April 17, 2011
This is beautiful. Justice for the people. As the US was exposed for their illegal human experimentation (see my post on it here) Guatemalans didn't just sit their and say 'ok, thanks for telling us'! They, according to this article, 'are suing federal health officials to compensate them for health problems they have suffered.' Honestly though, when this was all exposed Obama and whoever else was in the know and had the authority to compensate them should have at the first chance. Not because it fixes anything at all, but because they owe it to them. People get payed at least to be human guinea pigs. Before you go telling me that the US is over $14 trillion dollars in debt, I don't want to hear that AT ALL. They waste money how and when they want to on stupid things when it benefits them or when they are too lazy to change programs. Half a million just to fly over the superbowl stadium when even the people inside couldn't look up and see it? $1 million annually to store a failed satellite? And those, unfortunately, are the low cost ones. The link that talks about the satellite shows some of the waste that goes into the billions. So whether or not we can afford to compensate the Guatemalan people for the injustices that we did to them isn't a question on the table. I'm glad that they're not sitting back and waiting for handouts, if we want anything from this government nowadays we have to TAKE IT! Just for the record, this article blows the cover off anyone with the mentality that the US government voluntarily admitted to their wrongdoing. A medical historian, aka a heroic whistle blower brought us to where we are now. Dear unnamed madam or sir, you have made a change in the world.
Yahoo! Article detailing lawsuit
Another Yahoo! article talking about other shameful incidents similar to this that got no publicity.
April 14, 2011
This isn't in line with my usual posts, but I thought it was interesting because this will tackle a social problem as compared to usually a political and subliminally moral one. I do believe that gays, just as other human beings on earth, should be given the human respect any and everyone deserves. Meaning not being specifically targeted. You and I may not be gay but I do know I wouldn't want to be targeted because of my race, gender, religion or other personal factor. Going along with that logic, here is our story.
Allegedly, Kobe Bryant made some offensive slurs about gays during a basketball game. I personally know sports can get 'heated' and people may say things they don't mean, but at the end of the day the words can't be retracted. So the coach who called Kobe out for his words would be doing what he believes is right and sticking up for the gay and lesbian communities. The only thing in the midst of all this that bothers me is the fine. What does the $100,000 do? Is it supposed to make the offended gays feel better? Teach Kobe a lesson? What does the money do? In my opinion, nothing.
If someone called you a 'cracker', 'nigger', 'beaner' or some other offensive racial slur because of your race, how would you feel? Now you demand that they pay you money. Even if they pay, it personally wouldn't fulfill me. It doesn't change the words or my feelings. As a matter of fact, I take that back. It would insult me even more that they think that their money can compensate for their actions. If the person that said the offensive remarks had been just another person on the street, would that same referee have gone to the trouble of filing a lawsuit over the matter? Would he have even made a quarrel about it to the person? I doubt it. So to me, the monetary discipline is meaningless. Will the NBA donate the money to gay/lesbian equality or charitable causes? If not, then the money is a totally separate and unrelated issue than the offense at hand.
If the man was a truly concerned person for potentially offended gays, he should have told Kobe to make a public apology for the incident, which he did willingly. The money holds no meaning. So the real question for me personally is, why the fine? Just to prove to people that they did something, or is it supposed to be a lesson? Think about it for yourself. Here's the articlle from CNN.
April 2, 2011
This is your typical atypical blog report... and I know that was contradictory. The police abuse is typical, though it shouldn't be. The reason the police even took an initiative to arrest this woman is definitely atypical. Then there's the fact that she's a 70 year old.
So picture this. Your 70 year old grandma in Utah has problems with her grass. Between fighting the system to be sure she's eligible for her medicare, taking care of grandpa and still getting out and staying healthy, she just can't get it right. Just possible theories. Regardless, her garden just isn't up to par with everyone else's in the neighborhood. Whether neighbors or the home owners association, someone decides that her garden is in violation of local regulations. So the took it upon themselves to enlighten her that she needs to water her garden. They end up asking her her name which she is not legally obliged to provide as far as I know since she did not violate any laws. When she denies to give them her name and she says she 'tried to go inside to call her son to fix the dispute' and that's when the officer replied "What are you doing?" and hit her in the face with his handcuffs. The police claim she fell.
This is one of those moments where you just have to put your little thinking cap on. What motive does a 70 year old woman have to lie about her local police? No one has any suggestions? I didn't think so. The police officer knows unjust force and abuse can alert locals and cost him his job (if people even cared). He has a reason to lie and this is typical cover-up. What a coincidence she randomly falls out of nowhere and cuts her nose open so that she was to go to the hospital. LIES. Just another example of the police doing what they want in terms of power and force and covering it up under the excuse of 'necessary force needed for work'. In my opinion, the problem is people can get arrested for fighting under a slew of ambiguous charges, but when the police do it their tracks are covered. They claim the policeman was suspended. I can guarantee you that it was with paid leave. I don't know about you, but it sounds more like a reward than a punishment to me. Get paid to sit home and chill? Most people wish for things like that.
We have to keep watching these police and know what they are capable of. Inexcusable and unnecessary abuse (not that abuse is ever necessary). She was immediately released from jail according to them because they realized she didn't need to be arrested solely so that they could learn her name. I'm glad someone in that system has a conscience and let her go. Along with the broken bridge of her nose where the officer hit her, she suffered bruises from the handcuffs which were too tight. So, to 70 year old Betty Perry who was abused and assaulted by the grueling police system, I'm sorry. And anyone else for that matter. Those injured, abused and even murdered. We don't even have to go there.
STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!
BBC News Story
PoliceOne.com News Story
Let me just say this is the worst research I've ever done. Worst in terms of heartbreaking, disgusting, grotesque and just inhumane activities. For that reason, this post will NOT have some of the gross torture pictures from the Abu Ghraib torture prison in Iraq. For those unaware ( as I was less than even a day ago ) Abu Ghraib is a prison in Iraq, also known as the Baghdad Correctional Facility. As wikipedia words it, "Beginning in 2004, accounts of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse, including torture, rape, sodomy, and homicide of prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq (also known as Baghdad Correctional Facility) came to public attention. These acts were committed by military police personnel of the United States Army together with additional US governmental agencies." The images will make you grovel. I do not want to post any of them on this blog myself because it brings tears to my eyes to think of something of this magnitude happening to ANYONE. These are the people the government forces us to pay for. We provide their paychecks for them to go out and do THIS. Disgusting.
I can't even stand to sit here and type anything more on the subject. I just beg that you CLICK THIS LINK! They say history repeats itself and if that is so then all we can do to prevent it is to become educated on the things in our past, watch the present and prevent a horrible future. Some of these soldiers were sentenced to less than 10 years in jail. As far as I'm concerned, they should have 20 overlapping charges of LIFE charges. I just hope everyone is paying attention to how the system bends the laws in favor of itself. If you saw this on the news and it was a random person, rest assured they would have life charges with no bond. But these CRIMINALS which our tax dollars pay for, get off easy. SICKENING. Can anyone tell me why we're even in Iraq? Oh, false flag attack? Oil? Greedy tycoons? Makes sense. Remember not to blame only the soldiers though. Place an equal amount of blame on what is seeming to be the TYPICAL behavior of soldiers. Those in the higher ranks did nothing to stop this behavior and even encouraged it. I believe that this is my 3rd post on military actions similar to this, but this one is definitely the worst one and on a larger scale. Horrid, horrid behavior.
(CNN) Ex-victim of Abu Ghraib Abuse Speaks out
(CBS) Abu Ghraib Abuse Whistleblower Speaks Out
(Time Magazine) In Depth Article, also details scanty medical provisions.
(CNN) Iraqi officials now say that the Abu Ghraib prison is humane.
For two reasons, I want to laugh at the above title. First... a humane prison. Hahaha. Secondly, we're supposedly in Iraq fighting these 'extremist' out-of-control crazy Iraqis right? And they're handling things better than we are. As soon as the Iraq government regained control of their prison, they set things back in order. We couldn't. Whoever is in the highest authority on Iraq involvement should have stopped ALL of this, but they were too busy taking pictures of the victims themselves. The saddest part is that they weren't even fired or removed from service. They were demoted. Keep your eyes open.
April 1, 2011
In case you're unaware ( which I doubt anyone at this point could be ), there is a movement or belief that Obama was not born in Hawaii and was in fact born somewhere outside of the United States such as Kenya or Indonesia. The people who believe this are called 'birthers'. I have researched it probably once or twice but my interest level was low so I didn't come to a personal conclusion nor did I care much. In my opinion, who cares where he was born. In my opinion, the important things are what this person is doing. Now, granted, if someone believes that he doesn't have our country's best interest at heart ( what president does, anyway? ) then of course they would bring that up. I personally care more about what the president is actually doing. Let's just say, speaking hypothetically, that Obama is the best president ever, but he really wasn't born in the United States. If he was to be impeached, we could put someone into office who was born here and still is incapable of doing a better job.
Though this is how I personally feel, it is in the Constitution of which the president swore to hold true to. So if he lied about something such as that which is the basis of America and what we all stand for, it could most definitely cause some people to lose trust in him. I am only against the people who know nothing whatsoever about Obama or his policies and actions, and want him impeached solely on their belief of his birth place. Anything past that and it's your opinion which you're entitled to. So now, let's talk about the article.
Gregory Hollister impersonated Obama and received some personal information. It's scary to think that he called and gave the wrong address, and other false information for the president of the United States and no one noticed... unless he had an inside helper. Either way he ended up with Obama's social security number. Now, according to Hollister, there are two problems with Obama's social. Number one, the Social Security Association website says that that number was NEVER ISSUED. Even if people want to ignore that fact, let's give them the benefit of the doubt. It wasn't registered or whatever other excuse you can conjure up. The number, according to Hollister, begins with 042 which would be for someone who lived in Connecticut, and not Hawaii as Obama claims to have been born.
Like I said It's not that big a deal to me BUT if the president did wrong, he should admit to it. It would be scary to know that the president has started his whole presidency as a lie. You have to research it for yourself and come to your own conclusions. As far as I know both parents have to be U.S. citizens at the time of birth for you to be eligible to be president. You can fact check me. It is said that his father was born in Kenya, making him ineligible. Do your homework.
This link talks about his father's birthplace.
Urban Legends Discussion w/ info
Hollister and info
Tell me this pic isn't funny...
Usually I wouldn't post something like this, but since as I have recently posted the book below on Taxes, debts & deficits it would be pessimistic of me to complain of the bad and not talk about the good. These lawmakers have attempted to cut down spending in New York by cutting off certain aspects of health care... and here comes the bomb shell: schools.