It is the farewell kiss, you dog

The nightmare is over and yet his legacy will be will haunt us forever. The worst part of course is that so many Americans still don’t get it. I won’t blab on about George W. Bush’s long list of ‘accomplishments‘ here in a vain attempt to change your mind; I’m just happy he’s headed home to Texas to work on his tan.

Anyway… there was one important lesson Bush reminded me of… and that’s you can’t count on the people in authority to protect you or your freedom. At any time, even in a democracy these people can pop up, gain support, get into office, act without repercussions, and get away with it all.

The only way you can really control your own situation is to make better choices and eliminate your reliance on outside entities. Independence and freedom are not guaranteed. The more you rely on others the more risk you accept. Rely on yourself and improve your chances of staying free.

P.S. “It is the farewell kiss, you dog.” is what the shoe throwing Iraqi journalist said as he chucked his shoes at GW Bush.

Nice Going Congress – Now They Want To Hold America Accountable

I’m sure these words have been uttered before but now they might actually have the gonads to back their words up. Nice going congress… way to stick a big fat bulls eye on the back of the American flag.

“The crisis in Gaza and the genocide of defenseless Palestinians is being carried out with the approval and assistance of world powers.” – Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki (read article here)

This of course comes on heals of the UN Security Council passing a resolution Thursday calling for an “immediate and durable” ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the region. (see article) A vote mind you that the US abstained from voting on. Oh yeah and don’t forget that the US Congress passed a resolution the other day, 390 to 5, that said:

“Recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel;

Whereas Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization;”

oh yeah there’s more…

OK maybe Hamas is a terrorist organization… and maybe Iranian government is filled with extremists… but that’s not exactly the point. A peace process only works if you push for peace. Killing large numbers of people only creates martyrs and make their battle cry louder. Why in the world would anyone in our congress vote for backing more war? Haven’t we had enough of that? Don’t they remember what a few guys with automatic weapons and backpacks full of ammo can do in a public place? Who are these people we elected!!!???

P.S. I searched high and low for more in the media on the story in the Iranian news network and could find almost nothing. I found it as a top story in Google World News. At first I wondered if this story was true and then it occurred to me that it didn’t matter if terrorism is our concern. The people Iran wants to hear this message are the terrorists they are trying to rally. Yikes. No wonder the main stream media isn’t mentioning it. Is that paranoid? :-)

Gas Flow To Resume – Now Putin Pays

I’m relieved that the natural gas conflit is being resolved. But now that Europe and the markets have had a taste of the danger so much reliance on Russian gas brings… it looks like the Russians are going to be the ones paying. The market value of gas recently dropped and Europe is looking for alternative energy sources. It’s an interesting lesson… if you hold a trump card… sometimes it’s wiser to hold it and not play it… at least if you want to win the game… and not just one hand. Here’s the article that triggered that comment.

Why Is Conress Inviting More Trouble!?

OK… I really don’t understand this… why does congress need to ‘pass a resolution‘ on the whole mess in Gaza? I assume that’s how they officially take a position on an issue. Ok fine I get it. I also wasn’t surprised that they voted to support Israel, our long time friend and ally, but why in the world did they have to say it like this!?

Recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel;

Whereas Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization;

Whereas Hamas has refused to comply with the Quartet’s (the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations) requirements that Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and agree to accept previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians;


I’m no foreign affairs expert by it sounds like the US Congress just voted 390 to 5 to support Israel stomping out Hamas by any force necessary… OK OK maybe it doesn’t say that exactly but I’ll bet you anything the people getting stomped out are now even more pissed off and now they are pissed at you and me too.

So… couldn’t they have said something more like they wanted to see and end to fighting and return to diplomatic talks? Peace man peace! Come on from the point of view from most Palestinians the treatment they’ve been getting for the last many decades has not been ideal. Showing soem compassion for both sides would still show support for Israel and really promote “the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” This resolution sounds like approval for all out war against Hamas and probably anyone who sides with the Palestinians.

Does congress want to invite trouble on US soil? To me it sure sounds like Congress just put a giant bulls-eye on the back of the American flag. Thanks again you $#@&ing boneheads! Remind me to vote for someone new next time. Oh wait… no reminding needed. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on me again, fool me three times, call me a $#@&ing bonehead too.

Silver Lining To The Gas Crisis In Europe

The pressure has just been turned up to get off Russian natural gas and find alternative sources of energy. I’m sure everyone in Europe has seen the light now. Those of us in North America should take heed and take a look at our own dangerously reliant position on foreign energy too. It seems far to dangerous to be so dependent on outside fuel. It seems like this should be our number one national security focus. Can you imagine the additional effect on our fragile economy if fossil fuel supplies were cut? Here’s a news story on the latest development in Europe and how they are moving to other energy sources.

What The Heck Is Moscow Thinking!?

I was amazed to see this in the news this morning… “Gas emergency declared across Europe.” Does Russia think turning off the gas supply to Europe is going to help get the folks in the Ukraine to pay their bills? Sounds like it… but is it worth some people in Europe freezing to death!? The three big take-aways for me on this are:

  1. Russia is taking a very aggressive posture with the rest of the world which just seems incredibly dangerous, and…
  2. This another example of how the economic trouble is going to escalate real trouble, and…
  3. Each of us should take this moment to remember that foreign dependence on anything as critical as fuel to heat your home is a very bad position to be in. Unfortunately we’re all in the same boat. My heart goes out to those in the cold in Europe right now. I hope this gets resolved as quickly as possible.

I don’t know about you… but I’m thinking about getitng ready to hang on tight. I think we’re really in for a bumpy ride.

Thank God Obama Won!

I finally got to watch Obama’s speech. I missed it election night because I was busy putting Katie to bed. I’m so happy he won… not because he’s a Democrat… because he is the best person for the job.

Personally I’ve given up on both the Democratic and Republican parties. Neither represents my beliefs or seemingly best interests. I’m some kind of hybrid as I suspect is the truth for almost every American. But I can also see that Obama represents an opportunity to shift the balance of power back from the richest minority back to the citizens of the United States of America.

In fact that leads me to describe what I think is the real underlying problem with American politics. The general consensus in Washington DC seems to be that protecting large corporate profits is the top priority. I’m not talking most corporations, I’m talking about the 1% that controls the 90%. On the surface this seems to make sense but just below the surface we see that this is just trickle-down-economics all over again, and it doesn’t work to put that much economic power in the hands of so few people.

I think Obama sees this too. In his speech (below) he even points out that to fix wall street we must not forget about main street. I think Obama sees that by creating a balanced economic environment where everyone can succeed that we, as a whole, will succeed. Today under G.W. Bush and our current Congress we’ve been suffering under the delusion that by supporting large corporations through deregulation and other mechanisms we somehow make life better for everyone. This appeared true until the bubble burst. But the truth is, in the long run that policy only makes more money for the people at the top. The rest of us are now getting the shaft and the truth has been told.

This isn’t a partisan issue either. I’m pointing my finger at ALL of them, save a handful. Americans that still take sides and not looking at the issues for themselves are fooling themselves that somehow their party’s politicians are representing their best interests and positions. This isn’t a sporting event where you cheer for your team through tick and thin. This is freedom and democracy at stake. On the contrary… those citizens looking at the issues without bias and voting across party lines when appropriate are doing us all a favor. In this last election it appears the majority got smart… Thank God!

I hope that Obama turns out to be what he appears. He was not my first choice but at the end of the day on November 4, 2008 I definitely believe he was the best choice. I hope more conservatives begin to see it like I do and keep their eye on freedom, democracy, and and eye out for those representing corporate greed. They are everywhere in politics on both sides of the isle.

Now lets cross our fingers that the damage is not so deep it takes years to repair. I for one would love to see my home equity restored so I can again be free to choose where and how I live and leave the fear of foreclosure behind.