Category Archives: Politics

The BP oil spill, President Obama, and You

For 60+ days oil has been purging into the Gulf Of Mexico like a cut jugular.  Millions of acres of marshland, swamps and beaches are at stake as well as the lives of fish, animals and people.  Everyone knows it’s important, BP, the Coast Guard, the Obama administration, people who live near the gobs of oil washing up on shore along with dead birds and fish.

Congress summoned the CEO of BP to publicly chastise the company for not doing enough to clean-up the spill.  Not only that, Congress demands BP setup a war chest of funds for recompensation to Gulf Coast residents which exceeds $4 billion.  Despite the fact that there’s a $75 million maximum penalty capped by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

President Obama addressed the nation on the oil spill and his plan to clean it up.  Pledging that BP will cover the costs of damages and that the National Guard has been deployed to assist.  Our President also stated that he wanted to know whose ass to kick.

But what does all this mean?

Simply put, this is political maneuvering and just another crisis to be exploited by the Administration to take more control over the national economy as well as cap & trade.  With the Administration having ramrodded the publicly unpopular Patient Protection and Affordability Act through the House and Senate, incumbent Democrats are worried about their jobs.  Public support for the administration and the Democratic Party is slipping lower and lower.

The Congressional inquiry into BP CEO Tony Hayward was grandstanding at it’s finest with Senators taking their turns attacking Big Oil.  Tony Hayward has also taken flak for being at a yacht race and not “doing more to clean up the mess.”  I would agree that Hayward has made some comments that show is public-speaking skills are lacking and BP itself needs to hire a new PR firm (where are those guys from Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce and are they available for hire?).   BP did take the steps to buy Google keywords to redirect traffic to their site.  Good going guys, way to spend thousands of dollars a day.

Really, now that I’m done rambling, let’s get to the meat of this.

  1. From the Socialist playbook – Never let a good crisis go to waste. Information on Rahm Emanuel’s socialist agenda can be read here.
  2. Disparage BP through Congressional inquiry to attack ‘Big Business’
  3. Pass a new energy bill during a lame duck Congress after the 4th of July Recess

Number 3 is really all that matters to the Administration.  Democrats are watching their popularity dwindle, public opinion of the administration falter and the Silent Majority of right-leaning Democrats, Tea Partiers and conservatives gaining traction before the November 2010 mid-term elections.  Before the balance of power shifts and the Democrats most likely losing their majority in the Senate (and possibly the House), the Administration wants to push through as much reform as they can before they lose power.

They already know their days are numbered.  The oil spill gives the President a platform to campaign against Big Oil and push a “green” economy and energy bill.  If they are going out the door they may as well try to push more through Congress while they can.

So let me leave you with these questions:

  1. How many millions of jobs will be lost by cutting back on oil production?
  2. If the Gulf oil spill is so catastrophic and important to fix, why must repair crews be union employees?
  3. Why did we turn away the help offered by other nations because they weren’t union?
  4. Who makes money on cap & trade? (List here)

For All The Idiots Out There…

Read this article about, once again, how evil the Bush administration is. For the purpose of my diatribe I am going to make myself very clear.

I personally condemn how Saudi Arabia has handled the rape of one of it’s citizens. Criminalizing the victim is stupid. Blaming her for not having a male escort while in public, though logical in their mind, is backwards as well as barbaric. A woman should not have to worry for her safety in a ‘civilized’ country.

Moving on.

Anyone who thinks that George W. Bush makes every decision in the daily role of government is a fool. That’s why the president has a cabinet, as well as many secretaries, political appointee’s, etc etc. Throw blame at your idiotic Democrat-controlled government that hasn’t “brought the troops home” after their election into office a year ago. Way to use an agenda and get absolutely nothing accomplished. Hooray for Pelosi.

To touch on my final point; if we stick our nose into a rape case in Saudi should we not expect them, and every other country in the world, to bitch to us about OUR legal system? Seriously, if you’re going to throw mud you should expect it to come flying back. It’s not our business how every country handles their legal system.

I’ll agree with you that we have stuck our noses into plenty of mud pies, but there has to be a limit. The same group who complains to us one moment that our troops should not be the global police are the same people who think we need to stick our fingers into Saudi Arabia’s cookie jar.

Pull yourself together and let Saudi handle it’s own laws. This isn’t a case of human rights abuses. No one was bitching when she was going to get 90 lashes and six months in jail. It sucks, I wish she didn’t have to suffer through punishment for a bullshit law, but it’s not our job as American’s to tell everyone what their business is. If you think so I hope you’re not someone who is complaining about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Google and MoveOn.org In Bed Together

So even Mashable is reporting\ that Google is banning anti-MoveOn.org ads. Fox News is on top of it as well. What does this mean?

1. It means that I am more than happy to host your anti-moveon.org advertisements via my OpenAds server(s) for low-cost.
2. That the people who help control the information (e.g. Google and not the Government) are manipulating the context via their own agenda.
3. Is Google, as an information service, following their mantra of “Do No Evil” by discriminating against who they wish?

Banned Google Ads

Apparently Google doesn’t want to sell ads that are anti-MoveOn.org. I tell you what: I’ve got my own OpenAds server. I will be more than happy to host your Anti-MoveOn.org ads on my platform. Send me an email at diliosofsparta[@]gmail.com and I will setup an ad server for you for a minimal cost.

Die alone or live together.

Stand Up, Grab Your Pair and Represent

Like this guy. This is the United States of America and not the United States of Mexico, despite opinions to the contrary. Yes, we’re the great melting pot and we should accept legal immigrants with open arms.

The point of immigrating is to assimilate with the country not start your own little mini-country.

In my country we speak English. Not only should it be our official national language we should stop coddling people by writing every form in multiple languages. If you had to pass a citizenship test, which are written in English by the way, you should also VOTE in English. Someone please explain to me why they are in Spanish.

This Guy Has His Pair

What The…

The murder of three college students is such a travesty. It’s commendable that the local law enforcement was able to identify a suspect so fast and detain the individual before anyone else gets killed. CNN.com is reporting that the alleged murdered is also being charged with a child sex case.

What is surprising to me is that CNN.com is using the term “undocumented immigrant” instead of calling it as it is: illegal alien.

Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July to everyone. I hope that all of you have an enjoyable and safe holiday with your friends and love ones.

Take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made to keep our Independence and our way-of-life. I’d also ask that you spend a few moments thinking about our soldiers overseas and their families and what the 4th of July may mean to them.

Big Deal…

So the Department of Defense has decided to block access to MySpace, YouTube and other Social Network sites. Big Frickin’ Deal. It’s about time. The Communist News Network (CNN.com) is up in arms about it. Their theory is that this takes away a soldier’s ability to talk with his or her family.

Honestly, I’m surprised that it has taken the DoD this long to block access to those sites. OPSEC, OPerational SECurity, is a key component of force protection. Blogs and YouTube videos allow too much visibility into the daily lives of soldiers in a way that the enemy, that’s right, enemy, has access and can utilize it to kill our soldiers.

Poor OPSEC hurt our military in Vietnam buy giving the enemy information that could be pieced together to determine troop strength, location and armament. Social networking sites give our enemies an abundant amount of information about our soldiers. Who is to know that a terrorist isn’t gathering data at this moment to attack the families of service members fighting overseas?

If you want to talk home use a morale call or write an email. A YouTube video of you and your buddies straddling the barrel of a tank is hardly fit for public consumption and casts the military in a negative light.

Go Air Force!

Gun Control…

The tragedy at Virginia Tech is horrible, and I wish it hadn’t happened. Thousands of people personally touched by what a cruel, malicious and unstable child decided to do. I have no tolerance for evil and I’m sure God doesn’t either. The person who committed the act will be punished one way or the other.

But now the larger issue has come out. Jeff J. pointed it out first. Guns are apparently the problem, or so the assumption goes. Sorry, kids. Guns really aren’t the issue you may think they are.

I’m an avid believer in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Regardless of your personal interpretation, the Second Amendment is in the Constitution for a reason.

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

Let’s unpack this a little deeper. The First Amendment is the right to religion, the freedom of speech, the press, assemble and petition the government.

The Second Amendment is the right to keep and bear arms. It’s a right to the people. Most people get hung up on “militia” which is an older, archaic term that many parallel with “military.” While the functions of each are similar, they aren’t the same thing.
“A well regulated Militia…” A militia is normally a civilian force that’s non-governmental that provides security over something, such as property or home. Joe Bob at the local Target with his can of Mace is technically militia, or even a mercenary, if you want to be technical.

Let’s break down the second half of the amendment. “…the right of the People to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” I think the founding fathers were making a statement here. Not only is the formulation of a local militia, army, or military force important, so it is that the People have the right to defend themselves by bearing Arms.

A firearm is a tool, like any other. A tool, appropriately used, serves a purpose. Policeman use a weapon, a carpenter uses a hammer. Anyone without a criminal record can own a handgun, just like they can own a hammer. If you improperly use a handgun, someone could get killed or injured. If you hit someone on the head with a hammer, you get the same effect. The only difference is the ability of a firearm to cause more damage at a faster rate. The rule still applies. A gun is just as dangerous as anything else when used improperly. Are you going to outlaw box cutters because they were used on the 9/11 hijackings?

Historically, restricting firearms has been used for political reasons, not for the protection of individuals. England outlawed cannons and gunpowder prior to the American Revolution. King Charles II of England used the Militia Act to disarm his political opponents. King James II did the same thing.

Force is the ultimate authority from which all other authorities derive. When you’re denied your basic right to self-defense you become voluntarily helpless and rely on the government. Now, if you feel you can completely and totally trust the government, that’s great.

I’m not making light of the situation at VA Tech. It’s sad and tragic, but let’s not jump to conclusions and half-baked ideas that gun control is the issue.