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Thursday, August 30, 2012

AP: Fact Checking Rep. Ryan's RNC Speech: The Speech Thats Long on Attacks & Short on Facts



I'm not going to get into the pure politics of Representative Ryan's speech last night, as far as what impact it will have for the Romney/Ryan Campaign. As far as whose up and whose down, the scorecard, which seems to be the only thing Americans are typically interested in when it comes to politics. I'll do that later in a different post, I'm just going to get into the pure substance and pure facts of it, or the lack of them that was in the Ryan speech last night. Because thats what's most important as far as how it affects the Presidential Campaign and something that the Obama/Biden Campaign has to take seriously and effectively respond to. Before Independents actually take the nonsense in the speech seriously. Since we are talking about Paul Ryan here lets first talk about the debt, he loves to talk about the danger of the national debt and that he doesn't want. His kids to be stuck having to pay off the debt from the people in this generation and then he tries to put the debt on President Obama, saying he personally has racked up 5T$ on the debt since taking office. What he fails to mention is that Paul Ryan himself has his own hands on this debt.

As far as the debt and Paul Ryan has been in the House since 1999, representing Janesville, Wisconsin. From 2001-2009 alone, the national debt went from 5T$, which is what President Bush inherited, as well as a 200B$ Budget Surplus, to eight years later in 2009. The debt went to 11T$ and a !T$ deficit and Representative Ryan voted for all 6T$ of it, while in Congress. Here are the numbers, two 1T$ Tax Cuts, unpaid for, two unfunded wars unpaid for, both over a trillion dollars. Medicare Advantage 700B$, TARP another 700B$, as well as the Auto Bailouts, that started under President Bush, that President Obama put through. Its like robbing houses for a living and the calling the cops when you get robbed yourself, its dishonest. Paul Ryan also accused President Obama of raiding Medicare to pay for the Affordable Care Act. What he failed to mention, was that what the ACA does is limits payments to the Health Insurance Industry and returns that money to Medicare. To cover Medicare patients, imagine that.

What Representative Ryan also didn't mention is that those Medicare savings that are in the ACA, are also in the Ryan Deficit Reduction Plan. Ryan also tried to put the blame for an Auto Plant closing in Janesville on President Obama, what he failed to mention. Was that it closed in late 2008, a couple months before Barack Obama became President. So this speech last night was long on attacks, short on facts, sounds good to Republicans but I give it an F on substance and facts. But its still something that the Obama/Biden Campaign is going to have to effectively respond to before too many people actually take it seriously.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Associated Press: Today in History for August 29th- The 7th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina


Source: Associated Press- Hurricane Katrina Victims-
Source: Associated Press: Today in History For August 29th

This blog is just another example of what its like to blog on a slow news day. The seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina the worst natural disaster in American history, that turned a somewhat big city New Orleans which before this storm was a city of around 450K people, in an area of around 1.5M people, into a smaller mid-size city of 150K people almost overnight. Because the Federal Government, Louisiana and New Orleans, were caught completely off guard by this storm, didn't understand the aftermath of it and what this storm could do, caught completely off guard by it. Houston a large city of 2M people in an area of 5M people or so, became a much larger city almost overnight. Because hundreds of thousands of people were left with no place to go and live, even ending up having to stay on the floor of the Louisiana Superdome, a football stadium/convention center.

These kinds of things don't happen when the people and government's are prepared for storms like this. There's actually some good news to come from this.  A lot of unqualified people lost their jobs over this like Mike Brown who was the Director of FEMA and Americans finally woke up to the fact that the Bush Administration didn't know what they were doing and needed a watchdog. Hurricane Katrina is the final nail in the coffin for the then Republican House of Representatives. Who ran the House from 1995-2007. House Democrats only needed to pick up fifteen seats in 2006 to take back the majority. So it was just a question of how many they were going to pick up and how big their majority would be in the next Congress. The Senate, was a different story where they needed to pick up six seats out of thirty-three elections. Which meant that Senate Democrats had to run the table and beat every vulnerable Senate Republican.

Senate Democrats needed to win every open Republican seat and win some seats that didn't seem vulnerable going into 2006. Like in Virginia with Senator George Allen and in Montana with Senator Conrad Burns. Without losing any seats of their own and that's exactly what they did. Taking back the Senate for the first time since 2001, without losing a single Democratic seat.  Pre-Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the talk in Washington was that Congressional Democrats would probably pick up seats in both the House and Senate, but I doubt many people were seriously expecting them to take back both the House and Senate, or either one. The two big news stories that year were the very unpopular War in Iraq and Katrina. When President Bush was reelected in 2004, he had an approval rating of around 45%, a year later it was 29% and Congressional Republicans took the heat for that, because they were seen as backing the President.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Associated Press: Today in History For August 28th- Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech

Source: Associated Press- Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream-
Source: Associated Press: Today in History For August 28th- Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech

Today marks the 49th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech. The speech where Dr. King laid out exactly what the vision of civil rights is. Sort of  like when a President lays out for Congress and the rest of the country what he intends to get done that year. But if anything the I Have a Dream Speech was so much more powerful and Dr. King was able to communicate this message to so many other people. A million people physically showed up to this speech at the Washington Mall and this is a speech that's remembered forty-nine-years later and if anything more powerful today than it was in 1963. Because the vision of civil rights movement is still this speech. "I have a dream that one day my children will be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin". The ultimate color-blind speech, that all Americans should be judged as individuals, not as colors or members of races.

He laid it all out there for over a hundred-million Americans, now at best maybe half of the country agreed with him at the time. Not even everyone in the African-American Community agreed, but there it was the vision of what Dr. King was trying to accomplish. Dr. King laid out the vision of what he was trying to accomplish with this speech and he was telling his supporters ,as well as President Kennedy and Congress. "This what we are trying to accomplish, that all Americans are entitled to live in the United States in freedom. Not just the special few, that all Americans have constitutional rights, that deserve to be enforced, not just the special few. And that racist Southerners shouldn't be allowed to deny African-Americans, or anyone else their constitutional rights based on color or race." This is what this speech was about. Someone that the Millennial's should be listening to and studying, that I believe a lot of my generation already gets and why things like interracial and inter-ethnic dating, is now mainstream. Just to use as examples. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Arizona Public Media: America Experience The Presidents: Jimmy Carter The Man From Plains

Source: Arizona Public Media-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press

Had it not have been for 1974 and the Watergate scandal, Jimmy Carter doesn’t get elected President of the United States, at least in 1976. He probably runs for reelection for Governor of Georgia in 1974 and probably gets reelected and waits for 1980. And looks at his options then. Jimmy Carter, basically was in a time that was perfect for someone like him, after Watergate and President Nixon resigning in 1974. Americans were looking for decent honest person to lead the country.

Which is what President Gerry Ford was, but they were also looking for an outsider and a new voice that was not from Washington. Not a cabinet official, or someone in Congress, but a breath of fresh air, someone who wasn’t an elitist and someone who spoke their mind and could take the country on a different course. And perhaps end the gridlock in Washington and to a certain extent that’s what President Carter brought to Washington. He was able to pass a lot of legislation out of Congress.

Yes President Carter, had a Democratic Congress with large majorities, including a 3-5 majority in the Senate his first two years. But he was also able to get a lot of Congressional Republicans to vote for his legislation, because he worked with the Republican Leadership in the House and Senate. He probably actually had more Republican allies in Congress, than Democratic allies. He had problems with Congressional Democrats.

Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole who was in Congress during the Carter Administration, once said that Jimmy Carter was the smartest President he had ever served with, which might be true. But great intelligence and knowledge is a great thing to have as President, but you also have to have a political feel as a politician. You have to know what you want to do, where you want to take the country and how far you can take it, based on the political situation and what’s possible.

Which is something that President Carter didn’t have unlike President’s Reagan and Clinton and wasn’t sure how to communicate a message that he could get Americans to rally behind. And move Americans to get their Senators and Representatives behind him. He also had a Democratic Congress to deal with that was run by New Deal/Great Society Progressive/New Left Democrats, that since there was a Democratic President, automatically felt that it was time to move back to days of the Great Society and big government progressivism. And that wasn’t the type of Democrat that Jimmy Carter was.

President Carter, was ahead of his time in the Democratic Party in this sense. That he understood the limits of the Federal Government. And that there was only so much that it could do on its own to solve the nation’s problems and that it was time for a different approach. And even though his political feel wasn’t that good, he understood that by the late 1970s, that America had moved past the Progressive Era. And that Americans were ready for a different approach. Which also caused him problems with Congressional Democrats. So Jimmy Carter, ended up being a President with few allies in Washington, which made his job even more difficult.
Arizona Public Media: American Experience- Jimmy Carter



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lifetime: Jessica Savitch Intimate Portrait- The Queen of Nightly News

The Queen of Nightly News-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press

Jessica Savitch before she tragically died in 1983, was the weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News. Only behind Tom Brokaw at NBC News as far as their anchors and when she died was considered the most trusted news anchor in America. Essentially replacing Walter Cronkite with that title. She was both gorgeous and adorable, but very intelligent and worked very hard at her craft. A true news junky, which is what you almost have to be to be a successful news anchor, as well as a political junky. All traits I love as someone who shares these same traits and she picked up these traits very early on in life, as being the daughter of a news and political junky her father, who she was very close with.

I wasn't born until 1975 so almost everything I've seen from her have been old news footage of her, actually a lot of it on YouTube. And she became a star in network news by the late 1970s, a very turbulent time in America. With an energy shortage, a weak economy, with high interest, inflation and unemployment rates, the Jonestown tragedy in 1978, the Iran Hostage Crisis. America seeming to be in decline by the summer of 1979 and Jessica Savitch was covering all of these stories.

Jessica Savitch was ahead of her time, because she made it to the top, or very close to it by the late 1970s. When network news was still dominated by men and when women were still coming up in this business and had she not died in 1983 tragically, maybe she's the lead anchor of one of the network newscasts for 15-20 years. Like Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, or Dan Rather. She was too big and too good to the weekend anchor indefinitely and could've gone a lot further, if she just had the time to do it.
Lifetime: Intimate Portrait Jessica Savitch



Monday, August 20, 2012

Bob Parker-CBS News: 1968, A Year That Changed America


Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press

I think one thing that separates America and makes us stronger than anyone else is that we can go through a year like 1968 and get through it and survive it. And still remain one country, unlike other countries that tend to go through such division between the people and their government and overall establishment of the country in one year and you see them come apart. With the government falling and perhaps even leading to some type of civil war. Egypt comes to mind pretty fast and what is going on in Syria and Venezuela right now are other good examples.

Having said all of that, its hard to find anything good about 1968 other than maybe the music and the fact that we started to get along better as far as race relations. Where racism and other types of bigotry started to really go out of style. And bigots were left to hide their bigotry or pay serious prices for it. But other than that 1968 was one big disaster after another. A year full of violence with murders and assassinations, the President of the United States deciding not to even bother running for reelection because there were so many people who literally hated him in both parties.

And that is just about the domestic scene in America, but then you go to the Vietnam War itself with Americans finally figuring out that we are not just losing the war, but it is probably lost. And we started seeing all of those dead American soldiers coming home from it. I guess one good thing about 1968 is that Americans finally woke up. And figured out that their government not only doesn’t always tell the truth, but they even lie to their people. The Johnson Administration saying that they were making progress in Vietnam when they knew the opposite was true and that Communist Vietnam was getting stronger.

1968 represents the 1960s as well as it could possibly be. A year of revolution, protest, violence, people coming together from multiple races to be part of the same movement. Where millions of Americans became free to be themselves and no long feel like they had to live a certain way of life in order to fit in or even be good people. 1968 was a shakeup of the entire United States and perhaps was something that the country needed. Even with all the violence and the lost of lives in that decade so Americans would know about the problems in the country, but also what could be done about them. And what also makes us great as a country which is our freedom and diversity.
Bob Parker-CBS News: 1968, a Year That Changed America


Sunday, August 19, 2012

David Von Pein: The Zapruder Film is Shown on Goodnight America With Geraldo Rivera- MARCH 6, 1975

This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press: David Von Pein: The Zapruder Film is Shown on Goodnight America With Geraldo Rivera- MARCH 6, 1975

I don't believe there is any question who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. That man is obviously Lee Harvey Oswald. He had the access, the motive, the ability, his gun was the gun that killed President Kennedy, his fingerprints were on the gun. If he ever made it to trial he would have had to pleaded guilty to have any shot in hell (where he's currently residing) to have any shot in hell of avoiding the death penalty. That is not the question as far as who actually killed President Kennedy. And for anyone who disagrees with that, you really should treat them as if they're mental patients, or liars like Roger Stone to use as an example. Whose probably made millions from his books with his own JFK assassination conspiracy theories.

The only question for me is did anyone else put Lee Oswald up to the assassination  and then used him as their patsy. Knowing he was going to get caught and probably given the death penalty as a result, but Oswald agreed to do it anyway. Jack Kennedy, had a lot of enemies in Texas and Dallas perhaps especially both on the Far-Left where Oswald represented as a Marxist. But on the Far-Right for his support for civil and equal rights for African-Americans. And for his economic liberalism and wanting to use government to create new economic opportunity for people who needed it. But from organized crime especially the Italian Mafia, because of his administration's crackdown on organized crime. Jack Ruby, who killed Oswald had organize crime connections as well. Which just ignites the organize crime theory behind the JFK assassination.

We know, at least anyone who both has a brain and is sane at the same time, which is an accomplishment unfortunately for too many Americans, who assassinated President John Kennedy. The question was there anyone else involved or not. Was this something that was just put together by a highly intelligent and sharp man who was also deranged and a loser all in the same person. Or did he not only have help as far as actually pulling off the assassination with a second shooter and have people behind them that put the hit out and hired them to do it. Was Oswald the lone shooter, but was hired by others to assassinate the President. These are the questions that I at least and a lot of other intelligent sane Americans don't have the answers to yet. Which is why speculation in this case still goes on. And how the Roger Stone's of the world make their money.

Friday, August 17, 2012

History Day: Iran Hostage Crisis Documentary 4th in State

President Jimmy Carter-
History Day: Iran Hostage Crisis Documentary 4th in State

What a crazy time for America and Iran. The Iranian people were fed up with their dictatorial authoritarian government that they had in Iran under the Shah that both the United Kingdom and United States backed for almost forty years and even installed in Iran. So what you had was a bunch of Islamic theocratic revolutionaries under Ruhollah Khomeini decided to stand up and the Shah knew he no longer had the authority to lead his country and decided to leave his country. Which left a power shortage in Iran with a new Islamic theocratic government under Supreme Leader Khomeini coming into place.

And because America had backed the Shah for so long and President Jimmy Carter saying that the Shah was such a fine leader and good man for Iran, these Iranian revolutionaries decided to take out their frustration and anger on what was left of American involvement in Iran which was our embassy there. And took about hundred American U.S. embassy employees hostage. Which is how the Iranian hostage crisis started. Which was essentially the end of Jimmy Carter as a strong leader in America, or even having the potential of being a strong leader of the United States. Because now America looked weak compared to a third-world country and was held hostage.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan: "Bring on Medicare Debate": You Got It Paul!



Here's a summary of what Representative Paul Ryan who will be Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential Nominee said on the Campaign Trail today. That President Obama inherited a bad situation, well gee you think, its called the "Great Recession" for crying out loud, you don't get a title like that. Unless its a real bad situation, Representative Ryan doing his impression of Captain Obvious today. With more lines like that, he could be headed to being promoted to Major Obvious but here is where Paul Ryan was wrong, that President Obama made things even worse. Its time for another history lesson for Representative Ryan, who was in the House for the entire time of the Bush Administration. President Bush back in 2001 inherited a growing economy that yes was slowing down from the Economic Boom of the 1990s, that created 22M jobs from 1993-2001, with 4.2% unemployment. The lowest poverty level in at least a generation if not a couple generations of 13%. With basically no inflation, with very low interest rates, a budget surplus, for consecutive budget surplus's. An a debt of around 4T$ that was going down, if you remember that period of the late 1990s and 2000, the fear was that America was going to pay off its debt too soon. How times have changed.

Now lets fast forward to eight years and then I'll go back to point out a few highlights of the previous eight years. The "Great Recession" occurs in September, 2008 as a result of the collapse of Wall Street, people losing their life long savings and investments. While at the same time losing their jobs with all of the business's drowning in red ink if not going under all together. A National Debt of approaching 11T$ up 7T$ in just eight years, unemployment over 7% up from just 4.2% eight years prior. Poverty at its highest level in a generation, a 1T$ budget deficit, all of these things occurring in just eight years and lets look at how we got there. Two 1T$ Tax Cuts that weren't paid for in 2001 and 2003, to unfunded wars in 2001 and 2003, over a trillion dollars each and of course the 500B$ Medicare Advantage plan that. Wasn't paid for that Representative Ryan had a role in writing in the House in 2003. That of course wasn't paid for, as well as not regulating Wall Street by the Bush Administration.

Before Barack Obama even became President in January, 2009, the United States had just lost 2M jobs in December in January total. And the economy was subtracting at 7%, fast forward that three and a half years later, things are still bad but the economy is growing for now three years in a row. And we've been adding jobs net each month since the Winter of 2010, including 160K jobs last month. Before Paul Ryan puts all the blame on President Obama, he should look at his own role in creating the mess of the Bush Administration, like all of that money he voted to but on the National Debt Card. What the President and Congress actually did with Medicare, was close the doughnut in the Prescription Drug plan and limit payments to the. Health Insurance Industry, so they could pay for Medicare Advantage that Representative Ryan and others voted not to pay for when they created Medicare Advantage.

It gets back to that old saying that you are entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts. We all have to share the facts, good, bad or in between, that is for anyone who believes in facts and these attacks on President Obama is an excellent example of that. That running against him based on current facts is not good enough to win. That we have to make things look worse in order to beat the President.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan: Budget Villain or Visionary?: The Philosophy of Paul Ryan



I don't like or respect the Ryan Plan, because it puts the bulk load of Deficit Reduction on people who don't have the ability to take care of themselves. If his plan was about empowering people who lack the skills to take care of themselves and putting these people to work. Or empowering workers who are also on Public Assistance to pay their bills and save money that way. To help pay down the debt and deficit, that I could respect, like and agree with. But Representative Paul Ryan's idea of Deficit Reduction, is take it out of people who can't fend for themselves. Does nothing about Entitlement Reform that would actually save those programs, does nothing about the Defense Budget or the Tax Code. And he still doesn't balance the Federal Budget, his own plan project trillion dollar deficits ten years from now, which is kinda odd to me that so called. Fiscal Conservatives would be so in love with this plan and I can see why members of the Tea Party aren't in love with it, at least not as much and why Libertarians don't like the plan either. Liberals such as myself don't like it because its not a serious plan and its not balance. Progressives don't like it because they really don't like anything that relates to Entitlement Reform, unless it has to do with expansion.

One thing I do respect about Representative Paul Ryan is that he expects all physically and mentally able bodied people. To work and be able to take care of themselves and that we shouldn't have an open ended commitment for people to live on Public Assistance, who are physically and mentally. Able to work full time and be able to fend for themselves, what separates me from him, is that I believe as a country we should be empowering people who don't have the skills yet. To take care of themselves, give them the resources to go back to school, get them into Job Training and even help them with Job Placement so they can have a good job. Then they are no longer on Public Assistance but paying their own bill and even paying into the programs they once collected from. Thats one thing that separates me as a Liberal from Progressives and the Tea Party.

So if you combine Paul Ryan's approach of all physically and mentally able people should be expected to work for a living. And not be able to live off of Public Assistance indefinitely, with Bill Clinton's approach that Public Assistance should no longer be free. And we should empower people on Public Assistance to get themselves the skills that they need to be able to take care of themselves. Then we would have a real philosophy in how to deal with poverty in America, we already have this on the left, just not from the right.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

David Von Pein: Theodore H. White- The Making of a President 1960


Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press

The 1960 United States presidential campaign was one of the best ever, because of who ran for President. The Democratic Party nominated the best person they had in Senator John Kennedy and the Republican Party nominated the best person they had in Vice President Richard Nixon. It was literally the best vs the best. Two men that represented the now and future of their party, who were the leaders of their party. It gave American voters a clear choice in who to select to be the next President and who to be the next President early in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

It gave people another choice as well. Do we want to continue to do what we were doing as a country. Have the Federal Government stay the course and not make any big changes, or do we want to try a different path. Senator Kennedy tried and I believe was successful in making the argument that America was stagnating not moving and advancing as fast as it could. And that Vice President Nixon represented this conservative approach of not moving real fast, staying back and seeing how things develop. Where Vice President Nixon tried to make the argument that America wasn’t ready to chart a different course.

Dick Nixon didn’t want to chart a course with a somewhat young and inexperienced Senator that had never been an executive before. Thats the choice that America had for President in 1960. What Jack Kennedy represented for the country was a true vision of where he wanted to take the country and how we would get there. Making the argument that America was sitting still in the 1950s under President Eisenhower who was somewhat conservative. And that the country wasn’t advancing fast enough. And sitting still and even falling behind.

The recession of the late 1950s helped Senator Kennedy make the case that its time to move again. And Dick Nixon President Eisenhower’s loyal and influential Vice President represented the conservative wing of the Republican Party. Vice President Nixon I believe didn’t do much to counter this argument or defend himself. But what he did instead was try to make this campaign about Jack Kennedy’s youth and inexperience. Even though they both came to Congress the same time in 1947 to the House and were friends there. And remained friends when Nixon became Vice President in 1953 and Kennedy was elected to the Senate the same year. And Nixon was only four years older and were in the same generation.

One difference between Jack Kennedy and Dick Nixon, was that Kennedy did offer the country a change of course. That would finish off what was created in the 1930s with the New Deal. But in a different way, focusing on health care, civil rights and tax cuts. Making the case the country was overtaxed. Where I believe Nixon didn’t have what’s called the vision thing, at least in 1960. He developed that by 1968 when he was elected President. But 1960 for him was, “this is what’s been working, so lets continue what we’ve done.”



Friday, August 10, 2012

ICNA Chicago: The Life of Malcolm X



Source: ICNA Chicago-
Source: ICNA Chicago: The Life of Malcolm X- Trailer

Malcolm X, represents to me many ways what the American Dream and what that is and should be. Someone who started from very rough beginnings, essentially came from nothing and worked his way up in life. And got so far, that people actually saw him as a threat, or his message of freedom and responsibility, not just for African-Americans, but for all Americans, as threats. By the time he died, he believed that people should be judged as people. Who moved towards Dr. Martin King when it came to civil rights. By the time he died, even as a young man he was in prison and at one point was even a racist. He saw all Caucasians as racists or “White Devils”, and not just as people and not just the people. And not just the racists, but all Caucasians.

But once Malcolm left prison and left the Nation of Islam, he got himself educated and started hanging out with Caucasians that weren’t racist and believed in similar things. And learned better and that perhaps he could work with them so they could all accomplish the same things. That all Americans should be treated equally under law and not be held down because of their race. I wrote a blog arguing this a few months ago. But Malcolm X’s message was about freedom and responsibility. That people shouldn’t expect to be given things. That if we wanted to achieve anything in life and be successful, that we had to go out and achieve those things and not settle for failure.

That people, shouldn’t settle for poverty, or anything else. That the way to avoid these things, were to go out and get ourselves educated, work hard and be productive. Rather than expect government, or anyone else to hand us those things. Which is why I believe if Malcolm X were alive today, he would be a classical Liberal Democrat or Conservative, not exactly registered to either party. But he would have that mindset, that people shouldn’t expect government, or other people to take care of themselves. But they needed to be able to do that for themselves, if they expected to be successful in life. Had both Malcolm X and Martin King lived a natural life, meaning they didn’t die at a young age and lived into their senior years and not have been murdered, or killed, but died through natural causes, America would be a much different country and not just for African-Americans. Both of them would’ve helped a lot of people who weren’t free to live their own lives. Be able to achieve those things for themselves by preaching the message of individual freedom and personal responsibility through education.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Today in History for August 9th: The Important Events on This Day in History



What's interesting to me at least about this day in history, are a couple of events. The Manson Family murders, including of actress Sharon Tate and several others. And of course President Richard Nixon leaving the White House to go back to California after just resigning from office due to the Watergate Scandal. The Manson Family led by Charlie Manson, this very strange but not crazy, just a very weird but intelligent little man in physical stature but who had a very commanding ora. That could make people with similar views of the World, basically do whatever he wanted them to do. Not all of them, some of them were smart enough to leave the cult before they did anything they would always regret, like murdering someone but for Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, Susan Atkins and others, they were along for the whole ride. And are still paying for these murders over forty years later, in Susan Atkins case she died in prison just three years ago. These were crimes against the establishment, murdering people who they saw as part of the establishment and people such as themselves down in society. Even though most of the people came from loving Middle Class families.

Again of course in 1974 on this date, the Watergate Scandal at least as far as how it relates to the White House. Finally comes to an end, with the Leader of the Coverup the President of the United States, finally stepping aside to let the country move on from it. But also to save himself from being impeached and convicted, as President Nixon gave a very good farewell address to the White House Staff. And the new President Gerald Ford giving a very good speech after just be sworn in, essentially saying that our Constitution and form of government works. And thats what got us through the Watergate Scandal. So a very interesting day in history August, 9th.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

For Freed Inmate, Painful Memories of Life on Death Row: Why The Death Penalty Should be Limited and Rare



Hearing stories like this of people sentenced to prison or especially Death Row and later freed. For either lack of evidence, which tells me as a non lawyer that either the prosecution, defense, judge or jury all screwed up in that case. The prosecution going after the wrong person, the defense not adequately defending the client, the judge not realizing the lack of evidence in the case. The jury convicting the wrong person, that there are holes in the Criminal Justice System, that have to be addressed and fixed. Because it would literally save lives, preventing either innocent people from being executed or people spending long sentences in prison for crimes they didn't commit. And going through the rough experiences of being a Prison Inmate, constantly surrounded by criminals and not being able to handle experiences like that, because they aren't criminals and aren't use to an environment like that.

This is not an problem that happens from to time, Texas has already executed two mentally challenged inmates this year. And people in the last few years have either been released from prison because of lack of evidence and freed from Death Row or there have been cases. Where there might be evidence that the person convicted might not of committed the crime. And this has gotten to the point where States are now eliminating the Death Penalty all together and commuting. Death Sentences to Life Sentences, so even is some of the Convicted Murderers are actually innocent, they'll at least have the time to overturn their convictions. You obviously can't do that when you are dead and California a State that has the Death Penalty but rarely uses it. Because of the backlog they have of appeals that still have to be heard. Serial Murderer Richard Ramirez was sentenced to death in 1989 in Los Angeles and is still on Death Row without a date for his execution to be carried out.

I'm not calling for outlawing the Death Penalty, I support it for those rare breed of Serial Murderers. Who actually enjoy murdering people, not sorry for what they did and if anything would murder again if given the opportunity. Like Rick Ramirez or Ted Bundy but a lot of times people get sentenced to death, where we actually don't know if the person did it or not and we are taking an educated guess. That later gets proven wrong, those people who are convicted should be given life without parole instead.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

VOA News: Henry Ridgewell- Kurdish Gains in Syria Rattle Turkey: A Turkish/Syrian Kurdish Alliance?

What's going on in lets call it Syrian Kurdistan is bad news for the Assad Regime. As Kurdish Syrians are now able to police and govern the communities there. What's supposed to be the national government of Syria, better known as the Assad Regime, are now unable to govern parts of their own country, including a significant border area with Turkey. A large country of 70M people, as well as a democracy and a country that also has a Kurdish community. Kurdish Syrians like the Syrian rebels want their country to move past the Assad Regime and set their own course in life.

The Syrian rebels want their country back and move Syria forward. Not have to worry about being arrested because of who they are hanging out with, what they are saying, what they are reading, where they work, how they practice religion and so-forth. According to the Kurdish Turk in this video, they aren't even looking for their own Kurdish state in Turkey, but to live in Syria in peace and in freedom. And since they are now governing this community and with the Prime Minister of Syria now defecting to the Syrian Opposition, they may soon have that opportunity.

This is all evidence that the Assad Regime is not only losing grip on this country, we already knew that. With the Syrian rebels occupying key parts of the biggest city in Syria in Aleppo. Including setting up their own hospital and prison. But that support for the Syrian rebels is not limited and that Kurdish Syrians now support this effort. As well as former members of the Assad Regime and hopefully this movement will only get stronger. For the Syrian people to be able to finally govern themselves they are going to have to be united against the Assad Regime. And work together to bring it down.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Today in History for August 6th: What Made News on This Date



Today in history August 6th, the two news stories that jumped out at me, are President Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And President Harry Truman dropping the Atomic Bomb on Japan in 1945, an attempt to end World War II the bloodiest war in World History. With millions of people dying in Russia alone, what's interesting about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Is the photo of Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen, the Senate Republican Leader right next to President Lyndon Johnson. As President Johnson is signing the bill, because without Minority Leader Dirksen, both the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts don't get signed. This was actually when the Republican Party was still the Civil Rights Party, where there were Liberal Republicans in the Northeast. Who were Liberal on Social Issues and would vote with Liberal Democrats in Congress. President Johnson and the Democratic Leadership doesn't pass these Civil Rights Laws without these Liberal Republicans. Because the Democratic Party was basically made up of three parties back then, Liberals, Progressives and Southern Conservatives. The Southerners saw the Civil Rights Laws as Unconstitutional.

The Atomic Bombing of Japan in 1945 was a trickier issue, because of the hundreds of thousands or millions of people. That were killed as a result, the thinking being either drop the bombs so to speak or risk losing hundreds of thousands of American Soldiers with more battles on the islands of Japan. What President Truman was essentially doing was picking his country America over Japan, his people over the Japanese People, which is a horrible decision. Because no decent person wants to see innocent people killed, whether they are in battle or not. And President Truman knew that dropping these Atomic Bombs on Japan would result in thousands of innocent people being killed. But did it to save the lives of thousands of his own Soldiers, which is why he dropped them and had he not of done that. He would've probably risked Congressional Investigations in why he didn't and lost all of those Americans as a result.

In 1945 President Truman drops Atomic Bombs to prevent thousands of more Americans dying in World War II. And on this date in 1965 President Johnson with the help of Congressional Republicans and Liberal Democrats was able to sign into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. So that millions of African Americans would finally have their Constitutional Right to vote enforced by law.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pennebaker Hegedus: The War Room 1993- The Story of Bill Clinton For President

Source: Pennebaker Hegedus-James Carville-
Source: This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Press

In 1991-92 I guess was the time that I started getting into politics to the point that I was actually following the news about it. I was 16 and a sophomore in high school and I saw a speech I believe on C-SPAN. I became a political junky pretty early in life and I was actually watching C-SPAN and saw a speech from then Governor Bill Clinton from Arkansas. And he was talking about how we could make college more affordable in America, an issue we are still talking about twenty-years later.

And Governor Clinton was talking about an idea called AMERICORE, where people would get tax credits, or be able to go to college at no financial cost to them, if they serve their country. They work in community service, join the military, become a teacher, work in law enforcement, become a doctor etc. Another words be able to go to college if they give back and serve their country. And this program that was enacted shortly after he became President in 1993 and he was able to inspire thousands if not millions of Americans to volunteer for their country. And in return would be able to go to college and when I heard this speech, it gave me the sense that Bill Clinton was a winner, a Democrat who could actually get elected President of the United States.

Listening to Bill Clinton’s speech and following his presidential campaign, gave me the idea that Bill Clinton was a different Democrat. Someone whose called a New Democrat, someone who doesn’t just believe in growing the Federal Government and raising new taxes to pay for it. And by doing this, that would automatically solve whatever problem the program was intended to solve. But that you had to make the Federal Government work and be able to reform or eliminate things in the Federal Government that wasn’t working.

That Clinton’s presidential campaign was about the people not government. How do you make government work for the people, so it empowers the people who need to be empowered. Not growing government to take care of people but using it in a way so the people who need it can take care of themselves instead, which are two different concepts. Americans were looking for a change in 1992, that’s clear with a bad economy, lack of economic and gob growth.

Americans saw President Bush as out of touch and not up to the job of turning the country around and were looking for a change. But weren’t sure they were ready to turn it over to the Democrats. People who have been stereotyped as big government tax and spenders and weren’t interested in seeing new tax hikes. But want to go back to work and take care of themselves. And what they got from Bill Clinton was a new Democratic voice, someone who could talk about liberalism and communicate it in a way that made it about people and not government.

Bill Clinton had this saying that people who collected public assistance will no longer be able to get it for free in a Clinton Administration. That people on public assistance were going to be expected to use that time to prepare themselves to go to work and serve their communities. Bill Clinton’s political hero is Jack Kennedy, same as mind along with Bill Clinton and a few other people. And of course one of President Kennedy’s famous lines is, ask not what government can do for you, but what you can do for your country. And I believe Bill Clinton took that to heart and made that a big part of his presidential campaign and a bigger part of his Presidency and it worked very well.
Pennebacker Hegedus: The War Room 1993 Trailer

Saturday, August 4, 2012

AP: Raw Video: Marilyn Monroe Remembered by Stars


This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Press

If you are going to look at the life of entertainer Marilyn Monroe who died at the very young age of 36, the same age I am today, but back in 1962 And you can get past the goddess parts of Marilyn Monroe, which I admit is very difficult, to me at least she’s the best looking women whose ever lived, whose not related to me, you are talking about the sexy baby of all sexy babies. The sexy baby that all Sexy Babies are measured by. Extremely hot, baby-face adorable, didn’t even look 36, more like 22.

And of course with one of the greatest if not greatest bodies a women has ever had. She looked like an athlete like a tennis player or something, but if you are able to get past all of that, I believe you’ll see a very talented, but somewhat lost women. Who lacked self-confidence and perhaps was never very happy. Which is interesting to me because she married someone who had similar issues in Joe DiMaggio. One of the top 3-5 baseball players of all time, but who perhaps never appreciated that.

Marilyn Monroe wasn’t a bimbo, perhaps not very knowledgeable or very interested in things outside of the entertainment industry. But someone who was very good at her craft who didn’t work very hard at it. She was famous for missing rehearsal’s, not showing up for events. Not being very professional, but she was very good at her craft. She didn’t have to work very hard at it. She was someone who was very funny like in the movie the Seven Year Itch.

And funny in person as well and she could also act. Either be a comedian or a dramatic actress and she could also sing and perform. She wasn’t an actress or a singer, but an entertainer. Perhaps so good at her craft and then you throw in her physical attractiveness, she seemed to have everything going for her. But apparently there was something missing that she wasn’t able to accomplish which is what brought her down.

They say genius’ are somewhat troubled because as brilliant as they are about somethings. They devote so much time those direct areas that they don’t have much else going for them and seem very mediocre in other areas. Like a nerd who knows everything about lets say chemistry but couldn’t tell you their favorite movie or something because they don’t have one or don’t watch any movies or something and seem somewhat unsatisfied. I’m not saying Marilyn was a genius, but she had some of those characteristics.





Friday, August 3, 2012

Employers Add 163K Jobs, Unemployment at 8.3%: A Better Then Expected Jobs Report



With 163K jobs created in July, thats a fairly positive Jobs Report considering the economy only grew at 1.5% in the third quarter. And we only created a total of a little over 120K jobs in May and June, so the 163K number puts us back where we were around April when Job Growth looked fairly strong. But unemployment went up to 8.3% which is positive in this sense, because that means that people are still looking for work and not dropping out of the workforce. Which means when Economic and Job Growth get going again and it will, there will be a lot of new jobs created for a lot of new people. The question is when will it happened and if there's enough juice in the economy to make it happen quicker or is the economy too sluggish to make that happen. With 1.5% Economic Growth, the economy is simply to sluggish right now for strong Job Growth, where we are creating 250-300K jobs per month. That finally brings our unemployment down from over 8%, to under 8% and following further then that. And with Congress heading towards recess and then coming back for just a month before they go back to campaigning, we are probably not going to see any new legislation at least until December. To address the economy.

What the economy needs more then anything right now is Economic Growth, so we can put the 12M plus workers that are unemployed back to work. President Obama doesn't have a perfect plan to accomplish this but with his plan a lot of people would be put back to work. Thats built around keeping taxes down on the Middle Class, cutting them even further for the Middle Class, rebuilding the country. And developing a National Energy Policy that leads us towards Energy Independence thats built around Renewable Resources, all of these things would help create jobs. Because current companies would end up with having more work to do and need more workers to do the work and end up hiring more people. Keeping taxes down on the Middle Class so they have more money to spend so when Mitt Romney claims that President Obama's policies are hurting the Middle Class. When under Mitt's tax plan he would raise their taxes, its a little hard to hear.

This might sound old but I'm running out of ways to phrase this but the July Jobs Report is better then expected. We created more then two and half times more jobs in July then we did in June but we still have a long way to go, the same thing could've been said two years ago. When the Jobs Reports looked fairly strong but where we still had way too many people unemployed. With plenty of jobs still to be created.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Illegal Immigrant Detentions and Soaring Profits: The Costs of Private Detention Centers



Private prisons are bad enough, the idea that private companies can detain people against their will for a profit. The idea that prisons would actually have financial incentive to detain people and hold them longer and lobby for new laws so they can detain more people in the future. Is a pretty scary idea, people could end up being sentenced to prison for minor offenses and who are guilty of those crimes. And sentenced to short term sentences, could end up doing much more time then they otherwise normally would, because these Prison Corporations could lobby for longer sentences for these minor offenses. And the people who are convicted of them, will end up being sentenced to longer sentences then they otherwise normally would get, if they were sentenced to a Public Prison. Because people who are sentenced to Public Prisons, the idea there is to serve the time thats justifiable for the offense the offender was convicted of. Because governments and Tax Payers don't make money off of inmates, the idea is to house these offenders, because of the threat they represent to society. Not how much money can be made housing them in prison at Tax Payers expense.

Its not just Private Prisons that are a problem but Prison Corporations are now in the business of detaining Illegal Immigrants. Or people who are suspected of being Illegal Immigrants like the case of this Guatemalan Immigrant whose in America legally and ends up in the Immigration Detention System. Even though he's in America legally, taken away from his family, wife and kid. And housed in a Private Detention Center, in a Detention Center that makes money off of housing people who are suspected of being Illegal Immigrants, at a profit for the Detention Center. And at a costs of Tax Payers and in this case at a cost of Federal Tax Payers, the whole country had to pay for this man being detained, even though he's innocent of the charge he was suspected of. Whether these people who are detained at these Detention Centers are guilty or not, they make money off of our backs anyway.

Its bad enough that States are now in the Private Prison Industry, thats bad enough and a big enough problem. But it makes it even worse that the Federal Government is doing this as well and contracting their prisons and inmates out to corporations that make money detaining people at our expense. I understand that the States and Feds face serious debt and deficit issues but there are better ways to cut costs with our Corrections System.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Associated Press: Ed Donahue- News Minute Top Stories



Bare with me for a minute, this will be my first ever attempt to write a news brief, that I'm going to put on a blog. I figure what the hell, its another slow news day and there isn't one story thats been reported today that I'm willing to write anything in depth about. So I'l combine several small stories into one hopefully medium size story.

Ted Cruz, won the Texas Republican Senate Primary last night and will most likely win that Senate election. Considering at this point there might be more Cowboys than Democrats in the Lone Star State. Ted Cruz, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, which means another mental patient will be heading to Congress. probably to keep Michelle Bachmann and Dennis Kucinich company in the Congressional Crazy Caucus. Now hopefully Sarah Palin, will get into the act and run for Congress herself. House or, Senate it doesn't matter to me. Then she'll know what its like to serve with other people who speak about issues they don't understand. And learn what not to say about things and what not to do. So far in her entertainment, I mean political career, she's been doing the opposite, so a change of pace would do her some good.

Also in the news, India a country of over 1B people, they have so many people, its not possible to count them all. It would be like trying to track down the entire population of a continent and I'm not talking about Antarctica either. Was without power, but they are back online now. Now, only 70% of the country doesn't have power. The House of Representatives, is set again to vote down middle class tax cuts. Vote for tax Hikes for the middle class and more tax cuts for the wealthy. Look, its a Republican controlled House, just thank God even if you are an Atheist, that they don't control the Senate and White House as well. Their message being that, "if you don't like high taxes, make a lot of money. Otherwise we are going to punish you for not being rich." Good luck selling that on the campaign trail. "Once you make a lot of money, you'll get to keep most if not all of it and we'll even take money away from people who actually need it and give more money to you.

In other Congressional news, the Senate once again voted to do nothing. As Senate Republicans, once again blocked a judicial nominee of President Obama's. In a statement released by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader said. "that once the President sends up appointments to the bench that we like" meaning right-wing Republicans in Senate speak, "and changes his party affiliation to Republican, Senate Republicans will be prepared to vote on these judicial appointments." In more Congressional news, Democratic and Republican Senators during the August Congressional recess, will be taking a two week course on how to legislate and vote on bills that reach the Senate floor. Because its been such a long time since they've done either. They've forgotten how to.

And thats a brief on what's going on in the World today for August 1, 2012 I hope you are more or less informed.