Friday, February 27, 2009

A Grim Reminder



USS New York It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there. The ship's motto? "Never Forget". Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down.. We're going to be back."

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Night Intellect Killed Hubris

Last night the President of the USA gave a speech that was an oratory delight, not to mention his commanding presence. It did not matter to me whether I agreed with every single issue that he put forth. He is an absolutely scintillating speaker and politician. He was able to speak of his agenda in such a way that the highly partisan house had no choice but to stand up and applaud him, especially when he was speaking about matters that favored the masses. The Republicans could not take a chance that a camera may have been upon their face to reveal what was going on in their minds. Staying seated was not an option for the right wing when Obama spoke of populist issues. It was an odd sight to behold, both sides of the aisle giving standing ovations in such a symphonious fashion. He had cornered the right wing using his intellect instead of hubris.
The speech given by Obama had been laced with kind of rhetoric that was hard to dismiss, because it was full of hope and it went right to the causes of the problems facing us all, he was not afraid to point out that to help in gaining solutions, much hard work lay ahead for all politicians from both sides and that all Americans had a responsibility in helping out too. If he delivers on only half of his rhetorical promises he will have achieved in the face of madness what others thought impossible, so for his ambitiousness I am with him. I hope that he succeeds because America and Americans need to have the pride and dignity not to mention the means that they have been stripped of to survive in this world spinning wildly out of control. If you stayed tune to hear the rebuttal speech given by Governor Jendal of Louisiana, I could only say that he never listened to Obama's speech in order to give a proper response. He actually started of his rebuke by bringing up Katrina. I would think that would be the last thing a Republican would want to talk about. Well in short his speech was sophomoric at best. He spoke only to the hard core right wing. I don't think he was prepared to speak to the masses about solving their economic problems, he spoke right out of the can of neo-con talking points period.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Two Can Play the Same Game




The idea that racism in this country has somehow been put to rest because America voted for an African American to lead this country is a misnomer, just look at the NY Post or listen to Limbaugh, Hannity or Coulter.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Why This Country Is in Dire Straits


JUST ANOTHER REASON WHY THIS COUNTRY WAS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN
Again a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

"Venom Deserves Venom"


I really hate to go here again mostly because I am being redundant. I have already written about this person in an earlier post. Now I want to insult her, and her lack of civility, and also the people that voted her into office, especially after her continual displays of madness. Look closely and you will see the face of a pretty insane person, no strike the pretty (please I am not sexist), lets just go with an insane person whose sole purpose is to engage in outright lies, not just about what she claims to be in the stimulus package, but how she takes a hateful disposition about anything and any person that does not fit into her own world of warped ideologies. I feel compelled to use some other adjectives to describe her, so I will. She is dangerous, a menace to society, hateful, uninformed, and very insensitively ignorant. The disgusting diatribes produced by whatever is left between her ears are just not worth repeating.

I am sure that many people from the left and the right have watched TV cable news, or read about her in newspapers, or on other blogs in the last few days, and they are already aware of her divisiveness. I think this is worth writing about again because she does have supporters, this is a frightening fact, and it is very unsettling. Her supporters are people with the same ideologies that she espouses, they too are cut from the same cloth, and they don't see anything wrong with her or themselves for supporting such a crackpot. She is without doubt another example of what makes me keep on keeping about people like her, and the likes of people that support her. The right wing has been very clear about never working in unison with the left, even if it means not helping Americans that have taken the hardest hits from the past thieving and failed Republican administration. They (the right) will forever remain and harbor spitefulness towards the left. Let me end this post with an apology for publicly exposing this dastardly person to all you kind people that read my blog, and also for lowering myself to her level, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. (hint Obama)

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shipwrecked


The catch phrase used by politicians these days that "we are all in the same boat together" while used by both parties to try and rally a nationalistic feeling amongst Americans during this time of depression really needs some defining, especially after seeing in general the Republican reaction to the situation that our country is in today. Might I add mostly as a direct result of the past 8 years of conservatism led by the illustrious duo of the Bush & Cheney vaudevillian administration. If you want to insist that we are all in a "boat" let me break it down for you. The poor in America are in the mighty ocean on Huck Finn styled rafts hanging on for dear life. The middle class Americans from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum are in the ocean simply put on a sinking ship. Finally the richest and the most privileged of the Americans navigate the same waters on a luxury cruise ship with all the amenities that a person could ever ask for. This is how it is and to use this "we are all in this same boat together" line is simply a lie.

So this is why I am tired of hearing this particular catchphrase from any politician. This also comes to bare as a result of either parties ability to identify with the real problems that are plaguing Americans today. I say this about the left because they caved in to the demands of the right on the ideology of what the make up of the Stimulus package should have been, and now rendering it less helpful, the left also let the right frame their attempt to re-regulate Wall St. and help ailing Americans in such a negative light, and with impunity to boot that you would swear after hearing a Republican tyrade about the actions of the left in regards the Stimulus, that the best thing to do to help America and its citizens would be to do nothing at all.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fly'in High with "Captain Composure"

After watching "Sully" Sullenberger being interviewed by Katie Couric tonight on 20/20 I felt compelled to tip my hat to "Captain Composure". I was amazed at the level of his humility and certitude. He really displayed rather brilliantly the true meaning of what being a man is all about. "Sully" thanks for the reminder.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stimulate This

Instead of a large overbearing stimulus package that is loaded with pork, and steals more of the American workers money, while at the same time making it very hard to understand and follow I offer this proposal. Let us have individual Stimuli Packets. Each packet will be addressed to only one issue at a time, for example lets say we call the first proposal the Infrastructure Packet. All the money in this particular packet will be earmarked for infrastructure build outs and nothing else. The dollar amount allocated to the packet along with the exact project and location would be listed online for any person to see, very simple black and white language, with no double speak or gray areas to confuse the issue or the project at hand.

Each state would submit to the federal government a prioritized list of roads, bridges, buildings etc. that need immediate attention. The jobs to do these repairs would be immediate and the impact on the economy would also be immediate, not to mention that the taxpayers can see not only how much but where and how their cash is being spent. Our next packet would be the Energy Grid Packet, same idea as the first packet totally open and all the money in this packet is earmarked only to get our grids up to par so it doesn't shut down when it rains to hard.

It is not my intention to list every packet or every problem but it is suffice to say that there are very easily five to ten needs that can be easily prioritized as real stimulus, then broken down and approved. They would meet approval only if the stimulus is focused on job creating or job sustaining solutions, manufacturing and production growth.

We should demand that our hard earned money will be spent with the utmost of transparency. It is hard to believe that the prior administration has doled out $350 billion dollars without an iota of accountability. No matter your ideology you were just robbed by Bush once again as he left office, unless you were one of the chosen few that received part of 18.4 billion dollars of the bailout on bonus checks. I guess you would be one of the happy jerk-balls, that continue to take and never give back.

The Stimulus Package as it stands will surely help America to it's knees quicker than you may want to admit. The solution is to be aggressive where it creates and keeps jobs, and gets us off our addiction to oil, and to physically make our country strong enough to stand up to rainstorms, and a little snow, and naturally against our sworn enemies.

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