Seperation for the betterment of society

You know when forming any group it is difficult to do what is best for all.  It is even harder to do what is right for all when your own belief get in the way of what is “Right”.  Since our great country’s conception there have always been problems with government.  Even the Father of our country did what was best for him and not necessarily ALL the people.

We still live in a time when our government cannot separate themselves from their personal beliefs and do what is right for the country and ALL that live here.  Our country has the largest prison and jail population in the world.  Do you really believe that we have the largest population of horrible people in the world?  Or do you believe that our laws need to be revisited?  The latter is probably the truest.  But our biggest problem in this country when in regards to government is that most of our government either didn’t read the constitution or just don’t care what it says and just want to do their own thing.

We have a set of basic beliefs in our constitution in regards to our country.  The most disregarded is the “Separation between church and state”.  For one reason or another the people making up our government cannot seem to do so and in my opinion should not be dictating laws.  You cannot truly make laws for everyone if you disregard other people’s beliefs or lives.  When elected to office every Representative should have to take a lie detector test to see if they can truly set aside their personal beliefs for the betterment of all.  But that will NEVER happen since that would leave them open to other questions regarding “Money”.  According to some “The root of all evil”.

Believe it or not “Money” was in part the cause of what happened on 9/11 and it would be difficult to deny it.

But back to what makes a great Representative.  A great Representative looks out for all the people, even when it is not convenient for them.  They make decisions based on the betterment of society not just the pocketbook.  But of course, in today’s society you have to prove what is better for the pocketbook instead of what is better for society.

For instance, Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar business here in the United States and that is while it is illegal.  Most of the people in prison are there for Marijuana related offenses.  So while this multi-billion dollar business is alive and well the taxpayers are not only paying for all the people in prison but paying for law enforcement to take it off the street.  Yet it still remains California’s number one “Cash crop”.  For every dealer that is taken off the street there are a few thousand ready to take their place.

Gay Marriage, while it goes directly against some peoples religious beliefs it is not against all.  This is where that “Freedom of Religion” comes into play and doing what is right for society and not what is right for you.  When New York legalized Gay Marriage they introduced over $800 million dollars into their economy the first year according to studies.  And while your religion may say that Gay Marriage is wrong, mine does not.  So by denying Gay Marriage are we really doing what is best for society?  Are we just trying to be true to our own religion?  Or are we just trying to get re-elected?  Whatever the cause, the reality is it will infuse more money into the economy.  The State of Nevada has changed their constitution to only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.  They have slit their own wrist and have now recognized it because there is a bill on the floor right now to change their constitution to allow Gay Marriage.  Their pocketbooks have seen the light.  Nevada is the marriage capital of the United States and is slowly seeing it slip away.  After seeing what has happened in New York they realize just how much money is slipping away every day.

I guess what I am trying to say is just this, when you are elected into office as a REPRESENTATIVE of a group of people.  You need to reflect what is best for the ENTIRE group of people you are representing.  Sometimes the hard decisions are to be made by putting your personal baggage behind you and do what it right for all, not just some.  Since the majority of our Representatives are millionaires they really need to see things as, not what you are putting into your pocket but the pockets of the people.  Corruption is alive and well in our government as it was when this country was first founded.  After a few hundred years, wouldn’t it have been nice to see it rooted out?

North Korea life vs. life in the United States

This morning I read an article about life in North Korea.  I found it disturbing.  It spoke about imprisonment and life in general.  Below is an out take of the article:

All the fanciful and funny myths about North Korea’s dictators cover up a disturbing truth, however: Some 154,000 North Koreans live in prison camps, according to South Korean government estimates. (Other international bodies put the number at closer to 200,000). There are six camps, surrounded by electrified barbed wire. Two camps allow for some “rehabilitation” and release of prisoners, according to “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West” (Viking, 2012). The rest are prisons for life.

“Escape from Camp 14″ tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person known to have escaped from one of these camps and to have made it to the outside world. Shin was born in the camp; his father was imprisoned because his brother had abandoned North Korea for South Korea decades earlier.

Torture, malnutrition, slave labor and public execution are ways of life in the camps, which are known from satellite imagery. An Amnesty International report in 2011 estimated that 40 percent of camp prisoners die of malnutrition.

This is really sad and to think that people in North Korea know this as the norm.  The children there think that eating bark off trees is a normal thing throughout the world.  The teachers and children that go to school learn of nothing but North Korea and their accomplishments but the real reason they go to school is to be fed.

Below is some information concerning prisons here in America.  You will see that we have far more people in prison than necessary.  You see we put people in prison for drug possession and the intent to distribute.  This is really unnecessary.  Why should the American Taxpayer pay for such a thing.  These people if anything should be placed on house arrest and forced to find employment to pay their own way.  Even if it is working on farms.

I know this is controversial but I really don’t think that people should be placed in prison for marijuana possession or the intent to distribute.  This is a whole area that most people would not agree with but it is a non violent crime and when compared to alcohol effects you will find that marijuana is far less impairing.  The prohibition of marijuana is really silly.  We are dooming our young with a felony on their record just for trying out the drug.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to get a job with a felony on your record?  And if you really sit down and think of it.  How many people can say with all honesty they haven’t tried marijuana?  Most people that say they haven’t are liars.  The difference is that the ones that tried it just didn’t get caught.

Incarceration in the United States is one of the main forms of punishment, rehabilitation, or both for the commission of felony and other offenses. The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. At year-end 2009, it was 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population.[4][7][8][9][10]

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2010 – about 0.7% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[7] Additionally, 4,933,667 adults at year-end 2009 were on probation or on parole.[4] In total, 7,225,800 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2009 – about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[3][4][11]

In addition, there were 70,792 juveniles in juvenile detention in 2010

I would like to thank Wikipedia for the above information.  As you can see we imprison more of our population than North Korea.  The conditions in prison here in the United States are better but the numbers are staggering.  So once again just something to think about.

North Korea Boasting???

Over the course of the last few months it is speculated that North Korea has been boasting.  So far, it has said that it will launch a nuclear war with the United States and South Korea, it will conduct a nuclear pre-emptive strike on the US, You-Tube videos of the US and South Korea in a “Sea of Flames”, starting a nuclear power plant to produce electricity and nuclear material for bombs, and a few other things.  But notice what is missing from the threat??  Japan and Guam.  They really didn’t mention specifically Japan or Guam in their threats.

The United States is ,in my opinion, underestimating North Korea.  It is reported that two of North Korea’s submarines have gone missing.  According to Jane’s Fighting Ships those submarines are designed by Russia and are very advanced compared to a similar submarine that is used by Russia.  I would say that North Korea is not stupid nor is it’s leader.  In todays world submarines don’t just go missing.  With satellites, SONAR, RADAR, and other equipment, it is hard to misplace a couple of submarines.

Currently, North Korea is starving it’s citizens.  To be more exact 24 million of it’s citizens.  It has no ties with the South, or the United States.  So what exactly would be in it’s best interest?  Believe it or not going to war with the United States and South Korea.  Let’s just throw Japan in for good measure.  Kim Jong Un would travel to some other country, let’s just say China.  Since China has a huge number of North Korean’s migrating there daily.  Kim could easily disguise himself to blend in with any number of North Korean’s.  Go to China and start a new life.  He would be considered a National Hero.

If Iraq is any example of what would happen, then the United States and it’s allies would wipe out all of the country.  Then rebuild it and open up direct lines of communications plus provide aid to the country.  Now that would not take care of it’s nuclear ambitions but it would take care of it’s economic problem.  Perhaps a nuclear North Korea is not really the aim.  Perhaps that is just boasting and leading the wolf to the slaughter so to speak.  We do not go in destroy a country and not help them rebuild.  We also start communications with the country.  We aid them in whatever way necessary.  So feeding those 24 million people would be our priority.  We would also make certain that they had the proper infrastructure.  Even when we are in dire need of infrastructure changes ourselves.  A provocative move from the North would only be in it’s best interest not worst.  You must remember that Kim Jung Un received his education in the west.  He is young but not stupid.  When we invaded Iraq we dropped leaflets written in their language to let them know to run and hide.  Then hours later we destroyed the country as they knew it.  Would that be a major problem for North Korea?  I say no.  It is like a homeless man that stabs someone on the street.  He has nothing to lose but everything to gain.  By putting him in jail you are only improving his situation.  3 square meals a day, a roof over his head, a bed to sleep in, and his own bathroom.  By attacking North Korea it would only improve their situation.

Of course, we would eliminate all nuclear ambitions for years to come.  As demonstrated in Iraq, they were burning American Flags a year later.  We would supply North Korea with the sludge left over from the gasoline processing method so they could run their power plants.  They have received it in the past as part of their aid package for free from the United States since we have no use for it.  We would suddenly, working with our allies throughout the world, provide aid to North Korea.  So like the homeless man we would only improve their situation.

According to the News, two North Korean submarines have gone missing.  And just where are those two submarines?  Have they sent them to our undefended east coast?  Japan?  Guam?  The west coast?  Right now we have no idea but in time we will.  When I say in time, I mean in only a few hours time.  These particular types of submarines run on batteries that have to be recharged by diesel engines.  These engines, when running, are very loud and easily spotted by US forces.  So we will know where they are headed and when they should get there.  With all the ships we have in the area currently, it should be no problem to detect them in no time.  But don’t forget the North Korean Powers that be, are no dummies.  The smartest thing they could do is put those submarines on battery power and get them as far out to sea a possible.  Past our war-games and into open ocean.

Please keep in mind that all information in this blog is based on what is read on the internet and Jane’s.  So please don’t take my word for gospel but know that according to what I have read on the internet, North Korea is capable of putting a rocket in our backyard.  Or traveling with nuclear material move the submarine into an area and detonate.  We really have not concentrated our defenses on the East coast but everything on the West coast.  We really need to keep our eye on the ball and get our East coast built up with equally capable power as the West.  Submarines are relatively easy to move throughout the ocean without detection.  Fortunately, we (The United States) have probably the best Sonar Operators in the world.  So moving without detection is going to be difficult.  And who knows maybe they want to be detected making us take our eyes off the ball.

So when you are tucked up in bed tonight just think about this… how safe are we?  Really, how safe are we??  I am sure that Kim Jong Un has played a game of “Risk” or two!

Put on your thinking caps!

More and more from North Korea.  First of all please refer to this article:  http://news.yahoo.com/un-sanctions-may-play-north-korean-propaganda-110025232.html  it outlines the stance that China has played in the past with sanctions against North Korea.

China is the number one supplier of oil and food to North Korea.  Also North Korea has had luxury items smuggled into the country through Chinese ports.  It is no surprise that North Korea relies on China and China relies on North Korea for trade.  China is able to have items made in North Korea even cheaper than in China.  This is a good deal for China, but goods made in China are already cheap, just how low do they want to go?  The only real export from North Korea is minerals because they have or consume everything else.  But when they have imports from China of components to make goods they do so for a pittance.  North Korea’s Gross National Product is supposedly less than 2 billion dollars.  Keep in mind that is a guesstimate because North Korea doesn’t report its GNP.  North Korea’s largest export throughout the world is counterfeit currency, drugs, and of course information.  When I say information I refer to missile and nuclear plans to whatever country will pay for them.

North Korea and Russia were allies at one time.  Russia supplied them with information as well as submarines and other weapons.  North Korea’s are not a stupid Nation.  They have managed to live with sanctions for decades and know how to reverse engineer (take things apart and create one just like it).  This has plagued Russia in the past when dealing with China.  North Korea also has the ability to get on the Internet and find out whatever they want.  Spies R Us!  They don’t have to have Internet connections in North Korea, just spies in other countries feeding information back to their regime and feed it they do.  As you well know you can find out most anything that you want to know on the Internet.  This has probably had a lot to do with their ability in recent years to advance their missile and nuclear capabilities.  Not to mention the fact that North Korea isn’t threatening to launch a nuclear missile at the United States.  It is threatening a preemptive strike against the United States.  There is a huge difference.  With their limited nuclear technology it is not out of the scope of reason that they have the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon.  Not in the conventional sense but a “dirty bomb” so to speak.  Damage from a “dirty bomb” is not in the course of actual destruction but radiation.  Also another factor that you have to take into account is they are saying an attack on the United States.  Every ship in the United States fleet is considered United States territory, and most wars have started at sea.

While Washington sits around so smug saying the United States is capable of shooting down any missile from North Korea, they are not taking into account that there are many, many, different ways to deliver a nuclear attack without use of a missile.  The purpose of this post is not to scare you in any way, but to enlighten you as to what North Korea is truly capable of.  We should not take these as idle threats, but should actually look at this rhetoric as a creditable threat.  We aren’t dealing with his daddy anymore.  Which dealt out threats on a daily basis.  We are dealing with a new regime that within the last year has conducted nuclear testing and launched a missile into space.  North Korea’s new leader has something to prove to the world and taking on the strongest Nation in the world would definitely set the tone and prove he is to be taken seriously.

North Korea Nuke Alert

North Korea has upped the ante.  In the past when dealing with his father, North Korea made idle threats against the United States and South Korea.  Especially when they were conducting joint exercises off the coast of North Korea.  But, no one knows what the new leader will do.  We do not know if he is bluffing or if he is crazy enough to carry out his threats.  He claims that he will launch a “Preemptive strike” against the United States and now would be the time.  While we have limited presence in the area and financial constraints, as the North Korean Leader is well aware of, we are sitting ducks.  It is not a well known fact but if you look it up online you will find that North Korea has submarines.  These are not your average submarines but exceptionally quite ones.  Ones that are practically undetectable.  This presents a huge problem, especially if they take a jihad type stance and send them into United States waters with nuclear material and detonate them.

The other component that we are not aware of, is do they already have nuclear material here in the United States?  We have intelligence to say they don’t, but your intelligence is only as good as the people providing it.  North Korea has been counterfeiting our money for years, sending drugs into the country, and not reporting any real income into their country.  With these venues they have to be making money and a lot of it.  It is suspected that they are banking it in China but that is yet to be seen.  We do know that since they were caught with 20 billion in a Macao bank and it was seized by the United States they have split their monies across the board.  They have been starting smaller accounts so if they are discovered they will not loose all their booty.

I really don’t know if North Korea is trying to start something with the United States or not.  If you look at Iraq as an example and what happened there, it would only be to their advantage to start a war with the United States.  We went over, destroyed the country and then rebuilt it.  I am sure that North Korea could use a make-over.  But the son has something to prove and the United States and South Korea should really be taking this guy seriously.  He said he was going to test a nuke and he did.  He said that he was going to test a missile and he did.  So far, he seems to not care what the United States and South Korea says or does, but he seems to be going to do what he says and does!

Keystone Pipeline

Today, my rant is on the Keystone Pipeline from Canada.  We, as a country, are supposed to be moving forward toward energy independents.  Yet big oil wants us to import an oil sand mixture from Canada to be transformed into oil and later gas.  We cannot depend on other countries to provide our oil and gas.  We have to be self sufficient and keep power on the grid without outside help.  We have every capability to do so right now.  With the use of solar power, wind power, and hydro power we can keep power on the grid.  By simply converting over our power plants to natural gas (which we burn off currently) and using it to stabilize the plant when green energy isn’t producing we would be completely independent.  That would allow us to use all the oil we produce for gasoline and gas prices would drop like a tank.  But that is not in the best immediate interest of Big Oil companies.  Big Oil really hasn’t picked up on the fact that the Country is going to go to green energy with or without them.  BP Oil has already invested in wind power and has 7 stations in as many states that they control from the 13th floor in a 26 floor building in Texas.  They have seen the way things are going and have jumped on the bandwagon.  Now to get the other oil companies to do the same.  We as a country cannot afford to keep simply outputting oil.  We need to take advantage of the hundreds of years supply of natural gas to supply our power plants.  We need to take that time and have the advantage of wind, solar, and hydro power.  We are one of the most technologically advanced Countries in the world and yet we still haven’t worked out a way to do this?  We may be one of the most technologically advanced Countries in the world but we certainly aren’t the smartest!

It is time for Big Oil to take advantage of the natural gas they are just burning off.  Invest in green energy and not invest or depend on other countries to support our need for electricity.  They have all the money necessary to do this, yet they still want to keep the Country dependent on oil.  Of course, we would still depend on oil for gasoline.  So it is not like they would be cutting off their nose to spite their face.  They would be adding a stream of revenue that wouldn’t run out.

Here we are…

Now that we have hit March 1st, we are also being hit by March 1st.  We are now going to have less National Security, less Cyber Security, just less as a whole.  We can work as a Nation with this mess.  We will have longer lines at airports, less flights, and more crowded flights.  This is not something that is going to devastate our Nation.  It will just slow it down a bit.  Well quite a bit.  I know that most of you won’t even notice this mess at all.  Because it does not directly effect you.  But what you must understand is that it does effect you.  Of course, I am talking National Security.  We are making ourselves more vunerable.  Taking ourselves back a decade or so.  I suggest that we all pray our butts off that our enemies we have been fighting and are now working out of Africa, do not take advantage of our situation.  Or perhaps an attack on our allies, when we only have one carrier group in the region.  Just so you know, one carrier group is capable of many things.  But two are more than capable of a war.  We are not totally defensless, we just don’t have the defenses we should have according to assessment.  Just something to think about…..

The Fiscal Cliff

Republican Congressional Representatives keep jabbing at the White House for not coming up with a solution to this problem.  Isn’t this what Congress is for?  Didn’t we vote for them so they could fix these types of problems?  Don’t they have the capability to take on these types of problems?

It is not up to the White House to come up with a solution to this problem.  It is up to Congress.  I mean they have a few hundred members and could easily put together a “think tank” to come up with answers to the Fiscal Cliff.  They want to chop areas where they have already allocated monies for this year.  They should be concentrating on the 2014 budget.  They haven’t spent the money already and the way to pay off a debt is to come up with a rational plan to do so.  All they have to do is identify areas to cut back and do it in the next fiscal year not in the year they have already allocated monies for.

We have waited this long for a solution to this problem then we can wait a couple more months.  Congress has failed us once again.  They continue to fail us.  And we need to have long memories so we can get rid of these people.  The Republicans in Congress should have, could have, but didn’t find an answer to this Fiscal Cliff.  The Democrats have put ideas before Congress just to have them shot down because the Republicans are busy playing politics.

Enough with the politics!  It is time to pay our bills and fix the deficit starting in our 2014 budget.  They have already spent the money from the 2013 budget but don’t want to pay the bill.  Another case of Republican “Dine and Dash”.  Don’t be a fool, see this for what it is.  Political posturing.  We cannot fix this problem in a couple of months, we have to have sound thinking and a fiscally sound answer to fixing the National Debt.  Take the time and do it right the first time.  Don’t just pull the plug on social programs that are actually working.  Pull the plug on programs that are not working.  Like giving big oil companies millions of dollars.  That is one area that can go. It would be shameful for Congress not to act responsibly and pay our debts now then cut our debts starting in the 2014 budget.  Sure we can cut money now but where would it get us?  It would be hasty and they probably wouldn’t cut the money from the areas that it really should be cut.

The North Korea Situation

I have titled this the North Korea Situation because we have to deal with the problem at hand.  We keep putting sanctions on North Korea for their testing of nuclear material / bombs and rocket launches.  This is important because North Korea, when in good with the United States, was taking our sludge (the substance left over after converting oil to gasoline) and using it in their energy plants.  We also provided them with large amounts of food to feed their people.  For years they have had sanctions from nations all over the world, yet they continue to exist and they continue to function.  Showing that they really don’t need us.

The way they keep functioning is to launder monies worldwide by changing names and sending their spies to other countries.  They convert their counterfeit currency into cash and then they are able to buy what ever they need.  The North Koreans are very smart and have been doing this for decades now.  We, the United States, have not been able to stop this action.  Sure we may catch one or two in the process but that doesn’t account for the other 30 out there doing the same thing at the same time.  The fact is we cannot track and find them all.  The North Korean’s have been counterfeiting our money for years and it always works it’s way back into the states.

North Korea is now using the testing of nuclear material to hold the United States and the World over a barrel.  They will keep testing until they have what they want.  Which is full trade access and a lasting peace treaty with the United States and South Korea.  They have already told China (their biggest supporter in the region) that they have every intention to have 3 more test in the area and a missile launch.  They are holding this over our head to return to the 6 Nation Talks over their nuclear capabilities.  North Korea still hasn’t come up with a nuclear weapon yet that would be the equivalent to anything we currently hold.  But they do have the capability to use one of their rockets with nuclear material to create a “dirty bomb” ( a bomb with nuclear material attached that will spread radiation over a select area).  This bomb can be used in the ongoing war with South Korea which sits only a few miles away.  It could also be used to attack ships at sea that are close enough to their coast line.  That is what we as a Nation should be worried about.  So we are over the proverbial barrel.

North Korea says that it is testing the weapons but what they are actually doing is raising the hair on the back of the necks of every country in the world.  With nuclear testing and missile rocket launches they are trying to force the big 6 back to the negotiating table for talks.  The new leader of the country wants to make a deal.  The United States refuses to give in to talks as long as they continue to refuse to obey the UN Security Counsel.  Now I know this part is not going to be the popular idea but, we actually have them where we want them.  They want to resume talks, their way of showing it is not what we wanted but they are willing to resume talks.  Now is the time to sit them down at the table and work out a solution to our problems with North Korea.  Build a long lasting peace treaty that will not allow them to continue down the path they have chosen.  This is not the time to see who has the biggest dick in the room but the time to be the bigger man in the room.

Look at it this way, President Bush named North Korea as part of the axis of evil.  North Korea are allies with Iran and Venezuela.  Venezuela is allies with Cuba.  By putting the olive branch to North Korea we are able to show that we are willing to solve our problems diplomatically.  If Iran sees that we are willing to work with North Korea then perhaps they would be willing to also take the olive branch.  If Venezuela sees that Iran and North Korea are willing to accept the olive branch then perhaps they would be willing to accept it as well.  And, of course, if Cuba sees that Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran are willing to accept the olive branch then they may come around as well.  It is not good to have neighbors sit 60 miles away that hate us.  We need to come around and have good relations with Cuba especially since a good portion of Florida is Cuban.  The United States already knows that we have the biggest dick in the room.  Is it really necessary to always show it?  Or should we take this chance to work with these other countries toward peace in their regions?

Isn’t it time to stop the counterfeiting of our currency for good and start using our political strength to work toward peace?  It is not too late.  North Korea wants us to come to the table to work things out.  We should take this opportunity to work with North Korea and stabilize the region.  Besides, what are we going to do with all that sludge anyway?  As I have heard many times in my life, “Mark it up and sell it off”.  By working with North Korea we are also doing ourselves justice.  So perhaps it is time to swallow our pride and sit back down and work out a real pathway to peace.

I know this is not a popular opinion.  But I also know a good deal when I see one!

Rosemary & Thyme

Lately, on Netflix, I have discovered the most wonderful TV show from the UK.  It is called “Rosemary & Thyme”.  It is about two horticulturist that travel around the globe and create gardens all the while solving murder mysteries.  I have watched the entire series run in 3 days it was so captivating.  If you take the time you will not be disappointed.  These two wonderful ladies are fantastic actresses and then the series was canceled to my disappointment.  Netflix shows the series out of order.  The last two shows to air are actually backwards.  “Two Gardner’s” is actually the last episode in the series.  If you have a subscription you have to check out this series.  Mind you if I ever have a garden to be done these are not the gardeners to hire.  There is always a dead body involved.  Sort of like “Murder She Wrote” you would not like to invite Jessica to dinner or the such!  So take some time, sit back and watch one of the best the UK has to offer, you will love it!!!!