"The problem here is a totalitarian uniformity, a cult-like mentality such that even allies are enemies if they fail to follow the Exact Party Line. " - Phyllis Chesler

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The United States is a Battered Woman

I was reading this article today and it hit me, clear as day when I read this line:

"While President Obama’s campaign focuses on the fact that more aid to Israel has been provided by the United States under President Obama than ever " juxtaposed with this:

"Iran gets closer and closer to having nuclear bombs, the world tells Israel to wait, there’s still time.  I say, wait for what?  Wait until when?”  - Netanyahu  according to the Associated Press, last week, on September 11.

 "you know I love you, right?"    <---- I'll keep beating you but you know, you know baby right???? Only it's not a pair of earings being given as the gift of silence, just an appearance of financial aid. 

Most Americans don't realize that aid to foreign nations comes from Congress not the President. So when he makes these statements trying to seem as if he supports Israel, our only true ally in the Middle East, he is just the snake oil salesman, but I digress.

We are as a nation a battered woman.

"Sufferers may have low self-esteem, and are often led to believe that the abuse is their fault. Such persons may refuse to press charges against their abuser, or refuse all offers of help, perhaps even becoming aggressive or abusive to others who attempt to offer assistance."

 Statistically speaking 47% of the United States suffers from this syndrome in relation to our government and it's policies.  They buy into the belief that it is OUR fault we are hated, when in fact it is the policies of  appeasing our enemies by our government that have gotten us into the abusive situation we are currently in.  And to the 53% who do not buy into this sick way of living, the 47% call us names and attack their own neighbors for speaking truth to the situation rather than speaking up to the people putting them in the situation they are living.

Our nation is on serious life support. It's time to leave our abusers and live freely again!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 Wasn't About Buildings

The following article is from this link http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2010/09/13/9-11-Aftermath--Quiet-Patriots-of-Wall-Street-Should-Not-be-Todays-Political-Casualties

This story was written by

@Liberty_Chick on twitter

In the six days that followed the attacks on September 11th, the New York Stock Exchange was closed for the first and longest time ever since the Great Depression and World War I. The markets would reopen on September 17th, but to quite a rocky start. During the immediate aftermath of the attacks, the heartbeat of our nation's economy stopped, suspended in time. And a forgotten class of Wall Street workers faced the difficult decision of whether or not to return to work. Those who did would return to a completely different world, one that had already changed them forever. And today, nine years later, many of them are still there. In a polarized political environment where the bad behavior of a few has unfairly demonized all of Wall Street's workers, their contributions to our post-9/11 recovery have been largely ignored. But had these workers made the choice back in 2001 never to return again, what might have happened? This is one story, out of many, of the courage, determination and dignity of an entire class of forgotten patriots who stood by their country in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001 when it would have been so easy to simply walk away. Nine years ago, my brother Will was working for a Wall Street brokerage firm just steps away from what is now known as Ground Zero. His office building overlooked Trinity Church on one side and the World Trade Center on the other. Just on the other side of the river, near his home in Hoboken, NJ, he boarded the PATH train every day, bound for the bustling station at the World Trade Center. Like so many others, he went to work on September 11th thinking that day would be just like any other. Just before 8:46 am as Will was settling into his day with his co-workers, a loud, screeching sound of shearing metal boomed just outside their building. He looked up at the trading desk manager, and both were stunned. Will thought it might be a high rise construction accident; the desk manager suspected an explosion. Papers and dust and rocks began swirling around the windows. They all stirred about the office for another fifteen minutes or so. Suddenly, an even louder sound came barreling toward the building – this one clearly that of an airplane, with a throttling noise and squealing, then an immense crash. There was a rumbling and their building shook. Startled, they made their way to the windows for a better view. Through the fire, smoke and debris, something fell past the window. They looked up, and caught the image of a live person, a man falling from the sky, flailing in midair as he plunged past their window and to the ground. Will could literally see the terror on the man's face; he stood at the window in horror and disbelief at what he was seeing. In all, he would witness another eight people jump and fall to their deaths before leaving that window to escape becoming a casualty himself. It happened in only minutes, maybe seconds. But it was an image that has stayed with him to this day, and it would challenge him, as it would so many others working in the financial district on September 11th, to ever return to work in this spot ever again.

 A Decimated Wall Street & Historic Closing of the Markets We often think about the first responders when remembering the bravery of September 11th. The firefighters, port authority and police officers, paramedics, doctors, nurses. And in the weeks following the attacks, there were military personnel, construction workers and other volunteers, even search and rescue dogs, and so many others. Over 400 first responders lost their lives on September 11th, and many more have died since of negative health effects. We are all so grateful and will always honor these heroes for their efforts. But how often have we stopped to think about the brave workers in the financial district who returned to work, overlooking the pit that had once been a symbol for their industry? In fact, in today's economic and political environment, the manufactured rhetoric against Wall Street has put an entire class of would-be patriots into the undeserved category of traitors. On September 11th and in the six days following the attacks, the New York Stock Exchange was closed. It was the first closure since 1933, when FDR shut down the banks just two days after being sworn into office. The only other closure was at the start of World War I in 1914, when exchanges all around the world suspended operations for up to four and half months. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, the greatest concern was that of the human element. So many Wall Street workers in NY were now dead. Those who did survive were coping with the loss of tremendous numbers of their family, friends and co-workers – a loss that occurred all in a single day. Of the nearly 3,000 victims who perished in or near New York's World Trade Center that day, over 1,200 were employees of financial services firms. Investment bank and brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost 658 employees alone. Marsh & McLennan Companies lost 295 employees; Aon Corporation lost 175; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. lost 67. For six days, a nation struggling to deal with the physical and emotional toll of this terrorist attack was now considering its potential catastrophic economic impacts. When terrorists selected the World Trade Center as a target, they targeted the American system, they targeted Freedom and Capitalism. They aimed to hurt trading and stall the country's economy. They strived to create an environment of fear. Fear of flying. Fear of going into New York City. Fear of tall buildings. Fear of public crowds. Fear of strangers. All fears that would discourage Americans from spending money and would hurt the economy. Terrorists expected that no one would return to work in New York ever again. They expected that people would be too afraid to work on Wall Street, for fear of remaining a target for additional attacks. They expected Americans would stop sending their kids to college to become financial investors and advisors. But my brother and other Wall Street employees all instinctively knew one thing: If they didn't go back, they'd be allowing the terrorists to win. The stock market is the heart of the American economy. For six days, the nation's economy had stood still, as if our heart had stopped beating. With so many in their industry having perished, these people knew that it would take those of them that remained to start the heart back up again. And that's precisely what they did. When the stock markets reopened on September 17th, 2001, a pile of debris still lay smoldering at Ground Zero. Much of Wall Street and its surrounding area still remained cordoned off for security and building safety reasons. As tentative financial workers reported to work for the first time in nearly a week, they found some big changes in their daily routine. The World Trade Center train service was shut down, so many took the ferry over to lower Manhattan and made their way deeper into the financial district, where they were met by guards who checked for identification. Tragedy Brings Permanent Reminders, and Unity Only days earlier, Will had run through the same streets as he tried to make his way out of his building and away from the immediate area, fearful the towers were about to fall. He was horrified as he dodged body parts scattered about the pavement. He pushed through crowds of onlookers walking toward the Twin Towers as he ran in the opposite direction, away from the WTC area. He described the scene as "quiet chaos" – a surreal image of people stopped in their tracks and staring like zombies, while others calmly walked toward the burning buildings to get a better look. At the same time, he and others with him who had just exited their shaking building were in more of a state of controlled panic. They had just witnessed the violent scenes of people jumping from the buildings.

In contrast, it was a gorgeous sunny day and papers fluttered all around them like fresh snow, while the sirens of rescue vehicles calmly resonated more like muted hums in the background. He and a friend walked the mile and half to and across the Brooklyn Bridge at a hurried pace. People scrambled to find their way out of the city by any means possible in the wake of the South Tower's collapse. For hours my brother made his way on foot through Brooklyn and back into NJ over the Verrazano Bridge. A stranger who'd spotted them offered to drive them to Newark, where they arranged for someone else to pick them up. It wasn't until nearly 5:00 pm on September 11th that my family and I had finally heard from my brother again. The whole day we hadn’t known for sure if he was alright. After he called from his cell phone, I drove to a nearby highway exit ramp, where their ride had dropped him off, and I brought him to our mom's house where we all spent the evening overnight as a family, recounting the day's events. Now, here he was, heading back to work again. Initially, he spent the first few weeks in another location. After the attack, many companies did not even have a building to which they could return. Some buildings were gone, some were unstable, even some peripheral buildings were affected. But this was probably one of the first promising signs. Many firms, like National Securities Corporation, were well prepared with disaster recovery backup systems, and had arranged for secondary office space locations as part of those plans. Normally competitors to some extent, National Securities Corporation and companies like Fidelity, Bear Stearns, GunnAllen, and CIBC actually worked in concert in some instances by pooling their employees together in cramped shared spaces in nearby New Jersey locations until they had stable buildings to which they could return in Lower Manhattan. My brother recalls a feeling of comradery amongst them, almost like soldiers who had just survived a battle together. And in some real sense, they had. These were ordinary people who, six days earlier, had just experienced something extraordinary together. They lived through and witnessed things that soldiers would expect to see on a battlefield, things that many Americans will thankfully never, ever see in their lifetime. President Bush was encouraging Americans to go out, to invest and spend money to show the terrorists that freedom would prevail. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Richard Grasso, the N.Y.S.E. chairman, rang the opening bell on the floor of the N.Y.S.E. with a group of police officers and firefighters on September 17th. As my brother Will returned to work, he was fearful. Like so many others, he did expect the financial sector to remain a target. And he'd also lost friends in the attack. Some had lost hundreds of friends and co-workers. It would have been so simple to decide that the job was not worth the pain and to just walk away. When financial buildings finally started reopening in Lower Manhattan again, it wasn't an easy time for any of the workers on Wall Street. Will recalls the difficult walk through the secured area to his office building, describing the disconcerting burning smell of death, and being pelted in the face by rocky debris that persistently flurried around in the air. It continued this way for months. And every day he was reminded of the tragedy, as his window overlooked the pit at Ground Zero. For weeks on end, they could see the search workers sorting through the rubble, occasionally halting all activity to remove newly discovered remains in a dignified manner. Every day was a painful reminder of what occurred there. Even today, it still is. Sending a Message to the Terrorists People expected the worst for our economy after September 11th , 2001. So many thought we'd never rebound. Others insisted (maybe even hoped) that capitalism was dead. Perhaps that sentiment was apparent when the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 7.1 percent on September 17th when the markets first reopened, the biggest one-day point loss ever. But Wall Street workers were resilient. When all the chips were stacked against them, and a huge chunk of their workforce had lost their lives, those who survived braved their fears and overcame challenges to show up for work every day. For a time, some companies couldn't even pay their employees. Imagine if all of them had given into their fears, if many of them just never went back – it would have been so easy, no one would have blamed them. The markets never could have withstood that kind of mass exodus. Instead of a few months, it could have taken years to return to pre-9/11 levels. But it wasn't just about bringing back the economy; it was so much more about perception. I remember my mom begging Will not to go back. "You can get a job anywhere, why do you have to go back to NY?" And he was adamant, "Because I have to. All of us do. If we don't go back there, who is going to do this? It's not going to happen all by itself. Besides, we gotta do it. We can't all just live in fear and let some crazy terrorists scare us away." Every friend I have that worked in the financial district all said the same thing, too. This was a bunch of people who knew the world was watching them. They knew that if they set the example, others would follow. Recovery would follow. And after those first few weeks, it did. Despite the billions of dollars in property damage and lost wages related to all three of the locations of the terrorist attacks from that day, the markets quickly rebounded. As my brother said to me, when you look at the financial stats over history, the period of time following September 11th as the markets rebuilt looks more like a sneeze than a massive heart attack, in the context of things. Thanking, Not Bashing, Wall Street's Patriots Like any industry, Wall Street's had a few bad apples, and no one condones the bad behavior from that 1% that have hurt our economy. I've protested the big bank bailouts myself, but I'm always careful to separate that 1% from the other 99% who are good, hard working average Americans. Unfortunately, judging by the ugly, manufactured rhetoric of today, you'd think that everyone who worked in the financial services sector was a greedy traitor to his country. Labor unions are constantly bashing Wall Street, protesting regularly, harassing workers, some even going so far as to yell obscenities at random financial employees on the street. Even President Obama uses Wall Street as the political boogeyman to rally his Democratic base, repeatedly broadly painting the entire industry as "shameful" for the actions of a few. His rhetoric has helped to create a populist disdain for everything Wall Street. Let's be reminded, however, of the dedication and patriotism that the other 99% of Wall Street workers showed during six of the darkest days of our nation's history, and in the months that followed. First responders showed the terrorists what Americans are made of. And when the World Trade Center, the greatest symbol of Capitalism in the world, was diminished to smoldering rubble, it was the return of those financial district workers – Wall Street - only six days later that showed the terrorists that Capitalism remained standing. They rallied together, braved their fears and returned to reopen the markets, despite having themselves lost so many friends and co-workers. They could have made the easy choice never to return to Wall Street again. Instead, they made the hardest choice of all. They came back. And many of them still remain there today. Nine years later, I know how difficult it still is for my brother to be reminded of that day, every day. I know it's difficult for the rest of Wall Street's workers, too. Especially when it seems like your whole country, including your President, is against you. That we've allowed these individuals, who had nothing to do with the bad behavior of a few, to become casualties of today's political tactics is shameful. Much like I recognize what our first responders did for America then, I recognize what those financial workers did for our country, too. I thank them for bravely returning in the aftermath of September 11th , 2001. Even if that's not the trendy stance to take these days.

Friday, September 7, 2012

THESE United States

Last night at the final night of the DNC before leaving the stage Obama said, "G-d bless THESE United States."

Just what is THESE?

If there is a these, then there is a THOSE. So these but not those!

It's NOT just a matter of it being an old phrase. And if you think this way, not only are YOU the problem, YOU are failing to remember that a President's speech gets vetted. It gets tested and approved. Every word has a meaning. It's not the same as when they are shaking hands and a reporter asks a question and they say something possibly off the cuff and get to use that as an excuse.

The man only wishes blessing on THESE United States. His vision. But g-d damn America , just like his preacher , if we turn back , achem as he said many times about the GOP, to THOSE United States.

One of our biggest problems is that we are failing to see things through HIS eyes. We hear and see things as we believe them to be, as if we said them. This is going to get us killed. This is going to destroy the United States. 

Biden, Clinton and the rest all said, "G-d Bless the United States."  So what in the Sam Hill made Obama say THESE United States?

His world view.

Think I am wrong? Do you remember Michelle saying, "For the first time in my life I'm proud of my country."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stabbed in the Back

If she is visiting this site at all SHE will know exactly that it is HER this is posted for.
Hint hint...it starts with the first letter of the alphabet. Oh enjoy your section.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Undecided for 2012 Elections? Here Let Me Help You.

If you are still undecided about your vote for the Presidential elections of 2012 here's some important information that might help you. Now, you probably think I'm going to talk about a candidate right now.

That would make you incorrect.

I'm going to talk about much more important things. And here they are:
Correlation vs Causation
Circular Arguments

Once you understand these two items, you will understand who is the better choice and how you have been manipulated in the past. And once you get over the feeling of being "stupid, angry" etc...you can move on...haha, get it move on. I crack me up, I really do!

OK, let's start with correlation vs causation

(I swiped this from wikipedia...since we all know it can be edited later after I post it)
phrase used in science and statistics to emphasize that a correlation between two variables does not automatically imply that one causes the other (though correlation is necessary for linear causation in the absence of any third and countervailing causative variable, it can indicate possible causes or areas for further investigation; in other words, correlation is a hint).
The opposite belief, correlation proves causation, is a logical fallacy by which two events that occur together are claimed to have a cause-and-effect relationship. The fallacy is also known ascum hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin for "with this, therefore because of this") and false cause. It is a common fallacy in which it is assumed that, because two things or events occur together, one must be the cause of the other. By contrast, the fallacy, post hoc ergo propter hoc, requires that one event occur after the other, and so may be considered a related fallacy.

Let's take an obvious advertising campaign that for some reason seems to still work on certain section of the American population, and apply this truth that correlation does not equal causation.
We all know the Bain commercials that accuse Romney of causing the death of the wife of the subject in the commercial because "Romney worked for Bain and Bain closed the plant and they lost their health insurance" so the conclusion being made is that Romney caused the death of the woman.

Using emotional tactics, that commercial takes correlation: Bain & Romney and induced causation Romney caused death. The only truth in that commercial is the correlation. Romney DID work at Bain.  The commercial assumes you are too stupid to figure out that there is a THIRD causative variable. It even plants that idea in your head.

Even my explanation can be used as a good example of causation vs correlation. Let's go:
I told you that the commercial assumes you are too stupid to figure out there is a THIRD causative variable.
Why am I correct? Because there IS an absence of a third variable in my statement. <--- causation

Now I'd like to say here that I don't believe the majority of Americans are too stupid to figure this out. I believe that most have never been taught about this subject, and I'll even go further to say that I believe they haven't been taught about this subject quite purposely.

But if you now look at everything that is said to you with this fresh set of "eyes", no matter who is the speaker, you can think for yourself.  No more will you be co-opted by your friends and family when they say that every Politician lies, therefore it doesn't matter. Correlation vs Causation Apply this truth to that argument and then choose wisely knowing IT DOES MATTER.

OK next important topic: circular reasoning/argument

Taken from the following website: http://ksuweb.kennesaw.edu/~shagin/logfal-pbc-circular.htm

Circular reasoning is an attempt to support a statement by simply repeating the statement in different or stronger terms.  In this fallacy, the reason given is nothing more than a restatement of the conclusion that poses as the reason for the conclusion.  To say, “You should exercise because it’s good for you” is really saying, “You should exercise because you should exercise.”

It shares much with the false authority fallacy because we accept these statements based solely on the fact that someone else claims it to be so.  Often, we feel we can trust another person so much that we often accept his claims without testing the logic.  This is called blind trust, and it is very dangerous.  We might as well just talk in circles. 

 A side story on Circular reasoning, and example. Before Mr. Barnett (see two posts below this story) turned me for thought crimes, like the little Hitler-Youth did in the 30's and 40's, to facebook, he had friended me on his page. I remember seeing a post of his (which I did not screenshot at the time unfortunately) where he ranted something to the effect that we should not give him pieces of the story and tell him to come to his own conclusions and that by doing so he would see the truth of the situation, but that he felt that was what a reporter was for, that it was their job to dig and dig and then tell the story, not his job.  <----Circular Argument ...trusting another person solely on the fact that someone else claims it to be so. 

Now, if you apply both of these two topics into any political argument that you see posted or spoken about you should be able to dissect the argument to understand if either of these two situations is being used to manipulate you into thinking and believing as the person wishes you to believe. And then you can decide for yourself if they are correct or using faulty logic and circular reasoning to dupe you.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Empty Chair Day

#emptychairday on Twitter is today.

The first two photos are mine:

This one was posted by American Commitment on facebook

Posted by Marv Shump on Facebook

Posted by Randy Lee on Facebook
And my favorite thus far.

This one was posted by Erik Rush on facebook.

Posted by Black Conservatives for Romney

MBKing @imsure on Twitter