Friday, August 30, 2013

Why I was, am, and always will be a Democrat

For a long time I've been watching the Republican Party let loose a salvo of harmful laws for the American people, and it's gotten to the point of really pissing me off. There's not much to say other than for the past 30 years, the Republicans have been responsible for the biggest redistribution of wealth since the Great Depression, and almost all of it going to the very wealthiest Americans. Additionally, the Republicans have been responsible for keeping us in a Cold War mentality both at home and abroad, and the former Bush Administration is a shining example.

I can't think of one instance in recent times when there's been an example of when the Republicans held the Presidency that they were not engaging in illegal warfare abroad, or picking fights with other countries on an unnecessarily consistent basis, especially when they didn't care for the leader of said nations.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cat Close Up

This was pretty funny, I've got to say that Katie Cole certainly has a way with cats.



Credit: Katie Cole

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Verdict in Fort Hood Shooting

Apparently, since this morning, several news outlets here in America have announced the Court Martial jury's verdict of the Fort Hood Shooter. Maj. Nadal Hasan was found guilty of murder and is set to be sentenced in the coming days.

The interesting thing is that Hasan called upon the JAG running the trial to impose the death penalty on him, saying that it will complete his journey to martyrdom after keeping evil American military officers and personnel from going overseas to, in his eyes, murder innocent Muslims. While some of his rambling is coherent (as in the number of civilian deaths due to American military action in the Middle East being beyond  any comprehensiblity), it still did not justify going on such a massacre at Fort Hood. That being said, it's important to note that he needs to be held accountable for the mayhem he caused and the pain inflicted upon the families whose loved ones died that fateful day in 2009.

In my view, I would not impose the death penalty on him, and here's why. First off, killing him off the bat would only serve his twisted wish to be martyred in the eyes of Islamist extremists, and could give them a new rallying cry to justify the killing of innocent Americans. Lastly, I don't see the ultimate punishment as being that effective, as it won't hold him accountable. It's a better decision to simply let him live and let him think about what he did.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Can You Feel It? People are Getting More Tense as Anti-Human New Political Order Takes Shape | Alternet

I found this on Alternet. While it may sound very extreme to the left, just take a look at what's going on around you, and some of what the author (Yves Smith) writes actually does have a degree of accuracy. It's as if there are forces that want to turn back the clock here.

Can You Feel It? People are Getting More Tense as Anti-Human New Political Order Takes Shape | Alternet

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Calls for stripping away the Olympic Games from Sochi next February due to new Russian anti-LGBT law

As I've said on Facebook some time back on my public page, I really think that the Russians have just invited themselves a whole world of trouble. This is not to say that I specifically approve of the new law President Putin signed, I don't, and I would really give him a massive amount of credit if he has the wherewithall to repeal it, but that's not going to happen. However, it should be noted that while Putin is reflecting the aspirations of his people as he is something of a nationalistic populist. I continue to sympathize with the LGBT community in Russia and their struggle for equality despite undeniably heavy odds.

That being said, taking the games away from Russia is going to give the International Olympic Committee a much bigger headache to deal with and not from the anger released by the Russian Government and Russian Olympic Committee. It would be a headache in the sense that they would have to get a 7-year construction and preparation project completed in a new host country in less than 6 months (which to be perfectly candid is highly unlikely). It would be this or cancelling the games as had happened during WWI (1916 Summer Games, which were to be held in Berlin) and WWII (the 1940 and 1944 Summer and Winter Games, which were to be held in Tokyo/Helsinki, Sapporo/St. Morritz/Garmisch-Partenkirchen, London and Cortina d'Ampezzo). Cancelling the upcoming games in Sochi would only bring the International Olympic Committee a large amount of negative publicity and would severely curtail its ability to influence member's behavior in passing such hate-filled legislation, as doing so would be seen as meddling in that member nation's internal political affairs.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Terror Threat From Al-Qaeda

As if this is any massive surprise, Al-Qaeda threatening to hit anything with US symbolism on it again. I've been hearing about the prison breaks as if recently, especially as reported on CNN's website. The security blog, I think makes a very descriptive assessment of how the Obama Administration is attempting to pinpoint these individuals making the threats and prevent such an attack from occuring.

Here's a little bit of background information. I'm sure everyone who's been reading this blog is aware of who Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula is. For those who've only seen this for the first time, it's currently the strongest cell branch of the Al-Qaeda terror network and is based primarily in Yemen. AQAP is responsible for conducting successful prison breaks throughout the Mideast freeing many of its operatives in countries such as Yemen, Oman, etc., and having apparently regrouped and regrown their operational strength, they're ready to start conducting new attacks against American and other infidel installations in the Arab World, and possibly America itself. Think of the underwear bomber of 2009, he was affiliated with this cell. Anyway, the reason for the high-level concern within the senior ranks of the Obama Administration is that this branch has expertise in constructing and handling chemical weaponry. Imagine the destruction and carnage, as well as toxicity left in the wake of chemical-laced bomb explosion.

The question of whether AQAP will use a chemical weapon is really irrelevant, it's a matter of where they would use one and when.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ex-Skinhead joins up with a victim of the Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin

From reading this article on the Associated Press earlier, I saw these two gentlemen of completely different backgrounds coming together to educate the youth in Wisconsin about the sometimes violent reality that comes from White Supremacy. Their stories, I think, provide a real learning experience so that the next generation of Americans, be them from Wisconsin or elsewhere, about the real dangers of professing hatred towards other groups of people and how it can end in violence.

For the former skinhead, it gives him a chance to atone for any misery he may have caused other communities. I can tell by his actions that he couldn't be sorrier for his actions in the past, and how they scared others from outside the White race. Additionally, while he did not know the perpatrator of the Sikh Temple Shooting personally, the event scared the former supramcist by making him realize he may have been an influence on the guy pulling off this unspeakable horror.

As for the son of one of the victims, to team up with this former White Supremacist seemed like a difficult decision at the time, but now it pays off with more advantages than not. As a victim of White Supremacy, it can help educate others as to why more needs to be done to stamp out this old plague of the past. The victim has a strong story of how his father was murdered for no apparent reason other than he was not White nor Christian.

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