February 13th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Last night I got a chance to watch the documentary ‘Casino Jack and the United States of Money’ which was about the life of the criminal, former Lobbyist – Jack Abramoff and the massive GOP corruption scandal in which he was involved during the W. Bush Administration. This film is as good as it gets in terms of documentaries go – 4 star, 5 star… whatever, Alex Gibney, the director (who also made the documentary about Enron) nailed this and I can’t recommend this highly enough - this is a Must – see. I’m not going to do a movie review (future blog), however I just want to touch on something that struck me last night: how is it possible for a wicked and evil person to be pious, and I mean religious beyond the average i.e. born – again Christian or Orthodox Jew. It doesn’t make sense…it seems incongruous.
If you see the film and listen to the commentary (I recommend it), Alex Gibney raised the point as well – look: Jack Abramoff –Orthodox Jew (comically converted after seeing ‘Fiddler On The Roof), Ralph Reed – born again Christian, Tom Delay, Michael Scanlon, Bob Ney, and the rest of the thugs are all religious zealots. Well, I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Gibney when he theorized that very often religious zealotry and devoted godliness, is in a sense a way of easing one’s conscience; what I’m doing can’t be wrong, God is on my side. I’m the good guy and though bribing people for tens of millions of dollars may seem wrong at face value, it’s a means to an end. They all have this incredible arrogance as though to think ” I’m SPECIAL, I’m not mediocre, I’m allowed to do these things because I’m one of the chosen ones.
I won’t elaborate too much on this and I certainly believe that most ordinary Christians and Jews are good people, WhaDaYaThink ? how can you rationalize or compartmentalize such immoral action and with such passion and ambition – not all of these people are pathologically sociopathic.
What do you think ?
January 25th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
To start, sadly, 4 Americans are dead:
Christopher Stevens – U.S. Ambassador to Libya
Sean Smith – U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer
Glen Doherty – former Navy Seal and staunch opponent of Christian Proselytizers/bullies trying to convert Muslims to Christianity and a member of MRFF (Military Religious Freedom Foundation)
Tyrone Snowden – Navy Seal and Member of State Department Diplomatic Security
These human beings died when a U.S. Consulate was attacked at Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 – these are the facts and the easy part in terms of understanding what happened, the rest is just spin and ugly politics; especially, as usual being hurled from the right.
This is an editorial and perhaps I’m biased, but I can’t possibly see how this tragedy could have been averted. Were there threats and violence beforehand near Benghazi ? Of course, but allow me to pose, how many consulates or diplomatic missions are the United States involved in, umm, well how many countries are there ? Benghazi was certainly on the Obama administration’s radar, but it happened, and there is nothing we can or could have done (without having been giving specific intelligence as to where and when) about it.
Some more ugly politics, this time on the left - how Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice handled the tragedy afterwards – no they ought to have stated the truth about prior intelligence indicating a strong possibility of a strike, and no Obama and Rice should have immediately declared TERRORIST ATTACK and not played footsy; but folks this is a very delicate situation in which we’re enmeshed. We just killed Muammar Gaddafi and we’re in the process of establishing diplomatic relations with a nation that was for more than 40 years ruled by the iron fist of this vicious dictatorship and under extreme Islamist sentiment.
So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? I thought the GOP was especially vicious in terms of the way they attacked Hillary Clinton yesterday – my goodness she was so ill, she almost died. However, Mrs. Clinton handled herself well and I guess I would have been surprised and a little disappointed if the republicans actually unprecedentedly showed a little compassion.
January 15th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Legislating a ban on assault weapons is indeed going to be a tall order, so yes I am pleased with today’s news calling for strict background checks. If you “try and lie”, you go to jail – that makes sense. I know that a criminal will just go on the black market, buy it on the street, or steal his mother’s guns, but we can’t just “do nothing.” The status quo is just not acceptable – this is indeed a step in the right direction toward curbing gun violence, even if only one life is saved. New York approved the bill by 43 to 18; this makes NY the first state to act in response to the Newtown massacre but what I don’t get is that there were actually 18 nays – what sane, logical human being is not interested in keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill or people with a criminal history.
I suspect that the naysayers don’t like the piece of legislation which states that people can no longer purchase semi – automatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines – you know, the weaponry used in the military. However, the folks who already own these guns are still allowed to keep them, they just have to now register the weapon with the state. Like I said – baby steps; am I completely happy with this new legislation? – No, for example I wish the law compelled the state to force the individuals to not only register the assault weapon, but also ensure that each and every gun – owner undergo a quick 1 hour psychological evaluation. The message should be clear: we will no longer tolerate the ownership of assault weapons by people who are mentally unfit to carry such a weapon.
The next baby steps are to now promote loudly and clearly the aforementioned message, so that the other 49 states in the nation follow suit. If this in fact happens, I can guarantee that we will curb gun violence. Okay, everyone knows my position and I’ve certainly spilled enough ink over gun control, so no now it’s your turn – WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? Do you like the new laws New York has just passed? I’m proud to say that I reside in a state that acted first
January 13th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
It’s Sunday, January 13 in New York and I don’t even have to put a coat on. The truth be told, we haven’t had a single cold day all winter; of course we have the rest of this month, February, and March but still. Whether or not we have frigid temperatures and tons of snow for the remainder of winter, the fact remains, that the climate has changed and scientists have confirmed that the planet is warmer.
Now the big question is: Is it our fault or is it just the earth’s normal course of events? The answer should be obvious to everyone except for excessively money – grubbing big business who see the human induced emissions of greenhouse gasses, but refuse to acknowledge it – “More government regulation with this economy, let my grandchildren worry about it”. It really is a form of denial or just a question of plundering gluttons who just don’t care about anyone but themselves. The notion that extracting fossil fuels from the earth and releasing prodigiously unspeakable amounts of pollutants into the air goes without major consequences is absolutely ludicrous. We are in a nutshell, killing ourselves! We as a collective species have been on the road of self – destruction and extinction since the industrial revolution. There isn’t a single accredited scientific body who disagrees with the fact that man – made pollution is responsible for the insidious destruction of the earth’s atmosphere.
Here is a brief list of the culprits:
Emissions by major industries
Power stations such as smoke stacks, power plants, manufacturing facilities, waste incinerators, etc.
Emissions from cars and trucks (just Google image LA smog and it will sicken you)
Fuel combustion in homes and businesses
The use of solvents and homes and businesses
I can go on and include household activities such as wood burning but don’t go crazy and get rid of your fireplace, besides, if we still had winters, there’s nothing more cozy than a drink and a nice fire on a cold night.
So to conclude, for the sake of our grandchildren, we MUST go green. I know many republicans have attacked the Obama administration for wasteful spending on solar investment but if we want to save the planet, we simply have no other choice.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? Note: if you’re really interested in the actual chemicals i.e. carbon monoxide, sulfer oxides, etc. just go to Wikipedia and plug in air pollution. The environment is just as important as the gun problem, whereas guns are really a national issue concerning only the United States, climate change is an international issue – global warming.
November 15th, 2012 by Michael Tabor
Written by Guest Blogger Le Duke de Fromage
I will admit for years I wavered between being a Democrat and a Republican. Discounting local elections where I just voted for the person, voting for the president was different.However for the past twenty years or so I have remained a staunch independent. Having just witnessed this past election my conviction to remain independent seems to confirm my choice to do so.I cannot get over the the bitterness and outright hatred that is generated by supporters of both parties. It isn’t that the candidates were very nasty, but supporters of both were actually frightening in their conduct.
Truthfully, politics to me is the most boring endeavor that humans partake in. I would no more get excited or involved than I would in a bullfight. While realizing that politics must exist I just have no interest in it at all. With all the corruption, greed, and hypocrisy involved why would I? Therefore it is all the more puzzling why humans get so upset over elections. This country seems to find a way to even out the most radical changes that any candidate or party can make, so why all the anger?If your party or candidate lost, correct the mistakes and do better next time.
I have always suspected that the minute a person assumes public office an immediate change takes place. They are no longer the person you once knew and actually liked. They are now a politician, a curse more obscene than any you could direct at family or friend.They continue to remain so until out of office, by then the distaste is too great as to reconcile. The one exception seems to be ex-presidents. ex. Clinton, The Bush’s, Carter.They are treated far better out of office than they ever were while serving.
During this past election, I received as a registered independent over 19 calls asking me to support Obama.I live in a highly Republican area and I guess Indies are a prime target.They offered me rides to the polls,posters, and an invitation to meet certain candidates.I even received three calls from Pres. Obama himself along with one from Michele Obama. Surprisingly I never got any calls from the Republicans which is probably why they lost.I have since read that certain independents were targeted by Democrats to see if there was any change in their voting selection as the campaign ran down. I didn’t count the call I got from Washington during the primary from Newt Gingrich.
I felt all along the Republicans ran a poor campaign, and had lost sight of the real issues and concentrated more on trying to vilify Obama.They also seemed to react poorly to change and refused to appeal to certain classes of voters.
After the election, I read a very illuminating comment made by a top staunch Republican, which states as follows.”This has got to stop–Trump, Mcconnell, Fox news. Sarah Palin, ultra conservatism and a fanatic desire to self destruct. We don’t seem to be able to gage the public and are unable to react”. This statement seemed to me a very precise analysis of the problems of today’s Republican party. Pres. Obama was ripe for defeat by a viable candidate, unfortunately for them the Republicans were not able to provide one.The Reagan era is gone and the Republican party has to revise itself once again and appeal to a nation that wants real leadership.
November 6th, 2012 by Michael Tabor
Written by Guest Blogger – Karl Larson
No, seriously; what a card.
The “Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” honcho – who’s used the vanity cards at the end of his shows to expound on everything from former “Men” star Charlie Sheen to the humilities of aging- used Thursday night’s “Big Bang Theory” card to rant about presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the current state of the Republican party.Unfortunately for fans of political mud-flinging, the card never made it to air. Lorre published the card on his website instead, noting that he’d opted for self-censorship.”I’ve decided to save everybody a lot of unhappiness and not submit this week’s vanity card to the CBS censors (I know when I’ve crossed the line with these things and don’t need a bunch of corporate lawyers getting their cotton blend panties in a bunch),” Lorre wrote.Kind of a shame, really, because it’s quite a doozy.The card takes shots at GOP politicians’ recent stances on everything from rape to FEMA, along with a dig at the reality series “The Bachelor” and a not-so-veiled reference to Romney’s Mormonism.The card ends with a wholesale condemnation of modern American society.The text of the vanity card is presented below in its entirety, to preserve flavor and flow:CHUCK LORRE PRODUCTIONS, #397
CENSORED BY ME
What does it say about us when we are simultaneously pro-life and pro AK-47′s? What does it say about us when God’s will would allow a rapist to ask for shared custody and child support payments? What does it say about us when a black guy’s in charge and we say things like “it’s time to take America back”? What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like “The Bachelor”? What does it say about us when we export democracy with Hellfire missiles, then restrict the right to vote here? What does it say about us when we build nuclear submarines to defend against exploding vests? What does it say about us when we think a guy who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, keeps his money offshore, stubs his toe and says “H-E-double hockey sticks” and wears magical underwear can feel our pain? What does it say about us when we demand less government and more FEMA? What does it say about us when we completely forgot the colossal shit storm we were in four years ago?
The answer, my friends, is not blowing in the wind.
The answer is, “We are f***en crazy.”
It’s just a shame that Lorre has trouble sharing his feelings.
Sent from Orange, CA