Wednesday, December 31, 2008

David vs. Goliath



Israel has rejected the cease fire and is Hell Bent on WAR with Hamas (The Democratically Elected Government of The Gaza Strip). Days of endless bombing have left much of Gaza in ruin. Food and medical supplies are running out and hundreds of Innocent civilians are being injured and killed. Israel's goal is to DESTROY HAMAS. The question can they succeed. When you kill Innocent civilians to drive more people to join Hamas. Right now they are destroying Buildings, destroying water lines, destroying power lines, totally destroying GAZA! But have they really HURT HAMAS? Can you really bring an end to the violence with MORE VIOLENCE? What do they really hope to achieve? There are many more questions than they're is answers but one thing is clear and should be clear to Israel by now is that Hamas isn't going anywhere.

Hamas is the Heart and Soul of the Palestinian People. Even when Yasir Arafat was in charge he could only do what Hamas would allow him to do. This is why I never understood why Israel put so much pressure on him. HE WAS NEVER IN CONTROL! Hamas has always been in control. Arafat, like Abbas was only a Figure Head. Hamas has all the power. They only way to defeat Hamas is to KILL EVERY SINGLE PALESTINIAN IN GAZA AND THE WEST BANK! But even that wouldn't work because then Hezbollah would come down from Lebanon and take off were they left off. Israel will never be able to defeat Hamas. They know that!

So the question is what are they really trying to do. Are they trying to demoralize the Palestinian people and try to prove that Hamas can't protect them. It is really interesting. Israel keeps saying that Hamas is "RAINING BOMBS" into Israel, but their aren't any reports of any serious casualties. So on what grounds do they justify their actions? How can they justify killing over 300 PEOPLE AND INJURING MANY MORE?

They are doing this because they know that when BUSH leaves office that they want have the same support from Barack Obama that BUSH gave them. Barack wouldn't not condone these attacks on innocent civilians. He would urge restraint and demand that both sides resume peace talks and try to come to some kind of agreement that he himself would be personally involved in. BUSH has basically kept far from the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict over the last 8 years. All he ever says is that Israel has a right to defend herself. WELL SO DOES GAZA! SO DOES THE WEST BANK! SO DOES LEBANON! SO DOES SYRIA! SO DOES IRAN! SO DID IRAQ!

If BUSH thinks that HE AND ISRAEL are the only ones that can engage in PREEMPTIVE WAR THAN HE IS SADLY MISTAKEN. He needs to wake up and realize what he has started. He has opened the door for this conflict. ALL THE BLOOD THAT WILL BE SHED FORM HERE ON OUT IS ON HIS HANDS ALONG WITH ALL THE BLOOD THAT HAS BEEN SHED IN IRAQ!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My Problem with Christmas



Every year it is the same thing, people spending money they don't got, getting deeper in debt just so their spoiled Kids can be happy on Christmas day. That might not be the truth for everyone. I mean there are a lot of people out there that got Plenty of Money. But through out all the shopping and and holiday cheer, I just find it hard to get in the mood. I want my kids to have a good Christmas like the other kids but I don't really believe in the idea of Christmas I guess.

Sometimes I think that my childhood has a lot to do with how I feel about Christmas. The Fact that we didn't grow up in the church and we didn't have the money to get the things that we really wanted. Or maybe the fact that I found out pretty early in my life that Santa Claus doesn't exist. Or maybe because I was always being Bad and didn't deserve any presents. But as I grew up and really started to think about Christmas and its significance.

Christmas origins don't even begin with Christianity. In fact it is more than likely that Jesus' birthday is far from when it is celebrated in December. I guess the more I think about Christmas the more of a scrooge I become. I fight against my own Ideas and Opinions of Christmas just to make My Kids happy. I guess it is a sacrifice I have to make. But shouldn't I be educating them about Christmas? Or should I focus my attention on the what the Meaning of Christmas should be?

I probably am going to struggle with this Christmas issue for the Rest of my life. It isn't going anywhere. This holiday will remain. I just feel like every year I keep getting stuck with having to celebrate this with my family when I really don't WANT TO! I love My Family and I will just have to put up with it I guess. But I am just tired of being depressed.



I think about my childhood and HOW POOR we were. I would here Imagine By John Lennon and that is what I would do. I would Imagine a Better World where there was no such thing as being POOR. My parents had to provide for 7 kids. Never once did we NOT have Christmas. This puts pressure on me to celebrate it against my will. I have to make a Happy Christmas for my kids while the WORLD CRYS! Many poor people in this WORLD! And they are being TORTURED BY THIS HOLIDAY TOO! The RICH SPEND MONEY WHILE THE POOR STARVE. And at the sametime that they are STARVING, Wars are being waged all over the world. IS THIS THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS? LOVE, COMPASSION, GENEROSITY, KINDNESS.

The Message of Christ is Salvation! This brings me to the Salvation Army! The Salvation Army does so many GREAT things during this VERY TOUGH TIME! They give food, cloths, and toys to needy families. They understand that NOT EVEY ONE WILL HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS. They know all to well. But even that isn't enough. So what do we do? How do we make sure that Every little kid has a Happy Christmas? We CAN'T! It saddens my Heart. I have a hard time providing for my kids how can I help others? The best day of the year to me is the day after Christmas when all this is over! Then we look forward to ushering in a NEW YEAR!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Iraqi journalist throws his shoes at BUSH!



A fitting end to a very bad Presidency! After all the Iraqi Blood that BUSH has on his hands, he deserves this treatment and much more. I commend this journalist courage, because he want see the light of day for a VERY LONG TIME. He had to know the extreme consequences of his action and he still went through with his plan.

This has to make BUSH feel a little afraid to show is face in public anywhere in the world. He is probably the most HATED person in the world. Not Osama Bin Laden, Not Hugo Chavez, Not Kim Jong Il, Not Vladimir Putin, Not the Castro Brothers, BUSH! And with Good reason!

This only underscores the need for Barack Obama to repair our Nations Image around the world. Just look at what BUSH has done to us. We can't have people wanting to "THROW" their lives away just because they don't like our President. Bush should have never went to Iraq. Didn't he think he has done enough already? What, did he think he was going to be greeted as the Savior or the next coming of Muhamed? This guy really doesn't get it. Listen BUSH! The WHOLE WORLD HATES YOU! You are just to DUMB TO UNDERSTAND THAT!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The DEATH of a City


North Carolina is the place to be. All over the state cities are growing and thriving. With cities like Raleigh (#39), Greenville (#72), and High Point (#88) on the City-Data.com Top 100 Fastest Growing Cities it is clear that North Carolina is on the rise. Areas like The Triangle, The Triad, The Charlotte Metro Area, Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune are BOOMING. Greenville is EXPLODING. With universities like, Duke, NC State, UNC, ECU, UNC Wilmington, Fayetteville State, UNC Greensboro, UNC Asheville, North Carolina Central, NC A&T, Shaw, etc. People from all over the country are coming here to go to school, get a job, and raise a family. All the Universites are in cities that are growing by leaps and bounds. It is true, "nothing can be finer than to be in Carolina". BUT WAIT! I know that I just painted a Pretty Picture about all the success and growth that the state as a whole is experiencing. BUT! Not every City and Town is reaping the benefits of that growth and success. Kinston, NC is one of those cities!

In fact Kinston is SHRINKING! Population in July 2007: 22,346. Population change since 2000: -5.0%. This is CRAZY! With most of the other cities in the state doing so well why is Kinston SHRINKING? I can tell you why!

* Median household income below state average.
* Median house value below state average.
* Less than High School Diploma above the State average.
* Unemployed percentage above state average.
* Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
* Median age above state average.
* Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
* Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

There is nothing in Kinston to keep the young, bright, and talented youth of the county Here. Why stay in Kinston when you can go to Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, or Greensboro? The Loss of the textile industry in Kinston has had a huge effect on the community. Manufacturing in the area is on the decline. There just isn't enough good paying jobs to keep the people here. People have families to take care of they can't just wait around for the next big thing to come. They have to go where the jobs are. Yes, when Spirit comes it will bring much needed jobs to the city but that want be enough. We need more.

So we know what the problem is. It is Jobs, and Education. Most people leave home to get an education or to get a Job. SO, if we can provide them a 4 year education (AT LEAST THAT)and provide incentives for companies to come to the city, which would create jobs, a lot of people will might think twice about leaving. When people leave the city, the city LOSES tax revenue! BOTTOM LINE! When the City loses Tax Revenue the City will find ways to generate more TAX REVENUE. Most of the time they just RAISING TAXES. BUT! If you continue to raise taxes you will only run off the people who actually want to live in the city. They will move in to the county or worse out of the area all together. We must do our best to find ways to keep people in city and the county without raising taxes!
Info from http://www.city-data.com/city/Kinston-North-Carolina.html

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Obama's Message to Iran: Carrots or Sticks? You Chose!



President Elect Barack Obama has sent what I think is a very clear message to Iran: We can be Friends or Enemies, you get to decide. Of course President Elect Obama can't say it they way I just did, but I believe any politician could read what was between the lines of his comment. He acknowledged the fact that Iran is doing business with Russia, India, and China all very powerful countries in the Region. That relationship with those countries is the REAL threat not Iran in and of itself. RUSSIA IS A NUCLEAR POWER, INDIA IS A NUCLEAR POWER, CHINA IS A NUCLEAR POWER.

If Iran maintains close relations with all three of those nations Iran want need Nuclear weapons of it own. President Elect Obama also understands that it is that Power Block of nations that has empower Russia to to be more aggressive in the world stage. My opinion is the cards are stacked against us. I believe President Elect Obama is aware that our position in the world isn't nearly as strong as it was during the Clinton years.

The BUSH administration has destroyed our world image. And as we all know Image and Perception is everything. If our comrades around the world perceive us to be Poor and Weak then they treat us that way. But if they perceive us to be strong and wealthy then they will treat us that way. The Responsibility of Barack Obama is to prove to the world that Yes in spite of us fighting two wars and our economy in recession that we are still the Number One Super Power in the World. The perception around the world is that we are losing our grasp to that title with the enormous amount of money that we owe other countries particularly China.

We can't AFFORD another conflict in the world. Especially since Russia has created a strong relationship with Venezuela's President Chavez. Lets face it we don't have a lot of friend out there that are willing to go to war with us against China, Russia, Venezuela, and Iran. I know I am leaving out a lot of other nations but these are the major ones at this time. Not to mention Pakistan and India on the brink of WAR! I will say again we can't AFFORD another conflict around the world.

We have to work out some kind agreement with Iran. No more of this dumb Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran foolishness. Like the President Elect said we need Strong Diplomacy with Iran. We must let them know what we have to offer in exchange for their cooperation. We can help them by removing all those DUMB sanctions that only hurt the citizens of the country not the high powered officials. Lets do business with them. Money does cure a lot of problems. And we must at least entertain the option of Iran creating their own nuclear power plants. Lets face it they want Nuclear Power!

It isn't our right to deny them anything. Yes we must protect our national interest but it is against our national interest to get involved in another war that could lead to World War 3! I believe that with or without our involvement they will have nuclear power so we might as well make sure that they use it responsibly. The only nation that has ever used a nuclear weapon is us. Lets all remember that. We aren't the only ones that have them, but we are the only ones that has EVER USED THEM!

If they insist on a creating a Nuclear Bomb like North Korea did then we should impose so kind of sanctions but NO TALK OF WAR! The talk of war only makes situations worse. I don't believe they want war with us. BUSH is the one that started this nasty situation by calling them EVIL. He is the ONLY EVIL ONE HERE LETS GET THAT CLEAR RIGHT NOW. He has some DAMN NERVE. We must open a dialogue with Iran. I believe that Obama's Carrots and Sticks strategy is a good start to having real diplomacy with Iran.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Obama's National Security DREAM TEAM!



Barack Obama has announced his National Security Team:

Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York and former First Lady, will serve as Secretary of State.

Secretary Robert Gates, the current Secretary of Defense, will continue to serve in that role.

Eric Holder, former Deputy Attorney General and a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, will serve as Attorney General.

Janet Napolitano, Governor and former U.S. Attorney for Arizona, will serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Susan E. Rice, a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Obama for America campaign, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, will serve as Ambassador to the United Nations.

General Jim Jones, USMC (Ret), former Allied Commander, Europe, and Commander of the United States European Command, will serve as National Security Advisor.

This announcement gives me a lot of confidence in his ability to manage and lead. Although I am a "Card Caring Member of Liberal Left" I respect Barack Obama's decision to place people with many different views and opinions in his cabinet. That is the kind of leadership we need right now. I do believe he has a responsibility to the American People to be the President of the WHOLE United States not just the Left Wing or the Right wing.

With that being said he also must not forget what wing of the country got him elected. The Progressive Movement went above and beyond the call of duty, spending a lot of their time and money to see STRONG PROGRESSIVES get elected so that they can PUSH for Strong Progressive Policies that will benefit the Country as a whole not just the Progressive Wing. I believe that this is what Barack Obama will do. He will hear EVERYONE out, but he will be the one setting the AGENDA not his advisers or cabinet members. So, I say to all my fellow Liberals and Progressives, it really doesn't matter if he has a whole Team of Progressives (Although that wouldn't be a bad thing). What matters is that WE make sure that his administration sticks to the promises they made to PUSH For STRONG PROGRESSIVE Policies. That is our responsiblity as American citizens to hold our elected officials accountable.