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Month: September 2010 (page 2 of 3)

Tales from a Godless Monkey

You have got to check out this site.  He blogs about nothing and everything.  The very first blog was about reality and perception.  He writes stories and sometimes, he writes about things he like.  I just discovered him and I have not, as of yet, read everything in his archives – but I have every intention of doing so.  (Yeah, I know, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.)

Anyway, right now he’s writing a story that is wickedly (ha, I just wrote wickedly, how strange is that?) addicting.  I have to know what is going to happen to Sam – the main character.  He’s on part four of (what he said) five parts.

Check out Part 1 here – you can find the other three on your own.

Enjoy!

California Tea Party backs Delaware Candidate

Tea Party Conservative Christine O’Donnell beat Republican Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary. She was endorsed by Sarah Palin. The media is touting this as a big move for the Tea Party movement. Actually, it just means that a far right Republican beat a not so far right Republican. The real test will be if the Tea Party can pull off wins in the general election.

But, here’s what bugs me. O’Donnell beat Castle using $237,000 from Tea Party Express – “a California political committee”.  I realize that O’Donnell isn’t going to turn down money for her campaign merely because it came from another state, but she should.  A political committee from a state that is clear across the country shouldn’t interfere with the election.  It’s none of their business.  I realize that they have a First Amendment right to donate money, but something about it seems a little fishy to me.  I should probably do some research, but I do have a full time job, but I wonder how much money O’Donnell received from inside the state of Delaware.

And, don’t think I’m just picking on O’Donnell – I’ve blogged about this before.  I just don’t think candidates should be able to accept money from another state.  It just doesn’t seem right.  How do the people in Delaware know for whom to vote if ads are coming in from outside their state?  How does the Tea Party in California know just what a constituent in Delaware needs in a Candidate?

I think this would bother me less if the states were in a closer proximity.  I don’t think I’d have quite as much of an objection if the money came from a political group in New Jersey or Maryland.  At least the states are close enough that they might share the same problems and issues.  Plus, the Republican Party of Delaware doesn’t even want to support O’Donnell, so how is she going to be elected?  Isn’t the Tea Party Express leaving open the chance that the seat could go to the Democrat?

What do you think?

Ron Johnson and Scott Walker

So, Ron Johnson is the Republican nominee for Senator. He is running again Russ Feingold. I wonder if now he will accept the invitation to the six debates Feingold has all ready said he will attend. It will be interesting to hear Johnson have to speak from the top of his head. I am endorsing Russ Feingold. He is the most independent of all our Senators. He voted against the recent Financial Regulation bill and, for that, I respect him. Johnson is a rich businessman who knows nothing about the working families of Wisconsin. He doesn’t believe in equality for all. He doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state. He’s too far to the right and knows nothing about the compromise that is needed to keep this country on track.

Scott Walker is the Republican candidate for Governor. I was rooting for Mark Neumann – I figured that Tom Barrett would beat Neumann easily. A Walker – Barrett race will not only be closer, but it will be more interesting. Both the city and county of Milwaukee are not in great shape. These are the two men who have been running both. It will come as no surprise that I am endorsing and supporting Tom Barrett for Governor. I’ve never liked Scott Walker – and I will admit that is a gut feeling. He rubbed me the wrong way when he first ran for County Executive.

This will be an interesting election.

Sharron Angle’s False Arguments

Don’t vote for Sharron Angle – Nevada!  Wise up.  Check out this video:

Sharron Angle and the Media

In honor of today’s primaries, I’m reposting my Sharron Angle video.  Let’s hope the people of Nevada are paying attention.  The last person they need is Sharron Angle.

Tax Cuts and the Rich Republicans

Pay attention – the economy is improving.  Things are getting better.  We are on the right track.  But, if we turn the reins back over to the Republicans, all we’ll hear about for the next two years are cut taxes and gay marriage.  This group of Republicans are probably making Ronald Reagan roll over in his grave.

There entire goal is to be re-elected and once re-elected, it will be pro-business, anti-worker as usual.

Case in point, House Minority Leader John Boehner has said that he will back  “President Barack Obama’s proposal to renew the expiring Bush tax cuts only for those making less than $250,000 if it were his only option.” (Quoted from CNN)  But, that’s not good enough for the rest of his party.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell thinks that no one should pay any higher taxes next year.  McConnell, also, believes that the people hardest hit in this recession were those who made more that $250,000 per year.  Seriously?  There were a lot of homes in foreclosure in my neighborhood – not one of those families that lost their homes earned more than $250,000 per year.  The people hardest hit were those in the middle and on the bottom rungs of the ladder, not the fancy quarter of a million dollars a year people.

Eric Cantor – R-Virginia – proves that he’s a stand up guy – for the rich:  “I will do everything in my power to stop President Obama and Speaker Pelosi from raising taxes on working families, small business people, and investors.”  Nobody said they wanted to raise taxes on working families – just those people earning more than $250,000 per year.  And, think about that — that’s NET not GROSS.  I know small business owners and they don’t make more than $250,000 per year.

According to Obama, extending the tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 per year will cost the government $700 billion – which would go a long way to fund our military, our schools and put Social Security back on the right track.

The bottom line is this:  Bush gave a huge tax break to the wealthy.  The wealthy in turn said thank you very much and began laying off workers.  Even though the economy is improving and business profits are up, the wealthy is still saying, “We’re not hiring.”  Companies, like Harley Davidson, are asking for drastic concessions from their workers and not promising a thing in return.

Let them pay the higher taxes — they haven’t been hiring with the lower taxes – maybe this’ll give them the swift kick in the rear that they need.

Lesbian home destroyed – Arson Suspected

I found this on the AMERICAbloy Gay.  A home belonging to a lesbian couple was burned to the ground.  Carol Ann and Laura Stutte love the area, but do not plan on rebuilding there.  John Aravosis, “It will be interesting to see if the administration helps.”  But, I think he’s wrong.  Equality for gays and lesbians won’t happen because a Democratic President calls for it.  It will happen when neighbors start watching out for each other.

I blame the whole thing on the people who live in that neighborhood.  Maybe if they had reacted and called the cops when the couple’s garage was being spray painted with “Queers”, a house burning wouldn’t have happened.

On the other hand, that’s pretty much what you can expect when you’re gay and you live below the mason dixon line.  Nothing but haters down there.  Might be a few good ones, but I promise you — I will never live in the south.  No one can ever convince me that the uneducated, backward masses do not outnumber the people who are goodhearted, educated people.

I think Mark Neumann needs to rethink his Google Ads

With just one day left before the Wisconsin primary, I seriously think that Mark Neumann should re-think his Google Ads.  A co-worker sent me a link to a news story from the UK about a woman who has been so obsessed with a computer game that she neglected not only her children, but her dogs.  Right there, at the bottom of the page, Mark Neumann for Governor.  I mean, does he really want to be associated with a crazy lady who cannot balance video games with raising children?

I know he has $2 million in his election war chest, but should he really be wasting it here?  I would think more targeted ads would do better for him.  If Neumann wins the Republican primary for Governor, I think he should have a long and serious talk with his Marketing people.

Net Neutrality

I know that I shouldn’t be surprised every time someone supports a group, candidate or even an idea that  goes against their own best interest.  Tea Party supporters do this all the time.  Followers of Saint Palin do it too and the people who watch Glenn Beck do not have a real grasp of the issues.  The people who are going to vote for Ron Johnson come to mind as well.

Case in point, Net Neutrality.  To Beck, Net Neutrality is Obama’s plan to put our country on the path of socialism.  To him, this is an Obama backed plan.  Unfortunately, the followers of Beck believe that Beck can make no mistakes.  The problem is that – when it comes to Net Neutrality – Glenn Beck doesn’t know his arse from a hole in the ground.

Net Neutrality didn’t rise up after Obama was in office.  The idea of keeping the access to information on the Internet “free” has been around since the late 1990’s.  But, if you’re on the right, you wouldn’t know that. The ring wing pundits don’t admit that. They are so against anything that might be supported by this administration, they’ve lost sight of the correct side of an issue.

To put it simply, “Net neutrality is this: If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay to connect with that or greater quality of service, then we can communicate at that level.” (Quoted from Tim Berners-Lee on his blog. Don’t know who Tim Berners-Lee is Google him.)

The problem is that companies – such as Verizon and AT&T – are shoving lobbying dollars to Congress to allow them to determine what content YOU can see via their networks.  If you want to view a website that your ISP doesn’t want to allow on their network, they can do that if we DON’T have Net Neutrality.  I can’t stress this enough.  It is imperative that we keep the Internet free flowing and allow the free flow of information.  Content providers pay for their access – you pay for your access – I pay for mine.  We shouldn’t have to be prevented from seeing another’s website because our ISP doesn’t have an agreement with them or they want to charge them money above and beyond what they’ve paid for their hosting.

Period.

Quran Book Burning Wrong

I fully support the First Amendment.  I will gladly pick up a rifle and defend someone’s right to say something that with every fiber of my being I disagree.   That being said, I think that Terry Jones is going too far.

Terry Jones – a pastor at the Dove World Outreach Center – plans on buring 200 copies of the Quran on September 11th.  He says, according to CNN, that “his message targets radical Islamists.”

Oh, is that all?  You’re going after the guys like the ones who flew planes into the World Trade Center?  Well, in that case, go ahead.  After all, burning a Quran will not offend a moderate Islamist who still believes that America is a great country and not a western, evil empire.  How could the nice Muslims be upset about the burning of 200 of their Holy books?

And, why does this man think this is okay?  How could this man think that this is okay?

If an Islamic religious leader stood up in Gainesville, Florida and said he was going to burn 200 Holy Bibles – we’d all be having a fit and falling in it – including Terry Jones – wouldn’t we?

This man is a nut, an absolute religious nut.  I hope his followers realize that he is leading them down a path of condemnation and scorn.  I hope they realize that burning a Quran is not something of which Jesus would approve.

But, probably not, after all, it is Florida we’re talking about.

One last thing:  The blood from the next terrorist attack is on his hands.

And, may God have mercy on his soul.

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