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On the issue of the detained at “Gitmo”

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On the issue of the detained at “Gitmo” …

Tired of hearing America being called a bully-nation because we incarcerate people for no apparent reason?

Are you worried we are defining ourselves as a nation because we allow it and don’t take to the streets screaming loud and hard about our civil liberties from being trampled upon?

Then read on. I throw out a few options below.

Trial? Good idea. Some have suggested that we get on with it and hold the Nuremberg-style trials so we can find them guilty and send them out back behind the port-a-potty and deliver the capital punishment they deserve.

Let them go? Nope. They’ll be back on the battlefield to dole out more terrorism. One only has to look at the history associated with that policy to know there is little chance of any other outcome.

Keep them in jail? Hmmm. They do offer a source of intelligence which may lead to arrests before something bad happens. Perhaps one of them may lead us to other valuable information. In the meantime they don’t have it so bad while they are detained; they get to pray to Allah three times a day, play soccer and eat three squares a day.

Granted I’m painting a broad picture here, but the options are few. And yes, I hear the argument; that these people deserve trial and “indefinite” incarceration is viewed as immoral and it serves somehow to define America in a negative way.

As I see it, we are being defined in a positive way and we will be seen as saving the innocents from the actions of this human swill in the event we let them go.

Taking a larger perspective on the issue, Islam isn’t just another religion. We’re not just dealing with a small band of David Koresh style fanatics. Islam is a fascist ideology which turns its followers into drones who can’t wait to blow themselves up while taking scores of people with them – all in the name of Allah. It is in the Quran. I’ve read it.

America has failed to understand what it is we are actually dealing with. They will not stop until the world has succumbed to Islam.

My only hope is that America wakes up to the realities of what we’re dealing with. To do that we have to put down the idea we can just walk up to one of our captives, hand him a cookie with a glass of milk and asking him nicely where he placed the bomb with the hope he tells us before it goes off.

My other hope is that if the bomb does go off, it strikes a personal chord with those who believe we can reason with these people. Maybe then they’ll get it.

One final question; if you find yourself among those who are concerned about the enemy’s well being and are willing to take to the streets in protest against their “arbitrary” incarceration, would I have found you among the protesters in Olympia protesting military cargo shipments?

Written by Ben

June 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

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The number of dissenting scientists continues to grow

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Beginning with over 400 in 2007 and now over 650

Its simple really; after studying the data the number of scientists who do not find the facts to warrant the conclusion that global warming is man-made continue to grow.

Some may find that to be alarming, especially if you’re Al Gore, however the real reason to be alarmed is evident when you learn the information is being suppressed by the EPA. Perhaps that is where the real crisis lies.

Who is backing Al Gore and helping to fund him and his campaign to convince America that we should “fix” our “man made” crisis by buying his carbon credit bullshit? That would be anyone who would like to hobble the economy of the United States.

Who really benefits from a global warming crisis?

Maurice Strong and Al Gore has done more than anyone else to advance the alarmism of man-made global warming.

With little media monitoring, both Strong and Gore are cashing in on the lucrative cottage industry known as man-made global warming.

Strong is on the board of directors of the Chicago Climate Exchange, Wikipedia-described as “the world’s first and North America’s only legally binding greenhouse gas emission registry reduction system for emission sources and offset projects in North America and Brazil.”

Gore (“I live a carbon-free way of life.”) buys his carbon off-sets from himself–the Generation Investment Management LLP, “an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 with offices in London and Washington, D.C.” of which he is both chairman and founding partner.

Strong is the silent partner, a man whose name often draws a blank in the Washington cocktail circuit.

Gore is the glitzy, media approved front man in the partnership, the flashing neon lights on the global stage warning the masses of the end of Earth, as we know it, and Hollywood’s poster boy for greening the silver screen.

Written by Ben

June 29, 2009 at 7:07 pm

What’s Michael Jackson got to do with it?

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or – Does anyone smell anything burning?

Being serious (but only for a moment) the media coverage of Michael Jackson’s untimely (and self-inflicted?) demise reflects their understanding about what interests their audience (that would be us).

On that basis alone, it should serve to infuriate all of us.

While we watch media scramble to get the best angle on the story which serves to inflate CD sales for Jackson’s estate, meanwhile, back at the ranch, our economy is in shambles, driven there by the notion that our economic system is somehow flawed and so meddling legislation is warranted to “save us” from our evil capitalist ways.

Never mind the fact that America (once) represented the largest economic force on the face of this planet with greater prosperity than any country in history. Oh no, we must “fix it” with ill conceived legislation driven by the idea that our free market system is “unfair” or “cruel” and casts aside the “less fortunate” and “down-trodden” among us.

Hell if they would just get off their collective butts and quit expecting entitlements maybe we wouldn’t be in the current mess our “leadership” has brought upon us.

So, as we watch the Michael Jackson events unfold which leaves us looking like a bunch of chickens watching a card-trick, Rome burns.

Now, back to my regularly scheduled humor…

… Pssst.. Michael Jackson is still dead… pass it on.

Written by Ben

June 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

Barney Frank – What a piece of work

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‘The private sector got us into this mess. The government has to get us out of it.” – Barney Frank

This is an interesting piece by the Boston Globe. Hopefully, the voters in Massachusetts will gather in 2010 to vote this bag of hooey out of office and into the streets where he rightfully belongs. He can’t even admit to his own failings.

Written by Ben

June 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

The famous meltdown began in what!!? 1977??

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Let the meltdown begin

The Community Reinvestment Act (or CRA, Pub.L. 95-128, title VIII, 91 Stat. 1147, 12 U.S.C. § 2901 et seq.) is a United States federal law designed to encourage commercial banks and savings associations to meet the needs of borrowers in all segments of their communities, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Congress passed the Act in 1977 to reduce discriminatory credit practices against low-income neighborhoods, a practice known as redlining. The Act requires the appropriate federal financial supervisory agencies to encourage regulated financial institutions to meet the credit needs of the local communities in which they are chartered, consistent with safe and sound operation. To enforce the statute, federal regulatory agencies examine banking institutions for CRA compliance, and take this information into consideration when approving applications for new bank branches or for mergers or acquisitions.

Where did this bill get started?

The CRA was passed as a result of national pressure to address the deteriorating conditions of American cities particularly lower-income and minority neighborhoods. Community activists, such as Gale Cincotta of National People’s Action in Chicago, had led the national fight to pass, and later to enforce the Act.

Hmmm… community activist. Rings a faint bell.

And who signed this beautiful piece of legislation into law?

The original Act was passed by the 95th United States Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

A democrat. Who woulda thunk?

…and the effects?

Some economists, politicians and other commentators have charged that the CRA contributed in part to the 2008 financial crisis by encouraging banks to make unsafe loans. Others however, including the economists from the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, dispute this contention. The Federal Reserve and the FDIC holds that empirical research has not validated any relationship between the CRA and the 2008 financial crisis.

You can read the time line of events here.

Written by Ben

June 27, 2009 at 11:06 am

Barney Frank is at it again!

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Fannie, Freddie asked to relax condo loan rules

In a letter to the CEO’s of both companies, Representatives Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Anthony Weiner warned that a 70 percent sales threshold “may be too onerous” and could lead condo buyers to shun new developments, according to the paper.

The legislators asked the companies to “make appropriate adjustments” to their underwriting standards for condos.

You can read the whole article as it appears in Reuters here.

What does it take?

What in this world does it take to get this fool out of office? Someone, please, please tell me. Can the collective in Massachusetts be that stupid to believe Barney Frank has acted in their best interest as well as the interest of America? If they would only pull their heads out of their collective butts, maybe the voters in Massachusetts will do the right thing in 2010 and vote this piece of garbage out of office.

Are ya listening Massachusetts?

While I’m at it, someone wake up Connecticut and let them know about their fine leader, Chris Dodd.

Written by Ben

June 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

And Now, A Few Words from Abraham Lincoln

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“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”  “Reply to New York Workingmen’s Democratic Republican Association” (March 21, 1864)

“What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?” Lincoln’s Cooper Institute Address, February 27, 1860.

“We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name – liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.” “Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland” (April 18, 1864)

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else.
March 6, 1860 Speech at New Haven, Connecticut

Written by Ben

June 23, 2009 at 6:04 pm

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