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OLYMPIC SPIRIT??? A LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE

August 3rd, 2012 by Michael Tabor

Written by Guest Blogger Le Duke De Fromage

While watching the opening ceremonies for the Olympics and trying to figure out what was going on, I kept feeling this is just one big commercial. Yes, it was glitz, showy, and glamor but also confusing and at times very messy. Compare it to a Monty Python skit on steroids or a questionable Super Bowl half time show. The blatant selling of England, the host country, was bewildering to non-brits and probably brits alike.
[ except for Mr. Bean, a personal favorite]
The spectacle reminded me of an excellent article written by Frank Deford for Smithsonian magazine on the History of the Olympic Games. Deford,if you are not aware is one of the premiere sports writers in America. He describes the struggles of the earlier games and some of the more outrageous acts committed by promoters and athletes alike. No doubt, this 2012 opening will be included in a later book for some future writer.
Cost estimates for these games are estimated to run over 24 billion pounds.No wonder there are over fifty official sponsors for the Olympics and this does not include the T.V. money for which N.B.C. paid a fortune. As Deford outlines in his history this is a far cry from earlier games,which were run on a shoestring. However, costs escalate as do ticket prices and hosting the Olympics is no cheap venue.The opening night average ticket price was $2500.00 dollars, slightly less than a super bowl ticket seat .Average price for any basketball game is $400.00, swimming event average $700.00 that is if you can get a ticket. Some demand events have been embarrassed by blocks of empty seats held by advertisers, and V.I.P.s who just didn’t show up. Again Olympic spirit at work.
Some countries have been accused of scalping their allotment of tickets to make a few bucks, others make sure that only fat cats and select dignitaries get to attend. Most of us get to watch on the telly which considering the cost of London is the best way. Estimated viewing for opening night was forty million people in the U.S. Of course, one cannot discuss the Olympics without mentioning the contests and the judging of such. Some of the most corrupt,inept, and home country decisions have made the judging an international disgrace.They make Vegas boxing judges look honest. The International Olympic Committee has not been without its scandals either. Corruption, bribes, unaccounted dollars and a host of improper and illegal acts have haunted the Olympics for years.
That leaves the athletes, doping, illegal equipment, questionable sex gender and every other wrongdoing one can name has been leveled against the participants one time or another. To win medal is the goal at any cost. So much for the spirit of the games. Isn’t it also contrary to the Olympic creed to count medals? The thought was to compete on an amateur level with sportsmanship and friendly competition the main goal. Just like the U.S. amateur Olympic basketball team.
There is another side to all the negative,the heart warming stories of individuals who sacrifice their youth for a chance to compete. At times, they actually achieve the goal and everyone feels good.I hope they can cash in and make it pay for all their hard work and dreams.
The games have become a big spectacle with the host country trying to out due the previous one, and hopefully make a few bucks.
Whadayathink? Are the Olympics worthwhile or is it just another sham production hoping to make a few bucks and gain publicity for the host country and a select few of the world’s best athletes?


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War Creates Monsters

March 18th, 2012 by Michael Tabor

Sergeant Robert Bales consumed some alcohol and then without further ado went door  to  door and started shooting and stabbing Afghan civilians, mostly women and children; when the killing spree was over, it left 16 innocent people dead. What an alarming and sickening tragedy this is! When I first read about the story, I immediately thought of the Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam in 1968 in which 2 dozen soldiers, led by Lieutenant William Calley went berserk and simply cold-heartedly slaughtered more than 500 unarmed civilians. As in the Bales incident, most of the victims were women and children.
Sgt. Robert Bales did not have fangs and breathe fire in fact he was a husband and father who had two children and by all accounts was said to be a solid citizen all around. On the front page of the New York Times there was an article on what it might be like to be married to a man in the military – detailing not just the loneliness of being separated for long stretches at a time but she also elaborated (taken from her personal blog) on the anguish Karilyn Bales felt knowing that her husband was deployed 4 times to the hot spots of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Yesterday’s headline read: ‘G.I. Sapped Under Strain’. What surprised me was that Bales had been in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 – more than a decade of hell on earth. This blog is not about exonerating Sgt. Bales for his unspeakably heinous actions but here is a man whose intentions were honorable when he enlisted a week after the terrorist attacks in 2001 and a week ago he had been transformed from being a potential hero into a diabolically mentally disturbed mass murderer. There were strangers in a distant foreign land who were trying to kill him for more than 10 years; the horrors of war he witnessed and experienced I’m sure haunted him day and night. I’m personally left with a feeling of immense sadness and anger over the unthinkable disgust of it all.
I wonder what will become of Sgt. Robert Bales – will he now spend the rest of his natural life in a federal prison cell? I uncovered an article on the web in which Lieutenant William Calley was sentenced to life but he only served 3 and a half years under house arrest; hardly seems fair, does it ? So WhaDaYa Think ? What do you think ? Should we treat Bales just like any other vicious killer or should we take into account the fact that he was completely deranged after serving his country for more than a decade in the heat and stress of combat. For a moment, I feel a bit of empathy for Bales but then I see the dead bodies and all sympathy for the sergeant disappears.

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Four More Years! We Need you Barack Obama

January 21st, 2012 by Michael Tabor
A depression was thwarted, the economy is slowly but surely gaining momentum, Osama Bin Laden is dead, and the auto industry bail out was prodigiously successful. Just the aforementioned warrants four more years for Barrack Obama; only a messiah could have dug us completely out of this mess. Obama is not God, he is a human being and a fine president, and he deserves to be re-elected.
The right has nothing to offer: Mitt Romney? Newt Gingrich? (Please – God forbid; see previous blog), Ron Paul? And Rick Santorum? That’s it – that’s the best the GOP can do? If NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg, Rudolph Giuliani, or how about Kay Bailey Hutchison were in the mix, it might be a more interesting presidential race. As far as I’m concerned this is a no-brainer – a second term for Barack Obama is clearly in order.
Let’s take a good hard look at the pros and cons of what Barack Obama has done thus far. Overall I give him a blue collar B. B is not excellent, it’s good – Obama has done a good job. First let me address his failures: 1. I thought it was wrong-headed to launch a war in Libya without Congress’s sanction (that’s something the Reagan administration would have done) 2. The Bowles – Simpson debt commission is a mess and a bad idea – drop it ASAP. 3. The Dodd – Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is very complex (another blog) and a complicated piece of legislation which has some quite attractive elements to it but according to The Wall Street Journal, the law will make it more expensive for startups to raise capital and create new jobs.
Now here are the accomplishments: 1. Obamacare is simply a near-perfect plan for our abominable healthcare situation. I see nothing but good resulting from this – it will actually reduce the budget (per the congressional budget office) unlike Bush’s unfunded Medicare Prescription Drug benefit did. It also will enable drug and insurance companies to develop a huge new client base; Obamacare is nothing like the Clinton’s enormous and frightening plan. The reality is that Obamacare is actually so much more moderate than critics would have you believe – it simply mandates that everybody have healthcare. That translates into making 44 million “free-riders” (what republicans call people who are uninsured) pay into the system. Look, the law mandates that hospitals accept all emergency room cases anyway so I don’t want to hear that socialist medicine bunk. Everyone wins with Obamacare. 2. Osama Bin Laden is dead; not only is the most-wanted man in America’s history gone but the U.S. recovered a gargantuan trove of intelligence to further destroy Al-Qaeda. And talk about a courageous and presidential leader, Obama actually overruled the vice president and his secretary of state, he even took that extra step of bringing in extra helicopters which as we would later find out salvaged the mission – Operation Neptune Spear – Bin laden dead and mission accomplished. 3. As I mentioned in the first sentence of this blog, President Obama prevented a total collapse of the entire global financial system and without the $787 billion dollar stimulus package, unemployment and debt would have soared to unspeakable levels. Had his predecessor, Dubya, remained president any longer, this country would have literally crumbled. After the economy bottomed out and the stimulus package kicked in in 2010, 2.4 million jobs have been added. And this goes out to all you conservatives – Obama trimmed superfluous government jobs by 280,000 that’s 2.6 percent as compared to Reagan’s 2.2 percent in his first term. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
I can go on further with this administration’s accomplishments e.g. payroll tax cut, successfully withdrawing from Iraq (no small task – must say kudos to the greatest military in the world) on time without major incident, non-carbon energy investments, and so much more. The bottom line is from day one he has planned for 8 years. All successful people know that short-term Band-Aids ultimately fail so give our current president another 4 years and I can assure you that his grade will jump from a B to an A.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you Think ?
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Barack Obama’s Accomplishments –Part 2

October 27th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
Let us start where we left off – some more of Barack Obama’s accomplishments:
  • Established partnerships to share environmental technology with other countries.
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (This is simple Keynesian economics; John Maynard Keynes is considered to be one of the greatest economic thinkers of all time. In a nutshell Keynes believed that when times are good, the free market will work and correct itself. However, when things are dire and the market is stuck, as a last resort, Keynes suggests that the only way out is to stimulate the economy by investing in markets that create job such as: infrastructure, education, health, and energy. In even simpler words, provide money for the movers and shakers who know how to turn money into more money. The stimulus plan was working and we were on our way to recovery, 3.7 million jobs were created, however we ran out of money. Now the solution is so simple – WE NEED ANOTHER STIMULUS PACKAGE ! And this is exactly what Obama is trying to do.)
  • Put into law largest reform of student aid in 40 years.
  • Passed Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
  • Created incentives for farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient.
  • Provided tax breaks to promote public transit.
  • Passed Oil Spill Recovery bill in order to remove liability CAP for oil companies.
  • Barack Obama works hard unlike his predecessor, W., he has visited more countries and more world leaders than any first term president in the history of the presidency.
  • Authorized Bill Clinton to secure the release of two Americans held in N. Korea.
  • Made 20 billion dollars in budget cuts.
  • Canceled contract for new Presidential helicopter fleet (28 helicopters, 11.2 billion dollars).
  • Established Standards For Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment.
  • Required large employers to contribute to a national health plan.
  • Required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.
  • Prevented children from being refused health insurance coverage.
  • Helped Families Save Their Homes Act, helping millions avoid foreclosure – as a result foreclosure fell by 2%.
  • The Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act, advancing press freedom and safety for journalists.
  • Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House.
  • Signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect.
  • Recommitted the U.S. to a policy of “no torture” and full compliance with the Geneva Conventions.  (Barack is a class act; we are better than our enemies.)
  • Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.
  • Removed restrictions and provided support for embryonic stem-cell research and new biomedical research.
  • Imposed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

Tell me PLEASE ! What am I missing ? I can write another blog on some of the administration’s achievements but I think we covered the major ones. We are suffering terribly economically but rest assured, there is no better man to have in the White House during these difficult times than Barack Obama.
So WHADAYATHINK ? What do you Think ? One can’t deny the facts, the president has done a lot and we are certainly in better hands than that lazy, bumbling, idiotic George “Dubya” Bush. Oh, and by the way English as a second language does not apply to President Obama as it did for his predecessor.
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Barack Obama’s Accomplishments

October 26th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
I am tired of hearing people say that Barack Obama is a doing nothing in the White House and that he is a bad president. Are we in the midst of a horrible economy? Yes.  Is it the President’s fault? No. I have some news for you skeptics out there – The entire world is suffering economically!
For those of you who have been casting aspersions on our great president, here is a laundry list of what he has accomplished thus far:
  • Ordered and successfully found and killed Osama Bin Laden. This was something the last administration tried to accomplish and failed.
  • Put into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the biggest financial reform law since the Great Depression of 1929.
  • Closed offshore tax safe havens and tax credit loopholes.
  • Reformed deferral rules to curb tax advantages for investing overseas and additionally established new offshore investment policy that promotes in-sourcing. (W. Bush never did anything to promote in-sourcing.)
  • Financial reform has strongest consumer financial protections in HISTORY.
  • Appointed the first Latina to the Supreme Court.
  • Appointed the first black Attorney General.
  • Responsible for creating new sentencing laws for powder and crack cocaine. (Before Obama, judges would give harsher sentences for crack cocaine offenders  as opposed to powder – this was just blatant racism)
  • Enforced a more thorough criminal history background check for pilots by passing the Pilot Extension Act of 2009.
  • The U.S. jail population declined for the first time in decades.
  • Cut prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50%.
  • Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to the highest level since 1992. (If you are a republican, you hate this and if you are a democrat, you love it. I am a democrat and I think this is important; besides, if one is not short-sighted, it’s obvious that this will ultimately help the economy. Wealthy people spend a great deal of money on the arts and spending is obviously the key to stimulating the economy. I know, I know –in my last blog I said STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math, is the key to getting back on track but not everyone has the aptitude for these disciplines.)
  • Obama and the Department of Treasury sold 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup at a profit.

 

  • Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks to permit U.S. government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals.
  • Put into law Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that ensures equal pay for women. (Sorry male chauvinists – women can do the same job we males can do and they ought to be compensated for it.)
  • Initiated the National Export initiative, which is expected to double U.S. exports by 2015.
  • The Obama administration is aware of the fact that the key to full economic recovery is building small businesses. To facilitate this the administration has made it substantially easier for small businesses to get loans, has passed the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act.

This is just the beginning; this president has accomplished so much in such a short period of time that I have to split this blog into two or even three parts. Sadly, 90% of the people who criticize this president know absolutely NOTHING about his accomplishments. I will see you tomorrow and if some ignoramus should ask you what has Barack Obama done for this great country of ours, well you will be ready and armed with the FACTS ! WHADAYATHINK ? What do you think ? Much more to come.

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Solution For Our Economic Problems: Science, Technology, and Engineering

October 20th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
Yesterday I explicitly set forth a couple of reasons why we are enmeshed in this terrible economy of ours (U.S.A.): 1) America has had it too good for too long and as a result we have become complacent; we have spoiled our children and hence our children (now today’s workforce) no longer have that edge. We have lost our parent’s and grandparent’s work ethic.  2) We are now more than ever part of a global economy.
I purposely began with our being complacent (again, I am not talking about individuals, there are people who have worked just as hard as the old-timers have – I’m referring to the whole mass or aggregate number of people.) because what I’m going to blog about today perfectly logically follows suit.
The number of people attending, finishing, and earning a college degree (though watered down – another blog) has actually increased and therefore we have a more educated population than we had at the time of the golden era of postwar prosperity (1945 – 1973). So what happened? We are more educated than our parents are (as I stated in yesterday’s blog, my father raised a family of six and carried only a high school diploma) doesn’t it stand to reason that we should continue to prosper and perhaps even enjoy more fruits of our labor?
Look at my first paragraph and read yesterday’s blog and therein lies the answer; we have become more educated BUT so has the rest of the world AND – this is new – the rest of the world (especially China and India) have earned advanced degrees in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING. You simply cannot go wrong if you pursue science, technology (IT, computers, etc.), and engineering.
Students from Asia come to this country, we educate them (in the sciences, technology, and engineering) in our best colleges and universities, and then they go back home and build up their country. They build infrastructure and create jobs at an exponential rate far surpassing the United States because they earned advanced degrees in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING.
Well, why didn’t we think of this? Why didn’t we major in S.T.E. ? Answer – because it’s incredibly hard work – plain and simple. Everything is cyclical; we majored in sociology, psychology, film studies, the arts, etc. because it was fun and easy. We weren’t concerned about putting food on the table and feeding our family like the rest of the world was, so we majored in sociology. Trust me, a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a token is just enough to get you on the subway.
So WhadaYaThink ? What do you Think? Hey, I majored in Journalism, do not get me wrong it was no cakewalk, but it pales in comparison to science, technology, and engineering.  What happened to us is just human nature; we weren’t starving, we got complacent and most of us got a liberal arts education. I used the word cyclical in the last paragraph because it’s apropos. We have to suffer a little, and then get back on track. If you don’t want to ever have to worry about getting a job, then get an advanced degree in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, and ENGINEERING. The liberal arts are important and we need them. Besides, if you major in computer science, there will obviously be a concentration in that area, however every college will also mandate that one earns at least 60 credits worth of liberal arts and studies in the humanities. If I were to do things over, would I major in journalism? Absolutely! But I would have a double major – Science/Journalism. I would have to work my tail off and I’m sure I would spend every moment studying, but at least I wouldn’t have to worry about money or landing a job. What do you think ?
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9/11 – A City Silenced

September 9th, 2011 by Magdalena Tabor

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. We had been living in our new home for

just a year. Taking the Long Island Railroad into Manhattan each day was still

a relatively new experience for me. Prior to then, I spent years riding the

subway into work. I guess you can say I’m a seasoned New Yorker. September

11th, 2001. It was the most beautiful September day. Noticeably so. I know it

sounds like a cliche but it was the kind of day that made you feel alive.

People still talk about how beautiful the day was. Picture the perfect day.

That was it.

 

 

I was sitting at my desk working (or about to. God, it was early) when I
got a phone call from my husband Michael. He said a plane had just crashed into

the World Trade Center. My initial

assumption was that a pilot of a small aircraft lost his bearings, making a

grave miscalculation in altitude. This was no accident, Michael replied. Call

it a gut feeling. Leave work, he said. Leave now. I didn’t. My office is in

midtown Manhattan. A few of us opened a window and if you leaned ever so

slightly in the direction of downtown, you could see it. A big gaping hole in

the tower. I remember thinking, “How are they ever going to fix

that?” Crowds began to gather outside. We walked up to the corner where a

clear cut view offered a broader perspective on the damage. There was billowing

smoke emanating from the hole. By the time we got back to the office, a second

plane had hit the other tower. By this time we knew the horror of it. We were

under attack. The city shut down. There was no way in. No way out. It was then

I realized that Manhattan is actually an island – that I was trapped – cut off

from the rest of the world. And all I wanted to do was get home. If only for

the last time.

 

 

One by one the towers collapsed. One minute they were there. We saw them.

Then they were gone. It seemed inconceivable. How could this happen? This was

the United States of America. New York City. Dangerous as it may seem at times,

things like this just didn’t happen. Oddly enough, I had always felt safe and

secure nestled within the cluster of tall buildings. Like familiar friends. My

home away from home. On the whole, New Yorkers are a tough bunch. You

inevitably become so. It’s fast paced. You need to keep up. But that day was

different. What struck me most about that day was experiencing the city as

never before. The city emptied its people out of every building, spilling them

out into the street. People everywhere, just standing. Enveloped in a kind of

shell shock. We were not so much individual persons, but a single living

organism brought together in solidarity. Were we scared? Very much so. Yet not

a syllable was spoken. What was heard was only the sound of sirens; scores of

fire trucks and police cars racing down 7th Avenue toward doom. Racing to their

deaths. I was witnessing their final frantic moments.

 

 

I made my way out of the city that day; several of us piling into a

co-worker’s brand new car. How he B&M’d (bitched and moaned) about it until

we all threatened to buy dripping ice cream cones. Finding levity even in the

face of disaster. A kind of balm. An equilibrium on our sanity. His was our

Army Jeep. Our ticket out. Intent on leaving war torn Manhattan behind.

Seemingly, incredibly, ours was the first vehicle to enter and leave the

Midtown Tunnel. There was absolutely no one on the road. Just us. Like

Armageddon. I turned to look back at the skyline behind us. At the empty sky

where the towers stood. There was billowing black smoke. Smoke that used to be

people. In the foreground was a huge billboard. The word P E A C E

spelled out in big block letters. That, the word “peace”, and the

eerie aftermath of silence, is most prevalent in my mind. That, and the empty

September sky.

 

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Book-TV on Weekends on C-SPAN 2 Can’t be Beat

May 16th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

I probably have earned several Ph.D.’s throughout the years by watching Book-TV on CSPAN-II.This wonderful and educational program is aired every weekend on C-SPAN II for 48 hours and it features prominent nonfiction authors and books. Last night for example, I watched an hour – long, commercial-free in-depth interview with William Cohan. He is a Wall Street veteran with a powerful resume – he has been an investment banker for 17 years with Lazard Feres, Merrill Lynch, and JP Morgan Chase; he has also written several books about what it’s like working for the best financial investment banking and securities firms in the world. He has just come out with a new book called ‘House of Cards’ – Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Ruled the World.
What astonished me was what type of person actually works for these elite, pedigree firms. They are the crème de la crème, the best of the best and not only are they brilliant, these men, and women are fiercely competitive and ambitious. So if you haven’t graduated from an Ivy League school at the top of your class and if you aren’t connected somehow – forget about it. If I were there I would have asked Mr. Cohan that if you “eggheads” are so smart then why did the financial world collapse in 2008? I know it is a rhetorical question because it happened out of greed and nothing else.
Any way I have been watching the show on a consistent basis for the past 5 years or so, maybe longer. If I am not glued to the TV, I have the set on all weekend long and when I have a free moment, I have the great pleasure of viewing the best programing a person can find. There has not been a topic that Book-TV has not covered.
Some examples would be: They have interviewed throughout the years the biographers of all of our presidents (The most written about I would guess would be Lincoln, Washington, Reagan and Andrew Jackson – Andrew Jackson was a “Wildman” – if you had an altercation with Jackson, you just might end up in a duel.)
Book-TV covers everything under the sun: Current events, science, new technology, trends, our economy, civil rights, business in every conceivable industry, talk radio, history, politics and on and on. In fact, it is just like WHADAWETHINK – If it is worth spilling ink then it is whada wethink.
If you want to check it out before this weekend, they have stuff on you tube (I also like Charlie Rose but I find that I’m sleeping or watching a film so I you tube a lot of his shows.)  Here is the URL

So WHADAWETHINK ? Are you a fan of Book-TV ? It’s interesting to note that when I was a child, I hated school and learning in general. Now as an adult education is basically what I live for. Please contribute and share your thoughts. Thank you.
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The United States is Not At War With Islam !

May 14th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
For some strange reason Pakistan is angry with us (U.S.A.) for raiding Bin Laden’s compound and killing him. We should be angry at Pakistan for harboring a mass-murderer and the most – wanted man since Hitler.
If you ask anyone who lives outside of the United States and who lives in a predominately-Muslim country like Iran or Syria, you will discover just how much he or she HATES us. This is not good news!
The reality is that we are not at war with Islam but if you look at the way things are at face value:
We are still at war with Iraq.

We are at war with Afghanistan.

We are strategically bombing Libya

We have forces in Pakistan.

We are overtly racist when it comes to Muslims in this country. (I have seen it m movies and TV and I see it in real life every day.)

We give more aid to Israel than to any other country.

There are approximately 1.5 billion people in the world or roughly, 20% of the world’s population is Muslim. It is not good to have that many people wanting to kill you. Bear in mind, India and Pakistan already have nuclear weapons, and you had better believe the other Islamic countries are trying to get them.
First of all what scares me is that people, Americans and apparently Muslims alike (when you consider Pakistan’s reaction to our killing Bin Laden.) believe that Bin laden was an Islamist. He was not a peaceful, loving religious man he was a KILLER! Bin Laden misinterpreted the Koran just like any other fundamentalist. There are Christian Fundamentalists too – David Koresh, the Branch Davidian leader, who was responsible for the deaths of nearly 100 innocent men, women and children. And. Let us not forget Jim Jones, the leader of the People’s Temple, who was responsible for the horrible mass suicide killing nearly 1000 people.
People are people. We human beings do not like people who are different from us. We used to kill each other over political ideology (communism and democracy). Now we kill each other over religion. Listen to what our founding fathers declared because they nailed it squarely on the head of the nail. It’s imperative to keep religion separate from government procedure and policy decision-making. Keep RELIGION out! On the other hand, let me rephrase this – keep thy religion to thyself.
Now it’s your turn. WHADAWETHINK? Do you have any solutions to assuage the enmity Muslims have toward us? I know that we Americans must stop being overtly racist towards Islamists. And shame on the entertainment industry in this country for stereotyping Muslims. We all have to get along and live and let live.
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Geronimo EKIA

May 3rd, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Bin Laden – Enemy Killed in Action. As a side note, before I begin writing, I am almost 100% positive that the picture I posted on my previous blog of a dead Bin Laden is a fake. (Why do people do these things?) It is a moot point; Bin Laden is DEAD and gone forever!
This is a HUGE victory for not just the U.S. and the world but for human beings in general. We ended the life of a terrorist and a mass murderer who killed innocent people. What is so sad is the demented fanatic – Bin Laden, actually thought what he did was a good deed in the eyes of his god. (Whatever god that may be – it is not Allah. No real Muslim advocates violence of any sort.) I am 47 years old and what I saw on 9/11/2001 was the sickest, most disturbing event I have ever witnessed.
The good news is we have virtually destroyed Al-Qaeda. Their leader has finally been caught and killed and the majority of people in the Middle East disdains and abhors whatever is left of this fringe terrorist network.  The biggest, most powerful and organized terrorist group in the world today is Hezbollah, which sadly is thriving, and is far from being dismantled. However, one war at a time; this is a time to rejoice.
We all must applaud the Obama administration for sending in the Navy Seals, instead of just dropping a bomb on the compound, and ensuring that Bin Laden was killed and his body recovered. The logistics of carrying out this prodigiously important and dangerous mission was certainly no easy task. This was a fastidious and difficult decision, lest one not forget recent history – Black Hawk down in Somalia and the botched Iranian hostage rescue during the Carter administration.
The war on terror is a never-ending struggle and will always be with us as long as there are disgruntled fanatics in the world who believe there is no other resolution than to evoke terror and kill innocent people. Be that as it may, we must do whatever it takes to marginalize and send a clear message to all terrorists – STOP ! If you have a legitimate grievance as the Palestinians do, blowing yourself up along with individuals who have nothing to do whatsoever in shaping public policy is not a solution.
Now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK ? What are your thoughts? Some are worried that Al-Qaeda may get angry and strike back very soon – I say go ahead and try.  We will not negotiate with terrorists and they will not intimidate us. I am interested to hear what we should do next. Do you think Al-QAEDA is dead? Do you think it was a good idea to drop his remains in the ocean?
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