Bad Moves


Who Are You California?  You vote to raise taxes on yourself again?  Really?  It’s another easy way out for politicians on our backs.  How does the majority not see it?  I’m speechless and disappointed, and question what’s going on in my native state.

Why are non-citizen rights becoming more important than the rights of US citizens and protection of all?  I concede no argument for it.  Jerry Brown and Antonio Villaraigosa aren’t working for you and here’s another example — When caught at a DUI Checkpoint, unlicensed drivers may soon be allowed to telephone another to pick up his/her vehicle instead of having it impounded.  We, licensed drivers aren’t allowed that luxury.  How is that logical or fair?  Let’s get them driving again without a license (and possibly drunk) asap.  It just doesn’t make sense.  Please consider your votes Californians.  Why these two clowns (and others similarly situated) over and over?  And bravo to those who draw attention to bad political maneuvers like this.

Capitalism gave you a job!  Don’t you get it?  Wall Street certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s their Washington bedfellows that have created much of the economic problems we’re facing today.  Instead, Occupy Washington, DC to compel Politicians to fix the problems with Wall Street, etc.  Tell them to stop cozying up to the detriment of the American people.  I’m sure many Politician are relieved to see Occupy Wall Street’s misdirected anger.  From what I’ve seen and heard, much of the protesters don’t even know what they’re fighting for.  The movement takes the real focus off bad political decisions and “crony” capitalism.

Where is the incentive for legal immigration?  Can anyone answer that?  There’s plenty of incentive for illegal immigration.  Does that seem right?  It doesn’t.  And it’s not.

There is nothing to think or talk about, nothing to study or review, nothing to listen to or acknowledge — The answer should still be NO.  No new or extended taxes, fees or charges should be assigned to the American people.  We’re taxed enough and the money is being wasted.  Agreeing to pay more allows the waste to continue unchecked.  Tell the Politicians to stop asking for more and start doing their jobs right.  We employ them.

As an Affiliate of Amazon’s Associates Program, I received the following e-mail.  Once again Politicians are hard at work quashing our ability to earn a living, because it’s easier to assess fees, taxes, tolls and tariffs than it is to do their respective jobs — It’s a continued grab and waste game that needs to stop.  Though Amazon’s decision has a direct impact on me, I applaud them for immediately dropping out.  What other business is it going to kill?

Hello. Unfortunately Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program.

To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect your ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com.

We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. As mentioned before, we are continuing to work on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available.

Regards, The Amazon Associates Team

It’s great to see Representative Anthony Weiner exposed — I knew little of him before the sexting report, though did think he was a bit obnoxious.  And frankly when the sexting story broke, I didn’t pay much attention until he claimed to have been hacked.  What?  That’s a serious allegation and not true.  And now I see the TRUE IMPORTANCE of the story — It’s to show how easily and aggressively politicians lie to the public.  Mr. Weiner told lie after lie after lie, blamed others, down played the issue and mocked the inquisition, common moves in the political playbook.  Do you really think a big liar is going to do what’s best for you?  They promise to, but Mr. Weiner and numerous others are too busy looking out for themselves.  Re-establish integrity, dump them as spouses and politicians.  Nobody needs crap.

It’s sad to think that some go through life being oppressed by another man, woman or nation, by way of intimidation, assault, control, or any means.  What gives someone the right to negatively affect another’s pursuit of a decent life?  It hurts to learn about the unacceptable atrocities going on around the world.  For those far away, I will always pray.  Growing up I thought the United States was a great, invincible nation.  And as an adult, I know the United States is great, but nothing is invincible.  While other nations try to liberate, oppression is creeping into America.  It’s in the form of financial burden, job loss, and so many other immeasurable troubles attributed to bad political decisions, self-serving fraud and deceit that doesn’t take into consideration what’s best for the American people and the country as a whole and an enabling, irresponsible media that no longer cares about the truth.  All need to be held accountable and these things mustn’t continue to be tolerated.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is no Superhero.  It’s now apparent that he’s just another big phony.  What a let down he turned out to be.  And one of his last despicable acts on the way out of office was to commute the prison sentence of Esteban Nunez, the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.  There’s no GOOD reason to commute this sentence.  It’s Crony capitalism at its worst and it mustn’t be tolerated.  What now former Governor Schwarzenegger did was disgusting, sneaky and obviously showed favoritism — The families of Esteban Nunezes victims didn’t even learn about the commuted sentence until contacted by the media.  That’s just not right!  And dodging questions about it is unacceptable.  Although he doesn’t really say, we already know WHY he did it.  And if we can’t do anything about it now, his decision should be made hard to live with.  I’ll tell him if I see him.  Booooo and hasta la vista wimpy.

I still write here — I’m just depressed about California’s election results on most fronts.  It appears the naive were recruited in force and we’re now left with numerous battles to be fought.  I’m currently paralyzed to write more, since there are too many problems with my beautiful home state — Excessive business taxes, regulations and restrictions, Mafioso-esk labor unions, high taxes, so-called sanctuary cities, political fraud and deceit, etc.  We mustn’t stop combating these things or we’re surely going off a cliff.  Don’t give up or give in to what’s wrong.

A Mosque at Ground Zero?  Once again it appears that sensitivity is being applied to the wrong group of people.  Many victim’s families say NO.  We say NO too!  Build it somewhere else — That should be it.  Why is it being forced upon them and the rest of us?  We’re tired of the will of the American people being ignored.

When and why did the mainstream media, so-called journalists and news agencies stop caring about the truth?  When and why did most stop asking the hard questions?  It seems the majority now have an agenda and/or try to protect special interests, rather than report the real news.  Americans want the FACTS and America needs them in order to thrive. 

When did the tolerance of lies become acceptable?  It’s not — And it’s time we Americans start demanding unbiased news from those who act like they’re reporting it.  We mustn’t let the important, tough questions go unanswered.  America needs honest, fearless reporters (media outlets) who will consistently fight for what’s right — Otherwise what’s the point, it’s poor entertainment.  What’s happening now is a facade of journalism that’s bad for America.

“Accountability Experts” NEEDED = A New Media that asks ALL questions necessary to report important, straightforward news.  The first order of business will be an internal investigation to learn WHY our current media doesn’t care about the truth.  The second order of business will deal with uncovering political corruption.

Note:  There are more Americans than Politicians, which is hopeful, but the “media” has control over what’s assimilated through the airwaves, which is kinda sketchy.

It’s a Civil War: What We Do Now, by Dennis Prager (March 23, 2010)

A terrible thing happened to America on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The country took its biggest step ever down a road diametrically opposed to its original intent of keeping the state small so that the individual can be free and great.  Therefore, in this unprecedented crisis of values, this is what needs to be done:

1. Know and teach America ‘s core values.

We got to this point solely because over the past few generations, Americans have forgotten the values that have made America distinctive and great. Even the “Greatest Generation” failed to communicate them. In a nutshell, they are what I call the American Trinity: “In God we trust,” ” Liberty ” and “E Pluribus Unum.” The left has successfully made war on all three — substituting secularism for God and religion in as much of American life as possible; substituting equality (of result) for liberty; and multiculturalism is the opposite of “E Pluribus Unum.”

People who do not understand American ideals — especially small government — now dominate our schools, our entertainment media and our news media. (My own contribution here is a video titled, “The American Trinity” at prageru.com. Please view it and forward it.)

2. Recognize that we are fighting the left, not liberals.

Conservatives and centrists are no longer fighting liberals. We are fighting the left. Liberalism believed in American exceptionalism; the left not only does not believe in it, the left opposes it. President Obama, when asked if he believes in American exceptionalism, replied, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

Liberalism believed in creating wealth; the left is interested in redistributing it.

Liberalism believed in a strong defense. The left believes in cutting defense and a strong United Nations.

3. Democrats should be referred to as Social Democrats.

This is not meant to be cute, let alone as a slur. But calling Democrats Social Democrats is an effective way of reminding Americans that there is no longer any difference between what is now known as the Democratic Party and the Social Democratic parties of Europe . When the Democratic Party returns to its roots as a liberal, not a left-wing, party, we will happily resume calling the party by its original name. However, since no Democrat can cite a significant difference between the Democratic Party and the SD parties, there is no good reason not to use the more accurate nomenclature.

4. Work tirelessly to repeal the bill.

We must single-mindedly work to repeal the government health plan. We all know that it is difficult to repeal entitlements because they are like drugs and it is very difficult to wean people off drugs. But it is not impossible. We need to warn our fellow Americans that entitlements will do to America what drugs eventually do to addicts.

All Republicans must run for office on the “repeal” issue. Even when they lose, the difference between right and left, between Republicans and Social Democrats will have been made clear; and clarity is our best friend.

5. Our motto: “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”

I used this phrase in addressing the Republican members of Congress. It has become widely used, including by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., on the House floor during the Congressional debate on Sunday. It encapsulates this epic battle of American values versus leftist values. Every movement needs a motto. I nominate this.

6. Do not let other matters distract.

Neither Republicans nor conservatives are united on every issue facing America . Immigration is one example. But we are united on the big government vs. free individual issue, which, more than anything else, has defined America . If we allow any other domestic issue to divide us, we will lose.

And here’s why: If Americans forget what America stands for, it won’t help us if there is not one illegal immigrant here.

And if we do remember what it means to be American, we can handle anything.

7. Acknowledge that we are in a non-violent civil war.

I write the words “civil war” with an ache in my heart. But we are in one. Thank God this civil war is non-violent. But the fact is that the left and the rest of the country share almost no values. The American value system and the leftist value system are irreconcilable. If the left wins, America ‘s values lose. If American values prevail, the left loses.

After Sunday’s vote, for the first time in American history, one could no longer confidently believe that the American system will prevail. And if we don’t fight for it, we don’t deserve it.

Green is the new black for politicians.  It’s also the new black for marketers.  Green is being used to sell you stuff, take away stuff, advance agendas, guilt you into submission, scare you, get you to pay more, etc.  Don’t buy a product or plan just because it has a so-called “green” label is attached to it.  Green is being used!  Politicians hope to bring in more green by emphasizing green to hopefully get them back in the black.  It appears to be a possible ticket out of the mess they’ve created — They’re hoping to get the American people to pay more under the guise of green.  And marketers are just wanting to sell you more products.  Don’t fall for any of it.  Think for yourself and continue to recycle — That still makes sense.

As previously reported on Politics is Not a Sport, Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s current Governor has been nothing but a disappointment.  And now he wants to sell the Orange County Fair Grounds, which only places a band-aid on a continuously bleeding wound.  It’s another disservice to California (especially Orange County) residents and more bad decisions being made by Politicians to simply plug the mess they’ve created.  Arnold should be considered The Fun Terminator — What great ideas he’s had to close State Parks, sell the Fair Grounds and keep taking away from the people.  It’s a terrible thing.  Please write him an e-mail to express your frustration with this decision and many others.  He’s supposed to be working for the people and needs to be reminded of that.

I concur with Brigitte Gabriel regarding her assessment of political correctness and further believe it’s truly hurting America.  Politicians need to stop pandering and make decisions that are best for Americans and America as a nation.

It’s now December and Christmas is December 25th — It’s just not another “holiday.”  Based on current advertising, the American Family Association posted a list of Naughty or Nice national retailers.  It notes the companies avoiding or banning the use of the word Christmas in their advertising, which we feel is more political correctness run amuck.  We recommend that you DO NOT shop at the stores refusing to acknowledge Christmas, and take note of the companies recognizing the real reason for the season.  Merry Christmas!

Can someone answer that simple question?  Why should I expect our government to do a good job with healthcare?  What tells/shows me that they will?

If someone calls you a racist and you’re not, so what.  It’s their problem.  You need not go on the defensive to prove otherwise.  Let the truth you know set you free.  The race card is so played — It’s now time to stop the blame.  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton (and alike) have negatively impacted interractial relations with their constant political positioning, misplaced emphasis and divisive rhetoric, if you can even follow what each is ever saying.

And to the actual racists in this world (black, brown, white, etc.), stop the ignorance, wisen up and be more productive.  What’s the point of being an idiot?  Likewise, one who wrongly plays the race card makes it harder to identify the real problems to be remedied — That’s not smart either.

Who is getting paid the most for the advertisement of Extenze and other male enhancement drugs early, during family programming?  Why have these commercials overtaken television and radio?  Why must most families now experience these premature conversations…

“Mommy, what’s that certain part of the male anatomy?”

“Mommy, what could be fun?

“I want to have fun mommy.  I want some ess-senzz.”

Give us a brake with the excessive male enhancement advertisements.  Why do parents need to keep running from these commercials and radio advertisements when our children are listening?  It happens more often than not.  Can we get a little more FCC regulation regarding this?  Only because it has gone overboard and the general public is drowning from it.  It’s backwards — Families should matter most.

Why is Government Health Care being forced on Americans?  Why now?  Why so fast and without regard to addressing the reality of it?  Too many bad Political decisions (that aren’t the will of the people) are being made.  The massive, swift changes that harm America and Americans must stop.  It’s not right, good, nor fair.  Please start HERE http://www.freeourhealthcarenow.com/ regarding this issue.

MORE INFO (Updated 07/21/09): http://patientsunitednow.com/

In California’s upcoming Special Election on May 19, 2009, PLEASE VOTE NO on Measures 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E .  Make our Politicians act responsibly with the money they’re already taking from us.  It’s ENOUGH!  Force them to stop the fraud, waste, bribes, convolution and special interest pay outs — It’s time to do what’s best for America.  Taking more money out of our pockets for the same negligent use doesn’t make us stronger.  The failing status quo only continues.  Send the Politicians back to work to make better decisions.  Stop falling for political scare tactics and VOTE NO on the aforementioned Measures.  And YES on 1F only.

Learn More Information HERE:

http://www.socaltaxrevoltcoalition.org/9.html

http://ca.lwv.org/action/prop0905/flyer.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-hogarth/arnolds-may-special-elect_b_172876.html

UPDATE:  Good job California voters — You did it. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-props20-2009may20,0,5134709.story

I’m tired of the fiduciary breaches.  Bernard Madoff (Matoff) and many others need to be in jail for ripping off hardworking Americans.  The financial fraud needs to be stopped NOW.  Why do the taxpayers have to keep paying for it?  It’s not right!

Related Links:

http://www.go2gbo.com/forums/index.php?topic=160266.0;wap2

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/banks-fear-for-billions-in-wall-st-scam-1067534.html?startindex=20

http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2008/12/22/wall-street-continues-to-reel-from-the-madoff-scandal/print/

UPDATE:  He’s in jail now.  Good, but I’m a little disturbed that his wife is living in wealth if she helped him hide money.  I have absolutely no idea, but I hope it’s still being investigated.  Money needs to be returned to the people.

A man was awarded $240,000 because he felt bad that he had to change his shirt and seat.  It’s utterly ridiculous and encourages more lawsuits.  There were others who felt uncomfortable about the shirt, what about their collective rights?  Once again, the ACLU is on the wrong side of America.

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=60949274.blog&csp=34

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/ustransportairsecuritymuslimsrights

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i9_XPfpm0_Xi0USqY-9P3ds2OhJg

Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

by Orson Scott Card
October 20, 2008

An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America:

I remember reading All the President’s Men and thinking: That’s journalism.  You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.

 

This housing crisis didn’t come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration. It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.  What is a risky loan? It’s a loan that the recipient is likely not to be able to repay.

 

The goal of this rule change was to help the poor — which especially would help members of minority groups. But how does it help these people to give them a loan that they can’t repay? They get into a house, yes, but when they can’t make the payments, they lose the house — along with their credit rating. They end up worse off than before.

 

This was completely foreseeable and in fact many people did foresee it. One political party, in Congress and in the executive branch, tried repeatedly to tighten up the rules. The other party blocked every such attempt and tried to loosen them.

 

Furthermore, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were making political contributions to the very members of Congress who were allowing them to make irresponsible loans. (Though why quasi-federal agencies were allowed to do so baffles me. It’s as if the Pentagon were allowed to contribute to the political campaigns of congressmen who support increasing their budget.)

 

Isn’t there a story here? Doesn’t journalism require that you who produce our daily paper tell the truth about who brought us to a position where the only way to keep confidence in our economy was a $700 billion bailout? Aren’t you supposed to follow the money and see which politicians were benefiting personally from the deregulation of mortgage lending?  I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. “Housing-gate,” no doubt. Or “Fannie-gate.”

 

Instead, it was Sen. Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, both Democrats, who denied that there were any problems, who refused Bush administration requests to set up a regulatory agency to watch over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and who were still pushing for these agencies to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans almost up to the minute they failed.

 

As Thomas Sowell points out in a TownHall.com essay entitled “Do Facts Matter?”  (http://snipurl.com/457to): “Alan Greenspan warned them four years ago. So did the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the President. So did Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury.”  These are facts. This financial crisis was completely preventable. The party that blocked any attempt to prevent it was … the Democratic Party. The party that tried to prevent it was … the Republican Party.


Yet when Nancy Pelosi accused the Bush administration and Republican deregulation of causing the crisis, you in the press did not hold her to account for her lie. Instead, you criticized Republicans who took offense at this lie and refused to vote for the bailout!  What? It’s not the liar, but the victims of the lie who are to blame?  Now let’s follow the money … right to the presidential candidate who is the number two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.

 

And after Fred Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate’s campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.

 

If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.  But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an “adviser” to the Obama campaign — because that campaign had sought his advice — you actually let Obama’s people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn’t listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign.

 

You would never tolerate such weasely nit-picking from a Republican.  If you who produce our local daily paper actually had any principles, you would be pounding this story, because the prosperity of all Americans was put at risk by the foolish, short-sighted, politically selfish and possibly corrupt actions of leading Democrats, including Obama.  If you who produce our local daily paper had any personal honor, you would find it unbearable to let the American people believe that somehow Republicans were to blame for this crisis.

 

There are precedents. Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension — so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link. (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.)

 

If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.  Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That’s what you claim you do, when you accept people’s money to buy or subscribe to your paper.

 

But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie — that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad — even bad weather — on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.  If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate. Because that’s what honorable people do. Honest people tell the truth even when they don’t like the probable consequences. That’s what honesty means. That’s how trust is earned.

 

Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one. He has revealed his ignorance and naiveté time after time — and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing. Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter — while you ignored the story of John Edwards’ own adultery for many months. So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all? Do you even know what honesty means? Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?

 

You might want to remember the way the National Organization of Women (NOW) threw away their integrity by supporting Bill Clinton despite his well-known pattern of sexual exploitation of powerless women. Who listens to NOW anymore? We know they stand for nothing; they have no principles. That’s where you are right now.  It’s not too late. You know that if the situation were reversed, and the truth would damage McCain and help Obama, you would be moving heaven and earth to get the true story out there.

 

If you want to redeem your honor, you will swallow hard and make a list of all the stories you would print if it were McCain who had been getting money from Fannie Mae, McCain whose campaign had consulted with its discredited former CEO, McCain who had voted against tightening its lending practices.

 

Then you will print them, even though every one of those true stories will point the finger of blame at the reckless Democratic Party, which put our nation’s prosperity at risk so they could feel good about helping the poor, and lay a fair share of the blame at Obama’s door.

 

You will also tell the truth about John McCain: that he tried, as a senator, to do what it took to prevent this crisis. You will tell the truth about President Bush: that his administration tried more than once to get Congress to regulate lending in a responsible way. This was a Congress-caused crisis, beginning during the Clinton administration, with Democrats leading the way into the crisis and blocking every effort to get out of it in a timely fashion.

 

If you at our local daily newspaper continue to let Americans believe — and vote as if — President Bush and the Republicans caused the crisis, then you are joining in that lie. If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats — including Barack Obama — and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans — then you are not journalists by any standard.

 

You’re just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it’s time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a daily newspaper in our city.

 

Source: 

http://www.linearpublishing.com/orsonscottcard.html

http://www.rtgreensboro.com/1homebody.lasso

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