Posts Tagged ‘foreign’

McDonalds: Beef and Boycotts

08 Sep

Photo of cattle on the rangeWe’ve all received them; the chain emails that paint a picture about a cause or a business.

Sometimes, we’re asked to forward the email with the promise something good is going to happen (while being told if we don’t forward it, something bad will happen instead). I usually skim over the message to pull out whatever advice might be worth hanging on to and then delete the email. Rarely do I forward chain-mail letters.

Those I tend to pay more attention to are the ones that ask us to boycott something or someone. The “causes” can be interesting and they often DO give us a reason to step out and think about something we might not otherwise have given any thought to.

In a comment in an earlier blog entry, I voiced some concerns about our beef supply here in America. It isn’t that I’m anti-beef; I love my steak and taters’ and I’m by no means a vegetarian. However, we here in America would do well to voice some serious concerns with regard to our food supply.

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What are your thoughts on lowering the Age of Consent?

01 Sep

 Photo of young couple kissing in sillouette I’m often amused when conservatives (in this case, I speak of those who exhibit strong signs of homophobia) try to lump all liberals or moderates into the same category.

This happened this evening over on Topix, in a thread I sometimes follow and post in.

Franck is your average, run of the mill conservative who also happens to be Catholic (no problem; some Catholics are great — others, not so much). Franck is always going off about how the liberals in the world are out to destroy it or some such silly bullshit.

In his latest tirade he’s spouting off about Peter Tatchell, founder of the group OutRage!, who has supposedly written something on some blog that gives the impression he (Peter) believes the age of consent for minors to consent to having sex should be lowered from sixteen to fourteen (which, for the record I’m against).

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My thoughts on the Middle East and our Departure

22 Aug

Photo of tank with rocking chair on flag backgroundNo one person can, rather simply and with certainty, nail down just why the Middle East conflicts continue today but there are many contributing factors of influence which drive the war(s) that carry on. I doubt that our entering into the frakkus, post 9/11 really matters so much but there are compelling arguments some might make concerning our involvement prior to the terrorist attacks that fateful September day.

I’m proud to be an American and quite proud of what “America” stands for … but in this matter, our hands are not without their own fair share of blood.

My opinion has consistently been that we should never have allowed George W. Bush to drag us into two full-scale wars; one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. I also believe there was much more going on behind the scenes, in the White House, than any of the nation’s constituents have ever been aware of. Had we been, we’d have probably been yelling more loudly for our own government’s reform and as well, impeachment, than we were for Osama Bin Laden’s head on a skewer.

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An Open Letter to Martin Ssempa, pastor in Uganda

13 Jun

Thumbnail of Martin SsempaThe other day I wrote about pastor Martin Ssempa and his propaganda of hate in Uganda. The blog entry appears HERE and is simply entitled “For mature audiences only…” (I’ve made available within that entry a copy of Sempa’s nasty and adult oriented video.)

The more and more that I think about what he is doing over there the angrier I get so (this morning) I sent a message to him at his website, The contents of my message appear below.
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Warning! For mature audiences only..

11 Jun

Don’t watch this video if you have a weak stomach in combination with a vivid imagination or no sense of humor.

It shouldn’t but it never ceases to surprise me how some people just do not understand that you cannot put everybody in a box. I mean, I’ve heard the stereotypical comments that all black people are lazy (not true). I’ve heard some refer to all Mexicans as “illegal aliens” (not true). I’ve heard the claims that all Puerto Ricans are thieves (not true). On a more personal note and on any given day
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Stimulus Dollars Paving The Way to Foreign Interests?

24 Mar

Yes, you read correctly. It seems foreign companies and diplomats are lobbying Washington for a piece of the $787 billion stimulus program. Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia travelled here to lobby on behalf of Spain. (What? Spain can’t tax their own to raise funds?)

Do outside interests have a chance of securing any of this assistance? Perhaps and I’m of mixed feelings on the matter. After all, this is money raised at the expense of the American taxpayer and it ‘should’ be spent in a manner that consistently represents OUR interests; not those of a foreign nation. I mean, contrary to impressions given by the last administration (and their preoccupation with the Middle East) it isn’t my responsibility as an American taxpayer to take care of
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Wen Jiabao (Chinese Premier) Expresses Concern Over U.S. Dollar

13 Mar

Photograph of Chinese Premier Wen JiabaoI’m somewhat confused by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s take on how the U.S. is addressing the economic situation here at home. He cautions us not to spend “too much” on the attempt to rebuild our own economy via a $787 billion stimulus package while China is prepared to expand an existing $586 billion stimulus package within its own borders. Huh?

I do agree that we need to be careful in where we spend the dollars; that just makes good sense. I’m also skeptical about where some of the dollars have already gone or where they might be headed. For instance, while I understand everybody’s concern about some of our largest automobile manufacturers going under and the impact that “might” have on people who own those vehicles – I also feel that the auto industry dug its own grave. My father was a union man so I know the arguments and I agree, there was a time when unions were perhaps necessary. However, I’ve a REAL problem with hearing that we’re paying auto workers $65 an hour to put together a damn car when the majority of us celebrate success if we can simply get over the $20-25 an hour hurdle. It’s no damn surprise why vehicles cost so damned much to buy today if we’re subsidizing such RIDICULOUS wages. Sorry if that offends but get real people; it’s time to pull the plug and force the prices back down. If that means Joe Blow has to take a $40 an hour pay cut to keep his job, so be it. And don’t misunderstand; the fault lies not entirely on the union worker. Much responsibility lies with the CEO’s and upper management who are getting fatter and fatter via unreasonable bonuses and bennies (benefits).

I understand that one of the problems H. Ross Perot had with GM when the company bought Electronic Data Systems (EDS) back in the day was the ridiculous “pampering” of its executives. They were driven to their offices in long limousines, into a parking garage that was both heated and air-conditioned and fully “carpeted.” (Oh my God, Becky! Let’s not allow the executives po’ little leather soled shoes to touch actual CONCRETE!!).

Puh-leez… Let’s get real. It’s one thing to enjoy a few perks at work but when you’re going to such far-fetched extremes to pamper a group of lunkheads who’ve no real grasp of what’s going on in the real world around them one must stop and reconsider the bigger picture. Of course, EDS spent its own fair share of money extravagantly – such as the $40,000 palm trees inside what we all called the “God Pod” (headquarters).

My point is these are trying times for all of us. Even more so for the average bloke who’s already lost his or her job. More and more people are being laid off every day but the bills do not let up. We still need to make our rent, put groceries on the table, fuel in the car to get to job interviews, pay the utility bills, etc. If we’re lucky we won’t have an accident or get really, really sick while we’re out of work. If not, we’ve got those bills to pay as well because few people have been able to afford to pay for the COBRA health insurance on what little is doled out via unemployment.

Speaking of unemployment benefits, do you know that once you’re on unemployment the government does NOTHING to encourage you to work “part time?” Any wages you make at a part time job are immediately deducted from the benefits you receive from the government. Where’s the motivation to try and get ahead while looking for full time work? It would make more sense if they deducted $1.00 from your unemployment for every $2.00 you made part time but no, that’s simply not the case. I imagine welfare is much the same way. I know from speaking to a friend of mine that back in the day when she was trying to get her life back together and was on food stamps, the government did basically the same thing. (Don’t get me started on welfare. That’s a program that I think is so far into the toilet that it’s NOT EVEN remotely funny or entertaining.)

So, yes… I think we need to be more careful in where the economic stimulus is invested but I also believe it’s a bit hypocritical of China’s premier to cast dispersions on how much we spend when they are doing the same thing on their side of the world. I know Wen’s justification is China only wants to protect its own assets/investments and doesn’t wish to see the American dollar devalued (who of us does, Wen?) but being concerned is a far cry from poking one’s nose into how our own government conducts business.

As an aside I will say I’m a little troubled China and other such countries have invested so heavily in and have so much influence over our own economy. This is my same concern regarding our own dependence on the Middle East for oil. When do we begin to understand that “while we do live in and are a part of a global community there is nothing wrong with securing more independence FROM that same community?” I myself believe that in order for a country to survive and thrive it must do more to invest in itself; not in others. Perhaps I am mistaken but I don’t believe that is the case.

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Montebello High School ("Teaching the ingrates!")

14 Mar

(When this entry was originally posted it appeared that all of the photos shown below were taken at Montebello High and that all of the students involved were from Montebellow High School. As so often as is the case, appearances can and often are deceiving. I’ve left the post intact since my feelings really have not changed with regard to the REAL students who were involved in this protest. However, you may also wish to go to the Urban Legends website, which more accurately explains what happened on this day.)

I’m posting this because I’m so sick and tired of others coming in and going to work illegally, not paying any taxes and then benefiting from government programs and/or assistance they never paid a dime in to help form. You doubt me? What happens when the illegal alien gets hurt, opting to go to the county hospital where he or she is not turned away (free treatment at the taxpayer’s expense)? NOT to mention numerous other federal benefits some illegal’s manage to scam out of the government, all paid for by those of us who DO pay taxes.

Screw them. I say send all the illegal aliens back home (with their kids if need be), lock down the borders and start patrolling “effectively” – preventing ALL who attempt to come across illegally from doing so. I’ve had it with crap like this.

Do not misunderstand. I believe America is a melting pot of many different nationalities – and should remain as such. BUT, I also believe once you are here [LEGALLY], your first priority should be to start blending in. Learn the English language and SPEAK it in public! Don’t expect the rest of us to bend to the traditions of your own nation of origin. Don’t expect us to give your children a public education using books written in the language native to your land, by instructors speaking YOUR language. (If that is your desire, stay where you are! We, in America, speak English! Learn the damn language or get the hell out! It’s that simple!)

Our forefathers gave their blood and their lives to pay for the freedoms you so easily take for granted. If your heritage takes precedence over the freedoms you enjoy here in America, then get out and go embrace your heritage in your native lands. …because I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing a country I am proud of, and proud to be a PART of, bending to the whims of a bunch of self-centered, ungrateful pricks who aren’t willing to give thanks for the freedoms they began to enjoy the moment they crossed over our borders.

Wondering what motivated me to write this blog? Keep reading…

I guess they already finished their English homework!!! Montebello High School in California. You will not see this heart-stopping photo on the front page of the NY Times or on the lead story of the major news networks.

The protestors put up the Mexican flag over the American flag flying upside down at Montebello High School in California

I predict this stunt will be the nail in the coffin of any guest-worker/ amnesty plan on the table in Washington. The image of the American flag subsumed to another and turned upside down on American soil is already spreading on Internet forums and via e-mail.

Pass this along to every American citizen in your address books and to every representative in the state and federal government. If you choose to remain uninvolved, do not be amazed when you no longer have a nation to call your own nor anything you have worked for left since it will be ‘redistributed’ to the activists while you are so peacefully staying out of the ‘fray’. Check history, it is full of nations/empires that disappeared when its citizens no longer held their core beliefs and values. One person CAN make a difference.

One plus one plus one plus one plus one plus one……..

The battle for our secure borders and immigration laws that actually mean something, however, hasn’t even begun.

If this ticks YOU off…PASS IT ON!
(If it doesn’t it should.)