Archive for July, 2011

Debt Ceiling, has no popcorn.

Monday, July 25th, 2011

   As the debate over the nations Debt Ceiling continues, I feel there’s serious need for this country to answer some very basic questions.

   First let me say this.  The Debt Ceiling will be raised.   Right now everything you are witnessing is political posturing.  Neither of the main political parties want the responsibility of saying “they” were the ones who raised the debt ceiling, hence allowing the U.S. to go deeper into debt.   Even as I write this, they are pushing through a Zero Hour bill that will ultimately throw the decision on the presidency, making Obama alone, the sole owner of responsibility.   This leaves each individual Senator and Congressman free to write history as it suites him/her.   If the plan is unpopular, they can carefully word-craft a condemnation of the act.   But if the plan is suddenly touted as the saving grace of our economy, then they are able to loosely connect themselves to it as positive political move.  Either way, their inaction and complete disregard for their constituents is a tell-tail sign that these people are here for their own agenda, and it has nothing to do with helping this country.

   Second: Let me ask you.   Do you pay your debts?   Do you pay what you owe?   At what point are we supposed to pay the debts that we owe?   For each generation, we stick our head in the sand and pretend that we don’t owe anyone.   We can’t keep borrowing for ever, and eventually we’ll have to pay down what we can.   This applies to our personal finances as well as the national finances.   We owe money.    We need to stop the cycle of borrowing, and start paying on that debt.

   Default?   I’m honestly not sure what that would do?    According to analysts, that would send the interest rates of the loans we already have skyrocketing, hence burying us in the interest alone, and making it impossible to pay off a respective debt.   The dollar would collapse and the world trade market would be in disarray.   Social security checks and other social benefits would stop going out, and people would suffer.  

   Most people don’t want to pay more in taxes.   I understand that, I do.   But the simple fact is this.   When you don’t have revenue coming in, you find yourself short of money.  And we in this country have an abusive system built on borrowing money from everyone else, just to make ends meet.   We’ll never be free of debt or even slow the growth of debt until we figure out how to do two things; Cut spending and raise taxes.   Yes, raising the taxes will hurt, but we’ve exceeded the standards of living on this planet for so long, it is inevitable that we have to pay for it eventually.   Continuing to stick our heads in the sand and ignore what we’ve created, is a death sentence to our children, and our children’s children.   Once again proving that humanity really doesn’t care for anything or anyone but themselves.

   So raise the taxes, and stop paying for wars in foreign lands.   Base our economy on a debt-free future, not our own selfish desires.

Google +

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I still have invites for Google +, left if anybody wants one.

As for Google + itself, I’m not sure I’m sold on it yet. A few of the people I’ve talked to, don’t seem to want to migrate from Facebook.   There was a tool you could use (and i think it’s still available but not easy to use) that would allow you to import your Facebook friends list and profile information into Google +, but don’t think many people know about it.  Obviously FB doesn’t want you to be able to do that, and I believe they’ve stopped the app from working.

I wonder how the social market is reacting.  Is G +, too little too late?   Will this be Google’s next Wave?   Are people too embedded in Facebook now, and are they confused too easily by the new G+ interface?   I personally have found it pretty easy to use, but still seem to be posting on my FB account.   I don’t want to, and don’t have time to maintain 2 accounts that do the same thing.   If all my friends are on FB, why would I switch over?   On the other hand, many people do that currently.  But, is FB the new MySpace?   Is it time for a new outlet?   Perhaps G+ is too early, not giving FB enough time for people to grow tired of it?   But then, when is the right time?   After all, MySpace was still huge when FB came into the picture.

I don’t know, I’d like to see more of my friends on G+, so we can see where it goes.   And no, I’m not expecting any more privacy on G+ than we saw on FB.

Wali’s wild ride, ends.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

   The death of Ahmed Wali Karzai, isn’t so much a mystery as it was a guessing game.   Who wanted to kill the half-brother of the president of Afghanistan?   The list of suspects could fill a small lake.

   Was it the CIA?   Who grew tired of the way Wali was running the opium business?  His constant skimming off the top of a very lucrative drug production and smuggling network, could have very easily been reason enough.  Or perhaps he had become increasingly bold with his decisions to take over more of the operation?   He rode into power on coattails of his brother, whom the CIA had been grooming for the presidency from invasion day Zero.  Only to become the CIA puppet, or Warlord-in-a-box.

   More than likely, it was one of the many competing Warlords, whom he had screwed over.   The CIA helped him set up a private army, and in return he would oust the Taliban in key areas and get the opium fields replanted.   The problem was, he wasn’t the only one vying for the newly re-opened opium trade.   Warlords from other tribes soon found themselves out manned and out gunned.   Wali was relentless, rival Warlords were often slaughtered in the streets along with their thugs. 
   As Wali’s power grew, so did the list of people that wanted him dead.  It was only a matter of time before somebody finally got to him.