I’m cruising the web yesterday, and I came across this little nugget. Reuters has undergone quite an extensive investigation into the Department of Defense, and has discovered that since 1996, approximately $8.5 Trillion dollars has gone unaccounted for. Where the hell is all that money? Did anybody check under Dick Cheney’s mattress? There have been 3 presidents since this money has started to disappear, and not one of them has so much as made a mention about an investigation. Of course who wants to bite the hand that feeds? The Pentagon may have “misplaced” this money, but they are still lining the pockets of anyone who happens to be in the business of doing business with the DoD.
The main issue is that the DoD has no accountability. In 1990, a federal law was passed mandating that every agency be audited. So far, the pentagon has done no such thing. They are to date, the only agency to not comply. Why would they? They are the biggest bully on the block. Compliance with federal standards is certainly way beneath them.
$8.5 Trillion could solve a lot of our countries problems right now. How many roads and bridges would that buy? How many new housing projects for the poor and homeless would be completed with this money? How many new college students might there be, with programs financed by this missing loot? I could go on and on about where this money could have been better spent. This is money that could have been spent in government programs that actually have transparency and accountability, not cloak and dagger incompetence.
I want to know where the fuck this money went, don’t you?
Considering the fact that Louisiana has probably the most pro-gun laws in the country, it’s no wonder that the state leads the country in gun related deaths. How could Bobby Jindal not see this coming? Currently, there isn’t much information on the shooter, John Houser, other than he was 59 years old, was estranged from his family,was a member of the Tea Party, and had a very old criminal history. Oh, he was also denied a gun permit in Alabama back in 2006. Wait, what? He was denied a gun permit in Alabama of all places, but still managed to get a gun in Louisiana? The fact that a person can be denied a gun permit in one state, and simply cross the border to another state to buy a gun is why we need stringent, federal gun laws. If we had them in place already, there might not be a shot up theater in Lafayette, Louisiana this morning. Or dead marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, or dead church goers in Charleston, South Carolina, or dead – Oh hell, you get my point. Lather. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. It’s a never ending cycle of gun violence. While we can continue to try and analyze the who and the why, we could at least come to our senses and address the how.
No, I’m not saying abolish the 2nd Amendment. I’m not saying ban all guns. I’ve owned guns, and I’ve shot guns. I enjoyed it, I’ll admit that. Of course, here’s the rub on my personal experience with guns. I suffer from Bi-Polar disorder. I have been documented with suicidal and psychotic tendencies. Here in Kentucky, I was able to acquire a gun with no background or medical check what so ever. That’s right, a man with some severe mental disorders was able to get a gun with little to no effort. Sound familiar? The whole concept of being able to walk in and buy any gun your heart desires without so much as a background check sounds crazy, even to a person who has literally been diagnosed as crazy. Face it, our priorities are fucked up, and that’s why this shit keeps happening. We need to address our gun problem head on, and we need to do it now.
Or we can behave like Governor Bobby Jindal: Keep pretending that all Americans have the undeniable right to any and all firearms, then continue to wonder why countless, innocent lives are lost because they committed the crime of being at the wrong end of a gun barrel. We still have prayer though! That’s the stock answer to every tragedy, right?
Update: More information is coming in about John Houser. Surprise surprise! He’s another gun toting, Obama hating, white supremacist.
Another horrific shooting occurred yesterday, in which 4 marines were killed, and one police officer was wounded. The shooter, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was killed as well during his spree. Adulazeez, 24 years old, had published two blog post three days before the shootings. In these two blog post, he called for jihad, and concluded in one of his post “What is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.” While it certainly appears as if Abdulazeez was motivated by the hard line aspects of Islam, perhaps, in this incident, that isn’t the case. Maybe, just maybe, those two post weren’t indicative of who Abdulazeez once was, only what he had become: Another disillusioned young adult, living in a world where very few people succeed in life.
Abdulazeez grew up very American. He was a wrestler in high school. He participated in mixed martial arts. There are YouTube videos of him hanging out with friends. He had a degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee. There is a graduation picture of him, clean shaven and regaled in cap and gown, the American Flag featured prominently behind him. He planted flowers for his mother. He was for all intents and purposes, a young man with a bright future. When we fast forward three years from the date of his graduation, we find yet another person with a college degree who couldn’t find a job, with very little prospects. He was angry, lonely, and more than a little unhinged.
Don’t get me wrong: What he did was atrocious. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for this man. It was an unconscionable act, and I feel horrible for those four marines who were killed. I feel even worse for their families. It’s just that in spite of his jihadist bluster three days before the shootings, I’m not convinced it was about jihad. Again, I think it was more about disillusionment and despair. In fact, like a lot of people do, he had turned to drugs and alcohol as a crutch. This past April, he was arrested for a DUI. During the stop, it was noted that he smelled of marijuana, and had a white powdery residue on his face. Tell me I’m wrong here, but doesn’t Islam prohibit the use of alcohol and drugs? The actions of Abdulazeez smacks more of addiction and mental illness, and less like Jihad as the facts continue to come out. He seemingly loved the American Way, until the American Way stopped loving him back.
Again, please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying here. Abdulazeez became a very bad man. However, I think we should do more than just scratch the surface and declare that he was just another muslim terrorist, hell bent on killing as many Americans as possible, before going out in a blaze of jihadist glory. He was a person, with hopes of a good job, and getting married and having a family. In other words, he was just like the rest of us. However, the difference is that while most of us can deal with failure and disappointment, he couldn’t. While the rest of us pick ourselves up and carry on, he snapped and took it out on four Marines and a cop, all of whom deserved better.
What I’m saying is don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The chapters don’t always match up to the picture on the jacket.
According to Faux News, the most dangerous person on the planet is this guy:
I may be a born again atheist, but I respect the hell out of Pope Francis. He’s like the kindly old grandpa on Rugrats. He’s a decent person who cares about our planet as a whole. He speaks out against human injustice, as well as injustice toward our environment. No wonder Faux News, as well as the rest of the Right Wing Nut Jobs who could care less about anybody or anything other than themselves. Welcome to the list your holiness. You can take a seat of honor next to President Obama, the man who was voted most dangerous six years in a row previous to you.
Fuck you Fox News, for coming up with shit like this.
Fuck you right wing extremist for pulling the wool over the eyes of so many people who don’t know any better.
Fuck you corporate world for poisoning our environment.
Fuck you Barry Goldwater, for starting all this right wing extremist bullshit, after LBJ mopped the country with your dumb ass in the 1964 elections.
I mean seriously, the POPE? FUCK OFF!
While the world may be watching what’s going in Greece this week, apparently the Chinese stock market is undergoing a hell of a crash. When I say crash, I really mean that their market is undergoing some 1929, major economic depression, people jumping out the windows to their own death style crash. Since June 12, approximately $2.7 trillion in stock value has just gone poof. Why has this happened? From what my feeble economic mind can tell. It’s like any other market crash. People invest with credit instead of real money, the bubble rises, then for whatever reason the bubble deflates, causing financial panic. The Chinese government in the mean time is trying to inflate the bubble by encouraging investors to invest everything, all the while even going so far as to go all in on their own by investing the national pension fund, all to no avail.
Meanwhile, China has a shit pot full of money invested in American markets.Will their crash affect our economy as well? I would think so. Global markets being as they are right now, I would think that the world’s second largest economic power would set off a domino effect, much different, and perhaps way more catastrophic and real than the so called Domino Effect of Communism,that supposedly was going on in South East Asia in the 50’s. Red China was really no threat, Broke China, could pose a very real threat.
In addition, our corporate/military machine has started to place a lot of focus on China, in order to once again try to contain them. There continues to be a large military build up in the South Pacific, as the good old US of A is leaning heavily on our “allies” to place even more troops and equipment in and around the South China Sea. As a result, China has massively improved upon, and continues to spend billions their military build up. The U.S. military is steadily encroaching on China’s holdings in the South China Sea, as well as sending a lot of money and arms to China’s nearby pain in the ass, Taiwan.
I don’t know; I can’t help but think that China’s economic distress and our military build up in the region is not a coincidence. Obviously I’m no expert, but something about this whole scenario just smells bad, not stinky bad, but scare me enough to make me shit my pants bad. Although I suppose that would qualify as stinky bad too, wouldn’t it?
Needless to say, I won’t be investing in Ali Baba stocks any time soon.
Once again, Arizona has lost its freaking collective religious right mind. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Arizona legislature passed a bill making it legal for businesses, public servants etc, to refuse service to anyone who does not conform to their religious beliefs. Dubbed the “right to discriminate act,” similar bills are currently being considered in 10 other states, with Georgia hot on the heels of Arizona. While many feel as if these bills solely target the LGBT communities in these states, that’s not exactly true. In Georgia and Arizona for instance, a hotel for example, can refuse to give a room to anyone who does not fit the religious criteria of the owner. Muslims, Hindus, virtually anyone can be refused service. Currently in Arizona, the bill is expected to be vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. However, she is doing it because of the back lash, not because it’s just a god-awful, disgusting Jim Crow like set back to human rights. The bill reeks of inhumanity, and both conservative and liberal alike should be disgusted by any such piece of legislation. This bill, and other bills under consideration, are a slippery slope toward not only a return to Jim Crow, but a return to Nazi Germany as well. It’s horrifying to me to even think about what bills may come afterward, should any state turn such discrimination into law.
Yet, I’m not surprised by the bill. The radical religious right has been hot on the trail of Puritan like conformity for decades. They want to quash down the movement of marriage equality (Ted Cruz, I’m looking at you). They want to kill women’s reproductive rights (Hello Rick Perry!). They want to severely limit immigration. They want to jail almost every American of black and brown color on trumped up charges. They want to eliminate every colorful ingredient of our melting pot, and turn our country into bland creme soup. It’s so bad, that even moderate conservatives are not only distancing themselves from their grand old party, they’re forsaking it all together – in droves. If John McCain is complaining, you know it’s bad.
What’s our recourse? Protest, protest against these moral intruders like they owe you money. Write your state leaders, and make your voice heard. Threaten with your buying power, and threaten with your votes. People will listen. It’s happened before, and it can happen again. In fact, it’s already happening, why else would Governor Brewer consider a veto? It’s not because of her humanity: She doesn’t have any. It’s because she knows that Arizona will lose a ton of tourist dollars. She’s probably going to do the right thing for the wrong reasons, but at least she’s going to do the right thing. We must continue to stand up for what is right: After all, George Takei simply isn’t going to be around forever to fight our battles for us.
These are dangerous times we live in folks, and if we don’t fight back, our freedom will already be more repressed that it already is. I’m just saying.
Welcome to the latest installment of What Does The First Amendment Really Mean? Recently, Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty gave an interview in GQ Magazine. In that interview, he made derogatory remarks involving not only the LGBT community, but African Americans as well. He likened homosexuality to bestiality, and claimed that blacks in Louisiana were much happier during the days of Jim Crow. Naturally, there was an outpouring of outrage, and A&E Network responded by suspending Robertson indefinitely. Of course, the bible thumping Tea Partiers, lead by Sarah Palin (Why is she still relevant?) came to his defense, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated. I say this with all due respect Mrs. Palin, but you and your ilk are full of hypocritical bullshit.
First of all, Robertson’s rights were not violated. Yes he has a right to his opinion, no matter how bigoted or idiotic it is. He can freely state his hillbilly bible thumping bullshit, without any reprisal from our government. However, his employer has every right to fire or suspend him for making such statements. For example, I can freely say that in my opinion, Phil Robertson is a prejudiced hateful moron, who deserves to be hog tied,and have a giant rainbow colored duck call shoved up his ass. I can opine this without worrying about any consequences from the government. However, if my employer was to read this post and disagree, they can fire me without reprisal. There would be nothing I can do about that. I can also freely state in my opinion, that I think Sarah Palin is an uneducated coat tail riding twat, and that I wish she was eaten by the very wolves that she enjoys shooting at from a helicopter. Fired by my employer? Yes. Arrested or censored by the authorities? No. This is how the First Amendment works folks. You don’t hear Martin Bashir bitching about his First Amendment rights do you?
Nobody is questioning his right to make racist and homophobic opinions. Has he been arrested for them? He has his right to his opinion. We also have the right to be offended by such comments and speak out against them. We have the right to reach out to his employer and complain about his conduct. The Tea Party went after Martin Bashir for his inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin, and as a result he was fired by MSNBC. Now that the situation is reversed with one of their own, they’re crying like a bunch of butt hurt little children about his First Amendment rights. You can’t have it both ways.
In my opinion, the ass hats of the Tea Party, along with their minion Sarah Palin, need to take a civics class or two. Maybe then they would finally shut their fucking mouths about the First Amendment already. Hell, they need to have the entire Constitution taught to them. That is, of course, once they get through a remedial hooked on phonics class.
I’m not holding my breath though.