American Oligarchy.

How do you steal millions if not billions of dollars and not go to jail? Be rich beforehand. When confronted with the truth the Justice Department responded less maturely than I’d expect a federal agency to. I am going to let the article speak for itself. This isn’t about political parties or race, this is specifically about entrenched forces in American society that are not held responsible for their crimes by an administration that had promised to do so. Though with all the promises that have been broken, including reforming the Patriot Act, I am not surprised in the least.

 


Undefeated, a lesson in verbiage.

Lying by telling the truth is an art that seems to be experiencing a renaissance in modern American politics. I could truthfully say that I am undefeated in MMA fighting. What that sentence would leave out is that I fought only amateur fights on private residences against either smaller or out of shape opponents. The one fight I had against someone more athletic and larger than I, I won by submission but at the cost of a broken toe.

The best, most recent example of political use of this strategy is the exchange over the Benghazi attacks between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney during their debate. President Obama argued that he had called the Benghazi attacks an act of terror saying, “I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened, that this was an act of terror.” When reviewing his quote from the Rose Garden it even sounds accurate, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.” However when reviewing the context of this one sentence it becomes more clear that President Obama is referencing general terror and the 9/11 attacks. (Full Text)

Of course, yesterday was already a painful day for our nation as we marked the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks.  We mourned with the families who were lost on that day.  I visited the graves of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at Walter Reed.  And then last night, we learned the news of this attack in Benghazi.

As Americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people who are willing to fight for it, to stand up for it, and in some cases, lay down their lives for it.  Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe.

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.  Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.  We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act.  And make no mistake, justice will be done.

So while many people still tout that as a gotcha example of Romney getting his facts mixed up, both sides can easily argue convincingly their point of view. The President’s point of view is easily argued with narrow quotes of his speech and Romney’s can be argued with the context of this quote. These sort of political tactics are akin to arguments I have with my son which go like this.

Me:  What are you doing playing video games, I grounded you.

Son:  You grounded me from T.V. not video games.

Me:  You’re still using the T.V. to play your games.

Son:  But I’m not watching T.V.

My son is evidently a future contract lawyer which I am sure is a tough and rewarding profession. Our leaders on the other hand should not be speaking to the American public as if they are contract lawyer or petulant 8 year old. This is why when reading any source of media including sources I personally trust I always fact check entire answers, quotes, or speeches. I am not saying that media sources are all unreliable, reporters should build their articles on good research, however ultimately your learning is your own duty.

Here is an example of twisting words to frame an argument from a recent blog post at geek/law blog popehat. Ken writes innocuously,  “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.” Which I can distort and argue as this:

In a rare moment of defeatism, Ken argues that the bad guys win sometimes. Under this logic Ken is giving all criminals, evil doers, and pedophiles the green light to commit their crimes because as he says “sometimes, in court as in life, the bad guys win.”

In conclusion, check your sources. Also, I invite you to turn Ken’s quote into something more sinister in my comment section.


Thoughts on Israel.

Today has seen an uptick on news coverage of the Israeli conflict with Hamas. For several days Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel, terrorizing it’s citizens while hiding in the midst of their own citizens. More than 150 rockets attacks have been perpetrated upon the Israeli people. Today Israel struck back with operation Pillar of Defense. Their first target? Ahmed al-Jabari, the head of the Hamas military. This is the difference between Israel and Hamas, Israel targets military infrastructure and leadership, Hamas randomly lobs rockets into Israel. Civilian deaths on the Palestinian side are Hamas’s fault. You don’t hide amongst your people, then cry when one gets hurt after provoking your enemy.

So many people here in America still want to defend Hamas and condemn Israel? If an armed group in Mexico or Canada was firing rockets into the United States what would those same people say? The Obama Administration has never significantly supported Israel and continues to be non comital towards Israel’s self defense. Why does this administration and a large swath of America think that Israel needs to exercise more restraint than we would?

Israel is surrounded by countries that have in the past have called for their destruction, some including Iran still do. These countries have with the Palestinians tried to wipe Israel off the map with fire. In fact they’ve tried to do it twice before on a large scale. How can we as a people living in the comfort of America condemn the Israelis for fighting for their very survival? I can’t, I won’t. I support Israel’s right to defend herself and if it we were in their place know that America would have already done far worse that the Israelis ever have. I think Hamas needs to realize something:

Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthews 26:52

Israel has largely kept their sword sheathed. If things don’t change, the day will come when they fully shed their restraint. On that day Hamas will know justice.


Know your league.

There was a lot of media attention the last few days of the campaign on one concept. The expanded map. Well as Fox News watchers learned, it was all bullshit. It wasn’t a bad idea, it was a risky idea, but it was a month late. However know your league gentlemen. If you are a lower income guy, a few extra pounds, don’t dance great, and don’t have an impecable sense of style, are you going to go after a supermodel in a club? Probably not, but if you do, you’ll know Romney’s disappointment.

Why? Because I live in California, and they were actually playing attack ads on Obama out here. Seriously. If you’re a Republican, a presidential vote in California is like going after Megan Fox in a posh nightclub and you’re wearing sweatpants and a Dorritos t-shirt. You could have spent that money in Florida, Virginia, and Ohio. Instead you throw away money which judging by your governance is what you are used to. This is what happens when your party leadership lie so much, they convince themselves.


How dare you…

Seriously, the popular vote is now separated by 3 million votes in the Incumbent’s favor and people are still blabbering about the Libertarian vote. As Ken at the Popehat said it, “snort my taint.

The Republicans always like to say Democrats have this sense of entitlement. They want handouts etc. You’ve got to be kidding me right? Talk about entitlement. You are entitled to the Libertarian vote because they are fiscal conservatives? Show me a Republican president who actually balanced the budget and I’ll believe that. You know what Gary Johnson did in New Mexico? He left them with a billion dollar surplus.

Lets clear the air here. Democrats love social programs and often times don’t think ahead on how they’ll fund them. Republicans love talking about reducing the size of government (just not the military) and yet their last president created new departments instead of reducing them. Democrats will never pass proper IP/Patent/Copyright reform, because they are slaves to those industries. The Republicans will never genuinely talk about climate change because they are in Oil/Coal’s pockets. Great choices right?

However here is my biggest problem with the Republicans. They are anti Gay Marriage. They say that my marriage is so fragile, that if gay people marry, it’ll be destroyed. I’d like to think that the love I share with my wife is strong enough to handle other adults becoming wed. I mean It’s not some straight people scorecard right? Your church doesn’t have to marry gay people if it doesn’t wish to, so I don’t get a religious argument. It comes down to this order for me to vote for you:

  1. You share my social, fiscal, and foreign policy view. (Libertarians usually)
  2. You share my social and either fiscal or foreign policy view.
  3. You share my social view. (Democrats often)
  4. I get drunk and randomly color in dots on the ballot.

You see how my social view is my most important? Why? People matter. Human beings living out their lives as they choose. Money and financial stability are very important, but I’ve been broke and happy with my wife. I could have nothing left, but my family, and be a happy man. I am sure that could be said of a lot of homosexual couples too. People matter the most and until the GOP starts to look at the changing demographics, they won’t be able to even count on this Libertarian’s vote.