United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) poster to bring awareness of the bad water urgency. “Bad water kills more children than war”.
April 14, 2008
April 11, 2008
George W. Bush and his dangerous criminal gang illegally invaded Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, and thousands of young Americans, for 2 main reasons: to profit the military industry, and to profit the oil industry. This point is widely understood outside of the United States, and even in America is accepted and documented regularly by the business community, as well as those who do not rely on mainstream corporate media for their information. The war is about corporate profit.
In both the oil and military industries, the Iraq war has been very successful for the Bush administration. The military budget for the United States is higher than the rest of the world combined, and has began to heavily influence domestic life (an aspect so frightening that President Eisenhower warned us about this eventuality). No end to the war is in sight, even though the people elected new representatives in 2006 elections for the main purpose of ending the war. The people no longer have control over public policy, large industry does.
The oil industry’s success under the Bush administration can easily be seen by looking at Exxon Mobil, who has set record profits during a time when they and their industry are most despised. At the same time, the United States Supreme Court is hearing a case to see if all fines will be dropped against Exxon Mobil for the horrendous oil spill in 1989, Exxon Valdez. While many of the TV guided public inanely barks about OJ Simpson, this is a real example American travesty of justice.
Even more disturbing is that these ugly excesses in both industries are not needed. For driving, electric cars have been available since the 1830′s. Since the 1980′s people have been driving electric cars, whenever the government felt the pressure of the public. For an excellent documentary on the electric car struggle, I recommend the film Who Killed the Electric Car?.
Well, the public is about to get another chance at electric cars. Telsa Motors will be releasing a new all electric model this year, and it is already sold out. The cost of this car is just under $100,000, a price which is expected to dramatically drop once mass production can begin. Many other electric car manufacturers are planning to release products in the near future.
The other potential negatives to electric cars (like few recharge areas and low battery life) are expected to be resolved as the industry grows. The positives are very strong: better for environment and human health; cheaper, easier, and cleaner upkeep; and the ability to give a big F U to the oil industry and their loyal employee, Bush.
January 30, 2008
If you are like me, the most convincing argument is a humorous protest sign. Like all of us, the only reason I don’t hate homosexuality and homosexuals is the anti-gay groups have unfunny protest signs. Oh sure, love between consenting adults is something to be cherished, but who wouldn’t be drawn to hatred by a well composed sign. Just look at some of the signs put out by these hate groups.
Apparently, God also hates long words. These aren’t funny at all. Well, the last one seems to say that anal sex equals a pirate – that is a little funny, I guess. The guy holding that sign has a purse, er um – fanny pack, so he is just trying to balance the scales a bit. Anyway, these clashing colors won’t convince me.
On the other end of the argument, you have this guy:
Now there is a convincing argument. Puppets and a cool cap do it for me every time. Without a doubt, I am now 100% for homosexuality, and I didn’t waste too much time learning details about the discussion.
Some people can’t afford cardboard, so they use their skin.
This argument always convinces me. For example, some people dislike PETA because they destroy valuable life saving research, or engage in other horribly destructive behavior. Not me. Not after I saw this:
Naked women? No time to worry about human suffering, I have made up my mind. Total time elapsed: 12.4 seconds.
Many people ask me about my stance on the war in Iraq. They want to know if I am concerned that hundreds of thousands of people, including children, have been brutally killed by our overpriced military. Am I concerned that Americans are suffering because of the trillions of dollars in tax dollar gifts awarded to military companies with no oversight? Let’s look at some signs and find out what I believe.
Um, the Romans? Oh wait, I know this: Jesus would bomb fags? This is getting complicated.
I couldn’t find too many pro-war signs. Most likely it is because they have more war than they even expected. Then again, Christians have all the power in the United States, and nobody protests more than they do. Here is the best pro-war sign I could find:
War brings peace? Counter arguments, please. (opens up to the pic. The sign contains a word that some people consider a naughty word)
1-protest1.jpg I got that wrong on the SATs. I chose: bombing is to peace as a taco is to my colon. I like her shades, so I am leaning against this war.
Enough! Now I see that this war is wrong! Now that I have seen the cute doggie, unprovoked deathly attacks are unacceptable.
September 6, 2007
George Carlin once said that our schools should have a class on Day-dreaming, where the kids would sit and day-dream for an hour. Well, here are some random thoughts that escaped my day-dreaming mind.
1) Alex Rodriguez passed Mel Ott on the all-time home run leader list. Did Mel Ott ever have his own breakfast cereal, called Mel Ott-O’s, a mixture of chocolate and vanilla bits? I hope so.
2) I have yet to find someone with a ‘Support the troops’ car sticker who has a good understanding of what it means. We need a sticker that says, ” I support American youngsters risking their life to torture and kill citizens of a country that never attacked us, so I can pay more for gas and have all my taxes go to things that do not enhance my life in any way”. Then I will understand why a large SUV is needed, to fit the sticker.
3) Every catholic priest should be forced to sleep with a prostitute at least once/week, so they won’t have to go after the kids. When will America learn that their unhealthy obsession with suppressing sex and the body only leads to major problems? Among recent American scandals, a naked breast was shown on tv and a senator touched feet in a public bathroom. Ooooo! I know it helps some people’s good standing with an invisible man in the sky, but enough is enough.
4) Every major league baseball player should be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame automatically, so I don’t have to listen to idiots go on about how it is a travesty their favorite player didn’t make it. “Jim Rice didn’t make it in, my world will end. Waaah” Why do you need a stamp of approval by an elitist organization to soften your insecurities? Start your own Hall of Fame if you don’t like that one.
August 22, 2007
When I started this blog, my purpose was to communicate my feelings on whatever topics held my interest, which is usually sports and comedy. This is very different from 20 years ago, when I was 19, when my interests were sports, comedy, and tits. Of course, tits were most important to me during my first year of life, whenever I got hungry. After 1, I reached the age where the unelected FCC kindly protected me against such damaging images as tits, without them having to be asked. I was fortunately too old (over 18) to have been ruined by Janet Jackson’s tit briefly shown at the Superbowl, although I guess under age 2 would have been ok, as they see breasts everyday. I hope none of the kids between 2 and 18 saw that, so they could enjoy their wholesome images of broken bones sticking through football padding in 3 separate slo-motion angles. Now I have much less interest in tits, even naked ones. Oh yes lady, those are very nice – you still aren’t getting ahead of me in line.
But lately, I cannot see how I, or any American, can avoid being deeply involved in politics. As a bachelor, I can readily equate this situation to taking out the trash. Sure Mothers always tell you to take out the trash, but it only really needs to be attended to when the garbage builds so high that the stench and weight of it makes it difficult to comfortably live. That is where we are in America now. Everybody needs to get involved in cleaning up this mess.
Many of the major issues in this country have slowly and subtly worsened since Reagan took over in 1980 and then exploded with Bush 2.
One of these worsening issues is the establishment of an unconstitutional state religion, a fundamentalist sect of Christianity. To be fair, it was Carter that allowed fundamentalism into the White House, but the Christian Coalition began with Reagan. As a side note, the other thing that bothers me from Carter’s presidency is the absolute political failure of the attempt to sacrifice now for the betterment of the long term. This Tactic will be needed, if we are to deal with large issues such as Global Warming, but has been considered political suicide since Carter.
Another issue is corporate control over every aspect of American life, including: how we get our information, how we are educated as kids; how laws are made, how laws are implemented, and almost everything else. Another issue is today’s topic, and the 2nd on my list of issues to be addressed by any presidential candidate, the military.
War culture. Leaving aside the contributions made to other countries’ war efforts, the United States spends approximately half of the world’s war budget, and much more than half if you include other budgetary items that are used for war purposes and ‘emergency’ funds. Oh, and let’s make this clear, when I say the United States, I mean you and I pay, and large companies receive, the money - like GE (owns NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, etc). Who we are fighting is irrelevant to these companies, only that we keep the gigantic payments up. What makes it more disgraceful is the way this money is used.
1) This money is not for the soldiers, or ‘troops’ as is the new term. The Bush administration has slashed funding for health care and all other benefits for the soldiers. Corporate Democrats have been complicit in this, as usual. The term ‘support our troops’ means give money to war profiteers, like Haliburton, Titan, or Kelloggs. When news employees hide behind, ‘you hate our troops’, they mean ‘Don’t infringe on my employer’s profits, I want to keep my job’. Sometimes these news employees get out of line with their employers and get fired (Dan Rather is one)
2) The ‘enemy’ doesn’t matter, but the fear does. When I was a kid the cold war was the provided reason for the high military budget. Reagan scared us with descriptions of nuclear rockets just off the coast of Florida, aimed at us. The prior generation had to hide under desks as kids, to practice survival of a nuclear attack. When the Soviet Union was too weak to use as an enemy, naturally the military budget should be decreased. Nope, not according to this pdf U.S. budget over time. Clinton increased the budget, so did both Bushes. After the Soviet Union, the enemy became small countries in South America, mainly. Today, the enemy is ‘Terrorists”, which could belong to any country, I guess, and can never be eliminated, – constant threat and war.
3) Destroys human life in horrible ways. Although corporate McNews never reports it, the most conservative estimate is that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in this recent war, mostly women, children, and elderly. This is a third world country that has never attacked or threatened the United States, whose people died because Bush’s (Oil) and Cheney’s (Haliburton) employers needed to increase profit. That is sick.
4) The United States military is ineffective in every way but making money for certain big companies. Iraq is a third world country, who had been devastated by 10 years of UN sanctions, resulting in many deaths – and the United States multi trillion dollar military couldn’t defeat it? What will happen if we need to fight a real war against a real enemy? We are fucked! But who provided biological and other weapons to Saddam? That’s right, U.S. military. And who trained Osama bin Laden to kill and gave him lots of money to start his own army? Yep, U.S. military. Whomever is running the military, they need to be tried for treason, while we get someone who cares about the American people in charge.
For a presidential candidate to get my vote or to be seen by me as a serious candidate, he/she must have a plan to dramatically reduce the military budget, while increasing the quality of their services. The plan would need to deal with war profiteers like Haliburton, both in the future with oversight and fair bidding, and backward with criminal proceedings. Many polls show that this what the people want, and simply ignore it, as the candidates have done, is anti-democracy.