Tragedy in Orlando Explained

June 12th, 2016

By now we have all heard of the cowardly slaughter of tens of unsuspecting nightclub goers in Orlando.  Every television network, along with every semi-news website has continuous coverage of the horrible incident.  And every news organization is striving to give us the latest information that could possibly link the said “terrorist” to a specific “terrorist organization”, whether it is ISIS, Al-Qaeda or some other International Terrorist Organization.  Or could this simply be home-grown terrorism.  The FBI took over the investigation early on.  And that is probably a good thing.  And let me say that this is indeed a horrible, tragic event, and I genuinely feel terrible for the families involved.  Simply Tragic.

Now, my personal belief is that the urge to attach some organization, which must be bastardizing the Muslim Religion, to this event is somewhat mis-guided.  In fact, I would say completely political in scope and nature.   The fact, according to the news media, is that the gunman was Muslim.  Yes, I heard he was American born and raised.  But his religious belief system is Muslim.  According to the Muslim Faith, homosexuality is a crime against society, legally punishable.

“In many Muslim countries, acting upon homosexual feelings — the behavior itself — is condemned and subject to legal punishment. The specific punishment varies among jurists, ranging from jail time or flogging, to the death penalty. In Islam, capital punishment is only reserved for the most grievous crimes which hurt society as a whole. Some jurists view homosexuality in that light………..”

Taken from the following website about Islam…………   Click Here for About Islam

So, whether or not this gunman was in direct contact with ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or any other “organization” is somewhat irrelevant.  I am not a Terrorist Expert, and I do not have years of experience studying tragic events, and I certainly do not have access to all of the inside information / connections to the higher ups, etc. that our news outlets have.  But, thank the Lord above; I do have a little common logic rumbling around in my head.  And if this gunman has been studying the Islamic Religion for any period of time now, and if he decided to take said religion and the beliefs thereof to heart, it is completely possible that he has acted out in a manner he finds completely acceptable in view of his understanding of the religion he has professed himself to follow.  And herein lies the issue with the way our news media has decided to cover this horrible event.  Instead of simply saying this guy had an issue with the Gay lifestyle because it goes against his religious beliefs.  And his particular religious beliefs tell him Gay Activity is punishable by death.  And therefore he decided to act upon this belief.  Our news media must figure out a way to attach him to some bastardized version of Islam because to denounce Islam itself, is simply not permissible in today’s politically correct society.  And that is ashamed.  It is also the most simple, basic, explanation for what took place in a Gay Nightclub last night in Downtown Orlando.

A Prayer and A Question

April 16th, 2013

First and foremost, my thoughts and my prayers go out to all of the families that were tragically impacted by yesterday’s cowardly act of terrorism in Boston – I wept last night for everyone involved and hope beyond hope that those responsible will be brought to justice –

Unfortunately, at times like this my mind wanders and somehow I always conclude that things may not always be as simple as they first appear –

The worldwide markets started selling off Monday Morning long before sunrise in Boston – The carnage continued on Wall Street when markets opened in New York – And I seriously recall thinking when I first saw that Gold AND Oil AND stocks were all plunging that this makes no sense –

Gold is the supposed safe haven from volatile stocks (this is insane but no time to pontificate on this issue right now) – and therefore gold typically starts to lose value when stocks are on the rise and vice versa – the two have a somewhat inverse proportionality –

Oil was also dropping in value – again this would typically indicate that consumer stocks should go up – price of oil is going down, gasoline, etc will be going down, consumers will have more discretionary income to spend on goods and services –

The money has to go somewhere – and yesterday it seems as if it was ALL being pulled out and simply put into cash – so, I wondered yesterday how is it that Gold, Oil, AND Stocks are all plunging – It was a strange scenario but, being that I actually have to work for a living and am not independently wealthy, I did not have time to think much about it –

And then at 3:30 or so I received a phone call from a good friend telling me there had been a terrorist attack on American soil – Of course, in the moments following the attack which took place approximately 3:00, everything began to sell off even worse than before as you would expect –

So, I ask this simple question – Exactly Who Knew What and When did They Know It?

A Little Perspective on Sequestration

February 26th, 2013

Not sure how many of you witnessed the SOPA (Socialist On Pennsylvania Avenue) spouting off the other day about all the terrible things that would happen if the Big Bad Hateful Republicans didn’t come to the table and agree to do something to head off “Sequestration” but here are a couple of highlights –


“Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country,”


“Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.”


“If Congress allows this meat-cleaver approach to take place, it will jeopardize our military readiness, it will eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research, it won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day,”


“But nobody should want these cuts to go through because the last things our families can afford right now is pain imposed unnecessarily by partisan recklessness and ideological rigidity here in Washington.”


First let’s try to remember that this entire “Sequestration” Plan came directly from the White House – This was not a plan devised by the Republicans – This was not even a plan devised by the Democrats in the Senate – This was a plan devised by the White House Staff as a trade-off for the Republicans agreeing to raise the Debt Ceiling a year and a half ago, and allow more spending to take place after they promised their constituency they would NOT allow more spending  – (spineless bastards) – Then when reminded that this came from the White House, the Democrats generalized response is that these cuts were supposed to be so draconian that Congress would be inspired to replace them with more thoughtful ways of reducing the budget deficit. In other words, we are now admitting that when we offered up this “plan” we were actually being completely disingenuous because we never had any idea the Republicans would call our bluff –


OK, enough is enough – Let’s take a look at the actual definition of this word “Draconian” – common definitions include “rigorous, unusually severe or cruel” – also, used relating to Draco, a 7th Century Athenian Statesman and lawmaker whose code of laws prescribed death for virtually every offense – Bottom Line, I would say these guys in Washington must be talking about something pretty serious –


Well, according to most experts these automatic “draconian” cuts in the Federal Government’s spending amount to approximately $85 Billion – And according to most experts the annual budget will be at approximately $4000 Billion – This means, and again according to the experts in the field, we are talking about a cut of approximately 2% of the Federal Government’s Annualized Budget –  Well, 2% is 2% after all – And according to President Obama all kinds of terrible things are going to happen – Now time for a little perspective on 2% –


As I am sure everyone remembers, the government let what has been commonly referred to as the “payroll tax deduction” expire at the end of last year – You see, each employee that works for an employer in this country has traditionally paid 6.2% of their paycheck into the Social Security Fund –  Well, in 2010 the government decided as a way to help the citizens of the country keep more of their paycheck during these tough times, that they were going to temporarily reduce that 6.2% to 4.2%, thus leaving more money in everyone’s paycheck and helping to stimulate the economy – Side Bar: Stupid idea for a multitude of reasons, but that is a subject for another day – Anyway, for the last two years, employees have only been paying 4.2% into the Social Security Fund – As I said, the government decided that this year we would go back to the traditional 6.2% amount being taken from employee’s paychecks – This means that since Jan 1 of this year, every employee that works for an employer (not self-employed) has been bringing home, you guessed it, 2% LESS in his/her paycheck –


Now, I am not suggesting that making ends meet with 2% less to spend every two weeks is a cake walk – And I am not suggesting that people have not noticed they are bringing home less – But, I must say, I have not noticed any news stories of how difficult a time people are having putting food on their tables because they are bringing home 2% less than they did last year – People are not parking their cars on the side of  the roads because all of a sudden they are missing the $40 – $50 it takes to fill up the gas tank – And I have seen no uptick in garage sales with people selling all their worldly belongings so they can afford to pay the mortgage – Of course not – Because the population at large has adjusted to working through their day, week, month with 2% less –  And they have done so in a calm, smooth manner –


So, why is it that the Leader of our Country wants to get on National Television surrounded by Firemen, EMT’s and other First Responder types, and once again create an “us against them” atmosphere, while insisting the world is coming to an end unless the Republicans do something – Wouldn’t the country be better served by someone with a calming influence on the population at large – Again, we are talking about 2% of our Budget – Really and Truly, I am starting to think that the people that represent this particular 2% of the budget actually do all of the government’s work – In which case maybe it’s time we told the other 98% we no longer need them –

Obama Still Not A Leader

August 8th, 2011

For over three years now, President Obama has been anything but a leader – But in the wake of the United States of America having its credit rating downgraded for the first time in history, I expected even President Barak Obama to step up to the plate and be a leader.  I should have known better. 

Following the downgrade by S&P on Friday, Democratic leaders spent the weekend trying desperately to place blame on anyone they could, specifically the Tea Party Republicans that were elected last November.  Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean had this to say: “I think they’re totally unreasonable … and not founded in reality.  I think they’ve been smoking some of that tea, not just drinking it.”

Meanwhile the guy that should be most interested in showing that President Obama can actually conduct himself as a President and be regarded as a responsible leader has chosen to join the childish fray of blaming anyone but the Democrats.  David Axelrod, who just happens to be Obama’s chief re-election strategist and should really be talking about his leadership abilities, instead chose to say the following: “This is essentially a tea party downgrade,”  “The tea party brought us to the brink of a default.”

OK, first of all, I’m not even sure what “smoking tea” means.  Whatever little innuendo he is attempting to make is not just stupid but completely unprofessional; particularly at a time our country is basically being attacked on a monetary front.  Secondly, Howard Dean saying the Tea Party conservatives are “not founded in reality” is almost comical.  This guy has been an elected official in politics since 1982.  I’m sorry.  ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE, Republican, Democrat, Independent or Green Party, that has spent the last 30 years in political office really has no right to be questioning whether or not someone else is founded in reality when it comes to fiscal responsibility.  Most of these clowns couldn’t balance a freaking checkbook, much less a real, live budget.  The fact is our federal government has been spending money with zero regard as to how much we take in for so long these guys have accepted it as a way of life.  And paying attention to where it goes or whether or not we were as responsible or effective with our money as we should have been?  Forget that; let’s focus on our re-election campaign so I can keep living off the tax payers.  Well, there are quite a few folks that got elected last November based on a promise to go to Washington and do something, anything, about the out of control spending that our government is doing with our tax dollars.  So, maybe they don’t come across as sophisticated as the long time DC politicos – maybe they are not as interested in compromising as their counter parts – maybe, just maybe they actually meant the promise they made to their constituency when they left home to go to Washington DC and do a job.  I realize all of this sounds very simplistic and naïve, but maybe a little naiveté in the way things are always done is exactly what Washington DC needs right now.  If I hear one more time about how raising the debt ceiling has never been such a big deal and why did the Tea Partiers have to turn it into such a political mess, I swear I am going to scream.  Those scurvy little pieces of garbage doing the critizing allowed our country to operate for over TWO YEARS without a budget.  How can that even be?  And then Obama waltzes down to the Capitol and tells Congress we need to raise the debt ceiling and just assumes like magic the treasury will print more money.  It reminds me of a story I heard years ago.  A woman had taken her four and six year olds to Disney World.  Finally on the 5th day, the budget was gone and the woman casually mentioned to the kids time to go home, we are out of money.  The four year old looks up innocently enough and says, “You can just go to that machine over there and get more money Mom” as he is pointing to the ATM.  These clowns in Washington have been using the Treasury like an ATM for far too long. 

So, here we are under attack by the Rating Agency, the Dow Jones is plummeting, investors all over the world are in a panic, but everything is going to be OK shortly because our President is about to speak to the nation to calm our fears and concerns.  Surely, he will let people know that some of the comments coming from various members of his party over the weekend were made strictly out of frustration.  Surely he will call upon everyone to pull together at this most important time in American history and stop the name calling and blame game once and for all.  Surely he will take this opportunity to be the leader the folks that elected him have wanted him to be for almost three years now.  Like I started out by saying, should have known better.

Within the first 3 minutes of the speech President Obama launched into the class warfare and let it be known that we can solve this issue if only the “wealthiest among us” would be willing to share in the burden and be willing to give back some of what they have been so fortunate to attain.  OK, forget the fact that the top 5% of wage earners in the country already pay almost 50% of the taxes, not to mention create a large percentage of the jobs in this country through not only their investments, but their purchasing of goods and services.  It will never occur to this former Community Organizer that the “wealthiest among us” as he is so fond of saying, just might have worked their asses off for what they have attained.  And because they worked so hard for their money, I am quite certain they are much more consciences about spending it than this particular federal government ever will be. 

So much for being a Leader President Obama.


April 8th, 2011

I have seen a lot of things in this country over the years that have elicited emotions from anger to amusement to frustration to disgust.  But I must say this particular looming shutdown of our government has created a feeling of embarrassment like I have never felt.  To think that we as a public, have voted into office a group of men and women, that over the course of the last 9 months have failed to come up with a comprehensive plan for a simple one-year budget, is beyond belief. 

That’s right, simple.  Really and truly, these clowns act like they are putting something together from scratch.  Our country has been operating with the same basic budget principles for over 60 years now.  What are these people, idiots?  For crying out loud, a little tweak here and a little tweak there, and ka-boom, a new piece of crap budget just like the last one.  I mean after all, it’s not like they actually have to come up with the money anyway.  Try running a real middle class American home in our country and coming up with a budget, then you will see what tough means.  Try coming home every night and wanting more than anything to tell your kids we are all going to the beach this summer.  But your wife’s hours have just been cut back, and your company sales are down, so it just might not be in the BUDGET this year.  Try being a single mom raising two kids and “having” to make that mortgage payment at the first of the month.  After paying for Little League and putting food on the table of course.  Try being a divorced dad worrying about making your rent payment because 30% of your income is going to child support.  And because you love your children more than life itself, you would like to take them to a ball game or the circus once in a while.  But first you have to figure out how to fit that little piece of recreation into the BUDGET. 

No, these “elected officials” in Washington have zero clue what it means to work within a budget, much less come up with one.  And from all appearances, they do not care.  After all, our brave men and women in the military that are actually fighting to preserve our way of life, will have their pay cut off as of mid-night tonight.  Of course, they will still be required to perform their duties.  It’s not a vacation mind you, just a bonus by congress to add a little more stress to the life’s of our military families.  But these useless pieces of garbage that were elected to do a job, have refused to do that job, and simply want to blame the other guy, will of course, continue to be paid. 

Last June, the Democrats, who at the time were in control of the House, refused to propose a budget to congress.  That in and of itself is so illogical I cannot even comprehend.  No matter, the Republicans come in after the November elections and in early February propose a budget for the fiscal year that is already into its 4th month.  The Democrats, the same group of folks that refused to even acknowledge this task back when it was their responsibility, simply want to yell and scream about how unfair the Republicans are being with the proposed budget.  And of course, the Republicans just want to scream back.  And the man in the White House, the Leader of the Free World, the Chief Executive of our Country, does not have the backbone to stand up and force the two sides to work it out. 

This group of humans.  This group of allegedly educated, intelligent adult humans were elected by the American public and hired to do a job.  And they have failed miserably.  And as a proud American, I am embarrassed.  I am embarrassed that we as a people were collectively ignorant or apathetic enough to allow them to be elected in the first place.  To think that we have such a group of Intellectually Dis-Honest people running our country makes me embarrassed to be an American.

Mistake in Libya

March 30th, 2011

Has it occurred to anyone that maybe, just maybe, all of these uprisings in the Middle East are being triggered by al-Qaeda or some other Islamist Militant group of thugs.  Think about it.  People in Egypt were completely content, even passive for 30 years with Mubarak running the show.  And all of a sudden, they are unhappy.  So protest start – The outside world looks on with grave concern for the citizens of Egypt – Pressure mounts on the government – And basically overnight al-Qaeda has completed its mission of overthrowing one of the most peaceful governments in the Middle East – At least peaceful to the outside world.  Now I am not suggesting that the people of Egypt were all conspiring to form a terrorist organization.  On the contrary.  I think that they are basically being played as rubes in a big game of chess by al-Qaeda.  And I am not suggesting that life was perfect in Egypt prior to the overthrow of Mubarak.  Obviously there was a certain amount of discontent or the people that do all of the living, working, playing and dying in that country would not have been so quick to join in an overthrow of their government once it got started.  My concern however, is that this was all done with zero thought as to what was going to replace the Mubarak regime.  And the rest of the outside world was right there with the citizens pushing for Mubarak to step aside and allow “something” to take his place. 

And now we have Libya and Gaddafi.  Yes, Muammar Gaddafi is a thug.  Yes, he is an international terrorist that murdered 259 innocent civilians in December of 1988.  Yes, he should have been punished long ago for his transgressions against humanity.  However, he was not.  I am not interested in getting into the tit for tat crap with regard to Reagan bombing Tripoli, etc.  For all intent and purposes, he was not punished.  Now, having said that, for the last two decades Muammar Gaddafi has basically maintained control of his countrymen.  Some would say with force.  No matter, Libya has not surfaced on the international stage of terrorism for almost two decades.  And now all of a sudden, a small uprising starts in a couple of towns, gathers steam and turns into an event of international concern.  The outside world looks on and says, “Ah ha, Gaddafi must go”.  I don’t get it.  For the life of me, I don’t get it.  I really and truly wonder what would happen if the citizens of Italy began to protest against President Napolitano in the streets.  And remember in the spring of 2006 when the French youth decided to protest against the government because of the labor reform taking place.  Headlines screamed for days, “French Protest Turn Violent”.   I do not recall the outside world wanting to step in and help the youthful citizens overthrow the government.  And certainly not by dropping bombs and firing cruise missiles at $600K a pop. 

There are times the United States should be involved in the politics of the world.  And those times are when it directly affects our national security or our ability of maintaining our way of life.  This is not to say we should never leave our shores.  Quite the opposite, as in almost everything in life, the best defense is a good offense.  However, let’s make sure we actually have a purpose in our mission, and are proceeding with an end goal. 

Unfortunately, this time around I believe we have made a grave mistake.  We basically have a group of people that have been raised from childhood to hate Americans and hate the Western European way of life.  This group was somewhat being held at bay by their leader for the last two decades.  Good for us.  And now we are aiding them to go and follow some other form of leadership.  Well, as I started this post by saying, has anyone given any thought to the idea that this future leadership we are so gung ho to help them follow just might be al-Qaeda.  Yes my friends.  While our brave young men and women are doing their best in Afghanistan and Iraq to secure our way of life, al-Qaeda is simply amassing a much larger army in the rest of the Middle East with zero bloodshed to themselves and worst of all, with our assistance.

Hello world!

March 29th, 2008

This website is dedicated to the concept of being intellectually honest.  People that are intellectually dis-honest are sometimes referred to as being disingenuous.  There are many types of people in the world and just as many different belief systems.  And as long as someone is speaking in truth about something and how they feel about it, they should be listened to and applauded for having the courage to speak their mind.  Regardless of whether or not you have a similiar or completely different opinion, this person is willing to stand up and be honest about their belief system.  Unfortunately, this has become the exception as opposed to the rule in modern day society.  These days, everyone is striving to say what they believe others want to hear.  This is not to say that people should be blatantly arrogant and simply dismiss other’s opinions.  However, it is to say that if you sincerely disagree with something being said, you owe it to yourself and to others to speak your mind.   Do not go along with the crowd because it is easy.  And more importantly, do not go along with the crowd against your beliefs to gain favors from the crowd.  Saying things you know not to be true, or that go against your belief system, just to gain favors from the crowd, is being blatantly Intellectually Dishonest.