God Hates America
Sundry observations concerning the world we live in.
If adults had been at the helm, and people weren't chattering on about "root causes" and "birth pangs" like naive pimpled adolescents, we wouldn't be in this mess, having instead sought an immediate cease-fire in early days, and asked the Israelis to restrict their military retaliation solely to actual Hezbollah military targets in the south, and very select strategic targets elsewhere. But no, adults weren't at the helm, and the consequences have been rather devastating.
This position has allowed Israel to do its own post-9/11 thing. "Everyone understands that a victory for Hezbollah is a victory for world terror," said Haim Ramon, the Israeli justice minister.
Not so: A victory for Hezbollah is a victory for Hezbollah, which is not Al Qaeda, which is not the Palestinian national movement, which is not the Iraqi insurgency, which is not homegrown European Muslim suicide bombers.
Trying to turn the problems of the world into a single undifferentiated issue - the war on Islamic terror - does nobody any good.
Witness the current mayhem, a reflection of a terrible American failure to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in any serious way over the past five years.
The axiom declares, The more things change, the more they stay the same - and this is likely correct. For while many of our technological advances have resulted in astounding benefits for most civilizations, the age old quest for power and gold remains a core factor contributing to the aforementioned ills of our society - and yet we take no steps towards correcting these flaws.
Once the sapling is bent, will it forever be misshapen? Have we lost the will to address these wrongs, or have we simply tired of the vigilance necessary to control the evils which lurk within the heart of mankind? Have modern technologies undermined the election process so as to totally circumvent our individual voices? Has our power to effect change been minimized by the inability to control the foul monster we have created?
I yearn for these implications to be proven falsehoods, but this desire demands diligence if we are to sway this heaving, dysfunctional beast from its current course and lead it towards a more proper path.
Wickedness is unlikely to relent, hence good men may ill afford the luxury. Could it be that there are simply no good men left?
...Halliburton had exclusive rights to provide the military with a wide range of work that included keeping soldiers around the world fed, sheltered and in communication with friends and family back home. Government audits turned up more than $1 billion in questionable costs. Whistle-blowers told how the company charged $45 per case of soda, double-billed on meals and allowed troops to bathe in contaminated water.Now that we have reduced Iraq to civil and theological war, killed tens of thousands of its civilians in the name of "democracy, freedom and human rights", allowed tainted contractors to loot 90% of the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund - we declare the reconstruction effort to be "winding down", and that "the Iraqi government will have to find its own contractors to do the work, which includes tackling a large number of projects left undone by the United States."
This house of cards will not last, and we are trading our hard-fought gains in becoming one of the richest per-capita countries in the world for beads and trinkets and landfills full of garbage. We are putting our neighbors out of work in exchange for bigger commissions, and then buying their homes off the courthouse steps when they can't pay the bills. And the Barons continue to profit, laughing all the while at the rubes who allow it to happen.It now appears that the VP is betting on a failing American economy to bolster his personal portfolio. And you can bet all his best buds are as well.
There's one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.
But this service isn't going to go through the internet and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.
Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?
Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.
So you want to talk about the consumer? Let's talk about you and me. We use this internet to communicate and we aren't using it for commercial purposes.
We aren't earning anything by going on that internet. Now I'm not saying you have to or you want to discriminate against those people [...]
The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time.
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.
It's a series of tubes.
And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.
Now we have a separate Department of Defense internet now, did you know that?
Do you know why?
Because they have to have theirs delivered immediately. They can't afford getting delayed by other people.
Now I think these people are arguing whether they should be able to dump all that stuff on the internet ought to consider if they should develop a system themselves.
Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.
It's not using the messaging service that is essential to small businesses, to our operation of families.
The whole concept is that we should not go into this until someone shows that there is something that has been done that really is a violation of net neutrality that hits you and me.
BEIJI, Iraq -- A group of American soldiers in an insurgent-riddled town allegedly noticed a young Iraqi woman when on patrol and later returned to rape her, according to U.S. officials. In an apparent cover-up attempt, she and three members of her family then were killed and her body was set on fire.
The self-defense law has come to be known in Georgia as the "stand your ground" law. It spells out that a victim "has no duty to retreat" if threatened with attack, a matter on which the law had been silent. It also provides a shooter who defends himself with deadly force immunity from civil liability.