Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wow, Time Does Fly!

I have been extremely busy lately and haven't had the time to blog recently, but I'll try and squeeze one in here today.

I'm extremely happy that there is a ceasefire in affect in Gaza, about time. It's made the entire Muslim world hate Israel and that is a really bad thing, seeing as they have no scruples in attacking anyone. But I'm not too unhappy about that. It's about time people stood up to the NAZI LIKE Israel. They're just as bad as the Nazi's were with other nationalities and religions, except they haven't resorted to mass murder yet. They've already made it so that the majority of Muslims in the country can't vote in general elections. Who knows what could be around the corner. People need to learn the word perspective and then go from there. It would do a world of good. Buy a dictionary, look it up, and then put your god damn foot in your mouth next time.

So Gadhafi is the leader of the African Union... Hm... Let's elect a tyrannical and capitalistic pig as the leader of a unification group. That just seems like a right and dandy way to do things. We're talking the same guy that Black Bags people... Whatever. I'm getting really sick of people not learning from the past. I'm getting so sick with the majority of humanity. People really aren't getting any smarter.

But, at least Obama has been keeping the "majority" of his promises to the country. We have gotten a ton of those Bastard Bush bills overturned and now funding can go to Africa and other places for Abortion/Birth Control avocation groups, instead of the insanely idiotic "Abstinence Only" shit. And now we can finally have stem cell research! Whoopee! We can maybe start curing diseases that republicans were perfectly fine with ignoring and letting people die because of their stupid ass religious/moral beliefs.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Odd New World?

Here I am, sitting in my chair. In the country of the United States of America, with Barack Obama as the head of the executive branch. It's pretty awesome, and quite relaxing to know that we don't have to worry about Bush attacking some other country overnight or something. But now the time has come for Congress to get to work and pass some legislation! Time to turn back the tide of Bush rule. Time to get rid of some of the evil bills and replace them with new initiative for good. Time to just get to work. We've had eight years of "terror" and it's time to have a government we don't have to worry about and one that we do not need to fear. Let's create stability in the Middle East without using violence, and let's fix the economy and put some checks and limitations in the hell hole that is Wall Street. I want to see some fucking change, know what I mean?

Barack Obama has the opportunity to do great things with his time as president. Let's hope that he will do what's neccesary and fix the problems that we've seemed to ignore for the past 50+ years. We need some regulation. And the rich to be taxed, and the poor to survive. Come on Obama, do everything you can to create some REAL equality and bring the fist of justice down on those responsible for the problems.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Search For Change

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Barack Hussein Obama
January 20th 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Why Can't We Be Good?

Smoke rose from the United Nations headquarters after it was hit during Israeli bombardment of Gaza City on Thursday.

Well aparently Isreal thinks it fitting to attack unarmed, UN Government buildings. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed feelings of regret, but nevertheless believes it was justified and insists that Isreali forces were fired upon by Hamas militants just outside the compound. A UN official who was there at the time said that the accusations were nonsense and insisted that no militants were using the place. A spokesman for the Relief and Works Agency, Christopher Gunness, said that the Israelis had been provided with the GPS coordinates of all United Nations facilities in Gaza. He said that two buildings were ablaze and that there were five fully laden fuel vehicles at the site. Also, speaking of the evils of war, I learned yesterday that Isreal had attacked a "Weapons Cache" that was located near a densely filled graveyard, and that rotten flesh and limbs of recently dead were strewn onto the tops of buildings and in peoples yards. An Isreal spokesman commented and confirmed that the secondary explosion of the weapons cache caused the massive damage.

Why Can't We Be Good?

As a human race we seem to do evil to one another constantly. Apparently we haven't evolved quite right, or that morals themselves are not evident to the majority of the world. Who knew that killing was bad?



El-khodary, T. & Kershner, I., 2009. U.N. Building in Gaza Strip Is Hit by Strike From Israel. The New York Times. [January 15, 2009].

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Global "Climate" Change...dumb ass

So much for all that "Global Warming" eh? I've been hearing this alot lately, due mainly to all this heavy snow this winter. The picture shown is right outside my house. Massive snow has been pouring down on us all week, with temperatures hovering around 4° F. The term Global Warming is very misleading. It should instead be coined as Global Climate Change. It "is" getting warmer, in places like Greenland which is causing the Ice Sheet there to melt and flow into the gulf stream, which in turn is affecting the Climate of many places in the world. That is why we're seeing tons of snow in places where it never should be. Dumbass..
In Gaza the fighting continues with a "New Level" of Israel's offensive power. There have been reports of the chemical White Phosphorus being used on crowded residential areas of the strip, causing massive damage to buildings and making skin peel off of citizens living there. Over the years the militant group Hamas, has been smuggling weapons through the Egyptian border into Gaza and launching them at Isreal. And now Isreal has said it's had enough. Hamas compared to Isreal, in terms of military power, is laughable at best. But yet, Isreal has been using all the power it has in airstrikes, shelling, and troop invasion to "quell" the violence. Over this short 1 month period, 1000 Palestinians have lost their lives. Half of that number accounts for innocent civilians. And this isn't even including the injured, which number is beyond the ability to count at this time. The UN Security Council have ordered an Imediate and Durable cease-fire which both sides have ignored. Isreal says it will not consider it unless the Egypt stops the smuggling of weapons into Gaza, and Hamas says that the only way they would stop the offensive is if Isreal gets out of Gaza and opens up its borders. Isreal has various border/trade issues and seems to think of Gaza as a police state which they have authority in. But that is "incorrect". Palestine is its own country free from the jurisdiction of Isreal yet they seem to think they have the rights to occupy it and enforce rules there and abroad. Alot of this is the fault of the United States who helped form Isreal after WWII. And to show that fact, the United States has abstained from voting in the UN Security Council on the matter. Isreals weapons are all American made, and have a nuclear arsenal to match. The Jew's of Isreal seem not to be able to think past their own anger. They want to illiminate all of the Muslims from Isreal and claim palestine back. Apparently they don't seem to realize that, that same mentality was what the Nazi's had. They're just repeating history. It's just sick, they have no right to speak of how terrible the Reich was now. They have just become it.

President-Elect Obama has proposed a 800 Billion dollar bail-out. He says he will double Americas investments in renewable energy which he hopes will create 4 million jobs. All the power to him! I think anything would be a step in the right direction, seeing as all we're doing lately is holding conferences about how bad it is instead of fixing how bad it is.