Sunday, April 27, 2008

WTF!?

"We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians," Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. "This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell."

So just to clarify: In order to protest the American legal system working the way it was intended, hundreds of people should wreak havoc on many innocent and uninvolved individuals? What do they hope will be accomplished? The government is not going to say "no, we made a mistake." And if because of violent uncivil protests it does, and declares the police officers guilty, won't
THAT be a perversion of justice?

"You're not really guilty, but because we're scared we'll say you are." Come on!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I'll Be Back

To my loyal readers:

Unfortunately, due to a butt-load of research papers I have due in two weeks, I am forced to take a break from blogging. I appreciate your bearing with me during this difficult period of mental and emotional suffering and I look forward to seeing you back here in May.

Thanks for reading!

Stryd3r

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

In Memory of a Hero

video

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

All Talk

In the same breath, Senator Obama today said that he wants to withdraw from Iraq and begin talks with Iran to mitigate what he perceives as being a declining situation in the area. Put aside for a minute the fact that immediate withdrawal from Iraq is not in America's best interests and will in fact cause harm to this country (as stated by Amb. Crocker and Gen. Petraeus). How does Mr. Obama plan to sit at a table with Iran - a nation that has publicly declared its intent to harm America and is a known sponsor of terrorism - while presenting an image of squeamishness about power.

It may indeed be necessary to talk to Iran; to tell them to cease their nuclear program. However, Mr. Obama is not the man to do this. He cannot expect to be taken seriously if he refuses to act as necessary. America and the United Nations has already threatened sanctions on Iran and Iran has responded with haughty laughter.

The leaders of Iran are not blind to the politics of America. They recognize that the American people hold tremendous power over the decisions of their elected leaders. The sheiks understand that more often than not the president will eventually bend to the will of the people, all that need be done is simply wait for America to lose its patience.

The leader that is needed now is not one who will listen to the voice of the people, but one who will do what is right for the people. To withdraw from Iraq sends the message that Iran is correct; pump money into terrorist groups, wait a little and poof, the politicians run home. Mr. Obama is such a politician. He is not going to follow through with his threats, nor does he present an image of power and strength - an image crucial to our survival as a nation.

In Obama, the leaders of Iran have found their savior. They will be allowed to create their weapons of terror for at least four years without having to worry about much more than a few empty threats.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Freedom of Expression... Not!

Americans have traditionally maintained a claim on the right of expression. In fact, it can be argued that it is that right that is the premise for all our other liberties. However, the right of expression has always given way to the right of existence - in other words the right to be protected from harm. So, when "An unprecedented security blanket will be draped across San Francisco for the US leg of the Olympic flame's global relay here Wednesday amid worldwide condemnation of China's crackdown in Tibet and its human rights record ahead of the summer games in Beijing." it is not totally uncalled for.

I do not mean to imply that Americans are being restricted in their ability to protest. The mere fact that Breitbart is reporting that so many cops will be out for the torch run is attestation to the impact the global protests have had. However, at times protesting is not enough. Studies show that unless significant monetary or physical (i.e. violent) pressure is exerted, governments will more often than not simply ignore protests.

Of course, the journalistic outcry will impact China's leaders and force them to recognize that they do not operate in a bubble. Be that as it may, I am dubious of the lasting effects this brief outcry will have on impacting significant policy change. Witness Darfur.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Ketchup Candidate

The big news for the Obama campaign today was the additional campaign trail support of Teresa Heinz Kerry. Joining Michelle Obama in Pennsylvania, Kerry compared Mr. Obama to both of her husbands who won the election in that state.

In her statements today, standing beside Kerry, Mrs. Obama said that "she has seen how the bar for her husband has been consistently raised this year, and how he has met each of the challenges." I just want to take a moment to ask what challenges??? The media has been consistently soft on Obama. They let him brush aside his mentor of 20 years as being simply a "crazy uncle." Mr. Obama has not been challenged; his claim of restoring hope and change has been proven completely false. Mr. Obama has stooped to the level of Hillary in the name calling, the lying and the general disdain for the American people.