Thursday, March 29, 2007
"Torture, we don't torture but we just talk real loud to prisoners."
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
How to stop inflation. Seems one of the biggest contributors to inflation is insurance companies. In a way it's like having your own ATM machine and print money never loosing as a business. If you take a hit like after Katrina, you just raise your rates. That's what they did after Andrew. When they made bad investments in energy futures they raised the rates. Some insurance are being looked into here in California for terminating people policies after they get sick. That amazes me they will insure you as long as you don't get sick. It's "Give us you money and we will protect you as long as your healthy." What kind of deal is that? Sounds like "Life Insurance" which in itself is an oxymoron in terms. It should be called death insurance because you pay into it and collect when your dead. What really gets me is the insurance companies pushing to make it a state law that you have to buy insurance. What a deal! You don't have a choose and they can charge any price they want after that because you have to have it or what, go to jail or be fined because you don't. Health insurance is going up faster then inflation rates. Doctors have to have insurance to protect them and there it's another program of printing your own pay checks. You need a new boat or summer home, then raise the rates. Cars getting old and the ash tray is full, time to raise the rates to get the next year model.
To curb the health care problem a single payer system needs to be made excluding the insurance companies. Other countries have done it and done it rather well. The only people that will disagree are the insurance companies like they did several elections ago with their scare tactics.
Other parasites of society
I just listened to a show about credit card. Very interesting! Seem like the mafia moved into legal businesses like credit cards and set up their loan sharking business. Seems it doesn't mater what the rate they promise you going to pay a higher rate. They also do tricks like just put a charge on your bill in hopes you miss it. The woman talking was a law professor at Harvard. She said she would have her class take a letter offering a credit card that pays you some percentage back each year. Her question to the class was to fine out the rate of interest you need to pay to get cash back. Turns out he low interest card wasn't, you had to pay 17% on the card to get 3% back which makes it a 14% card. She went into the other ways card companies get you like sending you payments to a small town on the opposite coast from you so it takes longer for the mail and they can get you with a late fee. She said the card companies even shred payments so they can say they never got the payment and charge you a late fee. One example she gave was parents buy new baby all the junk for the new kid and the total charge was $5000 dollars. If you make minimum payments on that it would take 35 years to pay it off, never charging anything else on the card. Talk about parasites worse then tapeworms.
Cut up those cards. They can take you to the cleaners if you don't have a card.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Yesterdays blog in the morning after hearing the "Morning News" on NPR after hearing that Congress added a few conditions to Bush's money wants. (The blank check) I wrote the previous post.
Last night I listened to a lecture from a former CIA employee. A rather smart person and former "cold warier" as he said. He answered a lot but not all my questions about how much money goes to the "Military Industrial Complex." He says that every year they budget "$3/4 Trillion Dollars" and that's not to say how much is spent for the "Black Projects" which aren't seen by Congress or any over sight, which he clams is about 40% more then the $750,000,000,000.00 dollars.
The VA, Social Security, Social Services, "No Child Left Behind" are not part of the military bills but seem to be cut to pay for the military industrial complex. Bush has a pet project he's been pushing, The Missile Defense Project" which still doesn't work and will cost some where around $1,000,000,000,000.00 dollars and still won't work but it sounds good and suppose to scar other countries from trying to shoot any missiles at the United States. Sort of like the "Star Wars Project" from the Regan years where nothing worked, it was just talk.
Some of that extra money attached to the "supplemental funding bill" is to go to the Katrina victims which Bush dropped the ball on. So far only 4000 people have got any money to rebuild their homes. Meanwhile the situation in the South is getting worse. Contractors brought in illegal Mexicans to work and they seem to forget they needed to go back home after the work was done. Many of them are gang members and help in the body count in the cases of murder. One group is an international drug smuggling gang that they brought here to work and now they have a foot hold in the Southern States
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Bush takes republicans on a road of self-destruction. By hold out and not letting Rove and Myers to testify, they leave attacks open by the demarcates in the 2008 presidential election. What's going to happen is that the republicans are a bunch of liars and can't be trusted because they fix court cases in favor of the presidents and republicans friends. By hiding behind the presidential office and not let people testify in the federal prosecutors firing inquiries it will support the ideas that the demarcates will bring out the Bush lied to everyone following the advice of Karl Rove.
If you think the 2006 election was a big deal the 2008 election will be a landslide because the republicans who support Bush will be impaled. Who is going to trust any republican that keep supporting the war that Bush tried to tie to the war on terror. Iraq according to Dr. Rice was contained until a day after Baghdad fell. No ones going to support a war that's going to go one for the next two decades, not at this price tag of $3 billion a week not when people want security of jobs and health care.
Everything Bush has done over the past six years has turned into a can of worms. While supporting war profiteers and out sourcing the military to companies like Blackwater who are held to no oversight, Rumsfeld's lighter nimbler military is now a pipe dream. You can't build up the military by cutting taxes to the rich and cutting services to the poor. Bush won't stop until he pisses off everyone in the world including everyone in the United States. What Bush doesn't get is you can't force people to do thing. He should understand this, like the old saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Today is one of the those days, warm, air slowly moving, suns out and the only thing you hear is bees flying from blossom to blossom. It's so nice to live in paradise. It looks like it's going to be a good year for fruit. Last year the storms came when the plants started putting out blossoms. This knocked them off the trees and there wasn't much fruit at all. Last year it was snowing this time of year. Todays high was 78 degrees. I was warm with a long sleeve tee shirt on. Last year I was wearing three of everything to stay warm.