Monday, March 23, 2015

Oh Canada, Ted Cruz Announces Presidency Bid

I'm not a nut for conspiracy theories, but I am an a nut for facts. The whole conversation around Barack Obama and his suppose it Ugandan birth certificate is a sad pursuit about journalism at best and mental disability at worst. For some reason Republicans don't care that the latest high-profile nominee for the next presidential run is none other than Canadian Ted Cruz. Ted was born in Alberta, that's in Canada. Although Alberta might sound like America it certainly is not. I might be a lot of oil there and a lot of money, but it's not America.

Even though we were else to citizenship the realities still remains, this man most definitely was not born in America. Obama was. Will white Republicans care? Probably not. This is more of race than it is about principles. Republicans will turn a blind eye to Ted Cruz's Canadian birth because Canada is a western nation. Uganda? That's a bit too African to stomach.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Net Neutrality. Big Corporations or Public Interests?

The first major battle is heating up and coming to a close when it comes to net neutrality. Don't accidentally can't protect the interest of the public. Republicans are either silent on the issue or they are supporting big telecom. Corporate giant Comcast has only Republicans in their back pocket (and the odd Democrat) that the almost snuck through a net neutrality bill. Obama has been clear that you will support net neutrality and the push to turn the Internet into the public utility. The notion that Comcast even remotely win is an incredible exercise in how far the corporate dollar will go in American politics. In a few months will determine whether or not Comcast will succeed in their attempt to strangle web traffic.

THe fight against net neutrality basically says if you pay more money you can get an unobscured and faster Internet connection. And the providers are trying to choke data through their cables. Because in most cities and places where Internet is provided there is only one provider, the essential monopoly has enabled some large corporations to do as he please and transmitters they want, and now they want to restrict access.

This is why reclassifying Internet cables as a public utility will prevent any attempts to restrict web access. This particularly relevant because the same contribution corporations that are trying to usher in the bill against net neutrality are also losing millions with lost cable revenues as people turn to online sources to view entertainment.

Stay posted for updates on what might be happening. The weather is you know it might be in for a big shift.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Calm Before election storm

For a change, perhaps because it's Summer, there's an unusual calm before the next election storm. What's particularly noticeable is the lack of Republican spew dominating the airwaves. Sure, Fox News is doing their normal sensational reporting on every seemingly irrelevant topic imaginable, but apart from that it's like everyone is going about their business. THe top news story if you're on the web for any amount of time is the FCC ramming through net neutrality laws. For some reasons Americans are complacent about letting big telecom tier internet service. Who will benefit? Big telecoms with more fees for their monoplized services. Who's supporting the bills/ All the Republicans who derive their support from the telecom industry. Shouldn't be OK but what can you do, other than vote. The soft 'two years' before the next election may elevate the actual issues. Healthcare, economy, etc. A nice change from the normal vitriol. Let's just hope Republicans can efficiently find their next in line and prevent a massive circus escapade. That would be nice too. Oh how Summer has made us forget the political mess that circulates the American landscape.....

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Al Sharpton, "Keeping it Real"?

Rev. Al Sharpton, host of the show "Keeping it Real", made some very disturbing remarks towards Republicans this May: "It seems like they [Republicans] act as though, some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right, it’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable," Sharpton did it. He compared the Republicans to Nazis. The Rev. spouted unfounded, untrue and frankly obscene comments towards the Republicans accusing them of attempting to wipe out African Americans. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, this is offensive. Having quality political dialogue and debate is healthy and necessary in our democratic environment. There are many opinions and voices in our nation that need to be heard, this is why we have different political parties representing the population. This is why we have conversations about issues. This was no conversation. This was simply feeding a paranoia. Comments such as Sharpton's are ill-informed, insensitive and politically incorrect, no matter which party you side with. The reason I am up-in-arms over these comments is because it results in a bit of a stalemate. Republicans will have a difficult time addressing these comments because Sharpton pulled race into the issue. That's the trump card. You can't win against racist accusations, no matter how you word it. The use of fear to win votes is vile, whether it's along issues of race or issues of the economy. Yes, Al Sharpton, we all know racism still exists at home and around the world. Let's work to make the situation better, not drive more wedges between human beings who are all the same.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wake up on Healthcare

Some obvious facts a) America spends more on guns and wars abroad than consumption for a growing lower class b) the demographics in America are shifting so that the largest segment of baby boomers are starting to retire and with old age comes skyrocketing healthcare needs. c) America has among the worst healthcare service for their own citizens in the developed world. Sure if you do'nt get sick for long or if your'e a multi millionaire you're fine. The average joe is screwed. That Washington Times articles continues to the stupidity behind Republican fear tactics around healthcare. So far the two primary arguments are a) it will cost more, b) it will take away your right to chose a doctor. Uh, I'd like to have a doctor over no doctor any day idiots. And yes, YES it will cost most in the short term and TENS of millions get healthcare coverage they never would under any other circumstances. So read the entire article, note that the plan doesn't sound so bad, and also do your part to educate your foolish friends that unless we change our ways soon we'll be further down the dumpster, and really sick as well.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mitt Can't Relate

You know, Republicans would stand a chance if they could actually field an opponent worthy enough. Right now it's a toss up between a joke called Santorum (welcome to the 21st century buddy), and Mitt Romney who says he can relate to middle class America, but come on, who are we kidding, he'd never be caught dead in a minivan. So now what? American politics, despite existing around the same center policy wise, is fragmented by extremists who can't see clearly (and thus see either Romney or Santorum as legitimate contenders.) Republicans should be absolutely demolished so they can' start afresh without the stagnant weight of the old guard. Any party who doesn't quickly and vehemently oppose the likes of Rush Limbaugh doesn't deserve any votes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street What?

I get it, the 99% rising up against the 1%. But it's more like the .005% occupying on behalf of the so-called 99% against the 1%. Yea, I know the problem, the wealthy are wealthy. But the fact is the bulk of the 99% would like to be wealthy too. Sure, we all say we'll live within our means, but once we get a taste for the almighty dollar we're stuck on wanting more and more. Let's be serious. OWS won't catch steam, it has no demands, no vision, no use. Well that's not true. THe best we can hope for is that it catalyzes all the middle and lower class bums who never vote or bother to learn how to upset the process in a real fashion that actually initiates change. Vote with your feet, vote, and vote with your dollars. Of course that won't happen. Low income people don't care about politics , they only care about getting their junk from Walmart. But things are changing, slowly. More unemployment and people on the streets will eventually tip. Not there yet, not by a long shot given the comfortable and apathetic nature of our country, but it'll tip.