Monday, December 17, 2012

A Plea to Gun Owners.


Hi folks,

I've been away from the blog for a bit, but I am back in action.

I'm going to talk about the tragic massacre at Sandy Hill Elementary that occurred a few days ago.

First, my girlfriend is an elementary school teacher, and it breaks my heart to think about if she ever had something like that happen at her school. We all know now that this is totally possible, and for me, this hit close to home.

I grew up not two blocks from one of America's very first school mass killings. In 1980, Brenda Spencer shot and killed many people at her school, from the window of her house that was across the street. Her explanation for the rampage was simply "I don't like Mondays".

I also live quite close to Santana High School, where a similar incident occurred. I witnessed on live TV the events at Columbine in Colorado.

Frankly, I am quite sick of seeing this happen to people who in no way shape or form deserve to live in such peril at the hands of certifiable maniacs who somehow get a hold of guns.

I have some real suggestions for everyone out there. If, you or a family member is mentally ill, please don't own a gun, or guns. Please don't teach anyone how to use, fire, or reload a gun if you have any doubts about their mental stability or character. Please don't continue to tell me "Guns are our rights and these things happen".

There is a very big difference in owning a hand pistol, to owning a rifle that belongs on a military battlefield. You have NO practical reason to own such a weapon of mass death.

Yes, it takes a human to fire a gun. It also takes a human to manufacture it, advertise it, sell it, and to use it.

Maybe people, it is time we all take a good look at why we really like guns. Is it our Western history? Is it nostalgia? Is it paranoia? Whatever it is, things like this make me look at a gun and literally want to be sick. I am sick of the culture of 'badass' that our country seems to worship. Guns kill so many people in America each year, the only killer to top guns is tobacco, yet we seem, as a nation, to want everything that is bad for us to be part of our doctrine of freedom.

If you own a gun, or guns, I beg and plead of you 5 things.

1) Get a gun safe with biometric I.D. and a passcode, and make sure nobody can open it.
2) Don't buy automatic rifles because you think they are cool. You have no reason to own one, and you know it. I really don't care if it makes you 'feel like a man' or powerful, or anything. I do not trust you with such a weapon.
3) Stop trying to get your friends to come shooting with you, and pushing your love of guns on others. This gets the wrong people interested in owning them.
4) If you have kids, get rid of your guns or put the guns in storage out of the house until they move out. If you're really paranoid about people coming to get you, maybe you need to evaluate your life, and stop thinking of taking lives.
5) Please stop thinking of shooting guns as "a fun hobby", and start realizing you are playing with a very lethal force. Please stop playing with guns like they are toys.

None of the above ideas require a gun law. None of those ideas are draconian or impractical, and none of these ideas are things that will infringe upon your OH SO PRECIOUS right to own your vaunted killing machines.

It is time to grow up, America. It is simply unacceptable in the 21st century for us to be this damned savage to each other.

-M

Monday, November 19, 2012

Obama Won, So What's Next?

Reading the news, you would think the far right would do some serious soul searching, maybe a change of obstructionist behavior, and flat out (sometimes) treasonous behavior that have characterized the last 2 years.  After the shellacking the GOP received on election day, numerous failed predictions by right wing illuminati such as Karl Rove or Rush Limbaugh, and after a decisive loss to President Barack Obama, you'd think that the GOP would at least look itself in the mirror and try to figure out what went wrong, and how to bring their party back to a point where Americans respect them. Yeah, you'd think that... but you'd be wrong.

The president's first term started off with partisan obstinance. From Mitch McConnel's famous "Our Primary goal as a party will be to make Obama a one-term president" to Rush Limbaugh's line "I want Obama to fail", it seemed that since Obama has been elected, the right decided not to work with a sitting president and indeed seemed hell bent on his destruction. Well, that strategy failed. So did the strategy of demonizing social programs, the strategy of hawkish military and warlike language. So did the strategy of demonizing liberals, the poor, and the needy. So what strategy will they use now?

Well, first you have to understand the GOP mantra. They will NEVER apologize for mistakes, for rhetoric, or even offensive comments like "I believe that rape is god's will", or "47% of American's are freeloaders". No, they double down, because apparently apologizing is tantamount to weakness. So what can we expect? Well, now that they lost an election, I'd say they move to attempt to impeach Obama, but that is a scenario I see as unlikely, since it would appear that they simply will do this to every elected Democrat president.

The GOP for some reason or another have scared themselves into really believeing Obama is going to destroy America. They are afraid he's "gunna take their guns", make "war on religion", and make us look weak around the world by-- get this, actually talking to other countries instead of bombing them (I know, crazy right?). This fervent distrust of Obama has turned the GOP into the party of "no", and the party of blatant disrespect for the office of the Presidency. And they will not stop now, even after Obama won and the voters spoke.

No, what the GOP are about to do will go far beyond what they have done in the past. Like I said, they don't learn from mistakes, they double down on them.

I believe we are witnessing the implosion of the GOP. They have descended the path of madness to the point where they are now so deranged by Obama being a black man in the White House that they are going to do everything short of impeachment (they'd definitely attempt this if they had the votes, I assure you) to tarnish and slime the president and the Democratic party, and for what? To get back into power and mess up the country all over again?

The GOP agenda is a little bit beyond just the president however.

If you look at history, and the states that were very much for slavery, those are today's red states. Slavery is gone, however the desire by the South that it would have won the civil war still remains strong in local traditions. Those states voted against Obama, and the "Yankee" states voted for him. This is not a coincidence. There is a tacit racism that still pervades, and the GOP are part of it. They want slavery to return, but how on earth could they do that without tarnishing their much beloved "party of Lincoln" moniker? Well, here's how.

The South was livid when slavery was taken away. But they saw a long term opportunity to enslave all Americans with money and power rather than race or country of origin. The dream here is that the super rich can get super-richer when they pay employees less and less, and make the working population so desperate, they'll do anything for a buck. This is why the GOP attack Unions, which represent and negotiate for employees, benefits, sick days, vacations, you know, the stuff that makes work worth working for. This is the first step in enslaving not just blacks, Chinese, or Irish, but all of us who aren't in the millionaire's club.

You might call me crazy, and accuse me of being every bit as deranged as the GOP loonies, but hear me out.

This is exactly how you turn America into a slave nation:

Step 1) Kill the American economy. While bin Laden surely did a number with 9/11, the stock market crash and housing bubble was completely a problem of our own creation. Indeed, this was orchestrated by bankers to look like an accident, killing the middle class, and lowering the bar for the working class, so that the banks appeared to be the victims. They got bailed out, and the Middle class was ignored. This caused a huge loss of jobs, and now you have a populace that is so desperate for work, that they'll take any job that they can just to feed themselves and keep a roof over their head.

Step 2) Attack unions. Attacking unions and attempting to legislate them out of both politics, and public job negotiations means that CEO's get ultimate power to decide what they like for their employees. It also enables CEO's to adopt this "go fend for yourself" attitude, and deny workers benefits like pensions, 401k, health care (which thankfully Obamacare mitigated!), vacation time, etc all under the guise of "Oh, us poor CEO's are just ravaged by greedy unions! How dare they ask for fair employment! They get what they get!". This creates an entirely separate class of American. For get the have's and have not's. It is the Have-it-all's and I-don't-have-shit(s)! Then they have successfully backed even those WITH jobs into ultimate subservience.

Step 3) Make it law. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union legislation was struck down by the high courts, but it did set precedent for what I'm talking about. Walker's plan to disallow Union bargaining for public workers was so blatantly part of this GOP scheme to reinvent slavery for the 21st century, I'm surprised that nobody noticed. Funded by the Koch brothers' Tea Party operations, Walker came into Wisconsin promising budget reforms, but immediately blasted those 'greedy unions' (like police, firefighters, teachers, you know, the shit that matters) as the problem (of course not corporate welfare to farmers, and oil companies, no that's not a problem at all), and proceeded to attempt to take all power away from unions. The same sort of legislation was introduced in California (thankfully it was defeated) that would have allowed only CEOs to donate to political campaigns, and make it illegal for unions to do so. Effectively, the GOP is trying to get blue collar workers out of politics, and make it all about the money.

Step 4) Elect Mitt Romney - Thank my lucky stars this did not happen. This would have been the absolute nail in the coffin for working Americans. He would have lowered the Federal Minimum wage, introduced anti-union legislation  outsourced jobs to the point we are starving, all while telling us with a smile that he was balancing the budget.

Step 5) Kill all entitlements in order to get more forced labor into the market. Disabled? Fuck you, get to work. Hungry? Fuck you, get a job. Under-qualified? Get a college loan, go into debt, then spend the rest of your natural life paying it off. Oh yes, and fuck you, you non millionaire serf.


Listen in order to really get what I'm saying, follow the damn money. The buck does NOT stop at the president's desk, it stops at the Koch Brothers, George Soros, The Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, the JP Morgans. Look at who every politician in the GOP were funded by and you will immediately see how badly our government is being bought and paid for by corporate psychopaths. This is the GOP plan. Kill the middle class, destroy unions, dominate the USA economy and laugh all the way to the bank. Because in the twisted world of Ayn Rand, greed is virtuous, and the have nots can just lie in a ditch and die.

We are DAMN lucky that we can avoid this shit for another 4 years, but it won't last forever. The GOP more than ever have developed absolute contempt for Democrats and anything left of right. They are true believers that half of this country is worthless. That's over 60,000,000 of you Americans that they see as expendable. It is way too early to talk about 2016, but if we don't look forward to the future, we're gunna get caught with our pants down. The GOP is a corporation. The Democrats are still hanging by a thread to the last shred of real democracy our republic has, but the end game is near. The GOP will rally, they will demonize, and they will raise retarded amounts of money in order to buy this country, and you with it.

Mark my words.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

California Moves Ahead

In my hometown of San Diego, CA, many things were on the ballot for California, and many of them extremely crucial for the health of the state. Almost everything I hoped would pass has, and the Mayor of San Diego will  now be Democrat Bob Filner, who's endorsement by Bill Clinton no doubt helped sway some minds, even with a pitiful voter turnout of around 250,000 people out of nearly 6 million.

First, prop 30, which raises taxes a very small 0.25% on people making $250,000 a year or more, will fund California schools using a special fund that will be audited regularly with a transparent system online so you can see exactly where all the money goes. Early indications were that it might have been defeated (which would be very bad news for my teacher girlfriend!), but after about 95% of precincts reported, the law seems destined to pass with nearly 54% support. This is a temporary four year tax to address budget shortfalls that have crippled many school districts in California. Hooray for this!

Prop 32 seems destined for failure. Prop 32 would have made it illegal for union members to donate to union political funds through their payroll, giving unprecedented power to CEO's and silencing organized labor voices. At this time, the law appears to be behind by double-digits. Californians know what's up!

Prop 38, like prop 30, would have funded schools, but only K-8 education, and  lost by a wide margin. This would have raised sales taxes (for everyone), and would be a very temporary measure. The thing is, either bill would have helped schools, but even if voters voted for both of them, only one would have been made into law. So the fact that sales taxes will not go up on everyone, and only the people making $250,000 or more per year will be very minimally affected, this is a great outcome for California.

Proposition 37, which was decried by food industries and lauded by environmentalists and foodies, appears also destined for failure, losing by around 9 points. This law would have required food makers to label whether or not their products were genetically modified. Why did this fail? Do people not want to know what's in their food? What of the "pink slime" fiasco, or the "Millions Against Monsanto" movement? Well, when you have a state like California, with lots and lots of farmland, and many many genetic labs across the state, you have a perfect storm for this to be defeated and heavily lobbied against. While I would love to know if my food has been modified to kill off bugs, I honestly don't think this will affect much in the grand scheme of things for now.

The food industry was crying and screaming about how this would doom them (as if people even read food labels out here except for serving/calorie info), and I suppose their shrill cries of imminent destruction were heard loud and clear by those who are fooled by such nonsense. Oh well. Maybe one day when we start having a dramatic rise in cancer that is tied to genetically modified meat or veggies, the Federal Government would take action. I can dream.

One very silly thing that did NOT pass was a law that would have granted discounts to drivers if they had insurance with ANY carrier prior to switching companies. The current law only requires a discount if you have been with the same company for a few years. I do not have any idea why voters would vote against their own discount for being good drivers. Sometimes, ads can be quite convincing even if they are against your own best interest. This one sort of shocked me. Can't win them all.

All in all though, California will be in much better shape as Gov. Jerry Brown tackles the budget mess left  by the last two governors (Davis and Schwarzenegger), and it seems that at least in my camp (liberal), people are quite happy. It also seems that nationally, the GOP have some soul searching to do. I watched an interview with former GOP Chair Michael Steele in which he stated "We got spanked", and he mentioned that there will likely be some intra-party soul searching as to who they need to be listening to, and how the demographics of America are changing away from a solid white majority (which right now, the GOP definitely represents White Evangelical Christians). It will be interesting to see if the GOP can re-invent themselves and dislodge themselves from the grip of religion and Caucasians to embrace a more socially tolerant stance (the idea that gays cannot marry is becoming less and less popular with Republican voters).

In any case, America, I salute you. We have re-elected President Barack Obama, shown Romney the door, and by and large I think EVERYONE can be relieved that this NASTY campaign is finally over, the ads can stop, and your email inbox will be a bit lighter. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mitt Romney Must Be Stopped - And Probably Will Be

The USA is still recovering from what is arguably the WORST recession in our history, which was 8 years in the making by George W Bush. Bush deregulated banks, lowered taxes, even gave a so-called stimulus (which amounted to about $350-$700 depending on whether you were an individual or family, and this stipend likely got spent on your overdue credit card bills). Obama has had 3.5 years thus far in turning the economy around, and while things are not great, returning to the policies of George W Bush would be a coup-de-gras for big business and modern day slavery.

Here's the thing. CEO's, millionaires, and billionaires actually PROFITED from the recession. Yes, as they seized properties, traded debts, repossessed, hedged, and bet on the markets, us lil folk were out there scraping for ANY job that would hire us, or going into debt by going back to school. All while people like Mitt were downsizing, liquidating, and otherwise pissing away our American wealth to countries like China. Obama came along and tried to stop that, but challenging big money means big opposition and BOY did the other team show up to play.

The Tea Party (which originally stood for "Taxed Enough Already") somehow got it in their heads that 'those damned liberals are taking all of our tax money to live large without working'. Kinda hard for me to swallow that one when the biggest beneficiaries of welfare are REPUBLICAN strongholds. SO they've successfully convinced a gourp of people to vote against their own self-interest, a group of people, who in 2010 swet over 30 Tea Party supporters into congress... each had ties to big oil, and the Koch brothers... not exactly 'grass roots', but the rich know an opportunity for profit when they see one.

This election is about more than Obama vs Romney. This election will decide, for the next four years, who is at the signing desk. A guy who wants to enable billionaires to profit EVEN MORE (fuck man, what would you do with even ONE billion dollars??? And why would you need MORE?), and a guy who wants EVERYONE to have a good life int he RICHEST country in the world. I don't know about you, but I have been in my career for nearly 13 years. In those 13 years, my raises stopped at about 5 years ago... Before Obama was elected.

We have an INJURED economy but it is healing. Bruises take a long time to fade, and it takes even longer for our broken legs. Bush had 8 years to ruin the American dream, Obama has had 3.5 to repair it, and has had to face a unified Republican opposition party that will NOT NEGOTIATE with this president... does that mean we all throw in the towel and say 'Fuck it, lets give it to the guy who congress will play ball with?'. Hell no, not if it means that corporate slavery is on the agenda, I am overworked enough as it is and barely have time for my girlfriend or my hobbies!! Weekends are too short, and free time too scarce.

I'm going to vote for Obama because yes, the alternative is far worse. If perhaps another third party candidate had a significant amount of the vote, such as Green Party candidate Jill Stein, I might throw my support her way, but a vote for her is really a vote for Romney at this point, and that shall not do, not at all.

Romney showed his true colors when he was secretly taped the other week, which the video came out yesterday. In this video, he basically says 47% of Americans aren't worth the snot off his nose, and he could give less of a crap about them. He then goes on to accuse low wage earners of simply being lazy (I guess he forgets there are such things as janitors, and the federal minimum wage hasn't been raised in more than a decade). Fuck this guy. Seriously. How much of a twat do you need to be to insult HALF OF THE UNITED STATES and somehow think you deserve to be president. Clearly this man is not half as good a CEO as he thinks. A real CEO knows how to take CARE of his employees and that it is an awesome responsibility to run a company and ensure everyone's well being... but I think he sees business as a game of exploitation and monetary vampirism.

You're reading the blog of one man who will literally flee the country if the neo cons take hold again (and if you are a neo con, I am certain you won't miss me... the feeling will be mutual).

You cannot run a country that is as diverse, both socially and economically, and expect to do good on the world stage. You cannot run this country if you don't get what it means to live on top ramen and drive a rusty car to school each day with the aspiration of getting a new car when you become successful. Romney was handed a fortune by his father and did not earn, or build shit. The entire GOP platform is built on smoke, mirrors, and evil nasty lies. And I for one am not fooled. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Need for A Political Party Of Nerds And Geeks

Let's face it. Either side of the fence that you're on, you're dissatisfied with the way government works. It's slow to accomplish tasks or citizen mandates. It's quarrelsome, cantankerous, and downright corrupt. Any of these qualities in a software system, and you wouldn't buy it. That's why we love our computers, our smart phones, and our tablets. They're convenient, they do what you tell them to, and they produce results via output. Very different from government.

Technology has undeniably revolutionized our world. While politics are definitely involved in the deployment, funding of research and development, and enforcement of trade laws, technology is an innately human, and public creation. Electrical engineering doesn't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat, it either works, or it doesn't. The light either turns on and off, or doesn't work. Computers either work or they don't, and there are many choices of computer system. There is no middle ground with technology, only logic and functionality... and it works.

The people who invent, maintain, and ergonomically design technology are the engineers, the designers, and technicians. These are the people who built our current world. People like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and countless others. Developers, digital engineers, architects. These are the people who make our reality what it is today. A land of convenience, of instant gratification, instant communication spanning worldwide. The people in government? Mostly lawyers who haven't built a damn thing int heir life, or come up with one invention that actually made our lives a better place. There are a rare few, but very rare indeed.

Our current political system, with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents ruling most offices begs the question. Why do we hire people to govern areas of our lives that have absolutely no experience in more than one industry? Imagine for a moment that we changed our system of government to accommodate not to the ambitious or the silver-tonged, but to people who actually know how to solve extremely complex problems using actual math, statistics, etc, and had the power to actually implement solutions. Imagine not one Governor of a state for example, but a team of highly skilled nerds that are given a problem to solve by their congress, come up with the most logical, efficient (taking in all factors and variables as math), and ethical by most standards, and that team giving that bill to the congress for "debugging". I bet you 100% that system is more effective than a bunch of ego-maniacal narcissists debating endlessly and using majorities to overpower one another.

Software development is an exact science. In order for you to enjoy using a program, and having it be intuitive, millions of lines of code are written, debugged, and compiled into one workable solution. The software is regularly updated to plug vulnerabilities and performance issues. End user input is looked at, promptly verified, and solutions are found if the end-user is having trouble with a certain system. Tech centers are available to assist you, with knowledgeable people out to help you really solve your issue, and make you smile while doing it.

So why can't government work this way? I think it can. I think government needs to be updated to Democracy 2.0, using the software development model to legislate real ideas and test them in simulation centers, after debugging by honest science-minded, non egotistical engineers. You can easily design software to take into account demographics (sex, race, religion, population, etc) while overlaying this data into a map like Google Earth, and inputting the existing laws into the computer to see how new ones affect things like the economy, job sectors, and more. Believe me, by this point in time, we have an overwhelming wealth of global statistical data to easily make a mock-up of our globe in every aspect. We can even incorporate real-time data.

Plainly spoken, a government by the people and for the people must be developed and maintained by the people. Lawyers and businessmen belong in court rooms and business. Not in office. Programmers, inventors, engineers... people who KNOW how to build the planet we live on, and maintain it, need to be in charge. These people are as diverse as they come as far as race, color, creed... and they still, every day, find a way to work together to bring you the most amazing technology in human history. From light bulbs to microprocessors, from the first airplane to the space shuttle, from a horse and buggy to a sports car... these are the people who can solve tomorrow's problems. Not lawyers, businessmen, and ego-maniacs.

There needs to be a political party for people in this category. If I had the time, or the energy, I would be the first person to attempt to coalesce this new party, but I'm not that guy. I'm hoping this motivates someone to do it though, as I think America sorely needs a fresh perspective. Not just for humanity, but for the sake of our way of life. Technology is outpacing government, and making many parts of it irrelevant. The two need to be married, but with the caveat of taking those who do not understand it out of positions to control it. It can be done. The question is how... and when?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Social Issues - Abortion

Most people in America tend to fall on one side or the other on social issues, with some falling in the "undecided" or "just don't give a crap" category. Whatever your position on the social issues of today (LGBT relations, abortion, religious freedoms, etc), chances are you have an opinion, and "yer stickin' to it". However, since you're reading my blog, allow me to present some opinions on these subjects from an objective, scientific point of view, and hopefully make you laugh a little too.

Firstly, I want to tackle the abortion issue.

Decades ago now, the Supreme Court of the United States heard the case Roe v Wade. This case was to be the end-all-be-all decision on whether or not abortion and abortion services were a woman's right to have. The court ruled in favor of women, stating that they have the right to pursue an abortion if they choose to.

This decision of course has enraged people on the other side of the argument, for which there is a very vocal dissenting group. Mainly, the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations considers abortion to be a form of murder. Scientists, and doctors are on the other side of this debate, arguing that an unborn child is not in fact a conscious being capable of feeling pain, nor is its brain developed enough to suffer the procedure until the third trimester. The problem is for all sides... the debate was settled by the Supreme Court during a very long, very arduous hearing. The court ruled in favor of science.

This does not stop the debate from raging in the media, amongst friends, and in ethics classes everywhere around the world.  Conservatives tend to be for "protecting life" (even though they may in fact be endangering a pregnant mother in the proccess..), while liberals and the scientific community tend to be for discretion and choice depending on the situation the pregnant mother is in.

The facts are often blurred by passions, and the voices of the reasonable, and sane, are often drowned out by shouts, picketers, and graphic images. When a minority or otherwise becomes upset to the point of violence... it's time to get the facts straight.

The facts are that nobody, especially the religious, knows more about the subject of abortions than the doctors who perform them. That being said, the latest snafu with Obama and religious groups, is that he wants every insurance provider to cover abortion procedures. The Catholics say no, and have cried foul, saying they should not pay for something they oppose. This is where I get funny about it. If your religion doesnt allow abortions, but you have to pay for them should they happen, and one of YOUR FLOCK gets an abortion who are you more mad at. The insurance company that says "hey, we cover that", or the woman who got knocked up and decided "you know what, I know I'm Catholic and all, but I just HAVE to have an abortion."

This crazy amount of anger directed at the president for something people aren't even fully thinking about or pondering, is to me, outrageous. Why are the loud ass carnival barkers the only people in this country that ever get heard? Why is it the crazy, looney people out there, are your GOP, Tea Party, Occupy, or Waether Undergound types? GOP morons are so incensed about this, I do believe we will see more attacks on clinics, because these jackaninnies have no restraint whatsoever. You offend someone who is capable of being "deeply offended" by something this stupid, well it's a wonder we don't all walk outside with Kevlar vests, because I'm certain every day, every one of you is capable of offending someone.

What happened to the days where we would let things go. Say "Thats fine for you, but I won't do it?". Why is our culture so freakishly concerned with what EVERYONE BUT YOU is doing?

How about this. Freedom is the ability to live your life how you see fit, free from a government telling you what you have to do. Period. Let me do what the hell I want, and I'll do the same for you. I am just SO glad I was not born a woman, that is just not fair. I guess women's rights only go as far as... jobs? Voting? Pathetic.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Real Issues of Real Americans (And why politicians don't really care)

Much has been said on this bloody campaign trail for the Presidency in 2012 already, but truly, the campaign run by Barack Obama in 2008 never really ended. The GOP I don't think ever truly accepted the fact that Obama creamed their party in 2008, as well as the super majority the Democrats briefly held in Congress and the White House. What should have been an easy first two years for Obama was marred by constant GOP attacks (from the second he got into office, I remember the pundits on Fox News quickly passing blame for the economy to Obama within one WEEK of his presidency, asking "has Obama failed"?), filibusters which prevent any bill from passing without 60 votes in the Senate, and endless debate in the House.

Indeed Obama could have accomplished much more with the cooperation of both parties. The GOP blame Obama for their fabricated notion that "He's too extreme, a socialist, a Muslim, and a non-citizen". It's pretty laughable, and extremely petty of the GOP. The President blames the GOP for "obstructionism" that he says makes it impossible to pass legislation.

Let's be honest. Both sides in Washington simply hate each other, and the GOP especially hates that they have a liberal black president.  Both sides need to admit they're ineffective and leave service until we can get a "Unity government" again that actually works for the people... ahh but I can dream can't I?

Americans are nowhere near as polarized as the Mainstream News Media, political pundits, or even our politicians would have you believe. The Occupy movement is an inkling of this truth, where a total mix of cultures, political views, and socio-economic classes have gotten together because they can all realize one thing-- government is screwing the people who aren't rich, to help the rich.

You politicians want to know what really matters to real Americans? INCOME EQUALITY. Yes that scary word that the GOP loves to hate. They've demonized it as "class warfare", "Wealth redistribution", "Socialism", "Communism", "European Marxism", and far worse. Ask yourself, why are they so adamant that those who work under a CEO don't deserve higher wages and a better quality of life? Simple. Employees don't buy politicians, CEO's do. Lobbyists do. You? Not a chance.

The other real issues facing "Real Americans" are gas prices, a seemingly stagnate hiring environment, civil rights, the troops coming home from our two useless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which has not, could not, and would never have solved one damn thing) with PTSD and flooding our communities yet again with tortured war vets who can't function in society as they used to, all while Uncle Sam tries to sweep them under the rug.

Politicians give one rat's ass about all of that. They care about corporations. Because corporations allow them to run wars, steal loot, and keep them as figureheads for a government that has now been bought and paid for by companies like Halliburton, Exxon-Mobile, BP, etc. Hell, the Supreme Court even ruled that "corporations are people" and they can donate unlimited, untraceable funds to their Super PAC's to launch negative ad blitzes.

Frakly America, your government has been absconded with by the super rich CEO's of this world. It's not even just US companies buying political puppets, it's foreign entities and corporations like BP, News Corp (Murdoch is not a US citizen, he is Australian), and Chinese companies, to name a few.

We don't have a democracy anymore kids, we have a corporatocracy, and the sad thing is, we were tricked into voting for it ourselves and willfully giving this power to the corporate world over our government.

Who knows when it started? It probably started from the very birth of our country, and some people would now defend the practice as tradition, and say "This is how America became great". Obviously it works for nobody when 1% of the population has over 80% of the nation's wealth. Its as if the super rich are living money sponges. When the sponges soak up all the money (water), more has to be poured into the bucket (inflation/printing more money). The rich soak it up yet again with interest, tax loopholes, stock trading, hedge funds, commodity futures... creative math to deny everyone else the opportunity to make a real living.

Of course the defense for this argument is "Everyone has the ability to become rich and wealthy". This might be true, however I am not personally willing to break the backs of others so I can stand a little taller, so my car is a little nicer, and my clothes are a bit sharper. My ego, is not that huge.

Being wealthy and powerful takes a certain breed of psychopath. You have to be ruthless, cunning, and willing to fuck anyone over who gets in the way of your goals. I am simply not that person, and I don't think that the majority of Americans are either. I think most of us work hard to have a nice weekend, enjoy the company of friends and family, and simply do our best to stay off of the streets.

How dare politicians speak of "what Americans want" or about "real issues and morality". None of the people in Congress are clean, and even though I personally like Barack Obama, I'm sure he's got some financial skeletons in the closet too. I'm fairly certain our entire government does.

This brings me back to the Occupy movement. The so-called 99%. 99% of people in this country are not millionaires, or billionaires. 99% of us do not make massive salaries, own mansions, yachts, or personal jets. 99% of us work and have seen our wages either stagnate, fall, or even had benefits cut and retirement funds evaporate because the rich needed "our money" to pay their massive debts. If this were any other country but the USA, the whole nation would be in an all-out riot over this... but we have been programmed to remain calm, resilient, and respectful. We would rather Tweet, or blog, or otherwise and trust that our democracy/Republic still works than take to the streets and bring the crooks who got us here to justice. We as citizens are also hopelessly out manned, and out gunned by our police forces, and our own military, so a direct uprising also seems too risky (I think most Americans would agree, we'd rather be alive, than dead).

This is why the Occupy movement exists, to FIND a solution to a problem that seems so hopeless-- cleaning up Washington and politics all over our nation. They don't have a great solution yet, nor do they have a leader. All they know is that our country is in very bad shape and we've let stupid, greedy people run it for far too long. There are no engineers in congress, no scientists, no physicists... mostly Lawyers, Doctors, and Oil Barons. They are simply incapable of thinking as "Average Americans" and don't even know what it's like to struggle paycheck to paycheck... wondering if you can afford food, gas, electric bills, rent, car repairs... they have no clue. They will say they do though.

It is time for us all to really think... and I mean REALLY think about why we vote the way we do (if you vote), and really think about why we keep voting the same people into office. Is it because we really agree? Or is it because when it's time to vote, we associate that process with taking a painfully boring exam and simply rush through it looking for a (D), (R), or (I) to speed things up? Either way we have to change our voting habits to get new people in, old people out, and break up this stagnate two party system that has a stranglehold on our government. We are not being represented. We are being shellacked. 

Introduction

This blog's purpose is to provide some political opinion and perspective from someone who is:

1) Not an insane, paid, political pundit
2) A person with a strong grasp of math, science, and morality
3) Not connected to any PAC, Super PAC, Politician/Political group
4) Able to provide uncensored opinion about a great many "Jackals"
5) Un-moved by political pandering.

This blog will be a place to go for real opinion from a real American citizen. Not the opinions of Fox, CNN, or MSNBC, or otherwise.

I take a very centrist, somewhat left leaning view on many of the issues. On some others, I tend to lean right. I don't truly fit the mold of any political party, although I am a registered Democrat. I vote for a candidate based on qualifications, honesty, and ideology. Not party lines.

In any case, this is an exciting time to start a political blog, as election season heats up. Look forward to posts that should make you laugh, cry, and sometimes angry. I hope you enjoy this blog.