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May 16th, 2010

Okay guys and gals you asked for it…  during the  2008 election and beyond many of you have made a sport of sending political or patriotic e-mail asking for my opinion.

I think that some of you enjoy the intensity and passion that I show towards some of these subjects, more than you really care about what I do actually think… even so I have decided that it will be easier to respond and document my response in this blog.

Plus I’m sure it will be much more entertaining to those of you that just like the show.

I do encourage your participation… join in by leaving comments.  The blog only has one rule at this time and that is NO racial slurs!

Other than that there is no rules.. hell I’ll even let my Republican friends join in on the conversation.  I’m sure that I will give them many opportunities to disagree with what I’m saying :-)

I will make this a sticky post so it stays at the top…  I’ll probably make the next post sticky too because it will probably get the juices flowing for some people and that should help to get the conversations flowing.

Go to the “about us” link at the top of the page to get more information on me.

Also add your name and email address in the “Stay Updated” form to the right and this blog will send you an email every time I add something new.

Let the fun begin!

BTW.. I can’t spell worth a Damn and my grammar sucks but you know what I really don’t give a shit, I get my point across.  Seriously though I do try to use spell check, but I can’t promise much on the grammar thing, so if you truly can’t stand it just move on :-)

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I Give Obama a C- On BP Oil Disaster

May 26th, 2010

I’m finally going to make a statement that even my Republican and Libertarian friends will agree with.

Sorry Barack even I have to give you a C- on how you’re handling the oil spill in the Gulf. I would even go as far as giving you an F if you don’t soon take charge.

The Federal Government should take over this operation immediately and tell BP to move out of the way… they had their chance and now they need to step aside and stand by with check-book in hand while the Feds bring in every resource available… Hell, bring in NASA engineers and other oil company experts what ever it takes!

This is a disaster that only time will tell what the environmental and economical impact really is long term, we need to react now!

This is a quote from the Governor of Louisiana on  ABC News

Jindal Calls for More Help

Jindal warned that the state’s entire shoreline could end up polluted with black sludge if he doesn’t get more help, immediately.

“It is clear we don’t have the resources we need to protect our coast,” the Republican said. “We need more boom, more skimmers, more vacuums, more jack-up barges that are still in short supply. Let’s be clear: Every day that this oil sits is one more day that more of our marsh dies.”

You need to wake up Barack, even Jindal who is a long time supporter of a smaller Federal Government and more power back to the States knows when he needs our Governments help.

I can understand your frustration Barack…  On one hand the Republican and Libertarian say leave private industry clean up their own messes and The Federal Government has no business getting involved with the business of Big business.

They also say you should be downsizing the Federal government and giving more power back the States.  That you have no business spending tax payers money to bail out a company like GM, even though it might of saved hundreds of thousands of jobs and entire communities and States

That’s what they all said then, but now that the disaster is in their back yards you are to slow to send down Big government and all it’s tax money to help them save their economies and lifestyle.

You are to slow taking control of BP and telling them that you are now running the show … they had their shot at fixing their mess now it’s Uncle Sam’s turn.  Thank you for your efforts, were do you want us to send the bill?

OH yea and BP, if what we try first doesn’t work we are going to keep on trying 24 hours per day and hire every expert on the planet until we get this fixed… and your responsible for every penny until we do and every penny after we do.

I know Barack it’s tough to figure these guys out…  you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t,  by the  “DRILL BABY DRILL” group.

It’s time you stop trying to pander to these people… I know it was a campaign promise that you would work with everyone to get things done, but it take two to tangle and you have no willing partner at the dance my friend.

Time you start doing what you know is right.

Take over this clean-up operation… move in big government.

Stop all future new off-shore drilling… revoke your decision for new leases, you knew better.

Take this country off carbon based energy dependence and get serious about alternative fuels.

Oh yea tell Bobby Jindal, when you see him tomorrow, you are throwing the support of the entire US government as BIG as it is at his disposal.

Take charge Obama, stop trying to tip toe around these people that don’t really know what they want and talk out of both ends…

One more thing… fire who ever at the Army Core of engineers told the Governor, that they would need to do and environmental study before they could approve permits to build sand dunes to help stop the oil.

Environmental study compared to what.. Sludge hitting the marshes and destroying them compared to what?  Pull the Freaking studies out that you already did for the Hurricanes… this is one of the same proposals to help slow them down.

Environmental studies for what might happen, when you know what will happen and is happening with this crude… That guy needs to be fired today!

A Question for all you Tea Part, Republican and Libertarian friends.

What would we do if the problem wasn’t that the Feds are too slow to react, but that they were truly to small and didn’t have the resources to act?  You think any one or two states could bare the burden of a disaster like this?  You think this is the biggest problem our country will ever face going forward?

How small would you like the Federal Government to be?

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Facts or Fiction

May 24th, 2010

Those of you that are partially responsable for me putting up this blog, by sending me email or websites to make comments on… this one is in response to the latest email sent to me by Steve.

Here is a copy of what he sent me which BTW is Fiction

START OF EMAIL

IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS.

READ CAREFULLY………..

This is so “Unbelievable”….

In  Houston  …

Harwin Central Mall: The very first store that you come to when you walk from the lobby of the building into the shopping area

Had this sign posted on their door. The shop is run by Muslims.
Feel free to share this with others.

(Note: If you can’t read the sign in the picture, it says: “We will be closed on Friday, September 11, 2009 to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali (A.S.)”)

Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers.

Nice huh?

THIS HAS NOT BEEN AROUND….SO MAKE SURE IT DOES!

END OF EMAIL

The below information is from this website

The above-displayed sign on a Perfume Planet store at the Harwin Central Mart in Houston, Texas, caused a great deal of consternation (and outrage) among Americans in mid-September 2009, the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Many viewers took the sign’s statement that the store would be closed on September 11 “to commemorate to the martyrdom of the
Imam Ali” as a mean-spirited insult, interpreting it to mean that the proprietors were shutting down to honor one of the terrorists killed in the perpetration of the 9/11 attacks.

Although the sign was real, its common interpretation was not accurate: None of the 9/11 hijackers was named “Ali,” and the word “Imam” is not a name (it’s a title that refers to a Muslim religious leader). The Imam Ali was not a modern day terrorist, but a 7th century religious figure, the cousin and

son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, whom Shi’a Muslims regard as the first Imam. (Disagreement over Ali’s role in Islamic theology led to the division of
Muslims into the Sunni and Shi’a branches of Islam.)

Ali was attacked by an assassin while praying in a mosque on the 19th day of Ramadan and died two days later, so the 21st day of Ramadan is (among the Shi’a branch) a day of special significance, a day for honoring the martyrdom of the Imam Ali. Since the Islamic calendar is based on lunar months with years of 354 or 355 days, the months of the Islamic calendar move around from year to year with respect to the Gregorian calendar. In 2009, the month of Ramadan began on 21 August, and the 21st day of Ramadan therefore coincidentally fell on the date of September 11 by the Gregorian calendar that year.

The Perfume Planet’s manager explained to his reaction to the confusion caused by the controversial signage:

Store manager Imran Chunawala was stunned [by the reaction] because the holiday had nothing to do with 9/11.

Then he realized what happened. Imam Ali died on the 21st day of Ramadan in the year 661 AD. It’s a somber and significant holy day for Muslims. This year it coincidentally fell on September 11.

“We did not explain enough in the sign because that is the exact same sign we put up every year on this particular day for this particular reason,” said Chunawala.

He apologized for the confusion and put up a new sign thoroughly explaining the martyr they were honoring died in 661 AD.

“If people thought that that’s what this was about, I apologize,” Chunawala said. “That was not what this was about. I’m clarifying once again and I seriously am sorry for any misunderstanding that this caused.”

So like most of these email this one is also Fiction and it only took me one search on Google to find out the truth… I had the truth almost as fast as the people forwarding this email could add their list of friends to send it to.

There is no real excuse for sending out this crap, when it’s so easy to see if it’s true or not first.

I thank Steve for sending it to me so that I can do my part in trying to help the American people to make decisions on truth not BS spread by those with either hidden agendas or at the very least ignorance.

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Why Did You Steal My Flag?

May 22nd, 2010

Why is it that for the last 9 years whenever someone questions something our Government is doing we get branded as unpatriotic?

Let me re-phrase that… up until the 2008 election it was if we questioned what our President was doing we were unpatriotic.  Now if we agree with what our President is doing we are Socialists or Nazis.

This started happening about a year after the 9/11 attacks and has been gathering momentum ever since.  It started out with any questions about either war and you were branded with not supporting our troops and tagged as a border line traitor.

This stifled the average American from talking about his or her real feelings and allowed this country to be run by thugs with hidden agendas.

There was and never will be any justifications in this world or the NEXT for the Iraq war.  The leaders in Congress that knew this but allowed one facet of the American public to stifle them from doing their job was no less than criminal.

Now we are allowing the same group of Americans (notice I don’t call them Nazis)  use the same tactics to try and scare the rest of the population into thinking all  the problems our Country has today is because of the leadership of the past 16 months.

Are we really this stupid to fall for this yet again?  Does anyone really thing that the Country went into recession and has high unemployment because of anything that this current Administration did? Does anyone really think it can be fixed in a year?

If that is what you really think, you do need a “Wake Up Call” .  The economy is not like a light switch;  you can’t just turn it off and then turn it back on again at will.

The problems with this economy and our Country have been brewing for many years.  Some of the problems are from things that were started in the Clinton administration and the financial burden of two long unnecessary wars put the finishing touch on our destiny.

The Funny thing is the last government surplus was under a liberal Administration:

September 27, 2000
Web posted at: 4:51 p.m. EDT (2051 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Clinton announced Wednesday that the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history and topping last year’s record surplus of $122.7 billion.

That quote was taken from this CNN archived article

It is also funny to see that those surpluses were wiped out in one year by a conservative administration.  Bush did this in part by going back to the Reagan trickle down economic way of thinking… give the rich a tax break and they will create jobs and the money will trickle down to us common people.

Problem is it didn’t work for Reagan and it couldn’t possible work for Bush because the world changed.  The rich were no longer employing American workers;  they were taking their tax breaks and employing cheap labor off shore.

Like I said before, this is great if you’re an American consumer, because we all get to buy cheap stuff… it kind of sucks for the American worker because none of it’s being made by us so we are not getting paid for the stuff we are consuming.

BTW it’s great for the American companies bottom line… they make more money this way, it just NEVER trickles down to Americans.

Getting back to my flag…

Just because I don’t agree that starting wars and force feeding Democracy down the throats of countries that history has proven has never and will never survive under our form of Democracy… just because I feel that way doe NOT make me un-American!

Just because I think that a Country that has found a way to finance  1 Trillion Dollars to fight two wars and have budgeted in 2011 another 164 million for those same two wars… just because I think that Country should be able to find a way to finance Health Care for EVERY American… That does not make me un-American!

Just because that with my limited High School education I understand that in a recession the Government is the only one that can spend money and that they must spend money to pull the country out of a recession… that does not make me un-American! (don’t be fooled all those people in Washington with and “R” after their name, knows this is true)

Just because I believe that this Country has it all wrong with how we are dealing with Terrorism and I think we should pull out of both wars as fast as possible, and start fighting a covert war on terrorism… that does no make me un-American.

Just because I don’t complain about Government being too big and than Bitch when they are to slow to react to a National crisis… that does not make me un-American!

So let me close by saying…  I might not agree with your vision for this Country or your political beliefs, but I still honor you as an American.

So all I ask is that you show me the same courtesy and put down those signs and give me back my FLAG!

As always comments are welcome… either way

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FTC Looks Other Way About Lying In Campaign Ads

May 19th, 2010

It’s only the primaries in a mid-term election year and already we see the negative campaign ads dominating the TV.

I predict this will get nothing but ugly as we move into the actual mid-term elections, and I don’t even want to thing about 2012.

The point I want to make in this post is where is the FTC?  They now have a big push on to regulate bloggers, that says we can not recommend a product that we might make a commission on, without notifying the public that we will make money if they purcase the product.

I’m not saying that is a bad law, but why are they worried about my blog that maybe 100 people will see and only 2 might buy something, when compared to influencing the minds of millions of people that are going to vote for the people that run this Country.

What about these campaign ads, where the right wing organization says one thing and the left wing organization say the complete opposite about the same issue.  It doesn’t take a Harvard Lawyer to see that they both can’t be true and probably they are both being at the very least deceptive.

Where is the FTC and the truth in advertising rules?

Take a look at what the FTC website has to say about truth in advertising… the following are quotes from this page on the FTC website

What truth-in-advertising rules apply to advertisers?

Under the Federal Trade Commission Act:

  • Advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive;
  • Advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims; and
  • Advertisements cannot be unfair.

Additional laws apply to ads for specialized products like consumer leases, credit, 900 telephone numbers, and products sold through mail order or telephone sales. And every state has consumer protection laws that govern ads running in that state.

What makes an advertisement deceptive?

According to the FTC’s Deception Policy Statement, an ad is deceptive if it contains a statement – or omits information – that:

  • Is likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances; and
  • Is “material” – that is, important to a consumer’s decision to buy or use the product.

What makes an advertisement unfair?

According to the Federal Trade Commission Act and the FTC’s Unfairness Policy Statement, an ad or business practice is unfair if:

  • it causes or is likely to cause substantial consumer injury which a consumer could not reasonably avoid; and
  • it is not outweighed by the benefit to consumers.

How does the FTC determine if an ad is deceptive?

A typical inquiry follows these steps:

  • The FTC looks at the ad from the point of view of the “reasonable consumer” – the typical person looking at the ad. Rather than focusing on certain words, the FTC looks at the ad in context – words, phrases, and pictures – to determine what it conveys to consumers.
  • The FTC looks at both “express” and “implied” claims. An express claim is literally made in the ad. For example, “ABC Mouthwash prevents colds” is an express claim that the product will prevent colds. An implied claim is one made indirectly or by inference. “ABC Mouthwash kills the germs that cause colds” contains an implied claim that the product will prevent colds. Although the ad doesn’t literally say that the product prevents colds, it would be reasonable for a consumer to conclude from the statement “kills the germs that cause colds” that the product will prevent colds. Under the law, advertisers must have proof to back up express and implied claims that consumers take from an ad.
  • The FTC looks at what the ad does not say – that is, if the failure to include information leaves consumers with a misimpression about the product. For example, if a company advertised a collection of books, the ad would be deceptive if it did not disclose that consumers actually would receive abridged versions of the books.
  • The FTC looks at whether the claim would be “material” – that is, important to a consumer’s decision to buy or use the product. Examples of material claims are representations about a product’s performance, features, safety, price, or effectiveness.

So why is the FTC so concerned with consumers protection, and seem to care less about our National protection?

We have a right as Americans to vote for any candidate we want for public office, but we should be voting based on facts, not bogus advertisements.

I know… these laws are put in place to protect the consumers, but are we not all consumers of the American way of life?  Should we not be protected from special interest groups with unlimited budgets that will say anything to get a vote?

If there is no laws to force them into removing ads that are less than true, then that means the group with the most money that hires the best advertising agency wins the election… is that how we want to pick who runs our Country?

This problem has even been made worst by resent rulings by the US Supreme Court on how much money companies and organizations can donate to candidates… this will be a subject of another post.

So what do I want to see happen?

I want the voters on the right and the left to become outraged about these negative ads, and start to complain to the FTC… we need to demand that they pull these ads if they don’t comply to “truth-in-advertising rules”

How we do this is yet another post for another day.

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