Thursday, December 31, 2009

End of a Year, End of Real News?

The saddest thing has happened to news when Jon Stewart is voted the most trustworthy news anchor. (He is)

We have given way to sensational coverage that diverts us from the real. Balloon Boy and Tiger Woods affairs. All the things good and bad the government does gets ignored and lied about. The beautiful things that we do get ignored and we see "birthers" and all this garbage.

And with the pending death of newspapers all this online media and blogs (hehe) are just making it worse. One blogger says something silly and it gets picked up by a "news" organization then spread out like its important. Andy Warhol Mao is make up Christmas ornament means that Obama loves Mao. Sigh, this stuff makes my sick.

I don't foresee it getting any better. Even the BBC has a better news show then anything we produce, it actually has information that matters! We talk about Jon and Kate when the students in Iran are being killed and arrested.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

On this Christmas let us not forget the ones that have it less off then we do.

Don't look down on the lines at a food bank, these are tough times we live in... mostly of our own making.

While you're with your large families gorging yourself on too much food while the kids fight over how many presents they got, lets not forget the ones whose presents this year are just being able to get together over a small meal.

Even though "Seasons Greetings" may offend you, don't forget we were founded with the freedom to practice our religions and the freedom from having a religion forced upon us. Let those people enjoy the end of year festivities and family and friends bonding without have a term shoved down their throats.

Give the bell ringers a little something, that change in your vehicle console isn't doing you any good just sitting there.

Donate something, anything, to an organization that helps our troops. They are fighting for you to have everything that you have and the freedoms you enjoy at their expense. Their 2 year olds who haven't seen their fathers except through a video chat or photos in a post card. The kids who may never see their father because of an fate drawn for them in our defense.

A better life and situation for the ones less off increases the lives that we live. The healthier they are the more they can work, produce and contribute to society. That in turn effects our place of business and the economy as a whole which makes it better for us.

This is the first year I really bought anything for anyone except my mom. This may have set me back in bill payments a little and I don't do credit anymore but that is a small sacrifice just to make someone elses day a little better. It may not be much but what is it that is always said... It's the thought at counts! ^^

Merry Christmas!

P.S. I need a stab at climate change. Christmas to me is snow on the ground and being buried in it, not rain. It should not be raining in Indiana on Christmas. If you need visual evidence that our climate is changing just look around the world at what it used to be like and what is happening now. I don't recall ever having an iceberg larger than Manhattan drifting towards Australia and it shouldn't be freaking raining on Christmas in Indiana! ^^

Monday, December 7, 2009

Would You Believe A Word From Saudi Arabia?

What industry do you think would be hit the hardest in any transition to cleaner, renewable more efficient forms of energy production? Oil.

So who is behind this contrarian viewpoint to global climate change. Big Oil.

So Saudi Arabia comes out at Copenhagen in defense of these stolen emails and use that as proof of no humankind cause of global climate change.
This same Saudi Arabia that wants us and other countries to subsidize them for the money they would lose when we transition off of their oil.

I lump them into the pool with Exxon and the likes... its all about the money and you can't trust their words or their science. But can you really blame them, a country built on a commodity... they are just trying to defend themselves from what they see coming.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Taken From Think Progress - Igor Volsky

Orrin Hatch: If Republicans Controlled Government, We Would ‘Get This Country Under Control’

Last night, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) delivered an hour-long speech on the Senate floor condemning the Democratic health care reform bill and accusing Democrats of displaying “the arrogance of power” in trying to pass health reform before the holiday recess. Hatch predicted that if Republicans had 60 votes and control of all three branches of government, they would “get this country under control”:

This will become one more example of the arrogance of power being exerted since the Democrats secured a 60-vote majority in the United States Senate and took over the House and the White House. I dream some day of having the Republicans have 60 votes. I’ll tell you one thing, I think we would finally have the total responsibility to get this country under control and I believe we would. But we never come close to that. There are essentially no checks and balances found in Washington today just an arrogance of power with one party ramming through unpopular and devastating proposals on after the other.

Watch it:

Republicans controlled Congress for 12 years — eight of which had a Republican president — but their agenda of tax cuts for the super rich did little to “get this country under control,” so to speak. Throughout the Bush administration, “the median household income declined, poverty increased, childhood poverty increased even more, and the number of Americans without health insurance spiked.”

Republicans ignored the health care crisis. Throughout the years of Republican dominance, the rate of uninsurance grew and employer-sponsored insurance continued to erode. “When Clinton left office, the number of uninsured Americans stood at 38.4 million. By the time Bush left office that number had grown to just over 46.3 million, an increase of nearly 8 million or 20.6 per cent.” Between 2001 and 2005 — when Republicans had majorities in both chambers of Congress — the number of uninsured employees grew by 3.4 million and employer-sponsored health insurance premiums grew by no less than nine percent each year, while wages only grew between 2.2% and 4.0% each year. (In fact, the share of Americans who received health insurance through their employer declined every year of his presidency.)

In fact, during a recent exchange on CNBC, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) asked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) why Republicans didn’t address the health care crisis during their years in power. “I will have a moment of bipartisan agreement,” Ryan said. “We should have fixed this under our watch and I’m frustrated we didn’t.”

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mini Rants for the Day

I could care less about Tiger's life and you shouldn't either.

In defense of climate change: Its raining in December in Indianapolis, the corn farmers here have still not harvested some of their crops, the planet is losing ice sheets and glaciers.

Ten years of slightly lower North America temps does not negate the past 100+ years of increasing planet temperature.

You cant really trust an Oil lobby or Company backed scientific report, op ed, or statistics... they have just a slight bit of bias intent concerning anything that would damage their profits.

The Colts need to stop playing so close of games.

You can vote against and be against a war, but don't you fucking dare not vote to give the troops the money they need and the support they need. I'm looking at you Maxine Waters.

What is so wrong with trying to give all of America health insurance?

Laying your 80lbs of fat of a belly on a smaller person does not make one a respectable mma fighter.