Questions

A Few Questions I have…

Question

 

A few questions I have…

 

*  Why is it considered sexist to tell women not to dress overly provocative when going out, but it is not sexist to tell men & women not to flash their cash?  If you look like lunch, you will attract predators.

 

*  What financial adviser has ever told someone who has come to them with a pile of credit card debt, “Spend your way out of debt”?

 

If your answer to 3 x 4 is 11, you don’t know a proper method for multiplication, yes?

 

*  If illegal aliens can vote in elections, get driver’s licenses/IDs, welfare, in-state tuition, and not have to pay federal income tax, what is the benefit to being a citizen?

 

If Free Speech is a privilege intended for educated professionals, do we really have Freedom of Speech?

 

*  What is a “hate crime”?  Isn’t all crime, hateful, or do people go around, saying “I love you, Now give me your wallet, before I shoot you in the face!!”?

 

Just a few random questions bouncing around my head.  Come back tomorrow for Humpday History, it will be about the history of the Crimea.

Thursday Thoughts (19 Sep 13)

A few thoughts for today….

 

— If you are a criminal, please kindly post images (you know photos) of you doing your criminal activities on your favorite social media.

 

— For those of you who are confused, military bases are ‘Gun Free Zones’ I know that seems to be unbelievable, but it is true.  So those out there who tweeted, Facebook’d, etc about how a gun nut went bonkers on a base and no one shot him dead, that is not the case.

 

— On the same note….a couple of RumInt notes:  1)a Capital Police SWAT team (the one who arrived first on scene) was told to stand down.  2) That the gunman was a recent Muslim convert (this one I’m rather suspect of, but…same source and it is a good source), I know it has been reported that he was a Buddhist.

 

— The drumbeat to war with Syria has died down, never a bad thing, next election, I think we should NOT elect some guy who has no military experience, some business experience would probably be a good idea too.  I’m not sure why we elect so many lawyers in the first place, we would be better off, just electing some inmate from San Quentin.

 

— If anyone knows anything about Valley Fever aka Coccidioidomycosis, please contact me, I have some questions, I’d like to ask.

Belated Monday Morning Quarterbacking (20 Aug 13)

Monday Morning QBing

Monday Morning QBing

 

Yes I know this is Tuesday, but better late than never right?

I was over-thinking the whole NSA eavesdropping thing, and I am just wondering why, if the NSA is reading our e-mails, following our blogs, monitoring our web searches, how is it exactly that they missed, the Boston Bombers, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, and the other lesser known Islamic extremist attacks here in America?

 

Now using my extremely sub-par to fair analytical skills, I came up with a couple of possibilities:

 

1.  [Conspiracy Theorists this one is for you] They knew ahead of time and let it happen, for the purpose of putting US troops in Palestine and Chechnya.  I find this highly unlikely simply because, well even the Palestinians and the Chechnians (sp?) don’t want those shit holes, so why would we?  BTW there is no credible evidence to oil being in Chechnya.

 

2.  [Most Dangerous]  The NSA was obeying their idiot politico masters and dipping in on those evil Patriot types (you know those people who think the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and is NOT a living document), as opposed to the dangerous wack jobs who want to kill innocents to further their backwards-ass, misogynist, hate-filled view of the world posing as a religion.

 

3.  [Quite Possible, and in my limited Experience Most Likely]  The intelligence analysts at the NSA were completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of raw data coming in and were unable to sift through the pile of crap [ie all those googles for naked pictures of Mila Kunis] for the kernels of vital intelligence [like the Tsarnaev brothers googling how to build a pressure cooker bomb] in time to disseminate such intelligence to the people who do the killing (and less preferably the arresting).

 

Obviously I don’t put a whole lot of faith in the first one, and while we all hope and pray it isn’t the second one, we need to overhaul the entire system even if it is the third possibility.

Raw intelligence is of NO VALUE if it is not analyzed and disseminated correctly.

 

On a side note:

The entire world of intelligence has changed, no longer are intelligence analysts desperately seeking any and every scrap of raw data available to see if it fits into the big picture and where, rather the analyst is confronted with massive volumes of data, a convoluted big picture, and a shortened amount of time to do the analysis.

This is not to say that they should not be held accountable for their failures, merely the should be focused on achieving the achievable rather than attempting to do it all, and failing miserably.

 

What if…

In place of our normal Friday Freakout, today I present a few questions, you should ponder, as you read this.

What if, our government or elements within our government used the unfortunate incident concerning Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, as an excuse to inflame inter-race relations?

What if, those same elements used the Department of Justice to organize and oversee demonstrations in Florida to press for an arrest, even before an official investigation had been completed?

What if, the sheriff in the jurisdiction where the above mentioned incident occurred was fired for not arresting George Zimmerman, without so much as an accusation of misconduct?

What if, the media, manipulated the transcripts of the call George Zimmerman made to the emergency services, that took Mr. Zimmerman’s words out of context, in order to make Mr. Zimmerman look racist?

What if, a highly ranked and admired politician, stated that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”, before any investigation had been complete?

Have you contemplated those questions?

Now, ask yourself one more question.

Why did you even have to contemplate them?

Should not our government (you know the one, the one WE formed with the words “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”) ensure that Justice is served?  Tainting the jury pool, public opinion, and the entire justice system does not serve justice, EVER.

I do not know if George Zimmerman should be convicted of a crime, but I do know, that justice has NOT been served in his case.  The New Black Panther Party put a price on his head, yet did the DoJ investigate?  no.  What about the case of Antonio Santiago, no public outrage, no mass media exposure/exploitation, no politico leach claiming that baby Antonio would look like their child.  What about the case of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom?  Have you even heard of it?  Justice is the equal application of the law, and while I realize the media is under no obligation to uphold any principles whatsoever, the government is under certain obligations.

So I for one, am for Justice in the Martin/Zimmerman case, I call for a full public investigation of all aspects of this horrendous incident, including the DoJ to see if Zimmerman’s civil rights were violated, to see if Zimmerman was justified in his claim to self-defense, as well as any and all other aspects of this case.  Justice must be served, lest we become a country of lawlessness or at least in a country where some being more equal than others.

 

 

Tuesday Random Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts for today….

 

– Have you ever seen what drugs do to people?  (If you haven’t you need to bing what does meth do to people under images)  Seriously they could be zombies, at least looks-wise.

 

– So much going in the world but nothing I want to comment on, right now, but several stories that are interesting…the young women held captive, the horrible stories coming out of the Kermit Gosner trial, the Syrian situation, the Boston attack and of course Benghazi.  Well maybe just a few…

— Wow, those 3 women after 10 years, that is crazy, glad they are safe.

— I am speechless about the stories around the Gosner trial, I will probably write a post on it, after some more contemplation (for words not the thoughts).

— Syria, looks to be getting nastier, with allegations of chemical use, but it looks like the world will sit this one out.

— More twists and turns in this terrorist attack, this case fascinates me, I think there is much more than what meets the eye, here.

— Benghazi seems to be getting more notice, 8 months late.  Again, another fascinating incident, with more information to find out.

 

– In the next few weeks I will be transitioning to an e-cigarette from real cigarettes so, FUN FUN FUN  😦

Monday Morning Musings (22 Apr 13)

A couple of thoughts having been banging around my head since Thursday, hence why I haven’t posted my normal Friday Freakout or Sunday Contemplation, I am sure you are contemplating similar things.

 

1)  What did the FBI know about the 2 Boston Bombers?  Rumors abound about how the Feds knew of the older brother, some are saying a request from the Russian Intelligence Service (FSB) to look into him.  Idk, but there is a whole lot of smoke there.

 

2)  What did the FSB know?  Do they have more intel on Tamerlan Tsarnaev (the older brother)?

 

3)  What went on between Monday and Friday?  What did the FBI know and when?  Lots of questions here, that remain unanswered.

 

4)  Has anyone else heard rumors of injured by-standers, who were shot by police?  How many shots were fired and how many hit?  Word is hundreds of rounds were fired and very few connected to their intended targets.  Perhaps more training would be a good idea for the police.

 

5)  What was the FBI doing, if they had ID’d the brothers Tsarnaev before Friday?

 

Lots of questions float over this recent terrorist incident.  If you are wondering a quick intellectual exercise about who benefits, it seems Russia doesn’t (why invite undue American interest in what Russia perceives is sovereign Russian territory, certain Chechens no doubt disagree), Chechen/Dagestani Islamic extremists and or separatists could perceive an attack against the US as advantageous, and one could make a good argument for statists taken advantage of this recent attack for their own purposes, whether they were complicit in the attack is another matter altogether.

Perhaps it is just that this entire incident made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, something seems off, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is, and there are many questions lingering in my mind.  This just rings wrong like the entire Benghazi affair.

Perhaps more on this later….

 

Why? Part II

In Tuesday’s post, we saw an example of the kinds of things that happen when a society loses morals, I then posed the question, “How do we instill morals, in a moral-less society?”

AuroraWatcherAk responded with an excellent thought,

“This is not an easy thing to answer. The pat answer from an evangelical perspective is to re-instill morals into our society. Then my civil libertarian side speaks up and says “But you can’t legislate morality.”

True, but we evangelicals could help by actually trying to live up to our ideals. Far too often, we try to hide our own failures or make excuses for them instead of living our lives out loud and facing the music honestly.

There are no easy answers.”  Truer words have never been spoken, this without a doubt is the hardest post I’ve written, with that being said, part of me, just wants to swoop in and fix everything, giving orders as I go, but we can not legislate morality, , another part of me, feels like, “if they cared, they would bother to learn” (to many people are willfully ignorant [link]), we can only be guiding lights, and since none of us are perfect, we aren’t lighthouses more like fireflies, I know a lot of people won’t like that, but I’ll be honest, I’m still learning.  I’ve thought of every possible way, I could, on how to re-instill morals, besides going all Attila the Hun, which while the thought can be appealing at times (seriously, you know it does), I am not sure that it would be effective long-term, (or maybe I’m just worried about the whole guilt thing) so the next best thing is to represent your morals as best as you can.

While here is where, one would expect to find my laying out morals, but realistically, we all know right from wrong, it’s just that being evil is easy.  and who doesn’t like easy, hot pockets, froze pizza, instant popcorn, hell half the time I even nuke my tea.

but I ramble, to the point, If we represent our morals, and we defend our morals, and we teach our morals (without moralizing), I firmly believe we can re-instill a higher moral code within our society, combine that with expecting and demanding a certain standard of morals from our leaders and from our popular culture.  No more should politicians get to retire instead of facing the full brunt of the justice system, no more should entertainers apologize and go into rehab with no other consequences.

 

(I apologize in advance, I’m feeling a bit under the weather, and it is already 0100)

Why?

Read the following article:  [Link] and [Link] (2 articles, same story, but please read both, it gives a better prospective of the situation)

 

Why are these young ladies, even fighting over this guy?  Is this not a microcosm of the issues of our society?  Shall we examine this?  1 man, 2 women, 4 children plus 2 on-the-way, and a love triangle filled with hate.

I was going to say I sympathize with Shareyll Starre Hunter (the ex-girlfriend), but that would be a lie, I don’t, I really don’t understand what possessed her to attempt to run over the current girlfriend (Alise Kelley).  Anyways, what do you think of this situation?

– 3 immature people making babies?

– an unfortunate but rare incident?

– a microcosm of our society in general?

 

Well the first is rather a give-me, for the second let’s hope so, but what about the third?  Is this situation a microcosm of our society?  Sadly more so then it should be, but, how do we reverse course?  How do we instill morals, in a moral-less society?

Does anyone want to tackle this?

If not, come back Thursday for some solutions…

tomorrow is Humpday History.