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WMDs?

20 May

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Here is how you know if a country has WMDs or not, especially nuclear warheads like Dick Cheney asserted in 2003 before the invasion of Iraq with this statement: “We know he [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”

First: No one, not even the United States, invades a country that has WMDs. That’s why North Korea and Pakistan and Russia and China can do or say whatever they like without any fear of the United States taking any military intervention. So can France, Great Britain, India and Israel…but they are of course all supposed to be our great and close friends.

Second: If you are an invaded country and the leader of that country that actually has WMDs, then rather than watch your country be conquered while you cower in a hole, you use your WMDs on the invading troops as a last resort to your own defeat. That is why possessing WMDs is such a deterrent and threatening defense against invasion in the first place.

Third: Only 9 countries have real WMDs. We know who they are. And if ever there were to be a 10th, (Like Iran wants to be, and notice how they haven’t been able to surprise anyone about their intentions despite our supposed horrible and incompetent intelligence community?) you could find out on Wikipedia as soon as it happens.

And Finally: If any country in the Middle East, besides Israel, had WMDs, the Israeli’s would blow the crap out of them and take names and ask questions later…and then, when they were done, ask for the United States permission and intervention.

And that is how we know that Iraq never had WMDs and that the call to war against Iraq over the threat of their possessing WMDs, made by the Bush administration after the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center was always based on false pretenses.

And old rotting chemical weapons that were buried in various locations within Iraq, that were there because the United States had once upon a time given them to Iraq to use in their war against Iran during the 1980s, (we sold weapons to Iran at the same time by the way) and that we knew were still there, dysfunctional and buried, do not constitute a WMD or nuclear threat. Besides, you have chemical weapons in your kitchen cabinet and whether or not you have enough for mass destruction is frankly speaking…up to you.

Why politicians and the media still can’t figure all of this out, or pretend not to be able to, is beyond me.

L…Is Still for Mom

11 May

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone. If you aren’t a mother than you most assuredly have one, so it is a day that we can and should all celebrate. I posted this 2 years ago and as I read it over, I see that most if not all of what I had said then is still true today…so here it is… once again…

It has always struck me as odd, that most westerners of the modern age worship a god who is male when it is the female who gives life and who is most likely to care for and nurture the child…of course I suppose that this same fact could also support our belief in a male deity because we can always say…”where did he go? And why did he leave us alone like this?” too.

Sadly however, in our day and age, the single most important indicator in determining a woman’s likelihood to live out her days in poverty is…childbirth. If a woman in this world can call herself a mother, she is more likely than not… to be poor. That in my opinion is the saddest testament to the failures of the human race that I could ever imagine…And the saddest testament to the failures of men because we are supposed to be partners with women aren’t we? So how come so many women have to go it alone, whether they choose to or not.

The abject cruelty and disdain with how many men treat women, has always been puzzling to me because all men have mothers and most men have wives and many men have sisters and daughters too…and it is not uncommon for almost all men to become angry and outraged should anyone say anything bad about their mothers, daughters sisters or wives.

Yet many if not most of these same men never seem to equate other women as being someone elses mother, daughter, sister or wife thereby causing them to treat those women with the same thoughtfulness, kndness, love and respect that all women, not just “theirs”, deserve.

Instead so many men behave so violently towards women that it is enough to boggle any god’s (male or female) mind. But that is the tragic flaw of men is it not? We see violence as a real solution to problems…and we really believe that it is…really.

And so we keep putting each other in charge and we keep coming up with the same solution…to everything…even when we are fathers we still think that it is a good idea to send our sons…or other people’s sons off to war.

I know that women send there sons to war too, but I think only because men make them. I do believe that If moms were in charge wars and violence would be harder to come by…maybe…but I only say maybe because men would still be around to point out, and insist upon,  how we need to resort to violence to get the job done.

So here’s to moms everywhere. I wish you peace and happiness and the love and respect of grateful children everywhere. And I hope you someday get the chance to  take control of the planet and have the opportunity to show us if indeed, love is the answer…to war, hunger, poverty, religion and greed…because we men still have no freakin’ ideas.

The Other, Other 1%

1 May

I keep getting messages in my Email in-box from politicians asking for money to help them in their efforts to fend off the Koch brothers and their millions of dollars that they are pumping into this next presidential election. Thanks to the Supreme Court and their decision that money donated does not imply in any way that a service or favor might be required by the donor…no matter how much is donated.

And this comes from a Supreme Court that has 2 members who regularly support and attend Koch brother foundations and think tanks and 1 with a wife who works for one of their organizations…so they should know all about whether or not money can influence ones way of thinking…. shouldn’t they?

Anyway, the bad news is that the Koch brothers are said to be planning to spend up to 1 billion dollars supporting the Republican candidate of their choice. That should make quite an influential impact on their chosen candidate…don’t you think?…even though 5 of the supposed greatest thinkers in the USA (The Supremes)…don’t think so…even a little bit. That seems a bit naive for supreme thinking wouldn’t you say?  And how are we or anyone else supposed to know that money hasn’t changed their minds..let alone the minds of greedy, opportunistic politicians?

Democratic candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have to resort to asking for 10 dollars at a time to try to catch up to the Koch’s spending. And Good luck with that! Because the really sad news isn’t so much that the Koch brothers are going to spend 1 billion dollars trying to put their chosen candidate into the White House. The saddest news is that 1 billion dollars represents only 1% of the Koch brother’s total wealth!

1 billion dollars to them is like a 500 dollar donation to a person who earns 50,000 dollars a year or a thousand dollar donation if you earn 100,000 dollars. Well sort of because after you make that 1,000 dollar donation you won’t still have 99 BILLION dollars left!

Just imagine what the Koch brothers can do in a country that worships money at the alter of greed. Imagine what a rich foreign country or international person of power might eventually be able to do here in our most free and material world…

So for all intents and purposes,…We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

How to Save Social Security

24 Apr

There is really nothing wrong with the Social Security system in our country. Social Security is funded via a payroll tax on all income up to $110,000. You pay 6.2 percent and your employer pays 6.2 percent. And since those numbers were set in 1983, and for the next 30 years or so those payroll taxes provided more money than was needed to pay out benefits to retirees and left a pretty whopping surplus…something like 3 trillion dollars worth of surplus!

But did the surplus get invested in high yield bonds or stocks or anything else that would guarantee that 4 trillion dollar surplus to grow like it should have, astronomically, like say, if it had belonged to the Koch brothers or Walton family or any other billionaire worth his or her billions?

No. Instead Congress borrowed it to spend on its pork filled spending programs, gigantic wars and tax cuts for the wealthy, rather than raise additional taxes or balance their budgets, and then they put treasury bonds up as collateral for the borrowed surplus with a promise to repay at 4% interest, which of course is chump change, to any real investor, let alone a trillionaire, like we Social Security Trust funding taxpayers are supposed to be.

But today the SS fund no longer brings in as much in pay roll taxes as it pays out in benefits so it’s time for the Federal Government to pay its debts… And now, Just like any degenerate gambler, who knew all along that he was never going to pay up when the time came to cover his losses because his losses were simply going to be too big to repay. So what are we hearing from Congress now? “Oh no! The SS program is broken. It was never meant to work. There are too many people taking and not enough people paying into the system. It was all a Socialist scam!” Which of course are all lies because our Congressmen simply don’t want to pay back today, what they have been borrowing and spending over the last 30 years of yesterdays.

Nice, huh? Especially since “borrowing” the surplus SS funds is a polite term that Congress has been using, rather than the correct term of “stealing”, because in order to repay the “borrowed” money Congress will have to borrow money. Which would be like that degenerate gambler saying to his creditors, “May I please borrow some money from you so I can pay you back?”

So what to do? Well first the SS Trust Fund needs a champion…a billionaire manager or board of managers who represent the fund and the taxpayers, as opposed to the degenerate gamblers who have been fraudulently managing it. Then that SSTF manager can let the federal government refinance their treasury bond loans as Government “Student Loans”. You know, the ones that the government provides for our students at 8% interest and beyond. The ones that the government has made 41.3 billion dollars worth of profit on in 2013 alone…and that’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world. And they would be Exxon Mobil and Apple!

And if we refinanced the Social Security debt as student loans then, as per federal law, those loans would have to be repaid and could never be forgiven…not even if the federal government declared bankruptcy!

Right now our students owe over 1.2 trillion dollars to the federal government that they must repay at outrageous interest rates while the federal government owes Social Security about 3 trillion dollars at a modest interest rate that most Congressmen are now saying they can’t repay! Ain’t that America? Well, it shouldn’t be.

And don’t listen to any politician who says that he knows how to solve the Social Security problem by dissolving it, especially those who are bought and paid for by the Koch brothers who have said in the past, “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.” …And they are currently spending over 1 billion dollars on a Presidential candidate who will do just that, if he is elected.

It’s just too bad that the American Congress has borrowed America’s money. Just like everyone else they have to make good on a loan and pay it back, with interest. Otherwise they all need to step aside, resign their positions as elected leaders and let honest American men and women fill their posts and honor America’s debts. If we can promise to repay the Japanese and Chinese governments the trillions of dollars that we owe them and yet refuse to forgive the trillion dollars that our children owe us…then we can certainly honor debts to ourselves without boo-hooing about how expensive it’s going to be…can’t we?

And Anyone who says otherwise is a degenerate opportunist who needs to go straight to jail!

Water, Water Everywhere but…

18 Apr

Captain Kirk to the rescue! William Shatner, of Star Trek fame, is proposing a project on the west coast of the USA to build a pipeline from Washington State to Lake Mead in California. The cost? 30 billion dollars…which he hopes to raise through awareness, donations, government support… or whatever.

And I say, why not? We build pipelines for the flow of oil and gas all over the United States and no one ever argues about the cost or about building them in the first place. Below is a map of all of the oil and gas pipelines that we have criss-crossing the country now. That’s a lot of pipe! Only thing is you can’t eat or drink oil or natural gas. And where would you go with your car filled with either if there’s no water there, when you get to wherever it is that you’re going?

We have lots of water in some places and not very much, if any, left in other places and California is one of those places… and it has less than one year of water left! So what’s the plan if disaster should strike and our largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the country and one of the largest economies in the world, runs dry?

Mr. Shatner admits that he doesn’t know how to build pipelines and he may not be able to raise 30 billion dollars but someone needs to get the ball rolling and he hopes to start rolling it by creating a conversation and raising some awareness. If Congress can support and advocate for more needless oil pipelines, and get behind the transport and pumping of billions of gallons of water into fracking holes to free up more natural gas just so we can all “prosper” a little more…then why can’t they come up with a plan to move potable water from where it is to where it ain’t so that we can all “live longer” too?

So, I agree with the Captain…with all engines, warp speed!

What a Pip!

4 Apr

Charles Dickens desk chair

The desk of the late, great Charles Dickens, author of Great Expectations and many other famous English novels, has been found! And purchased for £780,000! That’s 1,156, 591.US dollars…and 80 cents.

The desk where I write is probably worth closer to the 80 cents than any other part of that monetary amount…but more than likely it will end up in a landfill somewhere or as kindling for some local fireplace because, alas, I have not written anything famous…except for that last word.

Dickens’ desk however, and accompanying chair (my apologies to the chair…for which truly has the greatest claim to fame? The desk upon which the paper sat or the chair upon which the author sat?) were purchased by England’s National Heritage Memorial Fund and the furniture will go on display at the Charles ­Dickens Museum, one of the author’s former homes in London, where he lived for two years.

More than 1,200 items and places have been preserved by the fund, which exists to safeguard England’s heritage. My desk should at least be famous to some of the members of my family. It’s where I have spent many a moment in my life… when I wasn’t paying any attention to them, that is, so perhaps infamous, would be a better word.

Still…we humans have a strange penchant for wanting to preserve that which we think or feel has some special meaning… for all time. Especially if it is old. The older the better it seems. And the older, the more venerable or holy the object or place becomes. Although sometimes what we think as valuable becomes less so, if even valuable at all, after we die. Then the value of said object or place is up to whoever gets to possess it after you.

In the case of Charles Dickens’ desk, what was once just a desk, where once upon a time a man sat and wrote, is now a million dollar work of art. Whereas my desk?…well, somewhere in the future, someone might be cursing the man who somehow managed to get such a giant monstrosity through such a little door…while they search the rest of the house for the old man’s axe.

But still…a million dollars for a desk!?!!!

Ah well, Somewhere the ghost of Charles Dickens is penning a new novel about poor, hungry, disenfranchised and homeless souls searching for a place to sleep and a crust of bread to eat while somewhere nearby in a large country estate, well-to-do official sorts, sit and discuss over hot tea and crackers how to spend over 1 million dollars on one single museum piece in order to..as the newspaper article so aptly put it, “save the nation’s best heritage in memory of those who gave their lives for the UK.”

Goodnight sweet desk: And £780,000 sing thee to thy rest!…You’ve now got it better than most.

War is Peace?

29 Mar
Is War Peace? Freedom Slavery? Ignorance Strength? As suggested by the leaders of Oceania in George Orwell’s novel, 1984? Well, Here in 2015, the United States, the country with the largest military budget in the history of the world, more than the next 10 militaristic country’s military budgets put together…has finally done it!
Currently we are fighting in Iraq, along side the Iranians, in an effort to defeat the terrorist forces of ISIS. And we are fighting in Yemen, alongside the Saudi Arabians, in an effort to defeat the terrorist forces of the Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran!
Whose side are we on anyway? …Answer: Yes!
We are now fighting with our enemies against our enemies and they are both us, or at least one is us, or some combination of us and them. It’s quite confusing, but suffice it to say that we are fighting over there so we don’t have to fight here… which is kinda the same thing as saying…well, you know…don’t ya think?
And meanwhile here at home we are fighting over whether we should be increasing the military budget while cutting homes for the homeless, food for the hungry, and healthcare for the unhealthy…which is kinda the same thing as saying…
N’est-ce pas?…or as we like to say here in the USA… Freedom Fries!
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