The English language has been rendered useless as words no longer mean anything. Example: Since February gasoline prices have trickled up .65 cents, but soon analysts tell us that they will plunge .03 cent”. Thank you Larry.
My wife's car packed it in Thursday, clutch died, but the car has been near extinction for a long time, it's a 1992 Dodge Shadow. It is amazing that it ran this long, it's a testament to the way she has nursed it along all these years. This weekend we will be looking to buy or lease a new car. It must be at least a hybrid although I would prefer an all electric car, which the car companies say are not ready yet, but that is another lie. But what else is new they have lied to us for years. See the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car” it's out on video. Also look up on the internet about the”RAV4 EV electric car” See what people say about them, many are still running and they use no gas. Visit London, the city is awash in electric cars. Can you imagine how that must make the gas companies feel. Most people wont be spurred to act until the price of gas reaches $10 a gallon. The flex fuel cars, ethanol, and all the others are just a Ponzi scheme. The Tesla electric car goes zero to sixty in 4 seconds. Nissan has an all Electric car and I want one now! Electric cars are viable, it is time to demand it of the car company's.
SILUG had first meeting
There is something I have wanted to see get started for quite some time and that is a Staten Island Linux Users Group SILUG. We finally had our first meeting Monday April 30, the next meeting will be May 21 at Barnes and Noble. We will be doing installs for anyone that wants a Linux OS installed. If anyone is interested please contact me and I will give you the details.
We remember, one of our fallen heroes with honor and sadness.
Army 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez
23, of Texas; assigned to the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Sept. 12 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee during combat operations in Kifl, Iraq.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I just bought the May issue of Vanity Fair, a surprise to my wife, but it is their Green Issue and I thought it important. My wife, a highly intelligent woman, approved and agreed that the issues it covered are worth reading. I am concerned with global warming and climate change and I am amazed that, with the mountain of evidence, their are people in our government and the media who think that it is not happening or a natural process.
Of course there are interest opposed to any change and they are the ones you would expect, big oil, the automobile industry or investors in industries that that might suffer from sustained change in use of natural resources. The sellouts are the paid pundits and the class of naysayers who believe that the sun revolves around the earth and that the world is flat, and who reject all change, because it is profitable. The oil companies are the major culprits, they have the money and the power and will squash anyone who stands in the way of their profit and their control of the market and the source. They are totalitarian states in and of themselves. They are out there to control the world market. They are opposed to anything that would threaten their strangle hold on the use of fossil fuels such as Electric Cars and it can be speculated that it is the reason that no major car company has mass produced them. That is most likely the reason that Chevrolet crushed their successful Electric car in the 80's, and Toyota stopped production on the Rav4 EV which, which while widely successful, was abandoned and most were sent to the crusher.
A Piece in Vanity Fair worth reading
The United States Defense Department thinks that climate change is real and in a published study states that in 10 years we could see dramatic changes in the world that would be disastrous on a global scale. They suggest that as a result of fresh water melting into the ocean from Greenland and the polar ice caps the slowing or stopping of the conveyor belt in the next ten years, is possible and more than probable. The conveyor belt drives the gulf stream and its stopping would result in a mini-ice age in New England, Northern Europe and England while in other parts of the world droughts on a global scale and in some places massive flooding could ravage millions of people.
The Amazon has experienced two major droughts in the past two years. It is not supposed to happen in tropical rain forests. It is predicted that half the rain forest in the Amazon could be a savanna in 50 years. To ignore the facts is madness, but big and I mean really big business does not want change. They are a power unto themselves and control mass media and governments. They have short term goals and stock holders to appease but if this continues the ultimate cost will be paid by us all. Companies like Exxon, GM, BP, Chevron, Ford,Toyota, Halliburton, Dow, Monsanto, in my opinion, don't have a social or moral conscience. They only see the bottom line and be damned with the individual or the planet.
History shows us that people who sounded warnings were dismissed as crazy, but the truth is, in my opinion, fools like Rush Limbaugh are the real danger, he is stupid, and an uninformed moron who uses the airways to spout misinformation. It is not the scientist or researcher who has spent 20 or more years of their lives in studying the planet and know what they are talking about that are crazy. These are passionate people who see the danger the planet is in and are trying to alert us to the urgent need for action.
Get informed, visit or join the Union of Concerned Scientists and make a difference.
The 11th Hour
Look for the upcoming production of "The 11th Hour" by Leonardo Dicaprio.
Start today to make a difference, change your bulbs, drive a hybrid car, used recycling and write to your government officials. Watch Link TV or check out their website. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to leave them a livable planet.
We Remember, One of our Fallen Heroes with honor and sadness.
Army Sgt. David A. Stephens
28, of Tullahoma, Tenn.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 12 in Miri, Afghanistan, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device during combat operations. Also killed was Staff Sgt. Casey D. Combs.
April 12, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Having the United States bogged down in Iraq does serves the Iranians very nicely. We slowly bleed men, equipment, billions of dollars and will. While their leadership tries to sure up Iran's weak economy and distract its own people from the failed promises of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadit's government.
The United States will always be seen as occupiers and we cannot stop the internal strife. The real danger to America is the lack of true leadership and commitment to do what is necessary at home to secure the nation. In a recent broadcast on CSpan Stephen Flynn discusses his book "America The Vulnerable" and the true danger America faces. In truth the homeland security budget is not enough to meet the true need. Our sea ports are virtually open doors and poorly policed. The American infrastructure is in decay.
I began reading Podcasts for Dummies. These Dummies books are very under rated, they are packed with a lot of useful information. I will be posting my first podcast soon. It will be an interview of Ms. Josephine Maisonet, an artist, and well informed woman with some interesting insights.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
But as of late I have also been concerned with any number of topics I.E; climate change, the war in Iraq, terrorism at home and abroad and the intellectual inadequacy of our president. It's a wonder I get any sleep at night. Of course they are all weighty areas of concern but it is the nature of my profession that makes me worry. I am a teacher in a middle school and I wonder what type of world are we leaving to our children. If we fail to act the world will judge us harshly.
This past congressional election I voted for the Democratic slate, a first for me. As a life long Republican I have voted for Nixon, Regan (my all time favorite) Ford, Bush senior twice and Bush Junior twice. I am looking forward the the 08 election and again voting for the Democratic candidate. I honestly feel that G.W. Bush is the worst president this country has ever had. I just hope it is not too late. Breaking news from the Supreme Court, it only takes 5 votes to change the world.
Highly Recommended; Al Gore's Movie An Inconvenient Truth
I am a great fan of the Ubuntu operating system and have been using Ubuntu 6.10, Edgy Eft for a few months. I have had a lot of fun and have learned a lot in the process. I recommend it to all those of you who are tired of Microsoft's intrusion into your computer lives. Microsoft's Vista will be the most intrusive of the lot. Ubuntu is basically free and can be downloaded from www.ubuntu.com why not give it a shot and get the fun back in computing.
I will be posting pod casts shortly on topics of interest, also I will list some interesting sites for pod cast downloads.