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!!!!
The War on Drugs has been going on for decades and yet in Las Vegas you can get pretty much any drug you choose, if you go to the right neighborhood. In the United States alone the 2013 budget has spent $15 Billion dollars and the individual States have spent nearly double that. You can see how much has been spent so far at http://www.drugsense.org/cms/wodclock . This does not consider the cost of putting dealers in jail or prison. So what has the war on drugs really done so far?
So far the war on drugs has spent billions of dollars in foreign countries and the United States. The results, they have made the cost of drugs go up and the number of dealers increase here in the good old USA. When the DEA says that it has taken 300 million dollars worth of pot off the street. The fact is, there is no value to something that hasn’t been sold or even offered. So what they have done is burned a bunch of grass and increased the value of what is coming over to the USA. They have made the drug dealers richer. For every drug dealer they take off the street there are about a thousand willing to take their place dealing.
Why, because of “supply and demand”. The average drug dealer can make a couple of thousand dollars a night. That is far more than most Ivy League Graduates. The people here in the United States that want drugs are going to get them no matter what they have to pay. The reason the war on drugs isn’t working is because it should be concentrating on the people that need rehab and not imprisoning non violent offenders. The Government shouldn’t be taking the stuff off the street, they should concentrate on dealing with the real problem, the number of people demanding the stuff. There are people on welfare selling off their food stamps intended for their children, to get drugs. Even when Child Protective Services (CPS) takes their kids away, that is just one less thing they have to worry about. You have to remember that addicts have one thing on their mind and that is their next fix.
While the War on Drugs is a complete and total failure it has spent an unreasonable amount of money since inception. Every year we are spending a huge amount of money to keep marijuana off the street and have put a huge number of marijuana dealers in prison or jail. You have to take that into account because this is a non violent crime and we as taxpayers are paying for their food, clothing, and shelter. Even if you are in the military you have to pay for your clothing. So the American people are footing the bill for a failing program.
It is said that Marijuana is a “Gateway Drug”. Which is a bunch of horse crap. Just because you use marijuana doesn’t mean that you are going to use any other type of drug with the exception of coffee and alcohol. Marijuana arrest in this country is a non violent offense. Yet we arrest and jail them. That is the reason for over crowding in prisons and jails. Marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, as a matter of fact it is far less harmful depending on the manner of ingestion. There has been a lot of people that disagree, but I am sure there is one thing that we can agree on, and that is taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for non violent crime offenders. Put them on a monitor and let them work and stay at home. Check on them infrequently and let them pay their own way.
I personally think that marijuana should be legal. I think that there is no difference between marijuana laws and prohibition laws. Obviously people want it and are going to get it regardless of the law. Yet we are spending billions of dollars taking it off the street which is only making what is on the street go up in price. So in essence the War on Drugs is actually making more dealers and making the cost of the drug go up making the drug dealers richer.
I want you all to understand, I am not saying that all drugs should be legal. But I am saying that marijuana which can and is being grown in every part of the America’s. Right now marijuana is the number one cash crop in the United States. However, the opium poppy cannot be grown in the America’s. It has to come from the middle east. There are a number of drugs that are derived from the opium poppy such as opium, heroin, and many more drugs, including pharmaceuticals. This is the area that we should be going after. We also should not put non violent offenders in jail or prison. We should allow them to work, go home, and such. We have the technology today to keep track of someone just by their cellphone. I am sure that there is a way to track the offender and put the cost on them not the people.
I know that this rant sounds a bit crazy, but this is a way to keep our prisons and jails from overcrowding. Cut the amount we spend on the “War on Drugs”. And let Americans have their way. Marijuana should be legal. We should apply the same rules of operating a automobile and tax the heck out of it. There are a great number of States that actually already have marijuana taxes on the books. The two States that legalized marijuana this last election have the right idea. Tax the sale, cut the number of non violent offenders in jail or prison, and apply the same laws as the use of alcohol.
Congress and the Senate are comprised of a group of old millionaire men. They are so far out of touch with what is going on in the Country they have no idea what the people want or need. Yet, they are deciding laws and not looking at the polls first. When asked they say it is for the people of their State, yet the people in their State in the polls say something entirely different. They need to revisit the War on Drugs and ensure that they are doing what the people want and need. Stop creating the problem and start being the solution to the problem!
Today, as I was looking through Face Book I noticed the same old stuff. People thinking that “Gun Control” means someone is going to knock their door down and take away their guns. I actually know these people, and I guess that I have never realized just how uninformed they really are! If you look at what is on the table concerning Gun Control, there is nothing that says that someone will come to your door and take your guns away. Although after seeing some of their posts, I think it might be a good idea. Then my husband reminded me this morning, that you are not going to change someone’s mind on Face Book. And you know he is absolutely right.
There is an old saying down south,”you give them books, and you give them books, they just tear the pages out”. So true! I cannot believe the number of people that will believe the stupid shit on Face Book, but won’t turn on the news or look up the plan on the Internet before commenting. Face Book is leading to the deterioration of the ability to think on one’s own. People just follow whatever is said, and believe it as proof positive. I have to say this is a remarkable trend. Most of the people on my Face Book friend list I have know most or all my life. They are not stupid people. But for some reason a great deal of them do not check out what they are posting nor does it seem they care. Then I realized that maybe this is just one big joke. Zuckerman thought it up and now he is perpetrating it on the American People. Maybe it is nothing more than a test to see who the followers are and who are the leaders. The sheep and the Shepard, so to speak.
When my husband reminded me that no ones mind has been changed by Face Book, it really hit home. I mean Karl Rove spent a fortune advertising Romney on Face Book and it didn’t make a difference at all. Romney still lost and everyone saw him for what he is,(This is my political opinion and I am editing myself). You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to look up anything on the internet. Everything you ever wanted to know, and even some things you really don’t want to know, is at your fingertips.
So I have come to the conclusion, that these intelligent people that I grew up with and have known an loved all my life are mostly sheep or just too lazy to find out the truth. I can respect that because I have been known to have a lazy bone two. They will never change their mind no matter how much proof I post. But I do thank my Higher Power that I am a leader not a follower!!!
There is a lot of buzz about Hagel taking the post of Secretary of Defense. Most of the Gay and Lesbian community are expecting him to do the impossible. He has said that he will work to make Gay and Lesbian Spouses recognized by the military. But that just is not possible. When he takes the oath of office, and a great deal of gay and lesbian service members will attest to this, he has to swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America. Well the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is part of the constitution that he is swearing to uphold and defend. He really has no choice in the matter. He cannot violate federal law in his post. So no military ID cards for spouses of gay and lesbian military members, no spouses clubs, no shopping at the commissary, exchange or PX as some branches call it, and no benefits. Until DOMA is found unconstitutional he will not be able to do any of these things. The Supreme Court will be reviewing DOMA and the constitutionality in March, but without support from President Obama there is little chance of winning this victory. The Congressional Republicans have already set aside 3 million dollars of taxpayer money to defend DOMA in front of the Supreme Court. Since this country always has been and always will be based on the guy that spends the most money, any guesses who will win this one? If President Obama would make a statement to the Supreme Court to the effect that DOMA is unconstitutional and does not provide equal rights to all, that would carry a great deal of weight. But so far he is resting on his laurels and not saying a thing. For someone that won the President’s office on the backs of the Latino’s and the Gay’s you would think that this would be a priority. He is already addressing the Latino immigration issue but he really needs to step up to bat and work on equal rights for all not just the Heterosexuals. When is comes to values, being half black, you would think that he would understand the importance of equal rights. But this is obviously something that has slipped his mind entirely. And if it is a matter that he doesn’t agree with what homosexuals do, stay out of my bedroom and I will stay out of yours!!!!
Today I watched President Obama’s press conference on Gun Control. He outlined a sensible way to handle Gun Control. Renew the law preventing the sales of military weapons. Only allow the sales of automatic weapons that have a maximum 10 round clip. Increase background checks to ensure that the person buying weapons does not have a felony background. Allow mental health workers to report information concerning clients that threaten to go on shooting sprees.
These things are not taking away anyone’s right to the second amendments right to bear arms. With the exception of those with extreme mental health problems or felons. This is not unrealistic nor is this extreme. If you are worried about your right to bear arms of a military nature, or your plans to take out a grade school, or even you plans to sell guns to felons, then you have every right to be worried. I have seen on Face Book many, many, times that people are worried about their right to bear arms. For those of you putting this on your status, which of the above are you worried about. Are you planning on a massacre? Do you intend to buy and sell guns to felons? Do you suffer from mental health problems that will lead to a massacre? Please people, watch the press conference, listen, comprehend, then think about which of your 2nd amendment rights are being intruded on!
I prefer to think that background checks on EVERYONE that purchases a gun should be mandatory. I think it is time to take the guns out of the hands of criminals and felons and keep them in the hands of RESPONSIBLE gun owners. We are a society of gun owners. Hunters don’t use automatic weapons to hunt. The only people that require automatic weapons are criminals. If you cannot hit your target within 10 rounds then you shouldn’t have a gun. You should be able to hit the target with one round maybe two. If you aren’t able to do so then you need to go to the gun range and practice, practice, practice! I am fortunate, I was in the military and they tought us to hit the target with one round. They teach, don’t waste you rounds and make every shot count. If you own a gun you should be able to do the same thing.
Look, the right to bear arms is a two fold thing. One to protect your home. Two to protect the country. Yes, protect the country. Every country in the world knows that we have the right to bear arms. That alone is a deterrent from any invasion. Because out of 315,155,461 people living in the United States, 43 – 55 million households have guns. Most of them own 4 or more guns. Could you imagine any other country wanting to deal with the fact that you have no idea who, what, when, and where all these gun owners are? There is no country in the world that would want to take that chance nor deal with our civilian power not just our Military power.
In regards to the National Rifle Association (NRA), they are only against this because it will stop the gun makers from making military style weapons for sale to non-military people. Which is big business. Don’t be fooled. The NRA is not protecting your rights to bear arms. They are being funded by big business gun makers to keep their rights to keep selling guns. By joining the NRA you are only supporting big business gun makers, and the NRA is providing the illusion that they are supporting your rights while taking your money to support big business gun manufacturers.
So when you get informed, and realize that no one is trying to take away your second amendment right to bear arms, then put up your informed Face Book post. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are working with many different groups, including the NRA and others throughout the country to come up with ideas that will help prevent another Sandy Hooks Elementary shooting. A recent poll of NRA members agree these are sensible, non intrusive laws, that will allow the average American to have and keep their guns. By the way, no one is going to come to your house and take away any weapons you already have, this is for people wanting to buy guns. All I ask is for you to become informed and know what is really being proposed. Not what others that are talking out their ass are telling you!
Here is the link to the press conference. It will not only inform you as to what is being proposed but as to why it is being proposed! http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/16/president-obama-announces-new-measures-prevent-gun-violence
This is just an idea to boost the economy in the United States.
I am not saying that Foreign Aid is not necessary, I am saying that there are other ways of providing it to ensure the people it was intended for receive it. Right now the American Government is paying farmers not to farm their land. This is artificially keeping the price of food and grain up. There is another path to follow that will do more for the economy and ensure that the food is going to the people in foreign countries.
If the United States Government were to allow farmers to farm all their land. Then pay a fair price for the food and grain produced by the farmers that will keep the price up so they are making money. That would also keep $51.6 Billion dollars in the economy. Farmers would have to hire additional help to maintain the farms thereby creating jobs that would be here to stay.
The United States Government doesn’t consider Foreign Aid which is only 1% of the budget an area they are concerned with because it is such a small amount. By sending food and grain to foreign countries they are keeping the foreign governments from keeping all the money for themselves. Which is what is going on right now. The United States Government, by paying attention, to Foreign Aid and utilizing the monies to make farming what it used to be. $51.6 Billion is no drop in the bucket to the American People but it is to Congress. But imagine putting that money into the economy and paying farmers a fair price for their products. You would not only be saving a great deal of this countries way of life but you would be ensuring that Foreign Aid would be in the form of food, which is what they need right now.
So my thinking is to keep the money here in the United States. Pay the Farmers a fair price for their produce, keeping the price up. Put $51.6 Billion dollars back into the economy. Increase the number of people working, thereby increasing the tax base for the country. And most importantly keeping foreign governments from keeping the money to become richer and giving the food to the poor. We did do this for years, since our country was built on the backs of farmers. But the American Government was not paying a fair price thereby causing the price of grain and food products to fall. The American Government also decided that sending money would allow foreign governments to pay a fair price for food grown on their own soil. This program hasn’t worked in decades. It is time to go back to paying American Farmers a fair price for their produce and sending food to other countries, not money.
Just a thought, maybe you would like to think about it as well. $51.6 billion is a great deal of money and it should be put back into the American Economy!
Currently, Congress is considering letting the country go into default which of course would cause a shut down of government. Now you may ask “What does this mean to me?”. The answer is simple.
When Congress considered such a thing last year, it caused America’s credit rating throughout the world to drop. And that is just because they let things run too long and didn’t deal with the National Debt Ceiling in a timely manner.
Here is how it affects you personally. If you know someone that is drawing Social Security, Disability, Veterans benefits, military retirement, or even in the military they will not be getting paid. Not until government is up and running again. This will cause all those that depend on this pay to not be able to pay their bill and will cause their credit score to drop for lack of payment. It could potentially cause evictions, foreclosures, and repossessions. Not to mention the non payment of bills by medicare or medicaid.
I recall one other time that government shut down for over a month. I was in the Navy and we didn’t get paid. There was a great deal of discord and most of the men on the ship were extremely reluctant to perform their duty. Now don’t get me wrong, they did do their job but it was very reluctantly. Most of them would say they are going to do what they are getting paid for and that was nothing. As one of the Supervisors, I have to say that I sympathized with them.
Right now the Republicans are going to cause irreparable damage to the economy and the world. The President has said that he is willing to work with Congress to fix the spending problem. He just is not willing to work it out with a “gun held to his head.” This is not unreasonable. Fixing the problems with spending in our great Nation should not be done with a threat held over anyone’s head. It should be done in a sane, rational manner. Congress has caused this debt and now after having dinner it is time to pay the bill. But they are threatening to “dine and dash” so to speak.
Who is to blame? Anyone that voted a Republican Congressional Representative into office. You asked for this and now you are going to get it. Great job!!!
During his campaign for re-election, President Obama made it a point to say that people, no matter what sex, should be free to marry whom they choose. Now that he is in office, the Republican Congress has passed a resolution to protect and support DOMA. They have authorized millions of taxpayers dollars, at a time we are supposed to be cutting spending, to support the defense of DOMA and it’s constitutionality before the Supreme Court. So that brings to mind the famous question for President Obama. “What have you done for me lately?”. He has taken no steps to stop the discrimination against same sex married couples in or involved with the Military. He has taken no steps to stop the defense of DOMA, nor has he allocated the same amount of taxpayer monies to defend the unconstitutionality of DOMA before the Supreme Court.
In fact, President Obama has done nothing at all to ensure that you can marry whomever you love no matter what sex. He has the ability to write “Executive Orders” to provide the necessary monies to match what the Republicans have set aside for the defense of DOMA before the Supreme Court in January. He is the President of the United States of America and the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world. He is the representative of the greatest Super Power in the world. Yet, we are taking the back seat while other countries drive and show the world there is nothing wrong with same sex marriage.
We, the LGBT community, have been treated like second class citizens in America for perhaps hundreds of years. We should not have other countries leading the way for LGBT rights. We, America the Worlds Largest Superpower, should be leading the way and setting the example for the rest of the world.
Currently, there are 7 Countries that allow same sex marriage. The Netherlands legal April 1st 2001, Belgium legal January 1st 2003, Spain legal June 30th 2005, Canada legal July 20th 2005, South Africa legal November 30th 2006, Norway legal January 1st 2009, and Sweden legal May 1st 2009. The countries did not lose their sense of family nor family values. There are Haters out there with radio shows that I won’t name but they are saying that it is harmful for a child to have 2 Mothers, for instance. I know currently in the United States a large number of Children are being raised by single parents, yet they seem to turn out alright. I know that if you have 2 parents, no matter what the sex, you are getting a large amount of love. And isn’t that what family is all about, LOVE? I was raised by my Mother alone and I had and still have all the love in the world. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I would think that two parents would be able to give a child more love and attention than one parent. I also think that it doesn’t matter if it is two women. I was raised by my Mother, my Aunts, my Grandmother, my Great Grandmother, and my Great Great Grandmother all women and I turned out alright. If anything I turned out better than most, because I was taught values which most children of opposite sex marriages are missing these days.
It is time that we, the LGBT society, stop riding in the back of the bus and drinking from separate fountains. It is time that we bond together and work (I do mean hard work) toward being free to love whomever we want and to come out of the darkness and into the light. I would now like to challenge President Obama to put his Presidency where his mouth was only a few short months ago. Begin the work to show the world the way. Step up and take the lime light to start the work necessary to make this and other Second Class Citizens equal to all!
If you would like to do your part, then please take a moment to write your Congressional Representative, Senatorial Representative, and President Obama himself. Let them know how you feel, what you feel, and that we should be treated as equals. End Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and stop the unconstitutional inequality that reigns in our great Nation.
You may ask yourself what got us into this Fiscal Mess to start with, well here are the answers to begin with:
Bush Tax Cuts – $1.6 Trillion
Health Care Entitlements – $1.6 Trillion. This is because the “Baby Boomers” became of age to collect. The U.S. Government only knew this was coming by about 50 years or more. Yet did nothing about it.
Medicare Drug Benefits – $300 Billion
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – $1.3 Trillion and counting. For the actual numbers go to http://costofwar.com/
Economic Stimulus Package – $800 Billion plus another $200 Billion in Bail Outs.
Unemployment and Tax Reduction – $400 Billion
The Great Recession Tax Loss – Billions of dollars
Total National Debt – $14.3 Trillion – the deficit is just the interest owed.
Congress is calling for cuts in programs to reduce the National Debt. By ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and creating an environment that allows for job growth increasing Americas tax base, will cut the amount being spent and increase the countries revenue. The revision of the tax code will increase revenue for the country as well. Cutting Foreign Aid will decrease spending. Getting rid of the one dollar bill and changing it over to a coin will put another $30 million back into budget. Lowering wages for Government Representatives. Currently a Congressional Representative makes $174,900 a year plus total health care, dental, and vision. It would make sense if they were doing their job but most of the time they cannot get a budget passed in time and they have come close to an entire Governmental Shut Down which has decreased our countries credit rating. If this happens again it could cause damage to the entire global economy.
I actually spoke to my Congressional Representative, Dr. Joe Heck, regarding Foreign Aid. He told me that it only makes up 1% of the Budget for the country. I told him that you have to start somewhere and just because it only makes up 1% of the overall Budget doesn’t mean it doesn’t count toward fixing the countries Budget problem.
I think that our Representative are only looking at big numbers when they are trying to fix the economic problems. What they have lost sight of is, save a penny soon you’ll have a nickel, save a nickel soon you’ll have a dime. The small numbers can make a huge difference when you add them all up.
Let’s look at the facts. The Government has known for over 65 years that we had a “Baby Boom” and that someday they would be getting their entitlements. Yet they have done nothing what-so-ever to fix it. They didn’t restructure anything, they didn’t increase taxes enough to cover the difference. Now if you had a checkbook and you knew for 65 years that you were going to have to pay a bill, wouldn’t you have planned for it?
The war in Iraq. We started a war with a country of “evil doers” and didn’t even go to war with the country that trained the men for 9/11. We invaded their next door neighbors. Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Government knew there were no weapons of mass destruction that was just a ploy to justify the invasion. We went to war on “Terrorist”. That is just like the “War on Drugs”. You cannot nor will not win period. The War on Drugs has been going on for decades and yet the only thing it has done is increase the price of drugs here in America and made the Drug Dealers richer. It doesn’t matter how many dealers you take off the street there are a few thousand waiting to take their place. Just like the war on Terrorist. It doesn’t matter how many you take off the street there are thousands to take their place. Please don’t get me wrong, I do feel that America needed to increase their security measures. At the time we were the ONLY country in the world that did not have airport security. So yes we needed to beef up intelligence, increase security, and even make certain that we know what is going on in countries around the world. But going to war on Terror is just plain silly. You will always have terrorist no matter what. You can take measures to make certain that another 9/11 doesn’t happen but you will never win the war on Terror!
We, as a country, need to revisit policies and programs that just don’t work. We need elected officials that can see that even saving a penny that is needlessly spent is wrong. We need to see those type of saving measures to fix our current Fiscal Mess and keep us out of future Fiscal Problems.
First we are going to talk about Homosexuality. Scientist still haven’t found a gay gene but, they have found that a Homosexuals genetic make up is different that that of a heterosexual. Most scientist still think there is a gay gene but it still has yet to be discovered. Homosexuality appears in every species. So it goes to be understood that it is not natures mistake but a genetic disposition. Just like having brown hair and blue eyes. There is no choice involved. They are just born this way. And as the song goes “God doesn’t make mistakes!“.
If you believe in the Bible being the word of God written through man, then it stands to reason that you believe that God created some people with a Homosexual disposition. If you take the Bible literally then you cannot just pick and choose which teachings are convenient for you. You must believe it as a whole and follow it’s teachings. I am getting sick of hearing homosexuality being compared to cannibalism, mental illness, and bringing on the wrath of God in the form of every horrible thing that has happened in the United States. From 9/11 to hurricane Katrina and more recently hurricane Sandy. It is unfortunate that the people making these statements are getting on the news. Obviously the news doesn’t screen the people they interview they just want the sensationalism. These people are mentally ill and really, really need to be medicated. My God is not about Hate. My God is love. God needs no rhyme or reason to bring on storms, diseases, or mental illnesses. According to the Bible we are not supposed to understand everything that God does nor should we question him. We are also not supposed to condemn we are supposed to pray. Approximately 80% of our nation claim to be Christians. One of the ten commandments is “thou shall not kill”. Yet we send troops over to kill our so called enemies and we didn’t even send them to the right country. 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. “You shall not commit adultery”. I am sure that you see where I am going with this. There are many things in the Bible that address many so called sins. There are a total of 7 passages referring to homosexuality. Most of them are questionable. You see it is based on the absolute translation. When you go back and study those who translated the Bible you will see that most of those scriptures can and may be translated to refer to Male Prostitutes and not Homosexuals at all. And Jesus said nothing about homosexuals at all. But back to God. Let’s say God did create Homosexuals this way. Would God have condemned Homosexuals before they were even born unto this earth? If God created homosexuals this way then who are you to question God’s will? The Bible was written Thousands of years ago and translated by Thousands of people over the years. Maybe God changed his mind. Maybe it is in the parts of the Bible that were never translated or in the portions not released to the general public but hidden by the Catholic Church. Which is often dealing with pedophile Priest and other issues within their church. If you believe the Bible is the word of God then you must not eat shrimp, for instance. But I guarantee there are a large number of so called Christians that are enjoying shrimp cocktail probably even as I write this article. And you will notice the demand for shrimp is pretty high here in America.
In the short, I guess that what I am trying to say is if you so strongly believe in the Bible. And you believe it is the word of God. Then put your actions where you mouth is. Follow it to the letter. Don’t just sit around judging Homosexuals and pick and choose what portions of the Bible you are going to live by. Live by the entire word of God as it was written Thousands of years ago. For someday God will sit in judgement of you!!!