November 3, 2008

Obama Versus McCain – A Ticking Time Bomb

Filed under: News-Politicians-War — Mim @ 12:02 am

The eyes of the world are on the U.S. election. Will the largest superpower change its political direction? Or will the winds continue blowing from both directions at the same time in order to confound the American electorate?

Consider the two candidates: Senator Obama leans towards a socialist democracy at the very least, and Senator McCain leans in the liberal direction of the war mongers of the former president Lyndon Baines Johnson era. But now the political parties have flipped – the way magnetic poles have shifted from North to South throughout history. This same flipping happened during the early years of the United States, and now seems to be occurring again.

Or maybe the political parties have slipped off track. In previous years, the American public would vote for the Democratic presidential candidate when they wanted more social welfare programs which resulted in more jobs at the expense of higher taxes. In other years, the American public would vote for the Republican candidate whenever they wanted to put the brakes on government spending, and wanted to downsize everything including government control and taxes.

Many issues surrounding Senator Obama have not been adequately addressed. Regarding the birth certificate for Obama, he was born of a Kansas mother when she was about 18 in another country. Under the constitution, anyone born of an American is automatically an American, but the young age of his mother begs the question about whether his birthright meets the constitutional requirement. It is a puzzle as to why the Republicans have not pressed this issue further with Obama, since the constitution requires the president to be an American citizen.

I also find it incredulous the Republicans are not constantly beating Obama over the head with his racist and negative remarks from his two autobiographies which he wrote years ago. His statements should be on billboards and brought to the public’s awareness.

Obama is a spin master. In the state prison system where I work, he would fit right in with the CSC inmates (criminal sexual conduct) who are the best at weaving webs of lies around their prospective victims. Plus, his having selected Senator Joe Biden as a vice-presidential running mate is like selecting Senator Ted Kennedy on speed – everyone will be wearing a headset or earphones so as not to have to listen to Biden’s endless rhetoric.

Obama is not only a misogynist, but a racist as well, based on the disparaging remarks he has made about his mother’s race. Plus, I did not appreciate his woman-hating remark directed at the vice presidential candidate Sara Palin when he referred to her as a pit bull with lipstick. I suspect he is verbally abusive towards his wife and probably hates a whole lot of other minority and cultural groups as well.

Although I respect McCain for having suffered so horribly as a POW (prisoner of war), I have not heard any indication from him that he would cease the war, and in fact, it would appear his goal would be to get us involved in Iran or Pakistan next. This war mongering mentality of the 1970’s disturbs me a lot.

This country was founded on freedom for all and not about going to war overseas with countries which disagree with American politics or freedoms. In this election, more people are thrust in a position of voting not for what someone stands for, but rather casting a vote so as not to have the worst candidate elected.

McCain’s cross-eyed wife is very strange to watch. Her focus is not pointed in the direction of her stare, giving her an eerie appearance. She is reportedly worth at least $200 million, but required her husband to sign a pre-nuptial agreement in the event they split up. It is really difficult to convince Americans that a husband and wife worth so much money, could feel any sense of remorse over lost jobs or a national economy that has runaway to China.

The McCain campaign made a critical error in judgment on October 6 when they announced they were canceling all trips to Michigan. They were essentially surrendering these electoral votes to the Democrats. This will turn out to be a fatal flaw in McCain’s campaign, as Michigan has a Democratic governor despised by both the Democrats and Republicans.

Personally, I am deeply disappointed in this year’s candidates. I have issues with both of them. While I worry that McCain will lead us into more war, I worry that Obama will not lift a finger to stop any war in the Middle East. I worry about statements from the past that Muslems will take control of the US using our own election tools by getting their candidates elected. Is Obama one of their tools?

We take so much for granted in the United States. We can go to our jobs, go golfing, or let our children walk to school, and we do not have to carry a gun or sit at a window with a rifle or worry about a landmine being planted on the roads. I worry that Americans will let these precious freedoms slip away.

I worry about Obama’s own admission that he would consider himself a Muslem if pressed on the issue. I worry about Obama’s friendship with a wannabe terrorist or a preacher who is more racist than a Neo-Nazi. How does Obama view the extermination of 2.5 million Africans by their Muslem rulers over an alleged territorial dispute over oil fields? But regrettably, we will never know, as the newscasters for the presidential debates selected the least controversial questions.

This will prove to be the first election where New Hampshire did not correctly predict the winner which will upset many politcal pundits.

My prediction for the election is that Obama will win 62% – 63% of the popular vote. He will get his support primarily from blacks, liberal and conservative whites, college students, and all other groups which traditionally vote Democratic. If Obama wins Florida, then he will win the election for sure, and you can go to bed and not stay up late on Tuesday to watch election coverage on TV. This is because Floridian politics are a constant three-way struggle between the uneducated Cuban/Latino population, the whites in the middle, and the retired Jewish egalitarians.

McCain will get the votes from senior citizens, frustrated conservatives who are not voting for McCain, but rather are casting a vote against Obama. McCain will get votes from all right wing religious groups who have not yet figured out McCain is more liberal than many Democrats. Plus, McCain will get support from the Hispanic/Latino crowd which historically does not trust blacks, along with large pockets of votes from Born Again Christians and Southerners.

Skeptically yours,
Mim

November 17, 2007

Don’t Believe Politicians

Filed under: News-Politicians-War — Mim @ 2:54 am

My cousin Ed sent me the following e-mail about politicians: 

An Iraqi legislator said authorities found telephone numbers of senior officials in Al-Zarqawi’s cell phone after his  death. Waiel Abdul-Latif, a member of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s party, did not give names of the  officials. But he said they included ministry employees and members of parliament

I try to operate under the Don’t believe everything you read or hear theory and to see the word former in the statement above makes me wonder about his possible motives for saying that.

On the other hand, I do believe something very fishy is going on with our government. This is off topic but then again maybe not but I wonder what the Religous Right’s stand is on gun control. They have gained a tremendous amount of power and I can forsee a clash between the NRA and the RR.

We’ve gotten ourselves into a terrible situation over there in Iraq and took our eye off the real problems being Iran and North Korea. Personally I think these things should be handled regionally i.e. by China, Russia, and Japan.

We’ve been losing about a soldier a day in Afganistan here at Fort Drum (10th Mountain Division) in my neck of the woods. They are doing a lot of mountain work trying to get Osama and it would appear we should not have turned our eye on Iraq before finishing our mission in Afganistan.

It’s a real mess and I don’t believe for a minute that an established government in those countries is going to stop it. It’s a pipe dream on the part of our administration to think so and to tell the American people that. These people are hell bent on draining our money, killing our soldiers, and making us pay thru the nose for energy products. I believe countries that Bush calls our allies are funding the terrorists and hoping to bring about our demise in doing so.

It’s a sad, sad situation with no end in sight and all it will take is another attack in the U.S. for us to become a military state. They’ll tell us it’s only temporary and that it is for our protection but it will be the beginning of the end of the U.S.of A. as we know it.

As far as I’m concerned our government has lost all credibilty and if you believe what they are telling you just think back to a while ago when these fools told us the insurgency was in its last gasps. They just don’t get it.

Never will and the sooner we can get them out of the power holding positions they are in the better. Personally I will be voting for every non-incumbent on the ticket this fall and in 2008. Bush and his Good vs. Evil crap needs to go. They want us to be scared (OF THEM) but I’m not. I’ve got more chances of getting killed by lightning than I do a terrorist attack.

May you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you are dead.

Signed,
     Ed

Update:  This article was uploaded in 2006 when it still seemed like the politicians wanted to get out of Iraq. But later on, the focus changed somewhere along the line and being in Iraq became an accepted practice that anyone questioning was regarded as insensitive. 

Skeptically yours,
          Mim

Don't Believe Politicians

Filed under: News-Politicians-War — Mim @ 2:54 am

My cousin Ed sent me the following e-mail about politicians: 

An Iraqi legislator said authorities found telephone numbers of senior officials in Al-Zarqawi’s cell phone after his  death. Waiel Abdul-Latif, a member of former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s party, did not give names of the  officials. But he said they included ministry employees and members of parliament

I try to operate under the Don’t believe everything you read or hear theory and to see the word former in the statement above makes me wonder about his possible motives for saying that.

On the other hand, I do believe something very fishy is going on with our government. This is off topic but then again maybe not but I wonder what the Religous Right’s stand is on gun control. They have gained a tremendous amount of power and I can forsee a clash between the NRA and the RR.

We’ve gotten ourselves into a terrible situation over there in Iraq and took our eye off the real problems being Iran and North Korea. Personally I think these things should be handled regionally i.e. by China, Russia, and Japan.

We’ve been losing about a soldier a day in Afganistan here at Fort Drum (10th Mountain Division) in my neck of the woods. They are doing a lot of mountain work trying to get Osama and it would appear we should not have turned our eye on Iraq before finishing our mission in Afganistan.

It’s a real mess and I don’t believe for a minute that an established government in those countries is going to stop it. It’s a pipe dream on the part of our administration to think so and to tell the American people that. These people are hell bent on draining our money, killing our soldiers, and making us pay thru the nose for energy products. I believe countries that Bush calls our allies are funding the terrorists and hoping to bring about our demise in doing so.

It’s a sad, sad situation with no end in sight and all it will take is another attack in the U.S. for us to become a military state. They’ll tell us it’s only temporary and that it is for our protection but it will be the beginning of the end of the U.S.of A. as we know it.

As far as I’m concerned our government has lost all credibilty and if you believe what they are telling you just think back to a while ago when these fools told us the insurgency was in its last gasps. They just don’t get it.

Never will and the sooner we can get them out of the power holding positions they are in the better. Personally I will be voting for every non-incumbent on the ticket this fall and in 2008. Bush and his Good vs. Evil crap needs to go. They want us to be scared (OF THEM) but I’m not. I’ve got more chances of getting killed by lightning than I do a terrorist attack.

May you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you are dead.

Signed,
     Ed

Update:  This article was uploaded in 2006 when it still seemed like the politicians wanted to get out of Iraq. But later on, the focus changed somewhere along the line and being in Iraq became an accepted practice that anyone questioning was regarded as insensitive. 

Skeptically yours,
          Mim

November 15, 2007

Illegal Immigration Solved – Make Mexico the 51st State!

Filed under: News-Politicians-War — Mim @ 2:16 am

The best solution to the illegal alien problem from Mexico is to make Mexico the 51st state of the United States. Skeptical World has changed the Mexican flag to show it as the 51st state.

Since the Spanish-American war, or the battle at Alamo in which Texas lost but nobody seems to remember that part of the story, Americans and Mexicans have flowed back and forth across the southern border of the United States – or perhaps it should be stated as the northern most border of Mexico.

The southern states in particular, California, Arizona, Texas and the southeastern states have prospered due to the cheap labor provided by Mexicans, who work as migrants or laborers in the United States, but do not have the benefit of insurances, the right to vote, or to enlist in the army and fight in Iraq.

There is a very thick animosity in the United States attempting to draw a color barrier between Americans and Mexicans, but the division is artificial. Rather than send 15 million Mexicans back to Mexico, let’s solve the problem once and for all.

Border patrol is tired of grabbing illegal immigrants and sending them back to Mexico, and the ones already here, live in fear of being captured, like pre-World War II Germany when the Jewish people had to wear the star of David bands on their arms to announce they were Jewish rather than German. Germans were the ones attempting to make a distinction, and in the United States, many Americans are attempting to create a difference that is not real for Mexicans.

Illegal Immigration

Picture courtesy of Alipac, Americans for Legal Immigration, April 11, 2006 at a rally in New York.

Mexicans are already living and working in the United States. Most of them are working in hospitals, restaurants, landscaping and other service industries. Instead of playing tag at the border with illegal immigrants, it would be simpler to make Mexico the 51st state!

Changing border boundaries would eliminate the need to patrol the border and would save a lot of money. Then too, Americans wanting to vacation in Can Cun or other tropical paradises in Mexico, could freely travel to those spots. Then there would be no need to patrol the southern United States border any longer.

Civil liberties and lifestyles would greatly improve for all Mexicans as the United States could spend its middle east war money on a worthwhile cause – namely, bring Mexico up to the same standard of living as what the Americans have already.

Strategically, Mexico is on the southern most border of the United States and rather than target hard-working Mexicans as felons, the United States need to start thinking about protecting its southern borders and make Mexico part of the United States.

Right now, the United States is enjoying the freedom of having no enemies on its borders. What if the Al-Qaida setup shop in Mexico along the border? The best way to prevent this is to make Mexico the 51st state.   Illegal ImmigrationIllegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration Illegal Immigration

With its rich culture and citizens known for their willingness to work hard for everything they have, the United States could only benefit from having these wonderful people call themselves citizens of the United States. Make Mexico the 51st state!

Update:  Since this article was first uploaded in 2006, many Americans have been obsessing over Mexicans swimming, boating, or flying over the border, but to date, no one has considered the fact that maybe the focus should be on searching for terrorists and getting rid of them before they hurt innocent people.

Skeptically yours,
          Mim

Illegal Immigration

November 12, 2007

Déjà vu Vietnam: Is Iraq Really Worth It?

Filed under: News-Politicians-War — Mim @ 6:45 pm

Military supremacy is the hallmark of the American fighting machine. Tanks and soldier manpower dominated two previous world wars in the last century and threatened monopolization of countries boasting insubordination. From Germany to Vietnam, and from Grenada to Libya, daringly defiant countries encroaching on United States interests paid a steep price for their anti-American propaganda.

The empowered United States military force, with its heavy artillery and technically trained troopers, would storm onto enemy territory and discourage politically unfriendly countries. Enemies surrendered or withdrew their aggression knowing that conflict with the United States meant an apocalypse for their country. The only real enemy to outsmart the United States military kingdom was Vietnam, an agrarian country whose combat strategies were unorthodox.

The Vietnamese were unconventional soldiers using ambush warfare with countless precision. They devoured United States military positions and produced staggering causalities. President Johnson and his closest advisors, using counterintelligence maneuvers, truly believed they were ahead of the Vietnamese offense, ordering more soldiers abroad and advancing their position exponentially.

Playing by the Geneva Convention War-rule book, the retreating Vietnam forces, so they thought, would lose their momentum. Attrition of their soldiers through the brutal beating of American air and land assaults, would guarantee American victory. 

But as American attacks began, sparking Vietnamese ingenuity, the enemy bypassed war-games and copiously retaliated with snipers and ambush squads using underground tunnels. Their usurpation of United States power came from a combat strategy they used for years that the United States was just learning about:  Guerrilla warfare. 

Invisible assaults

Unrelenting Guerrilla warfare, once a fierce Ninja-like invisible assault tactic, premised on two simple ideas. First was the element of captive surprise, of catching the enemy off guard through unsuspecting advances considered counter-intuitive by American military strategists. After all, who would think of randomly shooting from treetop posts or laying death-booby-trap grenades in civilian backpacks and huts? Second was a savagery of bludgeoning enemy forces with a primitive kill-instinct.  

 Déjà vu Vietnam: Is Iraq Really Worth It?

It was the same Neanderthal instinct that was capable of mutilating animals. Killing became a barbaric lust for bloodshed celebrated by the assassins as a victory. This included senseless soldier beheadings, torturous hostage starvations and extreme temperature exposure, and coercion of dehumanizing sexual acts.  Trophies abounded for their sterling roust in the fields hunting prey.

Random brutal killings

Fast forward to the pandemonium of countless dead American and allied soldiers killed under a remarkably similar pathos of barbarism. Iraqi  insurgents protesting the American presence in their country awaken a déjà vu memory of randomly brutal killings last seen in Vietnam.

Militants donned in explosives, teens sacrificed in suicidal bombs, cars detonated at American and Iraqi police stations; and how about the latest act of ravenous savagery? The mutilating of burned human corpses and displaying them as public effigies to stir national hatred. Or the slaughtering decapitation of Nick Berg, an anti-Semitic coup disguised as political retaliation for the Abu Ghairb prison abuses.

Human taxidermy

Such symbols of unconventional brutality are nothing new. Like the Vietnamese army, who were inveterate hunters since Biblical time, Iraqis basked in the glory of capturing and torturing their own hunted animals. Killing the chased animal-the helpless human victims—was not enough. No, their morbid obsession to showcase their prey resembled a form of human taxidermy.

The war games of Iraqi resistance resurrects the same subhuman fascination for genocide witnessed repeatedly in the archives of American military history. Whether shocked by the massacre of Jews under Hitler’s tyranny, angered by countless body bags of air-lifted soldiers in Vietnam, or repulsed by vivid televised images of carnage surrounded by cheering Iraqis, the inescapable truth is that not all human beings are civilized or subscribe to the same moral codes of humanity. That means that war with savages does not play by conventional war rules. Rules for animal warriors surviving on primitive instincts call for drastic measures that destroy the feeding frenzy for bloodshed.

Following the Israeli army’s example against enemy Palestinians, and in the words of the police officer O’Mally played by Sean Connery in the movie Untouchables, “When they shoot one of yours, you shoot two of theirs.” You hunt against those who hunt you. An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.  

Déjà vu Vietnam: Is Iraq Really Worth It? 

Israeli’s superior military force can outsmart their border antagonists because they retaliate swiftly, aggressively, and show no compassion or political diplomacy for perpetrators. Bombing the hide-outs of Hamas leaders sent a viciously clear message to its enemies—we play by your rules, and we do it better. Unlike the American military, once an invincible superpower and now the laughing stalk of the international community, the Israeli army proves its invulnerability by flexing its muscle against Palestinian mind-set of savagery, futility of human life, and their celebrated feast of vengeance. 

Learn from Israel’s experience

Wake up President Bush and realize your top-seated Generals and military advisors are obsolete. They strategize in a tightly sealed vacuum suffocating on anti-Deluvian ideas of Judeo-Christian principles. They espouse  bringing terrorists to justice as if rounding up petty thugs living in America. They do not grasp the Iraqi insurgents operate under Guerrilla-war mentality. Terrorists cannot be brought to justice; they can only be killed.

Middle East Scholars, historians, Israeli leaders, and Iraqi-American consultants are America’s real secret weapons. Let them portray the Vietnam-surrealism of today’s conflict and how prosecution of savagery begins and ends with one method: Retribution and obliteration.

Update:  This article was originally uploaded May 16, 2004. The man who beheaded Nick Berg was later identified as Al-Zarqawi, who was killed in 2006 by the Americans. The gruesome stillframe of the beheading process was made by me from the video. I found the three minute video of the beheading process of Nick Berg to be deeply disturbing. Either the Taliban used a dull knife blade, or their intent was to prolong the victim’s suffering, but watching the continuous sawing at his neck bones must have caused him unbelievable suffering.

The terrorists, performing for the camera, deliberately did not sever Nick Berg’s windpipe, so for three minutes while Al-Zarqawi was sawing the sides and back of Nick’s neck, the viewer can hear Nick screaming through his bloody windpipe. Only at the very end of the three minute videotape when it is apparent they have finally sawed through his spinal cord in the back of his neck, does Al-Zarqawi rip the knife through Nick Berg’s vocal cords, silencing the screams, and then jerks the head up off the shoulders.

My reason for telling you this is because you don’t want to see this video and yet, you need to be aware of how mentally disturbed the Taliban supporters really are.

Skeptically yours,
          Mim