Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Waterboarding: EIT or Torture?

The Waterboarding issue has been raised again as “torture” by the Communist Broadcasting System, also known as CBS in a recent presidential debate and, of course our fearless leader, while in the Pacific archipelago of Hawaii, which is not in Asia as he believes, had to input his opinion by saying that it is torture.

So, while I’m not a constitutional law professor,  or any kind of lawyer for that matter, just a “Joe Six Pack” (actually more like a keg lately),  who can read and think for himself, I'd like to take this opportunity to review the U.N. Convention Against Torture and define the act itself, which by its own definition, I am opposed to.

Definition of torture; Article 1 of the Convention defines torture as:
Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.
 — Convention Against Torture, Article 1.1

Now watch the video clip bellow from the motion picture G.I. Jane, with Demi Moore portraying Navy SEAL Lt. Jordan O'Neil. As a part of the SERE training she is waterboarded, the difference is that in the actual SERE training, the cloth is placed over the nose and mouth to keep the water in, distribute the water across the face, and prevent the subject from taking a clear breath. Mind you ALL special forces trainees go through this training.

Now read the definition of torture again as described by the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Notice the word “severe”?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Obama Deception (Full Version)

The Obama Deception is a hard-hitting film that completely destroys the myth that Barack Obama is working for the best interests of the American people. The Obama phenomenon is a hoax carefully crafted by the captains of the New World Order. He is being pushed as savior in an attempt to con the American people into accepting global slavery.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gulf Disaster More Than an Accident, a Payback!

On April 20th 2010 an unexpected explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico roughly 41 miles from the shores of Louisiana. Some estimates placed it by late May or early June, 2010, as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date originating from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The Deepwater Horizon was a 9-year-old semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), a massive floating, dynamically positioned drilling rig built by Hyundai Heavy Industries that could operate in waters up to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) deep and drill down to 30,000 feet (9,100 m). It was owned by Transocean, operated under the Marshalese flag of convenience, and was under lease to BP until September 2013.

My premise has been that this disaster, despite accounts that claim methane gas from the well, under high pressure, shot up and out of the drill column marine riser, expanded onto the platform, ignited and exploded engulfing the platform in fire was not an accident, but caused by a group of people who have conspired in creating this disaster with a twofold purpose: 1) financial gain, and 2) expanding an agenda. I have to admit that it is only a theory backed by at best, circumstantial evidence uncovered in the days and months that followed the events of April 20th 2010. In actuality, we will never find the truth as to who is really behind this ecological catastrophe that led to the death of 11 dead victims and millions of others financially affected. We can however, and should analyze all the relevant evidence that allows us to deduce the truth with or without conclusive facts and question those individuals and corporations who can financially gain from it. At best, the following people and/or their corporations are guilty of suspicious behavior, if not guilty of various crimes including manslaughter and a series of environmental crimes. Remember that human nature is to profit from others at all costs.

NALCO: The manufacturer of the chemical dispersant known as Corexit which holds the oil below the water's surface and breaks up the spill into smaller pools is currently being used in the Gulf in an attempt to disperse the oil before it reaches the shoreline known as the “Top Kill”. BP has long claimed that this is the best manner of dealing with the spill however; it does nothing to stop the flow of oil from its source. Corexit is highly toxic and presently banned in Europe. Nalco also has a deep relationship with the University of Chicago Argonne which received $164 Million Dollars in stimulus funds. In November 2009, Warren Buffett, primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people, and the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2010, one of the most successful investors in the world, and one of president Obama’s senior financial advisors, increased his stock holdings of NALCO.

March 31st 2010, (20 days before the “accident”) President Barrack Obama shifts major US policy by opening vast areas of the east and southern coast of the United States to oil and gas exploration. Although as presidential candidate, Obama clearly stated that he intended to keep in place the moratorium that “prevented oil companies from drilling off Florida’s coast”

Goldman Sachs: Lloyd Craig Blankfein Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Goldman Sachs. Blankfein is a contributor to Democratic Party candidates and Goldman employees and their relatives contributed almost a million dollars to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, the second most from any one employer, Blankfein has visited the White House at least four times. Former Goldman executives who hold senior positions in the Obama administration include Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Mark Patterson, a former Goldman lobbyist who is chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; and Robert Hormats, the undersecretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs. In September 23, 2008, Berkshire Hathaway agreed to purchase $5 billion in Goldman's preferred stock, and also received warrants to buy another $5 billion in Goldman's common stock, exercisable for a five-year term. Goldman also received $10 billion preferred stock investment from the U.S. Treasury in October 2008, as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. In the first quarter ending on March 31st 2010 Goldman Sachs sells over 4 million shares or 44% of BP stock. Was this an active insider trading and did someone at Goldman Sachs have foreknowledge of this disaster?

Tony Hayward: Chief Executive of oil and energy company BP Group, a multinational oil company and the fourth largest company in the world. Hayward was appointed Chief Executive of BP with immediate effect on 1 May 2007, after Lord Browne resigned. On June 5th 2010, the Daily Telegraph, a newspaper largely distributed in the UK reported that a month prior to the April 20th 2010 explosion of the Deep Water Horizon Mr. Hayward sold 1.4 million Sterling Pounds or one third of his BP stock. Why would the CEO of any oil company dump one third of his shares in a company that has just tapped into one of the world’s largest oil supplies? BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals. In addition, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.

April 29th 2010, President Obama sends SWAT teams to inspect all oil platforms and rigs. SWAT stands for special weapons and tactics. Why would the President or anyone else in this administration send a special weapons and tactics team to the Gulf for the purpose of inspecting the oil rigs? Are SWAT teams trained in the inspection of oil rigs and wells or did this administration believe that the April 20th explosion of the Deep Water Horizon oil rig might have been more than a simple accident and therefore sent the aforementioned SWAT teams to protect the other rigs?

May 2nd 2010, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal states in a press release that he requested from the Obama administration large amounts of resources needed by state parishes to handle the situation, including three million feet of absorbent boom, 5 million feet of hard boom and 30 barges. To date, only a fraction of this request has been granted, even though the federal government has all the resources at hand and in storage. Also, immediately after the disaster, several countries including Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway and France offered their vast resources and expertise to help with the clean up only to be declined by the federal government. Why would the government and President Obama drag his proverbial feet on this disaster and not accept foreign help? Frankly, the Jones act that was passed in 1920 to protect the Merchant Marine and unionized ship builders should not be an excuse as this could have easily been waived.

May 27th2010, President Obama initiates a moratorium on all drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet. On June 22nd 2010 this moratorium was overturned by New Orleans federal judge Martin Feldman citing the calamitous impact the measure would have on local economies, ." Although wells already producing oil are not affected by the moratorium, 33 rigs in the process of exploratory drilling are now sitting idle. They employ some 8,000 people. With average weekly oil-rig wages of $1,804, the potential for lost income is about $57.7 million per month. The White House has promised an immediate appeal.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Inability to Argue

Yesterday, I came across a most amusing situation. An Obama supporter, after making the ridiculously unsubstantiated and comical statement to a close friend that Mr. Obama has cut the tax burden to 95% of Americans, refused to discuss his assertion with me because, in his words, I watch the Glenn Beck show. I couldn’t help but silently laugh at his ignorance and stupidity, as I very seldom watch Glenn’s show, it is true however, that I have glanced at his book “Arguing with Idiots”; I find it well written and somewhat humorous to say the least.

Conversely, my quarrel with the current political state of affairs in our Country is not derived from some talking head on the radio or TV (i.e. Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reily, etc…), my disagreement with the current administration and congressional leadership is a direct result of my lifelong political experience and familiarity with the socialistic dogma. I did not grow up in the U.S.; I grew up in Portugal, now a failing socialist democratic country. I have lived under a totalitarian right wing regime and saw the rise of socialism in that nation (see April 25, 1974 revolution). I am well versed in socialistic propaganda and doctrine, I studied it in school; therefore I speak from experience.

When I first heard President Obama talk about “spreading wealth”, I knew exactly what he was referring to, and when he spoke of “fundamentally” changing the country, I recognized his true intentions; democratic socialism, was on the way. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out, but the “followers” inspired by “Hope and Change”, the rally frenzies and all the deception put out by the media, Hollywood and Obama’s campaign staff, failed to recognize the true meaning of his statements.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

So You Want to Live in America?

Immigration has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of American history. Recently and as of 2006, the United States had accepted more legal immigrants than all other nations in the world combined. The number of first-generation legal immigrants residing in the United States has quadrupled, from 9.6 million in 1970 to about 38 million in 2007.

Our country was built with and by immigrants from all four corners of the world, from all walks of life, people just like you and I, looking for opportunities that are too numerous to mention and irrelevant to this discussion but opportunities that they could not find in their native country of origin, and unless you are a native American, you are either a descendant of one of these adventurous and courageous people or one of them yourself. They left all they knew and all they had behind, including loved ones, got on a boat or on a plane, many with little or no money and headed for an unknown land, many unable to communicate, risking all, but hope drove them to what was to be their land of opportunity. Once here, they decided to better themselves, working hard to provide their idea of the “American dream” for their families. However, our ancestors and maybe even you, came through the front door, rang the bell, and came in legally, following all the laws, rules and regulations, worked hard, served the country, paid taxes and one way or another made a positive impact, and as a result were and are protected by all the laws in the Nation, having all the same benefits of those naturally born here, except voting, but even that is covered by the law, should one decide to stay for a minimum of five years, he or she can also have that right and participate in our democratic process as a naturalized citizen.

Illegal immigrants however, do not fall into this category. By not following, choosing to ignore, bypassing and break all the laws, rules and regulations in their eagerness to reach the land of opportunity, they forfeited all the rights that their legal siblings enjoy. They settle for substandard employment opportunities by unscrupulously greedy employers that are simply concerned about lowering overhead costs, accepting substandard salaries however, above standard in comparison to their country of origin, literally enslaving themselves to their employers or sponsors, in fact Indian, Russian, Thai, and Chinese women have been reportedly brought to the United States under false pretenses. “As many as 50,000 people are illicitly trafficked into the United States annually, according to a 1999 CIA study. Once here, they're forced to work as prostitutes, sweatshop laborers, farmhands, and servants in private homes.” US authorities call it “a modern form of slavery”. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women has reported scores of cases where women were forced to prostitute themselves. “Trafficking in women plagues the United States as much as it does underdeveloped nations. Organized prostitution networks have migrated from metropolitan areas to small cities and suburbs. Women trafficked to the United States have been forced to have sex with 400-500 men to pay off $40,000 in debt for their passage.” At least 45,000 Central American children attempt to illegally immigrate to the United States every year and many of them finish in brothels as sex slaves, according to Manuel Capellin, director in Honduras of the humanitarian organization House Alliance.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Road to Economic Stability!

Just like me, I am certain that you are frustrated! The national socialistic healthcare “reform” bill was passed and signed amidst massive boiler room deals, arm twisting and against the will of the vast majority of the American people! Half truth speeches have been given by those who are pro to calm our worst fears and to hide what this major entitlement program truly is, a major power grab by our government. Government will have total access to your medical files and it will control what medical care you can or cannot have! Those are just two of the many controversial issues contained in Obama’s health care scam, not to mention the almost $1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) added to the national deficit in the next 10 years and don’t forget that it will take that much time of tax collections for only 6 years of service, and by now you should have a pretty good idea of how this will turn out after that.

So here we are, scratching our heads feeling as though the light at the end of the tunnel has been put out and wondering how we can ever get out of this financial catastrophe! Make no mistake, Obama and Pelosi were not the architects of this debacle, they are following a blueprint for socializing America and eventually the World, drawn up over 100 years ago, which every President and Congress since then, Republican and Democrat, have undoubtedly added to this mess!

The majority of Americans recognize that we cannot continue on this road as this will doom our country, but what is the solution to this dilemma? How do we secure a sound financial future for ourselves and our children? The obvious answer to these questions is to beat the left wing liberals at their own game, followed by a clear and comprehensive yet simple dual plan to get the country back on the right track!

First, we must become united and organized in our combined effort, relentlessly using all available media and resources at our disposal with-out prejudice to effectively persuade with fervor those sitting on the fence and those who just don’t care, starting with our close friends and family that the current order of business must be rescinded and that the country will not and cannot remain on this path to financial annihilation without personal consequences to every single individual and to our way of life!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

We Survived, Will Our children?

If you were born in the 1930’s, ‘40’s, ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’, congratulations!

We were born to mothers who may have smoked and drank while they were pregnant; they took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. We survived!

We were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright lead-based paints. We survived!

We had no child-proof lids on medicine bottles, door locks on doors or cabinets. When we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets on our heads or padding on our elbows and knees. We survived!

We rode in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts and air bags, some had bald tires, and sometimes even no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck was always a special treat. We survived!

We drank water from the water hose or the faucet, not from a bottle. No one died from sharing a soft drink with four friends, from one bottle! We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. Cool-Aid was made with real sugar. We survived!

We were always playing outside, so we never got overweight. No one could reach us all day, we left in the morning and when the street lights came on at night we went home! We survived!

We would spend hours building go-carts from scraps, rode them down hill only to find out we had no brakes and after running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We survived!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendos, Xboxes, video games, 150 HD channels on cable TV, DVD’s, surround sound CDs, cell phones, personal computers, internet or chat rooms. We survived!

We found our friends outside, fell out of trees, got cuts, put dirt on the wounds to stop the bleeding, broke bones, even some teeth and we got pimples never seeing a dermatologist. We survived!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Who’s Behind the Red Door?

I can’t help but laugh at Nanny Pelosi’s recent attempt to rally up the troops for Obama’s big government takeover of our health care system. The speaker urged the members of congress to back Obama’s health care bill even if it costs their political careers. I sometimes wonder if the elevator goes all the way to the top on this woman! She’s aware that the majority of the people across the country reject this legislation, yet she is so bent on forcing it down the throats of the American people, that she exhorts members of congress to support it regardless.

So why is she so hell bent on passing this bill? "We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress," she claimed. "We're here to do the job for the American people." How is she doing her job for the American people if Sixty-one percent of the people (61%) say Congress should drop health care reform and focus on more immediate ways to improve the economy and create jobs? It is also interesting to note that 66% of Democrats think Congress should pass health care reform before the November elections while eighty percent (80%) of Republicans and 59% of unaffiliated say it’s better to wait until voters select a new Congress. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Something is certainly wrong if you really think about it! What’s the big rush? After all, this bill would be effective incrementally starting in 2012!

Nanny Pelosi also mentioned that "Time is up; we really have to go forth." Bottom line is, after November, you can kiss this entitlement program bill goodbye, she knows it and she’s willing to give up Democratic majority in congress to get this done, but why? Is Nanny Pelosi, President Obama and their liberal friends really so concerned about the fictitious “46 million uninsured” Americans, that they are willing to kamikaze this bill and commit political seppuku? Could special interest groups be behind this mess?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sarah Palin: An Inconvenient Truth!

Sarah Palin stepped into the national political limelight in August 2008 when then presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate, making her the first female vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Since that day, Sarah Palin has come under much scrutiny from the press, severely and cruelly attacked by the justly insecure, propagandist fanatical left who for some unknown reason contend that she is “stupid” and “dangerous” to America.

I recently interviewed many of my friends and asked them how they felt about Gov. Palin. The consensus response was unsurprisingly unanimous, accompanied by facial expressions of bewilderment and disdain: “I hate her”. When further pressed to elaborate on the response, most, just stared at me with a shocked, panicked, and confused expression on their faces, simply replying: “She’s stupid, just look at her face.” Three, however were willing to tackle the subject.

The first, a young lady in her early twenties, stated that if I showed her any interview involving the former Gov. of Alaska, she would point out specifically why she despises her, so I asked her to help me and research it further. One week later, when asked if she had completed the research on this query, she merely countered “No, but I take issue with her saying that she’s "rogue", it makes her look as though she doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Put that on your blog”. Ok…Fair enough!

Encarta Dictionary definition of the word “rogue” as it relates to the context:

Rogue (adjective) 1.Unorthodox and unpredictable. Acting independently and using unorthodox methods that are unpredictable and are likely to cause trouble.
I’m not sure who is uninformed on the meaning of this word “rogue”, but as I see it; it actually seems to be an appropriate use of word, describing the course the former governor has chosen to take in her political career on both state and national level, Palin also explained that she took the title of her national bestselling book “Going Rogue: An American Life” from the phrase 'gone rogue' used by McCain staffers to describe her behavior when she spoke her mind on the issues during the campaign. Another words; she doesn’t follow, she leads!

The second, a young man who claims not to be interested in politics, mentioned the statement Mrs. Palin made in her Sept. 11, 2008 interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson regarding Russia: "They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." albeit it was misquoted as if she had said that she could see Russia from her house instead of from “land here in Alaska”. The surprising fact is that you can see Russia from Alaska, and all of Sarah’s critics either fail to research this or mention it, leading those who hear about it, to believe that it’s simply an unintelligent avowal.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Question of Integrity!

Race, the final frontier, this is an issue we all avoid, to seek out new paths, new ways, to boldly go where most… Well, you get the idea! Yes my friends, most of us would prefer to bury our heads in the sand and pretend this isn’t an issue, but it is and it’s deeply entrenched in our society! I’m talking about xenophobia a.k.a. racism.

In a recent conversation with a childhood -friend, I found out that her father was not fond of me because, well… to be blunt, I was left in the proverbial toaster for longer than some! On the other hand, I was audaciously labeled a “racist” simply because I disagree with the political policies of someone who is of African ancestry. So, since I get slapped equally from both sides of the ignorant asylum, I feel that this is a pretty safe subject for me.